Alex Norton

Alex Norton

Age
69
Birthday
Jan. 27th, 1950
Born in
Glasgow, Scotland
Height

Alex Norton's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Shetland (UK) TV Show
Shetland (UK)
Waterloo Road (UK) TV Show
Waterloo Road (UK)
Taggart (UK) TV Show
Taggart (UK)
Bob Servant, Independent (UK) TV Show
Bob Servant, Independent (UK)
Renford Rejects (UK) TV Show
Renford Rejects (UK)
 

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

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BIOGRAPHY:

Alexander Hugh "Alex" Norton (born 27 January 1950) is a Scottish actor. He is probably best known for his roles as DCI Matt Burke in Taggart, and Eddie in the Renford Rejects.


Norton was born in Househillwood and spent his childhood in Moffat Street in the Gorbals before moving to Pollokshaws. He discovered acting at the age of 14 via an out-of-school drama group. This led to his part in the TV series Dr. Finlay's Casebook and with it the decision that acting was what he wanted to concentrate on. Because of his background and his father's lack of approval of his chosen career, Alex decided to avoid the traditional route into acting and instead worked from part to part. In 1973 he became one of the founder members of the 7:84 company, touring Scotland with The Cheviot, the Stag, and the Black Black Oil. In the 1970s he met his wife, Sally Kinghorn. They met on the set of a BBC Schools series. She and he have 3 sons, Jamie (8), Rory (15), and Jock (16). Also, he was presented with the opportunity to play a part in Peter Jackson's "King Kong" (2005); however, he could sadly not accept because it happened to interfere with the TV project he was currently working on.
Career He has appeared in numerous films including Bill Forsyth's Gregory's Girl and Local Hero, Bill Douglas's epic film Comrades, Little Voice, Orphans, and Hollywood blockbusters such as Patriot Games with Harrison Ford, White Hunter, Black Heart, with Clint Eastwood, Braveheart starring Mel Gibson, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest with Johnny Depp. He played Captain Bellamy, a captain of a supposedly haunted ship; a rumor sparked the discovery of Elizabeth Swan's dress on board. Norton's character Bellamy picked up the character of William Turner who was lost at sea. This decision ultimately lead to his characters death by the mythical creature the Kraken. A fun fact about the character of Captain Bellamy is that he may or may not have been based on an actual eighteenth century pirate by the name of "Black Sam" Bellamy. This role was perfect for Norton to play because of his Scottish roots. He portrayed a perfectly believable, honest, and logical Scottish Pirate.
Awards Norton has also won two awards for writing.[citation needed] "Extras", an episode of First Sight for Channel 4, and Waiting for Elvis for STV. He also has an interest in directing. He directed the first production of Tony Roper's The Steamie, as well as directing Glasgow's King's Theatre's pantomimes for a five year period.
Nowadays he is concentrating on playing DCI Burke in Taggart. His role in the show sees him working in Glasgow for half the year.
He has also done voice over work on Medieval Total War II as the voice of some of the Scottish Characters in the game. He also appeared on The Weakest Link TV Drama Characters Edition. He was the 1st one voted off.
Norton also fronts the STV crime show Unsolved.



TRIVIA:
  • Met his wife 'Sally Kinghorn' (qv) on the set of a BBC Schools series in the 1970s. They now have three sons, Jock, 16, Rory, 15, and Jamie, 8.
  • Was offered a part in 'Peter Jackson (I)' (qv)'s _King Kong (2005)_ (qv), but it clashed with a TV project.


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