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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2,489 466
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
1,247 1,039
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
834 1,057
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
904 1,061
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 4 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

5
901 1,092
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

6
856 758
Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Virág Hajmási added World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop

7
938 1,138
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

8
700 959
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

9
344 776
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
378 840
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

11
305 699
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

12
555 589
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Mabrpoet added X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

13
374 615
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

14
346 119
Richard Rankin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
LindaBouley1 added The House of Him

15
345 617
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

16
409 455
Graham McTavish is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur

17
226 80
Steven Cree is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
LindaBouley1 added Brave, John Carter, Maleficent

18
238 534
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

19
248 566
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

20
221 508
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral

21
366 506
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

22
170 60
Gary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
LindaBouley1 added The Nutty Professor, The Family Jewels, It's Only Money

23
297 521
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
244 447
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Vorpaleen added Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

25
71 461
James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
ChristineRussell added Braveheart, Trainspotting, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion