11 jobs Sean Connery did around Edinburgh before becoming famous

Long before he earned superstar status as James Bond, Sean Connery was ‘Mr Oddjob’ and employed in a diverse number of professions around Edinburgh.

Monday, 2nd November 2020, 4:45 pm
Sean Connery appearing in The Seashell at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh in 1959. Whilst in the city he stayed with his parents in Fountainbridge.
Sean Connery appearing in The Seashell at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh in 1959. Whilst in the city he stayed with his parents in Fountainbridge.

Most people are aware of his stint as a milkman for St Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society in his native Fountainbridge, but Connery turned his hand to around a dozen other jobs before pursuing a full-time acting career.

We take a look at 11 jobs done by the late film legend before he became famous.

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Sean famously delivered milk for St Cuthbert's Co-operative and was based at the horses' stables in Grove Street in Fountainbridge near his family home. If half of the people claiming to have been delivered milk by the future star are to be believed, then Connery's round would have been the biggest on the planet!

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Hired for his burly physique, Connery worked for a spell as a doorman at the Palais de Danse ballroom in Fountainbridge. It's said he adopted a no-nonsense approach and regularly had run-ins with the notorious Valdor Gang of Tollcross.
This painting by Alastair Fairweather shows Sean Connery as a life model. Sean earned some extra cash at Edinburgh's art college and was painted by a young Richard Demarco among other notable names.
Sean Connery was a gifted footballer who attracted the attentions of Manchester Untied boss Matt Busby while playing for Bonnyrigg Rose. Sean famously rejected Busby's £25 a week contract offer - just as well his career as a film star took off.
One of Sir Sean's more unusual pre-Bond roles was as a coffin-polisher. Connery claimed he would bleach the coffins in order to make it seem as if they were made of oak.
A member of the Dunedin Amateur Weightlifting Club in Edinburgh, Connery took a keen interest building and even competed at the Mr Universe competition in London.
A young Connery was employed in the 1950s as a lifeguard at Portobello's open-air pool and became very popular with the local ladies on account of his good looks and ripped physique.
Connery had a stint as a tradesman before pursuing his acting dream and learned how to be a brick layer.
Shortly after leaving school, Connery joined the Royal Navy and trained in Portsmouth to be an anti-aircraft gunner. He was discharged on medical grounds due to a duodenal ulcer.
Sean briefly followed in his father's footseps to become a lorry driver. Joe Connery had driven trucks for the North British Rubber Company.
Having settled on acting, Sean Connery appeared in The Seashell at the King's Theatre in Edinburgh in 1959. Within three years he was famous around the world as James Bond.