Angels' Share star wins gong

A Former tearaway teenager from Glasgow has won a Scottish Bafta for his first acting role.

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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:

Paul Brannigan

Actor/Actress in Television: Gregor Fisher

Writer: Paul Laverty, The Angels' Share

Feature Film: Up There

Comedy/Entertainment Programme:

Mrs Brown's Boys

Current Affairs:

BBC Scotland, Rangers – The Men Who Sold The Jerseys

Single Documentary:

Afterlife – The Strange Science of Decay

Factual Series:

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)

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