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Ron Donachie

Ron Donachie was born Ronald Eaglesham Porter on April 26, 1956 in Dundee, Tayside, Scotland. He was educated at Madras College, St. Andrews and Glasgow University, from where he graduated with an M.A (Hons.) in English Literature and Drama in 1979. After a year working as a navvy, he joined the 7.84 theatre company for John Burrough's "One Big Blow", in which the cast mimicked a traditional, colliery band by singing in six part harmony. The success of the play led to the formation of the acapella band "The Flying Pickets", who had a Christmas number one in 1983. Donachie's decision not to stay with the band and thereby missing out on their success has been described by him as "one of my more brilliant career decisions."Throughout the 1980s, he was a prolific theatre performer all across the United Kingdom, working in Britain's now largely vanished repertory system. This afforded him the opportunity to act in many classical plays which are now rarely performed due to budget constraints and closed theatres. During this period, he appeared in over twenty plays at the Glasgow Citizens' Theatre under its famous triumvirate of Giles Havergal, Robert David Macdonald and Phillip Prowse. Like many performers with similar experience, he considers this the happiest, most fruitful and most influential phase of his career.In the 1990s, he became a regular performer on British television, and did not appear on stage again until unexpectedly asked to join the National Theatre company for "Scenes From the Big Picture" in 2003. This ended a gap in live performance of thirteen years. Since then, he has tried to return to the variety of his earlier years with regular live performances interspersing his television and film work. Married on St. Patrick's Day 1989 to Fiona Biggar, the couple have two children: Naomi Porter, a student of Russian, German and French, and Daniel Porter, who now performs in his own right under the name of Daniel Portman. His sister-in-law is the costume designer Trisha Biggar and his brother is the actor Stewart Porter.

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Apr 26, 1956 In Dundee, Tayside, Scotland, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Play for Today 1970-10-15
Latest Project:
Series Still Game 2015-11-01

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Known For
Poster of Atlantis
Poster of Game of Thrones
Poster of Downton Abbey
Poster of Shameless
Still Game Unknown 2015-11-01
Blandings Unknown 2013-01-13
Father Brown Unknown 2013-01-14
Bob Servant Independent Unknown 2013-01-23
Atlantis Unknown 2013-11-23
The Field of Blood DCI Sullivan 2 episodes, 2013 2011
Downton Abbey Unknown 2011-01-09
Game of Thrones Unknown 2011-04-17
Silk Unknown 2011-02-22
The Deep Sturridge 3 episodes, 2010 2010-08-03
Garrow's Law Unknown 2009-11-01
Waterloo Road Unknown 2006-01-01
Doctor Who Unknown 2006-03-17
Love Soup Unknown 2006-08-01
Inspector Lewis Unknown 2006-07-30
Doctor Who Confidential Unknown 2005-03-26
Shameless Unknown 2004-01-13
Sea of Souls Unknown 2004-02-02
Monarch of the Glen Unknown 2001-01-01
The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Unknown 2001-03-11
Rebus Unknown 2000-04-26
The Scarlet Pimpernel Arturo Mazarini / ... 4 episodes, 1999-2000 1999-01-24
Cracker Unknown 1998-03-07
Casualty Unknown 1998-09-28
Hamish Macbeth Unknown 1998-04-05
Ivanhoe Friar Tuck 3 episodes, 1997 1997-01-12
Silent Witness Unknown 1996-02-21
Takin' Over the Asylum Unknown 1994-09-27
Harry Enfield and Chums Unknown 1994-11-04
Taggart Unknown 1988-10-01
Rab C. Nesbitt Unknown 1988-12-21
Bulman Unknown 1985-06-05
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Unknown 1983-11-11
High Road Unknown 1980-02-19
Play for Today Unknown 1970-10-15