19 November 1968
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
Richard Mark Bonnar (born 19 November 1968) is a Scottish actor. He is known for his roles as Duncan Hunter in Shetland, Bruno Jenkins in Casualty, Detective Finney in Psychoville, DCC Mike Dryden in Line of Duty, Colin Osborne in Unforgotten, Townsend in Battlefield 1 and Field in Summer of Rockets.
On television, Bonnar has appeared as Peter Mayhew in BBC1's New Blood and Chris in the Channel 4 comedy Catastrophe, a role which he reprised in the following series. He also plays the Rev. Adam Collingbourne in ITV's Home Fires, John Halliday in Undercover, as well as regular Duncan Hunter in Shetland for BBC1. Other television credits include Vera, Grantchester, Case Histories, The Paradise, Doctor Who, Psychoville, Taggart, Phoneshop and Paradox. In 2005, he played regular Bruno Jenkins in the BBC1 series Casualty. 2018 he played Dr Neil Sommer in the Channel 4 series Humans.
His theatre performances include Bosola in The Duchess of Malfi at the Old Vic, London in 2012, Philistines at the Lyttelton, National Theatre in May 2007, Phil in Mammals in a national tour in 2006, David in A Girl in a Car with a Man at the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs in December 2004, Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing at the Salisbury Playhouse in September 2004, Cyrano de Bergerac at the National Theatre in 2004 and Parade at the Donmar Warehouse in September 2007.
Bonnar provides the voice and motion capture of Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch in the 2013 video game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. He also provides the voice and motion capture for Townsend in the 2016 game Battlefield 1. He also features in the Doctor Who series Doom Coalition from Big Finish Productions, where he portrays the Eleven, a villainous Time Lord who retains the personalities of his past incarnations in his mind.
Bonnar was born in Edinburgh and attended Leith Academy. He married actress Lucy Gaskell on 28 December 2007. Their first child, Martha, was born in July 2011, and their second, Samuel, in June 2015.
|2001||Rebus||DI Jim Margolies||Episode: "Dead Souls"|
|2002||Wire in the Blood||Stevie McTeer||Episodes: "The Mermaids Singing: Parts 1 & 2"|
|2003||Loving You||DC Colin Morris||TV film|
|Taggart||Dr. Phillip Gardner||Episode: "An Eye for an Eye"|
|2005||Afterlife||Ben Varcoe||Episode: "Misdirection"|
|Casualty@Holby City||Bruno Jenkins||Episodes: "Teacher's Pet" & "Crash and Burn"|
|2007||The Trial of Tony Blair||Tommy||TV film|
|Nuclear Secrets||Penkovsky||Mini-series: Episode: "The Spy from Moscow"|
|The Bill||Ray Moore||8 episodes|
|The Inspector Lynley Mysteries||DC Ed Harvey||Episode: "Know Thine Enemy"|
|Britz||Richard||Two-part TV drama|
|2009||Paradox||DS Ben Holt||Mini-series|
|2010||PhoneShop||Don||Episode: "Salesman of the Month"|
|Taggart||DCI Atkins||Episode: "Ends of Justice"|
|2011||Doctor Who||Jimmy / Jimmy's duplicate||Episodes: "The Rebel Flesh" & "The Almost People"|
|Psychoville||Detective Finney||6 episodes|
|2012||Playhouse Presents||Gerry McCluskey||Series 1: Episode: "The Minor Character"|
|Twenty Twelve||Ben Farrell||Episode: "Clarence House"|
|The Paradise||Peter Adler||2 episodes|
|2013||Silent Witness||Piers Christie||Episodes: "Trust: Parts 1 & 2"|
|Case Histories||Andy Marshall||Series 2: Episode: "Nobody's Darling"|
|Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag||Edward "Blackbeard" Thatch||Video game (Voice and motion capture)|
|2013–present||Shetland||Duncan Hunter||23 episodes|
|2014||Line of Duty||DCC Dryden||Series 2: 6 episodes|
|Law & Order: UK||Mark Glendon||Episode: "Hard Stop"|
|Grantchester||Dr. Robinson||Episode: "Episode 3"|
|2015||Midsomer Murders||William Carnavon||Episode: "A Vintage Murder"|
|All the Ordinary Angels||Mr. Taylor||Film|
|Vera||Danny Pryor||Episode: "Muddy Waters"|
|Home Fires||Reverend Adam Collingborne||3 episodes|
|Sunset Song||Reverend Gibbon||Film|
|Sword Coast Legends||Izhkin||Video game (Voice)|
|Jekyll & Hyde||Lord Protheroe||Mini-Series: 5 episodes|
|The Other Side of Home||Paul||Short|
|2016||Billionaire Ransom (aka Take Down)||Lawrence Close||Film|
|Undercover||John Halliday||Mini-series: 5 episodes|
|New Blood||Peter Mayhew||Case 1: 3 episodes; Case 2: 2 episodes|
|Battlefield 1||Townsend||Video game (Voice)|
|2016–2017||Porridge||Officer Meekie||TV film and mini-series|
|2017||Unforgotten||Barrister Colin Osborne||Series 2 - BAFTA Scotland winner for this role|
|Apple Tree Yard||Gary Carmichael||Mini-series|
|Mission Galapagos||Narrator||Full series (For International Version)|
|Eric, Ernie and Me||Eric Morecambe||TV film|
|Edmund the Magnificent||Nate||Short|
|2018||Urban Myths||Billy||Series 2: Episode: "Agatha Christie"|
|Humans||Dr. Neil Sommer||Series 3: 7 episodes|
|Say My Name||Dec||Film|
|2019||The Kid Who Would Be King||Mr. Jeffreys||Film|
|Summer of Rockets||Field||Mini-series: 6 episodes|
|Defending the Guilty||Miles||3 episodes|
|Guilt||Max||Mini-series: 4 episodes|
|Zog and the Flying Doctors||The Unicorn (voice)||Short film|
|November 1997–October 2005||Westway||Denny Hampton||BBC World Service|
|22 March 2006||A Tiny Light in the Darkness||Daniel||Lu Kemp||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|14 August 2007||Cut to the Heart||Pete||Kirsty Williams||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|6 July 2008||Piper Alpha||Toby Swift||BBC Radio 3 Drama on 3|
|13 January 2015||Doctor Who: The English Way of Death||Porteus||Nicholas Briggs||None, Big Finish Productions|
|12 October 2015–present||Doctor Who: Doom Coalition||The Eleven||Various||None, Big Finish Productions|
|Doctor Who: Ravenous|
|26 January 2016||A History of Paper||Him||Kirsty Williams||BBC Radio 4 Afternoon Play|
|7 July 2019||Space 1999: Breakaway||Commander John Koenig||Nicholas Briggs||None, Big Finish Productions|
Awards and nominations
|2014||British Academy Scotland Awards (BAFTA Scotland)||Best Actor in Television||Line of Duty||Nominated|||
|2015||British Academy Scotland Awards (BAFTA Scotland)||Best Actor in Television||Catastrophe||Nominated|||
|2017||British Academy Scotland Awards (BAFTA Scotland)||Best Actor in Television||Unforgotten||Won|||
|2018||Broadcasting Press Guild (BPG) Awards||Best Actor||Unforgotten, Eric, Ernie and Me, Catastrophe||Won|||
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- "Richard Mark BONNAR - Personal Appointments". Companies House. Retrieved 25 January 2021.
- Coveney, Michael (29 March 2012). "The Duchess of Malfi". The Stage. Retrieved 3 May 2012.
- on YouTube
- "Series 5, Box of Tricks: Credits". BBC Online. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
- Bill Gibb (11 January 2017). "Mark Bonnar on Unforgotten and stepping into the shoes of a legend for Porridge remake". Sunday Post.
- "Zog and the Flying Doctors". BBC. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
- BBC – Afternoon Play – Cut to the Heart
- BBC – Drama on 3 – Piper Alpha
- "4. THE ENGLISH WAY OF DEATH (STANDARD EDITION)". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
- "DOCTOR WHO - RAVENOUS". Big Finish Productions. Retrieved 15 August 2018.
- BBC – Afternoon Play – A History of Paper
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- Clover, Julian. "Awards 2018". Broadcasting Press Guild.