Paul Young (actor)

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Paul Young
Born (1944-07-03) 3 July 1944 (age 79)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation(s)Actor, Presenter
Known for

Paul Young (born 3 July 1944) is a Scottish television actor and presenter.

Young was born in Edinburgh, the son of the actor John Young. He was educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh.[1]

He started acting as a child. His first performance was as Tiny Tim in the Edinburgh Gateway Company's production of A Christmas Carol in 1953,[2] and he played the eponymous hero of the film Geordie in 1955. He played First Officer William Murdoch in the 1979 TV movie S. O. S. Titanic. Young also had a key supporting role in the Michael Winner made western Chato's Land (1972), which starred Charles Bronson, Jack Palance and Richard Basehart. Some of his later credits include The Tales of Para Handy, No Job for a Lady, Taggart, The Crow Road, Coronation Street and Still Game.

Young has gone on to find long-lasting fame among the fishing community, fronting a series of fishing TV shows, which began with "Hooked On Scotland" on the BBC in 1991. The show enjoyed somewhat unexpected success,[citation needed] winning a BAFTA for the first series. After two series, the show switched to ITV (Scottish TV), with the name changing to Hooked on Scottish and Paul's brief widening to include trips to fishing hot-spots around the world.

In 1999, Young was hooked by Scottish, and the show - with much the same format of Paul catching fish in many interesting places, each episode showcasing a different type of fish - was taken on by the Discovery Channel with the name changing again to "Hooked on Fishing". This ran successfully for six series up to 2004.[citation needed]

Young plays the character of Hugh "Shug" McLaughlin in Still Game, appearing occasionally in the early series but by series 5 and 6 becoming a regular cast member. Nicknamed "Shug the Lug" on the account of his distinctively large ears. Shug is generally the only pensioner that knows about gadgets and new technology in the group, owing to his service in the Royal Navy as a radio operator during World War II.

Young was involved in the lost Beatles interview,[3] recorded in April 1964 at the Scottish Television studios, Cowcaddens, Glasgow. The reel of film was found in a rusting film can in South London.

Young played a Canadian character called Keith in a rather touristy short film of Irvine, Ayrshire made in the 1970s .


Year Title Role Company Director Notes
1953 A Christmas Carol Tiny Tim Gateway Theatre, Edinburgh James Gibson
1972 Willie Rough Sam Thomson Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Bill Bryden
1972 Kidnapped David Balfour Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh Bill Bryden adaptation by Keith Dewhurst



Year Title Role Notes
1955 Geordie Young Geordie
1957 Let's Be Happy Page Boy Bobby
1968 Submarine X-1 Leading Seaman Quentin
1972 Madame Sin Naval Driver
1972 Chato's Land Brady Logan
1980 Death Watch Police Officer
1980 A Change of Seasons Disco Deejay
1983 Another Time, Another Place Dougal
1985 The Girl in the Picture Smiley
1995 Margaret's Museum Doctor 1
1997 Regeneration Dr Brock
1999 My Life So Far Doctor Gebbie
2000 Complicity Frank
2004 One Last Chance Mr. Clouston


Year Title Role Notes
1958 The Devil as a Roaring Lion Joel Mackenzie TV film
1963 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Delivery Boy "Possessed of Devils"
1965 The Wednesday Play Tom "A Knight in Tarnished Armour"
1965 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Ian Buchanan "Off the Hook"
1966 Scottish Playbill Ken Villiers "The Inward Lens"
1967 The Dark Number Jo-Jo "Episode 1.2"
1967 This Man Craig Hector McInnes "The Day's Run"
1967 St. Ives Officer "Lion Rampant"
1967 Thirty-Minute Theatre Tex "The Gun"
1967 The Revenue Men Various characters 3 episodes
1968 The Flight of the Heron Lieutenant Sharpe
1969 Dr. Finlay's Casebook Peter "Single or Return"
1969 The Wednesday Play Laurie Kyle "Patterson O.K."
1969 The Doctors Registrar "Episode 1.6"
1970 The Borderers Mat "Hostage"
1972 The Regiment Gilmour "Wine and Retribution"
1972 Sunset Song Will Guthrie
1973 The View from Daniel Pike Purser "A Slight Case of Absalom"
1973 Weir of Hermiston Dand Elliott
1973 Sutherland's Law Advocate Depute "The House"
1974 The Haggard Falcon Bastien
1975 The Hill of the Red Fox Policeman "Episode 1.5"
1976 Sutherland's Law Hugh Giles "Shades of Black"
1976 The Sullivans Phil Chambers
1979 The Omega Factor Frank "Visitations"
1979 S.O.S. Titanic First Officer: William Murdoch TV film
1979 The Camerons Warrick "Episode 1.5 - 1.6"
1980 Airport Chaplain Andy Blair "The Eye of Faith" & "Arrivals and Departures"
1980 Square Mile of Murder Rutherford Clark "The Sandyford Place Mystery"
1980 Doom Castle Simon MacTaggart
1981 The Walls of Jericho Dr. Juckes "Rivals in Arms"
1981 The House on the Hill McGregor "Man of Straw"
1982 ITV Playhouse Simon "Something's Got to Give"
1984 The Odd Job Man Victor "Episode 1.1"
1984 Scotland's Story Andrew Hardie "Of Government and Man"
1986 The Holy City Matthew TV film
1986 City Lights Malky Boyd "Talent"
1987 Brond Senior Officer "Episode 1.2 - 1.3"
1987 First Sight Det. Insp. Mackie "Extras"
1987 Taggart Colin Davidson “Funeral Rites”
1987–1990 Take the High Road Reverend Gerald Parker
1988 Dramarama Roddy McDonald "The Secret of Croftmore"
1989 Screen Two Snodgrass "Leaving"
1989 The Justice Game Derek Crawford "Episode 1.1 - 1.4"
1989 Albert and the Lion MacNulty TV film
1990 The Campbells Dr. Robert Armstrong "Old Ways and New" & "Truth Will Out"
1990 Lorna Doone Neighbour TV film
1990–1992 No Job for a Lady Ken Miller
1991 Poirot Mr. McNeil "The Million Dollar Bond Robbery"
1992 Rab C. Nesbitt Lawyer "That's Entertainment"
1993 I, Lovett Matted Lump "Baldy"
1993 Rab C. Nesbitt Doctor "Wean"
1993 Strathblair Max Crichton "Episode 2.7"
1994 The Bill Michael Sturridge "RTA"
1994 Rab C. Nesbitt Radio Announcer (voice) "Eorpa"
1994–1995 The Tales of Para Handy Andrew Campbell
1995 The Plant Dick the Programme Controller TV film
1995 Backup Chief Insp. Best "Mouth and Trousers"
1995 Taggart Patrick Liddell "Legends Part One"
1996 Soldier Soldier Gen MacDonald Brown "Dear Joe..."
1996 The Crow Road Hamish McHoan
1998–1999 The Last Salute Mr. Bannerman
1999 Coronation Street Jock MacCall 3 episodes
2000 My Fragile Heart DCI Owen Simmons TV film
2000 Brotherly Love Desmond Wilkie "Time Gentlemen Please"
2001 Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) Inspector Woodhuish "O Happy Isle"
2002–2019 Still Game Shug


Date Title Role Director Station
8 January 2004 Bampot Central [4] Mackay/Captain Finlay Craig Lu Kemp BBC Radio 3 The Wire
30 July 2007 Be Prepared: The Amateur Assassin [5] Reader Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Reading
17 March 2008 The Singing Sands [6] Reader - BBC Radio 7 repeated on Radio4Extra, 21 to 24 May 2012
7 January 2009 The Intelligence of Hearts [7] Reader Eilidh McCreadie BBC Radio 4 Scottish Shorts
11 November 201218 November 2012 The Black Book [8] Torrance & Vanderhyde Bruce Young BBC Radio 4
Classic Serial
18 February 2014 McLevy: A Different Path [9] Craddock Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
4 March 2014 McLevy: A Sore Convulsion [10] Craddock Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Drama
13 February 201620 February 2016 A Question of Blood [11] Fogg Bruce Young BBC Radio 4
The Saturday Play


  1. ^ "Paul is alive and fishing". The Scotsman.
  2. ^ Elder, Michael (2003), What do You do During the Day?, Eldon Productions, p. 34 ISBN 9-780954-556808
  3. ^ Shannon, Howard (30 June 2008). "Lost Beatles interview unearthed". Retrieved 15 November 2008.
  4. ^ BBC – The Wire – Bampot Central
  5. ^ BBC – Afternoon Reading – Be Prepared: The Amateur Assassin
  6. ^ BBC Radio 4 Extra Programmes – The Singing Sands
  7. ^ BBC – Scottish Shorts – The Intelligence of Hearts
  8. ^ BBC – Classic Serial – Rebus: The Black Book
  9. ^ BBC – Afternoon Drama – McLevy: A Different Path
  10. ^ BBC – Afternoon Drama – McLevy: A Sore Convulsion
  11. ^ BBC – The Saturday Play – Rebus: A Question of Blood

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