VOTE The Best Scottish Actors of All Time  

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List Rules Male actors from Scotland, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.

Scotland isn't just about whiskey, it's also the home country of many of Hollywood's top actors. This list of the best Scottish actors of all time has been ranked by the votes of film buffs and movie fans like you! When it comes to the all-time best Scottish actors in history, there are plenty or big names who could be considered the greatest and your votes will help decide.

Who are the all-time top Scottish actors? From greats like Sean Connery, to younger stars like James McAvoy, actors from Scotland are cast in all kind of films and have won numerous awards for their work on screen. Their characters and performances are second to none and many of the Scotsmen on this list are also among the best actors of all time.

This list features the greatest Scottish actors of all time including Alastair Sim, Robert Carlyle, Stanley Baxter, Sean Connery, James McAvoy, Gerard Butler, Alan Cumming, Ewan McGregor, and Billy Boyd. Don't see your favorite 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 to have ever graced the screen.
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1,042 244
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
BronChandy added A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light

2
718 833
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

3
536 809
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

4
656 877
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

5
623 821
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

6
786 938
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

7
432 769
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

8
233 636
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

9
252 705
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

10
278 650
Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Virág Hajmási added World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop

11
267 483
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Mabrpoet added X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

12
197 589
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

13
228 531
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

14
219 521
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

15
200 411
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

16
165 451
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

17
174 487
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

18
148 419
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral

19
189 440
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
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

20
152 367
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Vorpaleen added Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

21
125 387
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

22
124 384
Graham McTavish is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur

23
92 369
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

24
101 342
Rory McCann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Vorpaleen added Hot Fuzz, Clash of the Titans, Season of the Witch

25
80 396
Alastair Sim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Scrooge, The Millionairess, An Inspector Calls

26
52 386
James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added Braveheart, Trainspotting, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

27
84 379
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

28
53 375
Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Charlie Wilson's War

29
74 383
Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

30
71 375
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

31
67 371
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

32
63 374
Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Braveheart, Trainspotting, Children of Men

33
61 374
Richard Wilson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Man Who Knew Too Little, Gnomeo & Juliet, Macbeth

34
46 358
Hans Matheson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, 300: Rise of an Empire

35
42 356
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, Burke & Hare

36
35 354
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added Crying with Laughter

37
33 366
Stanley Baxter is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Thief and the Cobbler, Joey Boy, Very Important Person

38
22 350
Ian Hanmore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Awakening, Young Adam, Postmortem

39
20 356
Rikki Fulton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added Gorky Park, The Dollar Bottom, Comfort and Joy

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4 30
Ian McDiarmid is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
starwarssuperfan added Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

41
23 353
Martin Compston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Doomsday, The Damned United, The Disappearance of Alice Creed

42
22 354
John Gordon Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Gregory's Girl, Erik the Viking, Britannia Hospital

43
15 349
Jimmy Logan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added Mary Poppins, Carry On Girls, Carry On Abroad

44
19 347
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time

45
19 354
Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

46
19 358
Alan MacNaughtan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Patton, Shadowlands, Frankenstein Created Woman

47
16 343
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

48
14 346
William Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Safety Last!, The Music Box, The Immigrant

49
20 342
Tony Roper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
On a Clear Day

50
19 341
Paul Telfer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Young Alexander the Great, Son of Morning, Bunker