Clydebank can lay claim to a strong connection with one of the big names of film and television - James Cosmo. Born in 1948, the son of another film and TV actor James Copeland, he is a former pupil of Clydebank High School.

James Cosmo has had a long career dating from 1969, and he continues to be much in demand. A staple of British television, with credits in hundreds of television shows, he made a name for himself portraying tough, uncompromising characters. He appeared in episodes of The Sweeney, The Professionals and Minder in the 1970s, alongside John Thaw, Denis Waterman and Martin Shaw

He became well known to film audiences however in the 1990s, with important roles in Braveheart, Trainspotting and Emma.

In more recent years he has taken on a number of diverse roles, including:

  • 2005 the part of Father Christmas in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • an "old one" in the 2007 adaptation of Susan Cooper's young adult fantasy book The Seeker: The Dark is Rising
  • voiced the character of HudMaSpecs in the 2008 English language release of Free Jimmy
  • 2009 he appeared in the science fiction short film 2081 which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival.