Mark Bonnar

Last updated on the 28 March 2024 by Maeve

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Born: November 19, 1968, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mark Bonnar spent his childhood in various Scottish New Towns due to his father Stan’s job as a town artist. His early years were marked by frequent moves, one of which took him to Stonehouse, South Lanarkshire, where he attended Townhead Primary School. By 1981, the family settled in Edinburgh and Mark attended Leith Academy, where he crossed paths with future co-star Jamie Sives.

Mark Bonnar’s educational journey after Leith Academy is not extensively documented. However, his early exposure to the arts through his father’s profession and the culturally rich environment of Edinburgh likely played a role in shaping his artistic inclinations.

Mark Bonnar’s acting career began in the early 2000s, with his television debut in “Rebus” as DI Jim Margolies in 2001. He gained recognition for his versatility across various genres, from drama to comedy and even video games. Notable television roles include Duncan Hunter in “Shetland,” Bruno Jenkins in “Casualty,” Detective Finney in “Psychoville,” DCC Mike Dryden in “Line of Duty,” and Colin Osborne in “Unforgotten”¹. His portrayal of Max in “Guilt” and Chris in “Catastrophe” further showcased his range as an actor.

In the realm of video games, Bonnar lent his voice and motion capture to characters like Blackbeard in “Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag” and Townsend in “Battlefield 1”. His theatre credits are equally impressive, with performances in “The Duchess of Malfi” at the Old Vic and “Philistines” at the National Theatre, among others.

Mark Bonnar’s personal life is intertwined with the arts. He married actress Lucy Gaskell on December 28, 2007. The couple have two children, Martha and Samuel. Bonnar’s connection to his Scottish roots remains strong, as evidenced by his participation in a BBC documentary on new towns titled “Meet You at the Hippos”.


BAFTA award


WINNER | Scotland | Actor: Television for Unforgotten (2017)



Suggested viewing


Guilt (2019)

Guilt poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 7.4

The drama unfolds when two brothers accidentally run over a man and impulsively decide to cover it up. Wracked with guilt and paranoia, their lives begin to unravel as suspicion grows and the consequences of their actions threaten to tear them apart. As the investigation intensifies, the series explores themes of morality, deception and the lengths people will go to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Top cast: Mark Bonnar, Jamie Sives, Emun Elliott, Ruth Bradle, Sian Brooke, Henry Pettigrew, Moyo Akandé, Ellie Haddington, Greg McHugh.

Shetland (2013)

Shetland poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Shetland Islands, a detective investigates a murder that appears connected to a close-knit community. As the investigation unfolds, a complex web of secrets and longstanding grudges hidden beneath the surface begin to unravel, threatening to tear the community apart.

Top cast: Douglas Henshall, Alison O’Donnell, Steven Robertson, Erin Armstrong, Julie Graham, Julia Brown, Neve Macintosh, Fiona Bell, Archie Panjabi, Mark Bonnar (S1-7).

Unforgotten (2015)

Unforgotten poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.3

Detectives Cassie and Sunny come together again to investigate a case involving a body discovered in a suitcase in the River Lea. As they delve into identifying the victim, they uncover narratives involving four individuals connected to the deceased. The investigation reveals long-buried secrets when they reach out to the victim’s wife and son, who were unaware of his disappearance for 26 years. The mystery deepens as they try to determine who was behind the man’s death and what their motive might have been.

Top cast: Nicola Walker, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Carolina Main, Jordan Long, Pippa Nixon, Lewis Reeves, Georgia Mackenzie, Lorraine Ashbourne, Peter Egan, Mark Bonnar (S2).

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