Born: June 3, 1945
Famous for: Bringing a serious edge to serious roles as only a serious thesp can
One of Britain's most prolific performers, Bill Paterson has been a fixture on the small screen since the late Seventies. His career spans some of the UK's most popular shows, from early days on Smiley's People and Auf Weidhersehn Pet, to more recent productions such as Rebel Heart and Dr Zhivago. Although he is not as well known for his movie work, the Glasgow-born actor has also appeared in a number of critically acclaimed flicks, including The Killing Fields and Hilary And Jackie.