Brian McCardie ‘Rob Roy’ Star Dies at 59 Years


It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Brian James McCardie, the Scottish actor best known for his role as Liam Neeson’s younger brother in the historical drama “Rob Roy.” Brian passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, April 28th, at the age of 59. His sister Sarah shared this heartbreaking news, describing Brian as a wonderful and passionate actor who deeply loved his craft and touched many lives.

Brian’s career was marked by notable performances across stage and screen. He gained recognition for his role as gang lord turned police informant Tommy Hunter in the BBC drama “Line of Duty” during its first two seasons (2012-2014). More recently, he appeared in various British series including “Time,” “Crime,” “The Tower,” “Domina,” and the miniseries “Rebellion.”

Brian McCardie ‘Rob Roy’ Star Dies at 59
Brian McCardie ‘Rob Roy’ Star Dies at 59

In the United States, Brian graced television screens in episodes of “Shameless” and “Outlander,” and he was set to feature in the upcoming “Outlander” prequel, “Blood of My Blood.”

One of Brian’s standout roles was as Alasdair MacGregor in “Rob Roy” (1995), where he delivered a compelling and emotional performance alongside Jessica Lange.

His diverse filmography includes portraying Scottish soccer legend Dave Mackay in “The Damned United” (2009), starring Michael Sheen, as well as roles in “Speed 2: Cruise Control” (1997), “200 Cigarettes” (1999), “Low Winter Sun” (2006), “Filth” (2013), “Ghosts” (2014), “Our Ladies” (2019), and “Damaged” (2024).

Brian McCardie’s passing is a loss to the acting community, and his talent and contributions to the world of film and television will be remembered fondly by audiences and colleagues alike.



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