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Nathan is an award nominated actor, writer and producer - specialising in comedy -  who works extensively in television, film and theatre throughout Scotland. 


Nathan is a rising star of Scottish performance - having worked with the BBC, STV, Oran Mor, Traverse theatre, and Bard in the Botanics. He was nominated as 2017's Up and Coming Actor at the Scottish Variety Awards.


Nathan was most recently seen in the Season 6 opener of Outlander, as well as The State of It - a brand new sketch show for the BBC Scotland channel.

"There are standouts in the supporting performances — including Nathan Byrne’s hilarious Tranio..."

Taming of the Shrew - The Times Review


Nathan has written for a number of successful shows including Scot SquadOnly an Excuse? and Breaking the News.  He was part of the core writing team for the 6-part sketch series The State of It; as well as lead writer for Scotland Unsolved, a spin off from the BAFTA winning Scot Squad, focussing on Scotland’s unsolved mysteries. 

Most recently he was commissioned for both the Hogmanay specials of Scot Squad and Queen of the New Year - a brand new festive sketch show lead by comedy legends Greg Hemphill and Robert Florence.

As well as this, Nathan has written and starred in a number of successful Short Stuff sketches for BBC online platforms - with his work receiving over 8 million views online.


Nathan began writing and performing his own comedy shorts in 2015. These were noticed by the BBC, who invited him to take part in BBC Comedy’s Fast and Funny scheme - a year’s internship that saw him working closely with the Comedy department and the Writer's Room to develop and create new comedy shorts. Nathan’s work was also chosen to launch BBC The Social at the end of 2015, a brand new platform for up and coming Scottish creators to showcase their work. 

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2021 saw Nathan develop, pitch, and produce Two For One - a brand new mini sitcom for the iPlayer. Written by and starring Kendra McPherson with Joyce Falconer. Nathan was also Assistant Producer for the latest series of Frankie Boyle's New World Order, as well as new BBC Scotland documentary #CancelKarenDunbar.

Having successfully produced his own work for a number of years, Nathan joined The Comedy Unit from 2018 - 2020 and produced a slate of new projects. 2019 saw him produce Scotland Unsolved (a spin-off from the BAFTA winning Scot Squad starring Louise McCarthy and Julie Wilson Nimmo) as well as The State of It, a brand new 6-part sketch show hosted by Robert Florence. He also directed Archie Pepper: Leaders off the Record - a series of shorts that saw the popular Scot Squad character interviewing Scotland’s political leaders in the run up to the 2019 general election. 


The State of It and Archie Pepper: Leaders off the Record were nominated for Best TV Show and Best Online Content at the 2020 Scottish Comedy Awards.

Video Essayist

Nathan also creates comedy video essays on YouTube, mainly about video games. Having great experience with Premiere Pro and Photoshop, Nathan self-shoots and edits these himself. 

Click here to watch some.

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