Hilton McRae

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Hilton McRae
McRae with friends and family at the closing night of Rabbit at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
Born (1949-12-28) 28 December 1949 (age 72)
Dundee, Scotland
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Lindsay Duncan

Hilton McRae (born 28 December 1949) is a Scottish actor, working in theatre, television and film.


McRae was part of the radical theatre group 7:84 before graduating from the University of Edinburgh, and by 1977 he had joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has concentrated mainly on avant-garde and political theatre.

His most mainstream American film role was as Arvel Crynyd in Return of the Jedi; he was uncredited for his brief appearance. In the UK he had substantial roles in The French Lieutenant's Woman and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan.

He has performed in several musicals on the London stage, including Mamma Mia! and Miss Saigon, in which he played the part of The Engineer. He performed the role of Mr Stopnick in the UK premiere of Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre, which won the Best Musical Award from the London newspaper the Evening Standard. In 2008 he played the part of Scarecrow in the Southbank's production of The Wizard of Oz.

In 2006, he acted in Rabbit, a play by Nina Raine which opened at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London, and then transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall.

In 2009, McRae won rave reviews as the title role in The Execution of Gary Glitter.

McRae starred in the play The Kreutzer Sonata, based on Tolstoy's novella, which opened at the Gate Theatre in London in 2009 with McRae in the solo role, and was revived for a second run in 2012. The production also transferred to New York City. His performance received acclaim both in the UK from many top publications, and in the U.S. from the New York Times.[1]

Personal life[edit]

McRae was born in Dundee. He is married to actress Lindsay Duncan, with whom he has a son, Cal McRae (born September 1991).[2]

A close friend and University of Edinburgh classmate of Ian Charleson, McRae contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute.[3]


Title Year Role Notes
The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 Sam
Return of the Jedi 1983 Green Leader Uncredited
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 Willy
Screen Two 1985 Charlie Hendon Episode: "Poppyland"
Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future 1985 Breugel TV movie
King of the Wind 1989 Cook
Zorro 1993 Narcisco Episode: "The Reward"
The Secret Rapture 1993 Norman
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales 1994 Hortensio / Peter Voice, Episode: "The Taming of the Shrew"
Voices 1995 Gerald Duffy
Mansfield Park 1999 Mr. Price
Monarch of the Glen 2001 Murdo Episode: "Series 2 Episode 5"
Silent Witness 2003 Supt. Colin Osbourne Episode: "Beyond Guilt"
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius 2004 Jimmy Maiden
Frances Tuesday 2004 Feltham TV movie
The Execution of Gary Glitter 2009 Gary Glitter TV movie
Lewis 2009 Mack Maguire Episode: "Counter Culture Blues"
The Power of Three 2011 Gordon
National Theatre Live: Timon of Athens 2012 Apemantus
Serena 2014 Doctor
Far from the Madding Crowd 2015 Jacob Smallbury
Macbeth 2015 Macdonwald
Denial 2016 Judge John Trench
The Sense of an Ending 2017 Alex Stuart
Darkest Hour 2017 Arthur Greenwood
A Private War 2018 Adam Watkins
Chernobyl 2019 Milan Kadnikov Episode: "Vichnaya Pamyat"


  1. ^ Brantley, Ben (25 March 2012). "'The Kreutzer Sonata,' Based on Tolstoy, at La MaMa". The New York Times. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  2. ^ Lane, Harriet (23 April 2007). "Bad girl. Lindsay Duncan talks to Harriet Lane about her new play". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  3. ^ McKellen, Ian; Bates, Alan; Hudson, Hugh; et al. For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. London: Constable and Company, 1990. pp. 13–20. ISBN 0-09-470250-0

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