Born in Edinburgh in 1954, Ken Stott went on to attend the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. After graduating, he worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Earlier in his career, Stott focused on theatre, with a leading role in The Folk Singer at the Belfast Lyric Theatre.
In his stage work, he was award a Laurence Olivier Award for his role in Art in 1997. In 2008, he played the lead role in God of Carnage at the Gielgud Theatre alongside Tasmin Greig and Janet McTeer. He also played the lead role in A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
Outside of theatre, he began appearing on BBC television series such as The Singing Detective and Secret Army. Eventually, he was starring in shows such as Takin’ Over The Asylum, Messiah, The Vice and Uncle Adolf. In film, he has played a number of supporting roles in movies such as The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, and Balin in The Hobbit.
In 2016, Stott starred in a revival of The Dresser, alongside Reece Shearsmith.