Famous Scottish Actors

Scotland has given the world a pool of talented Scotsmen who have been known the world over for their extraordinary feats and achievements. They are celebrated and noteworthy and have through their deeds extensively contributed to the world at large. Be it as inventors or leaders, philosophers or artisans, sports stars or scientists, Scottish men and women have made their worth count. Of all the fields, Scottish people have shone in the sphere of acting as well. Blessed with a creative bent of aptitude, Scottish actors are known for their applaud-worthy performance both in stage and in motion pictures. They are master story-tellers who get into the flesh of a character and bring to life a largely real/unreal character or subject through their facial expression, body language, body movement and gestures. Scottish film industry has been home to some of the most talented actors who have earned a reputation for themselves not just in the country but in Hollywood as well. Alan Cumming, Gerard Butler, Richard Madden, Sean Connery, Ewan McGregor and James McAvoy are some of the most famous and influential actors from Scotland who have an affluent filmography to boast of. Check this segment to discover interesting facts about Scottish actors, their life, films, career and filmography.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Sean Connery

Sean Connery.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: October 31, 2020

The first person to play James Bond on screen, Scottish actor Sean Connery went on to star in seven films of the franchise. The role catapulted him to international fame, but this charismatic actor was not restricted to his iconic role. He also tasted critical and commercial success in other productions including Murder on the Orient Express and The Untouchables

 2 James McAvoy

James McAvoy.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

A frequent performer in West End productions, James McAvoy has also showcased his acting skills in popular Hollywood movies, such as the X-Men series and Split. Although not an adventurer, he did a BASE jump to help raise money for a charity named Retrak, which helps Ugandan children.

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 3 Ewan McGregor

Ewan McGregor.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Perth, Scotland

A critically acclaimed actor, known for working in many small independent films, Ewan McGregor’s first notable film was Shallow Grave, followed by Trainspotting which propelled him to stardom. Films like Emma, A Life Less Ordinary and Moulin Rouge and the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the three Star Wars prequels, plus the television series Fargo are his other notable works.

 4 Sam Heughan

Sam Heughan.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Galloway, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, United Kingdom

 5 Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly.
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Famous As: Stand-up Comedian
Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Billy Connolly is a retired stand-up comedian, actor, and musician. Known for his observational and idiosyncratic comedy, Connolly is widely considered one of the most influential and greatest stand-up comedians of all time. He has also worked with the British charity, Comic Relief and has appeared in a documentary and a live stage show for the charity.

 6 David McCallum

David McCallum.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

David McCallum is a Scottish musician and actor who gained recognition for portraying Illya Kuryakin in the popular spy fiction TV series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. He gained international recognition for playing Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the action police procedural TV series NCIS. David McCallum has also contributed as a writer, publishing a novel titled Once a Crooked Man.

 7 Peter Capaldi

Peter Capaldi.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Glasgow

Peter Capaldi is a Scottish filmmaker and actor. He is best known for playing Malcolm Tucker in the British comedy TV series The Thick of It. Also known for his charity work, Capaldi joined hands with other celebrities to help raise awareness about the ill-effects of the global refugee crisis. He is also a patron of the Aberlour Child Care Trust.

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 8 Alan Cumming

Alan Cumming.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aberfeldy

Alan Cumming is a Scottish-American actor, filmmaker, comedian, and singer. A Tony Award winner, Cumming has contributed immensely to the development of the Scottish Youth Theatre, of which he is a patron. An openly bisexual actor, Cumming's work as an LGBT rights activist has earned him several awards, including the Vito Russo Award and HRC's Humanitarian Award.

 9 Robbie Coltrane

Robbie Coltrane
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rutherglen, Scotland

 10 Robert Carlyle

Robert Carlyle
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maryhill

 11 Thomas Doherty

Thomas Doherty.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scotland
Scottish actor Thomas Doherty is best known as Sean Matthews from the Disney series The Lodge and as Harry Hook from the Descendants movie franchise. He will appear in the upcoming the HBO Max remake of Gossip Girl. Vogue named him one of the world’s 50 fittest boys in 2017.

 12 Dougray Scott

Dougray Scott.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glenrothes

Dougray Scott is a Scottish actor known for playing important roles in popular American films, such as Mission: Impossible 2, Hitman, and Ever After. Scott was hand-picked by Tom Cruise to portray the antagonist in Mission: Impossible 2, which says a lot about his acting skills. He was also the original choice to play Wolverine in X-Men, a role he missed due to an injury.

 13 Martin Compston

Martin Compston
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK

 14 Ewen Bremner

Ewen Bremner
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

 15 Billy Boyd

Billy Boyd
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 16 Douglas Henshall

Douglas Henshall.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow
While he gained fame with films such as Angels and Insects and stage productions such as Death of a Salesman, Douglas Henshall’s real claim to fame was his BAFTA-winning role of Jimmy Perez in the crime series Shetland. A football fan, he initially wished to be a sports journalist.

 17 Iain De Caestecker

Iain De Caestecker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

 18 Neil Connery

Neil Connery.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Neil Connery, younger brother of legendary actor Sean Connery, made his movie debut with the film O.K. Connery, also known as Operation Kid Brother, which was modeled on James Bond films. He was also part of the Hong Kong film Aces Go Places 3, a secret agent comedy.

 19 Tony Curran

Tony Curran
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 20 Ross McCall

Ross McCall
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Glasgow, Scotland, UK

 21 Derek William Dick

Derek William Dick
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer, Composer, Poet
Birthdate: April 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dalkeith, Midlothian, Scotland

 22 Kenneth Cranham

Kenneth Cranham
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland, UK

 23 Tom Conti

Tom Conti.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paisley, Scotland

Surprisingly, the antireligious actor Tom Conti was raised as a staunch Roman Catholic. He is said to be genetically linked to Napoléon Bonaparte. The theater, TV, and film actor has also written a novel and is known for his minor but impactful roles such Ross’s father-in-law in Friends.

 24 Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: January 15, 1990

 25 Bill Paterson

Bill Paterson
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Birthdate: June 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glasgow

 26 John Laurie

John Laurie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK
Died: June 23, 1980

 27 Sean Biggerstaff

Sean Biggerstaff
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Famous As: Actor, Musician
Birthdate: March 15, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow

 28 Emun Elliott

Emun Elliott.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Born to a Persian father and a Scottish mother, actor Emun Mohammedi, better known as Emun Elliott, had dropped out of a literature degree course to join the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He later soared to fame with series such as Paradox and movies such as Prometheus.

 29 Ian Charleson

Ian Charleson
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Famous As: Scottish actor
Birthdate: August 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 6, 1990

 30 Daniel Portman

Daniel Portman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Scotland, UK

 31 Ian Richardson

Ian Richardson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: February 9, 2007

 32 Ian Bannen

Ian Bannen
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
Died: November 3, 1999

 33 Euan Morton

Euan Morton
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 13, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scotland, UK

 34 Alastair Mackenzie

Alastair Mackenzie
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Trinafour, Perth and Kinross, Scotland, UK

 35 Paul Telfer

Paul Telfer
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Famous As: actor, film actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paisley

 36 Richard McCabe

Richard McCabe
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 37 James Finlayson

James Finlayson
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Famous As: actor, comedian, stage actor
Birthdate: August 27, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Falkirk
Died: October 9, 1953

 38 Abdalqadir as-Sufi

Abdalqadir as-Sufi
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Famous As: theologian, philosopher, actor
Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Ayr

 39 Colin Buchanan

Colin Buchanan
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Famous As: actor
Birthdate: September 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dundee

 40 Michael Carter

Michael Carter
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Famous As: actor, film actor
Birthdate: June 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dumfries

 41 B.A. Robertson

B.A. Robertson
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow

 42 Hamish Wilson

Hamish Wilson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: March 26, 2020

 43 Will Fyffe

Will Fyffe
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Famous As: Musical artist
Birthdate: February 16, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
Died: December 14, 1947

 44 Bill Bradley

Bill Bradley
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: November 24, 2010