Actors 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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4,959 1,248
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
2,490 815
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
2,198 690
Duncan Lacroix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Duncan Lacroix

4
2,059 629
Stephen Walters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Stephen Walters

5
1,838 713
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Crying with Laughter

6
1,875 651
Gary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Good Days for the Bad Guys

7
1,314 828
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
1,235 867
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
1,423 785
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
1,221 742
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
476 808
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
772 763
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
574 776
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

14
579 733
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

15
413 688
Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse

16
533 671
Richard Rankin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sinmck added The Crimson Field, Silent Witness, American Odyssey

17
633 706
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

18
505 657
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
538 623
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
264 660
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

21
358 555
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

22
353 561
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

23
197 539
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

24
419 509
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
410 508
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
265 518
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
143 559
Dayton Callie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Halloween II, Volcano, Undisputed

28
320 511
John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers

29
173 411
Henry Ian Cusick is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Hitman, The Gospel of John, Possession

30
201 516
Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Pearl Harbor

31
71 258
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
98 195
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
28 249
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
27 243
Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor

35
25 229
Sylvester McCoy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Dracula, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Back2Hell

36
16 219
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
18 197
Iain De Caestecker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
bigcraig added Filth, In Fear, Shell

38
10 204
Ian Hanmore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sherbear added The Awakening, Young Adam, Postmortem

39
6 199
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
20 224
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
14 214
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
14 219
Cal Macaninch is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Doomsday, The Awakening, Dear Frankie

43
12 212
Ryan Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

44
8 203
Jack McElhone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Nowhere Boy, Young Adam, Dear Frankie

45
8 206
James Gillan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

46
8 207
Andrew Agnew is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

47
7 208
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
7 207
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
7 204
Robert Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Gregory's Girl, That Sinking Feeling

50
6 208
Jeff Stewart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Lords of Magic, Billy, Blood on the Border