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 State of It, a brand new sketch show for the BBC Scotland channel, as a member of the core sketch cast. He's also set to appear in the Season 6 opener of Outlander in early 2022.
"There are standouts in the supporting performances — including Nathan Byrne’s hilarious Tranio..."
Taming of the Shrew - The Times Review
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. As well as this, Nathan also wrote gags for BBC Radio's Breaking the News and was invited onto the show as a panellist. Progressing from this, Nathan has written and starred in a number of successful Short Stuff sketches for BBC online platforms - with his work receiving over 5 million views online.
After joining The Comedy Unit in 2018, Nathan has written for a number of successful shows including Scot Squad and Only an Excuse? 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.
Having successfully produced his own work for a number of years, Nathan joined The Comedy Unit in 2018 and began producing 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.
2021 saw Nathan develop, pitch, and produce Two For One - a brand new mini sitcom for the iPlayer. Written by and starring Kendra McPherson.
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.