James Mackenzie (actor)

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James Mackenzie
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James Mackenzie
Born (1979-05-15) 15 May 1979 (age 39)
Dundee, Scotland
Alma mater Queen Margaret University College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995 – present [1]
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Website http://www.jamesmackenzie.co.uk

James Mackenzie (born 15 May 1979) is a Scottish actor, best known for playing the original lead role in the children's game show Raven . His titular character's catchphrase on the show was "Let the challenge... Begin." He has also played Gary Trenton in the BBC Scotland soap opera River City .

Actor person who acts in a dramatic or comic production and works in film, television, theatre, or radio

An actor is a person who portrays a character in a performance. The actor performs "in the flesh" in the traditional medium of the theatre or in modern media such as film, radio, and television. The analogous Greek term is ὑποκριτής (hupokritḗs), literally "one who answers". The actor's interpretation of their role—the art of acting—pertains to the role played, whether based on a real person or fictional character. Interpretation occurs even when the actor is "playing themselves", as in some forms of experimental performance art.

Game show Type of television or radio program where contestants compete for prizes

A game show is a type of radio, television, or stage show in which contestants, individually or as teams, play a game which involves answering questions or solving puzzles, usually for money or prizes. Alternatively, a gameshow can be a demonstrative program about a game [while usually retaining the spirit of an awards ceremony]. In the former, contestants may be invited from a pool of public applicants. Game shows often reward players with prizes such as cash, trips and goods and services provided by the show's sponsor prize suppliers.

<i>Raven</i> (2002 TV series) British childrens adventure game show first aired in 2000

Raven is a multi-BAFTA-winning BBC Scotland children's adventure game show. It originally aired on CBBC in the United Kingdom from 16 December 2002 to March 2010, over the course of ten series, with three spin-offs. In the original release, the show was hosted by James Mackenzie who played the title role, and conducted a group of six children, known as warriors, over five days through a series of tasks and feats. At various stages in the adventure, the group loses the least successful warrior, until two go through to the final week to compete for the title of Ultimate/True Warrior.


Personal life

Mackenzie was born in Dundee and has lived in Scotland all his life. He was educated at Queen Margaret University College, where he studied acting. [1] He is the son of actor Michael Mackenzie, who in the 1970s played the title role of Tarot in Ace of Wands , a cult children's TV series of the time; Mackenzie Sr. also made several appearances in Raven: The Island as Cyrus.

Ace of Wands is a British fantasy children's television show broadcast on ITV between 1970 and 1972, created by Trevor Preston and Pamela Lonsdale and produced by Thames Television. The title, taken from the name of a tarot card, describes the principal character, called "Tarot", who combined stage magic with supernatural powers. Tarot has a pet Owl named Ozymandias, played by Fred Owl. The series was replaced by The Tomorrow People in 1973.

<i>Raven: The Island</i> television series

Raven: The Island is a BBC Scotland children's adventure game show, and the first spin-off to the main series, Raven. It comprises one series, initially airing in 2006 on the CBBC Channel, and then during CBBC on BBC One. In this series, warriors compete as teams and attempt to complete the many challenges on the island of Alaunus, retrieving timepieces in the hope of defeating the evil Nevar.


His television career has mainly focused on the Raven series, but he has also appeared in several other television programmes, such as Rebus , Taggart , CBBC series Dani's House and Scotland soap opera River City. His stage career over the years has spanned everything from Macbeth to pantomime. His voice can also be heard on many commercial voiceovers. [2] Mackenzie toured the UK with Dundee Rep's production of Sunshine on Leith , [3] a musical based on the songs of the Proclaimers, starring alongside The Lord of the Rings' Billy Boyd. [4]

<i>Rebus</i> (TV series) television series

Rebus is a British television detective drama series based on the Inspector Rebus novels by the Scottish author Ian Rankin. The series was produced by STV Productions for the ITV network, and four series were broadcast between 26 April 2000 and 7 December 2007. The first series starred John Hannah as DI John Rebus; and was co-produced by Hannah's own production company, Clerkenwell Films. After Hannah quit the series, the role of Rebus was re-cast, with Ken Stott appearing as Rebus in three subsequent series, which were produced in-house by STV.

<i>Taggart</i> television series

Taggart is a Scottish detective television programme, created by Glenn Chandler, who wrote many of the episodes, and made by STV Productions for the ITV network. It originally ran as the miniseries Killer from 6 until 20 September 1983, before a full series was commissioned that ran from 2 July 1985 until 7 November 2010. The series revolved around a group of detectives, initially in the Maryhill CID of Strathclyde Police, though various storylines were set in other parts of Greater Glasgow and in other areas of Scotland. The team operated out of the fictional John Street police station.

CBBC BBC childrens television strand for older children aged from 6 to 12

CBBC is a British children's television brand owned by the BBC and aimed for children aged from 6 to 15 BBC programming aimed at under six-year-old children is broadcast on the CBeebies channel. CBBC broadcasts from 7 am to 9 pm on CBBC Channel.

As well as his acting work, he has also presented for CBBC on a couple of occasions, and appeared as a guest presenter on the CBBC art show, SMart as a special guest. [5]

<i>SMart</i> television series

SMart was a British CBBC television programme based on the subject of art, which began in 1994 and ended in 2009. The programme was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London, previously it had been recorded in Studio A at BBC Pebble Mill in Birmingham. The format is similar to the Tony Hart programmes Take Hart and Hartbeat. The show was revamped into an hour-long show in 2007; from 1994-2006 it was previously a 25-minute show. From 1994–2005, the show also featured Morph, originally from Take Hart. It has 199 episodes. CBBC last aired SMart on 11 August 2011.


1997–1999 Taggart Keith Burns
2001 Rebus Pete
2002–2010 Raven Raven
2017–presentRaven of Old
2006 Still Game Leader of the Neds
2006 Raven: The Island Raven
2007 Raven: The Secret Temple Raven
2009 Raven: The Dragon's Eye Raven
2011–2012 Dani's House Zorlock
2015– River City Gary
2018–Molly and MackJames

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