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Great Cast of Braveheart

Updated on July 29, 2017

It would be hard to argue that the casting was not done to perfection when they were auditioning for roles in Braveheart. The protagonists were loved and the antagonists were hated, which is all that a writer and director can ask for in a movie. We cried when Murron was killed, we cheered in delight when her lover got revenge, and we all wanted to see the death of Longshanks. I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the cast and get to know them a little better.

Taken at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
Taken at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival | Source

Mel Gibson

Born in 1956 in Peekskill, New York, United States

He played the role of William Wallace, raised by his uncle Argyle after the murder of his father and older brother while supposedly forming a truce with England. Years later, he returned to his homeland and met up with his childhood friend and eventual wife. Dedicated to a life of peace, his ways changed when the magistrate killed his lover over a quarrel with another soldier.

Career Highlights

Academy Award Wins: 1996 Best Picture and Best Director for BRAVEHEART

Golden Globes: 1 Win for this film plus 2 Nominations for Best Actor (Ranson, What Women Want)

People's Choice Award: 5 Awards as Favorite Motion Picture Actor


More Memorable Roles

Mad Max, The Road Runner, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Lethal Weapon 1, 2, 3, 4


We Were Soldiers

Edge of Darkness


What Women Want

The Patriot


Conspiracy Theory


Taken at the 2012 Cabourg Film Festival
Taken at the 2012 Cabourg Film Festival | Source

Sophie Marceau

Born in 1966 in Paris, France

She played Princess Isabelle, married to King Edward II, whom she saw as a coward. Her lack of romance in her own marriage lead to an infatuation with the leader of the Scottish army. Despite her efforts, she was unable to have Longshanks spare the life of his most bitter rival.

Look for her in these films: The World is Not Enough - Lost & Found - Don't Look Back

The funeral of Malcolm Wallace


Catherine McCormack

Born in 1972 in Epsom, United Kingdom

She played the part of Murron, the first love of William. When his father died when they were both young, she gave him a flower that he kept all of his life. Later, they were reunited and were soon married. However, she was killed when she refused the advances of English soldiers. Her death was the catalyst for the Scottish resistance and helped ignite the fire inside Wallace.

Other roles: Spy Game - The Tailor of Panama - Dangerous Beauty - 28 Weeks Later


Angus Macfadyen

Born in 1963 in Glasgow, United Kingdom

He played the role of Robert the Bruce. He wanted to follow Wallace into battle and defeat the army of Longshanks. However, constant pressure from the nobles and his father lead him down the wrong path for a brief period of time. In the end, he returned to his original way of thinking and tried to assure that Scotland would indeed gain their freedom.

Other notable appearances: Equilibrium - We Bought a Zoo - Saw III

Brendan Gleeson

Born in 1955 in Dublin, Ireland

He played the role of Hamish, son of Campbell and closest friend to Sir William. His devotion to the cause and ability as a warrior were a huge asset to Scotland. His competitive nature and short temper gave the fans a few laughs throughout the motion picture.

Brendan has starred in a large number of successful films. Some of the best are: Gangs of New York - Michael Collins - 28 Days Later - Lake Placid - Cold Mountain - Troy - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Kingdom of Heaven


Patrick Macgoohan


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James Cosmo

Born in 1948 in Clydebank, United Kingdom

He played the role of Campbell in the film. His character had been a friend of Wallace's father and he expected the son to also be a warrior like his dad had been.

He was also the father of Hamish, childhood friend to a young William.

Other memorable films: Trainspotting - Troy - The Four Feathers

James is also known for his role on the hit show, Game of Thrones.

Patrick Macgoohan

Born in 1928 and passed away in 2009 while living in Santa Monica, CA.

He was given the role of the notorious King Edward I, although more commonly known as Longshanks. His bitter disdain for the inhabitants of Scotland made him one of the most despised men of that time period. The man would lie, steal, cheat and use any other means necessary to show his power.

Macgoohan was one of the biggest names in the United Kingdom for several years, appearing in numerous television series, including Danger Man and Secret Agent.

He also played the judge in the film version of John Grisham's "A Time to Kill".

Other Cast Members

Brian Cox as Argyle

David O'Hara as Stephen

Ian Bannen as Robert the Bruce, Sr aka The Leper

Peter Hanly as Edward II, Prince of England

Stephen Billington as Phillip, advisor to the Prince

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Great movie with great actors. I have watched this movie for 4 times, once in theater and thereafter at home.