Denis Lawson

Wedge Antilles

Denis Lawson was born on September 27, 1947, in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland. His parents were both performers – his mother a dancer and his father a stage actor – and it was no surprise that he would eventually follow in their footsteps.

Acting Career

After studying at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Lawson began his acting career in the 1970s. He appeared in several British television shows before transitioning to film work. Lawson’s breakout role came in 1977, when he was cast as Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles in “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.

“Star Wars” Legacy

Lawson’s portrayal of Wedge Antilles in the original “Star Wars” trilogy cemented his status as a beloved actor and cultural icon. He reprised the role in both “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi,” becoming one of the most recognizable characters in the franchise.

Film and Television Career

In addition to his work in “Star Wars,” Lawson appeared in several notable films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, including “The Likely Lads” and “Local Hero.” He has also appeared in numerous British television shows, including “Holby City,” “Spooks,” and “The Passion.” Lawson had a recurring role in the ITV drama “Victoria” and played the role of Steve McAndrew in the BBC medical drama “New Tricks.”

Stage Career

Alongside his work in film and television, Lawson has also had a successful stage career. He has appeared in numerous productions in the UK and on Broadway, including “Hamlet,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” and “Mr. Cinders.” In 1984, Lawson won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Mr. Cinders.”

Personal Life and Legacy

Despite his success in the entertainment industry, Denis Lawson is known for being a very private person. He rarely gives interviews and prefers to keep his personal life out of the public eye. However, he is known to be the uncle of fellow Scottish actor Ewan McGregor.

Throughout his career, Lawson has been nominated for several awards and has won numerous accolades for his work. His portrayal of Wedge Antilles remains a beloved part of the “Star Wars” franchise, and he continues to be a respected and accomplished figure in the entertainment industry.

Denis Lawson Fact File

Full NameDenis Stamper Lawson
BornSeptember 27, 1947
BirthplaceCrieff, Perthshire, Scotland
OccupationActor, Director
Years Active1970 – Present
Spouse(s)Sheila Gish (m. 2004; her death in 2005)
Notable RolesWedge Antilles in “Star Wars” (1977-1983), Steve McAndrew in “New Tricks” (2014-2015)

Denis Lawson FAQs

Q: What is Denis Lawson best known for?

A: Denis Lawson is best known for his portrayal of Rebel pilot Wedge Antilles in the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Lawson played the character in “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” (1977), “The Empire Strikes Back” (1980), and “Return of the Jedi” (1983). Although his character did not have a major role, Wedge Antilles became a fan favorite and is considered one of the most recognizable characters in the “Star Wars” franchise.

Q: Has Denis Lawson directed any films?

A: Yes, in addition to his acting career, Denis Lawson has also directed two films. The first was “The GG Syndrome” in 1979, a comedy-drama about a group of people who come together to help a friend with a rare genetic disorder. The second was “The Miracle Maker” in 2000, an animated film about the life of Jesus Christ.

Q: Did Denis Lawson ever win any awards for his acting?

A: Yes, Denis Lawson won a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “Mr. Cinders” in 1984. The musical was a revival of a 1929 show about a man who dreams of becoming a fashion designer. Lawson played the lead role of Bill Lawlor, a struggling artist who eventually finds success and love.

Q: Is Denis Lawson related to Ewan McGregor?

A: Yes, Denis Lawson is the uncle of fellow Scottish actor Ewan McGregor. Lawson is the brother of McGregor’s mother, Carol McGregor. The two actors have worked together on several occasions, including in the film “Perfect Sense” (2011) and the play “Little Malcolm and His Struggle Against the Eunuchs” (1999).

Q: What honor was Denis Lawson awarded in 2019?

A: In 2019, Denis Lawson was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contributions to the arts. The OBE is a prestigious honor given to individuals who have made significant achievements or contributions in their field, and is one of the highest honors that can be awarded in the UK. Lawson received the honor for his long and distinguished career as an actor and director, as well as his contributions to the wider arts community.


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