Graham McTavish

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Graham McTavish
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McTavish at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
Graham James McTavish

(1961-01-04) 4 January 1961 (age 57)
Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1986–present

Graham James McTavish (born 4 January 1961) is a Scottish film, television and voice actor. He is known for his roles as Dwalin in The Hobbit film trilogy, Dougal Mackenzie in the Starz series Outlander and the Saint of Killers in the AMC series Preacher.

Early life[edit]

McTavish was born in Glasgow, Scotland to Alec and Ellen McTavish. Alec was a politically active person, and political discourse was common in the McTavish household. The family left Glasgow when McTavish was a child. During the course of his life, he lived in Canada, England and Scotland before settling in New Zealand. McTavish's parents were both deceased by some point prior to 2014.[1]


Early in his career, McTavish did theatre work at the Dundee Rep with colleagues that included Jimmy Logan and Robert Robertson.[1]

He played the character Governor Ackerman in series eight of Red Dwarf.[2] McTavish has also had many supporting roles in British dramas and films such as Casualty, Jekyll, The Bill, Taggart and Sisterhood.[3][4][5][6][7] He also played the ill-tempered mercenary Lewis in Rambo, had a role as Desmond's drill sergeant in the fourth season of Lost, starred in Ali G Indahouse as a customs officer and played a Russian pirate in NCIS.[8][9][10][11] He played Ferguson in the fourth season of Prison Break.[9] He has also starred in the film Green Street 2, which was released on 23 March 2009.[12] McTavish provided the voice and motion capture work for the main antagonist Zoran Lazarević in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the voice of the main protagonist Dante Alighieri in Dante's Inferno, Commander Lucius in Shadow Complex and the Decepticon Thundercracker in Transformers: War for Cybertron.[13][14][15][16] He played Russian foreign minister Mikhail Novakovich in the eighth season of 24, and did voice work as the Marvel Comics villain Loki in Hulk Versus and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.[9][17] In 2011, McTavish also provided the voices of antagonist Joseph Bertrand III in Infamous 2 and newcomer Charlie Cutter in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception.[18][19]

McTavish has also provided additional voices for What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Heavenly Sword, 007: Quantum of Solace, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Star Wars: The Old Republic.[20][17]

McTavish appeared in the 2011 film The Wicker Tree, Robin Hardy's sequel to his 1973 film, The Wicker Man and played Dwalin in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy.[21][22]

In September 2013, it was announced that McTavish had been cast as Dougal MacKenzie in the television series Outlander on Starz. The series is an adaption of the bestselling novels by author Diana Gabaldon.[23] The series premiered on 9 August 2014 to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.[24]

He played Tommy Holiday, boxing trainer to Ricky Conlan (Tony Bellew), in Creed. McTavish became the only actor to perform opposite Sylvester Stallone as both Rocky Balboa and John Rambo.[25]

McTavish plays the Saint of Killers in the AMC TV series Preacher, having debuted in that role in the series' second episode, "See", in 5 June 2016.[26]

Personal life[edit]

McTavish and his wife, Gwen, live in New Zealand[27] with their two daughters, who were born c. 2012 and c. 2007.[28]

In April 2015, McTavish was the 17th Grand Marshall of New York City's Tartan Day Parade.[27]


Graham McTavish listens to an audience question during his panel at the Calgary Expo 2015.


Year Title Role Notes
1988 For Queen and Country Lieutenant
1989 Erik the Viking Thangbrand
1996 The Wind in the Willows Drunken Weasel (voice)
1997 King Lear: A Critical Guide Albany Short film
1997 Julius Caesar: A Critical Guide Brutus / Himself Short film
1999 King Lear Duke of Albany
2002 Ali G Indahouse Customs Officer
2003 Dot the i Detective
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Submarine Captain
2004 King Arthur Roman Officer
2008 Rambo Lewis
2008 Sisterhood Martin
2009 Hulk Versus Loki (voice) Direct-to-video
2009 Green Street 2: Stand Your Ground Big Marc Turner Direct-to-video
2009 Middle Men Ivan Sokoloff
2009 Penance Geeves
2010 Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic Dante (voice) Direct-to-video
2010 Secretariat Earl Jansen
2011 Dead Space: Aftermath Captain Caleb Campbell (voice) Direct-to-video
2011 Colombiana Head Marshall Warren
2011 The Wicker Tree Sir Lachlan Morrison
2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dwalin
2013 The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
2014 Plastic Steve
2014 Realiti Mandrake
2014 The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Dwalin
2015 Creed Tommy Holiday
2016 The Finest Hours Frank Fauteux
2016 Pandemic Captain Riley
2018 Aquaman


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Return to Treasure Island Ned Episode: "Mutiny"
1988 Freedom Fighter Guard Television film
1998 Merlin: The Quest Begins Rengal Television film
1996 Highlander: The Series Charlie Episode: "Judgement Day"
1998, 2005 Taggart Colonel Ian Sinclair, Robin Caldwell 2 episodes
1998–2005 Casualty Gerry Talbot, George Naseby 6 episodes
1999 Red Dwarf Prison Governor Ackerman 8 episodes
1999 Heartbeat Derek Flowers Episode: "Tricks of the Trade"
2000 The Stretch Andy McKinley Television film
2001 Doctors Paul Brookes Episode: "Change of Heart"
2002 Celeb Steve Episode: "The Party"
2002 Rose and Maloney Jackson Episode: "Pilot"
2002 Dinotopia Ajax Episode: "Handful of Dust"
2003 Rosemary & Thyme D.I. Taylor Episode: "The Language of Flowers"
2003 The Last King Captain 2 episodes
2004 Murder City Noel Fredericks Episode: "Mr. Right"
2004 Murphy's Law Al Leyton Episode: "Bent Moon on the Rise"
2004 D-Day 6.6.1944 Group Captain James Stagg Television film
2005 What's New, Scooby Doo? Additional Voices Episode: "Ready to Scare"
2005 Empire General Rapax 6 episodes
2005 Rome Urbo 2 episodes
2005–06 The Bill Peter Larson 6 episodes
2006 Sharpe's Challenge McRae Television film
2007 New Tricks Jason Ferris Episode: "Powerhouse"
2007 Jekyll Gavin Hardcastle Episode: "Hyde"
2007 Numb3rs John Corcoran Episode: "Thirteen"
2007 NCIS Aleksei Episode: "Chimera"
2007 The Royal Anthony Poole Episode: "Love & Ross"
2007 Cane Neville Episode: "HurriCane"
2008 Lost Sergeant Episode: "The Constant"
2008 CSI: Miami Mitch Davis Episode: "All In"
2008 Pushing Daisies Hansel Von Getz Episode: "Bad Habits"
2008 Prison Break Ferguson 4 episodes
2009 Wolverine and the X-Men Sebastian Shaw (voice) 4 episodes
2009 Ghost Whisperer Gordon Brady Episode: "The Book of Changes"
2010 24 Mikhail Novakovich 7 episodes
2010 The Good Guys Dolph Episode: "Hunches & Heists"
2010–11 The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes Loki (voice) 5 episodes
2013 The Sixth Gun Silas Hedgepet Pilot
2014–16 Outlander Dougal MacKenzie 17 episodes
2015–17 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Savanti Romero (voice) 5 episodes
2016 Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness Kim (voice) Episode: "Camp Ping"
2016–present Preacher The Saint of Killers 32 episodes
2017–present Castlevania Dracula (voice)[29] 12 episodes
2017 Transformers: Robots in Disguise Titus, Vernon (voices) Episode: "The Golden Knight"
2018 Colony Andrew MacGregor 3 episodes
2018 DuckTales Fergus McDuck (voice) Episode: "The Secret(s) of Castle McDuck"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Killzone: Liberation HGH Support, HGH Generic, HGH Infantry
2006 Medieval II: Total War Additional Voices
2006 Lost Planet: Extreme Condition NEVEC Orbital Elevator Operator
2007 Heavenly Sword Additional Voices
2007 Operation Darkness Oskar Dirlewanger
2008 Lost Planet: Colonies NEVEC Orbital Elevator Operator
2008 007: Quantum of Solace Additional Voices
2009 Shadow Complex Commander Lucius
2009 Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Crimson
2009 Uncharted 2: Among Thieves Zoran Lazarević Also motion capture
2009 Dragon Age: Origins Arl Eamon Guerrin, Vartag Gavorn
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Archer
2009 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare: Mobilized Additional Voices
2009 The Saboteur Wilcox
2010 Dante's Inferno Dante Alighieri
2010 Metro 2033 Khan
2010 Transformers: War for Cybertron Thundercracker
2010 Singularity Viktor Barisov
2010 Call of Duty: Black Ops Additional Voices
2011 Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War II – Retribution Imperial Guard Vehicles, Guardsman
2011 SOCOM 4: U.S. Navy SEALs ClawHammer Soldier #2, U.S. Commander
2011 Hunted: The Demon's Forge Caddoc
2011 Infamous 2 Joseph Bertrand III
2011 Ace Combat: Assault Horizon Ivan Stagleishov
2011 Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception Charlie Cutter, Zoran Lazarević Also motion capture
2011 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Additional Voices
2011 Star Wars: The Old Republic
2012 Assassin's Creed III Dr. Benjamin Church
2015 The Order: 1886 Sebastian Malory / Sir Percival
2016 Uncharted 4: A Thief's End Charlie Cutter, Zoran Lazarević Multiplayer


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