Kevin McKidd

Kevin McKidd

Born (1973-08-09) 9 August 1973
Elgin, Moray, Scotland
Residence Los Angeles, California
Nationality Scottish, American
  • British
  • American
Occupation Actor, director, singer
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Jane Parker (m. 1999–2016)
Children 2

Kevin McKidd (born 9 August 1973) is a Scottish-American television and film actor, director and an occasional singer. Before playing the role of Owen Hunt in Grey's Anatomy, McKidd starred as Dan Vasser in the NBC Series Journeyman (2007), Tommy in Danny Boyle's Trainspotting (1996), Count Vronsky in the BBC miniseries Anna Karenina (2000), and Lucius Vorenus in the historical drama series Rome (2005–2007). He also provides the voice of John "Soap" MacTavish in the video games Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. He also played Poseidon in the film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

Early life

McKidd was born on 9 August 1973 in Elgin, in the north-east of Scotland, the son of Kathleen, a secretary, and Neil McKidd, a plumber.[1][2][3] At the age of 17, he worked at the Macallan distillery in Speyside then later went to work with a family of coppersmiths called the Lumsdens, and was an apprentice to famous Elgin coppersmith Alan Lumsden.[4] He attended Seafield Primary School and Elgin Academy, and was a member of the local amateur dramatic group, Moray Youth Theatre. Planning to study engineering, he attended the University of Edinburgh, but dropped out and instead enrolled at Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh to study drama. He also joined Edinburgh University's student theatre company, Bedlam Theatre where he performed as a member of the improvised comedy troupe The Improverts.


After playing Tommy in Trainspotting, McKidd was cast as Father Deegan in the 1996 Christmas episode of Father Ted. Subsequent roles include Malky Johnson in Small Faces. In 2004, he played James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, the third husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, in the BBC mini-series Gunpowder, Treason & Plot.

In 1999 he was part of an ensemble cast in Mike Leigh's Topsy Turvy, depicting the development of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado. The actors researched their historical characters and used this knowledge during extensive rehearsals to help develop dialogue for scenes blocked out by Leigh. McKidd, like the rest of the cast, did his own singing in the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas portrayed in the film.

In 2001 he played Elliot in the British film Understanding Jane, directed by Caleb Lindsay. He appeared in Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, and in the 2002 film adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby. In Neil Marshall's horror film, Dog Soldiers, he appeared as Pte Lawrence Cooper. In the 2005 BBC drama, The Virgin Queen, he played Thomas Howard, 4th Duke of Norfolk.

In 1998, McKidd was in the four part BBC2 series Looking After Jo Jo, playing the role of Basil. He was also one of the main stars of the joint HBO/BBC series Rome, where his portrayal of the soldier/politician Lucius Vorenus received critical acclaim.[5]

McKidd also starred in the premier of Caryl Churchill's newest play, Far Away. He played Todd, the romantic partner of Joan, and her co-worker as hat maker.

Additional work includes his role in the Silence of the Lambs prequel Hannibal Rising (film) (2007). In late 2007, McKidd began his role as the lead character in the American Fantasy television series Journeyman on NBC.[6] Despite building a strong audience, the show suffered from the fractious situation in America due to the writer's strike at the time and only thirteen episodes were produced.

His role in Rome led to McKidd's casting in the medical drama series Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Owen Hunt. He made his directorial debut in the series's seventh season, directing the episode "Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)". He won the award for "Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline" at the 14th Prism Awards for his work in "Grey's Anatomy". He played the role of Poseidon, god of the seas, and the father of Percy Jackson in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

McKidd has done voice work and voiced the character of Jezz Torrent, flame haired lead singer of the fictional Scottish hard rock band Love Fist in the video game "Grand Theft Auto: Vice City". He is also credited with playing a voice-over for the character John "Soap" MacTavish in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. McKidd was in talks in 2008 to portray Connor MacLeod in a big screen remake of the 1986 fantasy movie Highlander, though the role has subsequently been associated with Ryan Reynolds. In 2012, he voiced the characters of Lord MacGuffin and his son Young MacGuffin in the Disney/Pixar film Brave. Having grown up in Elgin, McKidd used a variation of the Doric dialect for Young MacGuffin, and one of the running gags of his lines is that not even Lord MacGuffin is entirely sure what he is saying.

Speyside Sessions

McKidd instigated The Speyside Sessions, a Scottish folk music album recorded in 2011/12 at Hogmanay in his home town of Elgin. Many of the contributors to the album are old school friends of McKidd's. The album was released on 15 June 2012 in aid of Save the Children.

Personal life

McKidd has been married to Jane Parker since 1999 and they have two children together. In August 2015, McKidd and his family became American citizens.[7][8]


Year Film Role Other notes
1996 Small Faces Malky Johnson
1996 Trainspotting Tommy MacKenzie
1997 Regeneration Callan
1997 Richard II Henry Percy
1998 Hideous Kinky Henning
1998 Bedrooms and Hallways Leo
1998 The Acid House Johnny International Fantasy Film Award - Best Actor
1998 Dad Savage H
1998 Looking After Jo Jo Basil
1999 Topsy-Turvy Durward Lely
2001 Understanding Jane Eliott
2002 Nicholas Nickleby John Browdie
2002 Max George Grosz
2002 Dog Soldiers Pvt. Lawrence Cooper
2002 That Old One Tom Furness
2003 The Key Duncan
2003 AfterLife Kenny Brogan
2003 16 Years of Alcohol Frankie BAFTA Scotland - Best Actor in a Scottish Film - Nominated
British Independent Film Award Best Actor - Nominated
2003 Does God Play Football Father Davis
2004 De-Lovely Bobby Reed
2004 The Purifiers Moses
2004 One Last Chance Seany
2005 Kingdom of Heaven English Sergeant
2006 The Rocket Post Thomas McKinnon
2007 The Last Legion Wulfila
2007 Hannibal Rising Kolnas
2008 Made of Honor Colin McMurray
2010 One Night in Emergency Peter Forbes
2010 Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Poseidon
2010 Bunraku Killer #2
2011 The Great Ghost Rescue Hamish
2012 Comes A Bright Day Cameron
2012 Brave Voice: Lord MacGuffin/Young MacGuffin
2013 Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Voice: Thomas Wayne/Batman
2014 Home Sweet Hell Freeman
2017 Tulip Fever Johan De Bye


Year Television / Series Role Other notes
1996 Father Ted Father Deegan 1 episode
1999 The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns Jericho O'Grady 2 episodes
2000 Anna Karenina Count Vronsky 4 episodes
2000 North Square Billy Guthrie 10 episodes
2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell Biarritz International Festival of Audiovisual Programming - Best Actor
2006 The Virgin Queen Duke of Norfolk 2 episodes
2005–2007 Rome Lucius Vorenus 22 episodes
2007 Journeyman Dan Vasser Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
2008–present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Owen Hunt Main Cast (Season 5–present)
2010 Prism Award - Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline
2011 Prism Award - Best Performance in a Drama Series Episode - Nominated
2014 Toy Story That Time Forgot Reptillus Maximus Television special
2016 Star Wars Rebels Fenn Rau 2 episodes


Video games


  2. Hayes, Lorién (1 October 2000). "Kevin McKidd". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  3. Scheindlin, Dahlia (20 June 2011). "Cast members from 3 US TV series wrap up tour". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 2 November 2011.
  4. The Macallan (1 November 2012). "Kevin McKidd revisits The Macallan". Retrieved 28 July 2016 via YouTube.
  5. Brian Lowry (11 January 2007). "Rome". Variety Magazine. Retrieved 26 March 2009.
  6. NBC gives 'Journeyman' the green light Digital Spy, 11 May 2007
  7. "Kevin McKidd becomes U.S. citizen". Philly. 21 August 2015.
  8. "Kevin McKidd on Twitter". Retrieved 28 July 2016.
  9. Seattle Grace: Message of Hope
  10. "Poker Face". 20 October 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2016 via IMDb.
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