Not in order.
Sweden may not have a large population but it has gifted the world with bounty of astonishing directors and actors. Greta Garbo
, Ingmar Bergman
, Max von Sydow
and Ingrid Bergman
are just the tip of the iceberg of Nordic actors and filmmakers who have enchanted and engaged cinemaphiles across the globe: Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is poised to join their ranks...
“ <3 TRUE BLOOD Eric Northman ” - karlyngai
David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald
, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who
“ Scottish. Best known for: BBC TV series - Doctor Who (he was #10). Very charming, clever, witty, quirky.. Then later I remembered seeing and adoring him in the lead role of BBC's 'Casanova' mini-series. ” - karlyngai
“ English. First saw him in 'Gattaca' but kept watching in 'The Talented Mr. Ripley,' 'Enemy at the Gates,' 'A.I. Artificial Intelligence,' 'Road to Perdition,' 'Cold Mountain,' 'Alfie,' 'Closer,' 'The Aviator,' 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,' 'Sherlock Holmes,' etc. Has a chick flick feel-good romance role in 'The Holiday.' ” - karlyngai
“ English. Best known for: 'Four Weddings and a Funeral,' 'Notting Hill,' 'About a Boy,' 'Music & Lyrics,' 'Bridget Jones's Diary' 1 & 2, 'Love Actually.' Other films I've seen him in: 'Impromptu,' 'Nine Months,' 'Sense & Sensibility,' 'Extreme Measures,' 'Comic Relief: Doctor Who - The Curse of Fatal Death,' 'Mickey Blue Eyes,' 'Two Weeks Notice' ” - karlyngai
Hugh was born in Oxford, England on June 11, 1959, to Patricia (Laidlaw) and William George Ranald Mundell "Ran" Laurie, a doctor, both of Scottish descent. He was educated at Eton and Cambridge. Son of an Olympic gold medalist in the sport, he rowed for the England youth team (1977) and for Cambridge (1980)...
“ English. Best known for: 'House M.D.,' 'Blackadder,' 'Jeeves and Wooster,' 'A Bit of Fry and Laurie,' 'Stuart Little' 1 & 2 ” - karlyngai
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat
as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who
. Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David Smith...
“ Doctor ” - karlyngai
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson
. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents encouraged him to leave school and pursue his acting goals rather than be unhappy...
“ Scottish. First saw him in 'Trainspotting' and have been a fan since. Notable films: 'Moulin Rouge!' 'Big Fish,' 'Star Wars: Episode I, II, III.' Other films: 'Shallow Grave,' 'The Pillow Book,' 'Brassed Off,' 'A Life Less Ordinary,' 'Velvet Goldmine,' 'Eye of the Beholder,' 'Black Hawk Down,' 'Down with Love,' 'The Island,' 'I Love You Phillip Morris,' 'Angels & Demons,' etc. ” - karlyngai
Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. His parents ran a restaurant (his father is a chef)...
McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary) after his parents divorced when James was 7. He went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ Scottish. Loved him in 'Atonement.' Other notable films: 'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,' 'The Last King of Scotland,' 'Becoming Jane,' 'Wanted,' 'The Last Station,' etc. ” - karlyngai
Stephen Moyer's passion for acting began in local theatre in Brentwood & Chelmsford, Essex where he also made a name for himself with his own theatre company "The Reject Society". He then trained at LAMDA and began his professional acting career on stage, including 2 years with the RSC ("Romeo & Juliet"...
“ English. TRUE BLOOD Bill Compton ” - karlyngai
Thomas Arthur Darvill, known professionally as Arthur Darvill, is an English actor and musician. He is perhaps most recognized as Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor's companions in Doctor Who
, and as Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch
. In 2013-2014 he appeared in the lead role in the theatre musical Once in the West End and on Broadway...
“ Rory from "Doctor Who" ” - karlyngai
Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's College) in Winchester...
“ English. Best known for: 'The King's Speech,' 'A Single Man,' 'Love Actually,' 'Bridget Jones's Diary' 1 & 2, 'Girl with a Pearl Earring,' etc. ” - karlyngai
Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is one of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Ralph Fiennes
, an actor; Martha Fiennes
, a director; Magnus Fiennes
, a musician; and Sophie Fiennes
, a producer. He is of English, Irish, and Scottish origin...
“ English. Best known for: 'Shakespeare in Love,' 'Elizabeth,' 'Enemy at the Gates,' and TV show - FlashForward ” - karlyngai
Ralph Fiennes is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi war criminal Amon Goeth in Schindler's List (1993) earned him nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor...
“ English. Best known for: 'Schindler's List,' 'The English Patient,' 'The Reader,' 'The Constant Gardener,' 'Harry Potter..,' etc. ” - karlyngai
Jamie Bell was born in 1986 in Billingham, England, UK, to Eileen (Matfin) and John Bell, a toolmaker. He comes from a family of dancers including his grandmother, mother, aunt, and sister. It was at his sister's dance practices that he would stand outside the door and imitate the movements of the dancers inside...
“ English. Best known for: 'Billy Elliot,' 'Nicholas Nickleby,' 'King Kong,' 'Flags of Our Fathers,' 'Jumper,' Jane Eyre' ” - karlyngai
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England, to Clare (Charlton), who worked at a modeling agency, and Richard Pattinson, a vintage car importer. He enjoys music and plays both the guitar and piano. When Robert was fifteen, he started acting in amateur plays with the Barnes Theatre Company...
“ English. Best known for: 'Twilight' films, 'Harry Potter..,' 'Water for Elephants' ” - karlyngai
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, to an English family then-resident there. The man he briefly knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist who fought for civil rights in South Africa...
“ English. Best known for: 'Lord of the Rings' films, 'Pirates of the Caribbean' films, 'Troy,' 'Black Hawk Down' ” - karlyngai
“ English. TV shows - Battlestar Galactica, Eureka, FlashForward, 'Bridget Jones's Diary' 1 & 2 ” - karlyngai
Paul Bettany is an English actor. He first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he appeared in the British film Gangster No. 1 (2000), and director Brian Helgeland's film A Knight's Tale (2001). He has gone on to appear in a wide variety of films, including A Beautiful Mind (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)...
“ English. First saw him in 'A Knight's Tale' with Heath Ledger. Notable films include: 'A Beautiful Mind,' 'Master and Commander,' 'The Da Vinci Code,' 'Iron Man,' 'Wimbledon,' 'Dogville' ” - karlyngai
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)...
“ English. Best known for: 'Lord of the Rings..' Other notable films: 'Sharpe's' TV movies, 'Don't Say a Word,' 'Equilibrium,' 'Troy,' 'National Treasure,' 'The Dark,' 'The Island,' 'Flightplan' ” - karlyngai
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film series...
“ Australian. Known for: being Wolverine in 'X-Men' films, 'The Prestige,' 'Van Helsing,' 'Swordfish.' Has a romantic chick flick role in 'Kate & Leopold.' ” - karlyngai
Gary Oldman is a talented British born movie actor who played Sid Vicious in Sid & Nancy, Drexl in True Romance, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He starred in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and the remake of RoboCop. He is also an English filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style...
“ English. Character actor. Enjoyed him esp. in: 'Leon: The Professional,' 'The Fifth Element,' 'Harry Potter..' Other notable films: 'Sid and Nancy,' 'JFK,' 'Dracula,' 'Air Force One,' 'Hannibal,' 'The Dark Knight' ” - karlyngai
British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting soul but forceful will...
“ English. Was great in 'Children of Men.' Other notable films: 'The Bourne Identity,' 'King Arthur,' 'Sin City,' 'Closer,' 'Gosford Park' ” - karlyngai
When he was young, Bradley either wanted to be a professional footballer or an actor. As it turned out he followed the acting route and Bradley attended the Drama Centre London which is said to have been very tough on its students but worthwhile. He got a few small jobs after leaving the DCL such as Dis/connected and Lewis but his big break was on Merlin playing the character of Prince Arthur...
“ English. Best known for: TV show - Merlin ” - karlyngai
Colin Morgan is a Northern Irish actor, best known for playing the title character in the BBC TV series Merlin. Morgan attended Integrated College Dungannon, winning the 'Denis Rooney Associates Cup' for best overall student in the third year, before gaining a National Diploma in Performing Arts from the Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education in 2004...
“ Irish. Best known for: TV show - Merlin, also saw him on a Doctor Who episode "Midnight" with David Tennant. ” - karlyngai
Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes
and artist Damian Elwes
. He was raised in London and attended Harrow...
“ English. Best known for: fun, cute roles in 'The Princess Bride' and 'Robin Hood: Men in Tights' in his younger years. Then darker roles in 'Kiss the Girls' and 'Saw.' ” - karlyngai
Daniel Jacob Radcliffe was born on July 23, 1989 in Fulham, London, England, to casting agent Marcia Gresham
(née Jacobson) and literary agent Alan Radcliffe
. His father is from a Northern Irish Protestant background, while his mother was born in South Africa, to a Jewish family (from Lithuania, Poland...
“ English. Harry Potter, duh. ” - karlyngai
Alexander Richard Pettyfer was born in Hertfordshire and raised in Windsor. His mother, Lee (Robinson), is an interior designer. His father, Richard Pettyfer
, is a fellow actor. His parents divorced and Alex now has a younger half-brother, James, from his mother's re-marriage to a property developer, Michael Ireland. James is a junior tennis player...
“ English. Dashing looks. Recently in: 'I am Number Four' and 'Beastly' ” - karlyngai
“ English. Talented young actor (born in 1992.) Best known for: 'Finding Neverland,' 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,' 'August Rush' ” - karlyngai
Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His films include Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me and You (2006), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Watchmen (2009), A Single Man (2009), Leap Year (2010), Stoker (2013) and The Imitation Game (2014). Goode also starred...
“ English. Known for: 'Watchmen,' 'Match Point,' 'A Single Man,' 'Brideshead Revisited,' 'Chasing Liberty,' 'Leap Year' ” - karlyngai
“ English. Known for: 'The Young Victoria,' 'Pride & Prejudice,' 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,' 'Cheri' ” - karlyngai
“ English. Mr. Bingley from 'Pride & Prejudice' with Keira Knightley. ” - karlyngai
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. Heath Ledger was born on the fourth of April 1979...
“ Australian. First saw him in: '10 Things I Hate About You.' Notable films: 'The Dark Knight,' 'Brokeback Mountain,' 'The Patriot,' 'A Knight's Tale,' 'Monster's Ball,' 'Ned Kelly,' 'Lords of Dogtown,' 'The Brothers Grimm,' 'Casanova,' 'I'm Not There.,' 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' ” - karlyngai
Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Jonathan Rhys Meyers was born Jonathan Michael Francis O'Keefe on July 27, 1977, in Dublin, Ireland, to Mary Geraldine (Meyers) and John O'Keeffe, a musician. He and his family moved to County Cork, Ireland, when the actor was nearly a year old, and then, at the age of 3, his father left the family, leaving his mother to care for Jonny and his 3 younger brothers alone...
“ Irish. Known for: TV show - The Tudors, 'Match Point,' 'Bend It Like Beckham,' 'Mission: Impossible III,' 'August Rush,' 'Alexander,' 'Elvis' TV movie, 'Vanity Fair,' 'I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,' 'Velvet Goldmine' ” - karlyngai
Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller (sometimes credited with an H) was born on November 15, 1972, in Kingston, England, UK, to actors Anna Lee and Alan Miller
, and the grandson of actor Bernard Lee
. After appearing in many high school plays at his selective state grammar school, Johnny dropped out at 17, to pursue acting full time...
“ English. First saw him on 'Trainspotting' and 'Hackers.' Other work: 'Mansfield Park,' 'AEon Flux,' TV Show - Eli Stone ” - karlyngai
Callum Blue, born in London, England, has enjoyed a steady career in film and TV. Best known for his role as Mason in the hit Showtime series, Dead Like Me
, he has also achieved other hits with Related
and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
, co-starring Anne Hathaway. He received his theatrical training at Mountview in London. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
“ English. Saw him on: TV show - Dead Like Me, 'The Princess Diaries 2' ” - karlyngai
Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British-born mother, Lynn (Hillman), and an American-born father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. Andrew was raised Jewish. He went to a private school, the City of London Freemen's School...
“ English. (Born in US, raised in UK.) Best known for: 'The Social Network,' 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,' 'Never Let Me Go' ” - karlyngai
Eric Bana was born Eric Banadinovic on August 9, 1968, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He is the younger of two brothers. His father, named Ivan Banadinovic, came from Zagreb, Croatia, and worked as a manager for Caterpillar Inc. His mother, named Eleanor Banadinovic, came from a German family and was a hairdresser...
“ Australian. 'Munich,' 'Hulk,' 'Star Trek,' 'The Other Boleyn Girl,' 'Troy,' 'Black Hawk Down,' 'The Time Traveler's Wife' ” - karlyngai
Simon Baker was first recognized in 1992, when he received Australia's prestigious Logie award for Most Popular New Talent. Upon relocating to Los Angeles with his family, Baker was immediately cast in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential
“ Australian. Best known for: TV show - The Mentalist ” - karlyngai
“ Australian. Best known for co-starring in 'House M.D.' with Hugh Laurie. ” - karlyngai
Liam Neeson was born on June 7, 1952 in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, UK, to Katherine (Brown), a cook, and Bernard Neeson, a school caretaker. Liam worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer. He had originally sought a career as a teacher by attending St...
“ Irish. Best known for: 'Schindler's List,' 'Les Miserables,' 'Star Wars: Episode I, II, III,' 'Gangs of New York,' 'Love Actually,' 'Kinsey,' 'Batman Begins,' 'Chronicles of Narnia' as voice of Aslan, 'Taken' ” - karlyngai
Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Charles Howard Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries throughout Bale's childhood...
Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child...
“ Scottish. Best known for: '300,' 'RocknRolla,' 'The Phantom of the Opera,' 'Dear Frankie,' 'P.S. I Love You,' 'The Ugly Truth,' 'Gamer,' 'Law Abiding Citizen,' 'How To Train Your Dragon' 1 & 2 (voice) ” - karlyngai
Colin Farrell is one of Ireland's best rising stars in Hollywood and abroad today. His film presence has been filled with memorable roles that range from an inwardly tortured hit man, to an adventurous explorer, a determined-but-failing writer, and the greatest military leader in history. Farrell was born on May 31...
“ Irish. Known for: 'Phone Booth,' 'Alexander,' 'Miami Vice,' 'S.W.A.T.,' 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,' 'Minority Report' ” - karlyngai
Striking Irish actor Cillian Murphy was born in Douglas, the oldest child of Brendan Murphy, who works for the Irish Department of Education, and a mother who is a teacher of French. He has three younger siblings. Murphy was educated at Presentation Brothers College, Cork. He went on to study law at University College Cork...
“ Irish. 'The Dark Knight,' 'Inception,' 'Batman Begins,' '28 Days Later...,' 'Red Eye,' 'TRON: Legacy' ” - karlyngai
“ English. 'Match Point,' 'Persuasion,' 'Hilary and Jackie,' 'MI-5' ” - karlyngai
“ French. Best known for: 'Amelie' ” - karlyngai
Olivier Martinez comes from a working-class family, raised in the Paris suburbs. He left school at an early age, holding various pick-up jobs such as salesman for jeans. Friends urged him to try acting, and at age 23 he enrolled in the International Conservatory of Paris. After several television shows...
“ French. Best known for: 'Unfaithful' ” - karlyngai
Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name Harington prefers...
“ Jon Snow from "Game of Thrones" ” - karlyngai
Richard Madden born 18 June 1986 is a Scottish stage, film, and television actor best known for portraying Robb Stark in the HBO series Game of Thrones and Prince Kit in Disney's Cinderella. Madden was born in Elderslie, Renfrewshire, Scotland, where he was brought up, with older and younger sisters...
“ Game of Thrones ” - karlyngai
“ Game of Thrones ” - karlyngai
Finn Jones is a British actor best known for his role as 'Ser Loras Tyrell', The Knight of Flowers, in the HBO series 'Game of Thrones'. Jones trained at The Arts Educational Schools on a three-year acting course. Prior to this he was a Sixth Form student at Hayes School in Bromley, England.
“ Game of Thrones ” - karlyngai
Andrew Lincoln is a British actor. Lincoln spent his early childhood in Hull, Yorkshire before his family relocated to Bath, Somerset when he was age 10. He was educated at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, and then the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His father is a civil engineer...
“ The Walking Dead ” - karlyngai
Dan Stevens was born at Croydon in Surrey on 10th October 1982. His parents are teachers. He was educated at Tonbridge School and trained in acting at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He studied English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Whilst he was a Cambridge undergraduate, he acted in several student drama productions...
“ Downton Abbey ” - karlyngai
“ Downton Abbey ” - karlyngai
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham
and Timothy Carlton
(Timothy Carlton Congdon Cumberbatch), are both actors. He is a grandson of submarine commander Henry Carlton Cumberbatch, and a great-grandson of diplomat Henry Arnold Cumberbatch CMG...
“ Sherlock BBC ” - karlyngai
Jim was born in London, the son of Jane O. (Martin) and Peter J. S. Sturgess. He was raised in Surrey. First and foremost his interest was music. However, he began to develop a secret passion for acting, at age 8, when he auditioned for local theatre to get out of class. Whilst music appeared cool, he felt being in school plays wasn't...
Eddie Redmayne is an English actor, model and singer. Brought up in Westminster, Redmayne attended Eton College and began his professional acting career as a youth in London theatre before making his screen debut in 1998 with guest appearances on television. He made his feature film debut in 2006 with Like Minds and The Good Shepherd and went on to appear in films such as Savage Grace (2007)...
“ Les Mis ” - karlyngai
Gregg was born in London, England, where he attended Highgate School. Gregg made his acting debut in 2002, with the mini-series Doctor Zhivago
. Gregg played the lead role, Will Wagner, in the Disney Channel Original movie Avalon High
, which premiered on November 12th, 2010. He also appeared as Alex Russo's werewolf boyfriend...
“ English. Cute young actor recently seen on TV show - Wizards of Waverly Place. ” - karlyngai
Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, and Amanda...
“ Band of Brothers, Homeland ” - karlyngai
Morgan was born in London, UK and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales, where he attended Morriston Comprehensive School before moving back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Upon graduation from Central School, Morgan was hired by...
“ The Vampire Diaries ” - karlyngai
Samuel Henry John Worthington was born August 2, 1976 in Surrey, England. His parents, Jeanne (Martyn) and Ronald Worthington, a power planet employee, moved the family to Australia when he was six months old, and raised him and his sister Lucinda in Warnbro, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia. Worthington...