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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.
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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 (born 28 January 1979, Edinburgh, Scotland) is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He is best known as a BAFTA award-winning animator, his appearance on the BBC's television ...more
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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 54
Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer, director, and activist who has appeared in numerous films, television shows, and plays. His London ...more
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Alan Myerson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 79
Alan Myerson (born August 8, 1936) 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 (born 1953) is a Scottish independent television producer and journalist. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Alexander Graham was educated at the former Hamilton Academy school and the ...more
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Alex Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Alex Walker age 35
Alexander or Alex Walker may refer to:
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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 may refer to: Allan Jacobsen (rugby union) (born 1978), Scottish rugby union player Allan Jacobsen (cyclist) (born 1955), Danish cyclist Allan Jacobsen (Australian footballer) ...more
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Andrew Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 45
Andrew Black (born 1974) 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 ...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 (31 March 1844 – 20 July 1912 ) was a Scottish poet, novelist, literary critic, and contributor to the field of anthropology. He is best known as a collector of folk and fairy tales. ...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), was a British director, playwright, teacher, and actor. He acted as General Manager for the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland in 1914-15. There, he produced his own ...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 (; born 28 November 1963) is a Scottish satirist, writer, director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow to Italian parents, Iannucci studied at the University of ...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 (1903 - 1977) was a Scottish writer and climber who was responsible for the creation of Scottish Mountain Rescue teams as we know them today. He was ...more
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Bill Bryden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
Bill Bryden age 77
William Campbell Rough Bryden, (born 12 April 1942 in Greenock, Scotland) 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 (born 29 July 1946) is a Scottish film director and writer known for his films Gregory's Girl (1981), Local Hero (1983), and Comfort and Joy (1984).
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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 Spiers (27 September 1945 – 8 December 2008) was a Scottish director. He is particularly noted as the director of the early series of Absolutely Fabulous (1992–2001), the ...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 (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. Cox is also known for appearing ...more
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Caroline Paterson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 54
Caroline Paterson (born 1965) is a Scottish actress and director 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 (Advanced Film Practice), Screen Academy Scotland, her graduation film ("I'm In Away From Here") was nominated for the ...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 (December 19, 1937 – September 22, 2005) was a Scottish film director. His films included Living Apart Together (1982) and Heavenly Pursuits (1985). His made-for-television work ...more
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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 (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author, and actor. He hosted the syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game (2014–17), for which he won two ...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 (born 17 September 1970) 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 ...more
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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Directors from Scotland
age 67
David Byrne (; born 14 May 1952) is a Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, artist, actor, writer and filmmaker who was a founding member, principal songwriter and ...more