Steven McNicoll

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Steven McNicoll
Born Edinburgh, Scotland
Occupation Actor, playwright, comedian presenter

Steven McNicoll is an actor, director, playwright and television presenter.

He co wrote and starred in seven series of the BBC sketch show Velvet Soup on radio and later television, which earned him a BAFTA nomination.

He is also known to viewers for playing the young Rab C Nesbitt in the series of the same name which stars Gregor Fisher. He also appears regularly as Bra's Jeff in Donald McLeary and Sanjeev Kohli's Sony Award winning BBC Radio 4 sitcom Fags, Mags and Bags.

Mcnicoll has also presented 4 series of the educational programme Around Scotland for the BBC. McNicoll has co written several plays for stage and radio.

In 2001, his play for BBC Radio 4, There Are Such Things, about the life and career of horror movie legend, Bela Lugosi, won the Hamilton Deane Award for best dramatic presentation from the Dracula Society. Prior to that, in 1997, as writer and actor, McNicoll was a recipient of The Herald Angel Award for his stage play Empty Jesters.

In 2005, Scottish cultural magazine the List nominated him at number 69 in their Hot 100 List which celebrated those who had made the biggest cultural impact in Scotland that year. In 2007, he starred as Sammy Fox in the critically acclaimed BBC TV comedy series Legit, which was nominated for a Rose D'or.

On stage, McNicoll has appeared in a huge variety of roles.

In 2003 he received the Leon Sinden Award for best supporting actor in Tony Roper's classic comedy/drama The Steamie. In 2005 he received plaudits for his portrayal of Oliver Hardy opposite Barnaby Power in the Tom McGrath play Laurel and Hardy, which was first performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and later transferred to the Olympia Theatre Dublin. The same year he was nominated for best supporting actor at the Theatrical Management Association awards for his portrayal of Cliff, opposite David Tennant as Jimmy Porter in Look Back In Anger which premiered at the Royal Lyceum Theatre and then transferred to the Theatre Royal, Bath.

In 2009, McNicoll starred along with Gordon Kennedy Colin McCredie and Sara Crowe in Tim Firth's comedy musical The Corstorphine Road Nativity at The Festival Theatre.

In November 2010, McNicoll's hugely popular play 'The House' was premiered at Oran Mor in Glasgow.

In 2011, he played Toby Belch in Twelfth Night and in 2012, David O Selznick in Moonlight And Magnolias in two highly acclaimed productions directed by Rachel O'Riordan at Perth Theatre. Later that same year he was a recipient of The Argos Angel award for his performances in Paddy Cunneen's Fleeto and Wee Andy at the Brighton Festival.

McNicoll has also appeared regularly at the Kings Theatre, Glasgow in the annual Christmas pantomime.

On radio, he has worked extensively for the BBC for over thirty years, starting as a child actor, then progressing to writing and acting in plays and series for Radio 3 and 4. In July 2012 he could be heard as Pa Joad opposite Michelle Fairley in a three part Radio 4 Classic Serial adaptation Of John Steinbeck's The Grapes Of Wrath. And with Brian Cox in episodes of McLeavy

In 2017 he played Biesenthal in Marathon Man with Ian McDiarmid for Radio 4.

In April 2013 he co-starred in Rob Drummond's highly acclaimed play Quiz Show that launched The Traverse Theatre's Fiftieth Anniversary Season.

McNicoll is familiar to younger audiences as the teacher Mr Mackie in the much loved BBC TV version of Katie Morag. And his numerous appearances in the hugely popular Teacup Travels.

He has recently appeared as an interviewer as part of Ian Lavender's Dad's Army reminiscence show "Don't tell him Pike!" which played to full houses at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe at the Assembly Rooms in 2014 and again in 2015. In 2016 he starred with Freddie Fox in the comedy horror short The Northleach Horror. Directed by David Cairns.

He has just recently completed filming the feature Keepers starring Peter Mullen and Gerard Butler. Due for release in 2018.

In 2017 McNicoll played the part of Andy for the second time, with a cast starring Mary McCusker, Carmen Pierracini, Fiona Wood and Libby Macarther in the 30th anniversary production of one of Scottish Theatre's most popular and successful plays, The Steamie, directed by it's author Tony Roper The production toured around Scotland, as ever, to packed houses and great critical acclaim.

He starred as Jean at the Royal Lyceum in Murat Daltaban's DOT theatre company's acclaimed production of Zinnie Harris' adaptation of Ionesco's Rhinoceros as part of the Edinburgh International Festival in 2017. The production is to return as part of the Lyceum season in 2018.

Selected Stage Appearance[edit]

Year Play/Theatre Role Notes
2014 Kill Johnny Glendenning Royal Lyceum Bruce
2013 The Shawshank Redemption Assembly Rooms/The Gaiety, Dublin Brian Hadley
2013 Quiz Show The Traverse Gerry Holland Winner: Best New Play Critic's Award for Theatre 2013
2012 Pygmalion Oran Mor Henry Higgins
2012 Fleeto Tumult In The Clouds DCI Martin Booth Winner: Argos Angel Award Brighton Festival
2012 Wee Andy Tumult In The Clouds Andrew Graham Winner: Argos Angel Award Brighton Festival
2012 Moonlight And Magnolias Perth Theatre David O Selznick
2011 Twelfth Night Perth Theatre Sir Toby Belch
2011 Educating Agnes Royal Lyceum Hamish
2010 While You Lie Traverse Chris
2010 The Importance Of Being Earnest Royal Lyceum Merriman/Lane
2007 The Merchant Of Venice Lyceum Gratiano
2006 Look Back In Anger : 50 years Royal Court Cliff
2006 Joking Apart Northcott Theatre Sven
2005 Laurel And Hardy Lyceum/Olympia Theatre Dublin Oliver Hardy
2005 Look Back In Anger Royal Lyceum/ Theatre Royal Bath Cliff Nominated: T.M.A Best supporting actor
2004 Dead Funny Borderline Theatre Brian
2003 Man And Superman/The Steamie/ The Matchmaker Pitlochry Festival Theatre Hector Malone/ Andy/ Auguste Winner: Leon Sinden Award Best Actor
2001 The Comedy Of Errors Royal Lyceum Dromio Of Syracuse

Selected Film and TV[edit]

Year Title Company Role
2013 Katie Morag BBC Mr Mackie
2010 Garrow's Law BBC Yardley
2009 Joe Smeal's Wheels Film Nouveau Davie Bell
2008 Empty BBC Tam
2007 Legit BBC Sammy Fox
2006 Wearside Jack: The Ripper Hoaxer Channel 4 DCI Dick Holland
2004 The Return Of Peg Leg Pete Fox Searchlight Pete
2002 Cry For Bobo Forged Film Coco
2001 Velvet Soup BBC Writer/ Performer
2000 Velvet Soup BBC Writer/ Performer
1994 - 2011 Rab C. Nesbitt BBC Young Rab C

Selected Radio Appearances[edit]

Date Title Role Director Station
31 March 2003 The Life Trainer Chaz Lu Kemp BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
28 October 2003 The Time Between Two Tides Loan Shark/Operator Gaynor Macfarlane BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
8 January 2004 Bampot Central Constable McLaren Lu Kemp BBC Radio 3 The Wire
21 August 2008 Sex for Volunteers[1] Joe Kirsty Williams BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
24 December 2008 Christmas Eve[2] Vakula Bruce Young BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
23 July 2010 No Help When Dead[3] Baxter Kirsty Williams BBC Radio Scotland Drama


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