Angus Macfadyen

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Angus Macfadyen
Born(1963-09-21) 21 September 1963 (age 50)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Years active1991-present
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Angus Macfadyen
Born(1963-09-21) 21 September 1963 (age 50)
Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Alma materCentral School of Speech and Drama
Years active1991-present

Angus Macfadyen (born 21 September 1963)[1] is a Scottish actor perhaps best known for his roles as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, Jeff Denlon in Saw III and Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium. He has made appearances in several television series such as Californication, Criminal Minds, and the final season of Chuck.

Early life[edit]

Macfadyen was born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived a colourful childhood, being raised in such places as the Philippines, Africa, Singapore, and France. His father was a doctor in the World Health Organization.[2] Angus attended the University of Edinburgh, and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London.



Angus's first role was Philip in the film made for television, The Lost Language of Cranes. Angus portrayed a young man who must tell his parents that he is gay. Playing the role of his father was fellow Scottish actor Brian Cox. Angus then acted in the television film 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight (1993) and also on the television show Takin' Over the Asylum (1994) which was about a salesman who runs a radio station in an institution. His role in Takin' Over the Asylum led to, Braveheart, the biggest movie of his career[citation needed].

In 1995, Mel Gibson's film Braveheart was released, with Angus portraying Robert the Bruce. Next to William Wallace, Robert the Bruce was the human, most conflicted character, who wanted to make the right choice but was drawn to pragmatism.[citation needed]

After Braveheart won Best Picture, Angus acted in the independent film Nevada (1997), before giving the most over-the-top performance of his career in the action/fantasy Warriors of Virtue (1997). He also co-starred alongside Don Cheadle and Ray Liotta when he played Peter Lawford in the HBO film The Rat Pack (1998).

Angus played Orson Welles in Tim Robbins's third directorial film Cradle Will Rock (1999). Although the film received a nomination for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it was a financial flop. Angus next made the Shakespearan film Titus (1999),alongside Anthony Hopkins. Angus played the role of Lucius, eldest son of Titus Andronicus. Directed by Julie Taymor, the film was a critical triumph and Angus delivered a solid performance, but with mediocre box office results.


After the noir film "Second Skin" (2000), Angus acted in a number of poorly received films. One such film was the action film Styx (2001) which starred Peter Weller. A year later, Angus acted in the comedy film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002) alongside a number of famous names: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith, and Ashley Judd. The film was a commercial hit, albeit with mixed reviews. That same year, Angus took the role of Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium. The film, also starring Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs, and Emily Watson, is set in the future, where a Fascist regime forbids all emotions.

After Miracles, Angus acted as Marcus Crassus in the TV version of Spartacus, the character of Bill in The Pleasure Drivers, and the lead in the dramatic film The Virgin of Juarez (2006). He then played the pirate Blackbeard in a television film of the same name.

His next big role was that of Jeff Denlon in Saw III. Jeff is a man obsessed with revenge, and he is led into a series of traps that test his ability to forgive. The film was a smash hit for its 10 million dollar budget, earning almost 200 million dollars worldwide. Angus co-starred in the box office bomb Redline (2007); the same year he appeared in Saw IV, which was also a box office success.

Angus continues making films, starring as the outlaw Will Tunney in his western film Shadowheart (2009). Angus has appeared on television in the series Californication and Killer Wave. He has also acted in the mystery film San Saba and the thriller film Clean Break.


Angus has appeared in two thrillers: one is the film Pound of Flesh (2010) alongside Malcolm McDowell which revolves around a corrupt college professor, and the other is the crime thriller Shadows of the White Nights alongside Christian Slater. Additionally, Angus has joined the cast of the USA Network's television series Psych, the Cameron Crowe comedy We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon and the final season of Chuck as the villain Nicholas Quinn.


1991The Lost Language of CranesPhilip BenjaminTV film
Soldier SoldierLt. Alex PereiraFive episodes
199315: The Life and Death of Philip KnightDavid McBrideTV film
1994Two Golden BallsDexterTV film
Takin' Over the AsylumFergusFour episodes
1995BraveheartRobert the BruceAlso the film's narrator
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor StoryRichard BurtonTV film
Warriors of VirtueKomodo
Snide and PrejudiceMichael Davidson/Adolf Hitler
Still BreathingPhilip
1998Joseph's GiftCarl
The Brylcreem BoysCount Rudolph von Stegenbek
The Rat PackPeter LawfordTV film
1999FacadeFrederic Colberta.k.a. Death Valley
Cradle Will RockOrson Welles
2000Jason and the ArgonautsZeusTV film
Second SkinSam Kane
2001A Woman's a Helluva ThingHouston BlackettTV film
2002On the RoofJack
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya SisterhoodConnor McGill
2003MiraclesAlva KeelThirteen episodes
2004SpartacusMarcus CrassusTV film
5ive Days to MidnightRoy BremmerTV film
2005TiltRoy "Mac" McEntyreOne episode
Murder on the Yellow Brick RoadMichael Alberts
Shooting GalleryTenderloin TonyDirect-to-video
AliasJoseph EhrmannThree episodes
2006The Virgin of JuarezPatrick NunzioVoice
BlackbeardBlackbeardTV film
The Pleasure DriversBill
Scoundrels, Scallywags, and Scurvy KnavesDirect-to-video
Saw IIIJeff DenlonNominated- Scream Award for Scream King
2007The Rich Inner Life of Penelope CloudClaudeTV film
Killer WaveJohn McAdamsTV mini-series
RedlineMichael D'Orazio
Saw IVJeff DenlonCameo
2008ImpulseJonathan Dennison/Simon PhillipsDirect-to-video
Clean BreakMatt McKay
San SabaBud
Eleventh HourJason CooperOne episode
CalifornicationJulianSix episodes
Saw VJeff DenlonCameo
2009ShadowheartWill TunneyDirect-to-video
Pound of FleshPatrick Kelly
Saw VIJeff DenlonCameo
2010Lie to MeJimmy DoyleOne episode
PsychLogan PagetOne episode
2011Shadows of the White NightsRichardPost-production
Criminal MindsSean McAllisterOne episode
We Bought a ZooPeter MacCready
2012ChuckNicholas QuinnVillain
2013CopperheadJee Hagadorn
SugarUncle Gene
2014TurnRobert Rodgersupcoming series


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