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Popular Film Actors from Scotland

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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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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 49, Credits: How to Train Your Dragon, 300 & P.S. I Love You

Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, producer, singer and musician. After studying law, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such ...more

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 88, Credits: Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade & The Untouchables

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, and three ...more

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 47, Credits: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith & Trainspotting

Birthplace: Perth, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Ewan Gordon McGregor (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor, singer, and director known internationally for his various film roles, including independent dramas, science-fiction epics, and ...more

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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 72, Credits: Braveheart, X-Men 2 & The Ring

Birthplace: Eurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Tayside, United Kingdom, + more

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

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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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 54, Credits: X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut & GoldenEye

Birthplace: Aberfeldy, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, Scotland, United Kingdom

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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Drew Galloway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Drew Galloway Age 33, Credits: WWE: WrestleMania 27: Vol. 1, WWE: WrestleMania 27: Vol. 2 & WWE: Night of Champions 2010
Andrew McLean Galloway IV (born 6 June 1985) is a Scottish professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Drew McIntyre. He is a ...more
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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 55, Credits: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe & The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Katherine Matilda Swinton (born 5 November 1960) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in both independent arthouse films and blockbusters. She won the Academy Award for Best ...more

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Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 68, Credits: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 & Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Birthplace: Rutherglen, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Anthony Robert McMillan (born 30 March 1950), known professionally as Robbie Coltrane, is a Scottish actor and author. He is known for his roles as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, as ...more

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Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Dec. at 86 (1921-2007), Credits: From Here to Eternity, An Affair to Remember & The Innocents

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Deborah Jane Trimmer CBE (30 September 1921 – 16 October 2007), known professionally as Deborah Kerr (), was a Scottish-born film, theatre and television actress. During her international film ...more
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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 36, Credits: X-Men: First Class, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion & the Witch and the Wardrobe

Birthplace: Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

James McAvoy (; born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in The Near Room (1995) and made mostly television appearances until 2003, when his feature film ...more

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Kenneth Cranham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 74, Credits: Hot Fuzz, Oliver! & Maleficent

Birthplace: Dunfermline, Scotland

Nationality: Scotland

Kenneth Cranham (born 12 December 1944) is a Scottish film, television, radio and stage actor. He is popularly known for his work in Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Valkyrie.
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Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 29, Credits: Chatroom, Birdsong & Worried About the Boy

Birthplace: Elderslie, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Richard Madden (born 18 June 1986) is a Scottish actor and producer. Born and raised near Glasgow, in Renfrewshire, he made his screen debut as a child actor and stage debut whilst a student at ...more

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Shirley Henderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Shirley Henderson Age 53, Credits: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets & Trainspotting

Birthplace: Forres, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Shirley Henderson (born 24 November 1965) is a Scottish actress. Her film roles include Gail in Trainspotting (1996), Jude in the three Bridget Jones films (2001/04/16), and Moaning Myrtle in ...more

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 76, Credits: Brave, Pocahontas & The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Birthplace: Anderston, Scotland

Nationality: United Kingdom

Sir William Connolly, (born 24 November 1942) is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician, presenter, actor and artist. He is sometimes known, especially in his homeland, by the Scots nickname ...more

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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 57, Credits: Kingdom of Heaven, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider & Resident Evil: Retribution

Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish actor. Glen is best known for his roles as Dr. Alexander Isaacs/Tyrant in three films of the Resident Evil film series (2004–2016) and as Ser Jorah ...more

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Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 50, Credits: The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring & The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Billy Boyd (born 28 August 1968) is a Scottish actor and musician. He played Peregrin "Pippin" Took in Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (2001–2003), Barret ...more

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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 47, Credits: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon & Fright Night

Birthplace: Bathgate, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

David John Tennant (born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles as the tenth incarnation of The Doctor in the BBC sci-fi series Doctor Who (2005–2010), Giacomo ...more

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Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 47, Credits: Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down & Pearl Harbor

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Ewen Bremner is a Scottish character actor. His roles have included Julien in Julien Donkey-Boy, Daniel "Spud" Murphy in Trainspotting and its 2017 sequel T2 Trainspotting, SPC Shawn ...more
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Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 49, Credits: Gladiator, X-Men: First Class & Blade II

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Tony Curran (born December 13, 1969) is a Scottish actor who has appeared in Underworld: Evolution, Doctor Who, Roots, and the Netflix historical epic Outlaw King.

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Hugh Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland

Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Nationality: Scotland

Hugh Ross is an actor and voice actor.
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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 56, Credits: How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass & Brave

Birthplace: Springburn, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

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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Ian Richardson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Dec. at 73 (1934-2007), Credits: Brazil, Dark City & From Hell

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Ian William Richardson, (7 April 1934 – 9 February 2007) was a Scottish actor of film, stage and television. He portrayed the Machiavellian Tory politician Francis Urquhart in the BBC's House of ...more

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James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 70, Credits: Braveheart, Trainspotting & The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

Birthplace: Scotland, Clydebank

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

James Ronald Gordon Copeland (born 27 October 1947), known professionally as James Cosmo, is a Scottish actor known for his appearances in films including Highlander, Braveheart, Trainspotting, ...more

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Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 57, Credits: Trainspotting, 28 Weeks Later & The Full Monty

Birthplace: Maryhill, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland, United Kingdom

Robert Carlyle (born 14 April 1961) is a Scottish actor. His film work includes Trainspotting (1996), The Full Monty (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), and Angela's Ashes (1999). He has ...more

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Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Age 60, Credits: World War Z, Maleficent & In the Loop

Birthplace: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor, writer and director. He portrayed the twelfth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who (2013–2017) and Malcolm Tucker in The Thick ...more

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