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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?"

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Adrian J. McDowall is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 41
Adrian John McDowall is a BAFTA Award-Winning Filmmaker
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Ainslie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 40
Ainslie Thomas Henderson is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He is best known for his appearance on the BBC's television programme, Fame Academy, and his subsequent Top 5 UK single, "Keep Me a ...more
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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 54
Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the lead in Bent, and the National Theatre of ...more
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Alan Myerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 79
Alan Myerson, is an American film and television director.
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Alex Graham is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 66
Alex Graham is a television producer.
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Alex Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Alex Walker age 35
Alexander Walker is a Scottish professional footballer currently without a club. He plays mainly as a defender, although he can also play in midfield. Walker has previously played for Rangers ...more
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Allan Jacobsen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Allan Jacobsen age 41
Allan Jacobsen is a retired Scottish rugby union player. A prop, nicknamed "Chunk", he played with Edinburgh for his entire professional career. Started playing for Edinburgh at 15 and ...more
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Andrew Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 45
Andrew Black is a Scottish film director. Black's film The Snell Show won Best Short at the 2003 Slamdance Film Festival. His first feature film was Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-day Comedy. In ...more
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Andrew Crawford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Dec. at 77 (1917-1994)
Andrew Crawford was an actor.
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Andrew Lang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Dec. at 68 (1844-1912)
Andrew Lang was a Scots poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. The Andrew Lang lectures at the ...more
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Andrew P. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Andrew P. Wilson, born 1886 in Edinburgh, Scotland, was a UK director, playwright, teacher, and actor. He acted as General Manager for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 1914-15. There, he ...more
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Anne Milne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Anne Milne is a film director, film producer, film editor and cinematographer.
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Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 56
Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated Scottish satirist, writer, television director and radio producer of Italian descent. Born in Glasgow, he studied at Oxford ...more
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Ben Humble is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Dec. at 74 (1903-1977)
Benjamin "Ben" Hutchison Humble MBE was a Scottish writer and climber who was responsible for the creation of Scottish Mountain Rescue teams as we know them today. He was also a keen ...more
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Bill Bryden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 77
William Campbell Rough Bryden CBE is a British stage- and film director and screenwriter.
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Bill Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 73
William David "Bill" Forsyth is a Scottish film director and writer known for his films Gregory's Girl, Local Hero, and Comfort and Joy.
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Bob Spiers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Dec. at 63 (1945-2008)
Robert Alexander "Bob" Spiers was a director. He is particularly noted as the director of the early series of Absolutely Fabulous, the musical comedy Spiceworld, and of the second ...more
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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 73
Brian Denis Cox, CBE is a Scottish actor. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He has also appeared in many ...more
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Caroline Paterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 54
Caroline Paterson in Kirkcaldy, Scotland is a Scottish actress who has appeared in many Scottish television shows such as one-off STV drama, The Steamie and the BBC's Rab C. Nesbitt. However, ...more
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Catriona MacInnes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Catriona MacInnes
Catriona MacInnes is a Scottish film-maker. A graduate of MFA, Screen Academy Scotland, her graduation film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award in Corto Cortissimo at the 65th Venice ...more
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Charles Gormley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Dec. at 68 (1937-2005)
Charles Gormley was a Scottish film director. His films included Living Apart Together and Heavenly Pursuits. His made-for-television work includes The Bogie Man and Down Among the Big Boys.
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Colm McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 46
Colm McCarthy is a Scottish television director, who has directed several BBC drama productions.
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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 57
Craig Ferguson is a Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist. He was the host of The Late Late Show with Craig ...more
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Dallas Campbell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 49
Robert Dallas Campbell is a British television presenter and television and stage actor, best known as a presenter on the factual Channel 5 series The Gadget Show in 2008 and BBC One science ...more
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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 67
David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more