BRIAN Cox has been confirmed as the Grand Marshal of the 2020 New York City Tartan Day Parade for a record second time.

The Dundee-born actor will be the first ever Grand Marshal to reprise his role in the event’s 22nd year – since it moved to Manhattan’s iconic Sixth Avenue – returning eight years after he led his first parade.

A 40-year-long career in film, television and theatre has brought him success on both sides of the Pond and he is relishing the chance to celebrate once again. He said: “I’m honoured to be returning to my role of a lifetime – Grand Marshal of the New York City Tartan Day Parade. America holds a dear place in my heart, and to be able to celebrate my heritage and homeland of Scotland along with thousands of New Yorkers is a feeling unlike any other.”

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Cox triumphed at this year’s Golden Globes Awards – bagging Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for his main role in award-winning TV show Succession and his performance as Logan Roy puts him at the forefront of one of the biggest entertainment companies in the world.

He will lead a parade of around 3000 participants – including solo pipers, drummers, full pipe bands and highland dancers – as part of the New York City Tartan Week’s five-day programme dating back to 1998 and celebrating the Scottish-American contributions to the United States.

The parade has been previously marshalled by Sir Sean Connery and, most recently, Billy Connolly who attracted a record 50,000 spectators.

Kyle Dawson, president of the National Tartan Day New York Committee, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to welcome back Brian Cox as Grand Marshal of this year’s New York City Tartan Day Parade in April. For 40 years, he has wowed the masses with his incredible acting. His love of America runs as deep as the love he has for his Scottish roots, making him the perfect Scot to lead our parade. See you all in April.”