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Bryan Larkin

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Bryan Larkin
Born (1973-08-07) 7 August 1973 (age 50)
Occupation(s)Actor, filmmaker
Years active2002-present

Bryan Larkin (born 7 August 1973) is a Scottish actor, writer, producer and[1] self-taught filmmaker. He was awarded the Trailblazer award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival[2] in 2009. He is best known for his role of SAS Captain in London Has Fallen directed by Babak Najafi. and the leading role of Dolokhov in Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz[3]

Early life[edit]

Larkin was born in Glasgow and grew up in East Kilbride in Scotland to parents Frank Larkin and Andrine Larkin. He has one sister, Gillian. He trained at Langside college in Glasgow.[1] He is a self-taught filmmaker and writer. His first short film, Reflections of a Life as writer and director premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.


Larkins career has been marked by playing on the duality of vulnerable but tough types. His performances often demonstrate a depth and complexity to otherwise two-dimensional characters. This work can be further validated in his choice of roles in action films Battleground written and directed by Neil MacKay and Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz Scotland born screenwriter by Rae Brunton.

After guest roles in Scottish TV shows Taggart, Rebus and River City, he wrote and starred in the short film, entitled SCENE[4] for which he won a BAFTA Scotland Award for his performance. He later played the lead role of Joe Cullen in the BAFTA Scotland winning film Running in Traffic opposite Kenneth Cranham.[5] He shares a second BAFTA Scotland Award with the film's co-producers, Marc Twynholm and Abigail Howkins.[6] Running in Traffic also received its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2009.

His television appearances include Doctors, playing the guest lead role of Axel Hayley in Episode 'The Messenger'.[7] Also, the role of Geordie in season 1 of Outlander. In 2015, he played the recurring character of Eddie in Series 3 of Shetland for BBC Scotland, opposite Game of Thrones star Ciarán Hinds.

He played the role of Robert Eldridge Dean in the American depression-era film, The Red Machine[8] written and directed by Alec Boehm and Stephanie Argy and the lead role of, Mitch in the action film Battleground, written and directed by Neil MacKay[9] In 2015, he appeared in the Scottish/Irish horror film Let Us Prey opposite Liam Cunningham and Pollyanna McIntosh.

In 2016, he appeared opposite Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen, in the role of SAS commander Will Davies.[10] The film was directed by Babak Najafi and was released on 4 March by Millennium Films, under their recently revived Gramercy Pictures label.

In 2017 he was cast as the lead antagonist, Ernest Hunt, in the Hong Kong film Chasing the Dragon (Chinese: 追龍), previously known as King of Drug Dealers. It stars Donnie Yen and Andy Lau and is directed by Jason Kwan and Wong Jing. Larkin is believed to have largely improvised many of his scenes. His overall performance was highly praised,[11] arguably because Westerners rarely get so much screen time in Hong Kong films. This allowed him to portray more facets of Hunt's character. One reviewer claimed that his performance was 'uneven, Larkin stated, 'No character ever is... That's dull. 'I wanted to show Hunt's sociopathic, and villainous side, both quietly and bombastically. Otherwise he would appear one dimensional'.

His work as a motion-capture and voice artist includes AAA titles Horizon Zero Dawn. Blood & Truth, Killzone: Mercenary and Quantum Break

Larkin also appeared in a co-starring role in Vixxena. Critics considered Larkin one of the few highlights in the movie. Larkin was also set to reprise his role as the SAS commander opposite Gerard Butler in Angel Has Fallen, but reportedly due to story development the shooting script no longer featured his character.

Larkin also appeared in the History Channel's Vikings (season 6) series as Wiglaf, a Saxon Warrior who led the battle against Ivor the Boneless

He is also currently developing his own projects, namely the Dead End series in which he plays a nameless assassin known as 'The Contractor'. Larkin has created, produced, written and co directed the series. The central storyline follows Larkin's character across Asia, the United Kingdom and Los Angeles in his pursuit of the key players in a global Human Trafficking ring. The trilogy has been released at international film festivals and has collected more than 40 awards to date and received positive reviews for its acting, story and technical achievements.[12]

in 2020 he was cast in The Point Men formerly known by its working title of The Negotiation opposite South Korean actors, Hwang Jung-min and Hyun Bin in the supporting role of Abdullah. The film will receive a nationwide theatrical release across South Korea from 18 January 2023.[13]

in 2021 he was cast in Paramount Pictures forthcoming Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves in the role of 'Chancellor Norixius'. The film is scheduled for theatrical release on March 3, 2023,

In 2022 he returned to South Korea to commence shooting of Netflix series Narco-Saints opposite Park Hae-soo, Ha Jung-woo and Hwang Jung-min. co-written and directed by Yoon Jong-bin.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
2006 SCENE BAFTA Scotland Best First Time Performance Won
2009 Running in Traffic BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards Best Producer Won
2009 Running in Traffic Edinburgh International Film Festival Trailblazer Award Won


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Just Around the Corner Gareth
2003 Taggart Erwin Baxter TV series
2003 Room for the Night Ponce
2009 Miles Away Gill
2003 Solid Air Niall
2004 Reflections of a Life Alan
2005 Miracle of Silence Palsy man in Cafe
2006 As far as you've come Billy
2006 SCENE. Nathan/Gary/Actor
2007 Rebus Charlie Guthrie TV series
2009 An Act of Terror Colin Parker
2009 Running in Traffic Joe Cullen
2009 Miles Away Gill
2009 The Red Machine Robert Eldridge Dean
2011 A Portentous Death Husband
2011 River City Callum Duff TV series
2011 Fast Romance Doctor Gates
2011 The Crews Grassie
2011 Young James Herriot Detective TV series
2012 Battleground Mitch
2012 Lip Service Banker TV series
2012 To Our Bright White Hearts Bruce Callaghan
2013 Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz Dolokhov
2013 Killzone: Mercenary Voice of ISA Assault / Helghast Video game
2013 Powerstar Golf Voice of Henry Video game
2014 Let Us Prey PC Jack Warnock
2014 Outlander Geordie TV series
2015 Doctors Axel Hayley TV series
2016 Shetland Eddie TV series
2016 London Has Fallen Captain Will Davies
2016 Quantum Break Voice: Various Video game
2017 I Am Vengeance Marshall
2017 Horizon Zero Dawn Bajund, Jun, Kimik, Kudiv Video game
2017 Chasing the Dragon Ernest Hunt
2020 Vikings Wiglaf TV series
2022 Narco-Saints DEA Chief TV series


  1. ^ a b http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/bryan-rising-star-hollywood-2421851/[permanent dead link] Daily Record Article 15 October 2013
  2. ^ https://www.edfilmfest.org.uk/industry/trailblazers/2009/bryan-larkin/ Archived 11 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine Trailblazer Profiles at the Edinburgh International Film Festival
  3. ^ http://thespoilist.com/interview-outpost-rise-of-the-spetsnaz-star-bryan-larkin/ Interview with Bryan Larkin from The Spoilist
  4. ^ "Scottish Screen news archive 2006". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  5. ^ "And its lights, camera, action . . . outside a pub in Pollokshaws!". Evening Times. 30 December 2007.
  6. ^ "BAFTA Scotland New Talent Awards: Winners in 2009". 12 March 2009.
  7. ^ "BBC One - Doctors, Series 16, the Messenger".
  8. ^ Harvey, Dennis (20 October 2009). "The Red Machine". Variety. Retrieved 23 November 2023.
  9. ^ http://thehorrorhotel.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/review-battleground-2011.html_/[permanent dead link] The Horror Hotel review of Battleground/
  10. ^ London Has Fallen Official Trailer,
  11. ^ Mike, Outwest. "Chasing The Dragon". Flash Bang Film Reviews. Mike Outwest. Retrieved 3 August 2022.
  12. ^ "The action elite". theactionelite.com. 17 February 2020. Archived from the original on 10 April 2021. Retrieved 10 June 2021.
  13. ^ 강민경. "[공식] 황정민·현빈의 공통 목표…'교섭', 내년 1월 18일 개봉". n.news.naver.com (in Korean). Retrieved 23 November 2023.

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