John Gordon Sinclair

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John Gordon Sinclair
Born Gordon John Sinclair
(1962-02-04) 4 February 1962 (age 53)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Singer, actor

John Gordon Sinclair (born 4 February 1962)[1] is a Scottish actor most notable for playing Gregory in Gregory's Girl. He was born as Gordon John but took the stage name 'John Gordon Sinclair' because Equity already had a Gordon John registered.

Life and career[edit]

Sinclair was born in Glasgow. At 15 he joined Glasgow's Youth Theatre[2] after he visited one night and met fellow fan of Canadian progressive rock group Rush, Robert Buchanan.[3] As a result he starred in a number of films by director Bill Forsyth, perhaps the most notable of which is 1981's Gregory's Girl, shot when he was 19 years old. He reprised the role nearly two decades later in Gregory's Two Girls, and also appeared in Forsyth's Local Hero (1983). His other film roles included appearances in Britannia Hospital (1982), The Girl in the Picture (1985), and Erik the Viking (1989).

He has continued to act on stage and screen. Other roles include parts in Goodbye Mr Steadman, Mad About Alice and Roman Road. He was also in the first series of LWT's Hot Metal and both the radio and television sitcom An Actor's Life For Me. He played Dan Weir in Espedair Street, the BBC Radio 4 adaptation of the Iain Banks novel, as well as playing the lead part of Dr. Finlay in the Radio 4 series entitled Adventures of a Black Bag.

He appeared in the 1982 Scottish squad's World Cup song "We Have a Dream", a number 5 hit in the UK, which was written and performed by BA Robertson. It featured John Gordon Sinclair speaking his recollection of a dream about Scottish football success. He later revived this Scottish footballing connection by narrating the 2006-07 BBC Scotland documentary series That Was The Team That Was.

Sinclair played Frank McClusky, a leading character, in the 1990 John Byrne TV serial Your Cheatin' Heart. He played one of the main characters in the Tesco TV adverts in the late 1990s and early 2000s alongside Prunella Scales and Jane Horrocks. He most recently appeared in the West End in The Producers playing the part of Leo Bloom alongside Fred Applegate.

He voiced all the male characters (except for Finbar) in HIT Entertainment's Rubbadubbers. He was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1995 for Best Actor in a Musical for his 1994 performance in "She Loves Me".

Sinclair also performed the part of "Master of Ceremonies" in Mike Oldfield's premiere performance of Tubular Bells II at Edinburgh Castle in 1992.

He had a novel Seventy Times Seven published in 2012 and is married with two daughters.[4] In 2013 he starred alongside Brad Pitt in the Zombie/Action summer blockbuster movie World War Z as a Navy SEAL.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Mr John Gordon Sinclair Retrieved 18 May 2012.
  2. ^ Barnett, Laura (31 January 2011). "Portrait of the artist: John Gordon Sinclair, actor". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "John Gordon Sinclair – Biographies". Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  4. ^ John Gordon Sinclair: No more Mr Nice Guy, The Independent, 26 August 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012.

External links[edit]

John Gordon Sinclair at the Internet Movie Database