|Date of Birth
||21 September 1963
|Place of Birth
||Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Beginning his performing career as a child clown, Angus MacFadyen, who had a nomadic upbringing, later went back to his native land to attend college and moved to London to attend drama school. He got his professional start on the Edinburgh stage, featured in a number of productions at the famed Fringe Festival, including "The Tempest" and "The Immortals." In 1991, his play "1905," which he has described as a sequel of sorts to Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," won the Questor Award.
The aspiring actor soon broke into television, appearing in a number of British TV productions, including in the Scottish drama series "Soldier, Soldier" and BBC’s acclaimed adaptation of David Leavitt's first novel, The Lost Language of Cranes (1992; later shown in USA on PBS to some controversy), as a gay son to Brian Cox and Eileen Atkins' character. In 1995, he went to portray the late Welsh actor Richard Burton, who married twice, consecutively, to iconic Oscar-winning actress Elizabeth Taylor, on NBC’s biopic Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story (Sherilyn Fenn plays the title role).
MacFadyen’s big break came when he was cast to play Robert the Bruce, one of Scotland's greatest kings who also one of the most famous warriors of his generation, eventually leading Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against England, in Mel Gibson's biopic Braveheart (1995). The film, about William Wallace, a national hero in Scotland, was critical and commercial success. It was nominated for 10 Academy Awards and won five of them, including Best Picture.
After Braveheart, MacFadyen was cast as an art gallery owner conned by Joanna Going in writer-director James F. Robinson's romantic comedy Still Breathing, became Amy Brenneman's estranged husband in writer-director Gary Tieche's western drama Nevada and played an evil Lord called Komodo in Ronny Yu's kidflick Warriors of Virtue (all 1997). He also portrayed a German pilot who became a prisoner-of-war held in an Irish internment camp in the World War II drama The Brylcreem Boys (1998, with Gabriel Byrne and Bill Campbell) before appearing as director Orson Welles in Tim Robbins' ambitious period drama Cradle Will Rock (1999) and as the eldest son of the great Roman general Titus (1999; Anthony Hopkins plays the title role) in Julie Taymor's movie adaptation of Shakespeare's revenge tragedy with the same name.
In the new millennium, MacFadyen could be seen as Zues in a TV movie inspired by the Greek mythological hero Jason (played by Jason London), Jason and the Argonauts, and in such low-budget efforts as the thriller Second Skin (as a bookstore owner who falls for Natasha Henstridge's character) and A Woman's a Helluva Thing (as a chauvinist womanizer; the film was screened at Seattle Film Festival). He next appeared in Callie Khouri's film version of Rebecca Wells' novel, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, and writer-director Kurt Wimmer's sci-fi movie Equilibrium (both in 2002). He also played roles in a TV-movie based on Howard Fast's historical novel, Spartacus (2004; starring Goran Visnjic) and in Ross Hagen's mystery drama film Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (2005). In 2006, he was cast to play a role in John Carter's drama-thriller Fatwa (2006; starring Lacey Chabert and Lauren Holly) and Kevin James Dobson's drama The Virgin of Juarez (2006; with Minnie Driver, Ana Claudia Talancón and Esai Morales).
More recently, TV viewers could catch MacFadyen playing a recurring role as Joseph Ehrmann in some episodes of ABC’s spy-fi series starring Jennifer Garner, “Alias.” He will soon be seen as a father grieving over the death of his son and later became Jigsaw’s next victim in Darren Lynn Bousman's horror-thriller Saw III (alongside Tobin Bell, Shawnee Smith and Bahar Soomekh), the third installment in the horror film series. He will soon complete his upcoming film projects: writer-director Gary Lennon's drama .45, in which he plays a drug-dealer who abuses his girlfriend (played by Milla Jovovich), and Robert Malenfant's drama Unnatural Causes, opposite Colm Meaney and Tara Reid. He will also appear in Andy Cheng's auto/action thriller Redline, alongside Nathan Phillips, Eddie Griffin and Nadia Bjorlin.