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Film The Best Living Scottish Actors  

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List Rules Living male actors from Scotland only. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.

From McAvoy to McGregor, there are tons of amazing actors alive today who all hail from the country of Scotland. Hollywood has taken in these Scots, making them huge stars, noted award winners, and even heartthrobs. This list ranks the best living Scottish actors, and your votes can help determine the best of the best when it comes to living Scottish actors.

Who are the most talented living Scottish actors? Whether they're still working, or have retired, as long as they're still alive, from Scotland, and a great actor, they can be listed here. There are comedians like Craig Ferguson and more serious actors like Sean Connery listed here, but all of these men are top Scottish actors, turning in great performances and starring in memorable films.

This list features the greatest Scottish actors alive today including James McAvoy, Sean Connery, Alan Cumming, Craig Ferguson, Robert Carlyle, Billy Boyd, Gerard Butler, Dayton Callie, and John Hannah. Don't see your favorite living 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 still alive today.

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
James McAvoy X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

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109 51
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
David Tennant Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Sean Connery Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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87 51
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Robert Carlyle Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Gerard Butler How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Alan Cumming X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

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35 22
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
John Hannah The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral

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34 22
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Richard Madden Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

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Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
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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35 24
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Billy Connolly Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Robbie Coltrane Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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34 24
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Brian Cox Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

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Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Dougray Scott Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

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Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Kevin McKidd Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
John Barrowman The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Craig Ferguson Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

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Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Peter Mullan Braveheart, Trainspotting, Children of Men

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20 21
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Tommy Flanagan Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

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Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Ewen Bremner Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

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Angus Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added Angus Macfadyen Braveheart, Saw III, Equilibrium

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James Robinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added James Robinson Braveheart, Lords of Magic, The Wee Man

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David O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added David O'Hara Braveheart, The Departed, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

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Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Ken Stott The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Charlie Wilson's War

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12 15
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Sylvester McCoy Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

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Hans Matheson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Hans Matheson Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, 300: Rise of an Empire

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Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added Peter Capaldi World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop

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David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
David McCallum The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

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James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added James Cosmo Braveheart, Trainspotting, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

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Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Tony Curran Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

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9 15
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Jack McElhone Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

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6 14
Paul Telfer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Paul Telfer Young Alexander the Great, Son of Morning, Bunker

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4 14
Martin Compston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Martin Compston Doomsday, The Damned United, The Disappearance of Alice Creed

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4 15
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors

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4 15
Andrew Agnew is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors

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Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Dayton Callie Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

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4 16
John Gordon Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
John Gordon Sinclair Gregory's Girl, Erik the Viking, Britannia Hospital

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3 14
Cal Macaninch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Cal Macaninch Doomsday, The Awakening, Dear Frankie

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3 14
Robert Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Robert Buchanan Gregory's Girl, That Sinking Feeling

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3 15
Atta Yaqub is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Atta Yaqub Ae Fond Kiss..., Perfect Day, Nina's Heavenly Delights

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3 15
James Gillan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors

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Jeff Stewart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Jeff Stewart Lords of Magic, Billy, Blood on the Border

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2 15
George Rossi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
George Rossi Roseanna's Grave, The Singing Detective, The Big Man

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2 15
Benny Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Benny Young Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, White Nights

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1 14
Gianni Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Gianni Capaldi Cross, The Wicked Within, The Wicked Within