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The Best Scottish Actors of All Time 

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Updated June 19, 2019 75.8k votes 8.3k voters 73.1k views 61 items

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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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Mabrpoet added X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2
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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
BronChandy added A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light
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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night
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Graham McTavish is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur
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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
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Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Virág Hajmási added World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop
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Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later
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Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise
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Steven Cree is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
LindaBouley1 added Brave, John Carter, Maleficent
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Richard Rankin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
LindaBouley1 added The House of Him
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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Vorpaleen added Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse
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Gary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
LindaBouley1 added The Nutty Professor, The Family Jewels, It's Only Money
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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye
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Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral
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Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
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David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods
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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity
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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass
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Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors of All Time
sherbear added Crying with Laughter