Tam Dean Burn

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Tam Dean Burn 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]

His theatrical roles include being the narrator of the 2009 play Year of the Horse, about artist Harry Horse.[2] He starred on stage in Irvine Welsh's Headspace in 1997.[3] In 2016 he played Captain Edgar in August Strindberg's Dance of Death at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.

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.[4][5] He has campaigned to protect the Children's Wood in Kelvinside, Glasgow from property developers.[6]

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



  1. ^ "Ten Years of River City Revealed". Daily Record. 20 September 2012.
  2. ^ "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. Johnston Press. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  3. ^ "A Headstate you wouldn't care to be in". The Telegraph. 19 July 1997. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Tam Dean Burn burning up the miles to tell stories". The Scotsman. 9 June 2014.
  5. ^ Pollock, David (11 June 2014). "Tam Dean Burn set to take on Julia Donaldson's ouvre in The Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge". Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  6. ^ Apter, Kelly (27 May 2016). "Tam Dean Burn talks about his part in this celebration of outdoor play at Glasgow's West End Festival". The List.

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