Iain Robertson

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Iain Robertson
Born (1981-05-27) 27 May 1981 (age 34)
Nationality Scottish
Occupation Actor
Known for Small Faces, Grange Hill, Rab C. Nesbitt
Awards BAFTA, Ian Charleson Award, twice nominee.

Iain Robertson (born 27 May 1981) is a BAFTA award winning Scottish actor. He was once described by British film critic, Barry Norman, as "the best thing to come out of Scotland since whisky".[1]

Star of the cult Glasgow gang film, Small Faces, Robertson is also known for his work in the long-running children's drama, Grange Hill and The Debt Collector, also starring comedian and actor Billy Connolly. Iain took a prominent role in Sea of Souls, with Bill Paterson and Dawn Steele.

Robertson featured in Steven Spielberg's Band of Brothers and more recently played "Gash" in the cult British comedy Rab C. Nesbitt.[2]

Billy Connolly, who also attended St Gerard's secondary school in Govan, once described Robertson's talent as "immense". 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".[1]

Early life[edit]

Robertson grew up in a family of seven in a two-bedroom tenement in Govan, Glasgow. He held no thoughts of becoming an actor until he received a report from a primary school teacher, Mr O'Kane, stating: "this boy has a special aptitude for drama".

At the age of 11, Robertson went on to join a local dramatic arts group. He set about producing his own play, co-written and directed by friends Leah Beattie, Kelly Mitchell, and John Rennie. Soon after, he looked for further opportunities in acting and found an advertisement offering scholarships to the Sylvia Young Theatre School. Iain was among 2,000 children to audition.[1]

On winning the scholarship at the age of 12,[3] Robertson appeared in renowned dramas Kavanagh Q.C., Silent Witness and Bramwell – all of which see regular repeats on British television.

In 1995 Gillies Mackinnon cast Iain as lead in the award winning feature film Small Faces alongside Kevin McKidd, Laura Fraser and Claire Higgins. The film received worldwide acclaim and earned Robertson a Best Performance BAFTA.


Iain is also known for his role as Craig Stevenson in the paranormal drama series Sea of Souls, starring in its second and third series in 2005 and 2006. He also appeared in the big screen sequel Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, alongside American actress Sharon Stone. In a prolific period, Robertson also took parts in the thriller The Contractor with Wesley Snipes. He also joined the cast of the new series of Rab C. Nesbitt[4] returning to the streets of his youth replacing Andrew Farlie as Nesbitt's son Gash.

Rab C. Nesbitt creator Ian Pattison affectionately described Iain as "a hamlet-faced bamette, who when not working, ravages around like a wasp trapped in a jar, driven mad by his own bitterness!"[5]

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. The film had limited cinematic release but Robertson received favourable reviews for the lead role.[6]

Robertson has worked extensively in British theatre, 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.

Subsequently Iain has 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 starred as Gil Martin at the Lyceum Theatre in Edinburgh, in a theatre adaptation of James Hogg's "Confessions of a Justified Sinner" .[7]

During the 2010 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Robertson received excellent reviews for his lead role in D. C. Jackson's My Romantic History.[8][9]

My Romantic History won a Fringe First award and saw a tour across England, before a sell-out run at the Bush Theatre, London. Iain also starred in the 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'.[10] In 2011 he appeared in a revival of The Hard Man, a play concerning the life of the infamous Scottish criminal Jimmy Boyle.[11]

Personal life[edit]

Robertson divorced his wife Judith Milne[12] in 2009, after three years of marriage. They had no children.[13]

2006 saw Robertson accused of assault against a photographer in Stirling.[14] Appearing in his defence was renowned Scottish actor, Dougray Scott.

In his witness evidence, Scott said: "It would take an extraordinary imagination to call what I saw a punch ... Iain was upset, not angry."

Robertson was acquitted of the charge.[15]

Iain went on to team up with Dawn Steele on Sea of Souls, they had previously appeared together in The Slab Boys.[16] He also worked with Bill Paterson on the feature film The Match.[17]

The Speyside Sessions[edit]

Robertson has been involved in a charity project conceived as a love letter to his home town and coordinated by actor, Kevin McKidd. The photos on the album's cover were taken by McKidd and his partner, Jessica Clark. Robertson directed the work's teaser video, narrated by actor Ewan McGregor, which was used to promote the album online.


Selected theatre credits[edit]

Selected radio credits[edit]



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  5. ^ "The Evening Times - Scottish news, Celtic, Rangers and other sport plus fashion, showbiz and opinion". Govan.eveningtimes.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
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  7. ^ "Theatre reviews: Confessions Of A Justified Sinner | The Curse Of The Demeter | Memory Cells". The Scotsman. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
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  14. ^ "UK | Scotland | Star relieved after friend cleared". BBC News. 2004-02-06. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  15. ^ "DOUGRAY GETS HIS MISSION ACCOMPLISHED; Pal in the clear after star gives evidence. - Free Online Library". Thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  16. ^ "Theatre review: Cuttin' A Rug at Traverse, Edinburgh". Britishtheatreguide.info. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  17. ^ "The Match (1999) Movie Review from". Eye for Film. 2001-01-19. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  18. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Afternoon Drama, McLevy - Series 8, The Blue Gown". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-11-29. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  19. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - An Audience with Ed Reardon". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-01-03. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  20. ^ "The Sensitive: A Nobody by Alastair Jessiman". Radiodramareviews.com. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  21. ^ "BBC Radio Scotland - The Blue Hen". Bbc.co.uk. 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  22. ^ BBC – Scottish Shorts – The Astronaut
  23. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Friday Drama, Tough Love". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-02-15. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  24. ^ BBC – Afternoon Play – Jimmy Murphy Makes Amends
  25. ^ "BBC Radio 4 Extra - Ian Rankin - Rebus, Black and Blue, Episode 1". Bbc.co.uk. 2013-08-17. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  26. ^ BBC – Woman's Hour Drama – The Tenderness of Wolves
  27. ^ "BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3, Doctor Faustus". Bbc.co.uk. 2008-06-15. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  28. ^ "The Best Snow For Skiing". Radiolistings.co.uk. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  29. ^ "Drama on 3 - Three Japanese Gothic Tales". BBC. 2004-12-26. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  30. ^ "Soft Fall The Sounds Of Eden". Radiolistings.co.uk. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  31. ^ "THE NATIVITY National Theatre". Promenade Productions. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  32. ^ "THE PASSION National Theatre". Promenade Productions. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 
  33. ^ "iainrobertfans - Profile". Iainrobertfans.livejournal.com. Retrieved 2013-10-04. 

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