Hall of Fame
Last Updated on Friday, 11 October 2013 13:58
Some of our former members have gone on to become stars of stage and screen...
Perhaps our most famous former member. John Hannah was born in East Kilbride. He attended Claremont High School and on leaving school went on to become an apprentice electrician. His passion for acting led him to join East Kilbride Rep in the early 1980's. John quit his work as an electrician when he was accepted at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. After leaving the RSAMD, and many years as a struggling actor, his 'big break' came when he was cast as Matthew in the 1994 film Four Weddings and a Funeral. John has also starred in The Mummy movies and Sliding Doors. Recently he appeared in Sky 1's A Touch of Cloth and Spartacus. He is also a well-known voice on TV commercials, including the The Co-operative's advertising campaigns.
Jacqueline was one of our pantomime chorus kids during the 1990's. She went on to train in musical theatre at the Glasgow Academy of Musical Theatre Arts before moving south and receiving a First class BA (Hons) degree in Musical Theatre and the 2007 Musical Theatre Award from the Guildford School of Acting. Jacqueline has performed in the UK and Ireland tour of Mad About the Musicals, at sea onboard the P&O cruise ship Arcadia as part of their Headliners Theatre Company and played Doreen in the UK tour of The Steamie. She has also taught extensively with the children's theatre arts school, Stagecoach.
In 2011 Jacqueline made her West End debut at London's Apollo Victoria Theatre as part of the Company of the hugely successful musical Wicked. Currently, Jacqueline is Swing (Ensemble) and Understudy for the character of Madame Morrible. She will soon take on the role of Second Understudy for the part of Elphaba.
Best known for playing Michael Jardine in long-running Glasgow detective series Taggart, Hamilton born James very nearly became a real-life policeman! James has an uncle who is a policeman and he considered joining the force himself, but during a job interview he discovered that a life in the force was not for him so he turned his attention to acting! After a short spell at an amateur dramatics club in Motherwell, James joined East Kilbride Rep. It was with East Kilbride Rep that James made his stage debut, playing Bamforth in The Long and the Short and the Tall. The very same production had John Hannah on the cast! Bitten by the acting bug, James enrolled at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and after graduating in 1985 he worked on several BBC radio plays before landing his famous Taggart role in 1987.
Former Claremont High School pupil Adam was an East Kilbride Rep member for a brief period in the early 1990's before going on to study acting at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. With a few stage appearances under his belt, Adam made his television debut in 1999 in Boyz Unlimited, a Channel 4 comedy created by Matt Lucas and David Walliams about the ups and downs of a manufactured boy band. This led to roles in teen comedy/drama As If and two series of Sky One's cabin crew comedy/drama Mile High. Adam's film career began with 2001's World War II PoW drama To End All Wars, starring alongside Robert Carlyle and Kiefer Sutherland. It was on the set of To End All Wars that Adam met his wife, Michelle Kath, Kiefer Sutherland's step-daughter.
Adam's recent film/TV credits include Lip Service, Irvine Welsh's Ecstasy and The Day of the Triffids. Adam recently returned to Scotland for a role in the BBC series Waterloo Road.
Iain Stewart was a member of East Kilbride Rep in the early 1980's. Previously he appeared as Napoleon, leader of the Gorbals Diehards in the 1978 children's television series Huntingtower. He studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama but left acting to pursue a different career path. He went on to study and graduate from Strathclyde University with a degree in geology and geography in 1986. He followed this with a PhD on Mediterranean earthquakes at the University of Bristol in 1990. After some time spent teaching at Brunel University he moved back to Scotland in 2002 to the Centre for Geosciences at Glasgow University. It was there he began pitching an idea about a television series on geology. The following year, he began working with the BBC on the Rough Science programme and on two Horizon specials about earthquakes. He recently presented another Horizon film about the 2011 Japan earthquake. Iain's other presenting roles include the programmes Men of Rock, Making Scotland's Landscape and How Earth Made Us.
Since 2004 Iain has been Professor of Geosciences Communication in the Department of Geology at the University of Plymouth.
Julie Wilson Nimmo
Julie was a member of East Kilbride Rep from the mid to late 1980's, starting out in our pantomime's childrens chorus. Her TV career began with the comedy sketch show Pulp Video in 1995. She became well known after featuring in the hugely popular comedy show Chewin' the Fat. Julie has also had a successful film career with roles in films such as AfterLife and The Magdalene Sisters but she is undoubtedly best known to many (especially pre-schoolers!) as Miss Hoolie from TV's Balamory. Julie is married to her Chewin' the Fat co-star Greg Hemphill.