Greg McHugh

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Greg McHugh
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Born (1980-01-05) 5 January 1980 (age 35)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation Actor, comedian, writer

Greg McHugh (born 5 January 1980) is a Scottish actor and writer. He is the creator, writer and star of the BBC1 comedy series Gary: Tank Commander.[1] He also plays Howard in the highly successful Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat.

Early life and education[edit]

Greg McHugh was born in Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotland on 5 January 1980.[2] His father was a civil servant, and his mother a teacher.[2] McHugh has two elder brothers.[3]

McHugh went to St Thomas of Aquin's High School or St Tams as it's known locally, he then studied business at the University of Stirling and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.[4][5] Initially, McHugh had intended to study sports science but found it too difficult.[2]

McHugh's accent is a softer variation of the Edinburgh accent.[6]


McHugh can be seen briefly on screen in the Still Game episode "Faimly" as a friend or relative visiting the patient in the bed beside Winston Ingram.

McHugh played Josh Elvey in the TV movie Not Safe for Work.

In 2010, McHugh appeared in the episode "Don the Musical" of the English sitcom How Not to Live Your Life. He played Randy, a local actor of amateur dramatics who played the Tom Cruise character, Charlie Babbitt, in a musical version of Rain Man. He was in two 2010 episodes of Rab C. Nesbitt as Liam O'Hagan. The episodes were "Muse" and "Candy."

McHugh appeared on Red Nose Day 2011 reporting the fund-raising going on throughout Scotland for Comic Relief.

McHugh was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA as writer of Gary: Tank Commander.[7]

In 2011–2013, McHugh starred as Howard in the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat.

In 2013, McHugh appeared in the Channel 4 serial Dates.

McHugh appeared in the 2013 Bad Education Christmas special as Bonehead, a homeless man.[8]

In 2014, McHugh appeared in the BBC film Marvellous playing the part of Malcolm, the long-time friend of Neil Baldwin.

From 6 December 2014 to 11 January 2015 McHugh starred as the character of Smee in the pantomime production of Peter Pan at the King's Theatre, Glasgow.

From 20–22 October 2016, he will reprise his role as Gary in a stage version of his hit sitcom at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.


Year Film Role Notes
2014 Marvellous Malcolm
2013 Bad Education Christmas Special Bonehead
2013 Dates Callum
2011–present Fresh Meat Howard
2009–2012 Gary Tank Commander Gary McLintoch (actor, writer)
2010 Rab C. Nesbitt Liam
2014 The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night Howard


Year Production Role Venue Notes
2014/15 Peter Pan Smee King's Theatre,Glasgow


Year Production Role Venue Notes
2016 Gary Tank Commander Gary McLintoch SSE Hydro, Glasgow


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