Gary Lewis

Gary Stevenson

Gary Lewis(bornGary Stevensonon 30 November 1958) is a Scottish actor. He has had parts inBilly Elliot,Gangs of New York,EragonandThree and Out, as well as a major role in the television docudrama ,Supervolcano.

 Recent news about Gary Lewis

 Gary Lewis's Early life

Born and raised in the tough Easterhouse area of Glasgow, Lewis has described in interviews the dichotomy of his upbringing: his parents stressed the value of education, yet his formal studies were left wanting. When he left school, he lacked a sense of purpose, taking a job as a road-sweeper to earn a living. Later, Lewis found employment in the local library. Encouraged by his brother, an English teacher at a Glasgow secondary school (Stonelaw High School), he read voraciously and thought about pursuing a career as an actor.

Read more

 Gary Lewis's Acting career


Although he had pursued amateur theatrics, Lewis was 32 when he committed to acting, joining Robert Carlyle 's newly formed Raindog Theatre. His career received a boost when he was befriended by actor-director Peter Mullan whom he met at a socialist lecture.


Mullan hired Lewis for a role in the shortClosewhich began filming in 1991 but took some three years to complete. By that time, both actors had appeared inShallow Grave(1994). Lewis went on to act in Mullan's subsequent shortsGood Day for the Bad Guys(1995) and the award-winningFridge(1996).

Lewis joined director Kenneth Loach 's unofficial stock company lending support to his two mentors in separate films: with Carlyle, he co-starred inCarla's Song(1996), while he played a recovering alcoholic alongside Mullan inMy Name Is Joe(1998). In between, Mullan cast him as the over-righteous, somewhat dimwitted elder sibling Thomas inOrphans(1998), an examination of a dysfunctional family . He went on to co-star with Max Beesley inThe Match(1999; released on video in USA in 2001) before landing his international breakthrough part as the father of a young boy who wants to become a ballet dancer inBilly Elliot(2000). Lewis delivered a multi-layered turn as a man coping with grief over the death of his wife, a violent strike that threatens his livelihood and the struggles of raising two sons. The actor rounded out his banner year teaming with Irish actor Sean McGinley inWhat Where, a 12-minute short film of Samuel Beckett 's play, and supporting Michael Caine as a boxing coach who may or may not have been involved in a murder inShiner(screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival ).

In 2008, Lewis starred in the filmEcstasybased onThe Undefeatedfrom Irvine Welsh 's best-selling novelEcstasy: Three Tales of Chemical Romance.

Lewis starred in British comedyThree and Outreleased on 25 April 2008.

Lewis appeared in Scottish rom-comNot Another Happy Endingas the father of protagonist Jane Lockhart.


Lewis has appeared in the Scottish comedyRab C Nesbittand the criminal drama showsTaggartandPrime Suspect : the Final Act.

In 2010 Lewis appeared as Adam Ingram in the Channel 4 dramaMoa biopic of former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam , a role that saw him nominated for a BAFTA Television Award in the category of Best Supporting Actor .

In 2011 Lewis appeared in episode five of new BBC dramaOutcastsplaying Patrick Baxter. He also appeared as the enigmatic wizard Alator in episode seven of the fourth season of BBC fantasy dramaMerlin.

In September 2011, Lewis appeared in episode two of the BBC drama The Body Farm (TV series) , playing Jimmy West, butler to an elderly man accused of murder.

In December 2011, Lewis appeared in the BBC min-series "Young James Herriot", in the role of Professor Quinton Gunnel.

In May 2012 Lewis appeared in the Rai 1 Television Film " L'olimpiade perduta ", who speaks of the XII and XIII Olympic Games, that took place in the Nazi Concentration Camps. In this TV Film, Lewis has the role of the British general Alex, the man who organized the Olympic Games.

In January 2014 Lewis appeared as DS MacNeil in the Silent Witness two-parter 'In A Lonely Place'.

Read more

 Gary Lewis's Filmography

What follows is a selected list ofmotion picturesin which Lewis has appeared:

Read more


We welcome your comments, but please be civil, DO NOT SPAM ON TOPIC. Comments deemed inappropriate will be removed and repeat will banned. Commention is a provilege that will be revoked for violations od our Comment Policy .

Comments from our old comments platform are still in the process of moving over. If you notice any comments missing they will likely re-appear soon. Thnk you for your patience.