Blythe Duff

Blythe Duff

Nov. 25th, 1962
Born in
East Kilbride, Scotland, UK

Blythe Duff's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Taggart (UK) TV Show
Taggart (UK)

Main Movie Roles

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Blythe Duff (born 25 November 1962) is a Scottish actress, best known for her role as Jackie Reid in the ITV television series drama, Taggart.
Background Duff was born and raised in East Kilbride, Glasgow.[1] Her love of acting started with a school production of The Wizard of Oz.[citation needed]She went to Hunter High School.
Career Duff's career began in the theatre,[2] starting with The Scottish Youth and Community Theatre in Glasgow.[citation needed]
She worked in theatre for seven years, and in 1989 appeared in Street Scene as Shirley Kaplan at the Coliseum Theatre in London with the English National Opera.[3] She also performed on the soundtrack album which was released on Decca Records in 1989.[3] She was working for Scottish Opera when she landed the role of Jackie Reid in the sixth series of Taggart in 1990,[4] a role she still plays. Her first appearance was a community police officer in the second episode of the sixth series, "Death Comes Softly" on 3 December 1990, in which she is credited as playing WPC Reid.[5] The third episode, which first aired on 31 December 1990, she was credited as playing Jackie Reid and her character was seconded to CID as DC Reid. By series eight in 1993 her character was promoted to Detective Sergeant.[6] She became the longest-serving member of the Taggart cast after James Macpherson left the show in 2002.
On 28 November 2003, she was a guest on the daytime talk show, Today with Des and Mel.[7] On 23 June 2004 she was a contestant on the celebrity comedy game show, Win, Lose or Draw Late.[8] She has also appeared twice as a guest on the daytime talk show, Loose Women on 24 September 2004 and 15 September 2005.[7]
On 26 April 2006, Duff appeared in the documentary There's Been a Murder: A Celebration of Taggart.[9]
In October 2008 she attended the Mipcom television festival in Cannes France, along with the other three main cast members, John Michie, Alex Norton and Colin McCredie to highlight the 25th anniversary of Taggart.[10]

Personal life Duff is married to former police officer Tom Forrest and stepmother to his two daughters. She met Forrest, a widower, when she bought her sister's house in South Glasgow in 1997. They were engaged in October and married on 22 March 1998.

  • Her husband, Tom Forrest, is a policeman.

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