Ken Stott

Before he was an aspiring hospital radio DJ on "Takin' Over the Asylum" (BBC Two, 1994), a detective on shaky ground on "The Vice" (ITV, 1999-2003), and the gruff Balin in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), Ken ... Read more »
Born: 10/19/1954


Actor (33)

Man Up 2015 (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

Cast a Cold Eye 2014 (Movie)


The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies 2014 (Movie)

Balin (Actor)

The Missing 2014 (Tv Show)


The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 2013 (Movie)

Balin (Actor)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 2012 (Movie)

Balin (Actor)

One Day 2011 (Movie)

Steven (Actor)

Toast 2011 (Movie)

Dad (Actor)

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 (Movie)

Trufflehunter (Voice)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

Zvi (Actor)

Rebus: The Falls 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


Rocket Post 2006 (Movie)


Casanova 2005 (Movie)

Dalfonso (Actor)

The Mighty Celt 2005 (Movie)


I'll Sleep When I'm Dead 2004 (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

King Arthur 2004 (Movie)

Marius Honorius (Actor)

Messiah 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)


Spivs 2004 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The Vice 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


Fever Pitch 1999 (Movie)

Ted Thickbroom (Actor)

Plunkett & Macleane 1999 (Movie)

General Chance (Actor)

The Debt Collector 1999 (Movie)

Gary Keltie (Actor)

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

Ike Weir (Actor)

Stone, Scissors, Paper 1996 (Movie)

Redfern (Actor)

Franz Kafka's "It's a Wonderful Life" 1995 (Movie)

Woland (Actor)

Shallow Grave 1995 (Movie)

Detective McCall (Actor)

Being Human 1994 (Movie)

Gasper Dias (Actor)

For Queen & Country 1989 (Movie)

Civil Servant (Actor)

The Singing Detective 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Rhodes (TV Show)


The Girl in the Café (TV Show)


The Miracle Maker (TV Show)


War and Peace (TV Show)



Before he was an aspiring hospital radio DJ on "Takin' Over the Asylum" (BBC Two, 1994), a detective on shaky ground on "The Vice" (ITV, 1999-2003), and the gruff Balin in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" (2012), Ken Stott was just a would-be actor selling double-glazed siding in his native Edinburgh, Scotland, hoping he'd be able to make next month's rent. Stott studied at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and spent several years with the Royal Shakespeare Company before joining the British National Theatre in the late 1980s. Having already made his TV debut in 1977 on the BBC series "Secret Army" (1977-79), the talented Stott spent the 1990s balancing his steady theatre career with a number of film and TV projects, including the BBC miniseries "Messiah" (2001). After leaving "The Vice" in 2003, Stott portrayed the future Nazi leader in "Uncle Adolf" (ITV, 2005), and briefly returned to the role of "Messiah's" DCI Metcalfe, before taking over as the eponymous DI in the well-received "Rebus" (ITV, 2000-07). Following a memorable turn as an alcoholic comedian in "Hancock & Joan" (BBC Four, 2008) and a string of acclaimed theatre performances, in 2012 Stott transformed himself into one of 13 dwarves in Peter Jackson's epic prequel. Whether he was on stage or screen, Ken Stott embodied a deep intensity and jagged toughness that is not easily forgotten.


Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts



Played a dwarf named Balin in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit."


Appeared in BBC Four's "Hancock & Joan."


Took over the role of DI Rebus on ITV's "Rebus."


Landed the lead role in the ITV movie "Uncle Adolf."


Cast as DCI Metcalfe in the BBC miniseries "Messiah"


Featured as a detective on ITV's "The Vice."


Portrayed a hospital radio DJ on BBC's "Takin' Over the Asylum."


Made TV debut in the BBC series "Secret Army."

Bonus Trivia


Grew up in Edinburgh the son of a Scottish father and Sicilian mother; he was the head of the English department at George Heriot's School, she was an Italian literature professor at Edinburgh University.


"Theatre is the place where actors must go to find out whether they can do it or not. It's a graveyard for people who are not good. There are many actors who'll make their living in other areas and they'll say they don't like theatre. What they're saying is that they're afraid of theatre because they know it will separate those who can from those who can't. But it's also the actor's friend because if you can do this, you can do anything." - from, May 20, 2009


Was a glazing salesman before he took up acting, and sang in a few local rock bands.


In 1997 he was nominated for Best Actor at the Laurence Olivier Awards for his role in the French-language play "Art."


Learned British sign language for his role as DCI Metcalfe on the BBC series "Messiah."