Tony Kearney

Tony Kearney is a Scottish actor and TV presenter. He is best known for playing Scott Wallace in the BBC Scotland soap opera, River City. He previously appeared for six years in Machair, a Scottish Gaelic soap.

Early life

Kearney was born on Barra, in the Outer Hebrides, and studied an arts degree at Glasgow University.[1]


Kearney presented Blasad, a 2010 series on BBC Alba where he speaks with guests about food.[2] Kearney stars in Turas Tony, a 2011 BBC Alba series on where he takes on a number of challenges. These include running a hotel, joining a mountain rescue team, and working as a chef in a restaurant.[3] He has also appeared on Taggart and Wheel of Fortune.[4]

In 2011, Kearney acted in Somersaults, a play written by Iain Finlay Macleod for the National Theatre of Scotland.[5]

In August 2019 he will provide commentary for the Scottish broadcast of the Eurovision Choir 2019 contest.[6]


DateTitleRoleDirectorStation series
28 October 2003The Time Between Two TidesCassGaynor MacfarlaneBBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
8 January 2004Bampot Central[7]JyzerLu KempBBC Radio 3 The Wire
29 March 2004Nude, UntitledDaveyLu KempBBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play
8 December 2005Iona[8]Andrew?BBC Radio 3 The Wire


  1. English, Paul (2006). "Scott's suicidal but I couldn't be happier". Daily Record. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  2. "Food For Thought With Tony Kearney On BBC Alba". MG Alba. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  3. English, Paul (8 July 2011). "In at the deep end: River City actor Tony Kearney goes to extremes for new role". Daily Record. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  4. "Most eligible men 2003 - Tony Kearney". Scotland On Sunday. 7 November 2003. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  5. Fisher, Mark (22 March 2011). "Somersaults - review". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2011.
  6. Granger, Anthony (7 July 2019). "Scotland: Tony Kearney to Commentate at Eurovision Choir". Eurovoix. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  7. BBC – The Wire – Bampot Central
  8. BBC – The Wire – Iona

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