Craggy, red-headed Scottish actor with an extensive and impressive portfolio of work. Emanating an almost palpable Scottishness, he's been an obvious choice for roles ranging from hardcase copper to woad-covered warrior. He's instantly recognisable but, again, it's probably not a name you could easily put your finger on. You'll have seen him in any of quite an array of major films, from 'Battle Of Britain' and 'The Virgin Soldiers' (both 1969) and playing Father Christmas in 'The Chronicles of Narnia' (2005), to an undeniably tartan trio of 'Highlander' (1986), 'Braveheart' (1995) and 'Trainspotting' (1996).
As for TV, it would be surprising if he hadn't popped up in 'Taggart', 'Rab C Nesbitt' and 'Rebus', but he was also seen in dramas such as 'Softly Softly', 'The Onedin Line' and 'Strangers', comedies like 'George & Mildred' and 'Fairly Secret Army', and cult classics 'Doomwatch', 'The Stone Tape', 'UFO' and, what a surprise, 'The Sweeney'. His movie profile has got him into some high-end fantasy shows like 'Merlin' and 'Game of Thrones', and more recently the FX biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy'. Rock solid stuff.James Cosmo -imdb