Bradley Welsh

Bradley Welsh played gangster kingpin Mr. Doyle in T2 Trainspotting (2017) co-starring with Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle. He had no prior acting experience before T2 Trainspotting. He also appeared as himself in a documentary The Boxer From Somewhere Else (2012). It was his appearance on Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men that Welsh was noticed for T2 Trainspotting. Dyer’s documentary profiled Welsh as one of the most dangerous men in the UK who more than lived up to the title when he worked in the protection rackets as a bodyguard and enforcer. He used boxing to turn his life around which cause Dyer to feature Welsh on Season Two of his show on the Bravo Channel.

As a young adolescent growing up in Moredun, a district of Edinburgh, Scotland, Welsh was a member of a gang of neighborhood terrors who quickly graduated from causing dust-ups in Edinburgh’s neighborhoods to violent bloody brawls as soccer casuals – attacking the opposing team players and their supporters. By age 13, his size and his anger were put to use as he moved out of the gangs into the neighborhood protection rackets, guarding anything from dubious warehouse shipments to people to drugs. He was incarcerated at age 14 and upon release, it was his brother who steered his aggression into boxing at the neighborhood gym.

It paid off. At age 17, Bradley Welsh became the 1993 lightweight champion in the Amateur Boxing Association of England, the youngest age allowed to register in the ABA. He learned how to market himself and earned enough money as a boxer to eventually buy his Holyrood Boxing Gym. He spoke locally to young people who were on the wrong path and used his gym to steer them in. Edinburgh Evening News editor Liam Rudden said on Twitter that Welshh was able to train his actors in two sessions to make them into believable boxers for a local stage play “A Cock and Bull Story.”

Bradley Welsh came into notice by his appearance on Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men. He was cast in T2 Trainspotting which was released in 2017. There were no acting jobs after the movie wrapped and Welsh went back to part time bodyguard work and devoting his time to charities to keep young people out of trouble. His age has been misreported as 48. The official report of his death lists his age as 42, born in 1976.

On the night of April 17, 2019, after leaving his Holyrood Gym to go home, Welsh was walking down the steps to his flat in Chester Street when he was shot. The gunman ran off. His partner and young child who were inside didn’t hear the gunshot. Bradley Welsh was found by a neighbor on the staircase around 8pm and he died at the scene. Police searched for the gunman and two days later, tips led to the arrest of a 28-year-old man who was also charged in the assault of a 22-year-old Pitcairn Grove man in March 2017. Police said that murders were extremely rare in the capital city and the use of a firearm were even more rare. The Daily Star newspaper reported they had an underworld source who claimed that Welsh was targeted by a hit man. In the process of providing muscle to protect 3 kg of heroin and 2 kg of cocaine, the shipment suddenly went missing on his watch. The source said the reason Welsh was targeted was because he could not explain the disappearance of the drugs. As of 2020, the accused hit man has not had a court date.

Bradley Welsh started out life as a street fighter in the ghettos of Moredun who turned his life around to become a lightweight boxing champ. owner of Holyrood Boxing Gym and a great supporter of children at risk. Police said it was likely that he fell back into old illegal activities which caused him to be gunned down at age 42.

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