Kirsty Strain

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Kirsty Strain
Kirsty Jean Mary Strain

Years active2000–present

Kirsty Strain is a Scottish actress, best known for her roles in the popular comedy sketch series, Burnistoun, and as Angie Warren in the BBC Scotland television series, River City. In December 2016, she was a supporting actress to several acting pieces by St. Paul's High School, at the Tramway Theatre in Glasgow. She can most recently be seen in Outlander and the feature films, And Violet and Anna and the Apocalypse.

Education and early career[edit]

Kirsty Strain attended Bannerman High School in Glasgow before enrolling at Langside College in the same city to study acting and performance. She later went on to study at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York in 2003, training under Paul Calderón[1] where fellow alumni in her year included Margherita Missoni and Norwegian actress Sofie Cappelen. She remained in New York for three years, during which time she performed at the school's Marilyn Monroe Theatre and at the Independent Theatre in downtown New York.

Her interest in theatre and performance began with her early childhood experience at the Scottish Youth Theatre (SYT) which included performing with fellow SYT alumnus Sean Biggerstaff in a production of Sleeping Beauty at the Tron Theatre in Glasgow.[2] Further theatre performances with the organisation included The Glory on the main stage of the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and at His Majesty's Theatre in Aberdeen. She also performed in their 2002 production of Illyria at the Macrobert Arts Centre.[3]


Kirsty Strain's career began when she went on to work with the Scottish Youth Theatre's patrons, Blythe Duff and Colin McCredie in Taggart for STV in the role of Lisa Corrie in the programme's 99th episode, "So Long Baby" in 2009.[4] This however, wasn't Kirsty's first television performance: That came in the form of the short film entitled, Rice, Paper, Stars in the roles of Ninja/Baby/Doll as part of the Tartan Shorts series for the BBC in 2000, directed by Andy Goddard and starring Karen Dunbar.[5]

She worked on the feature film Up There which stars Burn Gorman and Warren Brown.[6] She appeared in the comedy sketch series Burnistoun for which she is a member of the principal cast. The show is written by Robert Florence and Iain Connell and produced by The Comedy Unit.[7] Strain has filmed three consecutive series, the third of which was televised in August 2012. A special episode, Burnistoun Goes To Work was televised in 2016. She was a regular in the BBC One Scotland television series River City, in the recurring role of Angie Warren. She had a role in the BBC One drama, One of Us alongside Juliet Stevenson, John Lynch and Joe Dempsie, and she most recently appeared in an episode of Outlander, opposite Caitriona Balfe which was televised in October 2017. Straing also worked on the feature film Anna and the Apocalypse, directed by John McPhail (director) and appeared in a central role for the feature film And Violet, also in 2017.


She is an campaigner for ME awareness and supports the charities TYMES Trust and Share A Star.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 All of Me Rhona
2010 When The Bough Breaks Sarah
2010 Best Before Anna
2010 Native Son Dead Girl
2011 Somebody's Daughter Amy Scott
2012 Up There Cheryl
2014 The House of Him Sophie
2014 The Weepers Lady Maclean
2014 I.Q You Danielle
2015 Dropping Off Michael Roxy
2017 And Violet Zoe
2017 Anna and the Apocalypse Ms Wright
2017 Echoes That Remain Susan


Year Title Role(s) Episode(s) & Notes
2000 Rice, Paper, Stars Ninja/Baby/Doll Television Short
2009 Taggart Lisa Corrie Episode 99, "So Long, Baby"
2009–2012 Burnistoun Various Television Series
2012 River City Angie Warren Television Series
2016 One of Us Monica Grant Television Series
2016 Burnistoun Goes To Work Various TV Movie
2017 Outlander Peggy Television Series


  1. ^ "Kirsty Strain". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  2. ^ Paisley Daily Express. Paisley Daily Express (1 February 2011).
  3. ^ Scottish Youth Theatre Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Scottish Youth Theatre (26 March 2008).
  4. ^ "Kirsty Strain". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  5. ^ "RICE PAPER STARS". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  6. ^ Empire Online. Empire Online.
  7. ^ The Comedy Unit. The Comedy Unit.

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