Blythe Duff

blythe-duff-2Blythe Duff is an acclaimed, award winning actress who has performed extensively in the UK and internationally.

For 21 years Blythe won a loyal following playing Detective Inspector Jackie Reid in STV/ITV's drama series Taggart.

Away from filming, Blythe describes theatre as her first love, performing for, among others, The National Theatre of Scotland, The National, Frantic Assembly, The Traverse, The Citizens, Paines Plough, The Donmar Warehouse, Oran Mor, The Royal Lyceum, Volcanic Productions NZ, and Scottish and English National Operas.

Most recently, she has enjoyed critical acclaim for Into That Darknessplaying the role of Gitta Sereny and in all three of The James Plays. She is a double winner of the Critics Award for Theatre in Scotland, winning consecutively in 2013 and 2014 for Fay Black in Iron and for her portrayal of the deceased gangster’s daughter Ciara - a solo piece written for her by writer David Harrower.

Blythe has narrated various poems for The Complete Works of Robert Burns, produced by the BBC, and enjoys narrating on the concert platform with, amongst others, RSNO recordings of Hansel and Gretel with the Scottish Opera Orchestra.

In 2010, Blythe established Datum Point, a production company which brings together the wealth of talent within the television, theatre and film industry, and has gone on to produce the short film, Sarajevo, and theatre pieces Just Checking, Good with People (Edinburgh and NYC) & Ciara. 

Blythe, in her role as a Cultural Fellow, delights in working with the MA TV Fiction Writing programme to deliver GCU workshops to students, offering them advice on scriptwriting from an actor’s perspective. Most recently, Blythe, together with fellow actors, gave a rehearsed reading of the students’ two- minute plays. 

She is a patron of Scottish Youth Theatre, having been a student in the 80s and an Honorary Colonel for the West Lowland Army Cadet Force. 

In June 2011, Blythe was awarded an Honorary Degree for her outstanding contribution to performing arts.