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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
Dec. 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 41
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 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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Alex Norton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 69
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
Dec. 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 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 Marr is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 59
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
Dec. 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 68
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 55
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
Dec. 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 72
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
age 45

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Charles Gormley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Screenwriters 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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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Screenwriters from Scotland
age 56
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 48
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 42
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 77
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 50
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 70
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 56
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 68
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 44
Ester Gould is a film screenwriter.