Ncuti Gatwa among top Scots to feature on The List's Hot 100 list

Previous Scots to feature include the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Ewan McGregor and David Tennant.

Ncuti Gatwa, Fergus McCreadle and Bemz top The List’s Hot 100 Scottish cultural contributors Mihaela Bodlovic

Ncuti Gatwa, Nicola Benedetti and Bemz have been revealed as among The List’s Hot 100 Scottish cultural contributors of 2022.

Following a relaunch of the Scottish arts and culture magazine this March, The List magazine’s Hot 100 is back after a three-year hiatus.

The Hot 100 list has been curated by List writers and editorial staff since 2003 to celebrate the 100 most influential names in Scottish arts and culture of the past year.

Previous Scots to have featured on the Hot 100 include Franz Ferdinand and Ewan McGregor, with recurring names like David Tennant, Tilda Swinton, Brian Cox and Paolo Nutini all featuring on the 2022 list.

Rapper and winner of BBC Introducing Scottish Act Of The Year, Bemz, also features on the list. Andy Low

In response to being featured for the first time this year – at number one – Ncuti Gatwa said: “This feels so full circle.

“I’m an Edinburgh boy, I grew up here so being featured in The List’s Hot 100 is an honour.

“This is one of the many things that in the past six months specifically just made my inner child, the younger Ncuti, very very happy.”

Editor of The List magazine, Brian Donaldson, added: “The Hot 100 is our chance to celebrate the 100-plus people who are thriving in our galleries, cinemas, theatres, comedy clubs, restaurants and shops, as well as those we’ve loved to listen to, watch or read.

“We won’t claim that the Hot 100 is perfect, but as a barometer for what’s exciting about Scottish culture, we believe we’ve got it largely spot on.”

Top 10 most influential Scots:

  • Ncuti Gatwa – Actor and future Doctor Who
  • Nicola Benedetti – Director of Edinburgh International Festival
  • Isobel McArthur – Playwright and creator of Pride And Prejudice* (*Sort Of)
  • Fergus McCreadie – Pianist and composer, Mercury Prize nominee
  • Bemz – Rapper and winner of BBC Introducing Scottish Act Of The Year
  • Charlotte Wells – Director of Aftersun
  • Alberta Whittle – Multidisciplinary artist representing Scotland at Venice Biennale
  • Marjolein Robertson – BBC New Comedy Awards finalist
  • Douglas Stuart – Author of Young Mungo
  • Adura Onashile – Actress and star of Medea
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