Kelly Macdonald Is Merida in ‘Brave’ + 10 More Awesome Scottish Actresses
In honor of the release of the very Scottish Kelly Macdonald and Pixar’s ‘Brave,’ we’ve rounded up a bevy of fabulous Scottish actresses. Get ready to get your brogue on!
Bettys! It’s (almost) finally here! What’s that, you ask? Why, Brave, of course! We’ve been looking forward to this Pixar film—the first ever to feature a female lead—for ages. And on Friday, it’s finally getting released! We can’t wait to see the arrow-shooting Princess Merida, voiced by Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald, kick some major arse.
But you know what just occurred to us? While we can name a whole bunch of Scottish actors off the top of our heads—Gerard Butler, James McAvoy, David Tennant, yadda yadda yadda—we were having trouble coming up with any other Scottish actresses. Surely that couldn’t be the case, we thought! And guess what? We were right! We did a little digging, and in honor of Brave, we’ve rounded up a crew of fantabulous Scottish actresses. From Cho Chang in Harry Potter to Ygritte in Game of Thrones, get ready to get your brogue on!
1. Isla Fisher
Who knew that the wacky redhead who had us rolling in the aisles in Wedding Crashers wasn’t American, in spite of her pitch-perfect accent? Isla Fisher is actually something of an international anomaly: She was born in Oman to Scottish parents before being brought up in Australia. Though her natural accent is Australian, you can hear a terrific Scottish accent from her—no doubt picked up from her parents—in 2010 body-snatcher comedy Burke and Hare.
2. Shirley Henderson
Shirley Henderson has had a long and extremely successful career—but odds are she’s most well-known for playing Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films. Even if you don’t recognize her name, you’ll probably recognize her extremely distinctive voice in films like Topsy Turvy, Bridget Jones’ Diary, A Cock and Bull Story, and Trainspotting. Fun fact: Kelly Macdonald made her big screen debut in Trainspotting, too!
3. Katie Leung
While we’re on the subject of Harry Potter actors, let’s talk about Katie Leung for a moment. Though no one expected Cho Chang to be Scottish, Katie beat out over 3,000 actresses for the role. She actually suspects that her nationality helped her land the part; at the start of the cattle-call audition, the casting directing asked if anyone there was from Scotland—to which only Katie raised her hand. And the rest, as they say…