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Famous Film Directors from Scotland

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List of famous film directors from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Scotland has given birth to some great movie directors over the years, many of who have gone on to direct popular comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Scottish directors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Scotland and an aspiring director then these are people you should look up to.

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This list answers the questions, "Who are the best Scottish directors?" and "Which directors are from Scotland?"

You can click on the names of these legendary directors of Scotland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Scottish directors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
  • BirthplaceDumfries, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedCutting Loose, Who's My Favourite Girl?

    Adrian John McDowall is a BAFTA Award-Winning Filmmaker
  • Ainslie Henderson

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedI Am Tom Moody

    Ainslie Thomas Henderson (born 28 January 1979, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish... more on Wikipedia
  • Alan Cumming

    BirthplaceAberfeldy, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedThe Anniversary Party, Butter, Suffering Man's Charity

    Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Alan Myerson

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland

    Films DirectedSteelyard Blues, Hi Honey - I'm Dead, Private Lessons, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach, Michael Nesmith in Television Parts: Home Companion

    Alan Myerson (born August 8, 1936) is an American film and television director.
  • BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Films DirectedSo You Think You Know About the Cuts?

    Alex Graham (born 1953) is a Scottish independent television producer and journalist. Born in... more on Wikipedia
  • Alex Walker

    Age: 35

    BirthplaceBellshill, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedWe Dreamed America

    Alexander or Alex Walker may refer to:
  • Allan Jacobsen

    Age: 41

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedDora Saves the Snow Princess

    Allan Jacobsen may refer to: Allan Jacobsen (rugby union) (born 1978), Scottish rugby union... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedA Place of Only Sky, Moving McAllister, The Snell Show, Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy, Orcs!

    Andrew Black (born 1974) is a Scottish film director. Black's film The Snell Show won Best... more on Wikipedia
  • Andrew Crawford

    Andrew Crawford

    Dec. at 77 (1917-1994)

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Andrew Crawford was an actor.
  • Andrew Lang

    Andrew Lang

    Dec. at 68 (1844-1912)

    BirthplaceSelkirk, Scottish Borders, United Kingdom


    Andrew Lang (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912 ) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic,... more on Wikipedia
  • Andrew P. Wilson (born 1886), was a British director, playwright, teacher, and actor. He acted... more on Wikipedia
  • Anne Milne
    Anne Milne is a film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer.
  • Armando Iannucci

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedTube Tales, 2004: The Stupid Version, In the Loop

    Armando Giovanni Iannucci (; born 28 November 1963) is a Scottish satirist, writer, ... more on Wikipedia
  • Ben Humble

    Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)


    Benjamin "Ben" Hutchison Humble MBE (1903 - 1977) was a Scottish writer and climber who was... more on Wikipedia
  • Bill Bryden

    Bill Bryden

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceGreenock, Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedAria, Six Characters in Search of an Author

    William Campbell Rough Bryden, (born 12 April 1942 in Greenock, Scotland) is a British stage-... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedGregory's Two Girls, Being Human, Comfort and Joy, Housekeeping, Local Hero

    William David "Bill" Forsyth (born 29 July 1946) is a Scottish film director and writer known... more on Wikipedia
  • Bob Spiers

    Dec. at 63 (1945-2008)

    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Glasgow

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Films DirectedKevin of the North, That Darn Cat, The Goodies, Spiceworld, French & Saunders: Gentlemen Prefer French & Saunders

    Robert Alexander Spiers (27 September 1945 – 8 December 2008) was a Scottish director. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    Age: 73

    BirthplaceDundee, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Brian Denis Cox (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare... more on Wikipedia

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  • BirthplaceKirkcaldy, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedWasted

    Caroline Paterson (born 1965) is a Scottish actress and director who has appeared in many... more on Wikipedia
  • Catriona MacInnes

    Catriona MacInnes is a Scottish film-maker. A graduate of MFA (Advanced Film Practice), Screen... more on Wikipedia
  • Charles Gormley

    Dec. at 68 (1937-2005)

    BirthplaceRutherglen, Scotland


    Films DirectedGospel According to Vic

    Charles Gormley (December 19, 1937 – September 22, 2005) was a Scottish film director. His... more on Wikipedia
  • BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedEndeavour, Outcast, The Making of a Prodigy

    Colm McCarthy is a Scottish television director, who has directed several BBC drama... more on Wikipedia
  • Craig Ferguson

    BirthplaceSpringburn, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland

    Films DirectedI'll Be There

    Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author,... more on Wikipedia

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  • BirthplaceScotland, Kilmacolm


    Films DirectedNo Deposit, No Return

    Robert Dallas Campbell (born 17 September 1970) is a British television presenter and... more on Wikipedia
  • David Byrne

    BirthplaceDumbarton, United Kingdom


    Films DirectedThe House of Life, Storytelling Giant, 32614, True Stories

    David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record... more on Wikipedia

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