Trainspotting 2 star dies after being shot in the head on Edinburgh street

A Trainspotting actor has died after being shot in the head on the streets of Edinburgh this evening.

Bradley Welsh, 42, was gunned down in the affluent West End area of the city at around 8pm on Wednesday and was pronounced dead shortly afterwards.

Welsh was made famous after playing a gangland boss in Trainspotting 2 who owns several seedy saunas around Edinburgh.  

In a statement, Midlothian Police said: ‘We received a report of a disturbance in Chester Street at around 8pm on Wednesday 17th April.

Police locked down a street in the affluent West End of Edinburgh after Welsh was shot in the head

Police locked down a street in the affluent West End of Edinburgh after Welsh was shot in the head

Police locked down a street in the affluent West End of Edinburgh after Welsh was shot in the head

‘On arrival of emergency services a man was found seriously injured in the street and sadly passed away at the scene.

‘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.’

Up until his Trainspotting break, Welsh had never previously worked as an actor and ran into trouble with the law as part of a gang of Hibernian football hooligans in his youth. 

More recently he ran the Holyrood Boxing Gym in the suburb of Craigmillar.

Back in 2017 Welsh told The Sun how he landed the Trainspotting role after Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh and director Danny Boyle turned up at his gym.

‘I met them all for breakfast the next morning and offered to help them with some set locations. Maybe it’s the kind of laddie I am and with my upbringing or whatever, but they saw something they liked and afterwards John Hodge went away and wrote a boxing scene for Spud.

‘I told Danny he could film in my gym which he said would be ‘perfect’. Then they said they’ve got a scene for me and Danny asked, ‘Will you try out for a part?”

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