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McRae with friends and family at the closing night of Rabbit at the Old Red Lion Theatre.
|Born||28 December 1949|
|Residence||North London, England|
McRae was part of the radical theatre group 7:84 before graduating from the University of Edinburgh, 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 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.
|The French Lieutenant's Woman||1981||Sam|
|Return of the Jedi||1983||Green Leader||Uncredited|
|Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes||1984||Willy|
|Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future||1985||Breugel||TV movie|
|King of the Wind||1989||Cook|
|Zorro||1993||Narcisco||Episode: "The Reward"|
|The Secret Rapture||1993||Norman|
|Shakespeare: The Animated Tales||1994||Hortensio / Peter||Voice, Episode: "The Taming of the Shrew"|
|Mansfield Park||1999||Mr. Price|
|Silent Witness||2003||Supt. Colin Osbourne||2 episodes|
|Bobby Jones: Stroke of Genius||2004||Jimmy Maiden|
|Frances Tuesday||2004||Feltham||TV movie|
|The Execution of Gary Glitter||2009||Gary Glitter||TV movie|
|Lewis||2009||Mack Maguire||Episode: "Counter Culture Blues"|
|The Power of Three||2011||Gordon|
|National Theatre Live: Timon of Athens||2012||Apemantus|
|Far from the Madding Crowd||2015||Jacob Smallbury|
|Denial||2016||Judge John Trench|
|The Sense of an Ending||2017||Alex Stuart|
|Darkest Hour||2017||Arthur Greenwood|
|A Private War||2018||Adam Watkins|
|Chernobyl||2019||Milan Kadnikov||Episode: "Vichnaya Pamyat"|
- Brantley, Ben (25 March 2012). "'The Kreutzer Sonata,' Based on Tolstoy, at La MaMa". New York Times. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
- Lane, Harriet (23 April 2007). "Bad girl. Lindsay Duncan talks to Harriet Lane about her new play". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2011.
- 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