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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235 91
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
153 53
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

3
118 69
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

4
91 49
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

5
101 58
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
81 46
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
56 36
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

8
20 6
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
39 25
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
44 30
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
36 25
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

12
38 28
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
35 27
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

14
35 28
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

15
30 26
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

16
29 25
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

17
25 24
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

18
31 31
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 24
Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Braveheart, Trainspotting, Children of Men

20
19 22
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

21
20 24
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

22
14 19
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

23
13 18
Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Charlie Wilson's War

24
15 21
Hans Matheson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, 300: Rise of an Empire

25
15 21
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

26
3 6
Angus Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added Braveheart, Saw III, Equilibrium

27
2 5
David O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added Braveheart, The Departed, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

28
1 4
James Robinson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added Braveheart, Lords of Magic, The Wee Man

29
2 6
James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
ToriMartinez added Braveheart, Trainspotting, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

30
9 16
Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

31
9 16
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

32
6 15
Paul Telfer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Young Alexander the Great, Son of Morning, Bunker

33
4 15
Martin Compston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Doomsday, The Damned United, The Disappearance of Alice Creed

34
4 16
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors

35
4 16
Andrew Agnew is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors

36
4 17
John Gordon Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Gregory's Girl, Erik the Viking, Britannia Hospital

37
4 17
Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

38
3 15
Robert Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Gregory's Girl, That Sinking Feeling

39
3 15
Cal Macaninch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Doomsday, The Awakening, Dear Frankie

40
3 16
James Gillan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors

41
3 16
Atta Yaqub is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Ae Fond Kiss..., Perfect Day, Nina's Heavenly Delights

42
2 15
Jeff Stewart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Lords of Magic, Billy, Blood on the Border

43
2 16
George Rossi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Roseanna's Grave, The Singing Detective, The Big Man

44
2 16
Benny Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, White Nights

45
1 15
Gianni Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actors
Cross, The Wicked Within, The Wicked Within