ActorDate of birth
1st June 1946
Place of birth
Year of debut
First feature film
Nicholas And Alexandra
Raised in Dundee, Brian Cox trained at the London Theatre of Music and Dramatic Arts. He spent many seasons with The Royal Shakespeare Company. He went on to star in a number of television series. However, his big break came in 1986 for his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in Michael Mann’s Manhunter. He has become well known for playing villains in movies including The Bourne Identity and Troy. In 2003, he was awarded a CBE for his contribution to film, TV and theatre.
Brian Cox was mainly raised by his older sister and an aunt. When he was nine, his father died from cancer. His mother suffered a series of nervous breakdowns after his father's death. She supposedly never fully recovered after she received electro-shock therapy. She died in 1973.
He has appeared in three movies featuring assassins with amnesia: The Bourne Identity, The Long Kiss Goodnight and X2.
Aged 14, he got his first taste of theatre life when he was a cleaner and general helper at Dundee Repertory Company.
He starred as Daphne Moon's father in the US TV show Frasier.
In 1984, he won the Laurence Olivier award for Actor of the Year in a New Play for his performance in Rat In The Skull.