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List Rules Only TV actors who were born or grew up in Edinburgh.

List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in Edinburgh, with photos when available. These renowned Edinburgh actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in Edinburgh, but everyone on this list grew up in Edinburgh and considers it to be their home. This list includes Edinburgh TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in Edinburgh then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Edinburgh. Various bits of information are available for these Edinburgh celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

With TV actors ranging from Shirley Manson to Iain Glen, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from Edinburgh?" and "Who are the most famous Edinburgh actors?"

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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Iain Glen Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Agatha Christie's Poirot Iain Glen is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.

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Lindsay Duncan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Lindsay Duncan Rome, Lost in Austen, G.B.H. Lindsay Vere Duncan, CBE is a Scottish stage, television and film actress. On stage she has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony Award for her performance in Private Lives, and another Tony Award ...more

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Ian Richardson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ian Richardson House of Cards, Hogfather, Terry Pratchett's Hogfather Ian William Richardson, CBE was a Scottish actor of film, stage and television. He is well known for his portrayal of the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of ...more

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Duncan Duff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Duncan Duff Big Kids, River City Duncan Duff is a British actor.

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Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ronnie Corbett The Frost Report, Small Talk, Monkey Trousers Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett, CBE is a Scottish actor and comedian who had a long association with Ronnie Barker in the television comedy series The Two Ronnies. He achieved ...more

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Kirsty Gallacher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Kirsty Gallacher The Games, Gladiators, Soccer AM Kirsty Jane Gallacher, is a British television presenter.

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Adrienne Corri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Adrienne Corri Sword of Freedom, You're Only Young Twice (1971), Vienna 1900 Adrienne Corri is a British actress. She was born Adrienne Riccoboni, the daughter of Olive Smethurst and Italian father Luigi Riccoboni. Her distinctive auburn hair came from her mother's ...more

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Graham Crowden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Graham Crowden Waiting for God, A Very Peculiar Practice, The Cleopatras Clement Graham Crowden was a Scottish actor. He was best known for his many appearances in television comedy dramas and films, often playing eccentric "offbeat" scientist, teacher and ...more

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Sara Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Sara Stewart Drop the Dead Donkey, Rebus, The Take Sara Scott Griffith is a Scottish actress, best known for her role as Stella in Sugar Rush.

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Ken Stott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ken Stott Rebus, The Vice, The Singing Detective Kenneth Campbell "Ken" Stott is a Scottish actor, particularly known in the United Kingdom for his many roles in television. He is best known for his roles as the eponymous title ...more

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Alastair Duncan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Alastair Duncan The Batman, A Difficult Woman, Birds in the Bush Alastair Neil Duncan is a Scottish television, film and stage actor, and real estate broker. He is sometimes credited as Neil Duncan.

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Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ewen Bremner The Lost Room, The Virgin Queen, The Day of the Triffids Ewen Bremner is a Scottish actor. His roles have included Daniel "Spud" Murphy in Trainspotting, SPC Shawn Nelson in Black Hawk Down, and Lt. Red Winkle in Pearl Harbor.

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Claire Goose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Claire Goose Waking the Dead, Mount Pleasant, Secret Smile Claire Goose is a British actress. She played nurse Tina Seabrook in the BBC television drama Casualty and DS Mel Silver in Waking the Dead. She also commentates on the TV show 'Road Wars'

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Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Tony Blair ITV News at 6:30, ITV Evening News, The Blair Years Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more

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Alastair Sim is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Alastair Sim Misleading Cases Alastair George Bell Sim, CBE, was a Scottish character actor who began his theatrical career at the age of thirty, but quickly became established as a popular West End performer, remaining so ...more

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Brigit Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Brigit Forsyth Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?, Boon, Spark Brigit Forsyth is a Scottish actress, best known for her roles as Thelma Ferris in the BBC comedy Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? and Helen Yeldham in the ITV drama Boon.

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Hannah Gordon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Hannah Gordon Upstairs, Downstairs, Watching Hannah Cambell Grant Gordon is a Scottish actress who is well known in the United Kingdom for her television work, including My Wife Next Door, Upstairs, Downstairs, Telford's Change, Joint ...more

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Finlay Currie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Finlay Currie United! Finlay Jefferson Currie was a Scottish actor of stage, screen, and television. Currie was born in Edinburgh, where he later attended George Watson's College. His acting career began on the ...more

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Rory Bremner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Rory Bremner Bremner^! Bird and Fortune, Headcases, Rory Bremner...Who Else? Roderick "Rory" Keith Ogilvy Bremner, FKC is a Scottish impressionist and comedian, noted for his work in political satire and impressions of British public figures. He is also known ...more

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Paul Young is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Paul Young Still Game, The Crow Road, No Job for a Lady Paul Young is a Scottish television actor and presenter. He is the son of the actor John Young. Educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh. A former child actor, some of his later credits ...more

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Pippa Guard is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Pippa Guard Scarlett, Roger Roger, Close to Home Pippa Guard is a British actress. Guard belongs to a theatrical family, whose members include her uncle Philip Guard and her cousins Christopher Guard and Dominic Guard. She is also a cousin of ...more

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Muriel Spark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Muriel Spark Dame Muriel Spark, DBE, CLit, FRSE, FRSL was an award-winning Scottish novelist. In 2008 The Times newspaper named Spark in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since 1945", at

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Jamie Sives is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Jamie Sives To the Ends of the Earth, Rockface Jamie Sives is a Scottish actor. Sives studied at Leith Academy and worked as a scaffolder, as a postman and as a club doorman in Edinburgh before turning to acting full time. He is currently ...more

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Robert Cavanah is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Robert Cavanah Doctors, The Royal Robert Cavanah is a Scottish actor/writer/director/producer. Cavanah was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and lives in London. He is a father of two, and a fluent Spanish speaker. Attended James ...more

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Shirley Manson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Shirley Manson Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Shirley Ann Manson is a Scottish singer, songwriter, musician and actress, best known internationally as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Garbage. For much of her international ...more

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Colin Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Colin Buchanan Dalziel and Pascoe, All Quiet on the Preston Front Colin Buchanan is a Scottish actor who is best known for playing Pascoe in the BBC television series Dalziel and Pascoe which commenced in March 1996 and ran until June 2007.

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John Leslie is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
John Leslie Blue Peter, Wheel of Fortune, Scavengers John Leslie is a former Scottish television presenter turned property developer. Debuting on Music Box in 1987, he later presented BBC One's Blue Peter, and ITV's This Morning and the gameshow ...more

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Georgia King is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Georgia King The New Normal, Little Dorrit, Sugartown Georgia May King is a Scottish actress.

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James Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
James Gilbert Cecil James Gilbert is a Scottish television producer and director. He was the BBC's Head of Comedy from 1973-77. He was probably best known for his work on The Two Ronnies, Last of the Summer ...more

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Gail Porter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Gail Porter The Games, Dead Famous, It's a Mystery Gail Porter is a Scottish television presenter and former model. In the 1990s she became known for photos in men's magazines such as FHM, including one nude which was projected on to the Houses ...more

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John Stuart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
John Stuart Return to the Lost Planet, Space School, The Lost Planet John Stuart, born John Alfred Louden Croall, was a Scottish actor, and a very popular leading man in British silent films in the 1920s. He appeared in two films directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He ...more

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Gary Dubin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Gary Dubin Bracken's World Gary Dubin is an actor who portrayed Punky Lazaar, a friend of Danny's on The Partridge Family. He also voiced Toulouse in The Aristocats in 1970 and played part of ill-fated teenager Eddie ...more

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Jack Docherty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Jack Docherty Absolutely, The Strangerers, Mr Don & Mr George Jack Docherty is a Scottish writer, actor, presenter and producer.

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KT Tunstall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
KT Tunstall Kate Victoria "KT" Tunstall is a Scottish singer-songwriter and guitarist. She broke into the public eye with a 2004 live solo performance of her song "Black Horse and the Cherry ...more

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Nicholas Rowe is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Nicholas Rowe Beau Brummell: This Charming Man, The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells, The Fugitives Nicholas James Sebastian Rowe is a Scottish actor.

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Frieda Inescort is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Frieda Inescort Meet Corliss Archer Frieda Inescort was a Scottish-born actress best known for creating the role of Sorel Bliss in Noël Coward's play Hay Fever. She played the shingled lady in John Galsworthy's 1927 Broadway ...more

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Ludovic Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ludovic Kennedy A Life In Pieces Sir Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy was a British journalist, broadcaster, humanist and author best known for re-examining cases such as the Lindbergh kidnapping and the murder convictions of ...more

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Emun Elliott is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Emun Elliott Labyrinth, Paradox, Lip Service Emun Elliott is a Scottish actor, known for portraying Dr. Christian King in Paradox, Richie in Threesome and John Moray in The Paradise.

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Rona Anderson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Rona Anderson Bachelor Father Rona Anderson was a Scottish stage, film, and television actress. Her first stage appearance took place at the Garrison Theatre in April 1945. She also appeared in the original production of ...more

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The Jack Docherty Show is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
The Jack Docherty Show The Jack Docherty Show was a nightly comedy chat show which aired on Channel 5 in the United Kingdom between 1997 and 1999. Presented by comedian Jack Docherty the programme was one of the first ...more

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Billy Hartman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Billy Hartman Emmerdale, The Adam Carolla Project Billy Hartman is a Scottish actor, well known for playing the part of Terry Woods on ITV's Emmerdale from 1995 until his character was killed off in 2011. He also played a small role in the film ...more

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Ian Charleson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ian Charleson Oxbridge Blues Ian Charleson was a Scottish stage and film actor. He is best known internationally for his starring role as Olympic athlete and missionary Eric Liddell, in the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots ...more

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Douglas Rae is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Douglas Rae Douglas Rae is a Scottish television producer and executive, and a former children's television presenter. Rae presented the long-running Thames Television children's series Magpie, taking over ...more

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Anthony Dawson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Anthony Dawson Anthony Douglas Gillon Dawson was a Scottish-born actor, best known for his supporting roles in British films.

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Charles Falconer, Baron Falcon... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton Charles Leslie Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton, PC, QC, is a British Labour politician and barrister. Falconer became the Lord Chancellor and the first Secretary of State for Constitutional ...more

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Ben Jelen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ben Jelen Ben Jelen is a Scottish-born American singer-songwriter who plays the piano, violin, and guitar. He has lived in Scotland, England, Texas, New Jersey and New York. His career has been ...more

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Valerie Edmond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Valerie Edmond The Crow Road, The Last Chancers Valerie Edmond is a Scottish actress. Her first notable role was in The Sunshine Boys at the Royal Lyceum Theatre, directed by Maureen Lipman, soon after she graduated from the Royal Scottish ...more

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Graham Hancock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Graham Hancock AppJudgment Graham Hancock is a British writer and journalist. Hancock specialises in unconventional theories involving ancient civilisations, stone monuments or megaliths, altered states of consciousness, ...more

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Ashley J Russell is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Ashley J Russell I'd Do Anything

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Peter Baikie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list TV Actors from Edinburgh
Peter Baikie Absolutely Peter Baikie is a Scottish comedian and composer most famous for appearing in the British comedy sketch-show Absolutely. Baikie composed the theme music and provided comedy songs for the show. ...more