24 June 2009, 12:23
You would have to work hard for a better advert for redheads than Kathleen McDermott.
Apart from being a successful actress and singer (and an expert in "marital arts" according to her Wikipedia entry - I think they meant "martial"...), it was her glorious mane of red hair that got her noticed by a casting director as she was walking along Sauchiehall Street in Glasgow.
At that moment she was still a hairdresser in her home town. A few weeks later she was on the set of Morvern Callar, starring alongside Samantha Morton, and her acting career had begun.
So who better to host the segment of Made in Scotland on redheads, gingers, copper-knobs... - whatever you like to call them - whose colouring crops up so regularly in Scotland compared to the rest of the world.
By the time you read this, we may know what colouring the next generation of McDermotts will have; as you may notice, Kathleen was pregnant during the filming of the programme and her first baby is due at the beginning of July.
Made in Scotland - which celebrates the national "brands" that make Scotland what it is - is one of three special programmes created by STV, in association with the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, for the Year of Homecoming 2009. The other two are Scotland Revealed and The Greatest Scot.
The former is a new series of Scotland shot from above, all filmed in dazzling High Definition to reveal scenic images with a startling level of detail never seen before.
The Greatest Scot is a chance to settle the argument once and for all over who is the greatest Scot of them all. The public will get to vote on a shortlist of 30 names, with the winner being anonunced live on television on St Andrew's Day.
- To watch the programme in full visit here
Last updated: 23 July 2009, 17:44