About

Ruaraidh spends his time living between London and Scotland. He grew up in Stockbridge, Edinburgh attending Stockbridge Primary School and Broughton High School. He still remains close with his childhood friends and is passionate about where he’s from.

AWARDS:

BBC Scriptroom Drama Finalist 2016: Allie
BBC Films Screenplay First Award 2016 Longlist: Big Sean, Mikey and Me
BBC Scriptroom Comedy 2017 Longlist: Boxman
BBC Scriptroom Drama 2017 Longlist: Bath Time

Ruaraidh’s latest play The Club (dir. Joe Harmston) previewed at the Park Theatre and premiered at Edfringe 2016 to sold-out audiences and 5 and 4 star reviews. It played at Vault Festival 2017 in London and at the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham.

His play Allie (dir. Tim Stark) premiered at Edfringe 2015 to sold-out audiences and 5 and 4 star reviews. Allie was shortlisted for BBC Scriptroom Drama 2016.

Big Sean, Mikey and Me

Big Sean(BSMM) taken by Brandon Bishop

Ruaraidh’s critically acclaimed solo shows Big Sean, Mikey & Me (2012, dir. Paul Robinson), Bath Time (2013, dir. Tim Stark) and Boxman (2014, dir. Tim Stark) all played to sold-out audiences at Edfringe 2012 – 2014 at the Gilded Balloon as well as across London including Vault Festival 2015 and 2016.

Bath Time

I love a good staple gun - Joe Joe in Bath Time

His screenplay for Big Sean, Mikey and Me was longlisted for BBC Films Screenplay First Award 2016. Boxman was awarded funding by Dame Diana Rigg in 2014. He is currently in development with his feature film script No Trees On Tiree, with British director Douglas Mackinnon attached.

Boxman

Boxman 6 - Ruaraidh Murray - press shot by Mat Hay 0442

WRITING SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS:

Ruaraidh has attended Robert McKee Story Seminar 2015, Robert McKee TV Seminar 2015 and Kate Leys’ Story Workshop – Invited to attend with his feature script NO TREES ON TIREE by Creative Scotland & Scottish Film Talent Network Oct 2016.

Ruaraidh in costume for Borgia III

Ruaraidh in Prague filming on Borgia season 3.

Ruaraidh studied acting at the Oxford School of Drama and was a member of the Royal Court Theatre and Traverse Theatre’s young writers groups. Theatre acting credits include: F*cked.com at the Traverse Theatre and Trainspotting (No.1 UK Tour).

Trainspotting No.1 UK Tour 2006 Programme Ruaraidh Murray page

Ruaraidh’s film and TV acting credits include: Richard Jobson’s feature film New Town Killers, Irvine Welsh’s film The Bedroom Secrets of the Master Chefs, BBC’s Sea of Souls, Dalziel and Pascoe, ITV’s Lenny Blue, The Bill, C4’s Sword of Honour and Brond directed by Michael Caton-Jones. After the success of Big Sean, Mikey and Me, Ruaraidh acted with Brian Cox and Jonathan Watson in BBC comedy Bob Servant Independent,Simon Baker’s award winning feature film Night Bus (BFI London Film Festival 2014) and Borgia season 3 (Netflix). Ruaraidh is starring in Simon Baker’s new feature film 90 Minutes (Vertigo Films).

Borgia - Prague - Ruaraidh on set with John Doman and Joe Beattie

Ruaraidh on set with John Doman and Joseph Beattie in Prague filming Borgia season 3.

As a writer/producer/actor Ruaraidh has made eight short films including The Doghouse (2011) and Russell (2012). Both films can be watched on the Torchie Films page of Ruaraidh’s website.