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Blythe Duff

Pictures of Blythe on her Birthday 25th November 2004

Place of Birth: East Kilbride

Date Of Birth: 25th November 1962

Star Sign - Sagittarius

Chinese Horoscope: The Tiger

Status: Married to Tom Forrest, 2 children.

Blythe's love of acting started with a school production of The Wizard Of Oz - she was immediately hooked and from that moment on she knew she wanted to be an actress.  In fact she only ever have one other ambition and that was to be a mounted policewoman!

Her career started with The Scottish Youth and Community Theatre which took her all over Glasgow but earnt her only 25.00 a week!!

Blythe worked in the theatre for 7 years before she landed the role in Taggart. After appearing as a community WPC in 'Death Comes Softly' it was decided that the character would be promoted and seconded to CID. 

Blythe was told she would have to drive during filming, clearly a question the production team had failed to ask since Blythe couldn't drive!!  Knowing that filming started in 3 weeks time she took a crash course of lessons, but failed her test!  Devastated, Blythe didn't want to be driving Jim Taggart around Glasgow with L plates!  Luckily 28 days later she past her test!!

Blythe has become the longest serving member of the Taggart cast after James Macpherson left the show in 2001.  Blythe says of her character Jackie Reid: "I think there was a need for a woman in the series.  I also like her as a character - she's got a sense of humour, she works hard and she's good at her job."

Some would say it was appropriate then that in March 1998 Blythe married ex Detective Sergeant Tom Forrest.  Somehow the police had always featured in her life; the dream of being a mounted police woman, playing a police woman on TV and then settling down with her very own genuine policeman!!

Tom left the police force and with Blythe, set up a property restoration business.  The company, called Blue Door Property has Blythe as its secretary and Tom as its Director.

Between filming Taggart, Blythe likes to get back into the theatre, in fact despite her success on TV she still sees herself as theatre actress one, TV actress second.

Did You Know?

Blythe sings. 

She performed on the soundtrack album to the play "Street Scene" in which she played Shirley Kaplan (Decca records 1989)

Blythe sung in a Country and Western TV Special.  Feeling very self conscious, she didn't enjoy it and now saves her singing for her own ears only.

Listed below are some of Blythe's other TV, Theatre and Radio work:


Scottish Passport - Presenter (travel show)

Jack Doherty Show - Guest

Antiques Scotland - Guest Star

Win Lose Or Draw - Guest

Songs of Praise - Readings

Get It On - Guest (fashion programme)

Scottish Book Awards - Extract Readings

Spirit of Christmas - Readings of a Christmas Carol


The Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - played Katrina.  BBC Radio 3

Morning Story - played Iphiginia. BBC Scotland

Blending In -  played Irene. BBC Radio 3

Sheila - title role.  BBC Scotland.


Three Sisters - played Masha.  Tron Theatre

Sharp Shorts - various characters. Traverse, Edinburgh

Swing Hammer Swing - played Rhona Clay. Citizens', Glasgow

To - played landlady. Cumbernauld

Tally's Blood - played Lucia. Traverse

Street Scene - played Shirley Kaplan.  Scottish Opera

Still Life - played Lucille. Unit One

Sheila - Title Role - Traverse

Checking Out - played Pauline. Cumbernauld

Beauty and the Beast - played Hazel. Royal Lyceum

Shakers - played Mel. Cumbernauld

Across The Barricades - played Sadie

Beggar's Opera - played Lucy Lockett. Lyceum

The Lucky Ones - played Debbie

Additional information was provided by Taggart fan Paul Gilbert.  Thanks Paul.

Anyone with any further info email us and we'll include it here!!


There are some great  pictures of Blythe at work, rest and play available to buy at

Talking Books - Blythe narrates - '44 Scotland Street' by Alexander McCall Smith.  Available from

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There are many other photos and articles relating to Blythe on the internet.  Below are just some of the links I have found and they may be of interest to you.  Email me for the the full lists of links found for Blythe Duff.







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06.02.05 - The Women Of Influence Awards.  It was stated in the Scottish press that Blythe would be present at the Women Of Influence Awards Dinner on 6th March at the Barony Hall, Glasgow.  The awards are in aid of the NCH children's charity.  To find out more visit: