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T2 Trainspotting actor Bradley Welsh, 42, is shot dead in Edinburgh


Boxer and actor Bradley Welsh was shot in Edinburgh on Wednesday

Actor Bradley Welsh, who starred in T2 Trainspotting, has been killed in a shooting in Edinburgh.

The 42-year-old was found dead in the West End area at around 8pm on Wednesday with reports suggesting he was shot in the head.

Armed police responded to calls of a disturbance on Chester Street where it’s claimed a seriously injured man died at the scene. The man is understood to have been Welsh.

A statement from police said his death was being treated as ‘suspicious’ and inquiries would continue.

Welsh was an influential figure in Edinburgh and ran one of the local boxing centres

Boxer Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor as gangster Doyle in the 2017 sequel to cult classic Trainspotting.

He landed the part as a good friend of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and auditioned for Danny Boyle in Bathgate after giving them a tour of Edinburgh to help choose some filming locations for T2.

Welsh is a past British ABA Lightweight boxing champion, with over 100 knockouts to his name, and went on to run the Holyrood Boxing Gym in Edinburgh, where he was considered an ‘influential’ figure.

Welsh played Doyle in the Trainspotting sequel after impressing Danny Boyle (Picture: Universal)
Before that, he featured in the documentary Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men (Picture: Bravo)

 

Welsh once starred in Season 1 of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men in December 2008 and The Real Football Factories in 2006, on which he was characterised as a ‘football hooligan’.

In the show, it’s claimed that Welsh was ‘Britain’s youngest criminal mastermind’ at 17 and ‘ran the streets’ of Edinburgh.

Welsh previously served time for extortion and firearms but moved into charity work, helping young people stay out of trouble.

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