Dougray Scott

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Dougray Scott
Scott in 2010
Stephen Dougray Scott
Years active1983–present
Sarah Trevis
(m. 2000; div. 2005)
(m. 2007)

Stephen Dougray Scott is a Scottish actor. He has appeared in the films Ever After (1998), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Enigma (2001), Ripley's Game (2002), Hitman (2007), and My Week with Marilyn (2011). He is a recipient of the International Emmy Award for Best Actor for his performance in the Scottish crime drama series Crime (2021).

Early life[edit]

Scott was the son of Elma, a nurse, and Alan Scott, a travelling salesman of refrigerators and freezers, and a former actor. He then gained a place on the full-time acting and performance course at Fife College’s Kirkcaldy Campus.


Scott began his acting career in national theatre, television, and puppet shows. He appeared in his first role on the television series Soldier Soldier and made his film debut in Twin Town. His first major film roles were as Prince Henry in Ever After and the hero in the film adaptation of the Robert Harris novel Enigma. He played the villain in Mission: Impossible 2 (and was selected to do so by Tom Cruise). He was cast to play Wolverine in the feature film version of X-Men, but Mission: Impossible 2 went over schedule, and he was injured in a motorbike accident while shooting the chase scene. He was forced to drop out of the project and was replaced by Hugh Jackman in X-Men.[1][2]

After the 2002 release of Die Another Day, Scott was a candidate to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.[3] Despite the numerous reports that Eon Productions was leaning towards naming Scott as the new Bond in the 007 adventure Casino Royale, the role eventually went to Daniel Craig. In January 2006, he appeared in the miniseries The Ten Commandments as Moses. He also appeared in the NBC series Heist, which aired in March 2006 for five episodes. From 2006 until 2007, he starred in the third season of Desperate Housewives as Teri Hatcher's character's new love interest. In 2007, he played the primary antagonist in the film Hitman, based on the Hitman video games. He appeared in the title role(s) of a modern re-telling of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. In May 2009, it was announced that he was to play ex-con Michael O' Connor in the new RTÉ-ITV drama Father & Son.

Scott starred in The Day of the Triffids.[4] The drama was broadcast in December 2009 as part of the BBC 1 Christmas schedule.[5] In 2011, Scott featured in the film Love's Kitchen alongside his wife Claire Forlani. In April 2011, Scott portrayed football manager Matt Busby in the BBC TV drama United, which was centred on the Munich air disaster of 1958, in which Busby was badly injured but survived. In 2013, he guest starred as para-psychological researcher/ghost hunter Alec Palmer in the Doctor Who episode "Hide".

In 2014, Scott portrayed the main villain in Taken 3.[6]

In March 2016, Scott became the voice of Orby in adverts for the oil and gas company BP.[7]

In April 2016, Scott appeared in the second season of Fear the Walking Dead as Thomas Abigail, Victor Strand's business partner and lover.[8]

In 2019, Scott joined the CW series Batwoman as Jacob Kane, the title character's father, set in the Arrowverse. He left the series during its second season.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Scott is the father of twins (b. 1998), with former wife Sarah Trevis.[10] On 8 June 2007, he married actress Claire Forlani in Italy.[11] They have a son[12] born 27 December 2014.

Scott is a fan of Hibernian Football Club, stemming from a grand-uncle being a scout for the team.[13]

Scott is in favour of Scottish independence. "The question a lot of people always ask is, how can Scotland pay for itself? That's not the question to ask, we can look after ourselves. We could outlast the English purely based on Irn-Bru profits..." he told The Big Issue. "The question is, would it serve the country better to have its own government? We have a particular vision of the world, which is why I think it makes sense to have independence and we have many great stories to tell."[14]


Scott at the 2013 WonderCon
Year Title Role Notes
1990 Zorro Don Pedro DeSoto Episode: "Child's Play"
1992 Taggart Colin Murphy Episode: "Nest of Vipers Part One"
Lovejoy Horse 2 episodes
Tell Tale Hearts David Sellors 3 episodes
1993 Stay Lucky Alex 4 episodes
1994 Princess Caraboo Dragoon captain
1995 Kavanagh QC Terry Fisher Episode: "A Family Affair"
Soldier Soldier Major Rory Taylor 11 episodes
Highlander: The Series Warren Cochrane Episode: "Through a Glass, Darkly"
1996 The Crow Road Lewis McHoan Miniseries
1997 Regeneration Captain Robert Graves
The Place of the Dead Lance Corporal Richard Mayfield
Twin Town Terry Walsh
1998 Ever After Prince Henry
Deep Impact Eric Vennekor
1999 Gregory's Two Girls Fraser Rowan
This Year's Love Cameron
Faeries Faery Prince Voice
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Sean Ambrose
The Miracle Maker John Voice
Arabian Nights Sultan Shahryar / Amin Miniseries
2001 Enigma Tom Jericho
2002 Ripley's Game Jonathan Trevanny
2003 The Poet [fr] Andrei
To Kill a King Thomas Fairfax
2004 The Truth About Love Archie
Things To Do Before You're 30 Cass
2005 Dark Water Kyle Williams
2006 The Ten Commandments Moses Miniseries
Perfect Creature Silus
Heist Mickey O'Neil
2006–2007 Desperate Housewives Ian Hainsworth 18 episodes
2007 Hitman Mike Whittier
The Donald Gray Show
2008 Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
New Town Killers Alistair
2009 False Witness Ian Porter
The Day of the Triffids Dr. Bill Masen
Father & Son Michael O'Connor
2010 There Be Dragons Robert
Love's Kitchen Rob Haley
2011 My Week with Marilyn Arthur Miller
United Matt Busby
2012 Sinbad Father La Stessa
2013 Death Race 3: Inferno Niles York / Frankenstein Direct-to-DVD
Doctor Who Alec Palmer Episode: "Hide"
Strike Back: Shadow Warfare James Leatherby 2 episodes
Last Passenger Lewis Shaler
The Wrong Mans Walker
2013–2014 Hemlock Grove Dr. Norman Godfrey
2014 Taken 3 Stuart St. John
2015 Tiger House Shane
The Rezort Archer
The Vatican Tapes Roger Holmes
2016 London Town Nick Baker
Full Circle Senator David Faulkner
Fear the Walking Dead Thomas Abigail 2 episodes
Harley and the Davidsons Randall James Miniseries
2017 The Replacement David Warnock Miniseries
Jamie Johnson Foxborough Scout Episode: "End Game"
2017–2018 Snatch Vic Hill
2018 The Woman in White Sir Percival Glyde Miniseries
Urban Myths Arthur Miller Episode: "Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder"
2019 Departure Ethan Moreau 6 episodes
Sea Fever Gerard
2019–2021 Batwoman Jacob Kane Main role (seasons 1–2), 35 episodes
2020 Sulphur and White Donald Tait
2021-present Irvine Welsh's Crime Ray Lennox Main role (12 episodes), also executive producer
2021 La Cha Cha Roger Callaway
2023 A Town Called Malice Tony Lord
Irena's Vow Eduard Rügemer

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1999 Teen Choice Awards Film – Breakout Performance[citation needed] Ever After Nominated
2009 AFI Awards Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama[15] False Witness Nominated
2010 Astra Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male[16] Nominated
2022 International Emmy Awards Performance by an Actor Irvine Welsh’s Crime Won


  1. ^ Maddox, Garry (9 April 2009). "A canny X-man". Brisbane Times.
  2. ^ White, Adam (9 March 2020). "Dougray Scott claims that Tom Cruise blocked him from Wolverine role that made Hugh Jackman a star". The Independent. Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  3. ^ "BROSNAN COST ME 007 ROLE". Daily Record. 22 May 2006.
  4. ^ "Vanessa Redgrave to star in BBC's The Day of the Triffids" The Daily Telegraph, 11 February 2009
  5. ^ "BBC One - The Day of the Triffids". BBC.
  6. ^ Lee, Maggie (31 December 2014). "'Taken 3' Review: Liam Neeson Stars in Mind-Numbing Misfire". Variety. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  7. ^ "BP's First Ad Campaign for a Decade". 21 March 2016.
  8. ^ Ge, Linda (4 February 2016). "'Fear the Walking Dead' Casts Dougray Scott for Season 2". The Wrap. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  9. ^ Agard, Chancellor (27 June 2021). "Original 'Batwoman' cast member exits after two seasons". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 28 June 2021. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Dougray Scott preparing for second shot at marriage". The Scotsman. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  11. ^ Tan, Michelle (8 June 2007). "Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott Get Married". People. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  12. ^ Ferguson, Donna (12 January 2018). "Dougray Scott: 'Mum's parents didn't approve of Dad. They cut off all contact'". The Guardian.
  13. ^ "My team: Hibernian - Sport". The Observer.
  14. ^ MacKenzie, Steven (16 May 2023). "Dougray Scott says Labour 'are a bunch of Conservatives dressed in the working man's rags' be in favour of Scottish independence". The Big Issue. Retrieved 4 June 2023.
  15. ^ "'Samson & Delilah': Australian Film Institute Awards". Alt Film Guide. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  16. ^ "ASTRA Awards 2010: Nominees". TV Tonight. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2016.

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