KEVIN McKidd and I are sitting in one of Edinburgh’s poshest hotels, home-made shortbread untouched, as we gaze at a panorama of drizzle. Below us, a street entrepreneur is doing a roaring trade in brollies for pac-a-maced tourists seeking an upgrade, and a bagpiper has elected to serenade the roadworkers ploughing half of Princes Street.
On days like this, Kevin, don’t you long to come home? “I do miss being here, I really do,” he says immediately. “I lived in Glasgow for four years and Edinburgh for four years and I’m from the Highlands, you know? I split my missing into loads of different places, because I’m connected to it all.”
McKidd is from Elgin, where one of his first jobs, at 17, was building swan-necked copper boilers at the Glenmorangie distillery to pay for drama school in Edinburgh. “I was in Sandy Bell’s pub last night, and I shared a flat with my girlfriend of the time right above it, so I was having a real trip down memory lane,” he says. “All the pissheads drunk from Oddfellows spewing under our bedroom window every Friday and Saturday night.”
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By Siobhan Synnot
Interview: Kevin McKidd, actor and star of Brave