Jonathan Watson

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Jonathan Watson
Born Scotland
Occupation Actor, Writer
Years active 1979–present
Known for City Lights (1984–1991)
Naked Video (1986–1991)
Only An Excuse (1993–present)
Bob Servant (2013–2015)
Two Doors Down (2013–present)
Fried (2014–2015)

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.


Watson was born in Glasgow and educated at Hillhead High School.[1] He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and graduated in 1979.[1] He joined the TAG Theatre Company then followed this with a season with the 7:84 company.[2] He had a part in Bill Forsyth's 1983 film Local Hero.[2]

He moved to London in 1986 and returned to Scotland two years later.[1]

He appeared in all five seasons of Naked Video that were broadcast on BBC Scotland between 1986 and 1991,[3] He was also in City Lights,[3] Rab C. Nesbitt and Only an Excuse?.[citation needed]

In 2013, Watson appeared in Rob Drummond's Quiz Show at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh.[4] In 2014 he played Archie in John Byrne's adaptation of Chekhov's The Three Sisters for The Tron, Glasgow.[5] He was also in The National Theatre of Scotland's production of Yer Granny, which toured Scotland & Northern Ireland.[6][7]

He appeared in the horror film Let Us Prey that was released in 2015.[8]

Early television appearances included minor parts in The Bill and Casualty.[1] In Bob Servant which sees him playing opposite Brian Cox, as Bob’s trusty sidekick - Frank.[6]

Following the success of a one-hour pilot, a six-part comedy series Two Doors Down was made which screened on BBC2 beginning in March 2016.[9]

He supports Celtic.[10]

Comedy impressions[edit]

Watson's Wind Up was a political satire show that was aired on BBC Radio Scotland.[11][12] The show was recorded on Fridays at the Glasgow Film Theatre.

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[13] Neil Forsyth comedy Bob Servant Independent. [14] This show was first broadcast in the UK in January/February 2013; with a move planned to BBC2 later in the year.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d "Would the real Jonathan Watson please stand up?". The Scotsman. 10 December 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Currie, Julie (26 May 2015). "Yer Granny star is enjoying old pals' act". The Falkirk Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Naismith, Albert (23 September 1989). "Seriously, it's funny". The Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Cooper, Neil (4 April 2013). "QUIZ SHOW, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh". The Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Fisher, Mark (9 October 2014). "Three Sisters review – beautifully controlled Chekhov in Scotland". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Miller, Phil (4 December 2014). "Cast announced for new National Theatre comedy". The Herald. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  7. ^ Fisher, Mark (2 June 2015). "Yer Granny review – Gregor Fisher as another lovable Scottish grotesque". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Brady, Tara (12 June 2015). "Let Us Prey review: Just when you imagine the people onscreen couldn't be more evil, they are". The Irish Times. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  9. ^ Spowart, Nan (28 March 2016). "Hit comedy Two Doors Down is back after winning fans on both sides of the Border". The National. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  10. ^ Fulton, Rick (2 September 2009). "Exclusive: Only An Excuse star Jonathan Watson on taking the football comedy show on the road". Daily Record (Scotland). Retrieved 9 March 2017. 
  11. ^ "Interview: Face to face with Jonathan Watson and his many wind-ups". The Scotsman. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Beacom, Brian (19 December 2012). "Watson thought Beeb call was wind-up". Evening Times. Retrieved 10 October 2016. 
  13. ^ "BBC 4 Bob Servant website". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  14. ^ "Bob Servant - Official Site". Retrieved 19 February 2013. 
  15. ^ "BBC Bob Servant Independent Episodes". Retrieved 20 February 2013. 

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