Actors 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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829 204
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
641 661
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
620 712
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

4
485 645
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
749 780
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

6
572 656
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
387 616
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
243 555
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

9
210 519
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
262 539
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
219 388
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
209 451
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

13
182 507
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

14
199 442
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
168 409
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

16
145 379
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
167 341
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

18
133 350
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
169 371
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
129 299
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
112 321
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
111 319
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
83 304
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
91 276
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
69 330
Alastair Sim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Scrooge, The Millionairess, An Inspector Calls

26
46 320
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
77 311
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
69 316
Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

29
48 311
Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
65 309
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

31
59 306
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

32
56 307
Richard Wilson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Man Who Knew Too Little, Gnomeo & Juliet, Macbeth

33
56 309
Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Braveheart, Trainspotting, Children of Men

34
43 294
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
37 290
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Casino Royale, Fierce Creatures, Burke & Hare

36
34 289
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added Crying with Laughter

37
22 283
Ian Hanmore is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Awakening, Young Adam, Postmortem

38
31 301
Stanley Baxter is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Thief and the Cobbler, Joey Boy, Very Important Person

39
19 291
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

40
21 289
Martin Compston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Doomsday, The Damned United, The Disappearance of Alice Creed

41
20 290
John Gordon Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Gregory's Girl, Erik the Viking, Britannia Hospital

42
14 284
Jimmy Logan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added Mary Poppins, Carry On Girls, Carry On Abroad

43
19 293
Alan MacNaughtan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Patton, Shadowlands, Frankenstein Created Woman

44
18 282
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time

45
18 288
Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

46
16 278
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

47
14 281
William Gillespie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Safety Last!, The Music Box, The Immigrant

48
19 278
Tony Roper is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
On a Clear Day

49
12 275
Benny Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, White Nights

50
12 280
Jeff Stewart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Lords of Magic, Billy, Blood on the Border