|Born||Kirsty Jean Mary Strain
18 December 1980
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Kirsty Strain (born 18 December 1980 in Glasgow, Scotland) 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.
Education and early career
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 prestigious Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York in 2003, under the tutelage of Paul Calderón 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. 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.
Kirsty Strain's career officially 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. 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.
She recently worked on the feature film Up There which stars Burn Gorman and Warren Brown. She can still currently be seen 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. Kirsty has filmed three consecutive series, the third of which was televised in August 2012. She has also appeared in the BBC One Scotland television series River City, in the recurring role of Angie Warren.
|2008||All of Me||Rhona|
|2010||When The Bough Breaks||Sarah|
|2010||Native Son||Dead Girl|
|2011||Somebody's Daughter||Amy Scott|
|2014||The House of Him||Sophie|
|2014||The Weepers||Lady Maclean|
|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"|
|2012||River City||Angie Warren||Television Series|
- IMDB BIOGRAPHY
- Paisley Daily Express. Paisley Daily Express (1 February 2011).
- Scottish Youth Theatre Archived 28 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.. Scottish Youth Theatre (26 March 2008).
- IMDB CREDITS
- Scottish Screen. Ssa.nls.uk.
- Empire Online. Empire Online.
- The Comedy Unit. The Comedy Unit.
- Stevenson, Mark. (15 August 2012) The Sun Newspaper. Thesun.co.uk.