While Scotland is renowned for its stunning scenery and otherworldly wildlife, it is also well-known for the many celebrities who hail from the region.
Sir Billy Connolly, CBE, is a Scottish stand-up comedian, musician, actor, presenter and artist. Born in 1942 in Glasgow, he became a fully-fledged comedian in the early 1970s, and produced his first solo album, Billy Connolly Live! in 1972. In 2017, he was knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace for his services to entertainment and charity. He has spent many years making us laugh, and recently released a book featuring many of his jokes and stories.
Born in 1971, McGregor began his professional acting career in 1993 when he landed a top role in a UK series, Lipstick on Your Collar. Since then, he has starred in many drama films including Trainspotting, Star Wars, Moulin Rouge and Big Fish. More recently, he starred in Christopher Robin, Doctor Sleep and Birds of Prey. In 2013, he received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from Prince Charles, for his contributions to drama and charity.
Born in Glasgow in 1986, Richard Madden shot to fame after his leading role in epic TV show, Game of Thrones – and we can certainly imagine Knockdow House in a scene of the show! Since then, he has featured in movies such as Cinderella and Rocketman, as well as the TV shows, Bodyguard and Medici.
Though she was born in London, her family is Scottish. Her paternal great grandfather was a Scottish politician, and her maternal great grandfather was the Scottish botanist, John Hutton Balfour. She has appeared in many internationally acclaimed movies, including The Chronicles of Narnia, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and the 20190 film Avengers: Endgame.
This list isn’t exclusive to actors! Andy Murray is a world-famous professional tennis player from Glasgow, Scotland. Born in 1987, he has won the Grand Slam tournament three times, has won multiple Wimbledon singles titles, and is a former world No. 1. He was awarded an OBE in 2013, which he received from Prince William.
Gordon Ramsay is a renowned chef with a feisty reputation! Born in Johnstone, Scotland, his restaurants have been awarded a total of 16 Michelin stars, while he currently holds seven. He became particularly influential after his British TV show, Boiling Point, and has since gone on to host numerous competitive cookery and food programmes, including Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares.
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