Famous Scottish Media Personalities

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Gail Porter
(Scottish Television Personality, Former Model & Actress)

Gail Porter
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Birthdate: March 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

While she initially presented family and children’s shows, Gail Porter stunned everyone when a nude photo of her, which was part of an FHM campaign, was projected on the British Houses of Parliament. She was later diagnosed with alopecia and worked with charities to raise awareness about the condition.

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Denis Law
(Football - Centre forward for Scotland)

Denis Law
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Birthdate: February 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

After representing teams such as Manchester City and Torino, Scottish footballer Denis Law had a successful stint with Manchester United. Known as The King, he was the only Scottish footballer to earn a Ballon d'Or and the only man to have 2 statues at the Old Trafford.

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Lorraine Kelly
(Journalist and Television Presenter Known for Presenting the Television Programme on 'Gmtv', Lorraine)

Lorraine Kelly
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Birthdate: November 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Lorraine Kelly is a Scottish journalist and TV presenter. She is also known for her charity work and has been a long-time supporter of the LGBT community. In the 2012 New Year Honours, Lorraine Kelly was appointed OBE for services to charity. In the 2020 Birthday Honours, she was promoted to CBE for services to journalism, broadcasting, and charity.

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Graham Hancock
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Birthdate: August 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish author Graham Hancock spent his initial years in India, where his father was a surgeon. He later moved back to the UK and worked as a journalist for publications such as The Guardian and The Times. He is known to propagate pseudo-scientific theories through his books such as Underworld and Supernatural.

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Kenneth Cranham
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Birthdate: December 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK

Scottish actor Kenneth Cranham, a RADA alumnus, was equally skilled on the big screen and on stage, especially West End, in his heyday. Known for his Olivier Award-winning role in the play The Father, he also played major roles in films such as Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Layer Cake.

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John Leslie
(presenter)

John Leslie
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Birthdate: February 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh

Best known for his stint on the BBC One show Blue Peter, Scottish presenter John Leslie initially studied music and even worked as a DJ. He began his TV career with the Music Box show Formula One. He has repeatedly been accused of sexual assault but has always been cleared.

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Andrea McLean
(Journalist)

Andrea McLean
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Birthdate: October 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

Born in Scotland, Andrea McLean was raised in the Caribbean. She later established herself as an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, known for her 13-year stint on Loose Women. She is also the bestselling author of books such as This Girl Is on Fire and Confessions of a Good Girl.

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Andrew Neil
(Journalist)

Andrew Neil
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Birthdate: May 21, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Scottish journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil is the chairman of the TV news channel GB News. An alumnus of the University of Glasgow, he began his journalistic career while still a student. He worked for the BBC for 25 years and has also been the editor-in-chief of Press Holdings Media Group and the editor of The Sunday Times.

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Neil Oliver
(TV Presenter)

Neil Oliver
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Birthdate: February 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK

Neil Oliver is a Scottish author and television presenter best known for presenting many documentary series on history and archaeology, such as Coast, Vikings, and A History of Scotland. Oliver is also known for his association with the popular conservation organization National Trust for Scotland, where he served as the president from 2017 to 2020.

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Kevin Bridges
(Comedian)

Kevin Bridges
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Birthdate: November 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Kevin Bridges has been active in the Scottish stand-up comedy scene since age 17. Apart from performing at sold-out comedy festival shows, he has also been part of TV shows on Comedy Central and BBC One. The 6-part BBC series Kevin Bridges: What's the Story? showcased his comedy routines.

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Gillian McKeith
(Nutritionist, Television presenter)

Gillian McKeith
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Birthdate: September 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Perth

TV star and author Gillian McKeith is known for her pseudo-scientific theories, her sex pills, and her diet plans. The host of shows such as Eat Yourself Sexy, McKeith was warned by the ASA to not call herself a “doctor” in her ads. She campaigned against the vaccine during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Daniel Portman
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Birthdate: February 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scotland, UK

Best known as Podrick Payne from the iconic series Game of Thrones, Scottish actor Daniel Portman is the son of actor Ron Donachie. Beginning his acting career at age 16 with the thriller Outcast, he later also appeared in the Scottish soap River City. A fairly good singer, he has a baritone voice.

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Nicky Campbell
(Journalist and Television Host Known for Hosting the Scottish Version of 'Wheel of Fortune')

Nicky Campbell
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Birthdate: April 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish presenter Nicky Campbell was adopted as a toddler. While he initially wished to become an actor, he later focused on hosting radio and TV shows. Known for hosting Wheel of Fortune, Watchdog, and several BBC radio shows, Campbell is also a skilled musician, who plays the ukulele, guitar, and piano.

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Ali Smith
(Writer)

Ali Smith
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Birthdate: August 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland

Born to working-class parents in Scotland, Ali Smith grew up to earn a PhD from the University of Cambridge. While teaching at the University of Strathclyde, she developed chronic fatigue and took a break to write. Known for books such as Autumn, she often collaborates with her partner Sarah Wood.

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Carrie Gracie
(Journalist, Television producer, Presenter)

Carrie Gracie
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Birthdate: 1962 AD
Birthplace: Bahrain

Scottish journalist Carrie Gracie, who gained fame as the BBC News China editor, made headlines when she quit BBC after 33 years over gender-based pay inequalities. Though she returned to BBC in 2020, she quit again shortly. She was married to Chinese musician Cheng Jin and is a mother of two.

John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith
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Birthdate: July 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stonehaven, Scotland
Died: June 16, 1971

Scottish broadcaster John Charles Walsham Reith, 1st Baron Reith is remembered for introducing the concept of independent public service corporations in Britain. He had also been the director-general of the BBC and the minister of information under Neville Chamberlain. He later headed the British Overseas Airways Corporation, too.

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Andrew Lang
(Poet, Novelist, Literary Critic)

Andrew Lang
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Birthdate: March 31, 1844
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Selkirk
Died: July 20, 1912

Best known for his collections of folklore, fairy tales, and legends, Scottish author and Merton College fellow Andrew Lang was also an avid historian and anthropologist who coined the term psychical research. His The World of Homer and his translations of Homer’s works remain invaluable to Homerian students.

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Gavin Esler
(Journalist)

Gavin Esler
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Birthdate: February 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Award-winning Scottish journalist and broadcaster Gavin Esler is best known for presenting BBC programs such as Dateline London, The Film Review, and Hardtalk. He has also penned novels such as The Blood Brother and non-fiction works such as Brexit Without the Bullshit. He also contested as election as a Change UK candidate.

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Iain Stewart
(Geologist, TV Presenter)

Iain Stewart
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Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: East Kilbride, Scotland

Scottish geologist Iain Stewart once revealed in an interview that he initially struggled with the subject. A child actor, he later focused on academics and grew up to be a University of Plymouth professor and the UNESCO geoscience chair. He has also presented many BBC programs and been awarded an MBE.

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Bertie Charles Forbes
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Birthdate: May 14, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Deer, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died: May 6, 1954

Born to working-class parents in Scotland, Bertie Charles Forbes initially worked as a journalist in Scotland and South Africa, before moving to the US. He launched Forbes magazine, which focused on finance and business and was later taken over by his two sons. Following his death, his body was buried in Scotland.

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John Galt
(Novelist)

John Galt
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Birthdate: May 2, 1779
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: April 11, 1839

John Galt was a Scottish entrepreneur, novelist, and social and political commentator. Often referred to as the first English-language political novelist, Galt wrote extensively on issues pertaining to the Industrial Revolution. John Galt is also known as the father of Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, who went on to become one of the fathers of the Canadian Confederation.

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Eddie Campbell
(Comics artist, Screenwriter)

Eddie Campbell
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Birthdate: August 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow

Comic artist Eddie Campbell is best known for his creations such as Bacchus and From Hell. The Scottish-born artist has lived in Australia for a while. Known for self-publishing his works though Eddie Campbell Comics, the  Eisner Award winner later also started the magazine Egomania.

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John Claudius Loudon
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Birthdate: April 8, 1783
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cambuslang, Scotland
Died: December 14, 1843

Scottish gardener and landscape artist John Claudius Loudon was also an influential horticultural journalist who wrote extensively on gardens, parks, and home architecture. Known for introducing the Gardenesque style of décor and popularizing the concept of arboretum, he also penned the widely popular The Suburban Gardener and Villa Companion.

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Robert Chambers
(Geologist)

Robert Chambers
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Birthdate: July 10, 1802
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Peebles, Scotland
Died: March 17, 1871

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Dougie Brown
(Cricketer)

Dougie Brown
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Birthdate: October 29, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stirling, Scotland

Though he played youth football for Scotland initially, Dougie Brown later focused on cricket and established himself as an all-rounder. Apart from playing cricket for Scotland, England, and Namibia, he also coached the national teams of Namibia and UAE. He has also been the director of cricket for Warwickshire.

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Alexander Chalmers
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Birthdate: March 29, 1759
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: December 29, 1834

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Jack Webster
(Journalist)

Jack Webster
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Birthdate: April 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: March 2, 1999

Jack Webster was a journalist and television and radio personality. Nicknamed the king of the Vancouver airwaves, Webster was an influential journalist from the 1950s until his retirement in 1988. Webster's work inspired the establishment of the Jack Webster Foundation which gives away the prestigious Jack Webster Award every year to honor and promote excellence in journalism.

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John Ramsay McCulloch
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Birthdate: March 1, 1789
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whithorn, Scotland
Died: November 11, 1864

Scottish economist and statistician John Ramsay McCulloch was one of the main promoters of the principles of British economist David Ricardo. He also wrote for The Edinburgh Review and co-established and edited The Scotsman. Once a University College, London professor, he was also known for his works on economic history.

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Charles Maclaren
(Journalist)

Charles Maclaren
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Birthdate: October 7, 1782
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ormiston, Scotland
Died: September 10, 1866

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George Thomson
(Musician)

George Thomson
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Birthdate: March 4, 1757
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: February 18, 1851

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Archibald Constable
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Birthdate: February 24, 1774
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carnbee, Scotland
Died: July 21, 1827

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James Tytler
(Apothecary)

James Tytler
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Birthdate: December 17, 1745
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fearn, Scotland
Died: January 11, 1804

James Tytler made history by becoming the first person from Britain to ride on a hot air balloon and thus became known as Balloon Tytler. The Scottish apothecary also edited the second edition of Encyclopedia Britannica and was branded an eccentric by many for his innovative aviation experiments.

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Edmund Yates
(Journalist)

Edmund Yates
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Birthdate: July 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 20, 1894

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William Blackwood
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Birthdate: November 20, 1776
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 16, 1834

William Blackwood was a Scottish publisher and bookseller best remembered for establishing the popular publishing house, William Blackwood and Sons. He is also credited with founding the Edinburgh Monthly Magazine, which was renamed Blackwood’s Magazine in 1905. 

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George Douglas Brown
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Birthdate: January 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ochiltree, Scotland
Died: August 28, 1902

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Alastair Dunnett
(Journalist)

Alastair Dunnett
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Birthdate: December 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kilmacolm, Scotland
Died: September 2, 1998

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Alexander Dyce
(Literary Historian)

Alexander Dyce
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Birthdate: June 30, 1798
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 15, 1869

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Jamie Hamilton
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Birthdate: November 15, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: May 24, 1988

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Norman Macleod
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Birthdate: June 3, 1812
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Campbeltown, Scotland
Died: June 16, 1872

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David Donald Murison
(Lexicographer)

David Donald Murison
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Birthdate: April 28, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: February 17, 1997

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Macvey Napier
(Solicitor)

Macvey Napier
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Birthdate: April 11, 1776
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kirkintilloch, Scotland
Died: February 11, 1847

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Robert Foulis
(Publisher)

Robert Foulis
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Birthdate: April 20, 1707
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 2, 1776