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Popular Film Actors from Scotland

Updated June 14, 2019 21.1k views667 items

List of famous film actors and actresses from Scotland, listed by their popularity with photos when available. Scotland has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best Scottish screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of Scotland and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

Everything from Andrew McCulloch to Andy Clark is included on this list.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of Scotland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented Scottish film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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  • 1
    Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Gerard Butler

    How to Train Your Dragon, 300

    BirthplacePaisley, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, producer, singer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Sean Connery

    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    BirthplaceFountainbridge, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Ewan McGregor

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    BirthplacePerth, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Ewan Gordon McGregor (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor, singer, and director known... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Brian Cox

    Braveheart, X-Men 2

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Tayside, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Brian Denis Cox (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Alan Cumming

    X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut

    BirthplaceAberfeldy, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Drew Galloway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Drew Galloway

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    Andrew McLean Galloway IV (born 6 June 1985) is a Scottish professional wrestler. He is... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Tilda Swinton

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Katherine Matilda Swinton (born 5 November 1960) is an English actress. She is known for her... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Robbie Coltrane

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

    BirthplaceRutherglen, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Anthony Robert McMillan (born 30 March 1950), known professionally as Robbie Coltrane, is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Deborah Kerr

    From Here to Eternity, An Affair to Remember

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Deborah Jane Trimmer CBE (30 September 1921 – 16 October 2007), known professionally as... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    James McAvoy

    X-Men: First Class, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    James McAvoy (; born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Kenneth Cranham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Kenneth Cranham

    Hot Fuzz, Oliver!

    BirthplaceDunfermline, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Kenneth Cranham (born 12 December 1944) is a Scottish film, television, radio and stage actor.... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Richard Madden

    Chatroom, Birdsong

    BirthplaceElderslie, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Richard Madden (born 18 June 1986) is a Scottish actor and producer. Born and raised near... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Shirley Henderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Shirley Henderson

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    BirthplaceForres, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Shirley Henderson (born 24 November 1965) is a Scottish actress. Her film roles include Gail... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Billy Connolly

    Brave, Pocahontas

    BirthplaceAnderston, Scotland

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir William Connolly, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Iain Glen

    Kingdom of Heaven, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish actor. Glen is best known for his roles as Dr.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Billy Boyd

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Billy Boyd (born 28 August 1968) is a Scottish actor and musician. He played Peregrin "Pippin"... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    David Tennant

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon

    BirthplaceBathgate, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    David John Tennant (born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles as... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Ewen Bremner

    Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Ewen Bremner is a Scottish character actor. His roles have included Julien in Julien... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Tony Curran

    Gladiator, X-Men: First Class

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Tony Curran (born December 13, 1969) is a Scottish actor who has appeared in Underworld:... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Hugh Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Hugh Ross

    Trainspotting, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Hugh Ross is an actor and voice actor.
  • 21
    Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Craig Ferguson

    How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass

    BirthplaceSpringburn, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

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

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  • 22
    Ian Richardson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Ian Richardson

    Brazil, Dark City

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Ian William Richardson, (7 April 1934 – 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor of film, stage... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    James Cosmo

    Braveheart, Trainspotting

    BirthplaceScotland, Clydebank

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    James Ronald Gordon Copeland (born 27 October 1947), known professionally as James Cosmo, is... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Robert Carlyle

    Trainspotting, 28 Weeks Later

    BirthplaceMaryhill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Robert Carlyle (born 14 April 1961) is a Scottish actor. His film work includes Trainspotting... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

    Peter Capaldi

    World War Z, Maleficent

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor, writer and director. He... more on Wikipedia
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