Scotland has given us many significant directors and actors. Film has a long history in Scotland, and many movies have been filmed in the territory of Scotland. Many films, like Gregory’s girl, for example, have contributed that Scotland gains global recognition. Among the movies filmed in Scotland, probably the most famous one is the Academy Award winner, Braveheart. Directed by Mel Gibson, this film won many awards and gave a few hints about Scottish history to the worldwide audience. Several actors from Scotland have achieved great success in the world of movies. Some of them gained international recognition in the 60s and 70s, while other, younger actors, are current stars of the movie industry.
The original James Bond, some would say that he can never be surpassed in the role of the MI6 secret agent. Sean Connery won almost every major award in the film world, including the Academy Award, the BAFTA Award, and the Golden Globe. He appeared as James Bond in seven movies. But also starred in other blockbusters like The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Highlander and many others.
Belonging to the generation of younger Scottish actor, Ewan gained international recognition in the now legendary Danny Boyle movie – Trainspotting. The role of Mark Renton brought him the BAFTA Award. Then he went on to cement his status as a Hollywood superstar in the Star Wars trilogy, playing the young Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Another young star, James found initial success in the movies like The Chronicles of Narnia and the Last King of Scotland. Also, these movies made him famous internationally and brought him to the attention of the A-list directors. Further success came with the film such as Atonement and the X-men film series. Today James is one of the most wanted actors in Hollywood.
We all know Robbie as the giant Rubeus Hagrid in the blockbuster Harry Potter movie series and as the Russian villain Zukovsky in the James Bond movies. Born Anthony Robert McMillan, he took the Robbie Coltrane stage name thanks to the jazz star John Coltrane. He starred in many movies during the 80’s and appeared in one of his trademark roles in the TV series Cracker during the 90s. He was voted the 6th most famous Scot in a poll of 2000.
Another member of the older generation, Brian Cox is a member of the Royal Shakespeare company, most famous for his interpretation of King Lear. In the world of movies, he is most known for the movies like The Bourne Identity, Braveheart, Troy and Doctor Who. He is a prolific actor, having appeared in more than 50 movies over the course of his career.
His portrayal of King Leonidas of Sparta in the ground-breaking Zack Snyder movie 300 is now legendary. This breakout role made him a star, and he appeared in many other actions-packed films, but also many romantic comedies. Lately, he has been doing a lot of voice work in animated films like How to Train Your Dragon.