Celebrating Scotland: 10 Things I Love About My Country #8: Actors

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Should Scotland remain part of the UK now that we have been removed from the EU despite voting against it?

When we had the vote for Scottish Independence I voted to remain part of the UK because I was happy being Scottish, part of the UK and part of the EU. Now that it has been decided for us/against us to leave the EU my thoughts about becoming an independent Scotland have changed.

I am so proud to say I live in Scotland when I think of all the great music this amazing country has produced. So #8 in this series is Actors.

I was going to go down the route of showing off all the internationally famous actors Scotland has such as Ewan McGregor, Sean Connery etc but they have been written about thousands of times before and I’d like to put a different slant to the “Scottish Actors” genre.

I’d like to show off Scottish actors acting Scottish in Scotland. You really can’t get more Scottish than that can you?

There are so many great Scottish television shows and movies so that topic will be discussed in a future post but for now I want to focus on actors from one particular Scottish sitcom – “Still Game“.

What is Still Game?

The show is centered around two Glaswegian pensioners and follows their exploits within their community…

 

The first of the two main characters is Jack Jarvis…

 

The actor playing Jack is Ford Kiernan. Born and brought up in Glasgow, Ford, is a fantastically funny comedy character actor who first shot to fame in the sketch show Chewin’ The Fat and had people across Scotland in fits of laughter at the characters he brought to life.

Ford Kiernan…

He has also had a few parts in films such as Gangs Of New York and Ecstasy by Irvine Welsh as well as a couple of other sitcoms but, in my opinion he works best when he works with his comedy partner.

Here’s a compilation of the best of Chewin’ The Fat…

The comedy partner I speak of is, of course, Greg Hemphill who plays the character of Victor McDade…

 

Although born in Glasgow, Greg grew up in Canada which explains why in interviews he speaks with a “funny” accent.

Greg Hemphill…

In real life he is married to another Scottish actor – Miss Hoolie from children’s TV show Balamory. He has a son called Benny. Benny Hemphill. I’m not sure if there is any link to the late, great Benny Hill when they decided to choose the name?

Here comes the sad part…having been friends for many years, business partners for many years the stress took its toll on both relationships and Greg and Ford disappointingly parted ways in 2007.

Many other wonderful actors are in Still Game and there have also been a host of guest appearances by the likes of Robbie Coltrane, Lorraine Kelly and none other the Doctor himself Sylvester McCoy.

Other than the main characters Jack & Victor there are a couple of others that I would like to mention.

Jane McCarry plays Isa Drennan and she plays her brilliantly. Bearing in mind that Jane is only in her early forties she is so convincing at making this nosey old pensioner believable..

 

I’m always shocked when I see what she looks like in real life…

Jane McCarry…

I’ve been lucky enough to see Jane perform live on stage playing the part of Dolly in the legendary stage play, The Steamie. If you have never watched the TV version of The Steamie then I would urge you to do so – I watch it every Hogmanay without fail.

Finally and one of the funniest characters in the show is played by Sanjeev Kohli. He plays the corner shop owner Navid Harrid…

 

In real life he is a very clever man with a first class degree in Maths and numerous comedy writing credits to his name.

Sanjeev Kohli…

Still Game – one of the finest comedy shows to come out of Scotland in recent years…but wait – it’s not all over!

Earlier, I mentioned that Greg and Ford ended their long-standing partnership but get ready for a happy ending. The pair have reunited with a series of live stage shows and have now started working on new TV episodes.

Ya Dancer!

Are you proud of your country? Let me know about it in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014 and don’t forget to take a look at other posts in this series.

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