Who is Mark Bonnar? Porridge actor who plays Officer Meekie and star of Unforgotten and Apple Tree Yard


HE’S a familiar face on British television and has starred in everything from Taggart to Casualty to The Bill.

Mark Bonnar has recently starred in Apple Tree Yard on BBC One and Channel 4’s Catastrophe, and is back on our screens once more in Porridge.

 Mark Bonnar is a familiar face on television

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Mark Bonnar is a familiar face on television

Who is Mark Bonnar?

Mark was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in November 1968 to parents Rosie, a social worker, and Stan, an artist.

He studied at Leith Academy but left at 17 and did a YTS as a library assistant, and worked in the libraries of Edinburgh for five years.

He did a short stint at Telford College in Shropshire to do a Highers but he returned to the library service and after two years ended up in the planning department at Edinburgh City Council.

He is married to actress Lucy Gaskell, best known for her role as Ruby in Cutting It.

 Mark starred in the BBC drama Apple Tree Yard

Mark starred in the BBC drama Apple Tree Yard

How did he get into acting?

A few of Mark’s friends were members of Leith Theatre, signed him up and after starring in a couple of productions, he was hooked.

He signed up for a year’s National Certificate in drama at Telford College, then did three years at Glasgow’s Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.

In his final year, he won the Carlton Hobbs BBC Radio Award, which gave him six months with BBC Radio in London.

 Mark is also starring in the ITV drama Unforgotten

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Mark is also starring in the ITV drama Unforgotten

What were his first roles?

Mark made his TV debut in Rebus, the adaptation of author Ian Rankin’s novels about Edinburgh detective John Rebus.

Walk-on parts followed until he landed the role of Bruno Jenkins in Casualty, which he played for a year from 2005.

More bit parts followed until he landed the role of Duncan Hunter in the BBC Scotland crime drama series Shetland, which he will return to for the fourth series in 2017.

He really came to our notice as the senior rogue cop in the second series of Line of Duty.

What is he best known for?

Mark is one of the cast of the BBC sitcom Catastrophe, which returns for a third series on February 28.

He has been starring as barrister Colin Osbourne in the ITV crimes drama Unforgotten.

He also played Emily Watson’s husband Gary Carmichael brilliantly in the chilling BBC drama Apple Tree Yard.

He’s now played Officer Meekie twice in Porridge and appears to have a great knack for hardened, deadpan prison officers.

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