Famous Scottish Film & Theater Personalities

Think of Scotland and the first thing that strikes the mind is its scenic landscape. Bordered by mountainous terrain, Scotland is home to beautiful glaciers, serene lakes, iconic castles and bustling cities which give a glimpse of its vibrant culture. The country is part of the sovereign state of United Kingdom. Though mostly overshadowed by England, Scotland has its own charm and charisma. And so are its citizens, the Scottish who have played an instrumental role in the world history. Scotland has been home to several important personalities who have done much to contribute to the society, be it as scientists or scholars, litterateurs or artists, leaders or sportsperson. One more arena where Scottish has been greatly acknowledged is film and theatre. Scottish people have left an indelible mark in films and theatre. They have been working at different capacities in film and theatre production, as actors, directors, producers, artists, cameraman, cinematographer, choreographer, and action director. Some of them have even made their presence felt in Hollywood such as Sean Connery, Gerard Butler, Alan Cumming, Lindsay Duncan, Kelly MacDonald, Peter Mullan, David Hayman, and so on. Check this section and find out more about famous Scottish film and theatre personalities.

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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 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.

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 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 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

 6 Kelly Macdonald

Kelly Macdonald.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

Kelly Macdonald is a Scottish actress known for playing Diane Coulston in the 1996 black comedy-drama film, Trainspotting. Kelly Macdonald received critical appreciation for portraying Gina in the made-for-television drama film, The Girl in the Café, for which she won the Primetime Emmy Award. Eastwood High School, where she studied, has a theatre and drama studio named in her honor.

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 7 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.

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 8 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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 9 Rose Leslie

Rose Leslie.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen

Rose Leslie is a popular Scottish actress who gained international fame after portraying Ygritte in one of the most popular TV series of all time, Game of Thrones. Thanks to her popularity, she serves as an icon and inspiration to several aspiring Scottish actresses and models.

 10 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.

 11 Robbie Coltrane

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

 12 Robert Carlyle

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

 13 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.

 14 Sheena Easton

Sheena Easton.
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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bellshill
Two-time Grammy-winning artist Sheena Easton first gained attention on The Big Time. With the singles Modern Girl and 9 to 5, she became the second female to feature twice on the same Top Ten chart. Easton is the only artist with a top 5 hit on all Billboard singles charts.

 15 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.

 16 Ewen Bremner

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

 17 Martin Compston

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

 18 Billy Boyd

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

 19 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.

 20 Iain De Caestecker

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

 21 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.

 22 Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay Duncan.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish actor Lindsay Duncan is known for her Tony- and Olivier Award-winning role in Private Lives. She came to be known as the star of many plays by playwright Harold Pinter. On TV, she has also played Barbara Douglas in G.B.H. and Servilia of the Junii in Rome.

 23 Morven Christie

Morven Christie
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Famous As: stage actor, film actor
Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Helensburgh

 24 Tony Curran

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

 25 Ross McCall

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

 26 Ruth Connell

Ruth Connell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Falkirk, Scotland, UK

 27 Andrea McLean

Andrea McLean
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK

 28 Georgia King

Georgia King.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Daughter of actor Jonathan Hyde and operatic soprano Isobel Buchanan, Georgia King initially worked at a cheese shop. She almost lost out on her debut role in Jane Eyre due to an appendix operation. Fans loved her in the series The New Normal and Vice Principals.

 29 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

 30 Kenneth Cranham

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

 31 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.

 32 Kevin Bridges

Kevin Bridges
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: November 13, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

 33 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

 34 Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes
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Famous As: Football Player
Birthdate: February 5, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oldham, United Kingdom

 35 Bill Paterson

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

 36 Sean Biggerstaff

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

 37 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

 38 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.

 39 Neil Oliver

Neil Oliver
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: February 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK

 40 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

 41 Chloe Pirrie

Chloe Pirrie.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Scottish actress Chloe Pirrie rose to fame with her role in the miniseries, The Game. Since then, she has appeared in several TV shows and films, playing versatile roles. She began acting in school and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She won the Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards 2013.

 42 Daniel Portman

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

 43 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

 44 Marianna Palka

Marianna Palka.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Scottish-born Marianna Palka is best known for her towering frame and her award-winning direction in the film Good Dick, which she also wrote and starred in. She has also gained fame with her critically acclaimed films TriBeCa Neds and Bitch. She inspired the Academy Award-shortlisted documentary The Lion's Mouth Opens.

 45 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

 46 Euan Morton

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

 47 Adrienne Corri

Adrienne Corri
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Famous As: stage actor, film actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow
Died: March 13, 2016

 48 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

 49 Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin Blackwood
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 23, 2000
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Northern Ireland

 50 Nicky Campbell

Nicky Campbell
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: April 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK