Richard Rankin

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Richard Rankin
Richard Rankin in 2014.jpg
Richard Rankin in 2014
Born Richard Harris
(1983-01-04) 4 January 1983 (age 35)
Rutherglen, Scotland, UK
Alma mater Langside College
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 2006–present
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

Richard Rankin (born Richard Harris on 4 January 1983) is a Scottish film, television and theatre actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles in the Scottish sketch show Burnistoun and as Captain Thomas Gillan in the BBC One war drama The Crimson Field. He is also known for playing DI Elliot Carne in BBC Three drama Thirteen.[1]

Early life[edit]

Rankin was born Richard Harris in Rutherglen in 1983 and attended Stonelaw High School in the town,[2] although he was raised in the Glasgow districts of Hillhead and King's Park.[3]

Having been encouraged to take up a career in acting during a conversation with a television executive while on holiday in Los Angeles,[3] he enrolled at Langside College with his brother Colin.[4] Upon becoming an actor, he began using his mother's maiden name, Rankin, to prevent confusion with Irish actor Richard Harris.[3] His brother Colin Harris also became an actor. There are two other brothers in their family.[5]


Rankin first came to prominence with Robert Florence, starring alongside him in VideoGaiden and Burnistoun. After brief appearances on Scottish television shows such as Taggart and Legit, he was approached by the BBC to star as Captain Thomas Gillan in a mini-series called The Crimson Field alongside Kevin Doyle and Oona Chaplin. The series aired on BBC One on in April 2014.[6] He also starred in a low-budget horror film, House of Him, which was released during the Glasgow Film Festival in February 2014. The film had a budget of approximately £900 and starred many of his old Burnistoun colleagues, including Robert Florence, Kirsty Strain and Louise Stewart.[7]

In January 2015, Rankin joined the cast of the BBC One crime drama series Silent Witness in the two-part story "Falling Angels", playing Detective Inspector Luke Nelson. In December of the same year, it was announced that Rankin had been cast as Roger Wakefield in the Starz series Outlander.[8]




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