John Michie

Last updated on 19 October 2017

John Michie (born 25 October 1956) is a Scottish television and film actor, known for his roles as DI Robbie Ross in the STV detective drama series Taggart, as Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013 and his role as CEO Guy Self in Casualty and Holby City. He is also known for his work with his partner Adrian Gerrard

John Michie
Born John Michie
25 October 1956
Burma
Occupation Actor
Known for Taggart (1998–2010)
Coronation Street (2011–2013)
Holby City (2013–16, 2017–)
Casualty (2014–16)
Children 3

Early life

Born in Burma, Michie was brought up in Kenya until he was 12, when his family settled in Edinburgh, later sending him to study at college.[1] At the age of 19, he worked his passage to Australia on a cargo ship, where he spent a year as a jackaroo herding cattle before moving to Scotland. He took a job as a stage hand at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh, where his interest in acting started. He returned to Kenya when he was 22, beginning his acting career in A Private Matter at the Donovan Maule Theatre, Nairobi in 1980.

Career

Television

Michie appeared in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries in 1994, co-starring Colin Firth. He played a pet shop owner, in the two-part episode "Master of the Moor".

Michie appeared in Moon and Son in 1992. In 1998, he was given a regular part in Taggart, playing DI Robbie Ross, a dedicated detective not afraid to go about things his own way and fly in the face of authority when he needs to.[2]

From 2011 to 2013, Michie played Karl Munro in Coronation Street. His character was the partner of Stella Price (Michelle Collins). Since leaving Coronation Street, Michie has played a regular role in hospital drama Holby City, playing Guy Self and while continuing the role in 2014, he has also appeared in its sister show Casualty. Michie left Holby City in November 2016 after Guy hands in his resignation but returned in August 2017.

Michie is the voice behind Windfall Films’ Big, Bigger, Biggest and Monster Moves series for Five (TV channel). Big, Bigger, Biggest explores the engineering marvel of large buildings and sky scrapers,[3] while Monster Moves documents the most daring and dangerous relocation projects ever attempted. Other voice over work has included Channel 4’s The Gunpowder Plot, and six titles in the series Football Stories.

Presenting

Michie has become increasingly involved in the factual production sector. His first presenting role was for the one-hour documentary Murder Capital, which was produced by STV for The Crime & Investigation Network. It was during filming of Murder Capital that Michie met STV producer Mick McAvoy and together they developed the idea for Michie’s next series Highlands. This six-part historical documentary series focused on the Highland Clearances of the late 18th and 19th centuries.[4] Michie's most recent presenting work was for STV’s Made in Scotland for which he is also executive producer. This documentary series examines the symbols of Scotland.[5] The final episode saw him unveil a newly designed Michie Tartan.[6]

Films

Michie's first film role was in the 1989 film Conquest of the South Pole but his first leading role came in the film adaptation, Monk Dawson in 1998. Based on the Piers Paul Read novel, it gained a good reception from the critics despite only a short run at the UK box office. Michie played the character David Baird in John Madden’s 1996 film Truth or Dare starring Helen Baxendale and John Hannah.

In 1999, Michie starred alongside Richard Harris in To Walk with Lions, a film based on the life of George Adamson which featured Michie back in his childhood home of Kenya playing the wildlife conservationist Tony Fitzjohn.

Stage

Michie began his acting career on the stage and has appeared in several West End productions. Past roles include playing Arthur in Jean Anouilh’s comedy, Number One, at the Queen’s Theatre in 1984. He also played John in Noël Coward’s play, Easy Virtue, at the Garrick Theatre in 1988–89, before going on to play Walker in Andrew DaviesPrin at the Lyric Theatre, 1989–90, directed by actor/director Richard Wilson. Michie was directed by Wilson twice more in Michael Wall's Women Laughing at the Royal Court Theatre and in Simply Disconnected at the Chichester Festival Theatre in 1996. He played Danny in Breed, a new play from emerging playwright Lou Ramsden, staged at Theatre503 in 2010.

Politics

In 2008, Michie publicly backed the Scottish Labour Party in the run up to the Glasgow East by-election. However it later emerged Michie, in a report for the BBC's This Week programme the previous year, appeared to back Scottish independence, which the Labour Party officially opposes. Michie said, "An independent Scotland would find a new confidence. It would slow down the brain-drain that causes this country to lose so many of its most brightest and most skilled." The Labour Party subsequently issued a statement on behalf of Michie claiming he did not support independence.[7]

In August 2014, Michie was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[8]

Personal life

Michie has three children with his partner Carol, a former Hot Gossip dancer. He is a keen swimmer and player of squash. His nephew is actor Jamie Michie, who has appeared in The IT Crowd, Game of Thrones and alongside John in one episode of Taggart in 2010.[9]

In September 2017, his 25-year-old daughter, Louella, died at the Bestival music festival in Dorset. A 28-year-old man was subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and was questioned by police.[10]

Television

Year Title Role Notes
1996 London Bridge Tim Morris Main Cast
1998–2010 Taggart DI Ross Series Regular
2002 Wire in the Blood Jack Vance 2 Episodes
2008 Highlands Himself Presenter
2011–2013 Coronation Street Karl Munro Series Regular
2013–2016, 2017– Holby City Guy Self [11]
2014–2016 Casualty Recurring Role
2016 West Skerra Light Tom Main Cast

Stage

  • Breed (2010) played lead role of Danny at Theatre503 – nominated for an Offie award
  • Simply Disconnected (1996) played Greg at the Chichester Festival Theatre
  • Bent played Rudy
  • Ghosts played Oswald
  • The Winslow Boy played Dickie
  • Dangerous Corner played Gordon
  • Equus played Alan
  • Black Comedy played Brindsley
  • Kes played McDowall
  • Richard III played Hastings.
  • The Russian Revolution played Trotsky at Riverside Studios
  • Number One Queens Theatre (1984) played Arthur
  • Easy Virtue The Garrick Theatre (1988–1989) played John.
  • Prin The Lyric Theatre (1989–1990) played Walker
  • Women Laughing Royal Court Upstairs
  • The Cherry Orchard National Tour (1994)
  • Dealing with Claire Orange Tree, Richmond with Tom Courtney
  • The Impresario From Smyrna (1994) Old Red Lion, London
  • House New Grove Directed by Martin Clunes
  • Measure for Measure (1990) Played The Duke in an Oxford Playhouse Production
  • Don Juan played Don Juan in an Oxford Playhouse Production
  • Private Matter (1980) Donvan Maule Theatre, Nairobi

Films

  • The Race (2004) played Father Pat. Short Film
  • Storm, short film (2001) played Colonel Pine.
  • Puckoon (2002) played Colonel Charrington Thurk
  • Being Considered (2000) short film, plays Frank.
  • To Walk with Lions (1999) played Tony Fitzjohn. Co. Lead
  • Monk Dawson (1998) played Father John Dawson. Lead Role
  • Daphne & Apollo (1997)
  • Truth or Dare (1996) played David Baird
  • Conquest of the South Pole (1989) played Roddy, directed by Gillies MacKinnon
  • A Passage to India (1984)

Presenting

  • Murder Capital (2007)
  • Highlands (2008)
  • Made in Scotland (2009)

Voice over

  • "How Things Work" (Quest) (2016)
  • "London Underground Revealed" (National Geographic) (2011)
  • Big, Bigger, Biggest (Five) (2008)
  • Monster Moves (Five) (2008)
  • Jock Stein (BBC) (2007)
  • Football Stories (Channel 4) (2006)
  • Bay City Rollers (Granada) (2004)
  • The Gunpowder Plot (Channel 4) (2002
  • Black Watch (BBC Scotland) (1997)
  • The Glencoe Massacre (BBC Scotland)
  • Kelvingrove Museum (BBC Scotland)
  • Test Pilots (Creation Company Films)
  • Amazon Abyss (BBC Bristol)
  • Megamoves (FIVE)
  • In Search of Speed (IWC)
  • Guide to Euro 2004 (TWI)
  • Althrop: After Diana & Superstar on Trial (BBC)
  • Art Crimes & South Sea Bubble (Wall To Wall)
  • Volcano That Blew The World Away
  • Confessions of a Spin Doctor (STV)
  • Swamp Tigers (Cicada)
  • Big Bigger Biggest
  • "The Loch Ness Monster Revealed" (Discovery Communications 2008)
  • "Building the Biggest Cruise Ship" (National Geographic)

References

  1. ^ Fulton, Rick (18 July 2009). "John Michie: I could be Scotland's answer to Ross Kemp". Daily Record. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  2. ^ STV Programmes | Taggart. Programmes.stv.tv. Retrieved on 5 September 2011.
  3. ^ Award Winning Television. Windfall Films. Retrieved on 5 September 2011.
  4. ^ Highlands | STV Video Archived 17 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.. Video.stv.tv. Retrieved on 5 September 2011.
  5. ^ STV Weather | Weather forecasts for Scotland and abroad Archived 29 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Stv.tv (13 March 2009). Retrieved on 2011-09-05.
  6. ^ "Tartan Details – Michie". The Scottish Register of Tartans. 13 July 2009. Retrieved 16 July 2009.
  7. ^ BBC online, "Labour actor backed independence", Jul 2008
  8. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". The Guardian. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  9. ^ "My uncle - John Michie - tried to put me off acting but I'll soon star alongside him, says River City's Jamie Michie". Daily Record. Retrieved 26 July 2014.
  10. ^ "Holby City star's daughter dies at Bestival". BBC News. 11 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Entirely Holby". Entirely Holby.

External links

John Michie on IMDb

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