The Scottish Mail on Sunday
A chip off the old Scott! Dougray’s doppelganger son joins him on screen
HE is only just starting out in his TV career. But Gabriel Scott is already one of Scotland’s most recognisable stars.
For the 25-year-old is the spitting image of his famous father, actor Dougray Scott.
Pictures from the forthcoming second season of Crime, the TV adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel, highlights the resemblance as the young star appears on screen alongside his 57-year-old dad.
The veteran actor’s TV credits include Soldier Soldier, The Crow Road and Desperate Housewives while he has also starred in films including Mission: Impossible 2, Hitman and My Week with Marilyn.
His son is now firmly following in his footsteps. After graduating from his father’s old acting school, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, in 2020, he has appeared in House of the Dragon and His Dark Materials.
In the new series of Crime out next month, Gabriel has landed the part of the nephew of the main character – troubled detective Ray Lennox, who is played by Dougray.
Gabriel’s mother is casting director Sarah Trevis, Dougray’s first wife, and during an appearance at the Edinburgh International Television Festival last week his father was keen to dispel any talk of nepotism.
After watching a clip of Gabriel in action in Crime, he told the audience: ‘My son Gabriel – he was great. He won the role against a lot of people.
‘He played my nephew and went through that whole process. He was terrific and brought a great sense of vulnerability to the character. He plays a young man who is growing up and searching for identity, which is very relevant to today.
‘We live in a time now where, quite rightly and wonderfully, we are all starting to be allowed to breathe as human beings in a sense, and call ourselves whoever we want to be and this character is going through that and asking who he is?
‘He brought something quite genuine and authentic to the character, to that sense of confusion and struggle. He did a fantastic job.’
At the same event, Crime author Welsh also singled out the young actor for praise.
The 64-year-old writer said: ‘He just auditioned and was absolutely fabulous and the benefit is he is Dougray’s son.
‘He has to play his nephew and obviously he looks like his nephew as he looks like his son.
‘And he was brilliant – just an incredible actor and he brought a lot of sensitivity and feeling to quite a challenging role. The chemistry with him and Dougray was fabulous and he just gave it an extra dimension, so hats off to Gabriel.’
‘Gabriel won the role against a lot of people’