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Famous TV Actors from Scotland

Updated June 14, 2019 131.2k views471 items

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

    Richard Madden

    Game of Thrones, Hope Springs

    BirthplaceElderslie, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Richard Madden (born 18 June 1986) is a Scottish actor and producer. Born and raised near... more on Wikipedia
  • 2
    Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Tony Blair

    ITV News at 6:30, ITV Evening News

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Anthony Charles Lynton Blair (born 6 May 1953) is a British politician who served as Prime... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Brian Cox

    The Big C, A Touch of Cloth

    BirthplaceEurasia, United Kingdom, Scotland, Tayside, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Brian Denis Cox (born 1 June 1946) is a Scottish actor who works with the Royal Shakespeare... more on Wikipedia

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    David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    David Tennant

    Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Broadchurch

    BirthplaceBathgate, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    David John Tennant (born 18 April 1971) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles as... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Kevin McKidd is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Kevin McKidd

    Grey's Anatomy, Rome

    BirthplaceElgin, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Kevin McKidd (born 9 August 1973) is a Scottish television and film actor, director, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Alan Cumming

    The Good Wife, Arthur

    BirthplaceAberfeldy, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, Scotland, United Kingdom

    Alan Cumming (born 27 January 1965) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, writer, producer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Peter Capaldi is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Peter Capaldi

    The Hour, The Thick of It

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Peter Dougan Capaldi (born 14 April 1958) is a Scottish actor, writer and director. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    James McAvoy

    Band of Brothers, Shameless

    BirthplacePort Glasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    James McAvoy (; born 21 April 1979) is a Scottish actor. He made his acting debut as a teen in... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Gerard Butler

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

    BirthplacePaisley, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, producer, singer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Sean Connery

    Armchair Theatre, An Age of Kings

    BirthplaceFountainbridge, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Sir Thomas Sean Connery (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Ewan Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Ewan Stewart

    River City, Rain on the Roof

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    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

    David McCallum

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

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    David Keith McCallum, Jr. (born 19 September 1933) is a British-American actor and musician.... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Ewan McGregor

    The 100 Greatest Musicals, Lipstick on Your Collar

    BirthplacePerth, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Ewan Gordon McGregor (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor, singer, and director known... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Barbara Rafferty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Barbara Rafferty

    Rab C. Nesbitt, River City

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Barbara Rafferty (born 15 January 1950 in Clydebank), is a Scottish actress. She is known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Iain Glen is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Iain Glen

    Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, Scotland

    NationalityScotland, United Kingdom

    Iain Glen (born 24 June 1961) is a Scottish actor. Glen is best known for his roles as Dr.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Gray O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Gray O'Brien

    Coronation Street, River City

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Gray O'Brien (born Gerard O'Brien, 11 August 1968) is a Scottish television and film actor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Henry Ian Cusick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Henry Ian Cusick

    Lost, Scandal

    BirthplaceTrujillo, Peru

    NationalityScotland, Peru

    Henry Ian Cusick (born 17 April 1967) is a Scottish-Peruvian actor of television, film, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Bill Paterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Bill Paterson

    Outlander, Little Dorrit

    BirthplaceGlasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    William Tulloch Paterson (born 3 June 1945) is a Scottish actor and commentator. He has... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Craig Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Craig Ferguson

    The Drew Carey Show, Maybe This Time

    BirthplaceSpringburn, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Craig Ferguson (born 17 May 1962) is a Scottish-American television host, comedian, author,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Kari Corbett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Kari Corbett

    Jeopardy, River City

    BirthplaceScotland, Paisley

    NationalityScotland

    Kari Corbett (born 16 February 1984) is a Scottish actress, artist and filmmaker. Corbett is... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Eileen McCallum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Eileen McCallum

    River City, Take the High Road

    BirthplaceGlasgow, Scotland

    NationalityScotland

    Eileen McCallum, MBE (born 2 December 1936) is a Scottish actress.
  • 22
    Daniel Schutzmann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Daniel Schutzmann

    Footballers' Wives, River City

    BirthplaceAmsterdam, Netherlands

    NationalityScotland,United Kingdom,England

    Daniel Schutzmann is a half-Israeli actor. He is a fan of football and a big Arsenal Football... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Duncan Duff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Duncan Duff

    Big Kids, River City

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Duncan Duff (born 1964 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) is a British stage, television and film... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    John Barrowman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    John Barrowman

    Arrow, Torchwood

    BirthplaceMount Vernon, Glasgow, United Kingdom

    NationalityScotland

    John Scot Barrowman (born 11 March 1967) is a Scottish-American actor, singer, presenter,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland

    Robert Carlyle

    Once Upon a Time, Stargate Universe

    BirthplaceMaryhill, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Robert Carlyle (born 14 April 1961) is a Scottish actor. His film work includes Trainspotting... more on Wikipedia

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