Paul McGillion

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Paul McGillion
McGillion at the 2011 Phoenix Comicon
Born (1969-01-05) January 5, 1969 (age 55)
Years active1994–present

Paul McGillion (born 5 January 1969) is a Scottish-Canadian 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 5 January 1969[1] 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.[2] 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.[2]


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.[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 a season 3 episode of The Good Doctor.


TV Movies[edit]

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
2002 Lonesome Joe Coffee Shop Man
2003 A Guy Thing Curt
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
A Dog's Breakfast Ryan
2007 Beyond Loch Ness Michael Marshall
2008 Mom, Dad and Her Ben
2009 Star Trek Barracks Leader
2010 The Traveler Deputy Jerry Pine
2011 Iron Invader Sheriff
Christmas Magic Scott Walker
2012 Witchslayer Gretl Hansel
2013 Yellowhead Inspector
2015 Tomorrowland English Teacher
Ice Sculpture Christmas Frank Shaw
2016 The Assignment Paul Wincott
Hello Destroyer Ron Burr
2017 Death Note Principal
Bigger Fatter Liar Tom Shepherd
2018 Skyscraper On Scene Commander


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Commish Officer Lee Burnett episode: "Ghost"
1996 Sliders First Officer
1997 The X-Files Agent Comox / Fred Neiman 2 episodes
Stargate SG-1 Young Ernest Littlefield episode: "The Torment of Tantalus"
1999 The Sentinel Boz Tate episode: "Love Kills"
Mercy Point Private Bane
First Wave Raphael
Viper John Kane episode: "Seminar from Hell"
2000 Seven Days Brandon episode: "Playmates and Presidents"
Higher Ground
2001 Da Vinci's Inquest Constable Kozak
2002 Just Cause Earl Wenk
2003 Smallville episode: "Insurgence"
The Twilight Zone George episode: "It's Still a Good Life"
Jake 2.0 Earl Wenk
2004 Cold Squad 4 episodes
2004–2009 Stargate: Atlantis Carson Beckett 60 episodes
2007–2010 Sanctuary Terrance Wexford 5 episodes
2009 24 Levinson episode: "Day 7: 6:00 a.m.–7:00 a.m."
Supernatural Jim Grossman episode: "Fallen Idols"
2010 V Lawrence Parker episode: "Fruition"
2012 Endgame Sebastian Wilks episode: "Deadman Talking"
Fringe Edwin Massey episode: "The Recordist"
Once Upon a Time Knave of Hearts 2 episodes
2013 Cult Glen Nash episode: "The Prophecy of St. Clare"
2015 Supernatural Peter Harper episode: "There's No Place Like Home"
The Whispers Paul Wheeler episode: "Meltdown"
When Calls the Heart Floyd Conklin episode: "Heart and Soul"
2018 The Flash Earl Cox 3 episodes
Frontier Major Vinnicombe
2019 The Good Doctor Leo Adan episode: 3x08 - Moonshot
2021 Firefly Lane Bud 6 episodes
2022-2023 Family Law Chip Crombie Recurring
2023 Fargo (season 5) Captain Muscavage Recurring


  1. ^ "Jan. 5 Celebrity Birthdays". Orange County Register. January 5, 2013. Retrieved January 5, 2024.
  2. ^ a b "Bio". Paul McGillion. Archived from the original on 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2020-01-11.
  3. ^ Read, David (2007-10-01). "McGillion up for 'Star Trek' role". GateWorld. Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  4. ^ Read, David (2007-12-14). "McGillion to appear in Star Trek XI". GateWorld. Retrieved 2021-01-11.

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