Bradley Welsh death: T2 Trainspotting actor shot and killed in Edinburgh, aged 42

Police said they were called to Chester Street in the West End of the city at around 8pm on Wednesday and found a man with serious injuries

Clarisse Loughrey
Thursday 18 April 2019 07:39
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Trainspotting 2 actor Bradley Welsh has been shot dead in Edinburgh, according to reports.

Police said they were called to Chester Street in the West End of the city at around 8pm on Wednesday and found a man with serious injuries. He died at the scene, a statement added.

Police Scotland said: “His death is being treated as suspicious and inquiries are continuing. Officers will continue to provide a high-visibility presence in the area to engage with the public, offer reassurance and gather information that can assist with this investigation.

“Anyone who believes they have any relevant information should contact police immediately.”

Welsh, who also appeared in an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men, played gangland figure Mr Doyle in Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting, starring alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle.

He was a friend of Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh, who tweeted: “Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way.”

The actor, who reportedly was a former British ABA lightweight boxing champion, later became involved in charity work in Edinburgh, using his Holyrood Boxing Gym to help young people stay away from a life of a crime.

Tributes were paid on social media, with one woman posting a picture of her and friends alongside Welsh in a boxing ring.

Bradley Welsh was shot dead in the West End of Edinburgh on Wednesday

She said: “You to me are treasure, you to me are dear. Our coach, our motivator but most importantly our friend, Brad Welsh.”

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One man described Welsh as a “huge character” in Edinburgh.

He said: “Devastating news about Brad Welsh tonight, a huge character in Scottish amateur boxing and the Hibernian support and someone who contributed a great deal to society through his charitable work and boxing gym. RIP.”

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