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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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Graham McTavish is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
JanSchmidt added Graham McTavish The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur

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2,144 229
Duncan Lacroix is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Duncan Lacroix

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2,017 176
Stephen Walters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Stephen Walters

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4,257 1,219
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
ghost00 added Sam Heughan A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light

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1,810 266
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Grant O'Rourke Crying with Laughter

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1,842 215
Gary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Gary Lewis Good Days for the Bad Guys

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1,226 395
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Gerard Butler How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

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1,161 439
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Sean Connery Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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1,141 334
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

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1,324 376
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
James McAvoy X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

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705 366
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
David Tennant Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

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455 432
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Robbie Coltrane 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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558 367
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Billy Connolly Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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536 419
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Alan Cumming X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

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584 361
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Robert Carlyle Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

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378 371
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Iain Glen Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

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519 324
David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
David McCallum The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods

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481 352
Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Craig Ferguson Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

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385 479
Richard Rankin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sinmck added Richard Rankin The Crimson Field, Silent Witness, American Odyssey

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246 392
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Brian Cox Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

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335 316
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Dougray Scott Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

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394 287
Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Billy Boyd 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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312 339
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Richard Madden Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

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384 297
Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Kevin McKidd Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

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186 315
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Tommy Flanagan Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

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243 310
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
John Hannah The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral

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139 352
Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Dayton Callie Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

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297 296
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
John Barrowman The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

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158 203
Henry Ian Cusick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Henry Ian Cusick Hitman, The Gospel of John, Possession

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191 306
Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Tony Curran Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

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47 53
Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
TammieSylvia added Peter Capaldi World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop

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23 36
Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Ken Stott The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Charlie Wilson's War

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20 41
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Ewen Bremner Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

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Iain De Caestecker is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
bigcraig added Iain De Caestecker Filth, In Fear, Shell

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5 16
Ian Hanmore is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sherbear added Ian Hanmore The Awakening, Young Adam, Postmortem

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

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13 14
Finn Den Hertog is listed (or ranked) 37 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

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Greg Mchugh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
bigcraig added Greg Mchugh Garry: Tank Commander, Fresh Meat

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14 35
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Sylvester McCoy Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

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6 17
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Jack McElhone Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

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9 24
Paul Telfer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Paul Telfer Young Alexander the Great, Son of Morning, Bunker

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9 24
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

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7 21
James Gillan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

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12 30
Cal Macaninch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Cal Macaninch Doomsday, The Awakening, Dear Frankie

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7 22
Benny Young is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Benny Young Out of Africa, Chariots of Fire, White Nights

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6 21
John Gordon Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
John Gordon Sinclair Gregory's Girl, Erik the Viking, Britannia Hospital

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7 23
Andrew Agnew is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

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6 21
Jeff Stewart is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Jeff Stewart Lords of Magic, Billy, Blood on the Border

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13 36
Hans Matheson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Hans Matheson Sherlock Holmes, Clash of the Titans, 300: Rise of an Empire

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5 21
Atta Yaqub is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Atta Yaqub Ae Fond Kiss..., Perfect Day, Nina's Heavenly Delights