Paul McGillion, born January 5, 1969 is a Scottish-born Canadian television actor. McGillion was born in Paisley, Scotland and his family moved to Canada when he was only two. When Paul was 11, the family moved back to Scotland for three years while his father worked on the Shetland Oil Rigs. He is the sixth of seven children and despite popular belief, does not speak with a Scottish accent, except when with his family.

He also taught scene study at the Vancouver Film School in 1998 and 1999. In 2004, McGillion took a role on the sci-fi series Stargate Atlantis as the Scottish medical doctor, Carson Beckett. He was initially cast as a recurring guest, but his character appeared so frequently in the show's first season that he was promoted to main character for seasons two and three, and reverted to a recurring character as Carson's clone for seasons 4 and 5. McGillion also played the part of young Ernest Littlefield in Stargate SG-1's first-season episode "The Torment of Tantalus", the first Tau'ri to have passed through the Stargate after its burial.

Paul and his wife Courtney have one son, Hugh McGillion, born on August 5, 2012.


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