Gary Stevenson (born 30 November 1957), better known as Gary Lewis, is a Scottish actor. He has had roles in films such as Billy Elliot, Joyeux Noël, Gangs of New York and Eragon as well as major roles in the television docudrama Supervolcano and the Starz series Outlander.
Lewis joined director Kenneth Loach's unofficial stock company lending support to his two mentors in separate films: with Robert Carlyle, 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 Sigma Films' 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.
In 1999, Lewis starred in Ayub Khan-Din's dramatic comedy East is East, and Bill Forsyth's comedy Gregory's Two Girls. He went on to star with Max Beesley in The Match (1999) before landing his international breakthrough in Billy Elliot (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 Michael Caine 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 What Where, a 12-minute short with Sean McGinley based upon Samuel Beckett's play of the same name, director David Mackenzie's Marcie's Dowry, The Elevator alongside Ashley Walters, Long Haul alongside Simone Lahbib , Clean with actor Stephen McCole, and director David McKay's Caesar.
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 Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York, an epic tale of gang warfare among the lower classes in 1860s New York City. Lewis portrayed McGloin, an Irish Americans 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 Scotland, which saw Lewis in a supporting role as a local Glaswegian. The last, a film noir 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 (Brian McCardie).
In 2005, Lewis starred in Christian Carion'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 Danny Cannon'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 Peter Mullan. As the skipper of a bankrupt Scottish fishing trawler in True North, Lewis and actor Martin Compston 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 Eragon.
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 Dorothy Mills, 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 James Nesbitt and Lil Woods.
Reprising the role of Mal Braithwaite, Lewis began 2009 with the third instalment of Andy Morahan'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 Mads Mikkelsen, 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 Wilhelm Reich'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 poltergeist. The film is based on the real-life experiences of director Pat Holden's mother and aunt in 1970s West Yorkshire. 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 Glasgow, Scotland was laid out based upon a secret, hidden design he called the Secret Geometry. Lewis starred as Bell, opposite Kate Dickie’s psychiatric patient Mary Ross, as their lives intertwine. He then appeared in Scottish romantic comedy Not Another Happy Ending as Benny Lockhart opposite Karen Gillan and fellow Outlander alumni Stanley Weber. 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 Luca Barbareschi's The Mercury Factor, which takes on the issue of adulterated food. 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.
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 Bert Trautmann, who helped Manchester City win the FA Cup final in 1956. He also featured opposite Gerard Butler 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 The Marvels.
In 2002, Lewis starred in CBC Television's award-winning TV film The Many Trials of One Jane Doe, which is based on a true story of a Toronto 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 Great Britain. 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 John Knox, 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 Vancouver and Yellowstone, it starred Lewis alongside Michael Riley and Shaun Johnston. Between 2006 and 2008, Lewis appeared in a wide range episodic television programs, including ITV's crime thriller Rebus, alongside Helen Mirren, ITV's showcase series Comedy Lab, the second of two episodes he appeared in (the first was in 1999), Channel 4's mini series City of Vice, Wired alongside Jodie Whittaker, crime drama Taggart 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 Mo Mowlam, 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 Kevin McKidd in BBC Scotland's drama One Night in Emergency, which was based upon Homer's Odyssey and written by Gregory Burke, as well as the BBC's adaptation of RAF fighter pilot Geoffrey Wellum's WWII autobiography First Light. Lewis played Mac alongside the now star of Outlander, Sam Heughan, 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 New Tricks.
Lewis appeared in several Miniseries 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 Miniseries 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 Nazism concentration camps. He went on to feature in a season two episode of the BAFTA winning show Case Histories, alongside Jason Isaacs.
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 BBC Two's mini-series Stonemouth, an adaptation of Scottish author Iain Banks's Stonemouth of the same name. In BBC One'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 (Karla Crome). 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 Peter Manuel 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 North Sea oil rig, in early 2018. He next appeared in season three of Netflix's Canadian fur trade drama Frontier, alongside Jason Momoa and Zoe Boyle. During the first quarter of 2019, Lewis guest starred in series finale of BBC Scotland's hit comedy Still Game, which focused on two Glasgow and their reactions to the world.
|Screen One||Episode: "Down Among the Big Boys"|
|Doctor Finlay||Episode: "No Time For Heroes"|
|Hamish MacBeth||Episode: "Isobel Pulls It Off"|
|Episode: "The Oedipus Effect"|
|Screen Two||Episode: "Flowers in the Forest"|
|Taggart||Price's Lawyer||STV||Episode: "Devil's Advocate Part 1"|
|The Princess Stallion||Television film|
|Coming Soon||Television film|
|Hope and Glory||1 episode|
|Life Support||1 episode|
|Comedy Lab||Gregor Munroe||ITV||Episode: "Heart and Sole"|
|Gunpowder, Treason and Plot||John Knox||Miniseries|
|Episode: "Strip Jack"|
|Episode: "The Smallest Game in Town"|
|Miniseries, 1 episode|
|Miniseries, 1 episode|
|Silent Witness||Edwin Stickley||BBC||Episode: "Terror"|
|One Night in Emergency||Patient||BBC Scotland||Television film|
|Episode: "Dark Chocolate"|
|Miniseries, 1 episode|
|Episode: "Telling Tales"|
|Dual Suspects||Detective Novakowski||CBC Television||Episode: "Body in the Orchard"|
|The Body Farm||Jimmy West||BBC||Miniseries, 1 episode|
|Young James Herriot||Professor Quentin Gunnell||BBC||Miniseries|
|2012||L'olimpiade nascosta||Alex||Rai 1||Television film|
|2013||Case Histories||Barry||BBC||Episode: "Started Early, Took My Dog"|
|2014||Silent Witness||DS MacNeil||BBC||Episode: "In A Lonely Place (Part 1 & 2)"|
|The Smoke||Hamish||Sky One||Miniseries, 1 episode|
|Glasgow Girls||Euan Girvan||BBC||Television film|
|Recurring role, 7 episodes|
|Episode: "She Was Murdered Twice"|
|Miniseries, 1 episode|
|His Dark Materials||Thorold||BBC One / HBO||3 episodes|
|The Bay||Vinnie Morrison||TBD||TV Series|
|2021||It's A Sin||Duncan Finch||Channel 4||1 episode|
|Vigil||DSU Colin Robertson||BBC One||Miniseries|
|Independent short film|
|2000||Billy Elliot||Jackie Elliot|
|2000||One Life Stand||Jackie Clarke||Screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival|
|2000||Marcie's Dowry||Short film|
|2000||What Where||Bom / Bim / Bem||Short film|
|2000||The Elevator||Business Man||Short film|
|2000||Long Haul||Short film|
|2002||Pure||Detective Inspector French|
|2002||Gangs of New York||McGloin|
|2003||The Fall of Shug McCracken||Crawford|
|2003||Solid Air||John Doran|
|2004||Ae Fond Kiss...||Danny|
|2004||Niceland (Population. 1.000.002)||Max|
|2004||The Rocket Post||Jimmy Roach|
|2004||My Brother Is A Dog||Antiquitätenhändler|
|2005||Joyeux Noel||le pasteur Palmer|
|2005||Goal! The Dream Begins||Mal Braithwaite|
|2005||Rob of the Rovers||Rob Meadows||Short film|
|2006||True North||The Skipper|
|2008||Three and Out (aka A Deal Is A Deal)||Callaghan|
|2008||Trouble Sleeping||Detective||Screened at the Edinburgh Film Festival|
|2008||Dorothy Mills||Pastor Ross|
|2009||Valhalla Rising||Kare - Christian Viking|
|2009||Eat Me||(Voice Over)||Short film|
|2009||The Terms||Father||Short film|
|2010||Little Green Bag||Dad||Short film|
|2010||Vocation||Father Sweeney||Short film|
|2011||Last Order||Gaz||Short film|
|2011||Rule of Thumb||The Janitor||Short film|
|2012||The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich||Dr. Cameron|
|2012||When the Lights Went Out||Father Clifton|
|2012||The Gift||Policeman||Short film|
|2013||The Devil's Plantation||Harry Bell|
|2013||Not Another Happy Ending||Benny Lockhart (Dad)|
|2013||The Liberator||James Rooke|
|2013||The Mercury Conspiracy||Gregory Poulson|
|2013||For Gracie||Trevor||Short film|
|2014||Catch Me Daddy||Tony|
|2015||La Chasse||Father (Voice Over)||Short film|
|2015||The Heavy Load||Actor||Short film|
|2015||Tide||Alasdair MacInnes||Short film|
|2018||The Keeper||Jock Thompson|
|2021||Falling for Figaro||Ramsay Macfayden|
|2021||My Son||Inspector Roy|
|2023||The Marvels||Emperor Dro'ge|
|1998||Gijón International Film Festival||Best Actor||Orphans|
|2001||British Academy Film Awards||Best Performance By An Actor in a Supporting Role||Billy Elliot|
|2001||London Critics Circle Film Awards||British Actor of the Year||Billy Elliot|
|2001||Flaiano Film Festival||Best Actor||Billy Elliot|
|2001||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Ensemble Film Cast||Billy Elliot|
|2002||Awards Circuit Community Awards||Best Cast Ensemble||Gangs of New York|
|2010||British Academy Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor||Mo|
|2017||Satellite Awards||Best Ensemble (Television)||Outlander|