Born in Glasgow in 1945, Bill Paterson began his professional life as an apprentice quantity surveyor, after three long years he decided that the life of a surveyor was not for him and he enrolled himself in the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Thence began a career in drama which has covered most aspects of the craft. He toured Britain with John McGrath’s radical and ground breaking company 7:84, appeared with Billy Connolly at the 1972 Edinburgh Festival and he took Connolly’s play An Me Wi’ A Bad Leg Tae into the Royal Court Theatre in London.
He has appeared in a vast array of films, amongst them, The Killing Fields (1984), The Rachel Papers (1989), Truly Madly, Deeply (1991), Complicity (2000), Miss Potter (2006) and Amazing Grace (2006).
His television work is equally prolific, with his most recent roles being in Criminal Justice and Little Dorrit.