Scottish Stars On The Rise To Watch NOW!

Gerard Butler, Sean Connery, Karen Gillan… these are a few of the many household Hollywood names that have put Scotland firmly on the map.

Top Scottish Celebs

But, who are the country’s lesser-known rising stars to look out for on our screens this year? We’ve picked out the best of the bunch…

Richard Rankin

Richard Rankin

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Age: 38

From: Glasgow

Thanks to his role in Outlander as the rugged Roger Mackenzie, Richard now has a huge fandom. As season five of the franchise returns to our screens this month, could he be set to reach the same level of fame as his co-star Sam Heughan?

Jack Lowden

Jack Lowden

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Age: 29

From: Scottish Borders

Jack is still riding on the success of 2018’s Hollywood blockbuster Mary Queen of Scots, in which he played Lord Darnley alongside Saoirse Ronan. The pair are now dating! Look out for him in BBC One’s Small Axe series this year.

Synnove Karlsen

Top Scottish Celebs, Synnove Karlsen

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Age: 23

From: Helensburgh

After starring in BBC3’s university thriller series, Clique, Synnove has gone on to star in Netflix’s political family drama, Medici: The Magnificent. Keep an eye out for her in Edgar Wright’s upcoming horror Last Night in Soho, set to be released in September.

Ncuti Gatwa

Top Scottish Celebs, Ncuti Gatwa

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Age: 27

From: Edinburgh

The second series of Netflix’s high school comedy, Sex Education, is currently streaming. Ncuti was nominated Best Breakthrough Performance at the 2019 MTV Awards for his portrayal of his gay character, Eric. The actor was born in Rwanda but brought up in Edinburgh.

Morven Christie

Top Scottish Celebs, Morven Christie

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Age: 38

From: Helensburgh

Morven recently shot to mainstream fame when she landed the lead role of DS Lisa Armstrong in ITV crime drama, The Bay, which earned her a Scottish BAFTA nomination for Best Television Actress. Season two of the show will be airing this year.


Check out our latest issue to see the full list – you might be surprised who has made the cut!

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