Kevin McKidd is a Scottish-born actor and television director. Before playing the role of Dr. Owen Hunt in Grey’s Anatomy, for which he is widely known, McKidd appeared as Tommy Mackenzie in Danny Boyle’s Trainspotting (1996), Colin in the 2008 film Made of Honor, Count Vronsky in the BBC miniseries Anna Karenina (2000), Lucius Vorenus in the historical drama series Rome (2005–2007) and Dan Vasser in the NBC series Journeyman (2007). He also played Poseidon in the film Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and Father Deegan in the Father Ted Christmas special.
His role in Rome led to McKidd’s casting in the medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy as Dr. Owen Hunt. He made his directorial debut in the series’s seventh season, directing the episode “Don’t Deceive Me (Please Don’t Go)”. He won the award for “Best Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline” at the 14th Prism Awards for his work in Grey’s Anatomy.
McKidd has done voice work and voiced the character of Jezz Torrent, flame haired lead singer of the fictional Scottish hard rock band Love Fist in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. He is credited with playing a voice-over for the character John “Soap” MacTavish in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. In 2012, he voiced the characters of Lord MacGuffin and his son Young MacGuffin in the Disney/Pixar film Brave. Having grown up in Elgin, McKidd used a variation of the Doric dialect for Young MacGuffin, and one of the running gags of his lines is that not even Lord MacGuffin is entirely sure what Young MacGuffin is saying.
McKidd instigated The Speyside Sessions, a Scottish folk music album recorded in 2011-2012 on Hogmanay in his home town of Elgin. Many of the contributors to the album are old school friends of McKidd’s. The album was released on 15 June 2012 in aid of Save the Children.
In April 2013, McKidd was Grand Marshal of the 15th annual Tartan Day Parade in New York City. At the time, he voiced his support for Scottish independence and expressed regret that he would be unable to vote in the then upcoming Scottish independence referendum the following year because he no longer lives in Scotland. Of Scottish independence, McKidd stated, “A lot of people think we’re all gonna fall flat on our face if we do this. We’re too feisty a people to let things turn bad if we went and tried it. Why not? Why not try at least?”