by Stuart McFarlane

Bankie acting legend James Cosmo has dusted off his Christmas jumper to urge Scots to donate to the Save the Children charity.

The actor, who can count roles in Game of Thrones, Trainspotting and Braveheart in his 40-year career, pulled on his festive pullover for Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day, which is in its sixth year.

The charity is hoping to get Scots to wear their jumpers on December 15, as well as donating £2 to help with their work in projects in Scotland and the UK, as well their work on the international stage.

Christmas Jumper Day has attracted support from thousands of workplaces, schools and universities across the country, as well as stars of stage and sport, including the Glasgow Warriors rugby team and Belle and Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch.

Save the Children’s Head of Scotland, Mark Ballard said: “It’s wonderful to see so many people across Scotland preparing to dig out their silliest sweaters to support vulnerable children in Scotland and around the world.

"Christmas Jumper Day is Save the Children’s biggest single fundraising event, and we’re incredibly grateful to everyone who is planning to support our cause and the children we work with.

"Personally I love the home made efforts that children create and I know we’ll be seeing some real treats over the next few weeks.

"If you’ve already registered to take part, or are planning to, then we send out most heartfelt and festive thanks – we hope you have great fun”.

Showing his support, Mr Cosmo said: "On December 15, make the world better with a sweater!

"To get your free fundraising pack, visit and help save the children."