Best Foreign Actors (In No Particular Order)

Actors and Actresses who have been able to make a point even if their language is not the english...
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“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
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 Meryl Streep, both are second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
Marion Cotillard
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 and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Monica Bellucci
Actress, Irreversible
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 earn money for school...
“ From: Italy

There is not much more to say about this one, isn't it? ” - cjcsPT
Guillaume Canet
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 studying acting...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Javier Bardem
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 grandparents were actors Rafael Bardem and Matilde Muñoz Sampedro...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Fernanda Montenegro
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 in the theater with the play "Alegres Canções nas Montanhas" in 1950...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Daniel Brühl
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 grew up and attended the Dreikönigsgymnasium...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Bruno Ganz
Actor, Downfall
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 tendencies towards introspection was widely known after Summer Guests.
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
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 Français Charles Le Pierre...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Christoph Waltz
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 and bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz in Django Unchained. For each performance, he won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award...
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
Carice van Houten
Carice Anouk van Houten was born in Leiderdorp (near Leiden) on 5 September 1976. Her parents are Margje Stasse, who is on the board of Dutch educational TV, and writer and broadcaster Theodore van Houten. She is the elder sister of actress and designer Jelka van Houten. Her paternal grandmother was Scottish...
“ From: The Netherlands

A very well known actress in Europe. Her most remarkable work is "The Black Book". ” - cjcsPT
Konstantin Khabenskiy
Konstantin Khabenskiy is a Russian actor known in the West for his work in the horror flicks Night Watch and Day Watch. He is also co-starring opposite Angelina Jolie in Wanted. He was born Konstantin Yurevich Khabenskiy on January 11, 1972, in Leningrad, USSR (now St. Petersburg...
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Marcello Mastroianni
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, then started working for the Italian department of "Eagle Lion Films" in Rome and joined a drama club...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Jordi Mollà
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, Hungary and England...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Joaquim de Almeida
Actor, Desperado
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 Portugal...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Juliette Binoche
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 23 when she first attracted the attention of international film critics with The Unbearable Lightness of Being...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Gael García Bernal
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. Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When he was fourteen...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
Sebastian Koch
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 seventies a Stuttgart theater production by director Claus Peymann...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
Audrey Tautou
Actress, Amélie
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 in the ninth 'Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival' in Bezier...
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
Li Gong
Actress, 2046
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 in 1989...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Maribel Verdú
Maribel Verdú was born on October 2, 1970 in Madrid, Spain as María Isabel Verdú Rollán. She is an actress, known for Snow White, Pan's Labyrinth and Y Tu Mamá También. She is the older sister of twins Marina and Carlota and she has been married to Pedro Larrañaga since September 1999.
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Marlene Dietrich
Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901. Her father was an army officer who had served in the Franco-Prussian War. Because of his constant absences from the family due to his army duties, Marlene and the rest had to rely on themselves. When he died...
“ From: Germany

Just a massive movie star! ” - cjcsPT
Matthias Schoenaerts
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, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
Noomi Rapace
Actress, Prometheus
Swedish actress Noomi Rapace is the daughter of fellow 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 three years. When she was eight, she was cast in a small role in the Icelandic film...
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
Mads Mikkelsen
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, he slowly grew to become one of Denmark's biggest movie actors...
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT
“ 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. ” - cjcsPT
“ 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". ” - cjcsPT