Jonathan Watson

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For the Scottish Episcopal bishop, see Jonathan Watson (bishop).
Jonathan Watson
Born Scotland
Occupation Actor, Writer
Years active 1979–present

Jonathan Watson is a Scottish actor best known for his comedy sketch show Only an Excuse?, which parodies people and events from the world of Scottish football, and the BBC comedy Bob Servant Independent in which he appears with Brian Cox.


Born in Glasgow, he trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. On leaving College he joined the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre's T.A.G. Theatre Company and went on to work with the Traverse, Borderline, 7:84, Royal Lyceum, Perth Rep., and the Scottish Theatre Co., while returning to the Citizens' on many occasions.

While featuring in many television dramas earlier on in his career, it was his involvement with BBC Scotland’s Comedy Unit that saw him appear in NAKED VIDEO, CITY LIGHTS, RAB C. NESBITT, and ONLY AN EXCUSE? - which takes a satirical look at Scottish football, and is transmitted just before the bells on New Year’s Eve.

Recent theatre work has included Rob Drummond's critically acclaimed QUIZ SHOW at The Traverse, Edinburgh. John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov's THE THREE SISTERS for The Tron, Glasgow, and The National Theatre of Scotland's hugely successful production of YER GRANNY, which toured Scotland & Northern Ireland, playing to sell out crowds in the first part of this year.

Film work includes - LOCAL HERO, GIRL IN THE PICTURE, THE MATCH, SOLID GEOMETRY, FILTH, and the award winning horror film LET US PREY - which premiered at last year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Television work includes THE BILL, CASUALTY, NEW TOWN, GARROW'S LAW, NEW TRICKS, RUBENESQUE, MOUNTAIN MEN, WATERLOO ROAD, TWO DOORS DOWN, SCOTLAND IN A DAY, FRIED, and BOB SERVANT - which sees him playing opposite Brian Cox, as Bob’s trusty sidekick - Frank.

Following the success of TWO DOORS DOWN - a six part series was commissioned, which he has just completed filming. It's due for transmission on BBC2 in the New Year.

Comedy impressions[edit]

Watson has also turned his hand to political satire with his Watson's Wind Up show which was recorded on Fridays at the Glasgow Film Theatre and broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland; the popularity of this led to Watson performing satires of Scottish politicians such as Cathy Jamieson, George Galloway and the late Charles Kennedy.

Bob Servant Independent[edit]

Watson's most recent acting role as Frank (Francis) has brought him accolades as the campaign manager of local cheeseburger magnate in the cult BBC Four[1] Neil Forsyth comedy Bob Servant Independent. [2] This show was first broadcast in the UK in January/February 2013; with a move planned to BBC2 later in the year.[3]


  1. ^ "BBC 4 Bob Servant website". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bob Servant - Official Site". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "BBC Bob Servant Independent Episodes". Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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