What 1995’s Braveheart lacked in historical accuracy (and that’s quite a lot) it made up with muddy battles, heroic blue face-paint (easy to copy for Halloween), a foxy French princess and much shouting of the word ‘FREEEDOOOOM!’.
If for some unholy reason you’ve never seen Braveheart:
- You’ve wasted your life
- Watch this trailer and enjoy the only time a scary shouting Scotsmen will give you tingles.
While we all known Mel Gibson has forged a new and more unemployable reputation thanks to his habit of the occasional racist outburst, I wondered what the rest of that cast are up to these days.
Well I can tell you
- One is dating Bob Geldof.
- One became a Bond Girl.
- One was an Indiana Jones nazi and gay grandad on Coronation Street.
- One is in Game Of Thrones.
- Almost all have appeared in the Scottish TV show Taggart.
Check out what happened to the cast of Braveheart after the jump!
James Robinson – Young William Wallace
James auditioned for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and was used for the original storyboards. Unfortunately for everyone Jake Lloyd got the role (see here).
He studied speech and drama, appeared in Doctors and The Borgias and is still acting. You can follow him on Twitter HERE.
Mhairi Calvey – Young Murron
As she was only five at the time Mhairi was advised not to become a child-star. She later returned to acting and will next be seen in low-budget horror Any Minute Now. She has modelled at New York and LA fashion week.
You can follow her on Twitter HERE.
Andrew Weir – Young Hamish
Andrew is still promoting all things Scottish – he’s now the brand manager for The Balvenie Scotch Whisky and is based in Brooklyn.
You can follow him on twitter HERE
All three of the Braveheart kids met up at the ‘Dressed To Kilt’ event in New York in 2006. In fact they’re still so close that James was a groomsman at Andrew’s wedding.
Catherine McCormack – Murron
Since Braveheart, she has appeared in 28 Weeks Later and Spy Game but says most film scripts don’t interest her. Instead she mostly works in the theatre and has been nominated for a Laurence Olivier award. She dated Joseph Fiennes from 1998 – 2000.
Sophie Marceau – Princess Isabelle
She is still starring in French cinema. Sophie has two children from previous partners and is now in a relationship with former Highlander star Christopher Lambert.
Brendan Gleeson … Hamish
While already known in Ireland for playing Michael Collins in The Treaty, Braveheart was a huge international break for the former secondary school teacher. He has since gone on to become one of the busiest stars in Hollywood (but is still based at home in Dublin).
Some of Brendan’s most notable films include Michael Collins, Gangs of New York, Cold Mountain, 28 Days Later, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Lake Placid, AI, Mission Impossible II, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (and its sequels), In Bruges and The Guard.
Brendan could regularly been seen playing fiddle down in a local Malahide pub (though I haven’t spotted him recently). Two of his sons, Domhnall and Bríain, are rising stars in their own right. Domnhall was in Anna Karenina and is due to star opposite Rachel McAdams in the new Richard Curtis romcom About Time.
Sean Lawlor – Malcolm Wallace
Sean was an Irish actor and playwright who also starred in Titanic and In The Name of the Father. He died in 2009.
James Cosmo – Campbell
James has appeared in 100’s of TV shows and films like Highlander, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Troy, and Trainspotting.
He now plays Jeor Mormont in Game of Thrones. He has two sons with his wife Annie and is a huge Rangers supporter.
Sean McGinley – MacClannough
Sean also appeared in Gangs of New York and seems to pop up in every Irish production – he’s also been in The General, The Wind That Shakes The Barley, Circle of Friends, The Field, The Butcher Boy, Family and most recently appeared in Love/Hate.
Brian Cox – Argyle Wallace
Not to be confused with Professor Brian Cox -
Brian was brought up by his sisters in Scotland as both parents died when he was young. He was an acclaimed Shakespearean actor before landing the role of Hannibal Lecter (then called ‘Lecktor’) in Manhunter.
He has since appeared in The Ring, X2 (X-Men 2), The Bourne Supremacy, Red Eye, Rise of the Planet of the Apes and played Daphne’s dad in Frasier.
He has two children from his first marriage, and two from his second.
Patrick McGoohan – Longshanks – King Edward I
Patrick was born in New York and raised in Leitrim before moving to Sheffield. He was a really big name in the 1960’s as he starred in the TV series Danger Man (renamed Secret Agent for the US) and cult classic The Prisoner, a show he co-created.
He and Columbo star Peter Falk were best friends and Patrick was involved with the show in some way from the 70’s through to 2000. He wrote an episodes, directed five and played the murderer in three of them.
He had three daughters with actress Joanne Drummond, he loved her so much he apparently wrote her love notes every day.
Patrick died in 2009 after a brief illness.
Peter Hanly – Prince Edward
Peter is an Irish actor who also played Garda Ambrose Egan in Ballykissangel. He works mainly in theatre and lives in Dublin with his wife and two children.
Stephen Billington – Phillip
Stephen is probably best known for playing the villain Greg Kelly in Coronation Street back in 1998. He was Les Battersby’s long-lost son who started dating and then abusing Sally Webster.
He has since appeared in Doctors, Casualty, Resident Evil, Dracula II: Ascention and Dracula III: Legacy.
Angus Macfadyen .- Robert the Bruce
I do hope Angus doesn’t edit his own IMDB page – “The brilliant portrayal of the Bruce was sadly unnoticed by any awards, a tragic insult to Angus’s brilliant performance.”
Ok, calm down
He has gone on to appear in Saw III, Saw VI and Titus. He was briefly engaged to Catherine Zeta Jones back in the 90’s.
More recently he has appeared in Criminal Minds and We Bought a Zoo.
David O’Hara … Stephen
Despite playing the only Irishman in the film, David ia actually Scottish. He has gone on to play one of Jack Nicholson’s mobster’s in The Departed and was Albert Runcorn in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
He has a son called Fionn in County Wiclow, David met the lad’s mother while filming Braveheart. Wikipedia simply says ‘David has been an absent father to his son’ so we’ll say no more about it.
John Kavanagh – Craig
John has gone on to appear in Alexander, Dancing at Luhnasa, The Tudors and The Butcher Boy. Here he is with his daughter, former Fair City actress, Rachel Kavanagh.
Alun Armstrong … Mornay
Alun was the first person to play Thénardier in Les Misérables and today is most recognised for starring in that ‘oh me back hurts’ detective show New Tricks.
He also starred in Get Carter (the original), The Mummy Returns, Sleepy Hollow and almost every Dickens adaptation on TV for the last 20 years.
He has three sons with his wife Sue – one his boys, Joe Armstrong, is also an actor.
Tommy Flanagan .- Morrison
Tommy got those facial scars when he was attacked with a knife outside a club while working as a DJ.
He has gone on to appear in Face/Off, The Game, Gladiator, Alien vs. Predator, Sin City, Smokin’ Aces, Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball, and When a Stranger Calls.
These days he plays Chibs Telford in Sons of Anarchy.
He has a young daughter called Aunjanue with his wife Dina. He is the spokesperson for the Scottish drink Irn-Bru.
Donal Gibson … Stewart
This is Mel Gibson’s younger brother – in fact he’s the ninth of eleven children!
John’s most notable role was the voice of John Smith in Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World – Mel did the voice for the original film.
Donal worked as a painter and is now thought to be a script-writer. He has one daughter.
Rupert Vansittart – Lord Bottoms
Rupert frequently popped up on Heartbeat as the local aristocrat. He also played the boring guy in the B&B that delays Charles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (more on that cast here).
He also appeared in Pride and Prejudice (the Colin Firth version), Doctor Who (‘Aliens of London’ and ‘World War 3′), and played wannabe facist Sir Geoffrey Wren in Remains of the Day.
Michael Byrne – Smythe
Michael may be best known for playing the evil Colonel Vogel in Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade.
He’s also appeared in Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Sum of All Fears, and Tomorrow Never Dies.
He’ll be best known to a British and Irish audience as Gail Platt’s gay dad from Coronation Street.
His daughter Allie Byrne Esiri created the ‘IF Poems’ poetry app.
Malcolm Tierney – Magistrate
Malcom had a small role as a Lieutenant in Star Wars: A New Hope.
He also starred in Doctor Who (The Trial of a Time Lord), Brookside, Doctors, Lovejoy and Wallander. He died in February 2014 aged 75.
Julie Austin … Mrs. Morrison
Julie appeared in The Magdelene Sisters, Taggart, The Flying Scotsman and a 2008 series of Rab C Nesbitt and the Scottish soap ‘River City’.
Alex Norton … Bride’s Father
Alex is best known as DCI Matt Burke from Taggart, and more recently played Gerard Findley in Waterloo Road.
Tam White – MacGregor
Tam White was a blues singer who was the first person to sing live on Top Of The Pops. He played a witness to Barry and Janine’s wedding in Eastenders.
Tam was also a stone-mason, and fitness enthusiast who died in 2010 of a heart attack.
Jeanne Marine – Nicolette
Jeanne is a French actress and Bob Geldof has been her partner since 1996.
Ian Bannen … The Leper
Ian was an orginal member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and was good friends with Peter O’Toole and Richard Harris.
He was in the original TV production of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, starred opposite David Kelly in Waking Ned also played the grumpy grandad in one of my favourite films Hope and Glory.
Ian died in 1999 after a car crash, he is survived by his wife Marilyn Salisbury.
Jimmy Chisholm – Faudron
Jimmy is a stage actor who also went on to appear in a TV production of Ivanhoe, Taggart and Rab C Nesbitt.
John Murtagh – Lochlan
John appeared in the Scottish soap River City and Monarch of the Glen. He still works regularly in theatre.
David McKay – Young Soldier
David is known for the Scottish kids TV show Shoebox Zoo. He’s also appeared in two Ken Loach films and Once Upon a Time In The Midlands.
He plays guitar in the band Superunknown.
Peter Mullan – Veteran
Peter has appeared in Shallow Grave, Trainspotting (the drug dealer Mother Superior), The Magdalene Sisters, Boy A, War Horse and the last two Harry Potter films (he played Yaxley).
He’s a big Celtic supporter and is a Marxist.
Martin Murphy – Lord Talmadge
Irishman Martin has gone on to appear in Michael Collins and The Tudors.
Gerard McSorley – Cheltham
While mostly a theatre actor, Gerard has appeared in The Tudors, The Constant Gardener, Father Ted (as Father Todd Unctuous), Angela’s Ashes, Dancing at Lughnasa, Inside I’m Dancing and he played a disturbingly violent criminal in Veronica Guerin.
He has three children with his ex wife.
Bernard Horsfall – Balliol
Bernard was best known for playing Chancellor Goth on Doctor Who back in the 70’s. More recently he appeared in the odd episode of Doctors and Casualty.
He died in January 2013 and is survived by his wife, two daughters and five grandchildren.
Richard Leaf – Governor of York
Richard played John Dawlish in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a neighbour in The Fifth Element and was Hannibal Lecter’s dad in Hannibal Rising.
He is married to Green Wing, Episodes and Black Books star Tamzin Greig.
Gerda Stevenson – Mother MacClannough
Gerda is a leading stage actress in Scotland and has written a few radio plays. He is married to Gaelic poet Aonghas MacNeacail.
Ralph Riach – Priest at funeral
Ralph began acting aged 45 and used to be an architectural draftsman. He is known for playing ‘TV John’ in Hamish MacBeth and he also appeared in Monarch of the Glen and Taggart. More recently he starred opposite Jim Broadbent in Cloud Atlas.
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