Best Foreign Actors (In No Particular Order)

by cjcsPT | created - 21 Dec 2010 | updated - 10 Mar 2013 | Public

Actors and Actresses who have been able to make a point even if their language is not the english...

1. Leonardo Sbaraglia

Actor | Intacto

Leonardo Sbaraglia was born on June 30, 1970 in Sáenz Peña, Tres de Febrero, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Leonardo Máximo Sbaraglia. He is an actor, known for Intacto (2001), Burnt Money (2000) and Relatos salvajes (2014). He has been married to Guadalupe Marin since 2001. They have one child.

From: Argentina

There is something that I can't understand and it is how and why Leonardo Sbaraglia never had a chance in Hollywood. We are talking about a extraordinary actor who is woking now for more than 20 years either in his native Argentina and Spain and always delivering outstanding performances. There is no doubt he is an actor in state of grace at all times. He is now shooting what may be his break through Hollywood alongside Robert De Niro and Sigorney Weaver in "Red Lights" from Raul Cortes. Amongst his best works you can find "Plata Quemada", "Concursante", "Salvador (Puig Antich)", "La Noche De Los Lapices", "Intacto" or "Carmen".

2. Beatriz Batarda

Actress | Night Train to Lisbon

Beatriz Batarda was born on April 1, 1974 in London, England as Beatriz da Silveira Moreno Batarda. She is an actress, known for Night Train to Lisbon (2013), Sangue do Meu Sangue (2011) and Yvone Kane (2014). She was previously married to Bernardo Sassetti.

From: Portugal

This remarkable actress has worked so far in her native Portugal and mostly in France. Amongst her best works we can find "Alice" and "Noite Escura".

3. Cristian Mercado

Actor | Contracorriente

Cristian Mercado is an actor and assistant director, known for Contracorriente (2009), Che: Part Two (2008) and Blackthorn (2011).

From: Bolivia

He has been working for a long time now majorly in South America, although he has made part of "Che: Part II" (Steven Soderbergh) and has premiered this year the exceptional "Contracorriente".

4. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

From: Sweden

There is not much more to add and say about Ingrid Bergman's outstaing carreer. She is one of the best actresses in movie history and everyone that likes good cinema has seen at least one of her movies, let's say, "Casablanca". Although she achieved success in Hollywood she was actually swedish.

5. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

From: France

She has a long carrer in France as she started acting since she was very young. In her resume you can find several great performances either in French and American movies, but most remarkable is the flawless performance which gave her an Oscar: her portrait of Edith Piaf in "La Vie En Rose".

6. Lior Ashkenazi

Actor | Hearat Shulayim

Lior Ashkenazi was born on December 28, 1969 in Ramat Gan, Israel. He is an actor, known for Footnote (2011), Big Bad Wolves (2013) and Hatuna Meuheret (2001). He has been married to Maya Amsellem since December 26, 2011. He was previously married to Shira Farber.

From: Israel

Majorly know in his own native country but has a long carrer now. Amongst his work you can find the absolutely fantastic "Walk On Water".

7. Monica Bellucci

Actress | Malèna

Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on September 30, 1964 in the Italian village of Città di Castello, Umbria, the only child of Brunella Briganti and Pasquale Bellucci. She originally pursued a career in the legal profession. While attending the University of Perugia, she modeled on the side to ...

From: Italy

There is not much more to say about this one, isn't it?

8. Guillaume Canet

Actor | Jeux d'enfants

Son of horse breeders, the young man spent his childhood in the countryside near Paris. In his youth, Guillaume wanted to be a horse-rider, and briefly followed a professional career in the sport. A bad fall broke his dreams, but is at the origin of his acting career, and success. After briefly ...

From: France

One of the finest french actors and directors currently working on the french cinema. Amongst his best films you can find "Joyeux Noel" and "Jeux D'Enfants".

9. Leonor Watling

Actress | My Life Without Me

Leonor Watling was born on July 28, 1975 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain as Leonor Elizabeth Ceballos Watling. She is an actress, known for My Life Without Me (2003), A mi madre le gustan las mujeres (2002) and Inconscientes (2004).

From: Spain

This spanish actress and singer is one of the most recognised and liked actresses of her generation. She's very well know for her jobs on "Salvador (Puich Antich)", "Deseo" and "Son De Mar".

10. Javier Bardem

Actor | Skyfall

Javier Bardem is the youngest member of a family of actors that has been making films since the early days of Spanish cinema.

He was born in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, to actress Pilar Bardem (María del Pilar Bardem Muñoz) and businessman José Carlos Encinas Doussinague. His maternal ...

From: Spain

Probably the best spanish actor of all time. Now working majorly in Hollywood he has received the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his outstanding work in "No Country For Old Men".

11. Fernanda Montenegro

Actress | Central do Brasil

Arlette Pinheiro Esteves da Silva was born on 16th October 1929 in Rio de Janeiro. She adopted the name "Fernanda" because she thought it sounded good. "Montenegro" came after her family doctor.

In late 40s she was translating and adapting famous theater plays to radio. She begun her artistic life ...

From: Brazil

Fernanda Montenegro has a long and successful carreer on her back in her native Brazil. She is a screen, tv and stage actress and is one of the most if not the most respected actress in Brazil. She had an Oscar nomination in 1998 for her role in the movie "Central Station Brazil".

12. Daniel Brühl

Actor | Rush

Daniel Brühl was born in Barcelona, Spain. His father was German TV director Hanno Brühl (1937-2010), who was born in São Paulo, Brazil. His Spanish mother was a teacher. He also has a brother and a sister, Oliver and Miriam. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to Cologne, Germany, where he ...

From: Germany

Daniel Bruhl is actually spanish, although he moved to Germany when he was very young. He stared working in cinema at a young age and is now one of the most solicited actors in both Germany and Spain (where he works very often - he is fluent in spanish and catalan). He is very well known for his role in "Good Bye Lenin!", "Joyeux Noel", "Salvador (Puich Antich)" and most recently "Inglorious Basterds".

13. Adriana Barraza

Actress | Babel

Adriana Barraza was born on March 5, 1956 in Toluca, Estado de Mexico, Mexico. She is known for her work on Babel (2006), Drag Me to Hell (2009) and Thor (2011). She has been married to Arnaldo Pipke since April 29, 2005. She was previously married to Carlos Valsagna.

From: Mexico

Pratically unknown in Hollywood, Adriana Barraza is a very famous actress in Mexico. She gained some attention for her superb and fantastic role in "Babel" from which she received an Acadamy Award nomination".

14. Bruno Ganz

Actor | Der Untergang

Bruno Ganz debuted at the theatre in 1961 and gained there a good reputation as a solid, young actor. In 1970 he founded with Peter Stein the theatre company "Schaubuehne" of Berlin. His debut at the movies was early and unsuccessful during the decade of 1960. His talent as a reflexive actor with ...

From: Germany

One of the greatest european actors of all time, Bruno Ganz has an astonishing carreer behind him and you will easely recognise him on "The Wings of Desire" and for his fantastic portrait of Adolf Hitler (a masterclass in acting) in "Der Untergang".

15. Maria de Medeiros

Actress | Pulp Fiction

Maria de Medeiros is the oldest of three daughters by the pianist, maestro and composer António Vitorino D'Almeida and Maria Armanda Esteves. Her sisters are Inês de Medeiros, stage actress and film and stage director and Ana Medeiros, violinist, composer, and music teacher.

Studied at Lycée ...

From: Portugal

Although she is portuguese she works more often in France. She has a few works in Hollywood and you will probably remember her as Bruce Willis' wife in "Pulp Fiction".

16. Christoph Waltz

Actor | Django Unchained

Christoph Waltz is an Austrian-German actor. He is known for his works with American filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, receiving acclaim for portraying SS-Standartenführer Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds (2009) and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained (2012). For each performance, he ...

From: Austria

Waltz is now working hard to have a carreer in Hollywood and he has already amongst his prizes an Oscar for his brilliant job in "Inglorious Basterds", a much, much deserved award.

17. Carice van Houten

Actress | Game of Thrones

One of Europe's most celebrated actresses, Carice van Houten is perhaps best known for her lead roles in Paul Verhoeven's award-winning Black Book, Bryan Singer's Valkyrie opposite Tom Cruise and as Melisandre on Game of Thrones.

Her Dutch-language feature Love Life, gained her further critical ...

From: The Netherlands

A very well known actress in Europe. Her most remarkable work is "The Black Book".

18. Konstantin Khabenskiy

Actor | Dnevnoy dozor

Konstantin Khabenskiy is a Russian actor known in the West for his working the horror flicks Nochnoy dozor (2004) and Dnevnoy dozor (2006). He is also co-starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Wanted (2008).

He was born Konstantin Yurevich Khabenskiy on January 11, 1972, in Leningrad, USSR (now St. ...

From: Russia

Pratically unknown outside his native Russia, Khabenskiy is a very skilled actor who has been proving himself as one of the best actors of his generation. He is now known for his work in the 2 fantasy movies "Night Watch" and "Day Watch" and his first work in Hollywood in "Wanted" alongside with Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman.

19. Leticia Brédice

Actress | Nueve reinas

Leticia Brédice was born on August 26, 1972 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina as Leticia Marcela Brédice. She is an actress, known for Nine Queens (2000), El elegido (2011) and Ashes of Paradise (1997).

From: Argentina

Totally unknown outside Argentina and Spain, Leticia Bredice is a great actress. You can enjoy her work if you see "Plata Quemada" or "Nueve Reinas".

20. Ulrich Mühe

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

Ulrich Mühe was born on June 20, 1953 in Grimma, East Germany as Friedrich Hans Ulrich Mühe. He was an actor and director, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Funny Games (1997) and Der letzte Zeuge (1998). He was married to Susanne Lothar, Jenny Gröllmann and Annegret Hahn. He died on July 22, ...

From: Germany

This great german actor has unfortunately passed away already and he left a long and remarkable work as a legacy for the german cinema. He gave the performance of a lifetime on the superb "The Lives Of The Others".

21. Marcello Mastroianni

Actor |

Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...

From: Italy

There is nothing we need to say to prove that this actor was one of the best actors in movie history. Mastroianni was a superb actor who left a very impressive legacy in acting. Many would say that Michael Douglas deserved his Oscar for "Wall Street", I keep saying that that year the Oscar should have gone to Mastroianni for his incredible in "Dark Eyes".

22. Gastón Pauls

Actor | Nueve reinas

Gastón Pauls was born on January 17, 1972 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina. He is an actor and producer, known for Nine Queens (2000), Todos contra Juan (2008) and Che: Part Two (2008).

From: Argentina

A few people would recognize this name, but not because his lack of talent. This argentine actor is mostly known in his own country but has proved himself as one of the best there. His most known work is "Nueve Reinas".

23. Jordi Mollà

Actor | Riddick

One of Spain's best-recognized artistic personalities, Jordi Mollà is an actor, director, painter and a writer.

Jordi Mollà Perales was born in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Jordi was trained as an actor at the Barcelona Institute of Theatre and he also studied in Italy, ...

From: Spain

Born in Barcelona, he is one of the most respected actors in Spain alongside with Javier Bardem. He has portraied so many characters and always with stunning class and technique. Outside Spain he is best known for his role as King Phillip in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age".

24. Stéphane Rideau

Actor | Les roseaux sauvages

Stéphane Rideau was born on July 25, 1976 in France. He is known for his work on Wild Reeds (1994), Come Undone (2000) and Sitcom (1998).

From: France

This young french actor is best known for his roles in independent french movies. Pratically unknown outside France, hist best movies include "Les Roseaux Sauvages", "A Toute Vitesse", "Le Clan", "Loin" and "Presque Rien".

25. Joaquim de Almeida

Actor | Clear and Present Danger

Joaquim de Almeida was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Son of two pharmacists and the sixth of eight kids, Joaquim showed signs at an early age that his future lay not in the family business. At the age of eighteen, after attending the theater course at the Lisbon Conservatory for two years, he left ...

From: Portugal

Almeida has moves to Los Angeles almost 20 years ago to pursue a carreer in Hollywood, although he still works very often in Portugal and Spain. He usually portrays villains and he was recentrly seen in "The Burning Plane" with Kim Basing and in "24 - Season 3".

26. Juliette Binoche

Actress | The English Patient

Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only...

From: France

She is one of the best french actresses and certainly one of the best in Europe. There is not much to add to her great resume, just mention her academy award winning performance in "The English Patient".

27. Gael García Bernal

Actor | Mozart in the Jungle

Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. García Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When...

From: Mexico

After his stunning work in "Amores Perros" we have seen this young mexican actor in other major productions like "Babel" or "La Science Des Reves".

28. Johan Libéreau

Actor | Douches froides

Johan Libéreau was born on September 27, 1984. He is an actor and producer, known for Douches froides (2005), High Lane (2009) and Les témoins (2007).

From: France

Libéreau is one of the finest actors in his generation. He always delivers very raw but at the same time suttle performances. This is one of those actors you would like to see in mainstream movies, although his job in independent movies is genious. To mention a couple os his best movies: "Douches Froides" and the fantastic "Les Temoins" by André Téchiné.

29. Sebastian Koch

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

On stage, television or the movie theatre screen Sebastian Koch is undeniably one of Germany s most multi-faceted and successful actors. Born in Karlsruhe, Germany, May 31, 1962, he spent his childhood and youth in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany. He planned to become a musician, but in the late ...

From: Germany

If you want to see what is a really good german actor so you would need to watch Sebastian Koch's movies. He has a very long carreer in his native Germany and in The Netherlands. His best performance so far was delivered in the stunning masterpice "The Lives Of The Others".

30. Stefano Accorsi

Actor | Le fate ignoranti

Stefano Accorsi was born on March 2, 1971 in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. He is an actor and writer, known for Le fate ignoranti (2001), Veloce come il vento (2016) and Radiofreccia (1998). He has been married to Bianca Vitali since November 24, 2015. They have one child.

From: Italy

Stefano Accorsi is a very well known and hard working italian actor who is been making movies for a long time now, however is is pratically unknown in the USA or in the mainstream movie market. Majorly oriented to independent movies he has worked in his native Italy and also in France, Spain and Portugal. "Ovedunque Sei" or "LeFate Ignoranti" are two of his best well known movies.

31. Audrey Tautou

Actress | Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain

Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award...

From: France

Her face is very familiar worldwide specially since the massive success of "Le Fabuleaux Destin D'Amelie Poulin" however she has a long carrer now, majorly in her native France. She keeps working hard and have received very good reviews for her portrait of "Coco Channel" last year.

32. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

From: China

She has become one of the most easely recognized chinese faces in mainstream cinema. She is been working in movies since 2005 but her better known movies include "2046", "Miami Vice" and "Memoirs Of A Geisha".

33. Riccardo Scamarcio

Actor | Mine vaganti

Riccardo Scamarcio was born on November 13, 1979 in Andria, Puglia, Italy. He is an actor and producer, known for Mine vaganti (2010), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and Tre metri sopra il cielo (2004).

From: Italy

His carreer has been so far restricted to his native Italy, however this is one of those ones to look for. Great actor with an increadible sense of acting and interpretation. His two major works are "Il Mio Fratelo E Figlio Unico" and "Mine Vaganti".

34. Maribel Verdú

Actress | El laberinto del fauno

Maribel Verdú was born on October 2, 1970 in Madrid, Spain as María Isabel Verdú Rollán. She is an actress, known for Snow White (2012), Pan's Labyrinth (2006) and Y Tu Mamá También (2001). She is the older sister of twins Marina and Carlota and she has been married to Pedro Larrañaga...

From: Spain

Maribel Verdu is one of the best spanish actresses ever, and there is absolutely no doubt about it. She is one of Spain's sweethearts and one of most solicited actresses. Her first works were in Almodovar's movies and she is actually known as one of the greatest "Almodovar's Girls". Her two best known internationally works are Guillermo Del Toro's "El Laberinto Del Fauno" and Coppola's "Tetro".

35. Miguel Ángel Silvestre

Actor | Sin tetas no hay paraíso

Miguel Ángel Silvestre was born on April 6, 1982 in Castelló, Comunitat Valenciana, Spain as Miguel Ángel Silvestre Rambla. He is an actor, known for Sin tetas no hay paraíso (2008), Sense8 (2015) and La distancia (2006).

From: Spain

One of the most recent raising star's in Spain, he is now one of the most required young spanish actors either in movies or Tv series. He is known as "El Duque" and his best work was in "La Distancia".

36. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

From: Germany

Just a massive movie star!

37. Matthias Schoenaerts

Actor | De rouille et d'os

Matthias Schoenaerts was born on December 8, 1977 in Antwerp, Belgium. His mother, Dominique Wiche, was a costume designer, translator and French teacher, his father is actor Julien Schoenaerts. He made his film debut at the age of 13, alongside his father in the Belgian film Daens (1992), which ...

From: Belgium

This is one of the current great european movie stars. Matthias Schoenaerts is native from Belgium and has been proving his amazing acting skills in the last couple of years with stunning performances like the ones in "Bullhead" and "De Rouille et D'Os".

38. Noomi Rapace

Actress | Män som hatar kvinnor

Swedish actress Noomi Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Gävleborgs län, Sweden, the daughter of Swedish actress Nina Norén and Spanish Flamenco singer Rogelio Durán. Her parents did not stay together, and when Rapace was five she moved to Iceland with her mother and stepfather, where she lived for ...

From: Sweden

Noomi Rapace a couple of years ago was barely know but since she portraid Lisbeth on the original "Millenium Trilogy" she has gained the status of worldwise superstar. And although her work in her native Sweden is spectacular, it is actually a delight to watch her now in major USA movies.

39. Mads Mikkelsen

Actor | Hannibal

Mads Mikkelsen is a synonym to the great success the Danish film industry has had since the mid-1990s. He was born in Østerbro, Copenhagen, to Bente Christiansen, a nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a banker.

Starting out as a low-life pusher/junkie in the 1996 success Pusher (1996), he slowly grew to ...

From: Denmark

One of the current most talented european actors. His acting is so intelligent and so classy that is no surprise he is now one of the most request actors in Europe and Hollywood. You shall recall better his face as Le Chiffre in "Casino Royale".

40. Álvaro Cervantes

Actor | Hanna

Álvaro Cervantes was born on September 12, 1989 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is an actor, known for Hanna (2011), Angels of Sex (2012) and Carlos, Rey Emperador (2015).

From: Spain

Álvaro Cervantes is right now one of the major young actors in Spain. Incredebly gifted in acting for such a young actor, he is now becoming a major superstar in his native Spain. His major works are "El Juego Del Ahorcado" y "El Sexo De Los Angeles" and also "Hanna". He will be shortly releasing "88" from the also spanish actor Jordi Mollá.

41. Max Riemelt

Actor | Freier Fall

Max Riemelt was born on January 7, 1984 in Berlin, Germany. He is an actor, known for Freier Fall (2013), Before the Fall (2004) and The Wave (2008).

From: Germany

One of the finest young german actors from nowadays. Owner of great acting skills and a great sense of interpretation, this actor could be a major Hollywood actor if given the opportunity. He is very well known in Germany and all across Europe, and his most notable works are "Der Rote Kakadu", "Napola" or "The Wave" and his upcoming movie "Freier Fall".