Stott?s acting career has built up steadily over the years. Born in Edinburgh, in his youth he was part of a band whose members later went on to form the Bay City Rollers. Stott instead chose to study acting at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, London. But it was not until the 1990s that Stott made a full-time career out of acting, with high profile roles in the likes of `Takin? Over the Asylum?, 1994, and `The Vice?, 1999. In 2006 he was cast as the title character in `Rebus?, a detective series based on Edinburgh author, Ian Rankin?s, books. He has continued to act on the stage and has also worked in film, with roles in `Shallow Grave?, 1994, and more recently `One Day?, 2011, and `The Hobbit?, 2012.