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VALERIE GOGAN plays Alexandra Maclean

lasgow-born actress Valerie Gogan plays Alexandra Maclean, daughter of the local laird and the girl Hamish Macbeth really loves. They have had a passionate affair in the past, but she has moved to London to pursue a writing career. Her frequent visits home never fail to relight the torch Hamish still carries for her."

Alexandra has just had her first book of short stories published when she turns up in Episode 1 with her pompous English publisher. Hamish can scarcely contain his jealousy.

"In her heart Alex still loves Hamish," says Valerie, "but whenever they get together it ends in tears. She s very confused about who she is ans what she wants to be. She feels compelled to make a successful career away from Lochdubh, to prove herself as something other than the laird's daughter."

Valerie has lived in London since leaving drama school when she was chosen to play the lead in Zenith's ITV period drama 'Heart of the High Country', set in New Zealand in the last century. More recently, she has been concentratin on the stage, performing with the RSC and the National Theatre. Last year she toured with the Theatr Clwyd, playing Nora in 'The Dolls House'.

Valerie hadn't worked with fellow Glaswegian Robert Carlyle before. "I was offered three really good parts at the same time," she says. "The main reason I chose to play Alex in 'Hamish Macbeth' was the chance to work with Bobby. I'm a big fan of his work on stage and on screen.

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