Una McLean, b. 1930. Actress and comedienne (14 December 2000)
About this artwork
Born in Strathaven, McLean studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow. She began her acting career in 1955 in St Andrews at the town’s Byre Theatre before returning to Glasgow in 1959 to work with the Citizens Theatre. From 1965 she had her own TV show called ‘Over to Una’ and then, in 1967, she starred in Scotland’s first one-woman TV show – ‘Did You See Una?’. She has gone on to feature in many TV shows and films, including Peter Capaldi’s 2001 production, ‘Strictly Sinatra’. More recently she has played Molly O’Hara in BBC Scotland’s ‘River City’. McLean also regularly appears in pantomime.
- title: Una McLean, b. 1930. Actress and comedienne
- accession number: PGP 284.27
- artist: Donald MaclellanScottish (born 1967)
- depicted: Una McLean
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Performing Arts Stage and Screen
- materials: Silver gelatine bromide toned print
- date created: 14 December 2000
- measurements: 44.00 x 35.40 cm
- credit line: Purchased 2002
- copyright: © Donald Maclellan photographer
Donald MacLellan was born in the West Highlands in 1967. He is a leading portrait photographer whose first solo exhibition 'Black Power' showed at the National Portrait Gallery in London in 1998. Empire magazine commissioned MacLellan to create a portfolio of Scotland's best actors in 2000. It was mounted as an exhibition first at the Cannes Film Festival (May 2000), then in London, finally coming to Edinburgh in 2001/2. MacLellan's work appears regularly in current newspapers and magazines.