Sean Scanlan

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Sean Scanlan
Born (1948-08-18)18 August 1948
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, UK
Died 17 April 2017(2017-04-17) (aged 68)
Occupation Actor
Known for Rab C. Nesbitt, Two Thousand Acres of Sky

Sean Scanlan (18 August 1948 – 17 April 2017) was a Scottish actor.[1] He is known primarily for his many television and stage roles.


Scanlan appeared in a large number of plays and television programmes,[2] including as Dougie the ship's mate in The Tales of Para Handy[2] and Shug in Rab C. Nesbitt.[3]

He had a major role in Two Thousand Acres of Sky, playing Gordon Macphee, the ferryboat captain. Smaller parts include playing Kenneth McIver, the unlucky criminal brother of regular cast member TV John McIver in Hamish Macbeth.[2] He also played the part of Duncan 'Jock' Mcevoy in Yorkshire TV's 1982 production of Airline alongside Roy Marsden and Richard Heffer.

In 2011, he performed in Sins of the Father while rehearsing Lark, Clark and the Puppet Handy.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Born in Glasgow, Scotland,[4] he was married to Barbara Rafferty, whom he met while performing Playing for Real.[3][5]

Sean Scanlan died on 17 April 2017, aged 68.[6]


  1. ^ Young, Andrew (31 December 1981). "Glasgow Background Brings Sean into the Picture Again". The Herald. Glasgow, UK. p. 3. 
  2. ^ a b c d Beacom, Brian (30 May 2011). "Double trouble as Sean takes on two roles". Evening Times. Glasgow. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Beacom, Brian (7 June 2011). "Perfect Partnership". Evening Times. Glasgow, UK. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Scott, Marion (29 May 2011). "Family Drama as Barbara Rafferty hits stage with her husband and son". Daily Record. Glasgow, UK. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  5. ^ Radcliffe, Allan (5 April 2013). "Old Blood, Òran Mór, Glasgow". The Times. London, UK. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Obituary - Sean Scanlan, leading actor in Scottish television and theatre,; accessed 20 April 2017.

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