James Cosmo

James Ronald Gordon Copeland MBE (born 27 October 1947), known professionally as James Cosmo, is a Scottish actor known for his appearances in films including Highlander, Braveheart, Trainspotting, Troy, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ben-Hur and Wonder Woman, as well as television series such as Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy, and His Dark Materials. On 3 January 2017 Cosmo entered the nineteenth series of Celebrity Big Brother; on Day 19 of the series he won a pass to the final on 3 February 2017 and finished in fourth place.

James Cosmo

James Cosmo MBE at the TGS SpringBreak event in France, in April 2014
Born
James Ronald Gordon Copeland

(1947-10-27) 27 October 1947
NationalityBritish
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)
Annie Harris (m. 2000)
Children2

Early life

James Cosmo was born in Dumbarton Cottage Hospital, Dumbartonshire, Scotland, UK and attended Hartfield Primary School in Dumbarton. He is the son of actor James Copeland and Helen.[1] Through his father, young James played cricket on Hampstead Heath with Sean Connery while his father was in the pub with Peter O’Toole.[2] He also has a sister named Laura.[2] When he was 11, he moved back to Glasgow and later he worked for a time at Arnott Young shipbreakers in Dalmuir.[2]

Career

At the start of his career he adopted Cosmo, the middle name of his mother Helen, as stage surname.[2] Cosmo is best known for his film roles as Angus MacLeod in Highlander, Campbell in Braveheart and as Father Christmas in the adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Over the years he has also had roles in other films such as Trainspotting, The Last Legion and 2081. He appeared in Troy with future Game of Thrones cast members Sean Bean and Julian Glover. He also appeared in UFO as SHADO operative Lieutenant Anderson, in Take the High Road as Alex Geddes from 1982 until 1983 and in 1984 played Jock McLeish in the Minder episode Senior Citizen Caine. He appeared as Lieutenant-Colonel Philip Drysdale in the seventh series of Soldier Soldier. He portrayed Jeor Mormont, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, in the HBO series Game of Thrones. He was involved in the filming of the thriller Breakdown in which he appeared alongside Craig Fairbrass, Bruce Payne, Emmett Scanlan, Olivia Grant and Tamer Hassan.

He is a patron of the charity Chance for Childhood.[3]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1969Battle of BritainJamie
1969The Virgin SoldiersWaller
1971AssaultDet. Sgt. Beale
1972DoomwatchBob Gillette
1972Young WinstonOfficer on train
1972Sutherland's LawIan CampbellTelevision film
1972The Stone TapeCliff DowTelevision film
1982Living Apart TogetherPriest
1985Operation JulieLongfellowTelevision film
1986HighlanderAngus Macleod
1988Stormy MondayTony
1989The NightwatchJames SmithsonTelevision film
1990Treasure IslandRedruthTelevision film
1990The FoolMr. Bowring
1995BraveheartCampbell
1996TrainspottingMr. Renton
1996EmmaMr. Weston
1997Santa/ClawsSanta ClausShort film
1998Urban Ghost StoryMinister
1998Babe: Pig in the CityThelonius
1999Sunset HeightsMacdonald
1999The MatchBilly Bailey
1999Billy and ZorbaZorbaShort film
1999Split SecondDonald PatersonTelevision film
1999One More KissFrank
2000HonestTommy Chase
2000Reflections Upon the Origin of the PineappleNarratorShort film
2000The Last of the Blonde BombshellsMcNabTelevision film
2001To End All WarsLt. Col. Stuart McLean
2001All the Queen's MenArchie
2002Once Upon a Time in the MidlandsBilly
2002The Four FeathersCol. Sutch
2002The ReckoningLambert
2003SkagerrakRobert
2003Man Dancin'Donnie McGlone
2003Solid AirFinn
2004One Last ChanceBig John
2004TroyGlaucus
2005The Adventures of Greyfriars BobbyJames Brown
2005The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeFather Christmas
2006Half LightFinlay Murray
2006Slipp Jimmy friHudMaSpecsEnglish version, voice
2006The Lives of the SaintsMr. Karva
2007The Last LegionHrothgar
2007The Seeker: The Dark Is RisingDawson
2007Where Have I Been All Your LifeJohnShort film
2007Comet ImpactBrenden KellyTelevision film
20092081George BergeronShort film
2009The ClanHector McGinley
2010One Night in EmergencyTelevision film
2010OutcastLaird
2010DonkeysAlfie
2010The RunwaySutherland
2010The Santa IncidentNickTelevision film
2011No Saints for SinnersMurphy
2011The Glass ManPecco
2012CitadelPriest
2012Songs for AmyMurdo
2013Get LuckyMr. Zigic
2013The Golden ScallopJudge Wellington
2013Hammer of the GodsKing Bagsecg
2013Justin and the Knights of ValourBluchervoice
2013The Christmas CandleHerbert Hopewell
2013Sea OutOld JoeShort film
2013Dying LightPoliceman
2014The BoogeymanDr. HarperShort film
2014We Still Kill the Old WayArthur
2014HoleCooperShort film
2015MoonwalkersDawson
2015CarriedHenry HunterShort film
2015The Legend of Barney ThomsonJames Henderson
2015The Pyramid TextsRay
2015EstrangedAlbert
2016Project 12: The BunkerBrian Balanowsky
2016BreakdownAlbert Chapman
2016MikelisMikelisShort film
2016Dark SignalAlan
2016Ben-HurQuintus
2016Whisky Galore!Macalister the Minister
2016TomorrowMr. CharlesPost-production
2016MonochromeRoger Daniels
2016EliminatorsCooperPost-production
2017London HeistRay Dixon
2017T2: TrainspottingMr. Renton
2017Wonder WomanField Marshal Haig
2017The Ten BellsInspector CollinsAnnounced
2018In DarknessNiall
2018Outlaw KingRobert de Brus, 6th Lord of Annandale
2018Ashes in the SnowMr. Stakas
2018MalevolentGrandpa Sayers
2020Suruli

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1965, 1969Dr. Finlay's CasebookPrivate David / Peter Randall2 episodes
1966Ransom for a Pretty GirlCharlie MilneTV mini series
1966This Man CraigDouglas McGrath1 episode
1967St. IvesDalmahoy2 episodes
1967The Revenue ManAndrew1 episode
1968DetectiveDet. Sgt. MacGregor1 episode
1969Softly SoftlyMcBride1 episode
1970The BorderersHector1 episode
1970The Wednesday PlaySenior Under Officer Patterson1 episode
1971UFOLt. Anderson1 episode
1971The Persuaders!Inspector Williams1 episode
1971The View from Daniel PikeDet. Con. Sanderson1 episode
1973ITV PlayhouseSgt. Robbins1 episode
1973Sutherland's LawIan Campbell1 episode
19731977WarshipL. / Reg. Fuller20 episodes
1974Play for TodayLoch1 episode
1975Churchill's PeopleRobert Bruce1 episode
1975QuillerHamilton1 episode
1976SurvivorsLenny Carter1 episode
1976Orde WingateBrigadier Calvert3 episodes
1977George & MildredKeith1 episode
19771978Midnight is a PlaceDavey Scatcherd3 episodes
1978The StandardHarry Bray1 episode
1978The SweeneyDet. Sgt. Davy Freeth1 episode
1978KidnappedBeggarTV mini series, 1 episode
1979Dick Barton: Special AgentJock Anderson29 episodes
1979ThundercloudCPO Hawkins13 episodes
1979The Onedin LineGlasgow McDade1 episode
1979The ProfessionalsGlover1 episode
1980Take the High RoadAlex Geddes1 episode
1980Hammer House of HorrorWillis1 episode
1981The Nightmare ManSgt. Carch4 episodes
1981The House on the HillBonfield1 episode
1981StrangersDet. Sgt. Galbraith1 episode
1982King's RoyalColin Lindsay1 episode
1984MinderJock McLeish1 episode
1984Murder Not Proven?Sergeant Munro1 episode
1984Scarecrow and Mrs. KingDr. Ian McCarran1 episode
1984Fairly Secret ArmyCrazy Colin Carstairs2 episodes
1985Lytton's DiaryHarry Owen1 episode
1985Big DealMcFee1 episode
19851986C.A.T.S. EyesHoward / McNeill2 episodes
1986Running ScaredDetective Inspector McNeil6 episodes
1986Lost EmpiresInspector FurnessTV mini series, 1 episode
1987Super GranMr. McBigg1 episode
1987BrondPrimo3 episodes
1988Codename: KyrilBonhamTV mini series, 1 episode
1988TaggartVictor Baird1 episode
1989CrossbowAnton1 episode
1989Winners and LosersFrank KerrTV mini series, 3 episodes
1989The Justice GameGlen4 episodes
1989SaracenMiekera1 episode
19891993CasualtyTony / John Breckman2 episodes
1989, 1999The BillPatrick Grainger / D.C.I. Cameron2 episodes
1990The CampbellsSgt. Henderson1 episode
1990El C.I.D.Sands1 episode
1991The Sharp EndCarmichaelTV mini series, 1 episode
1991Stay LuckyBigmac1 episode
1992Screaming
1992MedicsHarry Liverege1 episode
1992HeartbeatMatthew Chapman1 episode
1992Rab C. NesbittTeacher1 episode
1993SceneReception OfficerTV series documentary, 1 episode
1993Between the LinesD.C.C. Birman1 episode
1994The House of EliottJames Maxton1 episode
1994Alleyn MysteriesMajor Keith Ballantyne1 episode
1994Screen TwoJerry1 episode
19941995RoughnecksTom13 episodes
1996Bad BoysTam Devlin1 episode
1997IvanhoeCedricTV mini series, 5 episodes
1997Ain't Misbehavin'Malky Fraser3 episodes
1997Soldier SoldierLt. Col. Philip Drysdale9 episodes
1998Two LivesEddie1 episode
1999CleopatraAgrippa2 episodes
1999Comedy LabDavid1 episode
2000The 10th KingdomBlind WoodsmanTV mini series, 1 episode
2000Tales from the MadhouseThe CenturionTV mini series, 1 episode
20002001RebusMorris Gerald Cafferty / Moris Cafferty2 episodes
2000BadgerCharlie Maddox1 episode
2001Best of Both WorldsWilliam Landucci1 episode
2004BiographyNarratorTV series documentary, 1 episode
2005Little House on the PrairieMr. ScottTV mini series, 4 episodes
2007Midsomer MurdersJack 'Axeman' McKinley1 episode
2008The Colour of MagicGalder WeatherwaxTV mini series, 1 episode
2009MerlinHengist1 episode
2010CastleFinn Rourke1 episode
2010The FlashforwardPhilip1 episode
2010Sons of AnarchyFather Kellan Ashby8 episodes
20112013Game of ThronesJeor Mormont12 episodes
2012Silent WitnessArnold Mears2 episodes
2013Death in ParadiseRoger Seymour1 episode
2013Case HistoriesLen Lomax1 episode
2014New WorldsGoffeTV mini series, 1 episode
2015Magnum OpusMoshe Navon1 episode
2016ShetlandArthur McCall / Arthut McCall4 episodes
2016StagThe Gamekeeper2 episodes
2016, 2018–19The DurrellsCaptain Creech4 episodes
2016The CollectionJules Trouvier
2017Celebrity Big BrotherHimselfSeries 19 Finalist and third runner up
2017SS-GBHarry Woods5 episodes
2018Hold the SunsetBob the Burglar3 episodes
2019The Name of the RoseJorge of Burgos8 episodes
2019ChernobylMinerEpisode: 'Open Wide, O Earth'
2019His Dark MaterialsFarder Coram

References

  1. "James Cosmo Biography (1948–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 18 November 2015.
  2. "James Cosmo on Game of Thrones, Whisky Galore and his strange days on Big Brother". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  3. "Our patrons | Chance for Childhood - Children's charity". Chance for Childhood. Retrieved 24 July 2019.
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