James Cosmo Biography (1948-)

Born 1948, in Clydebank, Scotland; son of James Copeland (an actor); marriedAnnie Harris, May 24, 2000. Addresses: Agent: Lindy King, Peters Fraser & Dunlop, Drury House, 34-43 Russell St., London WC2B 5HA, England.

Birth Details
Clydebank, United Kingdom

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • Jamie, Battle of Britain, United Artists, 1969
  • Waller, The Virgin Soldiers, Columbia, 1969
  • Detective sergeant Beale, Assault (also known as The Creepers, In the Devil's Garden, Satan's Playthings, and Tower ofTerror), 1971
  • Bob Gillette, Doomwatch, 1972
  • Officer on train, Young Winston, Columbia, 1972
  • Angus MacLeod, Highlander, TIE, 1986
  • Tony, Stormy Monday, Atlantic Releasing, 1988
  • Mr. Bowring, The Fool, Barcino Barcino Films, 1990
  • Jerry, Sin Bin, 1994
  • Campbell, Braveheart, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1995
  • Mr. Renton, Trainspotting, Miramax, 1996
  • Mr. Weston, Emma, Miramax, 1996
  • MacDonald, Sunset Heights, 1997
  • Santa Claus, Santa/Claws, 1997
  • Minister, Urban Ghost Story, 1998
  • Voice of Thelonius, Babe: Pig in the City (also known as Babe in Metropolis and Babe 2), Universal, 1998
  • Billy Bailey, The Match (also known as The Beautiful Game),Gramercy Pictures/USA Films, 1999
  • Frank, One More Kiss, Metrodome Films Releasing, 1999
  • Zorba, Billy and Zorba, 1999
  • Tommy Chase, Honest, Pandora Film/Winchester Films, 2000
  • Archie, All the Queen's Men (also known as Die Maenner Ihrer Majestaet), Strand Releasing, 2002
  • Colonel Sutch, The Four Feathers, Miramax/Paramount, 2002
  • McLean, To End All Wars, GMT Pictures, 2002
  • Billy, Once upon a Time in the Midlands, Sony Picture Classics, 2003
  • Donnie McGlone, Man Dancin', 1A Productions, 2003
  • Finn, Solid Air, Momentum Pictures, 2003
  • Robert, Skagerrak (also known as Sweet Dreams), Egmont Entertainment/Alta Films/Concorde Filmverleih/Monopole-Pathe/United King Films, 2003
  • Big John, One Last Chance, Momentum Pictures, 2004
  • Glaucus, Troy, Warner Bros., 2004
  • Lambert, The Reckoning (also known as Morality Play and El misterio de Wells), Paramount Classics, 2004
  • Brown, Greyfriars Bobby (also known as The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby), Storm Entertainment, 2005
  • Father Christmas, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Buena Vista, 2005
  • Reverend Auld, Burns, c. 2005
  • Finlay, Half Light, Lakeshore International, 2006
  • Hrothgar, The Last Legion, Weinstein Company, 2006
  • Mr. Karva, The Lives of the Saints, Dazed Film and TV, 2006
  • Voice of HudMaSpecs, Free Jimmy (animated), Animagic Net/Storm Studio, 2006
  • Film Work
  • Producer, Burns, c. 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Leading regulator Fuller, Warship, BBC, 1973-74, 1976-77
  • Brigadier Calvert, Orde Wingate, BBC, beginning 1976
  • Davey Scatcherd, Midnight Is a Place, beginning 1977
  • Chief petty officer Hawkins, Thundercloud, Yorkshire Television, 1979
  • Jock Anderson, Dick Barton--Special Agent, Southern Television, 1979
  • Alex Geddes, Take the High Road (also known as High Road),Independent Television, beginning c. 1980
  • Detective inspector McNeil, Running Scared, BBC, beginning 1986
  • Screaming, BBC, 1992
  • Tom, Roughnecks, BBC, 1994-95
  • Lieutenant colonel Philip Drysdale, Soldier Soldier, Central Independent Television, 1997
  • William Landucci, Best of Both Worlds, BBC, beginning 2001
  • Miniseries
  • Charlie Milne, Ransom for a Pretty Girl, BBC, 1966
  • Sergeant Carch, The Nightmare Man, BBC, 1981
  • Longfellow, Operation Julie, Tyne Tees Television and Chatsworth Television, 1985
  • Inspector Furness, Lost Empires, Granada Television, 1986, also broadcast on Masterpiece Theatre (also known as ExxonMobil Masterpiece Theatre and Mobil Masterpiece Theatre), PBS
  • Bonham, Codename: Kyril, Showtime, 1988
  • Winners and Losers, [Great Britain], 1988
  • Carmichael, Sharp End, BBC, 1989
  • Glen, The Justice Game, BBC, 1989
  • Big Malky Fraser, Ain't Misbehavin', Independent Television, 1997
  • Cedric, Ivanhoe (also known as Sir Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe"), BBC and Arts and Entertainment, 1997
  • Agrippa, Cleopatra, ABC, 1999
  • Woodsman and Juliet, The 10th Kingdom (also known as Das 10te Koenigreich and Das Zehnte Joenigreich), NBC, 2000
  • Mr. Scott, "Little House on the Prairie" (also known as "Laura Ingalls Wilder's `Little House on the Prairie'"), The Wonderful World of Disney,ABC, 2004
  • Movies
  • Cliff Dow, The Stone Tape, BBC, 1972
  • Lone horseman, The Master of Ballantrae, CBS, 1984
  • Redruth, Treasure Island (also known as Devil's Treasure),TNT and Fox, 1990
  • Donald Paterson, Split Second (also known as The Cyclist),BBC, 1999
  • McNab, The Last of the Blonde Bombshells, HBO, 2000
  • Morris Gerald Cafferty, Rebus: The Hanging Garden, Independent Television, 2000
  • Morris Gerald Cafferty, Rebus: Mortal Causes, Independent Television, 2001
  • Specials
  • Senior under officer Patterson, Sovereign's Company (also known asWednesday Play: Sovereign's Company), BBC, 1970
  • Ian Campbell, Sutherland's Law (also known as Drama Playhouse:Sutherland's Law--A Man Overboard), BBC, 1972
  • Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black Black Oil (also known as Playfor Today: The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black Black Oil), BBC, 1974
  • Episodic
  • Detective sergeant MacGregor, "Dover and the Deadly Poison Pen Letters,"Detective, BBC, 1968
  • McBride, "In at the Death," Softly Softly, BBC, 1969
  • Hector, "A Woman or an Epitaph," The Borderers, BBC, 1970
  • Detective constable Sanderson, "A Tale of Two Cities," The View from Daniel Pike, BBC, 1971
  • Inspector Williams, "Element of Risk," The Persuaders!, Incorporated Television Corporation, 1971
  • Lieutenant Anderson, "Reflections in the Water," UFO, Associated Television, Incorporated Television Corporation, and syndicated, 1971
  • Ian Campbell, "The Sea," Sutherland's Law, BBC, 1973
  • "Target North," Quiller, BBC, 1975
  • Lenny Carter, "The Chosen," Survivors, BBC, 1976
  • Keith, "The Dorothy Letters," George and Mildred, Independent Television, 1977
  • Detective sergeant Davy Freeth, "Hard Men," The Sweeney, Independent Television, 1978
  • "New Standards," The Standard, BBC Scotland, 1978
  • Glover, "Runner," The Professionals, Independent Television, 1979
  • (As James Cosmos) Willis, "The Thirteenth Reunion," Hammer House of Horror, Associated Television, 1980
  • Detective sergeant Galbraith, "A Dear Green Place," Strangers, Independent Television, 1981
  • Crazy Colin Carstairs, "The Pulses Quicken," Fairly Secret Army, Channel 4 (England), 1984
  • Crazy Colin Carstairs, "Romance Plughole," Fairly Secret Army, Channel 4, 1984
  • Dr. Ian McCarran, "The Legend of Das Geisterschloss," Scarecrow and Mrs. King, CBS, 1984
  • Jock McLeish, "Senior Citizen Caine," Minder, Independent Television, 1984
  • McNeill, "Under Plain Cover," Cats Eyes, Independent Television, 1985
  • "Fit," Cats Eyes, Independent Television, 1986
  • Victor Baird, "Dead Giveaway," Taggart, Independent Television, 1988
  • Detective chief inspector Cameron, "Seen to Be Done," The Bill, Independent Television, 1989
  • John Breckman, "A Grand in the Hand," Casualty, BBC, 1989
  • "Into Africa," Saracen, Central Television, 1989
  • Bigmac, "Hard Times, Hard Men," Stay Lucky, Yorkshire Television,1991
  • Matthew Chapman, "Nowt but a Prank," Heartbeat, Independent Television, 1992
  • Teacher, "Lesson," Rab B. Nesbitt, BBC, 1992
  • Deputy chief constable Birman, "Manoeuvre 11," Between the Lines,BBC, 1993
  • Keith Ballantyne, "Dead Water," Alleyn Mysteries (also known as Inspector Alleyn and Ngaio Marsh's "Alleyn Mysteries"), BBC, 1994, PBS, c. 1994
  • Tam Devlin, "Dead Men Don't Wear Bunnets," Bad Boys, BBC, 1996
  • Patrick Grainger, "Haunted," The Bill, Independent Television, 1999
  • Charlie Maddox, "Predators," Badger, BBC, 2000
  • Pilots
  • The Castle, ABC, 1998

Further Reference


    • Scotland on Sunday, January 19, 2003

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