Famous Scottish Actors/Actresses & Directors

by BalloonCinema | created - 11 Apr 2017 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

1. Ewan McGregor

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents ...

2. Sean Connery

Actor | The Rock

The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for being the original actor to portray the character of James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him ...

3. James McAvoy

Actor | Split

McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He ...

4. Gerard Butler

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents ...

5. David Tennant

Actor | Doctor Who

One of Scotland's greatest ever actors, David Tennant has won almost universal acclaim from audiences, critics and fellow professionals for his outstanding and award-winning performances on stage and screen. He was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and ...

6. Richard Madden

Actor | Game of Thrones

Richard Madden, born 18 June 1986, is a Scottish stage, film, and television actor best known for portraying Robb Stark in the HBO series "Game of Thrones" and Prince Kit in Disney's "Cinderella." Starring as David Budd in the BBC miniseries "Bodyguard" has also brought him more international ...

7. Robert Carlyle

Actor | The Full Monty

Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting ...

8. Iain Glen

Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, who was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of...

9. Peter Capaldi

Actor | Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Nancy (Soutar) and Gerald John Capaldi. His parents owned an ice cream business. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), Scottish, and Irish descent. Capaldi attended drama classes and was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art. After ...

10. Sam Heughan

Actor | Outlander

Sam Roland Heughan was born April 30, 1980 in Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. An accomplished stage and screen actor best known for his leading roles in Starz TV Series Outlander (2014-2018), A Princess for Christmas (2011), and A Very British Sex Scandal (2007). He attended the ...

11. Dougray Scott

Actor | EverAfter

Born in Scotland, trained at the Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was named most promising drama student. Scott's early work was in Scottish national theatre and television, first appearing in the series Soldier Soldier as well as on the stage in the Tim Fleming directed production of ...

12. Jordan Patrick Smith

Actor | Unbroken

Jordan Patrick Smith was born in 1989 in Scotland. He is an actor, known for Unbroken (2014), Vikings (2013) and The Ruins (2008).

13. John Hannah

Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral

John Hannah is the youngest child of his family, having two older sisters. Before he decided on a career as an actor, John was an apprentice electrician for four years. He gave up his work as an electrician after being accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. After ...

14. Peter Mullan

Actor | Tyrannosaur

He was interested in directing films at the age of 19 and he made several shorts. As he wasn't admitted to the National Film School, he decided to dedicate himself to acting, and made his debut in the theatre in 1988 before moving to cinema and television. Fame came with the parts he played in such...

15. John Barrowman

Actor | Torchwood

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He returned to the UK, for a 6 month Shakespeare semester with the United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "...

16. Robbie Coltrane

Actor | Cracker

Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and in the "Harry Potter" franchise.

Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a ...

17. Ewen Bremner

Actor | Trainspotting

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Ewen Bremner has worked with many of the most respected directors in world cinema, including Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh, Ridley Scott, Joon-Ho Bong, Werner Herzog and Woody Allen. Ewen has established himself by creating unique characters in critically acclaimed films, as ...

18. Tony Curran

Actor | Calibre

Tony Curran was born on December 13, 1969 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is known for his work on Calibre (2018), Deadwood (2019) and Outlaw King (2018).

19. Kelly Macdonald

Actress | No Country for Old Men

Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald was born and raised in Glasgow. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she was raised by her mother, a sales executive in the garment industry. She has one brother, David. As a hobby, she acted in an amateur theatrical club, which she enjoyed a great deal. ...

20. Karen Gillan

Actress | Selfie

Karen Sheila Gillan, of Clan Macnab, was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the only child and daughter of Marie Paterson, of Clan Paterson (considered part of Clan MacLaren or Clan Farquharson) and husband John Gillan, of Clan Macnab, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love...

21. Rose Leslie

Actress | The Last Witch Hunter

Rose Leslie is a Scottish actress. Her leading on screen debut was at age 21 in the television film New Town (2009). She is famous for playing Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011). Leslie also appeared in the films Now Is Good (2012) and The Last Witch Hunter (2015).

Leslie was ...

22. Freya Mavor

Actress | La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil

Freya Mavor was born in Glasgow but grew up in Canonmills, Edinburgh, after moving there with her family. She also spent four years of her early adolescence in La Rochelle, France, before moving back to Scotland.

Mavor declared she first became interested in acting after watching The Shining when ...

23. Joanna Vanderham

Actress | What Maisie Knew

Joanna grew up in Scotland. She trained at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It was here she was 'spotted' by casting director Emma Style, which led to her first professional role as 'Cathy' in The Runaway (2010) together with Keith Allen, Ken Stott, Alan Cumming and Jack O'Connell among ...

24. Michelle Gomez

Actress | Green Wing

Michelle Gomez was born on November 23, 1966 in Glasgow, Scotland. She is known for her work on Green Wing (2004), Doctor Who (2005) and The Book Group (2002). She has been married to Jack Davenport since May 1, 2000. They have one child.

25. Neve McIntosh

Actress | Gormenghast

Neve McIntosh was born on April 9, 1972 in Paisley, Scotland as Carol McIntosh. She is an actress, known for Gormenghast (2000), Salvage (2009) and Doctor Who (2005). She was previously married to Xandy Sahla.

26. Amy Manson

Actress | Not Another Happy Ending

Amy Manson was born on September 9, 1985 in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She is an actress, known for Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Torchwood (2006) and T2 Trainspotting (2017).

27. Sophie Kennedy Clark

Actress | Nymphomaniac: Vol. I

Sophie Kennedy Clark was born in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. She is an actress and producer, known for Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (2013), Philomena (2013) and Dark Shadows (2012).

28. Tiffany Mulheron

Actress | RocknRolla

Scottish-born, Tiffany Mulheron's break in acting came by accident. While waiting to pick up her sister, Ashley Mulheron, from an audition, a casting director mistakenly presumed that Tiffany was waiting to audition for a television series. With reluctance, Tiffany agreed to audition and landed a ...

29. Ashley Mulheron

Actress | Primeval

Ashley Mulheron trained as an actress at Central School of Speech & Drama in London, on the 1-year course.

She can be seen in Momentum Pictures' British comedy horror, Vampire Killers (2009), opposite Bafta Winners James Corden & Mathew Horne, produced by Steve Clark-Hall and directed by Phil Claydon...

30. Shauna Macdonald

Actress | The Descent

Shauna Macdonald was born in 1981 in Malaysia. She is an actress, known for The Descent (2005), The Descent: Part 2 (2009) and Filth (2013). She is married to Cal MacAninch. They have three children.

31. Laura Fraser

Actress | A Knight's Tale

Laura Fraser was born on 24th July 1976 and brought up in Glasgow. Her father, Alister, used to run a small building company but is now an aspiring scriptwriter; her mother, Rose, used to be a nurse but is now a college lecturer. She has an older brother who works with computers, a younger sister ...

32. Morven Christie

Actress | The Replacement

Morven Christie is a Scottish actress. She was born in Dumbartonshire, Scotland in 1981, and grew up in Glasgow and Aviemore. She trained as an actor at Drama Centre London under Reuven Adiv, a colleague of Lee Strasberg, graduating in 2003. Christie lives in the UK and works across film, ...

33. Katie Leung

Actress | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Katie Leung began her career when she was cast as Cho Chang in the Warner Brothers feature film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a role she subsequently reprised for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts I & II). Alongside her acting career, ...

34. Gillian MacGregor

Actress | Beyond

Originally from the West of Scotland, award winning actress Gillian MacGregor's credits include the forthcoming adventure western The Stolen, critically acclaimed Sci-Fi drama Beyond, A Lonely Place to Die, Street Fighter: Resurrection and Nikola Tesla and the End of the World for which she won the...

35. Chloe Pirrie

Actress | Youth

Chloe Pirrie (born 25 August 1987) is a Scottish actress. She has played main roles in the 2014 miniseries The Game, the 2012 film Shell, and the 2015 television film An Inspector Calls. She has also appeared in the 2016 miniseries War & Peace, the 2015 film Youth, the 2015 film Blood Cells and a ...

36. Georgia King

Actress | Wild Child

Georgia May King (born 18 November 1986) is an English actress. King is the daughter of actor Jonathan Hyde and opera singer Isobel Buchanan.

Although King grew up dreaming of being a director, she got her break into acting when she was eighteen and still working at a cheese shop, making her ...

37. Kirsty Mitchell

Actress | Down a Dark Hall

Born in Glasgow, Kirsty Mitchell is a prominent Scottish actress with a rich body of work across film, television and theatre. She trained at the prestigious Central School of Ballet in London before being crowned the coveted title of "Miss Scotland" at the age of seventeen. Kirsty Mitchell's ...

38. Elidh MacQueen

Actress | Sheesha

This gifted young actress has graced screens for over a decade in feature films, commercials, music videos and soap operas. Not to mention being voted '25th Sexiest Woman in the World' by FHM Thailand. Ailey's has truly been an international career, having resided in Scotland, Dubai, New Zealand, ...

39. Katy Townsend

Actress | Mass Effect: Andromeda

Katy Townsend "The Cheeky Scot" hails from Glasgow where she unearthed her passion in the theatre world. Currently exploring her twenties in Los Angeles, Katy's adventures have lead in to independent cinema, high profile video games, audiobooks and most recently; virtual reality, motion capture and...

40. Louise Linton

Actress | Me, You, Madness

Louise Linton was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and attended St. George's School for Girls and then Fettes College, a boarding school in the heart of the Capital.

As a young girl, she began professional training as an actress at The Edinburgh Drama Academy. She later trained with a private coach from ...

41. Pearl Appleby

Actress | Taboo

Pearl Appleby was born on September 13, 1992 in Scotland. She is an actress, known for Taboo (2017), World's End (2015) and Rillington Place (2016).

42. Moira Shearer

Actress | Peeping Tom

Moira was born the daughter of Harold Charles King, a civil engineer, in Dunfermline, Scotland. She was educated at Dunfermline High School, Ndola in Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) and Bearsden Academy, Scotland. She received her professional training at the Mayfair School and The Nicholas ...

43. Kevin Macdonald

Director | The Last King of Scotland

Kevin Macdonald was born on October 28, 1967 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for The Last King of Scotland (2006), How I Live Now (2013) and State of Play (2009).

44. Paul McGuigan

Director | Lucky Number Slevin

Paul McGuigan was born on September 19, 1963 in Bellshill, Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for Lucky Number Slevin (2006), Wicker Park (2004) and Victor Frankenstein (2015).

45. David Mackenzie

Director | Hell or High Water

David Mackenzie was born on May 10, 1966 in Scotland. He is a director and producer, known for Hell or High Water (2016), Perfect Sense (2011) and Starred Up (2013).

46. Michael Caton-Jones

Director | Memphis Belle

Michael Caton-Jones was born on October 15, 1957 in Broxburn, West Lothian, Scotland as Michael Jones. He is a director and producer, known for Memphis Belle (1990), Basic Instinct 2 (2006) and The Jackal (1997).

47. Lynne Ramsay

Director | You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay was born on December 5, 1969 in Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland. She is a director and writer, known for You Were Never Really Here (2017), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011) and Morvern Callar (2002). She was previously married to Rory Stewart Kinnear.



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