Jordan Young

Jordan Young

Jordan Young is a Scottish television, film and stage actor and comedian best known for his regular roles in soap drama River City and in police comedy TV series Scot Squad. He also played a violent thug in the film adaptation of Irvine Welsh's Filth.[1]


Young, who was brought up in the small village of Kettlebridge in Fife, began his acting career as a student at the Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh. He spent six years as a jobbing actor in Edinburgh, working part-time in bars to pay the bills, before landing parts in TV shows, including Legit, Rab C. Nesbitt and Bob Servant Independent, and Gregory Burke's award-winning play Black Watch. However he soon found success by playing the regular role of Alex McAllister in soap opera River City and the role of PC McLaren in the police comedy TV series Scot Squad. He most recently played on the big screen as Alex Setterington in Filth alongside James McAvoy - the famous older brother of his River City co-star Joy.

As well as television, Young has played in numerous pantomimes, many of which were with fellow comedians and actors Alan McHugh and Elaine C. Smith.

Personal life

Young is the son of Peter and Shirley Young. His father tragically lost his life in a car accident when Jordan was just 14. He stated the loss of his father caused him to become ″completely and utterly rudderless.″ His thick Fife dialect makes him a recognizable voice on television. His wife Karen is a choreographer and they have a daughter called Marley.[2]



Year Title Director Role Notes
2001 The Toon Fair Adrian McDowall Sandy / Jimmy Short
2005 Wild Country Craig Strachan Farmer
2006 Driving Lessons Jeremy Brock Receptionist
2013 For Those In Peril Paul Wright Michael
Filth Jon S. Baird Lexo


Year Title Director Role Notes
2004 Still Game Michael Hines Kevin 1 Episode
2005 The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle Cilla Ware Male Patient Tv Movie
2007 Legit - Danny 6 Episodes
Rebus Martyn Friend Young PC 1 Episode
2008 - 2010 Rab C. Nesbitt Colin Gilbert Chris 3 Episodes
2009 New Town Annie Griffin Policeman TV Movie
2011 Law & Order: UK David O'Neill Jeremy Barton 1 Episode
Garrow's Law Bryn Higgins Joshua Gilmore 1 Episode
Mongrels Adam Miller Denise's Boyfriend 1 Episode
2012 The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Ben Gregor Sous Chef Purdy 2 Episode
Doors Open Marc Evans Jonno TV Movie
2012– Scot Squad Various PC Jack McLaren Series Regular (16 Episodes)
2013 Bob Servant Independent Annie Griffin Paramedic 1 Episode
Doctors Oliver Krimpas Andy Epinoza 1 Episode
2013 - 2016 River City Various Alex McAllister Ongoing
2014 Shetland John McKay Brian Bruce 1 Episode


  1. Daily Record Article 'Filth actor Jordan Young was happy to play racist, drug-taking murderer – only problem was the shocking blond mohican'
  2. Evening Times Article: 'Jordan feels at home in River City'

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