Anne Downie

Actress & Writer

Anne Downie is a Scottish actress and writer. She was born in Glasgow of Scottish/Irish parentage. She has written and performed across a wide variety of media.

Upon leaving drama college, her first professional stage role was playing opposite Andrew Keir in The Bigot. She has worked in many of the major Scottish theatres. Highlights from her theatre career include: Six Black Candles (Royal Lyceum, garnering the Critics Award for Best Ensemble), Tally's Blood (Traverse), Just Frank (Traverse), Can't Pay Won't Pay! (TAG), Marching On (7:84), and roles in pantomime with comedy legends Stanley Baxter and Jimmy Logan. She appeared as Granny Morrison in Josie Rourke's revival of Ena Lamont Stewart's Men Should Weep at the Royal National Theatre, London.

Television credits include: Glasgow Kiss (BBC), Taggart (STV), River City (BBC), Still Game (BBC), and a comic stand-up performance on two series of Halfway to Paradise (C4).

Her film credits include: 16 Years of AlcoholSolsticeThe Crews, and Running in Traffic (nominated for Michael Powell and BAFTA awards, screened at the Edinburgh International Festival and winner of the Apollo Prize).

Her published works of fiction include the short stories: WalterDeadly SinWrite Your Name Small and Do You do Teas?.

Her novel The Witches of Pollok was published by Capercaillie Books on 6 October 2010. She also has written non-fiction including: On Being an ActorChina Diary and On having Irish Roots.

Her works as a playwright include: Waiting on One (winner of Thames Television award), The White Bird Passes (adapted from the novel by Jessie Kesson) and The Female of The Species. She has written for television series: River City (BBC) and The Bill (Thames Television/ITV). Downie's works for radio include Side Sea View (BBC Radio 4) and Race (series for BBC Radio Scotland), among others.

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