Iain Robertson

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Iain Robertson
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Born (1981-05-27) 27 May 1981 (age 37)
Other namesDonald Iain Robertson
Known forSmall Faces, Grange Hill, Rab C. Nesbitt
AwardsBAFTA, Ian Charleson Award, twice nominee.

Iain Robertson (born 27 May 1981) is a BAFTA award winning Scottish actor. He portrayed Lex in cult Glasgow gang film, Small Faces, though Robertson is also known for his work in the long-running children's drama, Grange Hill and The Debt Collector, also starring Billy Connolly.

Robertson featured in Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers and played "Gash" in the cult British comedy Rab C. Nesbitt.[1]

Early life[edit]

Robertson grew up in a family of seven in a tenement in Govan, Glasgow. He held no thoughts of becoming an actor until a primary school teacher pointed out his talent for drama. Robertson has said: "growing up in Govan put fire in my belly, made me push harder and also appreciate the things that have come my way".[2]

At the age of 11, Robertson joined a local dramatic arts group. He set about producing his own play, co-written and directed by his friends. Soon after, he won a scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London.[2]

Upon winning the scholarship at the age of 12, Robertson appeared in British dramas Kavanagh Q.C., Silent Witness and Bramwell. In 1995 Gillies Mackinnon cast Robertson as the lead in the award winning feature film Small Faces. The film earned Robertson a Best Performance BAFTA.[citation needed]


Robertson is a prominent supporter of the Scottish National Party. He arranges a Burns Night for the First Minister of Scotland on a yearly basis.[citation needed]


Robertson was once described by British film critic, Barry Norman, as "the best thing to come out of Scotland since whisky".[2]

Robertson portrayed Craig Stevenson in the paranormal drama series Sea of Souls. He appeared in the big screen sequel Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, alongside American actress Sharon Stone. In a prolific period, he took parts in the thriller The Contractor with Wesley Snipes. He joined the cast of Rab C. Nesbitt[3] returning to the streets of his youth replacing Andrew Farlie as Nesbitt's son, Gash.[citation needed]

In 2012, Robertson starred with Simon Callow and Harry Enfield in the feature-length film Acts of Godfrey, a British comedy written entirely in verse.[4]

Robertson has worked extensively in British theatre,[citation needed] most notably in the Millennium production of Bill Bryden's The Mysteries at The Royal National Theatre and alongside Derek Jacobi in Michael Grandage's production of The Tempest at the Old Vic theatre.[citation needed]

Subsequently, Robertson appeared as Spanky in a revival of John Byrne's Slab Boys trilogy, and as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Citizens' Theatre. In 2009 he performed at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, in a theatre adaptation of James Hogg's "Confessions of a Justified Sinner".[5]

During the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Robertson performed in D.C. Jackson's My Romantic History at the Traverse Theatre.[6][7]

Robertson also starred in a one-man show Angels by Ronan O'Donnell at the "Play, a Pie and a Pint" event in Glasgow. One critic described Robertson as giving 'the performance of a lifetime'.[8]

In 2011 he appeared in a revival of The Hard Man, a play about the infamous Scottish criminal Jimmy Boyle.[9]

Robertson starred with Dawn Steele on Sea of Souls, they had previously appeared together in The Slab Boys.[10] He worked with co-star Bill Paterson on the feature film The Match.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Robertson divorced his wife, Judith Milne[12] in 2009, after three years of marriage. They had no children.[citation needed]

In 2006, Robertson was accused of assaulting a photographer in Stirling,[13] but was acquitted of the charge.[14]


Selected theatre credits[edit]

Selected radio credits[edit]



  1. ^ "Iain Robertson". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04.
  2. ^ a b c "Iain Robertson". Sunnygovan.com. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  3. ^ "Interview: Rab C Nesbitt actors Iain Robertson and Cora Bissett". The Scotsman. 17 January 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  4. ^ Masters, Tim (27 September 2011). "BBC News - Acts of Godfrey film is a first for verse". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  5. ^ "Theatre reviews: Confessions Of A Justified Sinner". The Scotsman. 21 October 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Fallout as two worlds collide..." Herald Scotland. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Theatre review: My Romantic History at Crucible Studio Theatre, Sheffield". Britishtheatreguide.info. Archived from the original on 17 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Angels". Joycemcmillan.wordpress.com. 14 September 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  9. ^ [1] Archived 21 September 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Theatre review: Cuttin' A Rug at Traverse, Edinburgh". Britishtheatreguide.info. Archived from the original on 18 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  11. ^ "The Match (1999) Movie Review from". Eye for Film. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Seal of souls as star Iain gets wed. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Star relieved after friend cleared". BBC News. 6 February 2004. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  14. ^ "DOUGRAY GETS HIS MISSION ACCOMPLISHED; Pal in the clear after star gives evidence". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  15. ^ "Afternoon Drama, McLevy - Series 8, The Blue Gown". Bbc.co.uk. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  16. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - An Audience with Ed Reardon". Bbc.co.uk. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  17. ^ "The Sensitive: A Nobody by Alastair Jessiman". Radiodramareviews.com. 24 March 2010. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  18. ^ "BBC Radio Scotland - The Blue Hen". Bbc.co.uk. 6 January 2011. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  19. ^ BBC – Scottish Shorts – The Astronaut
  20. ^ "Friday Drama, Tough Love". Bbc.co.uk. 15 February 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  21. ^ Jimmy Murphy Makes Amends, bbc.co.uk; accessed 30 August 2017.
  22. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - Ian Rankin - Rebus, Black and Blue, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 17 August 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  23. ^ BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Tenderness of Wolves, bbc.co.uk; accessed 30 August 2017.
  24. ^ "BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3, Doctor Faustus". Bbc.co.uk. 15 June 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  25. ^ "The Best Snow For Skiing". Radiolistings.co.uk. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  26. ^ "Drama on 3 - Three Japanese Gothic Tales". BBC. 26 December 2004. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  27. ^ "Soft Fall The Sounds Of Eden". Radiolistings.co.uk. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  28. ^ "THE PASSION National Theatre". Promenade Productions. Retrieved 4 October 2013.
  29. ^ "Iain Robertson profile". Iainrobertfans.livejournal.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2013.

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