James Cosmo has performed in film and television productions since the late 1960s. Cosmo was born in Clydebank, Scotland, the son of actor James Copeland. A staple of British television, with credits in hundreds of television shows, Cosmo made a name for himself playing Scottish "tough guy" characters.
Outside of Britain, he is best known for his film roles as Angus MacLeod in Highlander, Campbell in Braveheart and as Father Christmas in the adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Over the years he has also had roles in films such as Trainspotting, The Last Legion, Troy, and 2081. He also appeared in Take the High Road as Alex Geddes from 1982-83.