Paul McGillion

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Paul McGillion
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Paul McGillion in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2011.
Born (1969-01-05) 5 January 1969 (age 46)
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Paul McGillion (born 5 January 1969) is a Vancouver-based actor who has worked in television, film and theatre since 1990. 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 only 2. When Paul was 11 the family moved back to Scotland for three years while his father worked on the Shetland oil rigs. He is the sixth of seven children. [1] Paul has a degree in teaching and while studying at Brock University, was part of their national championship winning wrestling team. After graduating the actor began his career teaching theatre in Toronto, squeezing in time to attend auditions, he finally made the move to Vancouver where he’s worked extensively in film, TV and theatre.[2]

Acting career[edit]

He taught scene study at the Vancouver Film School in 1998 and 1999. In 2004, McGillion took a role on 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 that he was promoted to main character for seasons two and three, and reverts to a recurring character for seasons 4 and 5 where he appears as the clone of the now-deceased Beckett. McGillion also played the part of young Ernest Littlefield in Stargate SG-1's first season episode "The Torment of Tantalus", the first Tau'ri to have passed through the Stargate after its burial. Paul Mc Gillion has also appereared in ‘The Traveler’ with Val Kilmer, ‘Confined’ with Emma Caulfield, ‘The Deal’ with Christian Slater and the multi-award winning ‘See Grace Fly’ as well as short film ‘A Fine Young Man’ which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews and recently won Leo Awards for Best Short Film and Lead Actor for Paul.

He expressed great interest in auditioning for the role of Montgomery Scott in the 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," he said. McGillion also had the endorsement of Chris Doohan, the son of original Scotty actor James Doohan, to play the role of Scotty in the film.[3][4] Though the part ultimately went to Simon Pegg, McGillion still appeared in the film in a different role.[5]

He appeared in Season 7 of 24 as Dr. Levinson, a doctor who tried to extract a dangerous pathogen from Jack Bauer's bloodstream after all the canisters containing pathogen had either been destroyed or secured by FBI, but died when Bauer was being moved to another location and Bauer broke free, killing Levinson and his orderlies.


Year Film Role Other 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
Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett 53 episodes (2004–2009)
2005 The Deal Richard Kester
2006 Engaged to Kill Lester Denton (Television)
A Dog's Breakfast Ryan
2007 Beyond Loch Ness Michael Marshall (Television)
2008 Mom, Dad and Her Ben TV film
2009 Star Trek Barracks Leader Film
2010 The Traveler Deputy Jerry Pine
2011 Iron Invader Sheriff
2011 Christmas Magic Scott Walker TV film
2015 Tomorrowland English Teacher
Guest-starring roles
Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Commish Officer Lee Burnett episode Ghost
1996 Sliders First Officer
Viper John Kane
1997 The X Files Agent Comox, Fred Neiman (1995, 1997)
Stargate SG-1 Young Ernest Littlefield episode "The Torment of Tantalus"
1999 The Sentinel Boz Tate
Mercy Point Private Bane
First Wave Raphael
2000 Seven Days Brandon episode "Playmates and Presidents"
Higher Ground
2001 Da Vinci's Inquest Constable Kozak
2002 Just Cause Earl Wenk
2003 Smallville Lex' Lackey episode "Insurgence"
The Twilight Zone George It's Still a Good Life
Jake 2.0 Earl Wenk
2004 Cold Squad Dwayne Douglas Smith, Neil Cranston (1998, 2002, 2004)
2007 Sanctuary Terrance Wexford episode 1.6
Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett two episodes: "The Kindred Part 1" and "The Kindred Part 2"
2008 Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett four episodes: "The Seed," "Whispers," "Outsiders," "Identity"
2009 Stargate: Atlantis Dr. Carson Beckett episode "Enemy at the Gate"
24 Levinson Day 7: 6:00 a.m.-7:00 a.m.
2009 Supernatural Jim Grossman episode "Fallen Idols"
2010 Sanctuary Terrance Wexford 4 episodes)
V Lawrence Parker episode "Fruition"
2012 Once Upon a Time Knave of Hearts episodes "Hat Trick" and "Queen of Hearts"
Endgame Sebastian Wilks episode "Deadman Talking"
Fringe Edwin Massey episode "The Recordist"
2013 Cult Glen Nash episode "The Prophecy of St. Clare"
2015 Supernatural Peter Harper episode "There's No Place Like Home"
2015 The Whispers Paul Wheeler episode "Meltdown"


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