Hot 100 2012: 100-90

JK Rowling, Tilda Swinton and Andrew Fairlie among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2012

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The Hot 100 is our list of Scotland’s 100 hottest individuals and groups who’ve made a splash this year, from comic book writers to comedians, artists to actors. If they've contributed to Scotland's cultural landscape in 2012, you'll find them here.

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100 JK Rowling

100 JK Rowling

Post-Potter world
The Harry Potter author seemed to be in the news more for tree houses than books in 2012, but one day in September witnessed a torrent of publicity when she released The Casual Vacancy. Her first novel for adults raised plenty of eyebrows for its, well, adult content. A BBC adaptation is scheduled to appear in 2014. (BD / Photo: Debra Hurford
Brown © J.K. Rowling 2012)

99 Jelly + Gin

99 Jelly + Gin

Pop-up diners
Aoife Behan and Carol Soutar’s imaginative and unconventional dining pop-ups Burgher Burger and Create:Eat created a real stir among a younger food audience, giving a gastronomic make-over to greasy spoon cafés, country manor houses and Edinburgh’s Signet Library. (DR / Photo: David Anderson)

98 Jamie Coleman

98 Jamie Coleman

Techno MD
The Turing Festival continued to add tech to the multi-arts melting pot that is Edinburgh during August. Securing a keynote speech from Apple’s Steve Wozniak alongside seminars, workshops and networking events, Coleman rounded off 2012 with a recent appointment as MD of Scottish digital start-up platform TechCube. (HN)

97 Alasdair Gray

97 Alasdair Gray

Glasgow guru rejuvenated
As well as bringing out every short story he’s written since 1951, the man dubbed ‘Glasgow’s Borges’ made a real mark on his own city with an expansive mural inside Hillhead station. And Gray’s artwork for the First Minister’s 2011 Christmas card was sold for £4800 at a charity auction. (BD)

96 Blythe Duff

96 Blythe Duff

Iron lady
The TV star continued to demonstrate there’s more to her talents than fronting a certain long-running Glasgow-based crime drama, reviving her acclaimed role in David Harrower’s Good with People at the Fringe before delivering a breathtaking performance as a woman serving life for murder in Rona Munro’s Iron. (AR / Photo: Richard Campbell)

95 Silk Cut

95 Silk Cut

Underground Glasgow DJs
You may have caught their multi-coloured, high-energy, synth-soaked, housey vibrations at the Sub Club or Old Hairdressers. Refreshingly and defiantly without an online presence, Silk Cut played Music Language, The List’s Hot 100 Party and Cry Parrot’s fifth birthday bash, and will release the Dinosaur L-echoing Golden Teacher (with Ultimate Thrush), Lovers’ Rights (with Hot 100 #82 Dam Mantle) plus an EP on Glasgow’s High Sheen in early 2013 (CS)

94 Lung Ha’s

94 Lung Ha’s

Greek love
Scotland’s only major theatre company providing opportunities for people with learning difficulties continued to impress in 2012 with an ambitious production of Antigone beautifully adapted by Adrian Osmond and featuring choreography by Janis Claxton. (AR)

93 Tilda Swinton

93 Tilda Swinton

Doesn’t need to talk about Kevin
Last year’s Hot 100 number two (stop snickering) was part of Wes Anderson’s impressive ensemble cast for Moonrise Kingdom, released in May. In June, she went straight onto filming Jim Jarmusch’s vampire film, Only Lovers Left Alive, due for release in 2013. (NB)

92 Karen Dunbar

92 Karen Dunbar

But seriously …
While she remains best-known for her tragi-comic roles in the likes of Chewin’ the Fat, the actor with the most expressive nostrils in the business is increasingly attracting praise for her stage performances, this year delivering a revelatory turn as the embittered Rose in The Guid Sisters. (AR)

91 Neu! Reekie!

91 Neu! Reekie!

Not all talk
Those behind the spoken word and film/music nights took a daring new step this year by also becoming a record label. Back on stage, they took up residency at Summerhall and brought us the diverse likes of John Hegley, James Yorkston and Liz Lochhead. (BD)

90 Andrew Fairlie

90 Andrew Fairlie

Two-star chef
Scotland’s most decorated chef saw his Gleneagles restaurant judged best in Britain by reaching No 1 in October’s Sunday Times Food List. He also picked up a top-five slot in the National Restaurant Awards Top Sustainable Restaurants. (DR)

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