Kevin McKidd

born 9 August 1973

Kevin McKidd(born 9 August 1973) is a Scottish television and film actor and director. Before playing the role of Owen Hunt inGrey's Anatomy, McKidd starred in such roles as Tommy in Danny Boyle 'sTrainspotting(1996), Count Vronsky in the BBC miniseriesAnna Karenina(2000), and Lucius Vorenus in the historical drama seriesRome(2005–2007).

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 Kevin McKidd's Early life

McKidd was born and brought up in Elgin , in the north of Scotland , the son of Kathleen, a secretary, and Neil McKidd, a plumber.He attended Seafield Primary School and Elgin Academy , and was a member of the local amateur dramatic group, Moray Youth Theatre. Planning to study engineering, he attended the University of Edinburgh , but dropped out and instead enrolled at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh to study drama. He also joined Edinburgh University's student theatre company, Bedlam Theatre where he performed as a member of the improvised comedy troupe The Improverts .

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 Kevin McKidd's Career

After playing Tommy inTrainspotting, McKidd was cast as Father Deegan in the 1996 Christmas episode ofFather Ted. Subsequent roles include Malky Johnson inSmall Faces.In 2004, he played James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell , the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots , in the BBC mini-seriesGunpowder, Treason & Plot.

In 1999 he was part of an ensemble cast in Mike Leigh 's Topsy Turvy, based on the writing and rehearsal for Gilbert and Sullivan'sThe Mikado. The actors researched their historical characters and used this knowledge during extensive rehearsals to help develop dialog for scenes blocked out by Leigh. McKidd, like the rest of the cast, did his own singing in the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas portrayed in the film.

In 2001 he played Elliot in a British film by Caleb Lindsay calledUnderstanding Jane. He appeared in Ridley Scott 'sKingdom of Heaven, the 2002 film adaptation ofNicholas Nickleby. In Neil Marshall's horror film,Dog Soldiers, he appeared as Pte Lawrence Cooper. In the 2005 BBC drama,The Virgin Queen, he played Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk .

In 1998, McKidd was in the four-part BBC2 seriesLooking After Jo Jo, playing the role of Basil. He was also one of the main stars of the joint HBO / BBC seriesRome, where his portrayal of the soldier/politician Lucius Vorenus received critical acclaim.The role gained him recognition in the US.

Additional work includes his role in theSilence of the LambsprequelHannibal Rising(2007). In late 2007, McKidd began his role as the lead character in the American Fantasy television seriesJourneymanon NBC.The show suffered from low ratings and only thirteen episodes were produced.

His role inRomeled to McKidd's casting in the medical drama seriesGrey's Anatomyas Dr. Owen Hunt .He made his directorial debut in the series' seventh season,directing the episode "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)". McKidd commented of the debut, "It's something I've really wanted to do for a long time. Shonda Rhimes and the producers all supported me and gave me the chance, and when you think it costs around $5million to make an episode, that's a lot to hang on an actor who really hasn't had any experience."He won the award for "Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline" at the 14th Prism Awards for his work in "Grey's Anatomy".

McKidd has done voice work and voiced the character of Jezz Torrent, flame haired lead singer of the fictional Scottish hard rock band Love Fist in the video games "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City". He is also credited with playing a voice-over for the character John "Soap" MacTavish inCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 2andCall of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.McKidd was in talks in 2008 to portay Conner Macleod in a big screen remake of the 1986 fantasy movie Highlander though no word on casting has come out.

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 Kevin McKidd's Personal life

McKidd married Jane Parker in 1999, and they have two children, Joseph and Iona. The family resides in Los Angeles during filming ofGrey's Anatomy, but try to go back to Scotland or the UK at least twice a year.

Playing a doctor has led the actor to support the P3 Project, a friend's charity focusing on African pediatric care.

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 Kevin McKidd's Filmography

McKidd on 29 August 2010

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 Kevin McKidd's Television

  • Father Ted(1996) .... Father Deegan
  • The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns(1999) .... Jericho O'Grady
  • Anna Karenina(2000) .... Count Vronsky
  • North Square(2000) .... Billy Guthrie
  • Gunpowder, Treason & Plot(2004) .... Bothwell
  • The Virgin Queen(2005) .... Duke of Norfolk
  • Rome(2005–2007) .... Lucius Vorenus
  • Journeyman(2007) .... Dan Vasser
  • Grey's Anatomy(2008–present) .... Owen Hunt

Director

  • Grey's Anatomy(2011) .... "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)"
  • Grey's Anatomy(2011) .... "Poker Face"
  • Grey's Anatomy(2012) .... "Let the Bad Times Roll"
  • Grey's AnatomyGrey's Anatomy: Message of Hope (Webisodes)

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 Kevin McKidd's Voice work

  • Grand Theft Auto: Vice City(2002) — Jezz Torrent
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2(2009) — Captain John "Soap" MacTavish
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3(2011) — Captain John "Soap" MacTavish

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