Bill Paterson

Biography: Bill Paterson has had a highly successful career as an actor, performing on stage, television, film and radio for over 35 years.

He studied for three years to be a quantity surveyor before training to be an actor. After qualifying, he was about to take up a position as a teacher but he joined the Citizen’s Theatre for Youth instead. As a member of this theatrical company, he worked as an actor and director. In 1972 he was in Billy Connolly’s play ‘Great Northern Well Boot Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Years later, he appeared in another of Connolly’s plays, ‘An Me Wi’ A Bad Leg Tae,’ at the Royal Court. He has also toured Britain and Europe with the 7:84 Theatre Company that he co-founded with John McGrath. Through out his career, Bill has also appeared on television. He became a very familiar face to the public following his role as Ally Fraser in the second series of the ITV drama about a group of wayward builders, Auf Weidersehn Pet. During the mid
Bill Paterson has had a highly successful career as an actor, performing on stage, television, film and radio for over 35 years.

He studied for three years to be a quantity surveyor before training to be an actor. After qualifying, he was about to take up a position as a teacher but he joined the Citizen’s Theatre for Youth instead. As a member of this theatrical company, he worked as an actor and director. In 1972 he was in Billy Connolly’s play ‘Great Northern Well Boot Show’ at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Years later, he appeared in another of Connolly’s plays, ‘An Me Wi’ A Bad Leg Tae,’ at the Royal Court. He has also toured Britain and Europe with the 7:84 Theatre Company that he co-founded with John McGrath.

Through out his career, Bill has also appeared on television. He became a very familiar face to the public following his role as Ally Fraser in the second series of the ITV drama about a group of wayward builders, Auf Weidersehn Pet. During the mid nineties, her co-starred in the BBC award winning adaptation of Iain Bank's The Crow Road as Kenneth McHoan. In 2001, he played D.I. Neil Sleightholme in The Whistleblower’ opposite Amanda Burton. Since 2003, he has played Dr. Douglass Monaghan, head of a parapsychology unit in the BBC supernatural series Sea of Souls.

Bill has also appeared in some very successful films. Some of his film credits include; ‘The Adventures of Baron Muchausen’ in 1987 directed by Monty Python star Terry Gilliam, ‘Victory’ in 1995 with Williem Defoe and Sam Neil in and the version of ‘Richard the Third’ with Sir Ian McKellan, Dame Maggie Smith and Annette Bening.

His distinctive Scottish voice has lead to Bill providing voiceovers for documentaries such as Horizon and Equinox. Bill was also the voice of the narrator in the children’s fantasy drama Shoebox Zoo More recently, he recorded an audio version of Shakespeare’s ‘Anthony and Cleopatra’ with Michael Pennington and Lyndsay Duncan.

He is married and has a son and a daughter.
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Bill Paterson's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 60
Highest Metascore: 78 Hilary and Jackie
Lowest Metascore: 37 Crush
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
8 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
38 Dad's Army Feb 5, 2016 Private Frazer 5.4
65 Amazing Grace Feb 23, 2007 Lord Dundas 8.1
57 Miss Potter Dec 29, 2006 Rupert Potter 7.2
37 Crush Apr 3, 2002 Rev. Gerald Marsden 8.7
71 Sunshine Jun 9, 2000 Minister Of Justice 8.7
78 Hilary and Jackie Dec 30, 1998 Cello Teacher 8.4
72 Truly Madly Deeply May 24, 1991 Sandy 8.0
69 The Adventures of Baron Munchausen Mar 10, 1989 Henry Salt 8.4