Paul Brannigan picked up the Best Actor in Film award for his role in The Angels' Share at last night's glittering Bafta Scotland awards ceremony in Glasgow.
Brannigan, who grew up in the East End of Glasgow, the son of heroin-addicted parents, became drug-dependent himself and spent time in prison. But he turned his life around and was selected to audition for the film while working as a football coach for a Strathclyde Police community initiative.
The Angels' Share, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Ken Loach, was Brannigan's first-ever acting role. But since making the whisky heist comedy he has gone on to work with Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson in alien abduction sci-fi film, Under The Skin.
Glasgow-born Paul Laverty, The Angels' Share writer, won the Best Writer award for his screenplay.
Outstanding Contribution to Television and Film: Billy Connolly
Actor/Actress in Film:
Actor/Actress in Television: Gregor Fisher
Writer: Paul Laverty, The Angels' Share
Feature Film: Up There
Mrs Brown's Boys
BBC Scotland, Rangers – The Men Who Sold The Jerseys
Afterlife – The Strange Science of Decay
Afghanistan: The Great Game
Features: STV, Antiques Roadshow
Director: Zam Salim for Up There
Animation: The Making of Longbird
Game: Bad Hotel
Special Achievement 2012: Chris Young (The Inbetweeners), Paul McGuigan (Sherlock) and Callum Macrae (Sri Lanka's Killing Fields)