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Colin Maclachlan

Colin Maclachlan

Former SAS and now Actor, Author and Charity Ambassador

Colin Maclachlan is a former member of the SAS where he was in Mountain Troop in 22 SAS and had various roles throughout his SF Career. He has also worked with Seal Team 6, Delta Force, CIA and MI6.

Maclachlan has most recently appeared on Channel 4’s 'SAS: Who Dares Wins' where he, alongside a number of other former SAS members, put members of the public through the same selection process he went through many years before when starting out in the SAS. He was also on Channel 5's 'Secrets of the SAS'.

Colin also writes and edits security and terrorism-related articles. Additionally, he works on Motion Capture for films and video games and can be seen in the Grand Theft Auto Series, Red Dead Redemption and LA Noire by Rockstar Games.

An expert when it comes to leadership and ensuring peak levels of performance are reached by a team, Maclachlan has also turned his hand to public speaking at schools. Here, he details the trials and tribulations of the SAS, as well as the commitment required to be successful, discusses stress management and how determination can overcome adversity. Colin left school at 15 with no qualifications but now holds two degrees.

Testimonials from Teachers

"Colin was absolutely fantastic and really engaging and inspiring. He made it relevant by talking through his own early years and education and raised lots of questions on the Q&A afterwards. Even patiently posed for photographs with the students and their parents. I can thoroughly recommend."

– Lee Parfitt, Kingshurst Academy

"We were super pleased with Colin. His presentation was great – the assembly were engaged and the Q&A was busy. He was also incredibly open and friendly with our students; happy to spend time with anyone that wanted to talk. I now need to match him for next year’s assembly!”

– Gill Turner, Newbattle Abbey College

“Colin was great, he hit the spot in terms of content and related his experiences to our students. Exciting stories but relevant messages throughout! So a big hit.”

– Linda De Costa, Schools Administrator, National Museum of Flight​

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West Lothian


  • Primary
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  • Creative
  • Sports
  • Lifestyle
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  • Assemblies and Celebrations Events
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  • Exams
  • Anti-Bullying

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