DUNDEE-BORN actor Brian Cox won the Golden Globe for his role in hit HBO TV show Succession this weekend. 

The 73-year-old acclaimed actor and independence supporter portrays the founder of a global media company in the comedy-drama, which follows the privileged but turbulent lives of the Roy family. 

The show had three nominations at the annual ceremony and took home two - with Cox winning best actor in a drama TV series and the show itself claiming best drama TV series. 

Receiving the award, Cox said: “Next year I will have been in this business for 60 years. I mean I started out when I was two.

“I just never thought this would happen to me so I’m a wee bit shocked.

“And it would never have happened if I hadn’t worked with the most extraordinary bunch of people ever. The cast and the crew of Succession.”

Later, Cox told reporters: “I’ve been doing reasonably well, I can’t complain, but then a role like Logan Roy just comes along once in a generation, once in a lifetime, and when you are given a gift like that you go ‘wow’.

“It’s down to Jesse (Armstrong). He called me. He didn’t have to but he did.

“This is a bit of a pinnacle. I can’t ask for better than this.”

Commenting on Cox's win, writer Neil Forsyth praised the actor's career, tweeting: "His father died when he was eight. His mother suffered a mental breakdown and was hospitalised. He grew up in poverty, his escape being the cinema where he sometimes slept. At 15 he got a job at the Dundee Rep shifting sets. He sometimes slept there too. What a story, what a man."

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In Succession, Cox's character also hails from Dundee. In season two of the programme, the family returns to the city for a major event celebrating Logan Roy's work. 

The V&A was used as a filming location for the event, while some filming also took place in Glasgow

The actor called for a second Scottish independence referendum earlier this week, saying his country has been “ignored” and “enough is enough”.

In 2014 Cox returned to Dundee to help campaign for a Yes win. 

But Cox was not the only Scot to win at the LA ceremony this weekend. 

Glaswegian writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns said she was "immensely proud" after First World War film 1917, which she co-wrote, picked up the award for best film. 

Wilson-Cairns was brought up in the Shawlands area of Glasgow and attended the Royal Conservatoire.

Sam Mendes' 1917 was also partially filmed in Glasgow, with the Govan dockyards, where Wilson-Cairns's grandfather one worked, used as a set.