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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238 95
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

2
158 58
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

3
95 53
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

4
119 74
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

5
103 62
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

6
84 53
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

7
58 42
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

8
24 11
Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop

9
40 31
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral

10
39 30
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

11
44 36
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

12
39 33
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
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

13
36 32
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

14
29 25
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

15
35 33
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

16
30 30
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

17
29 29
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

18
33 34
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

19
22 27
Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Braveheart, Trainspotting, Children of Men

20
19 24
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

21
20 27
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

22
15 21
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

23
16 23
Hans Matheson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, 300: Rise of an Empire

24
16 23
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

25
13 21
Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Charlie Wilson's War