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      James Cosmo

      James Cosmo

      Highest Rated: 100% Urban Ghost Story (1998)

      Lowest Rated: 7% All the Queen's Men (2001)

      Birthday: May 24, 1948

      Birthplace: Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, UK

      When you want an imposing, tough guy figure in your movie, James Cosmo is one of the leading go-to actors. He is beloved by Scottish audiences for his work in front of the camera but also for his tireless job promoting the country as a viable location for motion pictures and television programs. On-screen, he is best known internationally as the never-say-die warrior Campbell from Mel Gibson's thunderous historical epic "Braveheart"and for playing Angus MacLeod in the sci-fi/fantasy movie "Highlander" from 1986. Although his gruff masculinity serves him well in bold, larger-than-life period pictures like the above titles and others like "Troy" and "The Last Legion," he's also appeared in plenty of contemporary films, including his role as Ewan McGregor's father in Danny Boyle's cult classic "Trainspotting," in another role as an oil-rig worker in the television series "Roughnecks," and a part as a thug in the comedy "Once Upon a Time in the Midlands," to name just a few. Many United States television viewers may recognize the actor for his role on the cable show "Sons of Anarchy" and for his performance as Jeor Mormont on the HBO high fantasy series "Game of Thrones." Younger viewers may know him best as Father Christmas in the big screen adaptation of "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

      Highest rated movies

      Estranged
      One Last Chance
      Urban Ghost Story
      Wonder Woman My Sailor, My Love
      Trainspotting
      Emma
      The Hole in the Ground

      Photos

      HALF LIGHT, James Cosmo, 2006. ©First Look Pictures TRAINSPOTTING, Eileen Nicholas, Ewan McGregor, James Cosmo, 1996, (c) Miramax BEN-HUR, from left: Jack Huston, as Judah Ben-Hur, James Cosmo, Dato Bakhtadze, 2016. ph: Philippe Antonello/© Paramount Pictures Game of Thrones, James Cosmo, 'The North Remembers', Season 2, Ep. #1, 04/01/2012, ©HBO Game of Thrones, James Cosmo (L), Luke Barnes (R), 'And Now His Watch Is Ended', Season 3, Ep. #4, 04/21/2013, ©HBO THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS, Daon Broni, James Cosmo, 2006. ALL THE QUEEN'S MEN, Matt LeBlanc, David Birkin, James Cosmo, Eddie Izzard, 2001 ELIMINATORS, L-R: OLIVIA MACE, JAMES COSMO, LILY ANN STUBBS, 2016. ©UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT CITADEL, from left: James Cosmo, Aneurin Barnard, 2012. ©Cinedigm Entertainment Group ELIMINATORS, FROM LEFT: OLIVIA MACE, JAMES COSMO, LOWER RIGHT: LILY ANN STUBBS, 2016. © UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT Merlin, James Cosmo, 'Lancelot and Guinevere', Season 2, Ep. #4, 04/23/2010, ©BBCAMERICA FREE JIMMY, Hunters-Tarjei (voiced by Russell Barr), Bjorn Helge (voiced by David Tennant), HudMaSpecs (voiced by James Cosmo), and Eirik (voiced by Douglas Henshall), 2006 DARK SIGNAL, JAMES COSMO, 2016. ©XLRATOR MEDIA THE HOLE IN THE GROUND, JAMES COSMO, 2019. © A24 HAMMER OF THE GODS, from left: Charlie Bewley, James Cosmo, 2013. ©Magnolia Films

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 10% The Three Musketeers Cardinal Richelieu (Character) - 2023
      90% 92% My Sailor, My Love Howard (Character) $87.7K 2022
      38% 67% Scrooge: A Christmas Carol Mr Fezziwig (Voice) - 2022
      No Score Yet 0% Breath Nick (Character) - 2022
      67% 36% The Kindred Frank Menzies (Character) - 2021
      30% 55% Suruli Peter Sprott (Character) - 2020
      56% 25% Skylines Grant (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Forget Me Not Benedict (Character) - 2019
      83% 48% The Hole in the Ground Des Brady (Character) - 2019
      29% No Score Yet Tomorrow Mr Charles (Character) - 2018
      62% 68% Outlaw King Sir Robert VI de Brus (Character) - 2018
      47% 57% In Darkness Niall (Character) - 2018
      93% 83% Wonder Woman Field Marshall Haig (Character) $412.8M 2017
      81% 78% T2 Trainspotting Renton's Father (Character) $2.4M 2017
      No Score Yet 20% Bunker: Project 12 Brian Balanowsky (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Monochrome Roger Daniels (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Gunned Down Ray Dixon (Character) - 2016
      33% 35% Dark Signal Alan Keller (Character) - 2016
      42% 49% Whisky Galore! Macalister the Minister (Character) - 2016
      10% 36% Breakdown Albert Chapman (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 35% Eliminators Cooper (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pyramid Texts Ray (Character) - 2015
      62% 52% The Legend of Barney Thomson James Henderson (Character) - 2015
      100% 36% Estranged Albert (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 36% We Still Kill the Old Way Arthur (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Golden Scallop Judge Wellington (Character) - 2013
      13% 36% Justin and the Knights of Valor Blucher (Voice) - 2013
      21% 74% The Christmas Candle Herbert Hopewell (Character) $2.1M 2013
      No Score Yet 11% Get Lucky Mr. Zigic (Character) - 2013
      29% 57% Hammer of the Gods King Bagsecg (Character) $438 2013
      17% 67% Songs for Amy Murdo (Character) - 2012
      57% 32% Citadel Priest (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Glass Man Pecco (Character) - 2011
      80% 68% The Runway Sutherland (Character) - 2010
      64% 30% Outcast Laird (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 18% The Santa Incident Nick/Santa Claus (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 47% Donkeys Unknown (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Narnia Code Unknown (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 84% 2081 Unknown (Character) - 2010
      14% 33% The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising Dawson (Character) $8.8M 2007
      15% 34% The Last Legion Hrothgar (Character) $5.9M 2007
      29% 46% Half Light Finlay Murray (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 70% Greyfriars Bobby James Brown (Character) - 2005
      75% 61% The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Father Christmas (Character) $291.7M 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Adventures on the Kansas Prairie Mr. Scott (Character) - 2005
      53% 73% Troy Glaucus (Character) $133.2M 2004
      100% 22% One Last Chance Big John (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 50% Man Dancin' Donnie McGlone (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 57% Skagerrak Robert (Character) - 2003
      51% 45% Once Upon a Time in the Midlands Billy (Character) $171.8K 2002
      42% 65% The Four Feathers Col. Sutch (Character) $18.3M 2002
      62% 85% To End All Wars Lt. Col. Stuart McLean (Character) - 2001
      7% 51% All the Queen's Men Archie (Character) $22.7K 2001
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rebus Unknown (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 78% The Last of the Blonde Bombshells McNab (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 27% Honest Tommy Chase (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 45% One More Kiss Frank (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 52% The Match Billy Bailey (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet 14% Split Second Donald Paterson (Character) - 1999
      100% 45% Urban Ghost Story Minister (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunset Heights MacDonald (Character) - 1997
      84% 77% Emma Mr. Weston (Character) $22.2M 1996
      90% 93% Trainspotting Mr. Renton (Character) $16.6M 1996
      76% 85% Braveheart Campbell (Character) $75.5M 1995
      78% 49% Stormy Monday Tony (Character) $255.9K 1988
      No Score Yet 64% The Stone Tape Cliff Dow (Character) - 1972

      TV

      Credit
      84% 82% His Dark Materials Farder Coram (Character) 2019-2020 2022
      77% 73% Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan Luka (Character) 2022
      No Score Yet 76% The Bay Bill Bradwell (Character) 2021
      56% 56% Hold the Sunset Bob (Character) 2018-2019
      94% 90% The Durrells Captain Creech (Character) 2019
      89% No Score Yet SS-GB Harry Woods (Character) 2017
      42% 94% The Collection Jules Trouvier (Character) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Stag The Gamekeeper (Character) 2016
      89% 85% Game of Thrones Commander Mormont (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2011-2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Case Histories on Masterpiece Unknown (Character) 2013
      No Score Yet 83% Death in Paradise Roger Seymour (Character) 2013
      87% 91% Sons of Anarchy Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      80% 77% FlashForward Phillip (Guest Star) 2010
      82% 87% Castle Finn Rourke (Guest Star) 2010
      85% 88% The Adventures of Merlin Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 88% Midsomer Murders Jack 'Axeman' McKinley (Character) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House on the Prairie Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ain't Misbehavin' Malky Fraser (Character) 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Between the Lines Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hammer House of Horror Unknown (Character) 1980