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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5,492 1,291
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
2,559 1,100
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
2,257 960
Duncan Lacroix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Duncan Lacroix

4
2,102 938
Stephen Walters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Stephen Walters

5
1,868 969
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Crying with Laughter

6
1,913 930
Gary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Good Days for the Bad Guys

7
1,369 1,231
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
1,291 1,266
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
1,509 1,180
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
1,281 1,137
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
500 1,163
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
735 849
Richard Rankin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sinmck added The Crimson Field, Silent Witness, American Odyssey

13
831 1,096
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night

14
601 1,060
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye

15
605 1,008
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
455 936
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
699 936
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

18
521 869
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
555 813
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
284 835
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity

21
368 712
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After

22
392 712
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise

23
205 696
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City

24
439 661
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
284 667
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral