More History Lessons for Angus

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More History Lessons for Angus


Byline: Steven Taylor

HE made his name playing one of Scotland's greatest historical heroes in Braveheart.

And now Angus Macfadyen, who starred as Robert The Bruce in the 1995 epic, is making a comeback with roles as two more major Scots historical figures in a pair of bigbudget US TV drama series.

In Washington's Spies, which tells the story of the Intelligence war fought between Britain and America during the War of Independence, Macfadyen plays Scots-American frontiersman Robert Rogers. In The Pinkertons the Glasgow-born actor takes the lead role of Glaswegian Allan Pinkerton, who founded the world's first detective agency.

'Angus Macfadyen is perfect for the part of Allan Pinkerton - he brings an authentic, energetic sensibility to this iconic character,' said the show's executive producer Suzanne Berger.

Pinkerton was born in the Gorbals in 1819 and emigrated to America at the age of 23.

In 1847 he joined the Chicago police department and went on to establish the firm that would become the famous Pinkerton National Detective Agency, pioneering many investigative techniques still used by law enforcement agencies to this day.

Macfadyen said: 'The thing about playing people who existed is that there's so much research to draw on. …

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