Where Taggart cast are now – estate agent, CBeebies presenter and sudden deaths

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Taggart was a popular crime drama series that is one of the longest running British TV series spanning 27 seasons from 1983 to 2010.

The show was set in Glasgow, Scotland and followed the work lives and family lives of detectives as they investigated dangerous crimes like murders.

Created by Glenn Chandler, who wrote many of the episodes, the show was beloved by many, and continued even after the death of main character Mark McManus in 1995.

11 years after the series came to an end, we take a look at where some of the cast are now.

Mark McManus

Mark McManus starred as DCI Jim Taggart in the hit detective series, taking up the lead role as the tough Glaswegian detective from the inception of the show in 1983 until his death while filming the series in 1994.

Before starring in Taggart, he had been in a drama series called Sam. While starring in Taggart he also featured in crime drama Bulman and also did theatre. Mark was awarded a Lord Provost of Glasgow's Award for Performing Arts posthumously.

Neil Duncan

Alistair Neil Duncan’s (aka Neil Duncan) breakout role was playing Mark McManus’ sidekick DS Peter Livingstone for two seasons before taking up roles in the likes of The Hound of the Baskervilles and Sherlock Holmes.

In the noughties, he made the switch to voiceover work in films like Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts and video games X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse and Tomb Raider: Legend.

Ditching Hollywood but not completely, Alistair is now a realtor in Hollywood.

Iain Anders

Iain Anders (aka Iain Anders Robertson) joined the cast of Taggart in 1985 and featured in 40 episodes.

Iain played Superintendent Jack McVitie – who was also nicknamed ‘The Biscuit’ – a role which was pretty adjacent to his day job as a legal executive outside of acting.

The actor was also well known for his role in A Horseman Riding By and also starred in many police crime drama shows like Softly, Softly and Juliet Bravo. He died in 1997.

James MacPherson

James McPherson played DCI Michael Jardine in the hit series, taking over as Mark McManus’ right hand man when Alistair Neil Duncan left the show. Following McManus’ death in 1994, James became the lead actor.

James was forced to leave the show in 2002 after dealing with a collapsed lung. Since then he’s gone on to take theatre roles and set up an acting company with fellow actress, Emma Currie.

In 2003, the actor set up a rock and roll band alongside former Wet Wet Wet drummer Tommy Cunningham and the band performed on Children In Need that year.

More recently the actor has done voice over narrations and was the voice behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s autobiography.

Blythe Duff

After James MacPherson, Blythe Duff was the longest serving cast member on the show. Starring as a police officer called WPC Jackie Reid and getting promoted to Detective Inspector by the end of the show, the actress has gone on to have a busy career after Taggart.

As much as Blythe loves the series, she has admitted that she prefers theatre as you really get a chance to feel your audience. She once said: "I love working on Taggart. I like my character and I like all the people I work with.

“I have been in Taggart since 1990 so I can't imagine my life without it, but I really like working on stage. That is where I feel very comfortable and I like the response of an audience good or bad."

The actress was starring in a theatre production of Harry Potter before the pandemic and in December 2020 released some cards inspired by the popular ‘It’s been a murdur!’ Taggart line.

Colin McCredie

Colin McCredie’s breakout role was in Taggart when he joined the cast at just 23 years old starring in the show from 1995 till the show’s end.

Since then the actor has also starred in soap opera River City and films like Night Is Day, Shallow Grave and The Missing Postman.

In 2014, the actor featured in CBeebies series Woolly and Tig alongside his young daughter and has also had some theatre roles.

John Michie

John Michie was doing a lot of theatre before taking up the role of DI Robbie Ross in Taggart in 1998.

Since then, the actor has starred in popular UK soaps like Coronation Street, Holby City and its sister show, Casualty.

As well as theatre and TV, John has also had experience presenting documentaries like Murder Capital and has featured in some films too.

His nephew Jamie Michie also followed in his footsteps and has appeared in Game Of Thrones, The IT Crowd and in one episode of Taggart too.

John faced tragedy back in 2017 when his daughter Louella, 24, died at Bestival in Dorset after taking recreational drugs.

The Holby City star said at the time: "When your child dies it is devastating for the family, and in many cases affects people for the rest of their lives."

Alex Norton

Alex Norton has had a rich career that spans fifty decades. As well as starring as DCI Matt Burke in Taggart, the actor boasts of a CV that includes films like Braveheart, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Les Miserables.

He has also featured in TV shows like Waterloo Road and Renford Rejects.

In 2014, the actor was in a documentary called “I Belong to Glasgow” and has played Eric in Scottish comedy series Two Doors Down since 2013.

Robert Robertson

Robert Robertson played Dr Stephen Andrews in Taggart and was best known for this role.

His other standout TV roles included The Ambassadors of Death, a Doctor Who serial and The Day of the Triffids. The actor also done a lot of theatre and was an actor and a director.

He died at 70 after having a heart attack while reading a Robert Burns poem on stage.

Harriet Buchan

Harriet Buchan starred as protagonist DCI Jim Taggart’s wife, Jean Taggart, who was in a wheelchair during the series after giving birth to their child.

She is well known for her role in the series and also starred in shows like Take the High Road, Garnock Way and Killer.

After a successful career, Harriet began running sound voice and therapy workshops around the world.

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