Bill Barclay's Biography

Bill began performing in the 1960s in Edinburgh and hasn’t stopped since. For over thirty years he has been a regular contributor to Edinburgh’s premier local commercial radio station, Radio Forth, as a presenter.  He has toured solo in Europe, the USA, Canada, the Middle East and the Far East. He also appears regularly on our television screens as everything from hard man to Policeman and appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Gangs of New York’ as the gang leader of The Shirt Tails.


2010 BBC- Rab C. Nesbitt
2008 BBC- Dear Green Place
2004 BBC- End of Story
2003 Feature Film - San Antonio with Gerrard Depardue
2002 Feature Film - Pub regular in Bums Rush produced by Dougray Scott
2001 Feature Film - Gang leader in the Martin Scorcese film Gangs of New York.
2000 BBC - Fisheries official in 2000 Acres of Sky directed by Rob Knights.
1999 BBC- Bus passenger in ‘Donovan Quick’ directed by David Blair.
1999 BBC- Barney Feeney in ‘Rab C. Nesbitt’ directed by Colin Gilbert.
1999 S.T.V.- Police Sergeant in ‘High Road’ for 5 episodes.
1999 S.T.V.- Uncle in ‘Taggart’.

Bill has also appeared in ‘Taggart over the years in many parts including a tattooist, a hairdresser, Police Constable and Police Sergeant. He has also appeared in ‘Rab C. Nesbitt as a Police Constable and Police Sergeant.

He has also appeared in many television plays including:

Sense of Freedom
Gunfight at the Joey Kaye Corral with Mark McManus
Stookie, Tutti Frutti,Take the High Road and later High Road.
Down Where the Buffalo Go.
Shoot for the Sun with Jimmy Nail
City Lights
Work Horses
Winners and Losers
Dr Finlay
Down Amongst the Big Boys


Bill's long and fruitful career in radio began back in the 1970’s when he was asked to present a Sunday night programme on Radio Clyde in Glasgow. After Radio Forth in Edinburgh launched, bill was asked if he would like to present a show. He jumped at the chance as it was a lot closer to his home than Radio Clyde. His unique presentation style led to presenting six shows a week. This widely became known as The Goodeffty Show. Bill also presented shows for BBC Radio Scotland. He produced several radio documentaries including The Big Hoose a documentary about life in Edinburgh’s Saughton Prison (Scottish Radio Award Winner). Others included From Camel to Cadillac and Caesarean Section.

He has appeared in various television and radio commercials including Wisemen Milk, SNIPEF, Tartan Special, AFG Nissen, What Every Woman Wants, IKEA, and Lewis Upholstery. There are others, too many to mention here.


Festivals and tours are still very much of Bill’s working life and they also make up an impressive contribution to the working history of the man from Leith, Edinburgh.

Major tours include:

Three months supporting Rod Stewart and The Faces in 1974.
Ronnie Lane’s Passing Show Tour, Elton John at the Edinburgh Playhouse.
Dusty Springfield Tour, Bill Haley and The Comets, Scottish Brewers Tour which lasted for eleven years, Bill Barclay USA tours (Three in total), Bill Barclay Canadian Tour (Four in Total). Germany (Two tours). Far East including Hong Kong (three tors) Ho Chi Mhin City and Thailand.
He also had two tours entertaining the locals and British troops in The Falkland Islands this also including two concerts each trip on a stopover on Ascention Island.


Lincoln Pop Festival, Reading Festival, White City Festival, Inverness Folk Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh Folk Festival, Shetland Folk Festival(Three Times),Lancashire Folk Festival, Manchester Hard Rock Festival, Carrbridge Folf Festival, Osnabruck Folk Festival.



Half Alive
Almost Live
Viva Dunbar


The Twelve Days of Xmas
Burns Night Fever
Hoat Pies for us Argentina
Ain’t Gonna Drink Anymore
Jock Stein Tartan

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