Entertainment The Best Scottish Actors Working Today  

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List Rules Scottish actors only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great Scottish actors throughout film history, but which male Scottish actors working today are the greatest? This list of the best Scottish actors working today ranks today's best Hollywood actors hailing from Scotland, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actors are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated Scottish actors working today from best to worst. These great actors are all from somewhere in Scotland, but are popular actors all over the world. Today's top Scottish actors go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are handsome to boot!

The greatest Scottish actors working today who are ranked on this list include Gerard Butler, Ewan McGregor, Dougray Scott, Kevin McKidd, Billy Boyd, Dayton Callie, Sean Connery, John Hannah, Billy Connolly, and Ewan Bremmer. If there’s an actor listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote him up. If the actors you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best actors from Scotland who are currently working.
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5,046 1,254
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
ghost00 added A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light

2
2,495 873
Graham McTavish is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
JanSchmidt added The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur

3
2,201 740
Duncan Lacroix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Duncan Lacroix

4
2,063 701
Stephen Walters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Stephen Walters

5
1,839 760
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Crying with Laughter

6
1,876 714
Gary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Good Days for the Bad Guys

7
1,318 909
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

8
1,240 948
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

9
1,438 863
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

10
1,228 820
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

11
482 885
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

12
785 837
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

13
576 849
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

14
577 700
Richard Rankin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sinmck added The Crimson Field, Silent Witness, American Odyssey

15
582 808
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

16
418 760
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

17
654 778
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

18
505 708
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

19
542 672
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

20
270 696
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

21
359 585
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

22
360 590
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

23
199 568
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

24
423 536
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
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

25
412 536
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

26
269 546
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral

27
144 586
Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

28
324 540
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

29
176 439
Henry Ian Cusick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Hitman, The Gospel of John, Possession

30
204 544
Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

31
78 286
Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
TammieSylvia added World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop

32
101 221
Finn Den Hertog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sherbear added Finn Den Hertog He is an actor, known for Outlander (2014), M.I.High (2007) and CHEM087

33
30 277
Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Charlie Wilson's War

34
30 270
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

35
26 258
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

36
18 245
Martin Compston is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Doomsday, The Damned United, The Disappearance of Alice Creed

37
20 223
Iain De Caestecker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
bigcraig added Filth, In Fear, Shell

38
10 230
Ian Hanmore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sherbear added The Awakening, Young Adam, Postmortem

39
7 225
Greg Mchugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
bigcraig added Greg Mchugh Garry: Tank Commander, Fresh Meat

40
22 249
Hans Matheson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, 300: Rise of an Empire

41
15 240
Paul Telfer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Young Alexander the Great, Son of Morning, Bunker

42
14 245
Cal Macaninch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Doomsday, The Awakening, Dear Frankie

43
13 239
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

44
8 229
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

45
8 232
James Gillan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

46
8 233
Andrew Agnew is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

47
7 234
Benny Young is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, White Nights

48
7 233
John Gordon Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Gregory's Girl, Erik the Viking, Britannia Hospital

49
7 230
Robert Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Gregory's Girl, That Sinking Feeling

50
6 234
Jeff Stewart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Lords of Magic, Billy, Blood on the Border