Cal MacAninch

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Cal MacAninch
Born (1963-11-24) 24 November 1963 (age 53)
Govan, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991-present

Cal MacAninch (born 24 November 1963) is a Scottish actor,[1] best known for portraying the character of DI John Keenan in police drama HolbyBlue[1] on BBC1 (from 2007–08). He is currently appearing in the ITV period drama, Mr Selfridge, as Mr Thackeray.


MacAninch played Rowan Collins in Series 4 of the ITV drama series Wild at Heart.[1][2] He returned to the show for its fifth series as a main cast member. He also played Tauren, a sorcerer in the BBC television series Merlin in the episode "To Kill the King". He starred in the 2001 BBC miniseries The Best of Both Worlds with Alice Evans. He appeared as Henry Lang, a valet, in the second series of Downton Abbey.[3]

Family, personal life[edit]

MacAninch and his wife, actress Shauna Macdonald, have three daughters. MacAninch is a keen marathon runner.[1]


Date Title Role Director Station
30 September 20133 October 2013 The Blackhouse DI Fin Macleod Kirsteen Cameron BBC Radio Scotland
31 October 20114 November 2011 The Pillow Book (series 4)[4] Yukinari Lu Kemp BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour Drama
23 April 2004 The Lights Liam Toby Swift BBC Radio 4 Friday Play
11 June 2004 Soft Fall the Sounds of Eden Andy Gaynor Macfarlane BBC Radio 4 Friday Play
11 July 2004 How Many Miles to Basra?[5] Toby Swift BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3



  1. ^ a b c d "A Lap With Cal MacAninch". Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "A quick chat with Wild at Heart's Cal Macaninch". What's on TV. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Downton Abbey webpage,, July 2011; accessed 12 August 2014.
  4. ^ BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Pillow Book (series 4)
  5. ^ BBC – Drama on 3 – How Many Miles to Basra?

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