James Mackenzie (actor)

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James Mackenzie
James mackenzie raven.jpg
Mackenzie in the role of Raven
Born 15th May 1979 (age 37)
Dundee, Scotland
Alma mater Queen Margaret University College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995 - present[1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Website http://www.jamesmackenzie.co.uk

James Mackenzie (born 15 May 1979) is a Scottish actor, best known for presenting the lead role in the children's game show Raven. His character's catchphrase on the show was 'Let the challenge... Begin.'


Mackenzie was born in Dundee and has lived in Scotland all his life. He was educated at Queen Margaret University College, where he studied acting.[1] He is the son of actor Michael Mackenzie, who in the 1970s played the title role of Tarot in Ace of Wands, a cult children's TV series of the time; Mackenzie senior also made several appearances in Raven: The Island as Cyrus.


His television career has mainly focused on the Raven series, but he has also appeared in several other television programmes, such as Rebus, Taggart and CBBC series Dani's House. His stage career over the years has spanned everything from Macbeth to pantomime. His voice can also be heard on many commercial voiceovers.[2][3] James toured the UK with Dundee Rep's production of "Sunshine on Leith", a musical based on the songs of The Proclaimers, starring alongside The Lord Of The Rings' Billy Boyd.

As well as his acting work, he has also presented for CBBC on a couple of occasions, and appeared as a guest presenter on the CBBC art show, SMart as a special guest.[4]


Year Title Role
1997–1999 Taggart Keith Burns
2001 Rebus Pete
2002-2010 Raven Raven
2006 Still Game Leader Of The Neds
2006 Raven: The Island Raven
2007 Raven: The Secret Temple Raven
2009 Raven: The Dragon's Eye Raven
2011-2012 Dani's House Zorlock
2015- River City Gary


  1. ^ a b "James Mackenzie at Casting Call Pro". Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  2. ^ "The Spotlight: JAMES MACKENZIE". Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  3. ^ "James Mackenzie on IMDb". Retrieved 2007-09-19. 
  4. ^ "CBBC Episode Listing". Retrieved 2009-09-06. 

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