Famous Scottish Film & Theater Personalities

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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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Sean Connery
(The First Actor to Portray Fictional British Secret Agent James Bond on Film)
Sean Connery
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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

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Ewan McGregor
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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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James McAvoy
(Scottish Actor)
James McAvoy
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Birthdate: April 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

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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Karen Gillan
(Scottish Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Amy Pond’ in the TV Series ‘Doctor Who’)
Karen Gillan
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Birthdate: November 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inverness, Scotland

Karen Gillan is one of the most popular and successful actresses from Scotland. She is best known for playing Nebula and Ruby Roundhouse in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films and Jumanji film series respectively. Also a filmmaker, she wrote and directed The Party's Just Beginning, apart from acting in the film. She is also a philanthropist.

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Gerard Butler
(Scottish Actor and Film Producer)
Gerard Butler
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Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Gerard Butler is one of the most popular and successful actors from Scotland. He came into prominence with the portrayal of King Leonidas in the fantasy war film 300. Apart from acting, he participates in fundraising events and charity programs. Interestingly, Butler tried his hand at acting only after being fired a week before becoming a qualified lawyer!

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David Tennant
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Birthdate: April 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bathgate, Scotland

A celebrated son of Scotland, David Tennant is best known for his lead role in the BBC series, Doctor Who, from 2005-10. The show made him a household name and a sex symbol. His career continues to flourish with lead roles in films and television. He’s also a prolific theater actor having played Shakespearean characters like Hamlet and Richard II.

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Richard Madden
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Birthdate: June 18, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Scottish actor Richard Madden is famous worldwide as Robb Stark from the hugely successful HBO series, Game of Thrones. The series has a cult following and Madden starred in it from 2011 to 2013. He also received critical acclaim for his acting in the series Bodyguard. He has also acted in films like Cinderella, Bastille Day and 1917.

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Billy Connolly
(Stand-up Comedian)
Billy Connolly
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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.

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Sam Heughan
(Actor and Producer Best Known for His Role as ‘Jamie Fraser’ in the TV Series ‘Outlander’)
Sam Heughan
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Birthdate: April 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Balmaclellan, Scotland

Best known to audiences as James Fraser from the historical drama series Outlander, Sam Heughan was born to hippie parents from the Gandalf's Garden community in London. He supports Scottish independence and has been associated with cancer charity. He has also been the face of the British luxury brand Barbour.

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Kelly Macdonald
(Scottish Actress Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Trainspotting’, ‘Gosford Park’, ‘Intermission’ and ‘Nanny McPhee’)
Kelly Macdonald
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Birthdate: February 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Glasgow, 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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David McCallum
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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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Robbie Coltrane
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Birthdate: March 30, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rutherglen, Scotland

Robbie Coltrane is a Scottish actor, writer, and comedian best known for playing Rubeus Hagrid in the popular Harry Potter movie series. Coltrane has also played important roles in other popular movies like GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough. Over the years, Robbie Coltrane has won several prestigious awards, such as the British Academy Television Awards.

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Alan Cumming
(Scottish Actor, Writer and Singer Known for His TV Series ‘The Good Wife’)
Alan Cumming
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Birthdate: January 27, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aberfeldy, Perthshire, Scotland

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.

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Peter Capaldi
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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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Rose Leslie
(Scottish Actress)
Rose Leslie
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Birthdate: February 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland

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.

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Iain Glen
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Alexander Isaacs’ in ‘Resident Evil’ Film Series)
Iain Glen
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Birthdate: June 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
One of the British theatre's preeminent men, Iain Glen is best-known for featuring in Resident Evil film series and Game of Thrones. Though he has a catalogue of splendid work but his works flew under the radar. He bagged in a Silver Bear for Best Actor for his phenomenal performance in Silent Screen at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.
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Robert Carlyle
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Birthdate: April 14, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maryhill

Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning Australian actor Robert Carlyle is best known for his performances in films such as Trainspotting and The Full Monty. Raised singlehandedly by his father after his mother left them, he had initially quit school to become a painter like his father. He deviated to drama at age 21.

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Ian McDiarmid
(Best Known for His Villainous Role of 'Emperor Palpatine' from the 'Star Wars' Film Series)
Ian McDiarmid
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Birthdate: August 11, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carnoustie, Angus, Scotland

Best known to fans as Emperor Palpatine or Darth Sidious in the Star Wars movie series, Scottish actor Ian McDiarmid also had a successful career in British theater. His performance as Teddy in the play Faith Healer won him a Tony Award, while he earned an Olivier Award for the play Insignificance.

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Thomas Doherty
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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.
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Rory McCann
(Scottish Actor Best Known for Portraying 'Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane' on the HBO Series 'Game of Thrones')
Rory McCann
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Birthdate: April 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Best known for his role of The Hound in Game of Thrones and his Scottish BAFTA-winning performance as Kenny McLeod in The Book Group, Rory McCann often puts his towering 6’6” frame to good use in his acting projects. He is also a talented musician and once worked as a carpenter and gardener.

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Dougray Scott
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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.

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Michelle Gomez
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Birthdate: November 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
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Graham McTavish
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Birthdate: January 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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James Cosmo
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Birthdate: October 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clydebank, Dumbartonshire, Scotland

James Cosmo is a Scottish actor known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as Game of Thrones. He has also appeared in several epic historical films like Braveheart, Troy, and Ben-Hur. Apart from being an actor, James Cosmo has also been serving as a patron of a charity named Chance for Childhood.

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Kevin McKidd
(Actor Best Known for His Role in the Film 'Trainspotting' and TV Series 'Grey's Anatomy')
Kevin McKidd
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Birthdate: August 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elgin, Moray, Scotland

Kevin McKidd is a Scottish-born American actor, singer, and television director. He is best known for portraying Owen Hunt in the popular medical drama TV series Grey's Anatomy. He is also known for playing important roles in popular films like Danny Boyle's 1996 black comedy-drama Trainspotting and Chris Columbus' 2010 action fantasy Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.

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Ashley Jensen
(Actress)
Ashley Jensen
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Birthdate: August 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland
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Henry Ian Cusick
(Peruvian-Scottish Actor and Television Director)
Henry Ian Cusick
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Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Trujillo, Peru

Henry Ian Cusick is a Peruvian-Scottish actor and television director. He is best known for playing Desmond David Hume in the popular ABC television series Lost. Henry Ian Cusick received a nomination at the Primetime Emmy Awards for his portrayal of Desmond Hume.

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Nicola Sturgeon
(First Minister of Scotland and Leader of the Scottish National Party)
Nicola Sturgeon
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Birthdate: July 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon is a Scottish politician. Since 2014, Sturgeon has been serving as the leader of the Scottish National Party and first minister of Scotland. Being the first woman to serve in these positions, Nicola Sturgeon is seen as a major inspiration to women across Scotland.

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Billy Boyd
(Actor)
Billy Boyd
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Birthdate: August 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
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Martin Compston
(Actor Best Known for Playing Detective Inspector 'Steve Arnott' in the BBC Drama 'Line of Duty')
Martin Compston
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Birthdate: May 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenock, Inverclyde, Scotland

Martin Compston began his career as a footballer, playing as a defender for youth teams such as Aberdeen and then for senior teams such as Greenock Morton. However, an audition in high school led him to the lead role in the movie Sweet Sixteen, and he ended up becoming an actor.

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Laura Fraser
(Actress)
Laura Fraser
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Birthdate: July 24, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
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Douglas Henshall
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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.
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Ncuti Gatwa
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Birthdate: October 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nyarugenge, Kigali, Rwanda
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Lindsay Duncan
(Actress Best Known for Her Performances in ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ and ‘Private Lives’)
Lindsay Duncan
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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.

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Jack Lowden
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Birthdate: June 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelmsford, Essex, England, UK
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Angus Macfadyen
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Birthdate: September 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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Iain De Caestecker
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Birthdate: December 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
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Sebastian Roché
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Birthdate: August 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Ewen Bremner
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Birthdate: January 23, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
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Denis Lawson
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Birthdate: September 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland, UK
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Gail Porter
(Scottish Television Personality, Former Model & Actress)
Gail Porter
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Birthdate: March 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

While she initially presented family and children’s shows, Gail Porter stunned everyone when a nude photo of her, which was part of an FHM campaign, was projected on the British Houses of Parliament. She was later diagnosed with alopecia and worked with charities to raise awareness about the condition.

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Pollyanna McIntosh
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Birthdate: March 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Scotland, UK
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Neil Connery
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Birthdate: January 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 9, 2021
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.
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Tony Curran
(Scottish Actor)
Tony Curran
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Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Tony Curran is a Scottish actor best known for his work in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films, such as Thor: The Dark World. He has also played important roles in popular TV series like Daredevil and Doctor Who. In 2006, Tony Curran won the Best Actor Award at the British Independent Film Awards for playing Clyde Henderson in Red Road. 

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Ken Stott
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Balin’ in ‘The Hobbit’ Film Series)
Ken Stott
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Birthdate: October 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Ken Stott is a Scottish actor best known for his performance in the play Broken Glass, for which he received the prestigious Laurence Olivier Award in 1995. He has also won a couple of BAFTA Scotland Awards for his performance in Hancock and Joan and The Missing. Ken Stott achieved international recognition after portraying Balin in the Hobbit film series.

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Marti Pellow
(Lead Singer of the Scottish Pop Group 'Wet Wet Wet')
Marti Pellow
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Birthdate: March 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clydebank, Scotland
Although discouraged by his father from choosing music as a career option, Mark McLachlan decided to try his luck with a band he formed with three friends. While the band grew to become the internationally renowned Scottish pop group Wet Wet Wet, Mark became Marti Pellow, its lead singer.
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Morven Christie
(Actress known for her roles in various TV shows and mini-series)
Morven Christie
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Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Helensburgh, Scotland
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Kate Dickie
(Scottish Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Lex’ in the TV Series ‘Tinsel Town’)
Kate Dickie
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Birthdate: July 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Kilbride, Scotland

Kate Dickie is a Scottish actress known for playing important roles in television series like Tinsel Town and Game of Thrones. For her portrayal of Jackie in the 2006 thriller film Red Road, Dickie won a British Academy Scotland Award and a British Independent Film Award. She is also known for her association with the popular theatre company, Solar Bear.

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Ruth Connell
(Actress)
Ruth Connell
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Birthdate: April 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Falkirk, Scotland, UK
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Gary Lewis
(Actor)
Gary Lewis
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Birthdate: November 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Easterhouse, Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom