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Hilton McRae (born 28 December 1949) is a Scottish actor, working in theatre, television and film.

Hilton McRae
Born (1949-12-28) 28 December 1949 (age 68)
Dundee, Scotland
Residence North London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1977–present
Spouse(s) Lindsay Duncan
Children 1



McRae with friends and family at the closing night of Rabbit at the Old Red Lion Theatre.

McRae was part of the radical theatre group 7:84 before graduating from Edinburgh University, and by 1977 he had joined the Royal Shakespeare Company. He has concentrated mainly on avant-garde and political theatre.

His most mainstream American film role was as Arvel Crynyd in Return of the Jedi; he was uncredited for his brief appearance. In the UK he had substantial roles in The French Lieutenant's Woman and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan.

He has performed in several musicals on the London stage, including Mamma Mia! and Miss Saigon, in which he played the part of The Engineer. He performed the role of Mr Stopnick in the UK premiere of Caroline, or Change at the National Theatre, which won the Best Musical Award from the London newspaper the Evening Standard. In 2008 he played the part of Scarecrow in the Southbank's production of The Wizard of Oz.

In 2006, he acted in Rabbit, a play by Nina Raine which opened at the Old Red Lion Theatre in London, and then transferred to the Trafalgar Studios, Whitehall.

In 2009, McRae won rave reviews as the title role in The Execution of Gary Glitter.

McRae starred in the play The Kreutzer Sonata, based on Tolstoy's novella, which opened at the Gate Theatre in London in 2009 with McRae in the solo role, and was revived for a second run in 2012. The production also transferred to New York City. His performance received acclaim both in the UK from many top publications, and in the U.S. from the New York Times.[1]

Personal lifeEdit

McRae was born in Dundee. He is married to actress Lindsay Duncan, with whom he has a son, Cal McRae (born September 1991).[2]

A close friend and Edinburgh University classmate of Ian Charleson's, McRae contributed a chapter to the 1990 book, For Ian Charleson: A Tribute.[3]

Partial filmographyEdit

Film or Television Title Year(s) Role
Macbeth 2015 Macdonwald
Lewis: Counter Culture Blues 2010, TV Mack Maguire
The Execution of Gary Glitter 2009, TV Gary Glitter
Frances Tuesday 2004, TV Feltham
Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius 2004 Jimmy Maiden
Silent Witness 2003, TV Supt. Colin Osbourne
Mansfield Park 1999 Mr. Price
Voices 1995 Gerald Duffy
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales 1994, TV Hortensio
The Secret Rapture 1993 Norman
Zorro 1993, TV
King of the Wind 1989 Cook
Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future 1985, TV Breugel
Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes 1984 Willy
Return of the Jedi 1983 Green Leader
The French Lieutenant's Woman 1981 Sam


  1. ^ Brantley, Ben (2012-03-25). "'The Kreutzer Sonata,' Based on Tolstoy, at La MaMa". New York Times. Retrieved 2016-12-20.
  2. ^ Lane, Harriet (23 April 2007). "Bad girl. Lindsay Duncan talks to Harriet Lane about her new play". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
  3. ^ McKellen, Ian; Bates, Alan; Hudson, Hugh; et al. For Ian Charleson: A Tribute. London: Constable and Company, 1990. pp. 13–20. ISBN 0-09-470250-0

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