A true classic of the 2000s that launched the careers of many young actors, Monarch of the Glen was a treat for teenagers of the time to enjoy with your Sunday dinner, before thinking about classes the next day.
Very loosely based on Sir Compton Mackenzie’s Highland Novels, the first five series focused on young restaurateur Archie MacDonald as he attempted to restore his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands.
Then, in the final two series, attention turned to new laird Paul Bowman as he attempted to modernize the nation’s estate.
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Airing from 2000 to 2005 on BBC One, this show has become a weekly staple for families across Scotland.
But what have the actors of Monarch of the Glen been up to since its end in 2005? Learn more below:
Alastair McKenzie – Archie MacDonald
Alastair is probably best known for playing title character Archie in Monarch of the Glen, but his career certainly didn’t stagnate after the show ended.
Continuing his springboard to television success, Alastair landed roles in Skins, Black Mirror, Lewis and also ITV’s The Loch.
In film, Alastair has starred in Chris Pine’s The Edge of Love, Perfect Sense and Outlaw King.
His most recent appearance was in 2019’s action thriller Backdraft 2, as Captain White.
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Richard Briers – Hector MacDonald
Richard was already a British TV legend by the time he joined Monarch of the Glen as Archie’s eccentric father, Hector, thanks to famed roles in The Good Life, Ever Decreasing Circles and even a spin-off series. Doctor Who, Paradise Towers.
He’s had a handful of roles since leaving the drama after three series, with one of his final credits voicing a SatNav in a 2013 episode of Top Gear.
Sadly, he passed away on February 17, 2013, at the age of 79, following a heart attack.
Susan Hampshire – Molly MacDonald
Susan was also a familiar face before playing Archie’s mother Molly in the BBC drama, having previously starred in various TV shows and films including The Forsyte Saga, David Copperfield, Vanity Fair and The First Churchills.
She’s only had a handful of roles since the show ended, including an appearance on Midsomer Murders earlier this year and Casualty as Caitlin Northwick.
Susan retired from acting in 2009 in order to care for her husband, Sir Eddie Kulukundis, who suffers from dementia and short-term memory loss.
Lorraine Pilkington – Katrina Finlay
Lorraine played Archie’s love interest and Glenbogle resident Katrina before leaving after series three.
Since then, she has had roles in TV shows Britannia High, Robotboy and Outnumbered. After several years without much screen credit, she returned last year in an episode of Casualty and in the Irish drama Striking Out.
Alexander Morton – Golly Mackenzie
Alexander appeared in all seven series as Glenbogle staff member Golly, which didn’t make Archie’s life easy at first.
The Scottish actor has continued to act since the series ended in 2005 and has made TV appearances on Casualty, Taggart, Luther and Shetland.
He also moved on to voice roles in video games, including Fable II, LittleBigPlanet, and The Witcher.
Dawn Steele – Lexie MacDonald
Dawn appeared in the first six series as Glenbogle’s cook – and later Archie’s wife – Lexie.
Since the show ended, Dawn’s most prominent role was on ITV’s Wild At Heart, having joined the show in its fourth series.
Since then, his biggest project has been a regular fixture on Scottish soap opera River City, having joined earlier in 2017.
She has also starred in various stage productions over the years and is recognizable to many Sunday night TV fans.
Hamish Clark – Duncan McKay
Hamish appeared in all seven series as the relatively unhappy Duncan, which is probably what he’s still best known for since the series ended.
He had roles in The Decoy Bride, Rab C Nesbitt and, quite randomly, an episode of American comedy Arrested Development as a bandleader in 2013.
Julian Fellowes – Lord Kilwillie
Julian appeared throughout the show as the head of the neighboring house of Kilwillie (tee hee). Already an acclaimed actor, screenwriter and director, he easily found his greatest success in the years following Monarch of the Glen.
In 2009, he launched his new ITV drama Downton Abbey, which became an international hit and won awards everywhere.
He continued to write for stage and film, including Gypsy, School of Rock, Doctor Thorne and The Wind in the Willows.
In 2011 he was elevated to the peerage, being created Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, of West Stafford in the County of Dorset, on the same day he was introduced to the House of Lords.
Julian now sits on the Conservative benches.
Martin Compston – Ewan Brodie
Martin joined the drama’s cast in Series 5 as new Glenbogle staff member Ewan in one of his first television roles, and stayed on until the end.
Since then, you’ll know him best for playing Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott in Line of Duty since 2012.
And now he’s a mainstay of BBC and ITV drama, where he’s currently touring Scotland for his new BBC Scotland documentary Scottish Fling.
There are some modern famous faces among this young cast, and we’re sure history will repeat itself with new Scottish dramas in 2022!