Mark Bonnar

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Mark Bonnar
Born (1968-11-19) 19 November 1968 (age 49)
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 2001–present
Lucy Gaskell (m. 2007)
Children 2

Mark Bonnar (born 19 November 1968) is a British BAFTA Scotland winning actor widely known for his roles as Duncan Hunter in Shetland, Bruno Jenkins in Casualty, Detective Finney in Psychoville, DCC Mike Dryden in Line of Duty, Colin Osborne in Unforgotten and Townsend in Battlefield 1.


On television, Bonnar has appeared as Peter Mayhew in BBC1's New Blood and Chris in the highly successful Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe, a role which he reprised in the following series. He also plays the Rev. Adam Collingbourne in ITV's Home Fires, John Halliday in Undercover, as well as regular Duncan Hunter in Shetland for BBC1. Other television credits include Vera, Grantchester, Case Histories, The Paradise, Doctor Who, Psychoville, Taggart, Phoneshop and Paradox. In 2005, he played regular Bruno Jenkins in the BBC1 series Casualty.

His theatre performances include Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic, London in 2012,[1] Philistines at the Lyttelton, National Theatre in May 2007, Phil in Mammals in a national tour in 2006, David in A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in December 2004, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the Salisbury Playhouse in September 2004, Cyrano de Bergerac at the National Theatre in 2004 and Parade at the Donmar Warehouse in September 2007.

Bonnar provides the voice and motion capture of Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch in the 2013 video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.[2] He also provides the voice and motion capture for Townsend in the 2016 game Battlefield 1. He also features in the Doctor Who series Doom Coalition from Big Finish Productions, where he portrays the Eleven, a villainous Time Lord who retains the personalities of his past incarnations in his mind.

Bonnar also voices Twigs and Box in the CBeebies series Tree Fu Tom.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bonnar was born in Edinburgh and attended Leith Academy. He married actress Lucy Gaskell on 28 December 2007. Their first child, Martha, was born in July 2011, and their second, Samuel, in June 2015.[4]


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Rebus DI Jim Margolies
2002 Wire in the Blood Stevie McTeer
2003 Loving You DC Colin Morris
Taggart Dr. Phillip Gardner
2005 Afterlife Ben Varcoe
Casualty@Holby City Bruno Jenkins
2005-2006 Casualty
2007 The Trial of Tony Blair Tommy
Nuclear Secrets Penkovsky
The Bill Ray Moore
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries DC Ed Harvey
Britz Richard
2009 Paradox D.S. Ben Holt
2010 PhoneShop Don
2011 Doctor Who Jimmy
Psychoville Detective Finney
2012 Playhouse Presents Gerry McCluskey
Twenty Twelve Ben Farrell
The Paradise Peter Adler
2013–present Shetland Duncan Hunter
2013 Silent Witness Piers Christie
Case Histories Andy Marshall
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch Video game
Voice and motion capture
2014 Line of Duty DCC Dryden
Law & Order: UK Mark Glendon
Grantchester Dr. Robinson
Camera Trap Iain
2015 Midsomer Murders William Carnavon
All the Ordinary Angels Mr. Taylor
Vera Danny Pryor
Home Fires Reverend Adam Collingborne
Jekyll & Hyde Lord Protheroe
2015–present Catastrophe Chris
2016 Billionaire Ransom Lawrence Close Film
Undercover John Halliday
New Blood Peter Mayhew
2016–2017 Porridge Officer Meekie Pilot and full series
2017 Unforgotten Barrister Colin Osborne Series 2 - BAFTA Scotland winner for this role
Apple Tree Yard Gary Carmichael
Mission Galapagos Narrator Full series (For International Version)

Audio work[edit]

Date Title Role Director Station
22 March 2006 A Tiny Light in the Darkness Daniel Lu Kemp BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
14 August 2007 Cut to the Heart[5] Pete Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
6 July 2008 Piper Alpha[6] Toby Swift BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3
13 January 2015 Doctor Who: The English Way of Death[7] Porteus Nicholas Briggs None, Big Finish Productions
12 October 2015–present Doctor Who: Doom Coalition[8] The Eleven Various None, Big Finish Productions
Doctor Who: Ravenous[8]
Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor – The Time War[8]

Bonnar also played regular Denny Hampton in the BBC World Service soap Westway from 1997 to 2005.


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