10 Best Scottish Actors

Tuesday, March 15 by Frances Smith

Learn about 10 best Scottish actors and get a look at some great work in movies. Scotland has given us some of the best Scottish actors of all time. One of the most charming parts of a Scottish actor is the brogue, also known as their accent. Scottish actors are often versatile and able to play a variety of roles from rugged men's men to period pieces that call for a more gentle demeanor.

  1. Gerard Butler. Gerard Butler is a famous Scottish actor born in Paisley, Scotland in 1969. Gerard Butler has starred in more than 40 movies. He acts in dramas as well as romance and comedy films. Some of this most popular roles were in the movies "300," "The Ugly Truth," and "The Bounty Hunter."
  2. Robert Carlyle. This famous Scottish actor was born in Glasgow in 1961. Robert Carlyle has starred in more than 50 movie and television roles. He is probably best known for his lead role in "The Full Monty." He also has starred in "Trainspotting" and "Angela's Ashes."
  3. William "Billy" Connolly. This Scottish actor was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1942. Billy Connolly is a versatile actor who has starred in more than 50 roles. His more famous roles have been in "The Last Samurai," "Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown," and "Fido."
  4. Sean Connery. Perhaps the best know Scottish actor, Sean Connery was born in Edinburgh in 1930. He has starred in more than 90 movies, including portraying James Bond in the James Bond series from 1962 to 1983. He is a versatile and talented actor who often plays no-nonsense characters.
  5. Brian Cox. This famous Scottish actor was born in Dundee in 1946. Brian Cox is a recognizable actor who has starred in more than 160 roles in movies and television. His most famous roles have been in "Red," "The Good Heart," and "Running with Scissors."
  6. Gary Lewis. Gary Lewis is a Scottish actor who was born in Glasgow in 1958. This Scottish actor often plays supporting roles in movies. His face is probably more recognizable than his name, but he has been in more than 70 movies and TV shows. Gary Lewis has been in the following popular movies:  "Billy Elliot" and "The Gangs of New York."
  7. James McAvoy. Born in Port Glasgow, Scotland in 1979, James McAvoy is a popular Scottish actor working in movies today. James McAvoy is a versatile Scottish actor who is excellent in period pieces as well as movies set in present day. Some of his most popular movies to date are "Wanted" and "Atonement."
  8. David McCallam. Known most recently for his role as "Ducky" on the popular television show "NCIS," David McCallam was born in Glasgow, Scotland in 1933. McCallam has starred in more than 120 roles in television and movies. He is most well-known for his role in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a popular TV show that ran from 1964 to 1968.
  9. Ewan McGregor. Born in Perth, Scotland in 1971, Ewan McGregor is one of the best Scottish actors working today. He has starred in more than 50 movie roles. Some of his most popular feature films are "The Ghost Writer," "Deception," and "Incendiary."
  10. Tom Watson. Born in Strathclyde, Scotland in 1932 and died in 2001, Tom Watson was a seasoned Scottish actor. During his career, he starred in more than 80 roles in television and movies. He was known for his roles in "The Winter Guest" and "The Near Room."
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COMMENTS

  1. March 15, 2011 1:12 pm

    Bp011f2775

    Gerard Butler – 1? Are these marks out of ten


  2. March 15, 2011 1:12 pm

    Ciby

    Where the he** are Alan Cumming and Dougray Scott?


  3. March 15, 2011 1:12 pm

    helygen

    Looks like “best” in this article actually means “most well known to the author”

    No disrespect to Tom Watson, but if you have to include someone who’s been dead for ten years then you’re clearly not well-versed in what’s ‘best’ about Scottish actors today.