Ford Kiernan

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Ford Kiernan
Born Ford John Kiernan
(1962-01-10) 10 January 1962 (age 54)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor, producer
Years active 1990 - Present
Known for Chewin' The Fat (1999-2000)
Still Game (2002-2007, 2014–Present)
Dear Green Place (2006-2008)
The Field of Blood (2011-2013)

Ford John Kiernan (born 10 January 1962)[1] is a Scottish actor, writer, comedian and presenter. Along with his comedy partner, Greg Hemphill, he is best known for writing and his appearances in Still Game, and various roles in Chewin' The Fat. Kiernan also appeared in Dear Green Place playing lead character Archie Henderson between 2007 and 2008.

In autumn 2014, Ford rejoined the rest of the Still Game cast for the live shows held at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

Career[edit]

Ford first performed comedy in 1990 at Glasgow's Comedy Club in the basement of Blackfriar's pub in the Merchant City. He took up performing in 1993. A run of successful solo spots led to him being offered a slot in the Edinburgh Festival in 1994 in a show called The Best Of Scottish Comedy alongside John Paul Leach and Alan Taylor. Leach and Kiernan teamed up as a double act during this festival and were to have shows at the next two festivals ("After Eight Mince" and "The Full Bhoona"), both at the Gilded Balloon.

As part of the double act, he helped develop the University of Strathclyde comedy night called The Comedy Cellar in the basement of the 13th Note public house on Glassford Street, first run by entertainments convenor Ed Byrne. Byrne decided to develop his career in London after a few months.[2]

He wrote a play "Don't Start Me" (co-written with JP Leach), which won a Fringe First Award at the 1995 Edinburgh Fringe. He subsequently wrote sketches in Pulp Video (BBC Scotland), and wrote much of the material in Chewin' The Fat. He wrote, with Hemphill, all episodes of Still Game.

Kiernan has appeared both on television and on stage. He has also broadcast frequently on BBC Radio Four and BBC Radio Scotland.

It was in the sketch show Chewin' The Fat that he is best known due to his ability to play a number of characters. At first the show was only shown in Scotland but by the time of the third and fourth series, the BBC broadcast it nationwide. Likewise, spin-off Still Game started in Scotland but branched out to a wider audience. The latter's sixth series broadcast on BBC Two in July 2007, with a repeat on BBC1 Scotland. Kiernan, along with Hemphill scripted 7 episodes between 1999 and 2000 for the then popular children's TV series Hububb. Ford also guest starred alongside Hemphill in one episode called Casual-Tea which they scripted. He also guest starred in two other episodes without Hemphill. Kiernan has also had several bit-part roles in films. In 1996, he starred alongside Robert Carlyle in Carla's Song and in 2002, played the role of Black Joke Chief in the Martin Scorsese film Gangs of New York.

In 2007 Kiernan starred in Dear Green Place, a BBC One Scotland sitcom series featuring park wardens.[3]

Television[edit]

Between 1999 and 2002 Kiernan starred in Chewin' The Fat, a Scottish comedy show, alongside Greg Hemphill where they both play various roles. Karen Dunbar, Paul Riley and Mark Cox were also in the show.

From 2002 to 2007 Kiernan and Greg Hemphill starred together in the Scottish comedy Still Game. He and Hemphill wrote all episodes of the show. Paul Riley had a regular role playing Winston Ingram. Kiernan played Jack Jarvis in the program and was in all 44 episodes plus a live special alongside Paul Riley and Jane McCarry.

He played Archie Henderson in two series of Dear Green Place, broadcast between 2007 and 2008. It was written by Paul Riley and Rab Christie.

In January 2009, he starred in No Holds Bard, a BBC Scotland one-off special comedy shown on Burns Night as part of a line-up of special programming to mark the 250th birthday of Robert Burns.

Kiernan plays a caravan park boss in the comedy Happy Hollidays. A pilot episode was shown in early 2009 on BBC 1, with a series broadcast later in the year.

In October 2011 Kiernan played Gordon Brown in The Hunt for Tony Blair, a one-off episode of The Comic Strip Presents...

In 2011 and 2013, he played George McVie in all episodes of The Field of Blood. In 2013 it was announced that the hit Scottish comedy Still Game would return for a Glasgow stage show in The Hydro they could possibly return for another series the usual cast would be still in it including Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill with Paul Riley, Mark Cox, Jane McCarry and Gavin Mitchell.

In 2016 he played Felix in Journey Bound.

On 12th May 2016 it was announced that Still Game would be making a return to BBC1 in late 2016 for a new six part series.

Film[edit]

Kiernan lends his voice to the character of Banjo Barry in the animated film Sir Billi. Starring alongside Sean Connery, Alan Cumming and Miriam Margolyes. The film was released in 2012 with the theme song performed by Dame Shirley Bassey.

In 2012 Kiernan starred in the movie Song for Amy.

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role
1995 Pulp Video Various Characters
1995 Ruffain Hearts Wedding Guest
1996 Rab C Nesbitt Agent
1997 St Antony's Day Off Gerry
Space Cadets Himself
The Slap Boys Male orderly
The Baldy Man Various Characters
Rab C Nesbitt Phil
1997-1999 Still Game Stage Show Jack Jarvis
1998 Och around the Clock
Is it Bill Bailey Various Characters
Stand and Deliver Taxi Driver
Rab C Nesbitt Mad Dog
1999 Hububb Inventor
The Debt Collector Janitor
1999-2000 Chewin' the Fat Various Characters
2000 The Creatives Lenny the Bruce
Donovan Quick Jim Leahy
2001 Chewin' the Fat Live Show Various Characters
Randall & Hopkirk Kiernan
2002 The Last Great Wilderness Eric
Gangs of New York Black Joke Chief
2002-2007, 2016-present Still Game Jack Jarvis
2004 Sea of Souls Sgt Mulgrew
2005 Happy Birthday Broons Himself - Presenter
2006-2008 Dear Green Place Archie Henderson
2009 No Holds Bard Cronie Cameron
Happy Holidays Colin Holiday
2011 The Comic Strip Presents Gordon Brown
2011-2013 The Field of Blood George McVie
2012 Songs for Amy Sled Drummer
Sir Billi Banjo Barry
The Angels' Share Station Master
Just Dandy Himself - Presenter
2014 Inspector George Gently ACC Hale
Doctors Dougie McClury
Still Game Live Reunion Jack Jarvis
The Still Game Story Himself - Presenter
2016 Journey Bound Felix

Personal life[edit]

Born in Dennistoun, Glasgow, Kiernan was educated at Alexandra Parade Primary School and Whitehill Secondary School. He then went on to train as a tailor and work as a barman at Glasgow University. In 1995, he married his current wife Lesley and they have a daughter, Kaye.

Kiernan's 12-year-old son, Sonny Kiernan, was found dead on 6 January 2014 at the family home on Cleveden Road, Kelvinside, Glasgow.[4]

In 2005, Kiernan was fined £3,500 for assaulting a taxi driver in a road rage incident at an Anniesland supermarket.[5][6][7] Kiernan pulled the driver out of his car and then punched him.[8] The driver required hospital treatment for swelling to his head and eye. The actor pleaded guilty to two assault charges.[9] Ford had previously headbutted a guest at Hampden Park in 2000.[10]

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