Dougray Scott

Stephen Dougray Scott (born 26 November 1965) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films Ever After (1998), Mission: Impossible 2 (2000), Hitman (2007), and My Week with Marilyn (2011).

Dougray Scott
Scott in 2010
Stephen Dougray Scott

(1965-11-26) 26 November 1965
EducationRoyal Welsh College of Music & Drama
Years active1990–present
Sarah Trevis
(m. 2000; div. 2005)

Claire Forlani (m. 2007)

Early life

Scott was born 25 November 1965[1] in Glenrothes, Fife, the son of Elma, a nurse, and Alan Scott, a travelling salesman of refrigerators and freezers, and a former actor.[2][3] He attended Auchmuty High School. Adopting his stage name from his grandmother's surname, "Dougray" (/ˈdɡr/), he enrolled in a foundation course in drama before going on to attend the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff from 1984 to 1987; here, he earned the college's Most Promising Drama Student award. In 1988, he moved to London.[4]


Scott began his acting career in national theatre, television, and puppet shows. He appeared in his first role on the television series Soldier Soldier and made his film debut in Twin Town. His first major film roles were as Prince Henry in Ever After and the hero in the film adaptation of the Robert Harris novel Enigma. In 2000, he signed up to play the villain in Mission: Impossible 2 (hand-picked by star Tom Cruise). He was going to play Wolverine in the feature film version of X-Men. When Mission: Impossible 2 went over schedule, he was forced to drop out of the project and was replaced by Hugh Jackman in X-Men.[5]

After the 2002 release of Die Another Day, Scott was a candidate to replace Pierce Brosnan as James Bond.[6] Despite the numerous reports that Eon Productions was leaning towards naming Scott as the new Bond in the 007 adventure Casino Royale, the role eventually went to Daniel Craig. In January 2006, he appeared in the miniseries The Ten Commandments as Moses. He also appeared in the NBC series Heist, which aired in March 2006 for five episodes. From 2006 until 2007, he starred in the third season of Desperate Housewives as Teri Hatcher's character's new love interest. In 2007, he played the primary antagonist in the film Hitman, based on the Hitman video games. He appeared in the title role(s) of a modern re-telling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. In May 2009, it was announced that he was to play ex-con Michael O' Connor in the new RTÉ-ITV drama Father & Son.

Scott starred in The Day of the Triffids.[7] The drama was broadcast in December 2009 as part of the BBC 1 Christmas schedule.[8] In 2011, Scott featured in the film Love's Kitchen alongside his wife Claire Forlani, who played his love interest in the film. On the opening weekend in the UK it took just £121 in June 2011.[9] In April 2011, Scott portrayed football manager Matt Busby in the BBC TV drama United, which was centred on the Munich air disaster of 1958, in which Busby was badly injured but survived.[10] Busby's family were reportedly "incensed" by Scott's portrayal, with Busby's son commenting that his father's character "had the appearance of a gangster rather than a football manager" and wore an overcoat and trilby hat instead of a tracksuit, despite Busby famously being the first "tracksuit" manager of the post-World War II era.[11] In 2013, he guest starred as para-psychological researcher/ghost hunter Alec Palmer in the Doctor Who episode "Hide".

In 2014, Scott portrayed the main villain in Taken 3.[12]

In March 2016, Scott became the voice of Orby in adverts for British oil and gas company BP.[13]

In April 2016, Scott appeared in the second season of Fear the Walking Dead playing the character Thomas Abigail, the business partner and lover of Strand.[14]

As of 2019, Scott stars as Jacob Kane, the titular character’s father on the CW series Batwoman, set in the DC ArrowVerse.

Personal life

Scott is the father of twins, Eden and Gabriel Trevis Scott (b. 1998), with former wife Sarah Trevis.[15] On 8 June 2007, he married actress Claire Forlani in Italy.[16] They have an adopted son named Milo,[17] born 27 December 2014. Dougray is also a fan of Scottish football team Hibernian.


Year Title Role Notes
1994 Princess Caraboo Dragoon captain
1995 Soldier Soldier Major Rory Taylor
1995 Highlander: The Series Warren Cochrane Episode: "Through a Glass, Darkly"
1996 The Crow Road Lewis McHoan
1997 Regeneration Captain Robert Graves
1997 The Place of the Dead Lance Corporal Richard Mayfield
1997 Twin Town Terry Walsh
1998 Ever After Prince Henry
1998 Deep Impact Eric Vennekor
1999 Gregory's Two Girls Fraser Rowan
1999 This Year's Love Cameron
1999 Faeries Faery Prince Voice
2000 Mission: Impossible 2 Sean Ambrose
2000 The Miracle Maker John
2000 Arabian Nights Shahryar
2001 Enigma Tom Jericho
2002 Ripley's Game Trevanny
2003 The Poet Andrei
2003 To Kill a King Thomas Fairfax
2004 The Truth About Love Archie
2004 Things To Do Before You're 30 Cass
2005 Dark Water Kyle Williams
2006 The Ten Commandments Moses
2006 Perfect Creature Silus
2006 Heist Mickey O'Neil
2006–2007 Desperate Housewives Ian Hainsworth 18 episodes
2007 Hitman Mike Whittier
2007 The Donald Gray Show
2008 Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Dr. Jekyll / Mr. Hyde
2008 New Town Killers Alistair
2009 False Witness Ian Porter
2009 The Day of the Triffids Dr. Bill Masen
2009 Father & Son Michael O'Connor
2010 There Be Dragons Robert
2010 Love's Kitchen Rob Haley
2011 My Week with Marilyn Arthur Miller
2011 United Matt Busby
2012 Sinbad Father La Stessa
2013 Death Race 3: Inferno Niles York / Frankenstein Direct-to-DVD
2013 Doctor Who Alec Palmer Episode: "Hide"
2013 Strike Back: Shadow Warfare James Leatherby 2 episodes
2013 Last Passenger Lewis Shaler
2013 The Wrong Mans Walker
2013–2014 Hemlock Grove Dr. Norman Godfrey
2015 Taken 3 Stuart St. John
2015 Tiger House Shane
2015 The Vatican Tapes Roger Holmes
2016 London Town Nick Baker
2016 Division 19
2016 Fear the Walking Dead Thomas Abigail 2 episodes
2016 Harley and the Davidsons Randall James Miniseries
2016 The Rezort Archer
2017 The Replacement David Warnock Miniseries
2017–2018 Snatch Vic Hill
2018 The Woman in White Sir Percival Glyde Miniseries
2019 Batwoman Jacob Kane

Awards and nominations

1999Teen Choice AwardsFilm - Breakout Performance[18]Ever AfterNominated
2009AFI AwardsBest Lead Actor in a Television Drama[19]False WitnessNominated
2010Astra AwardsMost Outstanding Performance by an Actor - Male[20]Nominated


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  6. "BROSNAN COST ME 007 ROLE", 22 May 2006
  7. "Vanessa Redgrave to star in BBC's The Day of the Triffids", 11 February 2009
  8. "The Day of the Triffids - BBC One".
  9. Nissim, Mayer (29 June 2011). "Gordon Ramsay's 'Love's Kitchen' flops with just £121 at box office". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 June 2011.
  10. "United". 24 April 2011 via IMDb.
  11. "Sir Matt Busby's family incensed over TV portrayal of iconic Manchester United manager". The Daily Telegraph. 22 April 2011.
  12. Lee, Maggie (31 December 2014). "'Taken 3' Review: Liam Neeson Stars in Mind-Numbing Misfire". Variety. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  13. "BP's First Ad Campaign for a Decade".
  14. "'Fear the Walking Dead' Casts Dougray Scott for Season 2". Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  15. "Dougray Scott preparing for second shot at marriage". Scotsman. 20 October 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  16. Michelle Tan (8 June 2007). "Claire Forlani, Dougray Scott Get Married". Retrieved 22 May 2012.
  17. Ferguson, Donna (12 January 2018). "Dougray Scott: 'Mum's parents didn't approve of Dad. They cut off all contact'". The Guardian.
  18. "Teen Choice Awards - 1999 | Winners & Nominees". Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  19. "'Samson & Delilah': Australian Film Institute Awards". Alt Film Guide. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  20. "ASTRA Awards 2010: Nominees". TV Tonight. 14 May 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
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