The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

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, 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.

Ranked by
  • Stephen Walters

    Stephen Walters

  • Duncan Lacroix

    Duncan Lacroix

  • Graham McTavish
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur
  • Gary Lewis
    Good Days for the Bad Guys
  • James McAvoy
    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion
  • Ewan McGregor
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting
  • Grant O'Rourke
    Crying with Laughter
  • Gerard Butler
    How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Sam Heughan
    A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great, First Light
  • David Tennant
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night
  • Robert Carlyle
    Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later
  • Alan Cumming
    X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye
  • Billy Connolly
    Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • Richard Madden
    Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise
  • 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
  • David McCallum
    The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods
  • Iain Glen
    Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Apocalypse
  • Kevin McKidd
    Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Craig Ferguson
    Brave, How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass
  • Peter Capaldi
    World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop
  • Richard Rankin
    The Crimson Field, Silent Witness, American Odyssey
  • John Barrowman
    The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty, The Producers
  • Robbie Coltrane
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • John Hannah
    The Mummy, The Hurricane, Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Dougray Scott
    Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After