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Gary Stevenson (born 30 November 1957), better known as Gary Lewis, is a Scottish actor. He has had roles in films such as , Joyeux Noël, Gangs of New York and Eragon as well as major roles in the television Supervolcano and the series Outlander.

Early life
Gary Lewis was born Gary Stevenson on 30 November 1957 in , Glasgow. The middle of three children, his father was a coppersmith whilst his mother worked in a local biscuit factory. After leaving school, he worked a series of jobs including as a street sweeper and in a library. He completed a social science degree at Glasgow College of Technology (now Glasgow Caledonian University), graduating with honours in 1983. Encouraged by his high school English teacher, Lewis read voraciously and eventually decided to pursue a career as an actor.


In 1979, Lewis starred in writer Freddy Anderson's Fringe First Award-winning play Krassivy, which was based upon the life of school teacher John Maclean. Although he had pursued amateur theatrics, Lewis was 32 when he committed to acting, joining 's newly formed Raindog Theatre. During his time with Raindog, he performed in plays such as One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ecstasy, and Wasted. He also worked with the on The Grapes of Wrath, The Arches Theatre Company's production of 's The Birthday Party, and starred in One Two Hey by Glaswegian author .

1993–2004: Film work
In 1993, with the support of his friend actor-director , Lewis was cast in the short film Close. After working together on the short, both actors appeared in 's 1994 thriller Shallow Grave, alongside and Christopher Eccleston. Lewis went on to feature in Mullan's subsequent shorts Good Day for the Bad Guys (1995) and the award-winning Fridge (1996).
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Lewis joined director 's unofficial stock company lending support to his two mentors in separate films: with , he co-starred in Carla's Song (1996), while he played a recovering alcoholic alongside Mullan in My Name Is Joe (1998). Between the two films, Lewis was featured in ' short California Sunshine (1997) before again working with Mullan, who cast Lewis as over-righteous elder sibling Thomas in Orphans (1998), an examination of a dysfunctional family.

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That same year he was featured in director 's independent film Postmortem, director Sean McGuire's short film The Good Son, director Kenny Glenaan's short The Whirlpool, short film The Lucky Suit opposite , and screenwriter Barry Gornell's short film Sonny's Pride.

In 1999, Lewis starred in 's dramatic comedy East is East, and 's comedy Gregory's Two Girls. He went on to star with in The Match (1999) before landing his international breakthrough in (2000). Lewis's portrayal of a grief-stricken father, coping with the 1984-85 miner's strike and raising a son who wants to become a ballet dancer earned him a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2000, Lewis starred in May Miles Thomas's drama One Life Stand, which premiered at the Edinburgh Film Festival, and featured as a boxing coach who was possibly involved in a murder in Shiner, which screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Lewis finished the year with several short films including , a 12-minute short with Sean McGinley based upon 's play of the same name, director David Mackenzie's Marcie's Dowry, The Elevator alongside Ashley Walters, Long Haul alongside , Clean with actor , and director David McKay's Caesar.

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He appeared in an additional short film in 2001, Rob of the Rovers, which followed a day in the life of gym teacher Rob Meadows.

Lewis worked with director Giles MacKinnon twice in 2002. Revenge thriller The Escapist, which featured Lewis in the role of Ron, was followed by a turn as Detective Inspector French in the crime drama Pure. He went to Rome's Cinecittà Studios to join the ensemble cast of 's Gangs of New York, an epic tale of gang warfare among the lower classes in 1860s New York City. Lewis portrayed McGloin, an meant to embody the shift in mid-nineteenth century attitudes towards other immigrants.


2003 was another strong year with Lewis playing different roles. The first was Posh Pictures' The Fall of Shug McCracken, which tackled the subject of employee theft and labour unions. Next was Danish director Soren Kragh-Jacobsen's film Skagerrak, a romantic drama set in , which saw Lewis in a supporting role as a local Glaswegian. The last, a drama from director and writer May Miles Thomas titled Solid Air, which is about the relationship between a sickly father (Maurice Roeves) and his compulsive gambler son ().

Working with director Kenneth Loach again, Lewis starred in the 2004 love story Ae Fond Kiss..., which takes its name from a poem. That same year, he had a role in director Friðrik Þór Friðriksson's drama Niceland (Population 1.000.002) alongside and . His next project was Stephen Whittaker's The Rocket Post. Filmed on the island of , Scotland, the film explores a German scientist's idea to deliver mail via rockets in the late 1930s. Director Peter Timm's film My Brother Is a Dog, features Lewis as the Antiquitätenhändler in a film about a young girl wishing for a dog. Lewis ended the year with two films about the post 9/11 tension between the Western and Arab worlds. First was a supporting role in writer 's Yasmin, set in Northern England before and after the 9/11 attacks. Second was 's fourth feature film Yes, which views the post-traumatic rift through the lens of two lovers caught in the divide.

In 2005, Lewis starred in 's international production of the film Joyeux Noël. Set in WWI, the film explores the "Christmas Truce" of 1914 between the armies of three countries. In a departure from previous films, Lewis was next featured in director 's football film Goal! The Dream Begins, which focuses on a Mexican football player trying out for the Newcastle United Football Club. Clive Gordon's 2006 film Cargo, a psychological thriller, featured Lewis opposite Daniel Bruhl and . As the skipper of a bankrupt Scottish fishing trawler in True North, Lewis and actor tackle the subject of migrant smuggling and the effects it has on those making the journey. At the end of 2005, Lewis starred as Hrothgar in 20th Century Fox's live action adaptation of Christopher Paolini's hit fantasy trilogy .

The 2008 British black comedy Three and Out (released as A Deal Is A Deal in Australia), from director Johnathan Gershfield, saw Lewis in the supporting role of Callaghan. The film focuses on a train conductor who tries to use a little known three strikes rule of the London train service to force an early retirement and payout for himself. Screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival, Lewis's next film was director Robert Rae's debut film Trouble Sleeping, which tells the story of a Palestinian refugee's struggles in the UK. Psychological thriller , directed by Agnes Merlet, featured Lewis as the brainwashing pastor of a small community on a bleak Irish island. His last film of 2008 was Mark Aldridge's drama Blessed, alongside and .

Reprising the role of Mal Braithwaite, Lewis began 2009 with the third instalment of 's football series entitled . Wasted, his next film from filmmakers Caroline Paterson and Stuart Davids, treated the subject of homelessness in Glasgow, Scotland. From there he was cast in the Danish film Valhalla Rising, alongside , and director Christian Carion's Cold War thriller Farewell ( L'Affaire Farewell). Lewis returned to short films in 2010 with director Tom Shrapnel's Eat Me, Tribeca Film Festival Judge's Award nominee The Terms, Robert James Armstrong's Little Green Bag, and Vocation opposite James Chalmers . He was also featured in Peter Mullan's gang drama Neds.

2011 showcased Lewis in two additional short films. The first, from director and writer Raisah Ahmed, titled Last Order, featured Lewis alongside Leann O'Kasi and David Elliot. The second was filmmaker Gregor Johnstone's comedy Rule of Thumb, which saw Lewis as the school janitor during a disastrous standoff. In 2012, Lewis appeared in two feature films. The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich, which explored psychiatrist 's career and subsequent investigation by the FDA and other government agencies. He played Dr. Donald Cameron, who was President of the American, Canadian and World Psychiatric Associations. When the Lights Went Out starred Lewis as Father Clifford, a local priest who performs an exorcism on a house plagued by a . The film is based on the real-life experiences of director Pat Holden's mother and aunt in 1970s . Lewis's next role was Andrew Griffin's short film The Gift (2012), which was screened at the New York International Independent Film Festival in 2013.

Thirteen years after first working with May Thomas Miles in One Life Stand, Lewis reunited with the filmmaker in 2013 for the film version of her BAFTA winning interactive website The Devil's Plantation. Both the website and film are based on archaeologist Harry Bell's belief that , was laid out based upon a secret, hidden design he called the Secret Geometry. Lewis starred as Bell, opposite ’s psychiatric patient Mary Ross, as their lives intertwine. He then appeared in Scottish Not Another Happy Ending as Benny Lockhart opposite and fellow Outlander alumni . Director Alberto Arvelo's The Liberator, the story of Venezuelan freedom fighter Simón Bolívar, featured Lewis as Colonel Rooke of the Irish Brigade while director John S. Baird's psychological police drama Filth, saw Lewis guest star as Gus. Later that year, Lewis featured in 's The Mercury Factor, which takes on the issue of . Returning to independent films at the end of 2013, Lewis starred alongside Teresina Moscatiello in the German production Waiting and in Marcus McPeake's short film For Gracie.

First time British director Daniel Wolfe's thriller Catch Me Daddy (2014), which screened at the Director's Fortnight strand and focused on a teenager and her boyfriend who flee from her overbearing father, portrays Lewis as hired thug Tony, who is sent to retrieve the runaways. In 2015, Lewis appeared in short films, working twice with director Gordon Napier. The first film was the drama La Chasse, in which Lewis portrayed the protagonist's deceased father through a voice over. Second was the 25-minute short Tide, which saw Lewis star as lobster fisherman Alasdaire as he watches the life he knew erode into modern practices. Also in 2015, Lewis in featured in Joshua J. Krull's German language short film The Heavy Load.

In 2018, Lewis returned to feature films with director Marcus H. Rosenmüller's football flick The Keeper. The film is a story of German goalkeeper , who helped Manchester City win the FA Cup final in 1956. He also featured opposite and Peter Mullan in Kristoffer Nyholm's 1930s era thriller, The Vanishing. In 2021, he worked on a third Carion title, a remake of the 2017 French language , My Son, set in Scotland. In 2023, he joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Emperor Dro'ge in .


Lewis's first professional role, in 1993, was in BBC's anthology series , in a feature-length episode entitled Down Among the Big Boys. The standalone film, also starring and , focuses on the marriage of a policeman's son to a criminal’s daughter. His next project was a 1995 made-for-TV movie from writer/director David Kane. Ruffian Hearts is a romantic comedy set in a where Lewis's character resided. Between 1995 and 1999, Lewis appeared in several episodes of series such as , Hamish MacBeth opposite , BBC medical drama Cardiac Arrest, anthology 's feature length Flowers of the Forest, school drama Hope and Glory, and 's Life Support. During that time, he also appeared in director Mark Haber's made-for-TV film The Princess Stallion and BAFTA winning television film Coming Soon.

In 2002, Lewis starred in 's award-winning TV film The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, which is based on a true story of a woman who challenged the police and their investigation after being raped, through a lengthy court battle. 2003 saw Lewis return to the BBC for director Antonia Bird's compelling TV film Rehab, a semi-improvised film about the rehabilitation of people addicted to drugs.

That same year he featured in scriptwriter Andrew Davies's made for TV historical drama Warrior Queen, which detailed the birth of . His next project, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot (2004) , was a four part mini-series for the BBC on the lives of Mary Queen of Scots and her son James VI of Scotland/James I of England. Lewis portrayed historical figure , a prominent leader of the Scottish Reformation who supervised the preparation of the Reformed Church of Scotland's constitution and liturgy.

The BBC and The Discovery Channel partnered in 2005 to produce a made-for-TV film, Supervolcano, that proposed a scenario where the magma chamber beneath Yellowstone National Park erupted. Filmed in and Yellowstone, it starred Lewis alongside and . Between 2006 and 2008, Lewis appeared in a wide range episodic television programs, including ITV's crime thriller Rebus, alongside , ITV's showcase series , the second of two episodes he appeared in (the first was in 1999), Channel 4's mini series City of Vice, Wired alongside , crime drama the second of two episodes he appeared in (the first was in 1996), and BBC comedy Rab C. Nesbitt.

In 2010 Lewis portrayed Adam Ingram in the Channel 4 drama Mo, a biopic of former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland , a role that saw him nominated for a BAFTA Television Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor. He went on to appear alongside actor in BBC Scotland's drama One Night in Emergency, which was based upon 's and written by , as well as the BBC's adaptation of RAF fighter pilot 's WWII autobiography First Light. Lewis played Mac alongside the now star of Outlander, , who played the 18 year old fighter pilot Wellum Lewis rounded out the year by featuring in series seven of the BBC's long-running crime drama .

Lewis appeared in several in 2011. The first was episode five of the BBC's Outcasts, which saw Lewis portraying Patrick Baxter. Next was an episode of the BBC drama The Body Farm where he portrayed Jimmy West, butler to an elderly man accused of murder. Finally, Lewis appeared in the BBC mini-series Young James Herriot, which focused on the All Creatures Great and Small author's time as a student at Glasgow Veterinary College, in the role of Professor Quinton Gunnel. He also featured in several TV series including the enigmatic wizard Alator in two episodes of the BBC fantasy drama Merlin, Robert Winter in ITV's crime drama Vera, and Detective Novakowski in Canada's true crime drama Dual Suspects.

In 2012 Lewis starred in the two-part L'Olimpiade Nascosta, on Italy's Rai 1, which tells the story of symbolic Olympic Games held by the prisoners and their captors while in Polish concentration camps. He went on to feature in a season two episode of the BAFTA winning show Case Histories, alongside .

2014 saw Lewis appear as DS MacNeil in the two-part episode "In A Lonely Place". This was the second of two guest starring roles on the hit series, the first was as Edwin Stickley in a 2008 two-part episode entitled "Terror". He next appeared in episode six of 's mini-series The Smoke, which chronicled the lives of a group of London firefighters, and the BAFTA winning TV film Glasgow Girls, which featured Lewis as a teacher supporting his pupils in their fight to save their classmate from deportation. From 2014 to 2016, Lewis appeared in the recurring role of Colum MacKenzie, Laird of the MacKenzie clan, on 's time travel drama Outlander, based upon best-selling author 's novels of the same name.

Death in Paradise, BBC's lighthearted police drama set on an island in the Caribbean, featured Lewis in the guest starring role of Bill Williams early in 2015. Later that year he starred as Mike McAvett in 's mini-series Stonemouth, an adaptation of Scottish author 's of the same name. In 's four-part drama One of Us (aka Retribution), a triple homicide murder mystery, Lewis featured as farm manager Alistair. From there he starred in ITV's British crime drama The Level, as father of protagonist Nancy Devlin (). Lewis ended 2016 by once again working with costar Douglas Henshall in ITV's three-part mini-series In Plain Sight, which was based on the true story of Lanarkshire Detective William Muncie's quest to bring serial rapist and murderer to justice in the 1950s.

Lewis signed on to co-star opposite Catherine Walker and Søren Malling in MTG Studio's drama Rig 45, set during the investigation of a fatal accident on a oil rig, in early 2018. He next appeared in season three of 's Canadian fur trade drama Frontier, alongside and . During the first quarter of 2019, Lewis guest starred in series finale of 's hit comedy , which focused on two and their reactions to the world.


Episode: "Down Among the Big Boys"
Television film
Episode: "No Time For Heroes"
Hamish MacBethEpisode: "Isobel Pulls It Off"
Episode: "The Oedipus Effect"
Episode: "Flowers in the Forest"
Price's LawyerSTVEpisode: "Devil's Advocate Part 1"
The Princess StallionTelevision film
Coming SoonTelevision film
Hope and Glory1 episode
Life Support1 episode
Gregor MunroeITVEpisode: "Heart and Sole"
Television film
Television film
Television film
Gunpowder, Treason and PlotJohn KnoxMiniseries
Television film
Episode: "Strip Jack"
Episode: "The Smallest Game in Town"
Miniseries, 1 episode
Miniseries, 1 episode
Episode: "Homesick"
Episode: "Clean"
Edwin StickleyEpisode: "Terror"
Television film
One Night in EmergencyPatientTelevision film
Television film
Episode: "Dark Chocolate"
Miniseries, 1 episode
Episode: "Telling Tales"
Dual SuspectsDetective NovakowskiEpisode: "Body in the Orchard"
The Body FarmJimmy WestMiniseries, 1 episode
Young James HerriotProfessor Quentin GunnellMiniseries
MerlinAlator2 episodes
2012L'olimpiade nascostaAlexRai 1Television film
2013Case HistoriesBarryEpisode: "Started Early, Took My Dog"
2014DS MacNeilEpisode: "In A Lonely Place (Part 1 & 2)"
The SmokeHamishMiniseries, 1 episode
Glasgow GirlsEuan GirvanTelevision film
Recurring role, 7 episodes
Episode: "She Was Murdered Twice"
6 episodes
Miniseries, 1 episode
6 episodes
3 episodes
1 episode
His Dark MaterialsThorold / 3 episodes
The BayVinnie MorrisonTBDTV Series
2021It's A SinDuncan FinchChannel 41 episode
VigilDSU Colin RobertsonBBC OneMiniseries

Independent short film
Short film
Short film
Short film
Independent film
Short film
Short film
2000Jackie Elliot
2000One Life StandJackie ClarkeScreened at the Edinburgh Film Festival
2000Marcie's Dowry Short film
2000What WhereBom / Bim / BemShort film
2000The ElevatorBusiness ManShort film
2000Long Haul Short film
2000Clean Short film
2000CaesarMcGurkeShort film
2002The EscapistRon
2002PureDetective Inspector French
2002Gangs of New YorkMcGloin
2003The Fall of Shug McCrackenCrawford
2003Solid AirJohn Doran
2004Ae Fond Kiss...Danny
2004Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)Max
2004The Rocket PostJimmy Roach
2004My Brother Is A DogAntiquitätenhändler
2005Joyeux Noelle pasteur Palmer
2005Goal! The Dream BeginsMal Braithwaite
2005Rob of the RoversRob MeadowsShort film
2006True NorthThe Skipper
2008Three and Out (aka A Deal Is A Deal)Callaghan
2008Trouble SleepingDetectiveScreened at the Edinburgh Film Festival
2008Pastor Ross
2009Mal Braithwaite
2009Valhalla RisingKare - Christian Viking
2009FarewellChimiste écossais
2009Eat Me(Voice Over)Short film
2009The TermsFatherShort film
2010NedsMr. Russell
2010Little Green BagDadShort film
2010VocationFather SweeneyShort film
2011Last OrderGazShort film
2011Rule of ThumbThe JanitorShort film
2012The Strange Case of Wilhelm ReichDr. Cameron
2012When the Lights Went OutFather Clifton
2012The GiftPolicemanShort film
2013The Devil's PlantationHarry Bell
2013Not Another Happy EndingBenny Lockhart (Dad)
2013The LiberatorJames Rooke
2013The Mercury ConspiracyGregory Poulson
2013For GracieTrevorShort film
2014Catch Me DaddyTony
2015La ChasseFather (Voice Over)Short film
2015The Heavy LoadActorShort film
2015TideAlasdair MacInnesShort film
2018The KeeperJock Thompson
2018The VanishingKenny
2021Falling for FigaroRamsay Macfayden
2021My SonInspector Roy
2023Emperor Dro'ge

Awards and nominations
1998Gijón International Film FestivalBest ActorOrphans
2001British Academy Film AwardsBest Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role
2001London Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actor of the Year
2001Flaiano Film FestivalBest Actor
2001Screen Actors Guild AwardsEnsemble Film Cast
2002Awards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleGangs of New York
2010British Academy Television AwardsBest Supporting ActorMo
2017Satellite AwardsBest Ensemble (Television)Outlander

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