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Bill Paterson stars in BBC America's "Law & Order: UK" as George Castle.

Born in Scotland where he trained at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Bill Paterson was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Award in 1982 (or his performance in the title role of Schwekyk in the "Second World War" at the National Theatre. He has the distinction of having worked constantly, whether on the stage or in television or the movies. Some of his finest work has come in UK television, notably in "Smiley's People," "Defense of the Realm," "The Singing Detective," "Traffik," "Wives and Daughters," "Doctor Zhivago," "The Canterbury Tales," "Foyle's War" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream." More recently, he starred in the series "Sea of Souls" and had roles in the miniseries "Little Dorritt" and "Criminal Justice." He also guest starred in a couple of episodes of "Doctor Who." In addition, he played Dr. Watson, opposite Jonathan Pryce as Sherlock Holmes, in the BBC television movie "Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars."

His film credits include "Creation," "Miss Potter," "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People," "The Ploughman's Lunch," "Comfort and Joy," "The Killing Fields," "A Private Function," "The Adventures of Baron Munchhausen," "Truly Madly Deeply," "Chaplin," "Richard III," "Hilary and Jackie" and "Bright Young Things."

Paterson's first professional appearance was with the Glasgow Citizens Theatre in their 1967 production of Brecht's "Arturo Ui," which launched the career of Leonard Rossiter. From 1970–72 Paterson was with the Citizen's Theatre for Youth as an actor and assistant director, and at the 1972 Edinburgh Festival he appeared in the now historic "Great Northern Welly Boot Show," written by and featuring Billy Connolly.

Paterson then became a founding member of John McGrath's 7:84 (Scotland) Theatre Company and toured extensively throughout Scotland, Ireland and Europe with such shows as "The Cheviot" and "The Stag and the Black Oil." He made his first appearance in London in 1976 with the company. He appeared at the Royal Court in Billy Conolly's first play, "An' Me Wi' a Bad Leg Tae," and followed it up with John Byrne's "Writers Cramp" at the Edinburgh Festival and the Bush Theatre.


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Age: 71 years old
Birthday: June 3, 1945
Height: 5' 7 ½"
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Wife: Hildegard Bechtler

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