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The Best Living Scottish Actresses  

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

There is an incredible amount of acting talent both in Hollywood and across the globe. In fact, some of the best actresses alive today are from Scotland. This list of the best living Scottish actresses has been ranked by film fans and movie lovers who know that these women from Scotland have some serious acting chops and can handle any role that comes their way. 

Who are the all-time top living Scottish actresses? From amazing Scottish character actors to established female stars, there are all kind of great Scottish actresses still alive today, whether still working or retired. From TV to film and even a few who can hold their own stage, these are the best actresses from Scotland who still impress audiences to this day.

This list features the most talented living Scottish actresses including Kelly Macdonald, Isla Fisher, Rowena Cooper, Sophia Knight,  Ashley Jensen, Shirley Manson, and Rose Leslie. Don't see your favorite living actress from Scotland? Add her 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 actresses still alive today.
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Karen Gillan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Guardians of the Galaxy, Oculus, Doctor Who: Space and Time
2
Rose Leslie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Now Is Good, Purves + Pekkala, Honeymoon
3
Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby, Rango
4
Kelly Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
No Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Trainspotting
5
Laura Fraser is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Vanilla Sky, A Knight's Tale, The Man in the Iron Mask
6
Shirley Henderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Trainspotting
7
Phyllis Logan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Secrets & Lies, Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life
8
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
9
Freya Mavor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Sunshine on Leith, Not Another Happy Ending
10
Julie Graham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Bedrooms and Hallways, Tower Block, Preaching to the Perverted
11
Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Knife Fight, Garbage: Absolute Garbage
12
Ashley Jensen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
How to Train Your Dragon, Gnomeo & Juliet, Arthur Christmas
13
Simone Lahbib is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Philomena, The Girl in the Picture, Zip 'n Zoo
14
Daniela Nardini is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Festival, Sirens, Sunshine on Leith
15
Annette Crosbie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
The Lord of the Rings, Calendar Girls, The Slipper and the Rose
16
Dawn Steele is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Surveillance, Club Le Monde, Gregory's Two Girls
17
Jayd Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Dear Frankie
18
Michelle Duncan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Atonement, Driving Lessons, The Broken
19
Holly Jack is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
20
Georgia King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Wild Child, The Duchess, One Day
21
Molly Pearson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Molly Pearson The Green, Clutter
22
Amy Manson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Blood Monkey, Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud, Shamrock Boy
23
Sophie Kennedy Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Dark Shadows, Philomena, Nymphomaniac: Volume I
24
Lindsay Duncan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Alice in Wonderland, About Time, Under the Tuscan Sun
25
Phyllida Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
The Time Machine, Nanny McPhee, Unleashed