Greg Hemphill

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Greg Hemphill
Gregory Edward Hemphill

(1969-12-14) 14 December 1969 (age 49)
Springburn, Glasgow, Scotland
OccupationActor, comedian, director, writer
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Julie Wilson Nimmo
RelativesSteve Hemphill (Brother)

Gregory Edward "Greg" Hemphill (born 14 December 1969) is a Scottish comedian, actor, writer and director. Along with his comedy partner, Ford Kiernan, he is best known in Scotland for his appearances in Still Game and Chewin' the Fat. He was Rector of the University of Glasgow 2001–2004.

Personal life[edit]

Hemphill was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Edward, a chartered accountant, and Anne Hemphill (née Brophy) a teacher.[1] The family left Scotland when Greg was twelve years old, and he spent much of his childhood in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which has contributed to his distinctive accent, Scottish-Canadian.[2][3] He returned to Scotland to study at the University of Glasgow, where he achieved an MA Honours Degree in theatre, film and television. He is married to actress Julie Wilson Nimmo, best known for playing Miss Hoolie in Balamory. The couple have two sons together.[citation needed]

Politically, he supports the Scottish National Party[4] and voted "Yes" in favour of independence at the 2014 Scottish independence referendum.[5]

University of Glasgow[edit]

Hemphill was one of five candidates for the Rector of the University of Glasgow in 2001.[6] He narrowly defeated Alasdair Gray for the post and was widely praised for taking an active interest in the role.[7] His three-year term lasted until 2004.


Early career[edit]

Hemphill has appeared in several projects. In 1990, he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe with Rab Christie and Neil Warhurst as the "Trio Brothers Troup", where they won the 1990 "So You Think You're Funny" trophy.[8] He continued his stage work, appearing in the 1992 God Plus Support performance and in the popular 1995 Only an Excuse? tour. He also ventured into radio as the original presenter of football show, Off the Ball on BBC Radio Scotland and Eddie Mair Live.[9]

Hemphill and Kiernan scripted seven episodes between 1999 and 2000, for then popular children's television show Hububb. These were, Lullabubb, Top of the Bubbs, Conquer Leserest, Casual-Tea, Bubb Goes Boo, 2010: A Space Bubbsy and No Go Pogo. He guest starred alongside Kiernan in one episode, which he also scripted with Kiernan, Casual-Tea. However, his best known performances are alongside Ford Kiernan in the television sketch show Chewin' the Fat and its spin off, Still Game. In series three of Still Game, Hemphill's brother Steve has a cameo as a CN Tower lift operative.[10]

Still Game[edit]

Following the success of Chewin' The Fat, Kiernan and Hemphill wrote Still Game. Still Game was based on the original play that the pair wrote for the Edinburgh Festival in 1997. The Characters Jack Jarvis and Victor McDade had appeared throughout the four series of Chewin' The Fat. Six series, and four specials were broadcast between 2002 and 2007.

In 2014, Still Game returned, with a live show at The SSE Hydro, where Hemphill reunited with Ford Kiernan. The show was a sell out, and featured the whole original cast Paul Riley, Mark Cox, Jane McCarry, Sanjeev Kohli and Gavin Mitchell. The series returned to television screens on BBC One in October 2016.

Kiernan and Hemphill announced another live show for SSE Hydro in 2017.

Other Work[edit]

Hemphill appeared in the Scottish Gaelic-language drama, Eilbheas, in which Hemphill played the spirit of Elvis set in the Western Isles. It was first shown on the launch night of BBC Alba.[citation needed] He has also written Appointment with the Wicker Man with Donald McLeary for the National Theatre of Scotland, a stage production about a small community's attempts to produce a musical version of The Wicker Man.[11]

Hemphill has been involved in the Scottish wrestling scene, matched against actor, comedian and writer, Robert Florence. They played bitter rivals at "Kelvin Brawl" in the Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on 21 June 2013. Comedian Frankie Boyle became part of this venture, unmasking himself at the end of the match.[12][13]

Hemphill guest starred in an episode of the award-winning children's television programme Katie Morag in 2014, playing the part of Donald John Cameron.[14]


In 2016, alongside Donald McLeary, Hemphill wrote the script for the horror/comedy film West Skerra Light.[15][16] At a length of one hour, this was his first full length drama as a film director.[17] In 2017, alongside Hopscotch Films, Hemphill was involved in directing the black comedy ghost-hunting drama Long Night at Blackstone.[18][19][20] It is due to be screened on BBC ONE Scotland on April 2.


  1. ^ "Glasgow University". Greg Hemphill Bio. Archived from the original on 10 May 2005. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  2. ^ Hendry, Steve (4 March 2018). "Still Game's Greg Hempill on why a regular character is being killed off". Daily Record.
  3. ^ "Still game for a good slagging match". The Scotsman.
  4. ^ "Still Game star Greg Hemphill joins the SNP following the independence referendum". Daily Record. 28 September 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Scottish independence: Celebrities speak out". Daily Record. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Five in the running for rector at Glasgow University". The Herald. 2 February 2001. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  7. ^ "Glasgow West End". Greg Hemphill: West End Actor, Comedian and Rector Of Glasgow University. Retrieved 30 December 2006.
  8. ^ "Give us a giggle then". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Boys on the ball". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  10. ^ "". Steve Hemphill. Retrieved 31 December 2006.
  11. ^ Hickling, Alfred (15 February 2012). "Playing with fire: The Wicker Man musical". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 21 February 2012.
  12. ^ "Hemphill, Florence...and Boyle: comedy wrestling match descends into glorious chaos (From Herald Scotland)". 23 June 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  13. ^ 22 Jun 2013 Updated 09:11, 22 Jun 2013 (22 June 2013). "KelvinBrawl crowns Greg Hemphil the "Victor" over Burnistoun's Rab Florence". Daily Record. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  14. ^ "Katie Morag and the Family Tree, Series 2, Katie Morag - Credits - BBC - CBeebies". BBC. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  15. ^ "West Skerra Light - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  16. ^ "Web exclusive: Greg Hemphill, a self-confessed fan of horror films, discusses his first full-length drama as a director, West Skerra Light - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  17. ^ West Skerra Light (TV Movie 2016), retrieved 1 November 2016
  18. ^ Dalziel, Magdalene (21 March 2018). "Still Game for this!First look at Greg Hemphill's new ghost-hunting black comedy". glasgowlive. Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Still Game's Greg Hemphill creates new ghost-hunting drama for BBC Scotland". Retrieved 21 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Sneak Peek: Long Night at Blackstone coming soon!". Hopscotch Films. Retrieved 30 March 2018.

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Preceded by
Ross Kemp
Rector of the University of Glasgow
Succeeded by
Mordechai Vanunu