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List of notable or famous screenwriters from Scotland, with bios and photos, including the top screenwriters born in Scotland and even some popular screenwriters who immigrated to Scotland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Scottish screenwriters then this list is the perfect resource for you. These screenwriters are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known screenwriter from Scotland is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Ewan McGregor and Craig Ferguson.

This historic screenwriters from Scotland list can help answer the questions "Who are some Scottish screenwriters of note?" and "Who are the most famous screenwriters from Scotland?" These prominent screenwriters of Scotland may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Scottish screenwriters.

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A. J. Cronin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 85 (1896-1981) Archibald Joseph Cronin, MB, ChB, MD, DPH, MRCP was a Scottish novelist and physician. His best-known novel was The Citadel, about a doctor in a Welsh mining village who quickly moves up the ...more

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Adrian J. McDowall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 40 Adrian John McDowall is a BAFTA Award-Winning Filmmaker

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 53 Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an ...more

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Alex Norton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 68 Alexander Hugh "Alex" Norton is a Scottish television and film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as DCI Matt Burke in the STV detective drama series Taggart and Eddie in ...more

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Alistair MacLean is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 65 (1922-1987) Alastair MacNeill is an author.

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Andrew Black is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 44 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 Marr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 58 Andrew William Stevenson Marr is a British broadcaster and journalist. Beginning his career as a political commentator, he subsequently edited The Independent, and was political editor of BBC ...more

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Angus MacVicar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 93 (1908-2001) Angus MacVicar was a Scottish author with a wide-ranging output. His greatest successes came in three separate genres: crime thrillers, juvenile science fiction, and autobiography. His early ...more

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Ann Marie Di Mambro is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 67 Ann Marie Di Mambro is a Scottish playwright and television screenwriter of Italian extraction. Her theatre plays have been performed widely; they are also published individually and in ...more

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Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 54 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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Arthur Conan Doyle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 71 (1859-1930) Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL was a Scottish writer and physician, most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones ...more

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Bill Forsyth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 71 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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Bryan Larkin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
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Charles Gormley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died 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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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 55 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) 16 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 47 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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Danny Wallace is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 41 Daniel Frederick "Danny" Wallace is a British filmmaker, comedian, writer, actor, and presenter of radio and television. His notable works include the books Join Me, Yes Man, voice ...more

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David Ashton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 76 David Ashton is a Scottish actor and writer. Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, 1964–67, he has acted in a wide variety of film, television, theatre and radio roles. He ...more

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David Greig is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 49 David Greig is a Scottish playwright and theatre director. His work has been performed at all of the major theatres in Britain, including the Traverse Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Royal ...more

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David McKay is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
David McKay is a Scottish actor and television director. In the television series Shoebox Zoo, he played McTaggart who was the Keeper of the Book of Forbidden Knowledge who was bound to stay ...more

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Don Boyd is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 69 Donald William Robertson "Don" Boyd Hon D.Litt is a Scottish film director, producer, screenwriter and novelist. He is a Governor of the London Film School and a Visiting Professor in ...more

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Doon Mackichan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 55 Doon Mackichan is an English comedian and actress.

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Ed McCardie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Ed McCardie Ed McCardie is a film and television screenwriter.

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Enn Reitel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 65 Enn Reitel is a Scottish actor and impressionist who specializes in voice work.

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Ester Gould is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 43 Ester Gould is a film screenwriter.

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 44 Ewan Gordon McGregor, OBE is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 ...more

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Ewart Adamson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 63 (1882-1945) Ewart Adamson was a Scottish screenwriter. He wrote for 122 films between 1922 and 1944. He was born in Dundee, Scotland, and died in Hollywood, California.

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Gilbert Gunn is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 62 (1905-1967) Gilbert Gunn was a British screenwriter and film director.

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Glenn Chandler is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 69 Glenn Chandler is an award-winning Scottish playwright and novelist. He has written plays for theatre and radio, original screenplays for television and films, television series, and novels. His ...more

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Gordon Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 50 Gordon Kennedy is an actor, screenwriter and film score composer.

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Graeme Garden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 72 David Graeme Garden OBE is a British comedian, author, actor, artist and television presenter, best known as a member of The Goodies.

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Harry Watt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 81 (1906-1987) Harry Watt was a Scottish documentary and feature film director, who began his career working for John Grierson and Robert Flaherty. His 1959 film The Siege of Pinchgut was entered into the 9th ...more

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James Kennaway is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 40 (1928-1968) James Kennaway was a Scottish novelist and screenwriter. He was born in Auchterarder in Perthshire and attended Glenalmond College.

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James MacTaggart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
James MacTaggart Died at 46 (1928-1974) James MacTaggart was a Scottish-born television producer, director and writer. After an initial career as an actor, MacTaggart worked for BBC Radio in Scotland before moving into television, ...more

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Janice Hally is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 59 Janice Hally is a Scottish playwright and television screenwriter who has written more than 300 broadcast hours of prime-time British television drama serials and individual screenplays. She was ...more

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John Grierson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 74 (1898-1972) John Grierson was a pioneering Scottish documentary maker, often considered the father of British and Canadian documentary film. In 1926, Grierson coined the term "documentary" in a ...more

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John Maclean is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
John Maclean is a film director, film editor, and screenwriter.

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John McKay is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 53 John McKay is a Scottish film and television director. His initial career was as a playwright, before he began his film career by directing the short films Doom and Gloom and Wet and Dry. These ...more

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John Peacock is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland

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John W. Dunn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 64 (1919-1983) John W. Dunn was a Scottish screenwriter and animator for animated cartoons, from 1955 to 1983. Dunn began his career at the Walt Disney cartoon studio, where his first story credit—Man in ...more

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Joseph McGrath is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 88 Joseph McGrath is a Scottish film and television director and screenwriter. He studied at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1940s/early '50s where his energy and talent was much admired by his ...more

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Katy Townsend is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 30 Katy Townsend is an actress and writer.

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Lin Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Lin Anderson is a Tartan Noir crime novelist and screenwriter, best known as the creator of forensic scientist Rhona MacLeod. The Rhona MacLeod books are currently being developed for ITV.

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Lorna Moon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 44 (1886-1930) Lorna Moon was a Scottish author and screenwriter from the early days of Hollywood.

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Louis Mellis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Louis Mellis is a Scottish actor and screenwriter. Along with David Scinto, he wrote the screenplay for the 2000 film Sexy Beast and the 2009 film 44 Inch Chest. In 2010, Mellis signed on to ...more

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Luke Fowler is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 40 Luke Fowler is an artist, filmmaker and musician based in Glasgow. He studied printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. He creates cinematic collages that have ...more

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Lynne Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 48 Lynne Ramsay is a Scottish film director, writer, producer, and cinematographer best known for the feature films Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar and We Need to Talk about Kevin. She is married to ...more

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Margaret Turnbull is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 70 (1872-1942) Margaret Turnbull was a Scottish playwright and screenwriter. She wrote for 51 films between 1914 and 1939. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland and died in Yarmouthport, Massachusetts. She was the ...more

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Marriott Edgar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
Died at 71 (1880-1951) Marriott Edgar, born George Marriott Edgar in Kirkcudbright, Scotland, was a poet, scriptwriter and comedian best known for writing many of the monologues performed by Stanley Holloway, ...more

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May Miles Thomas is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 59 May Miles Thomas is a Scottish film director, screenwriter and artist. In 2000 she made the UK's first end-to-end full-length digital film One Life Stand which became a paradigm for future UK ...more