Paul McGillion

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Paul McGillion
Paul McGillion by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg
McGillion at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 51)
Years active1994–present

Paul McGillion (born January 5, 1969) is a Scottish actor, who has worked in television, film and theatre. He is best known for his role on the television series Stargate Atlantis as Dr. Carson Beckett.

Early life[edit]

McGillion was born in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His family moved to Canada when he was two years old. McGillion returned to Scotland with his family during his early teens, for a few years, while his father worked on the Shetland oil rigs. He is the sixth of seven children.[1] He has a degree in teaching and while studying at Brock University, was part of their national championship-winning wrestling team. After graduating, McGillion began his career teaching theatre in Toronto, squeezing in time to attend auditions. He finally made the move to Vancouver, where he has worked extensively in film, TV and theatre.[1]


McGillion taught scene study at the Vancouver Film School in 1998 and 1999. McGillion played young Ernest Littlefield in Stargate SG-1's first season, in the episode "The Torment of Tantalus", the first Tau'ri to have passed through the Stargate after its burial. In 2004, McGillion was cast in the science fiction series Stargate Atlantis as the Scottish medical doctor, Carson Beckett. He was initially cast as a recurring guest, but his character appeared so frequently in the show's first season, he was promoted to main character for seasons two and three. Dr. Beckett went back to a recurring character for seasons four and five, where he appears as the clone of the now-deceased Beckett.

McGillion has appeared in films, The Traveler with Val Kilmer, Confined with Emma Caulfield, and The Deal with Christian Slater. And has starred in the 2003 multi-award winning film See Grace Fly. He stars in the short film A Fine Young Man, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and won the Leo Awards for Best Short Film and Lead Actor for McGillion.

McGillion expressed great interest in auditioning for the role of Montgomery Scott in the 2009 eleventh Star Trek film. “I grew up watching Star Trek and Scotty was my favourite character. It would be a great honour to follow in James Doohan’s footsteps," McGillion said. He had the endorsement of Chris Doohan, the son of original Scotty actor James Doohan, to play the role of Scotty in the film.[2][3] Though the part ultimately went to Simon Pegg, McGillion still appeared in the film in a different role.[4]

McGillion appeared in Season 7 on the TV series 24 as Dr. Levinson, a doctor who tried to extract a dangerous pathogen from Jack Bauer's bloodstream.

McGillion appeared as the husband of a dying patient, in season 5 episode 8 of the TV series The Good Doctor.


Year Title Role notes
1995 The Final Goal Jeff Conway
Crying Freeman Detective Andrews
1996 Have You Seen My Son Mr. McQuinn
She Woke Up Pregnant Marshall
1997 NightScream Deputy Nance
1998 Saving Grace Gene
Sploosh Angus
1999 A Cooler Climate Young Police Officer
Something More Andrew
2000 Skullduggery Marlon Carlson
Dangerous Attraction Phillip Broger
My 5 Wives Paul the Waiter/Danny
2001 NTSB: The Crash of Flight 323 Joe
Love and Treason Richard Keith
Replicant Hal the Captain
2003 A Guy Thing Curt
Lonesome Joe Coffee Shop Man
See Grace Fly Dominic McKinley
Thanksgiving Family Reunion Sheriff Kirkland
2004 Romeo! The Director
Jack Bob
2005 The Deal Richard Kester
2006 Engaged to Kill Lester Denton TV movie
A Dog's Breakfast Ryan
2007 Beyond Loch Ness Michael Marshall TV movie
2008 Mom, Dad and Her Ben TV movie
2009 Star Trek Barracks Leader
2010 The Traveler Deputy Jerry Pine
2011 Iron Invader Sheriff
Christmas Magic Scott Walker TV movie
2012 Witchslayer Gretl Hansel
2015 Tomorrowland English Teacher
2016 Tomboy, a Revenger's Tale Paul Wincott Post-production
Hello Destroyer Ron Burr
2018 Skyscraper On Scene Commander
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Commish Officer Lee Burnett "Ghost"
1996 Sliders First Officer
1997 The X-Files Agent Comox, Fred Neiman 2 episodes
Stargate SG-1 Young Ernest Littlefield "The Torment of Tantalus"
1999 The Sentinel Boz Tate "Love Kills"
Mercy Point Private Bane
First Wave Raphael
Viper John Kane "Seminar from Hell"
2000 Seven Days Brandon "Playmates and Presidents"
Higher Ground
2001 Da Vinci's Inquest Constable Kozak
2002 Just Cause Earl Wenk
2003 Smallville "Insurgence"
The Twilight Zone George "It's Still a Good Life"
Jake 2.0 Earl Wenk
2004 Cold Squad 4 episodes
Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett 53 episodes
2007 Sanctuary Terrance Wexford "1.6"
Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett 2 episodes
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett 4 episodes
2009 Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett "Enemy at the Gate"
24 Levinson "Day 7: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m."
Supernatural Jim Grossman "Fallen Idols"
2010 Sanctuary Terrance Wexford 4 episodes
V Lawrence Parker "Fruition"
2012 Once Upon a Time Knave of Hearts 2 episodes
Endgame Sebastian Wilks "Deadman Talking"
Fringe Edwin Massey "The Recordist"
2013 Cult Glen Nash "The Prophecy of St. Clare"
2015 Supernatural Peter Harper "There's No Place Like Home"
The Whispers Paul Wheeler "Meltdown"
When Calls the Heart Floyd Conklin "Heart and Soul"
2018 The Flash Earl Cox 3 episodes
2018 Frontier Major Vinnicombe 3 episodes


  1. ^ a b "Paul McGillion Website". Archived from the original on 2013-11-12.
  2. ^ The Sunday Post: News Archived 2008-02-15 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  3. ^ GateWorld - McGillion up for 'Star Trek' role
  4. ^ "McGillion to appear in Star Trek XI". GateWorld. 2007-12-14. Archived from the original on 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2007-12-15.

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