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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
    Sam Heughan
    5,672
    899

    Sam Heughan

    A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great
  • 2
    Graham McTavish
    1,867
    1,590

    Graham McTavish

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo
  • 3
    Duncan Lacroix
    1,646
    1,506

    Duncan Lacroix

  • 4
    Stephen Walters
    1,497
    1,519

    Stephen Walters

  • 5
    Gary Lewis
    1,344
    1,455

    Gary Lewis

    Good Days for the Bad Guys
  • 6
    James McAvoy
    1,401
    1,781

    James McAvoy

    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • 7
    Grant O'Rourke
    1,263
    1,473

    Grant O'Rourke

    Crying with Laughter
  • 8
    Ewan McGregor
    1,126
    1,765

    Ewan McGregor

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 9
    Richard Rankin
    1,034
    1,136

    Richard Rankin

    The Crimson Field, Silent Witness
  • 10
    Gerard Butler
    1,138
    1,868

    Gerard Butler

    How to Train Your Dragon, 300
  • 11
    David Tennant
    882
    1,582

    David Tennant

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon
  • 12
    Robert Carlyle
    614
    1,206

    Robert Carlyle

    Trainspotting, The Full Monty
  • 13
    Billy Boyd
    393
    869

    Billy Boyd

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 14
    Richard Madden
    450
    914

    Richard Madden

    Cinderella, Chatroom
  • 15
    David McCallum
    433
    1,058

    David McCallum

    The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • 16
    Alan Cumming
    534
    1,389

    Alan Cumming

    X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut
  • 17
    Iain Glen
    464
    1,208

    Iain Glen

    Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • 18
    John Barrowman
    313
    809

    John Barrowman

    The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty
  • 19
    Kevin McKidd
    332
    858

    Kevin McKidd

    Trainspotting, Brave
  • 20
    Billy Connolly
    508
    1,338

    Billy Connolly

    Brave, Pocahontas
  • 21
    Craig Ferguson
    404
    1,130

    Craig Ferguson

    Brave, How to Train Your Dragon
  • 22
    Robbie Coltrane
    448
    1,665

    Robbie Coltrane

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 23
    Dougray Scott
    291
    893

    Dougray Scott

    Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II
  • 24
    John Hannah
    276
    844

    John Hannah

    The Mummy, The Hurricane
  • 25
    Brian Cox
    278
    1,024

    Brian Cox

    Braveheart, X-Men 2