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List Rules Male actors from Scotland, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.

Scotland isn't just about whiskey, it's also the home country of many of Hollywood's top actors. This list of the best Scottish actors of all time has been ranked by the votes of film buffs and movie fans like you! When it comes to the all-time best Scottish actors in history, there are plenty or big names who could be considered the greatest and your votes will help decide.

Who are the all-time top Scottish actors? From greats like Sean Connery, to younger stars like James McAvoy, actors from Scotland are cast in all kind of films and have won numerous awards for their work on screen. Their characters and performances are second to none and many of the Scotsmen on this list are also among the best actors of all time.
 
This list features the greatest Scottish actors of all time including Alastair Sim, Robert Carlyle, Stanley Baxter, Sean Connery, James McAvoy, Gerard Butler, Alan Cumming, Ewan McGregor, and Billy Boyd. Don't see your favorite actor from Scotland? Add him below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best Scottish actors to have ever graced the screen.
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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
David Tennant Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

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615 255
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Robert Carlyle Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

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389 177
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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269 152
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

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355 188
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
James McAvoy X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

6
177 70
Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Virág Hajmási added Peter Capaldi World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop

7
157 76
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
John Barrowman The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

8
129 105
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Robbie Coltrane Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

9
181 138
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Gerard Butler How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

10
126 101
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
David McCallum The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

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123 89
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Alan Cumming X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

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127 95
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Billy Connolly Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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98 85
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Craig Ferguson Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

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119 112
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
BronChandy added Sam Heughan A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light

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48 10
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Mabrpoet added Patrick Stewart X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

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78 72
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brian Cox Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

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99 72
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Billy Boyd The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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66 69
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
John Hannah The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral

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37 17
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Vorpaleen added Iain Glen Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

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68 60
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Richard Madden Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

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50 69
Alastair Sim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Alastair Sim Scrooge, The Millionairess, An Inspector Calls

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55 51
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Sylvester McCoy Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

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55 55
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Kevin McKidd Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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31 59
James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added James Cosmo Braveheart, Trainspotting, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

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57 65
Graham McTavish is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added Graham McTavish The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur

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22 13
Rory McCann is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Vorpaleen added Rory McCann Hot Fuzz, Clash of the Titans, Season of the Witch

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45 50
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Dougray Scott Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

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48 55
Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Tony Curran Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

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30 61
Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Ken Stott The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Charlie Wilson's War

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39 54
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Ewen Bremner Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

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38 55
Richard Wilson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Richard Wilson The Man Who Knew Too Little, Gnomeo & Juliet, Macbeth

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35 55
Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Peter Mullan Braveheart, Trainspotting, Children of Men

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32 52
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Tommy Flanagan Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

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12 48
Rikki Fulton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added Rikki Fulton Gorky Park, The Dollar Bottom, Comfort and Joy

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19 47
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Ronnie Corbett Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, Burke & Hare

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21 51
Hans Matheson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Hans Matheson Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, 300: Rise of an Empire

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10 45
Jimmy Logan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added Jimmy Logan Mary Poppins, Carry On Girls, Carry On Abroad

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17 47
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added Grant O'Rourke Crying with Laughter

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8 41
Ian Hanmore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Ian Hanmore The Awakening, Young Adam, Postmortem

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20 58
Stanley Baxter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Stanley Baxter The Thief and the Cobbler, Joey Boy, Very Important Person

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15 56
Alan MacNaughtan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Alan MacNaughtan Patton, Shadowlands, Frankenstein Created Woman

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12 48
John Gordon Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
John Gordon Sinclair Gregory's Girl, Erik the Viking, Britannia Hospital

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11 50
Martin Compston is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Martin Compston Doomsday, The Damned United, The Disappearance of Alice Creed

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9 44
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time

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12 54
Tony Roper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Tony Roper On a Clear Day

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11 51
Cal Macaninch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Cal Macaninch Doomsday, The Awakening, Dear Frankie

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9 45
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Jack McElhone Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

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11 52
Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Dayton Callie Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

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8 43
Paul Telfer is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Paul Telfer Young Alexander the Great, Son of Morning, Bunker

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9 48
William Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
William Gillespie Safety Last!, The Music Box, The Immigrant