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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1
5,733 1,307
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
2,573 1,249
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
2,267 1,108
Duncan Lacroix is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Duncan Lacroix
4
2,110 1,092
Stephen Walters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Stephen Walters
5
1,870 1,114
Grant O'Rourke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
FearTheHaggis added Crying with Laughter
6
1,920 1,075
Gary Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Good Days for the Bad Guys
7
1,394 1,439
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
1,311 1,480
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
1,554 1,384
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
1,308 1,344
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
826 962
Richard Rankin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
sinmck added The Crimson Field, Silent Witness, American Odyssey
12
511 1,356
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 12 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
13
858 1,265
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
610 1,177
Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye
15
615 1,110
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
468 1,027
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
711 1,011
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later
18
531 939
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
563 881
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
292 902
Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Bourne Identity
21
373 776
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Deep Impact, Mission: Impossible II, Ever After
22
420 770
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Cinderella, Chatroom, A Promise
23
208 756
Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actors Working Today
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City
24
446 717
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
289 722
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