The Best Scottish Actors of All Time

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 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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  • Sam Heughan
    1
    A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light
  • Sean Connery
    2
    Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Gerard Butler
    3
    How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Graham McTavish
    4
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur
  • Ewan McGregor
    5
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting
  • James McAvoy
    6
    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion
  • Patrick Stewart
    7
    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2
  • David Tennant
    8
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night
  • Richard Rankin
    9
    The House of Him
  • Steven Cree
    10
    Brave, John Carter, Maleficent
  • Richard Madden
    11
    Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise
  • Gary Lewis
    12
    The Nutty Professor, The Family Jewels, It's Only Money
  • Iain Glen
    13
    Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Robert Carlyle
    14
    Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later
  • Billy Connolly
    15
    Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Alan Cumming
    16
    X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye
  • Peter Capaldi
    17
    World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop
  • Billy Boyd
    18
    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
  • Brian Cox
    19
    Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity
  • Robbie Coltrane
    20
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Grant O'Rourke
    21
    Crying with Laughter
  • Rory McCann
    22
    Hot Fuzz, Clash of the Titans, Season of the Witch
  • John Hannah
    23
    The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • David McCallum
    24
    The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods
  • Kevin McKidd
    25
    Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief