Robin Laing began his acting journey over thirty years ago in Poorboy's spiritual home of Arbroath when he joined the Angus Children's Theatre. Over time he moved down the coast to Carnoustie, then Dundee and finally Fife, all the while learning his trade. After a summer as a waiter in Kenmore, a chance meeting in the Dundee Rep bar led to his first theatre role as Renton in Trainspotting.

Since then he has been employed both nationally and internationally in theatre, television, film and radio.

In that time he has worked with some of his heroes, none of whom have disappointed, and has played some wonderful characters.

He has also amassed a stellar array of stage mothers including Pauline Quirke, Paul Riley, Barbara Rafferty, Mel Martin, Gerda Stevenson, Brenda Fricker and Cameron Jack.

When asked what it's like to be an actor, he'll usually reply, 'It beats working for a living.'

Twitter: @rain_goblin