Graham McTavish was born 4 January 1961 in Glasgow, Scotland to Alec and Ellen McTavish. Alec was a politically active person, and political discourse was common in the McTavish household. The family left Glasgow when McTavish was a child. During the course of his life, he lived in Canada, England and Scotland before settling in New Zealand. McTavish’s parents were both deceased by some point prior to 2014.
Early in his career, Graham McTavish did theatre work at the Dundee Rep with colleagues that included Jimmy Logan and Robert Robertson.
Graham McTavish played the character Warden Ackerman in Red Dwarf in five episodes of series 8. McTavish has also had many supporting roles in British dramas and films such as Casualty, Jekyll, The Bill, Taggart and Sisterhood. He also played the ill-tempered Mercenary Commander Lewis in Rambo, had a role as Desmond’s drill sergeant in the fourth season of Lost, starred in Ali G Indahouse as a Customs Officer and played a Russian pirate in NCIS. He played Ferguson in 4 episodes of season 4 of Prison Break. He has also starred in the film Green Street 2 which was released on 23 March 2009. McTavish provided the voice and motion capture work for the evil psychopath war criminal Zoran Lazarevic in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves, the voice of the main protagonist Dante Alighieri in Dante’s Inferno, Restoration leader Commander Lucius in the Shadow Complex video game, and the Decepticon Thundercracker in Transformers: War for Cybertron. He played Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Novakovich in the eighth season of 24, and did voice work as the Marvel Comics villain Loki in Hulk Vs. Thor and The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. In 2011, McTavish also provided the voices of antagonist Joseph Bertrand III in Infamous 2 and newcomer Charlie Cutter in Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception.
McTavish is also provided Additional Voices for What’s New, Scooby-Doo?, Heavenly Sword, Quantum of Solace, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
McTavish appeared in the 2011 film The Wicker Tree, Robin Hardy’s sequel to his 1973 film, The Wicker Man and played Dwalin in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.
In September 2013, it was announced that McTavish had been cast as Dougal Mackenzie in the television series Outlander for the American television channel Starz. The series is an adaption of the bestselling novels by author Diana Gabaldon. The series premiered on 9 August 2014 to rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
In April 2014 McTavish honored his Scottish heritage by serving as the 17th Grand Marshall of New York City’s Tartan Day Parade.
Graham McTavish plays the Saint of Killers in the AMC TV series Preacher, having debuted in that role in the series’ second episode, “See”, in June 2016.
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