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TV Actors from Glasgow

Updated October 13, 2018 15.3k views187 items

List RulesOnly TV actors who were born or grew up in Glasgow.

List of famous television actors/actresses who were born in Glasgow, with photos when available. These renowned Glasgow actors and actresses are listed by popularity, so the names at the top of the list will be the most recognizable. A few of these actors may not have technically been born in Glasgow, but everyone on this list grew up in Glasgow and considers it to be their home. This list includes Glasgow TV actors from every type of show, including cartoons where they might have done voice over work. If you grew up in Glasgow then you should be proud of these television actors whose birthplace is Glasgow. Various bits of information are available for these Glasgow celebrities as well, such as what year they were born and what shows they are known for.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different TV actors, including James McAvoy and Deborah Kerr.

This list answers the questions, "Which TV actors are from Glasgow?" and "Who are the most famous Glasgow actors?"
  • 1

    Bill Paterson

    Outlander, Little Dorrit

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK


    William Tulloch Paterson (born 3 June 1945) is a Scottish actor and commentator. He has appeared in many film and television projects including Comfort and Joy (1984), Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990),...  more
  • 2

    David McCallum

    NCIS, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    David Keith McCallum, Jr. (born 19 September 1933) is a British-American actor and musician. He first gained recognition in the 1960s for playing secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the television series...  more

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  • 3

    Barbara Rafferty

    Rab C. Nesbitt, River City

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland


    Barbara Rafferty (born 15 January 1950 in Clydebank), is a Scottish actress. She is known for her roles as Ella Cotter in the long-running BBC Two sitcom Rab C Nesbitt, as Shirley Henderson and...  more
  • 4

    Ewan Stewart

    River City, Rain on the Roof

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Andrew Ewan Stewart (born 26 August 1957) is a Scottish film, television and stage actor....  more
  • 5

    James McAvoy

    Band of Brothers, Shameless

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited 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 career...  more

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  • 6

    Peter Capaldi

    The Hour, The Thick of It

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, 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 of...  more

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  • 7

    Gerard Butler

    Attila, The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star

    BirthplacePaisley, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    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 as...  more

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  • 8

    Laura Fraser

    Breaking Bad, Single Father

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK


    Laura Fraser (born 24 July 1976) is a Scottish actress. She is best known for portraying Door in the urban fantasy series Neverwhere, Kate in the film A Knight's Tale, Cat MacKenzie in the drama...  more

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  • 9

    Craig Ferguson

    The Drew Carey Show, Maybe This Time

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited 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 Daytime...  more

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  • 10

    Lorraine McIntosh

    River City, Hope Springs

    BirthplaceCumnock, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Lorraine McIntosh (born 13 May 1964) is a Scottish singer best known as a vocalist with Scottish band Deacon Blue. She has also achieved success as an actress, starring in River City and appearing in...  more
  • 11

    John Barrowman

    Arrow, Torchwood

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    John Scot Barrowman (born 11 March 1967) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter, author, and comic book writer. Born in Glasgow, Barrowman moved to the U.S. with his family in 1975....  more

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  • 12

    Eileen McCallum

    River City, Take the High Road

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom


    Eileen McCallum, MBE (born 2 December 1936) is a Scottish actress....  more
  • 13

    William Ruane

    River City

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland


    William Ruane is an actor and a Disc jockey....  more
  • 14

    Armando Iannucci

    Time Trumpet, The Armando Iannucci Shows

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Armando Giovanni Iannucci (; born 28 November 1963) is a Scottish satirist, writer, director, and radio producer. Born in Glasgow to Italian parents, Iannucci studied at the University of Glasgow...  more
  • 15

    Angus Macfadyen

    TURN: Washington's Spies, Miracles

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Angus Macfadyen (born 21 September 1963) is a Scottish actor. His roles include Robert the Bruce, both in Braveheart and again in the nonsequel Robert the Bruce, Vice-Counsel Dupont in Equilibrium,...  more
  • 16

    Johnny Beattie

    River City, Now You See It

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Johnny Beattie MBE, (born 9 November 1926) is a Scottish actor and stand-up comedian whose career has spanned over five decades. He appeared on shows including the sketch show Scotch & Wry and the...  more
  • 17

    Rory McCann

    Game of Thrones, The Book Group

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland


    Rory Philip McCann (born 24 April 1969) is a Scottish actor, best known for portraying Sandor "The Hound" Clegane on the HBO series Game of Thrones and Michael "Lurch" Armstrong in Edgar Wright's...  more

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  • 18

    Alex Norton

    The Black Adder, Taggart

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom


    Alexander Hugh Norton (born 27 January 1950) is a Scottish television, film and voice actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as DCI Matt Burke in the STV detective drama series Taggart, Eric...  more
  • 19

    Gordon McCorkell

    Jeopardy, River City

    BirthplaceBarrhead, United Kingdom


    Gordon McCorkell (born 1983, Barrhead, Renfrewshire) is a Scottish actor who is arguably best known as Derek 'Deek' Henderson in River City from 2002 to 2012. He has also appeared in the Ford Kiernan...  more
  • 20

    Tony Curran

    Defiance, The Pillars of the Earth

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited 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....  more
  • 21

    Phyllida Law

    Agatha Christie's Poirot, Kingdom

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Phyllida Ann Law, (born 8 May 1932) is a Scottish actress, known for her numerous roles in film and television....  more
  • 22

    Maxwell Caulfield

    Ryan's Hope, Emmerdale

    BirthplaceDuffield, Derbyshire, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Maxwell Caulfield (né Newby; born 23 November 1959) is a British film, stage, and television actor and singer. He has appeared in films such as Grease 2 (1982), Electric Dreams (1984), The Boys Next...  more
  • 23

    Alec Newman

    Frank Herbert's Dune, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Alec Newman (born 27 November 1974) is a Scottish actor best known for portraying Paul Atreides in the Sci Fi Channel's 2000 miniseries adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune....  more
  • 24

    Adrienne Corri

    Sword of Freedom, You're Only Young Twice (1971)

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom


    Adrienne Corri (born Adrienne Riccoboni , 13 November 1930 – 13 March 2016) was a Scottish-Italian actress....  more
  • 25

    Gordon Jackson

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland, UK

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Gordon Cameron Jackson, (19 December 1923 – 15 January 1990) was a Scottish actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of...  more