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James Cosmo

Highest Rated:   100% One Last Chance (2003)
Lowest Rated:   7% All the Queen's Men (2001)
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As the grizzled warrior Campbell in Braveheart, James Cosmo impressed filmgoers worldwide. His impassioned performance made it seem possible that such a man as Campbell really existed 700 years ago, a man who cared so much about his beloved Scotland that he could endure the bite of an English arrow, break it off, and go on fighting with Achillean fury. But it was not only Cosmo's formidable acting skills -- honed in scores of film and television productions dating back to the '60s -- that animated his performance. It was also his real-life love of Scotland. He believes his native country, small as it is, has a thousand and one other stories to tell just as exciting as Braveheart, and he has enlisted himself as actor, producer, and financier to bring them to the movie screen. For example, he singlehandedly engineered a project to construct Scotland's first film studio on a 40-acre site near Inverness. Both novice and experienced filmmakers will be welcome to reserve any of its sound stages. A nearby William Wallace Theme Park, named after the rebel leader depicted in Braveheart, will present reenactments of Wallace's rebellion against England between 1297 and 1305. Cosmo also was the brainchild of a major film project about Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796), a national hero who attracted 30,000 mourners to his funeral. Cosmo selected Edinburgh as the setting, Scottish writer Alan Sharp to pen the script, and Scottish composer Derek William Dick to write an overture. The film, entitled Clarinda, centers on the love affair between Burns and an Edinburgh woman, Agnes Maclehose. Another Scottish writer, the great historical novelist Sir Walter Scott, provided the material for a triumphal Cosmo performance in the TV miniseries Ivanhoe, shown worldwide. Cosmo portrayed Ivanhoe's estranged father, Lord Cedric, with the same fiery spleen of Campbell in Braveheart. However, Cosmo does not perform only in films about the age of the horse and sword. In the critically acclaimed Trainspotting, he played the father of an Edinburgh heroin addict. Cosmo also portrayed a World War II POW in the heralded 2001 film To End All Wars, Mr. Weston in the 1996 Gwyneth Paltrow version of Jane Austen's Emma, and an oil-rig worker in the 1994 TV series Roughnecks. In addition, he was the voice of Thelonius, an orangutan, in Babe: Pig in the City. Cosmo grew up in Clydebank in west central Scotland, where he received an education in a stalwart brick-and-mortar high school while the smell of the sea invaded classrooms and beckoned aspiring young adventurers to set sail for exotic climes. Clydebank was a shipbuilding city; there, craftsmen puzzled together great Cunard liners, including the Queen Elizabeth II. Although Cosmo did not go to sea, he did set sail for a journey through the world of drama. For his outstanding work onscreen and his charitable work off, he received the lifetime achievement award of the Sunday Mail/McEwan's People's Film Festival.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
25% Ben-Hur
  • Quintas
2016
59% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson)
  • James Henderson
2016
41% Moonwalkers
  • Dawson
2016
No Score Yet Whisky Galore
  • Actor
2016
11% Breakdown
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet The Glass Man
  • Pecco
2015
No Score Yet Estranged
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet The Pyramid Texts
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet We Still Kill The Old Way
  • Actor
2014
18% The Christmas Candle
  • Herbert Hopewell
2013
No Score Yet Get Lucky
  • Actor
2013
30% Hammer Of The Gods
  • King Bagsecg
2013
8% Justin and the Knights of Valour
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The Golden Scallop
  • Actor
2013
55% Citadel
  • The Priest
2012
80% The Runway
  • Sutherland
2012
17% Songs For Amy
  • Murdo
2012
No Score Yet 2081
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Donkeys
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet The Narnia Code
  • Narrator
2010
64% Outcast
  • Laird
2010
No Score Yet The Santa Incident
  • Santa Claus
2010
No Score Yet The Clan
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Colour of Magic
  • Galder Weatherwax
2008
14% The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
  • Dawson
2007
16% The Last Legion
  • Hrothgar
2007
10% Free Jimmy (Slipp Jimmy fri)
  • HudMaSpecs (English language version)
2006
No Score Yet The Lives of the Saints
  • Mr. Karva
2006
76% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
  • Father Christmas
2005
No Score Yet Greyfriars Bobby
  • James Brown
2005
25% Half Light
  • Finley
2005
54% Troy
  • Glaucus
2004
No Score Yet Man Dancin'
  • Actor
2004
51% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands
  • Billy
2003
No Score Yet Skagerrak
  • Actor
2003
100% One Last Chance
  • Actor
2003
58% To End All Wars
  • McLean
2002
7% All the Queen's Men
  • Archie
2001
No Score Yet One More Kiss
  • Frank
2001
No Score Yet Rebus
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Honest
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Tales from the Madhouse
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Urban Ghost Story
  • Minister
1999
No Score Yet The Match
  • Billy Bailey
1999
62% Babe: Pig in the City
  • Thelonius
1998
No Score Yet Ain't Misbehavin'
  • Actor
1997
No Score Yet Ivanhoe
  • Cedric
1997
90% Trainspotting
  • Mr. Renton
1996
78% Braveheart
  • Campbell
1995
No Score Yet Treasure Island (Devil's Treasure)
  • Redruth
1990
No Score Yet Codename: Kyril
  • Bonham
1989
73% Stormy Monday
  • Tony
1988
70% Highlander
  • Angus MacLeod
1986
No Score Yet Operation Julie
  • Longfellow
1985
44% Young Winston
  • Officer On Train
1972
No Score Yet Assault (In the Devil's Garden)(Satan's Playthings)(The Creepers)(Tower of Terror)
  • Det. Sgt. Beale
1970
No Score Yet The Virgin Soldiers
  • Waller
1969
63% Battle of Britain
  • Jamie
1969

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
63% Case Histories
2011-2013
  • Len Lomax
72% Castle
2009-2016
  • Finn Rourke
No Score Yet Death in Paradise
2011
  • Roger Seymour
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Hengist
100% The Durrells in Corfu
2016
  • Capt. Creech
No Score Yet The 10th Kingdom
2000
  • Woodsman
No Score Yet Stag
2016
  • The Gamekeeper
95% Game of Thrones
2011
  • Jeor Mormont Brynden Tully Lothar Frey
90% Sons of Anarchy
2008-2014
  • Rev. Kellan Ashby Rev. Kellen Ashby

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