The 2015 Hot 100 in association with Blue Moon

The Hot 100 2015: 30–21

Claire Cunningham, Michelle Gomez, Sam Heughan and Peter Capaldi among Scotland's hottest cultural contributors in 2015

Since 2003, we’ve been compiling our annual list of Scotland’s most influential figures in arts and culture. Typically, this year’s Hot 100 list is a fine showcase of local talent – from film and TV stars to emerging comedians and theatremakers. Meet the class of 2015...

30 Claire Cunningham

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

The multi-disciplinary performer’s powerful show Give Me a Reason to Live explored body judgement. This brutally physical piece confronted both historical and contemporary attitudes to disability, taking in Nazi Germany and welfare reforms, through expertly choreographed movement, dance and song. (RMc)

29 Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

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There are many reasons this none-more-Scottish musical (sourced from Alan Warner’s 1998 novel) was an unalloyed success at this year’s Fringe and beyond. But at the heart of its story lies an extraordinarily talented young cast with not a weak link between them. (MR)

28 Karen Cargill

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

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Arbroath’s finest mezzo-soprano (we’re willing to take several bets that this is the case) had a blistering year making her US recital debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, sang with the Red Note Ensemble at the Queen’s Hall and performed Mahler’s ‘Das Lied von der Erde’ with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. (BD)

27 Michelle Gomez

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

Gomez’s unpredictable, dangerous and sparky turn as Doctor Who's Missy has been such a delight that it’s easy to forget she’s only been in the show for just over a year. A remarkable regeneration for this often neglected villain, once a camp joke. (MR)

26 Sam Heughan

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

In 2015 we got Outlander, and thus it was also the year many of us discovered its star, Sam Heughan who scooped a Radio Times award and is tipped for a Golden Globe nomination. In addition to playing an 18th-century hunk, he’s also a patron of Youth Theatre Arts Scotland and a supporter of cancer charity, Bloodwise. (RM)

25 Sunset Song

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

Scottish interest in Terence Davies’ new film, Sunset Song, is strong as it stars Peter Mullan, is based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s 1932 Aberdeenshire-set classic fiction and it’s also the favourite novel of one N Sturgeon c/o Bute House. (DP)

24 Graham Fagen

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

In a show curated by Arbroath’s Hospitalfield House, visual artist Fagen made his fourth visit to Italy as part of Scotland + Venice, but his first as the country’s sole representative. His show was reportedly powerful and significant, examining the nation’s history of slavery through Robert Burns and reggae music. Read our interview with Graham Fagen. (DP)

23 Golden Teacher

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

Taking their stunning live show on tour with NY post-punk queens ESG and playing dates and festivals across Europe, the must-see Glaswegian team also self-released the ‘Sauchiehall Enthrall’ EP and recorded with reggae bassist / producer Dennis Bovell at Green Door Studio. (DP)

22 Peter Capaldi

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

Last year’s Hot 100 victor and Doctor Who number 12 has continued to grow into the part he was destined to play. Capaldi’s Time Lord is an introspective, brusque and playful iteration, and a nice departure after a series of younger men. (MR)

21 David Tennant

The Hot 100 2015: 30-21

Starting the year with a National Television Award, Tennant continued his knack for well-chosen roles. The divisive second series of Broadchurch and his narration of W1A were pre-existing gigs, but as the year wore on, expectation for his villainous role in Marvel’s Jessica Jones became huge. (DP)

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