Ken Stott

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Ken Stott
BornKenneth Campbell Stott
(1954-10-19) 19 October 1954 (age 60)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Years active1974–present
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Ken Stott
BornKenneth Campbell Stott
(1954-10-19) 19 October 1954 (age 60)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Years active1974–present

Kenneth Campbell "Ken" Stott (born 19 October 1954) is a Scottish actor, particularly known in the United Kingdom for his many roles in television. He is best known for his roles as the eponymous title character in the crime fiction-mystery series Rebus (2006–07) and the dwarf Balin in The Hobbit film franchise (2012–14).

Early life[edit]

Stott was born in Edinburgh. His mother, Antonia (née Sansica), was a Sicilian lecturer whose own father had previously been a priest.[1][2] His father, David Stott, was a Scottish teacher and educational administrator.[3][4] [5] Stott was educated at George Heriot's School. For three years in his youth he was a member of a band called Keyhole, members of which later went on to form the Bay City Rollers. After attending Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London, Stott began working in the theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Company, but for some years his earnings from acting were minimal and he was forced to support himself by also working as a double glazing salesman. This is echoed in the character he plays in Takin' Over the Asylum.


Stott's early work focused on theatre with a notable leading role in the dramatization of Dominic Behan's play about the Northern Ireland troubles 'The Folk Singer; (Belfast Lyric Theatre). Stott appeared in small roles in BBC series such as Secret Army (1977), The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare (King Lear, 1982), and Dennis Potter's The Singing Detective (1986). He also featured in an advert for the British COI's "Drinking And Driving Wrecks Lives" campaign, playing a fireman. He eventually began to earn starring roles on television in the 1990s.[6]

His highest-profile television roles have included hospital radio DJ Eddie McKenna in BBC Scotland's Takin' Over The Asylum the leading character, DCI Red Metcalfe, in the BBC crime drama series Messiah (BBC One, 2001–05); DI Chappell in ITV police drama The Vice (1999–2003); as a drunk who fantasises about finding redemption by joining the Salvation Army in Promoted to Glory (ITV, 2003); as Adolf Hitler in Uncle Adolf (ITV, 2005) and as a fictional Chancellor of the Exchequer in Richard Curtis's The Girl in the Café (BBC One, 2005). 2006 saw him take over the title character in detective series Rebus, a television adaptation of the Ian Rankin novels which had previously starred John Hannah. In 2008 Stott was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA for his performance as comedian Tony Hancock in BBC Four's Hancock and Joan. His most recent television role was as the father of cookery writer Nigel Slater in the BBC One adaptation of Slater's autobiographical novel Toast, opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore.

On the big screen, he has tended to play mostly supporting parts, such as DI McCall in Shallow Grave (1994), Ted in Fever Pitch (1997), Marius Honorius in King Arthur (2004), an Israeli arms merchant in Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and Trufflehunter, a badger loyal to Prince Caspian in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008). However, he has had occasional starring roles in the cinema, most notably opposite Billy Connolly and Iain Robertson in The Debt Collector (1999) and Plunkett and Macleane of the same year. Most recently, he has starred as Balin in the live-action adaptation of The Hobbit, and played the role to critical acclaim. Stott played a supporting role as Dexter Mayhew's father in One Day (2011) starring Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess.

Stott has continued to act on stage, and in 1997 was nominated for Best Actor at the Laurence Olivier Awards for his role in the Yasmina Reza play Art in which had appeared with Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay. In 2008 Stott starred in another West End production of a Reza play, this time God of Carnage, alongside Tamsin Greig, Janet McTeer and Ralph Fiennes at the Gielgud Theatre. He starred in a revival of Arthur Miller's A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York's Theatre in early 2009 and reprised his role of Michael in God of Carnage on Broadway (as a replacement for James Gandolfini) at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in New York.

He is a popular choice for voice work, as narrator for series such as Trawlermen, a documentary following North Sea trawlers, and Send in the Dogs, following the work of UK Police Officers and their canine partners.

Personal life[edit]

Stott has a son, David (born 1985), by his marriage, which ended in divorce. He has not remarried.[7] He currently lives with his girlfriend, the artist Nina Gehl.[8] He is a supporter of Hearts.[9]


1977Secret ArmyBarojaTV series
1982King LearCuranTV film
1983The Beggar's OperaJemmy TwitcherTV film
1985TaggartDr. MacNaughtenTV series: 1 episode
1986The Singing DetectiveUncle JohnTV mini-series: 2 episodes
1988London's BurningCyrilFirst episode
1988For Queen and CountryCivil Servant
1990Your Cheatin' HeartFraser BoyleTV series: 6 episodes
1993Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story-TV
1993Anna LeeBernie SchillerTV
1993Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful LifeWoland the KnifemanShort film
1993Being HumanGasper Diez
1994Takin' Over the AsylumEddieTV series: 6 episodes
1994Shallow GraveDI McCall
1996Silent WitnessSergeant Bob ClaireTV series: 2 episodes
1996A Mug's GameMcCaffrey
1996RhodesBarney BarnatoTV mini-series: 5 episodes
1997The BoxerIke Weir
1997Stone, Scissors, PaperRedfernTV
1997Fever PitchTed, the Headmaster
1999DockersTommy WaltonTV
1999The Debt CollectorGary Keltie
1999Plunkett & MacleaneChance
1999Vicious CircleMartin CahillTV
1999-2003The ViceDI Pat ChappelTV Series: 16 episodes
Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2000The Miracle MakerSimon PeterVoice Only
2001Messiah (aka Messiah I: The First Killings)DCI Red MetcalfeTV mini-series
2002Messiah 2: Vengeance is MineDCI Red MetcalfeTV mini-series
2003Promoted to GloryMikeTV
2003The KeyBillyTV
2003I'll Sleep When I'm DeadTurner
2004MessiahDCI Red MetcalfeTV mini-series
2004King ArthurMarius Honorius
2005Messiah: The HarrowingDCI Red MetcalfeTV mini-series
2005The Girl in the CaféChancellor
2005The Mighty CeltGood Joe
2005Uncle AdolfAdolf HitlerTV
2006-2007RebusDI John RebusTV series: 10 episodes
2007Charlie Wilson's WarZvi Rafiah
2008The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince CaspianTrufflehunterVoice only
2008Hancock and JoanTony HancockTV
Scottish BAFTA for Best Acting Performance in Television
Nominated - British Academy Television Award for Best Actor
2011The RunawayJoey Pasqualino
2011One DayDexter's Dad
2012The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyBalin
2013The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugBalin
2014The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five ArmiesBalin
2014Man UpFilming
2014The MissingIanTV series


  1. ^ "Last night's TV". The Guardian. 7 February 2007. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
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  3. ^ "Ken Stott Film Reference biography". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  4. ^'s...-a0158861334
  5. ^ Fulton, Rick (December 8, 2005). "Born to be rebus". Daily Record. Retrieved September 19, 2010. 
  6. ^ imdb filmography
  7. ^ "Ken Stott's press interview". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  8. ^ Black, Claire. "Ken Stott interview: View from the top - The Scotsman". Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  9. ^ "Edinburgh A-list stirred by Scottish Cup final derby". BBC Sport. 14 May 2012. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 

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