Gavin Mitchell

HONORARY DEGREE OF DOCTOR OF LETTERS

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One of Scotland’s best-loved and most respected actors, Gavin Mitchell has been performing on stage and screen for more than 30 years.

Gavin is best known as a regular on the BBC’s Still Game – the Glasgow-set sitcom which ran for nine series over 17 years. The show’s cast sold out the SSE Hydro for 36 shows in 2014 and 2017, and the pensioners – and their favourite barman – will be back on stage for another run later this year. 

Gavin, who this summer was named the Scottish Comedy Awards’ Best Actor, has appeared in shows such as Taggart, Monarch of the Glen and Rab C Nesbitt, and films including Being Human – with Robin Williams – and Outlaw King, with Chris Pine. An acclaimed theatre actor, he trained at Glasgow’s Citizens, and was an original member of Raindog Theatre Company, established by actor Robert Carlyle. Gavin has appeared in productions around the world including Casablanca in Paris and Barbados. At home, he is central to Glasgow’s panto scene, where he has performed at the King’s and Armadillo, played in musicals such as Priscilla Queen of the Desert, and collaborated with artist David Shrigley in the opera Pass the Spoon.

Gavin is a passionate mental-health campaigner, supporting a range of charities and organisations. In BBC Scotland’s In My Mind, he talks candidly about his mental health struggles. The documentary inspired many people to speak out about their experiences.
Gavin is a passionate advocate of GCU, supporting, in particular, the University’s MA Television Fiction Writing. Pivotal to our cultural life, he is a source of inspiration our students.

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