The Scottish actor John Cairney has died aged 93

2023-09-07 13:24:51  • 3 mins

The actor John Cairney, who found fame playing Robert Burns on stage and screen, has died at the age of 93.

The Glasgow-born actor also appeared in the films Jason and the Argonauts and the Titanic drama A Night to Remember.

He trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD) and was a critically acclaimed stage actor before becoming a regular on television and in films.

In later life he became an acclaimed painter.

John Cairney was born in 1930 in the Baillieston area of Glasgow. He briefly attended art college but dropped out to pursue the life of an actor.

After drama school, where he met his first wife Sheila, he began a successful career in the theatre. He was in the British premiere of Arthur Miller's The Crucible in Bristol and played Hamlet at Glasgow's Citizens Theatre.

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