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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 is an actor.

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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

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Finlay Currie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Ben-Hur, Great Expectations, Treasure Island Finlay Jefferson Currie was a Scottish actor of stage, screen, and television. Currie was born in Edinburgh, where he later attended George Watson's College. His acting career began on the ...more

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David O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Braveheart, The Departed, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I David Patrick O'Hara (born 9 July 1965) is a Scottish actor. O'Hara was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Martha (née Scott) and Patrick O'Hara, a construction worker. He has appeared ...more

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Ian Bannen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Braveheart, Gandhi, The Watcher in the Woods Ian Bannen was a Scottish character actor and occasional leading man. Bannen was known for starring as the character Christopher Lowe in From Beyond the Grave, Jim Prideaux in the BBC production ...more

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Bill Paterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Kingdom of Heaven, The Killing Fields, The Witches Bill Paterson is a Scottish stage, film and television actor.

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Hugh McDermott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Chato's Land, Lawman, First Men in the Moon Hugh McDermott was a British actor who made a number of film and television appearances between 1936 and 1972. He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1908 and made his screen debut in Well Done, ...more

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Ainslie Henderson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Tea Party, Scroogin On A Greg, Mono Ainslie Thomas Henderson is a Scottish singer-songwriter. He is best known for his appearance on the BBC's television programme, Fame Academy, and his subsequent Top 5 UK single, "Keep Me a ...more

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Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Trainspotting, Brave, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief Kevin McKidd is a Scottish television and film actor, director and an occasional singer. Before playing the role of Owen Hunt in Grey's Anatomy, McKidd starred as Tommy in Danny Boyle's ...more

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Lindsay Duncan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Alice in Wonderland, Under the Tuscan Sun, About Time Lindsay Vere Duncan, CBE is a Scottish stage, television and film actress. On stage she has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony Award for her performance in Private Lives, and another Tony Award ...more

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Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Deep Impact, Ever After, Mission: Impossible II Stephen Dougray Scott, better known as Dougray Scott, is a Scottish actor.

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Kelly Macdonald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
No Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Trainspotting Kelly Macdonald is a Scottish actress, known for her role in the independent film Trainspotting and mainstream releases such as Nanny McPhee, Gosford Park, Intermission, No Country for Old Men, ...more

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Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Braveheart, Trainspotting, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I Peter Mullan is a Scottish actor and filmmaker who is best known for his roles in Trainspotting, My Name Is Joe and the Harry Potter film series.

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Alastair Sim is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Scrooge, The Millionairess, An Inspector Calls Alastair George Bell Sim, CBE, was a Scottish character actor who began his theatrical career at the age of thirty, but quickly became established as a popular West End performer, remaining so ...more

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Graham McTavish is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Rambo, King Arthur Graham McTavish is a Scottish television and film actor and voice actor.

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Gordon Jackson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
The Great Escape, Scrooge, The Ipcress File Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE was a Scottish Emmy Award-winning actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in The ...more

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Donald Meek is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Stagecoach, Top Hat, Captain Blood Donald Meek was a Scottish American character actor. He was well known for his often nervous and fearful supporting roles.

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David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
The Great Escape, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Watcher in the Woods David Keith McCallum Jr. is a Scottish actor and musician. He is known for his roles as Illya Kuryakin, a Russian secret agent, in the television series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as ...more

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Michael White is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Festival in Cannes, Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown Michael White is a film, television and theater producer.

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Lewis MacLeod is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Planet 51, Tad Euan Lewis MacLeod is a Scottish character actor, who can be heard as the voice of many television commercials, film trailers and cartoons in his native UK.

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Katie Leung is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Katie Liu Leung is a Scottish film, television and stage actress. She is best known for playing Cho Chang, first love interest for lead character Harry Potter, in the Harry Potter film series. A ...more

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Paul Young is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Evil Angels, Chato's Land, Regeneration Paul Young is a Scottish television actor and presenter. He is the son of the actor John Young. Educated at George Heriot's School in Edinburgh. A former child actor, some of his later credits ...more

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Sean Scanlan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
My Life So Far, The Taiwan Oyster, A Sense of Freedom Sean Scanlan is an actor.

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Tommy Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Braveheart, Gladiator, Sin City Tommy Flanagan is a Scottish film and television actor from Glasgow, Scotland.

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Colin Friels is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
Dark City, Darkman, Tomorrow Colin Friels is a Scottish-born Australian actor.

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Fiona Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
The Wicker Man Fiona Kennedy Clark, OBE, DL is a Scottish singer, actress, and broadcaster, and the daughter of Scottish and Gaelic singers Calum Kennedy and Anne Gillies. As a child, she appeared with her ...more

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Maurice Roeves is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from Scotland
The Last of the Mohicans, Judge Dredd, The Damned United John Maurice Roëves is an English-born Scottish actor, born in Sunderland, County Durham on 19 March 1937, who moved to Scotland in 1945. His television roles include Danger UXB, The ...more