Entertainment The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time  

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List Rules Female actors from Scotland, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.

It's no easy task determining the best Scottish actresses of all time. But this list, ranked but movie goers and film buffs just like you, features all the Scottish women who are known for their incredible acting and have made names for themselves in Hollywood as some of the top actresses from Scotland in the history of film. Who are the all-time top Scottish actresses?

These women have portrayed memorable characters, turned in top notch performances, and been celebrated with many prestigious awards. From great Scottish actresses like Deborah Kerr and Rowena Cooper, to younger actresses like Game of Thrones's newcomer Rose Leslie, many of the best actresses in the world hail from Scotland.

This list features the most talented Scottish actresses of all time including Rowena Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Margo Cunningham, Deborah Kerr, Barbara Rafferty, and Eileen Herlie. Don't see your favorite actress from Scotland? Add her below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best Scottish actresses to have ever graced the screen.
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136 37
Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
From Here to Eternity, An Affair to Remember, The King and I
2
118 30
Karen Gillan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Guardians of the Galaxy, Oculus, Doctor Who: Space and Time
3
80 25
Maureen O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Jerry Vond added Miracle on 34th Street, The Quiet Man, How Green Was My Valley
4
71 28
Kelly Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
No Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Trainspotting
5
75 33
Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby, Rango
6
61 30
Rose Leslie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Now Is Good, Purves + Pekkala, Honeymoon
7
37 16
Annette Crosbie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
The Lord of the Rings, Calendar Girls, The Slipper and the Rose
8
37 19
Laura Fraser is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Vanilla Sky, A Knight's Tale, The Man in the Iron Mask
9
28 17
Ashley Jensen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
How to Train Your Dragon, Gnomeo & Juliet, Arthur Christmas
10
23 16
Freya Mavor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Sunshine on Leith, Not Another Happy Ending
11
27 21
Hayley McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Hayley McLaughlin
12
22 16
Kate Dickie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Prometheus, Filth, Somers Town
13
23 18
Phyllis Logan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Nineteen Eighty-Four, Secrets & Lies, Franz Kafka's It's a Wonderful Life
14
25 21
Mary Ure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Where Eagles Dare, Custer of the West, Sons and Lovers
15
23 19
Phyllida Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
The Time Machine, Nanny McPhee, Unleashed
16
27 24
Margo Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Margo Cunningham The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
17
21 18
Frieda Inescort is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
A Place in the Sun, Pride and Prejudice, The Letter
18
21 18
Daniela Nardini is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Festival, Sirens, Sunshine on Leith
19
18 15
Margaret Mann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Gone with the Wind, Four Sons, The Bohemian Girl
20
17 14
Kari Corbett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
You Instead
21
18 17
Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Knife Fight, Garbage: Absolute Garbage
22
19 19
Lindsay Duncan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Alice in Wonderland, About Time, Under the Tuscan Sun
23
17 17
Sophia Knight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
24
16 16
Dawn Steele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Surveillance, Club Le Monde, Gregory's Two Girls
25
15 15
Michelle Duncan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Scottish Actresses of All Time
Atonement, Driving Lessons, The Broken