Borgen’s new British star: I won’t be watching myself snog the Danish PM… but my wife will

Scottish actor and Monarch of the Glen star Alastair MacKenzie opens up on being Borgen's British First Laddie


Monarch of the Glen star Alastair MacKenzie has said that he won’t be able to watch himself play the British lover of the Danish Prime Minister in hit Danish import Borgen


McKenzie stars as architect Jeremy Welsh who becomes the lover of Birgitte Nyborg Christensen played by Sidse Babett Knudsen in the drama in what is an echo of the private life of the real Danish PM who is married to a Brit.

In an interview with today’s Times newspaper Mackenzie said that he won’t be able to watch the scenes in series three of the drama which is currently due to air on BBC4 in November. But he added that his wife, actress and Trainspotting star Susan Vidler who is a fan of the show, will.

“I can’t watch,” he said. “I’m no good at watching myself. But my wife loves Borgen. She will watch her husband getting off with the Danish Prime Minister. Which won’t be weird at all.”

Mackenzie admitted that his casting was an obvious echo of Denmark’s real-life “First Man” – Stephen Kinnock, the son of the former Labour leader Lord Kinnock who is married to the Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt.

However as series III opens Knudsen is no longer PM and is engaged in work as a businesswoman.

In the drama Mackenzie says he spoke only English so has not been required to learn any Danish. However he said he found kissing Knudsen, who has a loyal male following, was “great”.


Mackenzie, 42, is best known for playing Archie in the BBC1 series Monarch of the Glen but will also be seen playing Colonel Edward Hillingdon in this Sunday’s Miss Marple: A Caribbean Mystery on ITV1.