Actresses 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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77 15
Karen Gillan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Karen Gillan Guardians of the Galaxy, Oculus, Doctor Who: Space and Time

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54 13
Rose Leslie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Rose Leslie Now Is Good, Purves + Pekkala, Honeymoon

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71 27
Kelly Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Kelly Macdonald No Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Trainspotting

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49 12
Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Isla Fisher Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby, Rango

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25 15
Laura Fraser is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Laura Fraser Vanilla Sky, A Knight's Tale, The Man in the Iron Mask

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20 16
Phyllis Logan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Phyllis Logan Nineteen Eighty-Four, Secrets & Lies, Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life

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16 12
Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Katie Leung Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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16 12
Shirley Henderson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Shirley Henderson Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Trainspotting

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16 14
Freya Mavor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Freya Mavor Sunshine on Leith, Not Another Happy Ending

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15 13
Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Shirley Manson Knife Fight, Garbage: Absolute Garbage

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15 13
Ashley Jensen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Ashley Jensen How to Train Your Dragon, Gnomeo & Juliet, Arthur Christmas

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14 12
Simone Lahbib is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Simone Lahbib Philomena, The Girl in the Picture, Zip 'n Zoo

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12 10
Daniela Nardini is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Daniela Nardini Festival, Sirens, Sunshine on Leith

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11 9
Annette Crosbie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Annette Crosbie The Lord of the Rings, Calendar Girls, The Slipper and the Rose

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Dawn Steele is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Dawn Steele Surveillance, Club Le Monde, Gregory's Two Girls

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14 13
Jayd Johnson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Jayd Johnson Dear Frankie

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10 10
Michelle Duncan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Michelle Duncan Atonement, Driving Lessons, The Broken

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10 10
Georgia King is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Georgia King Wild Child, The Duchess, One Day

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13 14
Julie Graham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Julie Graham Bedrooms and Hallways, Tower Block, Preaching to the Perverted

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8 8
Holly Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses

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8 10
Molly Pearson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Molly Pearson The Green, Clutter

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7 10
Sophie Kennedy Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Sophie Kennedy Clark Dark Shadows, Philomena, Nymphomaniac: Volume I

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7 10
Amy Manson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Amy Manson Blood Monkey, Pumpkinhead 4: Blood Feud, Shamrock Boy

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9 13
Phyllida Law is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Phyllida Law The Time Machine, Nanny McPhee, Unleashed

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9 13
Lindsay Duncan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Lindsay Duncan Alice in Wonderland, About Time, Under the Tuscan Sun

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11 16
Elaine C. Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Elaine C. Smith Night Is Day

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8 13
Kate Dickie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Kate Dickie Prometheus, Filth, Somers Town

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7 15
Barbara Rafferty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Barbara Rafferty The Last King of Scotland, Perfect Sense, Women Talking Dirty

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7 15
Edith MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Edith MacArthur Purves + Pekkala

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6 15
Rowena Cooper is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Rowena Cooper Secret Friends, State of Mind, A Is for Acid

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4 15
Kananu Kirimi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Kananu Kirimi The Queen

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3 13
Helena Gloag is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living Scottish Actresses
Helena Gloag Ring of Bright Water, My Ain Folk, My Childhood