20 best british actors

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1.
Christopher Lee
Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it be Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film...
“ Best known for his work in the Dracula movies, and continues to find new and younger audiences in the Star Wars and Lord of The Rings movies. ” - martinevans82
 
2.
Timothy Dalton
At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping into roles played by other actors...
“ Former James Bond actor, who was seen as a major film star from a young age. ” - martinevans82
 
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Craig Fairbrass
At six foot three, Craig Fairbrass is a versatile and experienced British actor. Craig has starred in over forty feature films, including the lead role in fifteen independent films in the U.K and U.S as well as Award winning British TV along with guest star roles in five major U.S. TV series. Craig also became one of the most iconic voices within the most successful video game franchise ever...
“ Star of TV and films, such as Cliffhanger and Eastenders. Very under-rated. ” - martinevans82
 
4.
Robert Carlyle
Robert Carlyle was born in Maryhill, Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth, a bus company employee, and Joseph Carlyle, a painter and decorator. He was raised by his father after his mother left him when he was four. At the age of 21, after reading Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," he enrolled in acting classes at the Glasgow Arts Centre...
“ Brilliant Scottish actor who gained fame by lucky chance in The Full Monty, and has since gone on to be a major star. A very talented actor, who can play sinister characters and do almost any type of voice and any accent. ” - martinevans82
 
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Sean Bean
Sean Bean's 20 year career spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and appeared in a number of West End stage productions including RSC's "Fair Maid of the West" (Spencer)...
“ Versitile actor, although with limited accent range. Has developed a career that has gone from strength to strength. Was considered for the part of James Bond and the part of 'gaz' in The Full Monty. ” - martinevans82
 
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Robbie Coltrane
Robbie Coltrane, one of Britain's most popular comedians who was head of debating society at school and won prizes for his art, is now a film star who played in two James Bond films and in the "Harry Potter" franchise. Coltrane was born Anthony Robert McMillan on March 30, 1950, in Rutherglen, a suburb of Glasgow...
“ Major star, perhaps the best Scottish actor behind Sean Connery. Started out as a comedy performer, then went on to star in James Bond and Harry Potter movies. ” - martinevans82
 
7.
Rik Mayall
Rik Mayall, one of the first and foremost alternative comedians in the UK, was born in a village called Matching Tye, just outside Harlow in Essex. His parents, John and Gillian were both drama teachers. His acting debut was at the age of seven when he appeared in one of his father's stage plays. He met his comedy partner and best friend Adrian "Ade" Edmondson at Manchester University in 1975...
“ Comedy star, who starred in cult films early on. Should have been given better movie roles. Will be best remembered for his TV characters. ” - martinevans82
 
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“ Under-rated English star, many of his films have sadly gone straight to DVD, but still very talented. ” - martinevans82
 
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Michael Gothard
Best remembered in Britain for the television series Arthur of the Britons, Ken Russell 's The Devils and as the villain in For Your Eyes Only. His break into films came with Don Levy's Herostratus. Michael was unmarried, living in Hampstead, England and under treatment for depression at the time of his suicide in 1992.
“ Was a potentially top movie star, who has acted with some of the movie greats. He was the star of cult film Scream and Scream Again, with Christopher Lee. ” - martinevans82
 
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Chris Barrie
Actor, Red Dwarf
Chris Barrie was born Christopher Jonathan Brown on March 28, 1960, in Hannover, Germany. He was brought up in Northern Ireland, and was a boarder at a Methodist College in Belfast. He was Head Boy in his final year, and played the lead in a "Dial M for Murder" production. He eventually started a business course at Brighton Polytechnic...
“ Multi-talented actor, known for his TV roles as Gordon Brittas, and as Arnold Rimmer. Movies he has worked on include Tomb Raider. ” - martinevans82
 
11.
Jeremy Irons
Elegant and handsome British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island just off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. A typical islander, he used to go to mainland England only once a year...
“ Star of under-rated Brideshead Revisited, and Die Hard With A Vengence. Sadly still under-rated. ” - martinevans82
 
12.
David Jason
Sir David Jason was born in Edmonton, London, in 1940. He has become one of Britain's most famous and respected actors. He is a versatile actor who is most famously known for his role in Only Fools and Horses.... as Del Boy. He made his debut as DelBoy back in 1981 and was still playing the same role up to the Christmas special in 2002...
“ Englands best TV actor, star of many top TV series. Unfortunately not given enough movie roles and is subsequently not seen as a top movie actor. ” - martinevans82
 
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Steven Berkoff
Highly acclaimed English actor, playwright, author and director continues to set the benchmark in stunning, intense performances on both stage and screen. Berkoff was born in Stepney, London in August 1937 and received dramatic arts training in both Paris and London and then moved on to performing with several repertory companies...
“ Amongst the top English international stars for many years, and still going strong. ” - martinevans82
 
14.
Malcolm McDowell
Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...
“ A top movie favourite, very versatile with movies including Cats, A Clockwork Orange and Star Trek: Generations, where he can claim to killing the character Captain James T. Kirk. ” - martinevans82
 
15.
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ Believable movie star. Amongst the greats of the cinema world, and cosidered by some as a legend, because of his unique performances. ” - martinevans82
 
16.
Sean Connery
Actor, Dr. No
Connery is best known for portraying the character James Bond, starring in seven Bond films between 1962 and 1983. In 1988, Connery won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Untouchables. His film career also includes such films as Marnie, The Name of the Rose, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen...
“ The original James Bond, who bravely cut himself off from the role and succeeded in becoming a top Hollywood actor. ” - martinevans82
 
17.
Brian Blessed
Actor, Tarzan
Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a miner who wanted a better life for his son; Brian lost three uncles in the pit...
“ Recognisable TV and movie favourite. Co-star of some of the best cult movies of all time, and an actor who never shirks a challenging role. ” - martinevans82
 
18.
Charles Dance
Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Dr. Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992)...
“ Star of stage and screen, and regularly voted as an under-rated star of classic movies. ” - martinevans82
 
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Patrick Stewart
Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he quit when his editor told him he was spending too much time at the theatre and not enough working...
“ World-wide known actor, whos range of screen appearances have captured generations of audiences, with surely more memorable appearances to come. ” - martinevans82
 
20.
Rhys Ifans
Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in performing and attended youth acting school...
“ Multi-talented Welsh actor, and movie favourite. Best known in comedic roles. ” - martinevans82