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played Wedge Antilles in original Star Wars trilogy
Kay Curram (step daughter) (actress), Lou Gish (step daughter) (actress), Ewan McGregor (nephew) (actor), Eve Mavrakis (niece-in-law) (production designer), Colin McGregor (nephew) (actor), Sheila Gish (wife) (actress)
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Denis Stamper Lawson (born 27 September 1947) is a Scottish actor and director. He is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC's adaptation of Bleak House, as Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, as DI Steve McAndrew in BBC One's New Tricks and as Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy.
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Denis Stamper Lawson (born 27 September 1947) is a Scottish actor and director. He is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC's adaptation of Bleak House, as Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, as Tom Campbell-Gore in BBC TV's Holby City and as Wedge Antilles in the original Star Wars trilogy.
Lawson was born in Crieff, Perthshire, the son of Phyllis Neno (née Stamper), a sweet seller, and Laurence Lawson, a watchmaker. Lawson was educated at Crieff Primary School (then called Crieff Public School). After the 11 plus examination, he went on to Morrison's Academy before attending the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He initially attempted to audition for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London but was not accepted. He then sold carpets and did amateur work for a year in Dundee before auditioning again at RADA in London and successfully at RSAMD in Glasgow.
Lawson began his acting career with a small role in a 1969 stage production of The Metamorphosis in London's West End. and has since starred in television dramas such as The Merchant of Venice (1973) opposite Laurence Olivier as Shylock, Rock Follies (1976) and Dead Head (1986).
Lawson played X-wing pilot Wedge Antilles in all three films of the original Star Wars trilogy. In 2001, he reprised the role, in voiceover form, for the Nintendo GameCube game Star Wars Rogue Squadron II: Rogue Leader.
He has appeared often on the West End stage, most notably in the musical Mr. Cinders at the Fortune Theatre from 1983–84.
In 1999, Lawson directed a production of "Little Malcolm & His Struggle Against the Eunuchs" which was first staged at the Hampstead Theatre before transferring to the Comedy Theatre in London's West End starring his nephew Ewan McGregor in the lead role of Malcolm Scrawdyke.
He appeared on an episode of Loose Ends hosted by Ned Sherrin on BBC Radio 4 (10 December 2005), during which his mobile phone rang.
In 2005, he played the leading role of John Jarndyce in the critically acclaimed BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens' Bleak House, receiving an Emmy nomination. Two years later he played Peter Syme in the BBC One drama serial Jekyll, a modern version of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Lawson also appeared as Captain "Dreadnought" Foster in ITV's dramatisations of C.S. Forester's Hornblower. He appeared in Robin Hood in which he played the Sheriff of Winchester.
He also appeared in the West End playing the character of Georges in the revival of the musical hit La Cage Aux Folles. No stranger to musical theatre, Lawson previously starred in the London revival of Pal Joey.
He starred as the lead in Above Their Station, a sitcom for the BBC written by Rhys Thomas about Community Support Officers; it was made as a pilot but never commissioned, only being shown as a one-off special. Lawson appeared alongside Academy Award nominated actress Helena Bonham Carter in the BBC Four movie based on the life of Enid Blyton, playing Kenneth Darrell Waters, a London surgeon who becomes Blyton's second husband. In July 2009 Lawson appeared as Alexander Fleming in a BBC Four drama called Breaking the Mould: The Story of Penicillin alongside Dominic West. Lawson played the part of Alice's grandfather in ITV1's supernatural crime thriller Marchlands which was shown in February 2011.
Lawson appeared at the Royal Court Theatre once more in The Acid Test by Anya Reiss in 2011.
Lawson replaced James Bolam in the BBC One series New Tricks in its ninth series in 2012.
Lawson said that he was asked to reprise his role as Wedge in Star Wars Episode VII, but claims he turned down the role because he believed it would have bored him.
His sister, Carol Diane McGregor, a retired teacher who still lives in Perthshire, is the mother of actor Ewan McGregor.
In 1979, Lawson fathered a child, Jamie Lawson, with actress Diane Fletcher, with whom he had a seven-year relationship after meeting in a stage production of Twelfth Night.
He met his wife, actress Sheila Gish, on the set of the 1985 film That Uncertain Feeling. They lived together for nearly 20 years before marrying in March 2004 in Antigua; she died of cancer a year later (9 March 2005).
Phyllis Neno Stamper
Carol Diane McGregor
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According to our records Denis Lawson is currently single.
He was married to Sheila Gish from 2004 to 2005.
He also dated Diane Fletcher from 1977 to 1984.
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