Tam Dean Burn

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Tam Dean Burn (born 1958 in Leith, Scotland) is a Scottish actor who has played a wide range of roles on stage and screen. On television this includes multiple roles on long-running detective series Taggart, and on BBC Scotland's soap opera River City, where he played gangster Thomas McCabe.[1]

He is the brother of drummer Russell Burn, of Edinburgh band The Fire Engines. Both played together in the band The Dirty Reds.

In the 1992 General Election, he contested the Glasgow Central seat, standing for the Communist Party of Great Britain (PCC). He received 106 votes, 0.4% of all votes cast, and finished last.[2][3]

His theatrical roles include being the narrator of the 2009 play Year of the Horse, about artist Harry Horse.[4] He starred on stage in Irvine Welsh's Headspace, in 1997.[5] In 2016 he played Captain Edgar in August Strindberg's Dance of Death at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.[citation needed] In 2018 he narrated Tommy Smith’s jazz version of Peter and the Wolf by Sergei Prokofieff with text specially adapted by Liz Lochhead. The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra recorded the piece live on 24 February 2018 at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.

He is also involved in work for young people. In 2014, he toured Scotland by bicycle, reading all 195 of Julia Donaldson's stories to children.[6][7] He has campaigned to protect the Children's Wood in Kelvinside, Glasgow from property developers.[8]

In March 2019, Burn was stabbed during an assault after appearing at an event at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh.[9]



  1. ^ Beverley Lyons (20 September 2012). "Ten years of River City revealed". Daily Record. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Fortitude actor Tam Dean Burn 'stabbed' after poetry event | UK News | Sky News". News.sky.com. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  3. ^ Conrad, Jack. "Election 92". In the Enemy Camp: Using parliament for revolution. November Publications. p. 69. ISBN 1874123047.
  4. ^ "Tam Dean Burn wants to restore Harry Horse's reputation as an artist after the controversy over his death. But won't his show reopen old wounds?". The Scotsman. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  5. ^ Spencer, Charles (19 July 1997). "A Headstate you wouldn't care to be in". Telegraph. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  6. ^ KELLY APTER (9 June 2014). "Tam Dean Burn burning up the miles to tell stories". The Scotsman. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  7. ^ David Pollack (11 June 2014). "Tam Dean Burn set to take on Julia Donaldson's ouvre in The Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge". The List. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  8. ^ Kelly Apter (27 May 2016). "Nature Festival at The Children's Wood". The List. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Actor Tam Dean Burn stabbed after poetry event - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 29 September 2019.

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