Bryan Larkin (born 7 August 1973) is a Scottish actor, writer and producer. Also a self-taught filmmaker, he was awarded the Trailblazer award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2009. He is perhaps best known for his role of Dolokhov in Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz directed by Kieran Parker.
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. He is a self-taught filmmaker and writer.
After guest roles in Scottish TV shows Taggart, Rebus and River City, he wrote and starred in the short film, entitled SCENE 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. He shares a second BAFTA Scotland Award with the films co-producers, Marc Twynholm and Abigail Howkins. 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'. 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 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 In 2015 he appeared in the Scottish/Irish horror film Let Us Prey opposite Liam Cunningham and Pollyanna McIntosh.
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.
In 2016, he appeared opposite Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen, in the role of SAS commander Will Davies. 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 said to have largely improvised many of his scenes in the film. This could explain the unevenness of his performance which veers between a strong villainous presence in certain scenes and very broad hammy acting in others.
Larkin also appeared in a co-starring role in the micro budget feature "Vixxen" , a 'Die Hard' rip-off produced by disgraced Film Producer Bey Logan, Larkin is one of the few highlights in the movie and its a pity he wasn't given the chance to play the lead. Larkin was also set to reprise his role as the SAS commander opposite Gerard Butler in 'Angel Has Fallen", but reportedly his role was removed when Butler realized it would overshadow his performance.
Larkin also appears in a memorable role in the History Channels 'Vikings' series where he gets to show once more the combination of dramatic and physical ability he can bring to the right role.
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.
Awards and nominations
|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|
|2002||Just Around the Corner||Gareth|
|2003||Taggart||Erwin Baxter||TV series|
|2003||Room for the Night||Ponce|
|2004||Reflections of a Life||Alan|
|2005||Miracle of Silence||Palsy man in Cafe|
|2006||As far as you've come||Billy|
|2007||Rebus||Charlie Guthrie||TV series|
|2009||An Act of Terror||Colin Parker|
|2009||Running in Traffic||Joe Cullen|
|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||Young James Herriot||Detective||TV series|
|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|
|2015||Doctors||Axel Hayley||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|
- http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/bryan-rising-star-hollywood-2421851/[permanent dead link] Daily Record Article 15 October 2013
- 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
- http://thespoilist.com/interview-outpost-rise-of-the-spetsnaz-star-bryan-larkin/ Interview with Bryan Larkin from The Spoilist
- "Scottish Screen news archive 2006". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
- "And it's lights, camera, action . . . outside a pub in Pollokshaws!". Evening Times. 30 December 2007.
- https://variety.com/2009/film/reviews/the-red-machine-1200476767/ Variety Review of The Red Machine/
- http://thehorrorhotel.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10/review-battleground-2011.html_/[permanent dead link] The Horror Hotel review of Battleground/
- London Has Fallen Official Trailer,