AN Earlston-educated actor who learnt his craft in the Borders has picked up a Scottish Bafta award.

Jack Lowden from Oxton was presented with the award for best film actor by Avengers actress Karen Gillan during Sunday night’s ceremony held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

Hosted by Edith Bowman, the awards celebrated the very best in film, television and games produced over the last year in Scotland, with Brian Cox, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Rupert Everett among the presenters handing out the awards on the night.

Jack won the award for his role in Calibre, a thriller set in the Scottish Highlands where he played lead character Vaughn. His two co-stars in the film, Tony Curran and Martin McCann, were also nominated in the best film actor category.

Calibre, released earlier this year, has already won The Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival this summer.

Olivier Award-winning Jack began his acting career in the Scottish Borders when he lived in Oxton and attended Earlston High School.

He performed in Earlston High’s annual productions as well as treadling the boards regularly with Galashiels Amateur Operatic Society, taking the lead role in their 2008 production The Boy Friend.

His career to date has seen him take on the role of Scottish runner and missionary Eric Liddell in a stage performance of Chariots of Fire, win an Olivier Award for his role as Oswald in Richard Eyre's adaptation of Ibsen's Ghosts and star in the 2014 World War I BBC drama series The Passing Bells.

He has starred in films such as Tommy's Honour, the story of legendary Scottish golfing champion Old Tom Morris, portrayed singer Morrissey in biopic England Is Mine and played an RAF pilot in 2017’s WWII film Dunkirk.

Jude MacLaverty, Director of BAFTA Scotland, said: “It has been a truly incredible evening celebrating the very best of Scottish creative talent in Scotland across the film, television, and games industries.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the inspiring work that’s being produced in Scotland, and the fact that so much Scottish talent is being recognised internationally in the screen industries. We would like to offer our warmest congratulations to all our worth winners and nominees.”