Greg McHugh

Greg McHugh (born 5 January 1980) is a Scottish actor and writer. He is the creator, writer and star of the BBC1 comedy series Gary: Tank Commander.[1] He also played Howard in the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat.

Greg McHugh
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Born (1980-01-05) 5 January 1980 (age 40)
Edinburgh, Scotland
OccupationActor, comedian, writer, skateboarder
Spouse(s)Katie McHugh

Early life and educationEdit

Greg McHugh was born in Morningside, Edinburgh, Scotland on 5 January 1980.[2] His father was a civil servant, and his mother a teacher.[2] McHugh has two elder brothers.[3]

McHugh attended St Peter's RC primary school and then St Thomas of Aquin's High School.[4] He studied business at the University of Stirling and trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow.[5][6] Initially, McHugh had intended to study sports science but found it too difficult.[2]

McHugh's native accent is a softer variation of the Edinburgh accent.[7]


McHugh can be seen briefly on screen in the Still Game episode "Faimly" as a friend or relative visiting the patient in the bed beside Winston Ingram.[citation needed]

McHugh played Josh Elvey in the TV movie Not Safe for Work.

In 2010 McHugh appeared in the episode "Don the Musical" of the English sitcom How Not to Live Your Life. He played Randy, a local actor of amateur dramatics who played the Tom Cruise character, Charlie Babbitt, in a musical version of Rain Man. He was in two 2010 episodes of Rab C. Nesbitt as Liam O'Hagan. The episodes were "Muse" and "Candy."

McHugh appeared on Red Nose Day 2011 reporting the fund-raising going on throughout Scotland for Comic Relief.

McHugh was nominated for a Scottish BAFTA as writer of Gary: Tank Commander.[8]

Between 2011 & 2016 McHugh starred as Howard in the Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat.

In 2013 McHugh appeared in the Channel 4 serial Dates.

McHugh appeared in the 2013 Bad Education Christmas special as Bonehead, a homeless man.[9]

In 2014 McHugh appeared in the BBC film Marvellous playing the part of Malcolm, the long-time friend of Neil Baldwin.

From 6 December 2014 to 11 January 2015 McHugh starred as the character of Smee in the pantomime production of Peter Pan at the King's Theatre, Glasgow.

In 2016 & 2017 he appeared as Eddie Scott in the Cumbria-based BBC1 drama The A Word.

On 21 September 2016 McHugh made a secret guest appearance at the first "Andy Murray Live" event, a charity tennis exhibition event raising funds for UNICEF and the Glasgow-based charity, Young People’s Futures.[10]

From 20–22 October 2016, he reprised his role as Gary: Tank Commander in a stage version of the sitcom at The Hydro in Glasgow.[citation needed]

Personal lifeEdit

McHugh lives in Hove, East Sussex, with his wife Katie. The couple have two children.[11]


Year Film Role Notes
2014 Marvellous Malcolm
2013 Bad Education Bonehead Appears in Christmas Special (S02E07)
Dates Callum
2011–2016 Fresh Meat Howard
2009–2012 Gary: Tank Commander Gary McLintoch (actor, writer)
2010 Rab C. Nesbitt Liam
2014 The Feeling Nuts Comedy Night Howard
2016-2017 The A Word Eddie Scott
2018 A Discovery of Witches Hamish Osborne


Year Production Role Venue Notes
2014/15 Peter Pan Smee King's Theatre, Glasgow
2016/17 Gary: Tank Commander Gary McLintoch SSE Hydro, Glasgow
2017/18 Jack and the Beanstalk Gary McLintoch SSE Hydro, Glasgow
2019/20 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Gary McLintoch SSE Hydro, Glasgow


  1. ^ "Gary: Tank Commander, the Continuing Mission". BBC Scotland. 16 December 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Gilbert, Gerard (1 November 2013). "Fresh Meat's Greg McHugh on playing TV's weirdest student". The Independent. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Interview: Greg McHugh, comedian (Gary: Tank Commander)". The Scotsman. 11 January 2011.
  4. ^ Christie, Janet (2 July 2016). "Interview: Greg McHugh on comic creation Gary: Tank Commander". The Scotsman. Retrieved 30 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Attention! Gary: Tank Commander goes back to school". STV.
  6. ^ Brocklehurst, Steven (4 December 2012). "Greg McHugh: The man behind Gary: Tank Commander". BBC News.
  7. ^ Exley, Gemma (21 September 2011). "Holy Moly meets Greg McHugh from Fresh Meat and Gary: Tank Commander". Holy Moly!.
  8. ^ "BAFTA Scotland Award Winners in 2008 - Awards - Scotland". BAFTA. 9 November 2008.
  9. ^ "Christmas Special, Bad Education - BBC Three". BBC.
  10. ^ "CHARITIES - Andy Murray Live".
  11. ^ "Greg McHugh: It can be good to ask what we think normal looks like". Sunday Post. 7 November 2017. Retrieved 23 November 2017.

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