TV Actors Famous TV Actors from Scotland

Reference
114.2k views 472 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.

1
Richard Madden is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Game of Thrones, Hope Springs, Birdsong Richard Madden is an actor.

2
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

3
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

4
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

5
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

6
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 Maniac in Accidental Death of an ...more

7
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

8
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 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

9
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

10
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

11
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.

12
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

13
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

14
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.

15
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.

16
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

17
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

18
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.

19
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

20
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

21
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

22
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

23
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.

24
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

25
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

26
Lorraine McIntosh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
River City, Hope Springs Lorraine McIntosh is a 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 Taggart among her most ...more

27
Dougray Scott is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Desperate Housewives, Hemlock Grove, The Day of the Triffids Stephen Dougray Scott, better known as Dougray Scott, is a Scottish actor.

28
Denis Lawson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Jekyll, Holby City, Bleak House Denis Stamper Lawson is a Scottish actor and director. He is known for his roles as John Jarndyce in the BBC's adaptation of Bleak House, as Gordon Urquhart in the film Local Hero, as Tom ...more

29
Sam Heughan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Outlander, River City, Island at War Sam Heughan is a Scottish actor. He was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award for Most Promising Performer in 2003 for his performance in the play Outlying Islands, performed at the Royal Court ...more

30
William Ruane is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
River City William Ruane is an actor and a Disc jockey.

31
Gordon McCorkell is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Jeopardy, River City, Chewin' the Fat Gordon McCorkell 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 and Greg Hemphill productions, ...more

32
Laura Fraser is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Breaking Bad, Single Father, Neverwhere Laura Fraser 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 series Lip Service, ...more

33
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Galápagos, Your Cheatin' Heart, Zastrozzi: A Romance 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

34
Johnny Beattie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Johnny Beattie River City, Now You See It Johnny Beattie MBE, is a Scottish actor and comedian, whose career has spanned for well over five decades. He became known as one of Scotland's earliest comedy figures, others being the likes of ...more

35
Kenneth Cranham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Rome, Brideshead Revisited, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Kenneth Cranham is a Scottish film, television, radio and stage actor.

36
David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
David Byrne is a Scottish musician and a founding member and principal songwriter of the American new wave band Talking Heads, active between 1975 and 1991. Since then, Byrne has released his ...more

37
Ronnie Corbett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The Frost Report, Small Talk, Monkey Trousers Ronald Balfour "Ronnie" Corbett, CBE is a Scottish actor and comedian who had a long association with Ronnie Barker in the television comedy series The Two Ronnies. He achieved ...more

38
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The Black Adder, Cracker, Alfresco 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

39
Richard Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Merlin, One Foot in the Grave, Only When I Laugh Richard Wilson is a nominee of 2011 British Academy Television Craft Award for Best Digital Creativity.

40
Annie Lennox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
MTVU Stand In Annie Lennox, OBE, born Ann Lennox, is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. After achieving moderate success in the late 1970s as part of the new wave band The ...more

41
Ian Richardson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
House of Cards, Hogfather, Terry Pratchett's Hogfather 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

42
Billy Connolly is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Head of the Class, Billy Connolly's Route 66, Weekend In Wallop 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

43
Ashley Jensen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Ugly Betty, Extras, Accidentally on Purpose Ashley Jensen is a Scottish actress. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on the television series Extras, on which she appeared from 2005–2007. She was also a cast member of the ABC show ...more

44
Armando Iannucci is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Time Trumpet, The Armando Iannucci Shows, Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle Armando Giovanni Iannucci, OBE is an Oscar and Emmy-nominated Scottish satirist, writer, television director and radio producer of Italian descent. Born in Glasgow, he studied at Oxford ...more

45
Peter Mullan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Top of the Lake, Red Riding, The Fixer 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.

46
James Cosmo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Game of Thrones, The Colour of Magic, Take the High Road 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

47
Annette Crosbie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
One Foot in the Grave, Colin's Sandwich, Oliver Twist Annette Crosbie, OBE is a Scottish character actress.

48
Lindsay Duncan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Rome, Lost in Austen, G.B.H. 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

49
Gordon Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
Upstairs, Downstairs, The Professionals 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

50
Alex Norton is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous TV Actors from Scotland
The Black Adder, Taggart, Prince Edmund Alexander Hugh "Alex" Norton is a Scottish television and film actor. He is perhaps best known for his roles as DCI Matt Burke in the STV detective drama series Taggart and Eddie in ...more