Bill Paterson

Bill Paterson

Highest Rated: 100% Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) (1985)

Lowest Rated: 29% Rag Tale (2005)

Birthday: Jun 3, 1945

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Spent three years as a quantity surveyor's apprentice before attending the Academy. Originally trained as a drama teacher at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Decided to be an actor when he was given the opportunity to join the Citizens Theatre for Youth Group in 1970. Starred in The Great Northern Welly-Boot Show with comedian Billy Connolly in 1972. Did not attend an interview for a part in Ridley Scott's Alien because he believed no one would watch the film and the director wouldn't want him. Has voiced many radio plays and features, including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and The Moonstone, both for Radio 4. Won Best Actor for No More Shall We Part at The Stage Awards for Acting Excellence at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012. Has worked extensively in radio and has written and read his own stories for BBC Radio. Was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Film and Television accolade at the British Academy Scotland Awards in 2015.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Love Sarah Actor 2020
60% High-Rise Mercer $0.4M 2016
32% Dad's Army Private Frazer $4.7M 2016
No Score Yet The Man who Crossed Hitler Actor 2015
No Score Yet Dewar Awards: The Ten Year Cut Actor 2012
46% Creation Dr. Gully $0.4M 2010
37% How to Lose Friends & Alienate People Richard Young $2.5M 2008
No Score Yet Criminal Justice Actor 2008
No Score Yet Little Dorrit Actor 2008
No Score Yet Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars Actor 2007
68% Amazing Grace Lord Dundas $21.2M 2007
67% Miss Potter Rupert Potter $2.9M 2007
No Score Yet Shakespeare Retold Actor 2007
29% Rag Tale Actor 2005
No Score Yet Lie with Me Actor 2004
65% Bright Young Things Sir James Brown $0.9M 2004
No Score Yet Doctor Zhivago Actor 2002
36% Crush Rev. Gerald Marsden $1.1M 2002
No Score Yet The Battle of the Atlantic Actor 2002
No Score Yet Othello Sinclair Carver 2001
No Score Yet A History of Britain Actor 2001
No Score Yet Complicity (Retribution) Actor 2000
74% Sunshine Minister of Justice 2000
No Score Yet The Match Tommy 1999
No Score Yet Heart Kreitman 1999
88% Hilary and Jackie Jackie's Cello Teacher 1998
35% Spice World Brian 1998
No Score Yet Oliver's Travels Actor 1997
No Score Yet The Crow Road Kenneth McHoan 1996
94% Richard III Richard Ratcliffe 1995
No Score Yet Hard Times Blackpool 1995
No Score Yet The Turnaround Actor 1995
No Score Yet Victory Capt. Davidson 1995
60% Chaplin Stage Manager 1992
77% The Object of Beauty Victor Swayle 1991
72% Truly Madly Deeply Sandy 1991
97% The Witches Albert Jenkins 1990
60% The Return of the Musketeers Charles I 1989
40% The Rachel Papers Gordon Highway, Charles' Father 1989
92% The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Henry Salt 1989
No Score Yet Bearskin: An Urban Fairytale Jordan 1989
No Score Yet Traffik Jack Lithgow 1989
No Score Yet Diamond's Edge Chief Inspector Snape 1988
No Score Yet Hidden City Anthony 1988
No Score Yet Coming Up Roses Mr. Valentine 1987
No Score Yet Friendship's Death Sullivan 1987
88% A Private Function Wormold 1985
100% Defence of the Realm (Defense of the Realm) Jack Macleod 1985
No Score Yet Dutch Girls Mole 1985
93% The Killing Fields Dr. Macentire 1984
No Score Yet The Ploughman's Lunch Lecturer 1984
100% Comfort and Joy Alan 1984
No Score Yet Odd Job Sgt. Mull 1978


100% Fleabag
Dad 2019
No Score Yet Shetland
No Score Yet Law & Order: UK
George Castle 2014
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Mr. Gibson Bradley Mr. Meagles Alexander Gromeko Sinclair Carver 2011
No Score Yet Mystery!
Dr. Patrick Jamieson 2005
No Score Yet Comedy Shorts
100% Inside No. 9
Mr Green
100% Smiley's People
No Score Yet The Repair Shop
100% The Singing Detective
Dr. Gibbon
No Score Yet Urban Myths
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle


Kevin McMaxford says: Something's happening to me. What is it?

Brian says: You're smiling, sir.