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The Best Scottish Actors Working Today

Updated November 2, 2020 60.0k votes 9.0k voters 45.7k views31 items

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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  • Sam Heughan1
    5,661
    893

    Sam Heughan

    A Princess for Christmas, Young Alexander the Great
  • Graham McTavish2
    1,847
    1,517

    Graham McTavish

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo
  • Duncan Lacroix3
    1,632
    1,434

    Duncan Lacroix

  • Stephen Walters4
    1,481
    1,438

    Stephen Walters

  • Gary Lewis5
    1,332
    1,384

    Gary Lewis

    Good Days for the Bad Guys
  • James McAvoy6
    1,388
    1,700

    James McAvoy

    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Grant O'Rourke7
    1,256
    1,401

    Grant O'Rourke

    Crying with Laughter
  • Richard Rankin8
    994
    1,099

    Richard Rankin

    The Crimson Field, Silent Witness
  • Ewan McGregor9
    1,114
    1,683

    Ewan McGregor

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Gerard Butler10
    1,119
    1,781

    Gerard Butler

    How to Train Your Dragon, 300
  • David Tennant11
    875
    1,500

    David Tennant

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon
  • Robert Carlyle12
    596
    1,141

    Robert Carlyle

    Trainspotting, The Full Monty
  • Billy Boyd13
    389
    837

    Billy Boyd

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Richard Madden14
    450
    880

    Richard Madden

    Cinderella, Chatroom
  • David McCallum15
    428
    1,008

    David McCallum

    The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told
  • Alan Cumming16
    526
    1,314

    Alan Cumming

    X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut
  • Iain Glen17
    453
    1,139

    Iain Glen

    Resident Evil: Retribution, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • John Barrowman18
    312
    781

    John Barrowman

    The Untouchables, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Kevin McKidd19
    329
    828

    Kevin McKidd

    Trainspotting, Brave
  • Billy Connolly20
    505
    1,264

    Billy Connolly

    Brave, Pocahontas
  • Craig Ferguson21
    401
    1,073

    Craig Ferguson

    Brave, How to Train Your Dragon
  • Robbie Coltrane22
    440
    1,585

    Robbie Coltrane

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Dougray Scott23
    287
    859

    Dougray Scott

    Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II
  • Brian Cox24
    271
    979

    Brian Cox

    Braveheart, X-Men 2
  • John Hannah25
    268
    812

    John Hannah

    The Mummy, The Hurricane