Angus Macfadyen (born September 21, 1963) is a Scottish actor and director, best known for his roles as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart, Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium, McCreedy in Cameron Crowe's We Bought a Zoo and his role in the Saw franchise.

He played Jeff Denlon in Saw III and Saw IV.

Early Life

Angus Macfadyen was born in Glasgow, Scotland and lived a colourful childhood, being brought up in such places as the Philippines, Africa, Singapore and France as his father was a doctor in the World Health Organisation. Macfadyen attended the University of Edinburgh and the Central School of Speech and Drama in London. He was once engaged to actress Catherine Zeta-Jones.


Macfadyen's first role was Philip, a young man who must tell his parents that he is gay, in the television film The Lost Language of Cranes in 1991 along with fellow Scottish actor Brian Cox, who played his father. Macfadyen then acted in the television film 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight in 1993 as well as the television series Takin' Over the Asylum in 1994 about a salesman who runs a radio station in a mental institution. That role eventually led to his portrayal of Robert the Bruce in Mel Gibson's film Braveheart in 1995.

After Braveheart won Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Macfadyen acted in the independent film Nevada in 1997, before giving the most over-the-top performance of his career as Komodo in the action/fantasy film Warriors of Virtue. He also co-starred alongside Don Cheadle and Ray Liotta when he played Peter Lawford in the HBO film The Rat Pack in 1998.

In 1999, Macfadyen played the role of Orson Welles in Tim Robbins's third directorial film Cradle Will Rock. Although the film received a nomination for the Palme d'Or at Cannes, it was a financial flop. Macfadyen's next appearance was in the Shakespearan film Titus, alongside Anthony Hopkins, where he played Lucius, eldest son of Titus Andronicus. Directed by Julie Taymor, the film was a critical triumph, but only received mediocre box office results.

After the noir film Second Skin in 2000, Macfadyen appeared in a number of poorly received films, such as the action fil Styx in 2001, which also starred American actor Peter Weller. A year later, he appeared in the comedy film Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood alongside a number of famous actors: Sandra Bullock, Ellen Burstyn, Maggie Smith and Ashley Judd. That same year, Macfadyen took on the role of Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium. The film, which also starred actor like Christian Bale, Sean Bean, Taye Diggs and Emily Watson, was set in the future, where a fascist regime forbid all emotions.

In 2006, Macfadyen acted as Marcus Crassus in the TV version of Spartacus, the character of Bill in The Pleasure Drivers, and the leading role in the dramatic film The Virgin of Juarez. After that, he played the pirate Blackbeard in a miniseries of the same name.

His next big role was that of Jeff Denlon in Saw III. Jeff was a man obsessed with revenge and was forced to overcome a series of traps to test his ability to forgive. The film was a big financial success, earning almost $200 million worldwide with a budget of only $10 million. Macfadyen then co-starred in the equally successful film Redline in 2007. The same year, he reprised his role as Jeff Denlon in Saw IV, which, like its predecessor was also a box office success.

Macfadyen continued making films, starring as the outlaw Will Tunney in his western film Shadowheart in 2009. He has appeared on television on the series Californication and Killer Wave and also acted in the mystery film San Saba and the thriller Clean Break.

Macfadyen later appeared in two thrillers: Pound of Flesh in 2010, alongside Malcolm McDowell, which revolves around a corrupt college professor, and the crime thriller Shadows of the White Nights, alongside Christian Slater. He starred as Lucas Blackstone in the Christian film Taken by Grace. Additionally, Macfadyen was part of the cast of the USA Network's television series Psych, the Cameron Crowe feature film We Bought a Zoo starring Matt Damon, and the final season of Chuck as the villain Nicholas Quinn.

In 2014, Macfadyen took on the roles of Robert Rogers in AMC's historical drama series Turn: Washington's Spies, and Allan Pinkerton on the first-run syndicated series The Pinkertons. Later that year, he began principal photography on Macbeth, a feature-length film adaptation of the Shakespearean play which he directed himself.



Year Title Role
1991 The Lost Language of Cranes Phillip Benjamin
1993 15: The Life and Death of Philip Knight David McBride
1995 Braveheart Robert the Bruce
Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story Richard Burton
1997 Nevada West
Warriors of Virtue Komodo
Snide and Prejudice Michael Davidson / Adolf Hitler
Still Breathing Philip
1998 The Brylcreem Boys Rudolph von Stegenbek
The Rat Pack Peter Lawford
Lani Loa Turner
Joseph's Gift Carl
1999 Cradle Will Rock Orson Welles
Facade Frederic Colbert
Titus Lucius
2000 Second Skin Sam Kane
2001 A Woman's a Helluva Thing Houston Blackett
Styx Mike
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Connor
Equilibrium Dupont
On the Roof Jack
2004 Spartacus Crassus
2005 Murder on the Yellow Brick Road Michael Alberts
Shooting Gallery Tenderloin Tony
2006 The Virgin of Juarez Patrick Nunzio
Fatwa Bobby
The Pleasure Drivers Bill Plummer
Scoundrels, Scallywags, and Scurvy Knaves
Saw III Jeff Denlon
.45 Al
2007 Redline Michael
Saw IV Jeff Denlon
The Rich Inner Life of Penelope Cloud Claude
2008 Impulse Jonathan Dennison / Simon Phillips
Clean Break Matt McKay
San Saba Bud
2009 Shadowheart Will Tunney
2010 Pound of Flesh Detective Patrick Kelly
2011 We Bought a Zoo Peter MacCready
2012 Hirokin Moss
2013 Sugar Uncle Gene
Assassins Run Richard
Copperhead Jee Hagadorn
Taken by Grace Lucas Blackstone
2015 The Critic Critic
H4 Sir John Falstaff
2016 Macbeth Unhinged Macbeth
The Lost City of Z James Murray
She Rises Conor
Timeless Dr. Meier
2017 The Gleaner Lane


Year Title Role
1992 Soldier Soldier Lt Alex Pereira
1994 Screen One Dexter
Takin' Over the Asylum Fergus
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Zeus
2003 Miracles Alva Keel
2004 5ive Days to Midnight Roy Bremmer
2005 Tilt Roy 'Mac' McEntyre
2005-2006 Alias Joseph Ehrmann
2006 Blackbeard Blackbeard
2007 Killer Wave John McAdams
2008 Eleventh Hour Jason Cooper
Californication Julian
2010 Lie to Me Jimmy Doyle
Psych Logan Paget
2011 Criminal Minds Sean McAllister
2012 Chuck Nicholas Quinn
2013 Republic of Doyle Gerald Bryne
2014-2015 The Pinkertons Allan Pinkerton
2014-2017 TURN Robert Rogers


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