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Famous TV Actors from Scotland

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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 (born 6 May 1953) is a British politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007 and Leader of the Labour Party from 1994 to 2007. He ...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 (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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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Broadchurch, Gracepoint
David John Tennant (né McDonald; 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 ...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 (born 9 August 1973) is a Scottish television and film actor, director, and occasional singer. Before playing the role of Owen Hunt in Grey's Anatomy, for which he is widely known, ...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 (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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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 (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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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
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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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 (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) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Armchair Theatre, An Age of Kings, Sailor of Fortune
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 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 (born 26 August 1957) 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. (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 ...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 (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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Barbara Rafferty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Rab C. Nesbitt, River City, Hamish Macbeth
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
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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 (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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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 (born Gerard O'Brien, 11 August 1968) is a Scottish television and film actor, best known for his portrayal of the villainous Weatherfield businessman Tony Gordon in the popular ITV ...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 (born 17 April 1967) is a Scottish-Peruvian actor of television, film, and theatre and a television director. He is known for his role as Desmond Hume in the ABC television ...more
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Bill Paterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Bill Paterson Outlander, Little Dorrit, Law & Order: London
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 ...more
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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 (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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Kari Corbett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Kari Corbett Jeopardy, River City, The Royal
Kari Corbett (born 16 February 1984) is a Scottish actress, artist and filmmaker. Corbett is perhaps best known for portraying Ruby Hepburn in Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless, Nurse Marian ...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, MBE (born 2 December 1936) is a Scottish actress.
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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 (born 1964 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) is a British stage, television and film actor who trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London 1985 - 1987. He is best known for A ...more
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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 (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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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 (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