Alexander Morton

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Alexander Morton
Born(1945-03-24) 24 March 1945 (age 69)
Glasgow, Scotland
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Alexander Morton
Born(1945-03-24) 24 March 1945 (age 69)
Glasgow, Scotland

Alexander "Sandy" Morton (born 24 March 1945 in Glasgow) is a Scottish actor.

Acting career[edit]

Morton trained in London at the Central School of Speech and Drama from 1965–68 and is well known for his roles in several leading drama series, such as Taggart, Second Sight, Between the Lines, Minder, and Casualty; movies such as Croupier and London to Brighton; and single dramas The One That Got Away (1996), Looking After Jo Jo (1998), and The Man-Eating Wolves of Gysinge (2005).

He is best known for playing the ghillie Golly Mackenzie in the BBC TV series Monarch of the Glen (2000–2005, appearing in all 64 episodes), and before that made regular appearances over the 1980s and 1990s as the evil Andy Semple in Scottish soap Take the High Road.

Highlights of his stage career include a Scots rendition of Shakespeare's Macbeth and R.P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, both directed by Robert Carlyle, who was a founder member, with Morton, of the Raindog Theatre Company in the 1990s. Morton also worked regularly with theatre companies 7:84 and Borderline, and has appeared at the Traverse, the Lyceum, the Bush, the Royal Court, in repertory all over the UK, as well as regular appearances in pantomime, notably at Glasgow's King's Theatre.

In 2006, Morton played the Prince of Darkness in the BBC radio adaptation of Dracula (Voyage of the Demeter, 2006). He was also the first actor to play Inspector Rebus in the first adaptation of Ian Rankin's Rebus series of books. He regularly provides voices for video games, including Heavenly Sword, The Witcher and Viking: Battle for Asgard. In 2012 Morton appeared as Billy Kennedy in Scottish soap opera River City.

Personal life[edit]

Morton has been married three times, and has a child — Kerry (b. 1970) and Jamie (b. 1980) — from each of his first two marriages. His first wife was Pam Scotcher.[1] His third wife is Jane, whom he met before filming for Monarch of the Glen got underway. She was his landlady while he was doing television work in London, where they now live with her children.[2][3]

Film and television credits[edit]

Selected theatre credits[edit]

Selected stage productions
1976An Me Wi a Bad Leg TaePeterOriginal production of Billy Connolly's first play, directed by Stuart Mungall
1979Slab Boys TrilogyMr. Curry/WorkmanJohn Byrne's critically acclaimed series of stage plays
1984William WallaceWilliam WallaceBorderline Theatre Company, Directed by Stuart Mungall.
1985The BruceRobert the BruceEdinburgh Festival
1986Robert BurnsRobert BurnsBy Joe Corrie, Scottish Theatre Company; Directed by David Hayman
1986The Gorbals StoryPeter O'ReillyBy Robert Mcleish. 7:84 Theatre Co. Directed by David Hayman
1989The SashWilliam MacWilliamBy Hector MacMillan. 7:84 Theatre Co. Directed by Gerard Kelly
1991Red Riding Hood: The SequelWolverineDirected by Andy Gray.
1991One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestR.P.McMurphyRaindog Theatre Company. Directed by Robert Carlyle
1992Macbeth: In the Scots TongueMacbethRaindog Theatre Company. Best Director Award: Robert Carlyle
1994Dick WittingtonKing RatWith Christopher Biggins. King's Theatre, Glasgow
1995Follow Follow: The Rangers StoryMax FactorKing's Theatre Glasgow/Glasgow Rangers FC; Directed by Ron Bain
1996The ArchitectLeo BlackDirected by Philip Howard, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
1998Buried TreasureFrank McCoigDirected by Robin Lefevre, Lyric Theatre, London

Radio credits[edit]

Selected BBC Radio plays
1982The Thirty Nine StepsFranklin P. ScudderConsidered the most faithful adaptation of John Buchan's book.
1988Death of a FlyAlec BodineMurder mystery told from the perspective of a fly.
1995The Serpent's BackCullyFirst Adaptation of Ian Rankin's Cully series
1997Let it BleedInspector RebusFirst adaptation of Ian Rankin's Rebus books
1998Tunes of GloryBasil Barrow
2004Dr Korczak's ExampleDr. Janusz KorczakBBC Radio 4 Saturday Play directed by Lu Kemp
2005The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch[4]SwatchellBBC Radio 3 The Wire directed by Lu Kemp
2007Voyage of the DemeterCount DraculaMorton offers a terrifying rendition of the Prince of Darkness
2008They Have Oak Trees in North Carolina[5]RayBBC Radio 4 Friday Play directed by Gaynor Macfarlane
2011Occupation[6]Kenny GallBBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play directed by Gaynor Macfarlane


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