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The Best Scottish Actors of All Time

Updated September 28, 2021 83.6k votes 9.2k voters 88.9k views62 items

List RulesMale 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 and Brian Cox 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
    1,985
    1,884
    Goldfinger, The Untouchables
  • 2
    1,066
    1,292
    Mabrpoet addedX-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand
  • 3
    1,499
    1,883
    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 4
    4,693
    862
    BronChandy addedA Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great
  • 5
    1,459
    1,855
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 6
    805
    951
    sherbear addedThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo
  • 7
    1,356
    1,883
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon
  • 8
    1,297
    1,709
    How to Train Your Dragon, 300
  • 9
    1,053
    1,592
    Virág Hajmási addedWorld War Z, Maleficent
  • 10
    756
    968
    Cinderella, Chatroom
  • 11
    1,179
    1,810
    Trainspotting, The Full Monty
  • 12
    437
    538
    LindaBouley1 addedBrave, John Carter
  • 13
    733
    619
    LindaBouley1 addedThe House of Him
  • 14
    516
    826
    Vorpaleen addedResident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • 15
    605
    1,154
    X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut
  • 16
    579
    1,049
    Brave, Pocahontas
  • 17
    367
    495
    LindaBouley1 addedThe Nutty Professor, The Family Jewels
  • 18
    473
    901
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 19
    402
    913
    The Mummy, The Hurricane
  • 20
    429
    958
    Braveheart, X-Men 2
  • 21
    351
    823
    Trainspotting, Brave
  • 22
    500
    1,266
    The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • 23
    545
    1,454
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 24
    319
    775
    Vorpaleen addedHot Fuzz, Clash of the Titans
  • 25
    365
    953
    Brave, How to Train Your Dragon
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List Rules: Male actors from Scotland, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.