Police have launched a murder investigation after Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh was shot dead in Edinburgh.
The 48-year-old actor was found lying on a staircase in the West End of the city at around 8pm last night and died at the scene.
Police received reports of gunshots in the area and say they believe the incident was an isolated attack.
Detective Superintendent Allan Burton said: “At this time our deepest sympathies are with this man’s family and a significant inquiry is now underway to trace everyone who was involved in the murder.
“I would ask that anyone who was within Chester Street, or the West End of Edinburgh on Wednesday evening, and who saw anyone, or anything suspicious, to contact the police immediately.”
He added: “Murders remain extremely rare in the capital, and such incidents where a firearm are used are even more uncommon.”
Alisdair Morton, a local resident, said armed police had sealed off the street and people had been told to stay inside.
Sad to hear the news about Bradley Welsh. Didn’t know him personally but just recently had a few interactions on here with him through boxing and training.
By all accounts a cracking guy who done fantastic work for the kids and the community in Edinburgh.
— Badgie (@badgiebhoy) April 18, 2019
So shocking to wake to the news of the shooting and murder of Brad Welsh, a Hibs through & through working class hero who did so much for the real grassroots Edinburgh 💚
— Tam Dean Burn (@tamdeanburn) April 18, 2019
He tweeted that he heard someone had suffered a “gunshot wound to the head”.
Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller, and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle.
He was friends with author Irvine Welsh, who said his “heart was broken”.
“Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend,” the writer tweeted.
“Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way.”
Welsh also appeared on an episode of Danny Dyer’s Deadliest Men in 2008, on which he described himself as a “born leader”.
He was reportedly a former British ABA lightweight boxing champion and became involved in charity projects in the Scottish capital, including helping young people stay away from a life of crime through his Holyrood Boxing Gym.
Other tributes were paid on social media, with one man writing: “Sad to hear the news about Bradley Welsh.
“Didn’t know him personally but just recently had a few interactions on here with him through boxing and training.
“By all accounts a cracking guy who done fantastic work for the kids and the community in Edinburgh. RIP Brad.”
Scottish actor Tam Dean Burn, who has played a range of roles on stage and screen, including in detective series Taggart, described Welsh as a “working class hero who did so much for the real grassroots Edinburgh”.