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The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

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List RulesScottish 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.

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  • 1
    5,903
    889

    Sam Heughan

    A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great
  • 2
    1,871
    1,463

    Graham McTavish

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo
  • 3
    1,638
    1,383

    Duncan Lacroix

  • 4
    1,478
    1,376

    Stephen Walters

  • 5
    1,319
    1,325

    Gary Lewis

    Good Days for the Bad Guys
  • 6
    1,416
    1,610

    James McAvoy

    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 7
    1,250
    1,348

    Grant O'Rourke

    Crying with Laughter
  • 8
    1,002
    1,059

    Richard Rankin

    The Crimson Field, Silent Witness
  • 9
    1,134
    1,593

    Ewan McGregor

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 10
    1,129
    1,694

    Gerard Butler

    How to Train Your Dragon, 300
  • 11
    885
    1,435

    David Tennant

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon
  • 12
    594
    1,121

    Robert Carlyle

    Trainspotting, The Full Monty
  • 13
    456
    857

    Richard Madden

    Cinderella, Chatroom
  • 14
    535
    1,261

    Alan Cumming

    X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut
  • 15
    385
    821

    Billy Boyd

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 16
    420
    988

    David McCallum

    The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • 17
    451
    1,104

    Iain Glen

    Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • 18
    494
    1,214

    Billy Connolly

    Brave, Pocahontas
  • 19
    314
    761

    John Barrowman

    The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty
  • 20
    333
    807

    Kevin McKidd

    Trainspotting, Brave
  • 21
    398
    1,040

    Craig Ferguson

    Brave, How to Train Your Dragon
  • 22
    435
    1,492

    Robbie Coltrane

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 23
    271
    946

    Brian Cox

    Braveheart, X-Men 2
  • 24
    283
    828

    Dougray Scott

    Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II
  • 25
    266
    786

    John Hannah

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