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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
How to Train Your Dragon, 300, P.S. I Love You
Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television. A trained lawyer, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs. ...more

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables
Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. He was knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000, and received the ...more

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting
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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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Ring
Brian Denis Cox, CBE is a Scottish actor. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He has also appeared in many ...more

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye
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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Drew Galloway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
WWE: WrestleMania 27: Vol. 1, WWE: WrestleMania 27: Vol. 2, WWE: Night of Champions 2010
Andrew "Drew" Galloway is a Scottish professional wrestler, best known for his tenure with WWE under the ring name Drew McIntyre. He currently competes under the name Drew Galloway for ...more

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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Katherine Mathilda "Tilda" Swinton of Kimmerghame is a British actress and fashion muse known for both arthouse and mainstream films. She has appeared in several films, including Burn ...more

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Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Robbie Coltrane, OBE is a Scottish actor, comedian and author. He is known for his roles as Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter films, as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films ...more

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Deborah Kerr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
From Here to Eternity, An Affair to Remember, The Innocents
Deborah Kerr CBE was a Scottish-born, internationally known film, theatre and television actress. During her career, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the motion ...more

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
X-Men: First Class, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
ames McAvoy is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in 1995's The Near Room and continued to make mostly television appearances until the late 2000s. His notable television work ...more

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Kenneth Cranham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Hot Fuzz, Oliver!, Maleficent
Kenneth Cranham is a Scottish film, television, radio and stage actor.

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Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Chatroom, Birdsong, Worried About the Boy
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
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Trainspotting
Shirley Henderson is a Scottish actress. She is perhaps best known for her film roles as Gail in Trainspotting, Jude in Bridget Jones's Diary and Moaning Myrtle in Harry Potter and the Chamber ...more

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Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Brave, Pocahontas, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
William "Billy" Connolly, CBE is a Scottish comedian, musician, presenter and actor. He is sometimes known, especially in his native Scotland, by the nickname "The Big Yin". ...more

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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Kingdom of Heaven, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Resident Evil: Retribution
Iain Glen is a Scottish film, television, and stage actor. Glen is best known for his roles in the Resident Evil films and for portraying Ser Jorah Mormont on Game of Thrones.

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Billy Boyd is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
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
Billy Boyd is a Scottish actor and musician most widely known for playing the characters Peregrin "Pippin" Took in the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Barret Bonden in Master ...more

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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How to Train Your Dragon, Fright Night
David Tennant is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova and ...more

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Ewen Bremner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor
Ewen Bremner is a Scottish actor. His roles have included Daniel "Spud" Murphy in Trainspotting, SPC Shawn Nelson in Black Hawk Down, and Lt. Red Winkle in Pearl Harbor.

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Tony Curran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Gladiator, X-Men: First Class, Blade II
Anthony "Tony" Curran is a Scottish actor.

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Hugh Ross is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Trainspotting, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, For Love of the Game
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
How to Train Your Dragon, Kick-Ass, Brave
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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Ian Richardson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Brazil, Dark City, From Hell
Ian William Richardson, CBE was a Scottish actor of film, stage and television. He is well known for his portrayal of 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
Braveheart, Trainspotting, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion
James Cosmo is a Scottish actor known for his appearances in films such as Highlander, Braveheart, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Trainspotting and Troy, and for ...more

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Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Trainspotting, 28 Weeks Later, The Full Monty
Robert Carlyle, OBE is a Scottish actor. His film work includes Trainspotting, The Full Monty, The World Is Not Enough, Angela's Ashes, The 51st State, and 28 Weeks Later. He has been in the ...more

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Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
World War Z, Maleficent, In the Loop
Peter Dougan Capaldi is a Scottish actor and film director. He has played numerous roles in film and television, and is best known for being the twelfth and current actor to play the lead role ...more