Stars of Stage and Screen

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Whether gracing the bright lights of Tinseltown, or staying more closer to home, several stars of stage and screen have called Edinburgh home at some point during their career:


Sean Connery (1930 – 2020)

Long before he earned superstar status as 007, Sean Connery was employed in a diverse number of professions around Edinburgh, including coffin-polisher, lifeguard at Portobello's open-air pool, brick layer, lorry driver, milkman, doorman at the Palais de Danse Ballroom in Fountainbridge and life model!


The Bay City Rollers

Initially starting life as The Saxons in the late 1960’s, this Edinburgh band were a pop phenomenon in the mid-'70s, achieving worldwide success with their upbeat, catchy songs.


The Proclaimers

Twin brothers Craig and Charles Reid were born in Leith in 1962 and in 1983 formed the highly successful band, The Proclaimers.

Drawing from a diversity of influences, including country, folk and punk rock, their 1987 single “Letter from America” reached No. 3 in the UK.

You’d be hard-pushed to find an Edinburgh local who wouldn’t be able to burst into a few lines of the rousing “Sunshine on Leith”, which has since been made into a stage musical of the same name and film.


Fish (1958)

Born in 1958 in Edinburgh, Derek William Dick (aka Fish) was the dramatic lead vocalist for prog rock band Marillion until beginning a solo career in 1988.


Harry Lauder (1870 – 1950)

Harry Lauder

Born in Portobello, Harry Lauder was a singer and comedian who achieved international success and was one of the highest-paid entertainers of his day.

He performed in full Highland regalia - kilt, sporran, tam o' shanter, and twisted walking stick, and sang whimsical Scottish-themed songs, including “Roamin' in the Gloamin' and "I Love a Lassie”.


Ewen Bremner (1970)


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Ewan Bremner was born in Edinburgh in 1970 and attended Davidson's Mains Primary School and Portobello High School.

He is probably most well known for playing Daniel "Spud" Murphy in Trainspotting and its 2017 sequel T2 Trainspotting.


Ronnie Corbett CBE (1930 – 2016)

Stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and broadcaster, Ronnie Corbett was one part of the famous comedy duo, The Two Ronnies, which he starred in with Ronnie Barker.

Born in Edinburgh in 1930, the son of a master baker, he was educated at James Gillespie's Boys School and the Royal High School in the city.


Magnus Magnusson (1929 – 2007)

BBC journalist and presenter of quiz programme Mastermind for 25 years, Magnus Magnusson was born in Reykjavík, but grew up in Edinburgh, where his father, Sigursteinn Magnússon, was the Icelandic Consul.


Ken Stott (1954)

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Probably most well known for playing the title character DI John Rebus in the crime fiction-mystery series Rebus, Ken Stott was born in Edinburgh, and educated at George Heriot's School.