Grant started his career with Edinburgh-based Radio Forth in 1990 and is now the longest serving and one of the best known voices on the Station. His TV career has seen Grant fronting a wide range of programmes for both BBC and STV.
Grant is very much a mainstay of the Scottish panto scene, having taken to the stage every year, bar one, since 1993. He has now been the regular villain at The King’s in Edinburgh for 16 consecutive years. 2016 saw Grant set off on tour with Panto co-stars, Alan and Andy; with their comedy play, Canned Laughter. As well as Radio Forth, Grant has hosted a number of BBC Radio Scotland programmes including The Fred MacAulay Show, Off The Ball, Daddy or Chips, Mummy or Chips and Sound-check. Grant was named “Big Hearted Scotland – Entertainer of the Year 2007”.
Grant is patron of the charities “It’s Good 2 Give” and SiMBA and is also Prostate Scotland Charity Ambassador and is an Ambassador for The Prince’s Trust. He has also been in control at huge charity and music events at Hampden Park, The Edinburgh Moonwalk and The Concert in the Gardens in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens at Hogmanay, hosting these events in front of crowds of up to 60,000 people.
Grant lives in Edinburgh with his wife Claire and two children, Sam and Lori.
Jane McCarry is a Bafta award winning actress and comedienne. She graduated from Queen Margaret College in Edinburgh in 1992 and has worked extensively in both theatre, television and radio throughout the UK ever since. Throughout her career, Jane has worked with a number of all time Scottish favourites including Rikki Fulton and Jimmy Logan.
Jane is Scotland’s best known OAP, not bad for a 40 something! Her character ”Isa Drennan” is one of the best loved and funniest on Scottish Television.
Whether you know her as Isa, the local gossip from the BBC’s hugely successful ”Still Game”, or worldly-wise Granny Murray from the Cbeebie’s hit show ”Me Too”, you can’t fail to enjoy a blether with Jane.
Out-with her acting career, Jane is gaining an enviable reputation as a stylish awards host and is one of our top after dinner speakers. With her excellent comedic timing and theatrical anecdotes, just don’t expect to get a word in edge ways.
Jane is also a fine Burns performer and her Reply to the Toast to the Lassies is always superb.
Kirstin is co-hosting the Ball. She is a member of our Edinburgh ACE group and has had support from ENABLE for 15 years. Kirstin and her peers come together to break down the barriers to an equal society for every person who has a learning disability. Being part of ACE gives Kirstin the confidence to help so many more people.
Kirstin has a bright and incredible personality and will share her story with us demonstrating the impact the ENABLE has on lives and families.
Born in Perth, Scotland in 1956, Fred attended Killin Primary, Rattray Primary, Blairgowrie High School and Perth Academy. He went on to study at the University of Dundee and graduated with an MA Degree in Accountancy in 1978. He received an honorary doctorate (LLD) from Dundee University in 2006.
Fred started out in the world of stand-up comedy at the age of 31, and soon became the first ever Scottish compere at the Comedy Store in London. He then made his television presenting debut in Scottish Television’s The Funny Farm.
He quickly became a major force on the UK comedy circuit and made successful appearances on some of the country’s top TV programmes such as Have I Got News For You, They Think It’s All Over, and as team captain on Bring Me The Head Of Light Entertainment and The Best Show In The World… probably.
Fred has also successfully featured and presented many programmes for BBC Scotland. He co-hosted the very popular travelling chat show McCoist & MacAulay which was networked throughout the UK.
He has also co-hosted Life According To Fred, Hoots, and Simply Fred. He has been presenting the event filled and really funny Fred MacAulay Show – now MacAulay And Co – on BBC Radio Scotland since June 1997. He also holds positions outside BBC Scotland. He was Rector of Dundee University and is an Ambassador for the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust.
Fred is always in great demand as an after-dinner speaker, host and awards presenter. This work has taken him to Australia, Hong Kong, United States, Iceland, France and Spain. He has entertained the troops in Iraq. In 2007 he accepted the biggest challenge in his comedy career by entering the Comic Relief Does Fame Academy show. Happily married with three children, Fred’s interests include: comedy, radio, skiing, golf, theatre, cinema and, of course, his family!