Paul Brannigan

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Paul Brannigan
Paul Brannigan

(1986-09-14) 14 September 1986 (age 32)[1][2]
Partner(s)Sheree Coutts

Paul Brannigan (born 14 September 1986[2][3][4]) is a Scottish actor best known for his roles as Gareth O'Connor in Scottish soap opera River City and as Robbie in the film The Angels' Share (2012). Brannigan also appeared in the 2013 movie Under the Skin.

Early life[edit]

Brannigan was born in Glasgow, Scotland.[3] He was brought up in the rough working-class East End Barrowfield area of Glasgow. Both of his parents were long-term drug addicts and much of his youth was spent amidst gang violence and petty crime.[5] Brannigan has described it as like "a scene from Trainspotting". When he was ten years old, he attempted to slit his wrists.[3] Brannigan says that, before becoming an actor, he was in serious debt and had nobody to turn to.[3] He was a gang member in Glasgow and served time in a young offenders institution.[6]


Brannigan began his film career as Robbie in the 2012 Ken Loach dark comedy film, The Angels' Share, which is set largely in Glasgow and the Scottish Highlands. He was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award for Best Actor for this role. Brannigan was originally cast in a one-off appearance in the BBC Scotland soap opera River City, but in spring 2013 returned for a recurring role as Gareth O'Connor. He left the programme in September 2013.[7]

Brannigan had parts in the movies Under the Skin and Sunshine on Leith, and in 2014 appeared as Scotty in the fifth series of Irish crime drama Love/Hate and as Michael in the UK thriller Beyond.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Brannigan lives with his fiancée, Sheree Coutts, and their son Leo.[6][9]



Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Angels' Share Robbie BAFTA Scotland Awards for Best Actor[4]
Creative Scotland Award for Rising Star[10]
2013 Sunshine on Leith Ronnie
2013 Under the Skin Andrew
2014 Beyond Michael
2015 Scottish Mussel Fraser
2017 Edie McLaughlin
2019 Roads Alan


Year Title Role Notes
2012–2013 River City Gareth O'Connor[11]
2014 Love/Hate Scotty Series 5


  1. ^ Paul English (5 September 2012). "Paul Brannigan reveals life of crime in new TV series". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Twitter / PaulBrannigan1: @RickyKrushank 14 sep". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d Liz Thomas (22 May 2012). "Cannes 2012: 'Ken Loach saved my life, says ex-con star of new film The Angels' Share | Mail Online". London: Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Twitter / BAFTAScotland: WINNER: Best Actor / Actress". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  5. ^ "The Angels' Share star Paul Brannigan turned his back on a life of crime". Daily Record. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2017.
  6. ^ a b Alison Rowat (26 September 2013). "Sunshine on Leith director proclaims Paul will be a star". The Herald Scotland. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ "Twitter / PaulBrannigan1: Hey Scotland tune into river". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  8. ^ "0 Exclusive Beyond Clip Waves a Gun in Your Face". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  9. ^ Susan Swarbrick (23 September 2013). "It's crying time for Paul Brannigan on River City". Evening Times.
  10. ^ csmediaoffice. "Creative Scotland Awards | allmediascotland…Your key to the media". Retrieved 15 September 2013.
  11. ^ "BBC One – River City, 30/10/2012". 4 November 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2013.

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