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List of famous TV actors from Scotland, listed alphabetically with photos of the actors when available. Scotland has given birth to a lot of talented television actors who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, soap operas, reality shows and more. These are some of the funniest and most talented Scottish TV stars that have ever lived, so if you're an aspiring actor or actress from Scotland this list should contain many of your idols. If you're looking for a particular popular actor or actress from Scotland then use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

Charles Falconer, Baron Falconer of Thoroton and Ian Rankin are included in this list.

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

You can click on the names of these legendary TV stars of Scotland in order to get more information about each one. If you're a TV junkie use this list of talented Scottish actresses to find some new TV stars that you haven't already heard of.
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Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Game of Thrones, Hope Springs, Birdsong
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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Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
ITV News at 6:30, ITV Evening News, The Blair Years
Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more
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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The Big C, A Touch of Cloth, The Day of the Triffids
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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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Broadchurch, Gracepoint
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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Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Grey's Anatomy, Rome, Journeyman
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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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The Good Wife, Arthur, Tin Man
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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Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The Hour, The Thick of It, The Devil's Whore
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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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Band of Brothers, Shameless, Frank Herbert's Children of Dune
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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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Attila, The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star
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) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Armchair Theatre, An Age of Kings, Sailor of Fortune
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 Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
River City, Rain on the Roof, P.O.W.
Andrew Ewan Stewart is a Scottish film, television and stage actor.
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David McCallum is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
NCIS, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Problem Solverz
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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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The 100 Greatest Musicals, Lipstick on Your Collar, Race to Dakar
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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Barbara Rafferty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Rab C. Nesbitt, River City, Hamish Macbeth
Barbara Rafferty, is a Scottish actress.
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Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey, Agatha Christie's Poirot
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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Gray O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Coronation Street, River City, Peak Practice
Gray O'Brien is a Scottish television and film actor, best known for his portrayal of the villainous Weatherfield businessman Tony Gordon in the popular ITV soap opera Coronation Street from ...more
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Henry Ian Cusick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Lost, Scandal, The 100
Henry Ian Cusick is a Scottish-Peruvian stage, television, and film actor. He is well known for his role as Desmond Hume on the U.S. television series Lost, for which he received a Primetime ...more
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Bill Paterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Outlander, Little Dorrit, Law & Order: London
Bill Paterson is a Scottish stage, film and television actor.
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Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The Drew Carey Show, Maybe This Time, The Ferguson Theory
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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Kari Corbett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Jeopardy, River City, The Royal
Kari Corbett is a Scottish actress, artist and filmmaker. Corbett is perhaps best known for portraying Ruby Hepburn in Channel 4 comedy-drama Shameless, Nurse Marian McKaig in ITV's The Royal, ...more
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Eileen McCallum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
River City, Take the High Road, The Steamie
Eileen McCallum is a Scottish actress. Her first major soap role was in Garnock Way playing Jean Ross from 1976 to 1979, before starring as Isabel Blair in Take the High Road from 1980 to 2003. ...more
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Daniel Schutzmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Footballers' Wives, River City, Footballers Wives Franchise
Daniel Schutzmann is a half-Israeli actor. He is a fan of football and a big Arsenal Football Club fan. He is most popular for his role as Italian football player, Salvatore Biagi, on the ITV ...more
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Duncan Duff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Big Kids, River City
Duncan Duff is a British actor.
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John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Arrow, Torchwood, The Super Hero Squad Show
John Scot Barrowman, MBE, is a Scottish-American actor, singer, dancer, presenter and writer who holds both British and American citizenship. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, he emigrated to the ...more
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Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Once Upon a Time, Stargate Universe, The Last Enemy
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