EAST KILBRIDE ACTOR NAMED TOP SCOT!

WINNERS OF 2014 GLENFIDDICH SPIRIT OF SCOTLAND AWARDS ANNOUNCED

The 2014 winners of our Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards were unveiled at a glittering ceremony held in Edinburgh on November 27th and hosted by Kirsty Wark.

This year, the premiere Top Scot accolade was won by East Kilbride-born actor and charity campaigner, Matthew McVarish.  The star of CBeebies hit Me Too! and Scottish soap opera, River City, Matthew has bravely spoken out about having been a victim of abuse as a child and is currently undertaking a 10,000 mile Road to Change walk to raise funds and awareness for child abuse charities and the Moira Anderson Foundation.

We established the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards 17 years ago to recognise inspirational achievement across Scotland’s diverse cultural spectrum. The Awards feature eight categories, plus the overall Top Scot accolade and this year’s winner are:

Art                                 John Byrne

Music                           Paolo Nutini

Food                             Jonathan MacDonald

Writing                        Sally Magnusson

Environment              Jennie Martin (Wild Things)

Sport                             Scottish Commonwealth Games Medallists

Screen                          James McAvoy

Business                     Gavin Dutch (Kotikan)

TOP SCOT               Matthew McVarish

A unique partnership between Glenfiddich and leading Scottish newspaper, The Scotsman, the winners of the Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards are decided by a public vote.

Jonathan Grant, great great grandson of William Grant, our founder said: “This year’s winners are a truly inspiring group who have all excelled in their chosen fields and demonstrated the real spirit of our nation.”

The group joins a highly prestigious roll of honour of previous winners including Sir Alex Fergusson, Ewan McGregor, Ian Rankin, JK Rowling, Sharleen Spitiri, Peter Capaldi, Brian Cox and Susan Boyle.

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