Some Of My Favourite British Character Actors

by presterjohn1 | created - 24 Jan 2012 | updated - 24 Jan 2012 | Public

Not in any particular order. Some of these actors have been leads too of course, so not to diminish them in that way. Just some very good British actors who tend to make whatever they work in that much better.

1. David Warner

Actor | Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He was born out of wedlock and often accepted to be raised by each of his parents, eventually settling with his father and stepmother. His father changed jobs often and moved ...

2. Julian Glover

Actor | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Julian Wyatt Glover was born on March 27, 1935 in Hampstead, London, England, to Honor Ellen Morgan (Wyatt), a BBC journalist, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer. He is of English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Primarily a classical stage actor, Glover trained at the National Youth ...

3. Brian Cox

Actor | X2

Brian Cox is an Emmy Award-winning Scottish actor. He was born on June 1, 1946 in Dundee, Scotland, to Mary Ann Guillerline Cox, maiden surname McCann, a spinner, and Charles McArdle Campbell Cox, a shopkeeper and butcher. His father was of Irish ancestry and his mother was of Irish and Scottish ...

4. Brendan Gleeson

Actor | The Guard

Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...

5. Ray Winstone

Actor | The Departed

Ray Winstone was born on February 19, 1957, in Hackney Hospital in London, England, to Margaret (Richardson) and Raymond J. Winstone. He moved to Enfield, at age seven, where his parents had a fruit and vegetable business. He started boxing at the age of twelve at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing ...

6. Nigel Stock

Actor | The Great Escape

A veteran of stage, screen, radio and TV, character actor Nigel Stock was born in Malta in 1919, the son of Captain W.H. Stock, RE, and his wife Margaret Marion Munro. In British India from childhood, he and his sister Angela returned to the UK in his early teens for schooling. Nigel was educated ...

7. Clive Wood

Actor | Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Clive Wood was born in Croydon, Surrey in 1954 and studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He first came to notice in the late 1970s at the Bristol Old Vic, playing such diverse roles as a singing gangster in "Guys and Dolls" and the titular hero of "Henry V". In 1982, he ...

8. James Cosmo

Actor | Braveheart

James Cosmo was born on May 24, 1948 in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Scotland. He is an actor, known for Braveheart (1995), Highlander (1986) and Troy (2004). He has been married to Annie Harris since May 24, 2000.

9. Pete Postlethwaite

Actor | The Usual Suspects

Classically-trained actor Pete Postlethwaite was born Peter William Postlethwaite in 1946 and was a distinguished character actor on stage, TV and film. Growing up in Warrington, Lancashire amid middle-class surroundings, he went to college and while completing his studies developed an interest in ...

10. John Castle

Actor | RoboCop 3

John Castle was born on January 14, 1940 in Croydon, Surrey, England as John Michael Frederick Castle. He is an actor, known for RoboCop 3 (1993), The Lion in Winter (1968) and Man of La Mancha (1972). He has been married to Maggie Wadey since 1963. They have one child.

11. Richard Pasco

Actor | The Watcher in the Woods

Richard Pasco was born on July 18, 1926 in Barnes, London, England as Richard Edward Pasco. He was an actor, known for The Watcher in the Woods (1980), Mrs Brown (1997) and The Three Musketeers (1966). He was married to Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Greta Watson. He died on November 12, 2014 in ...

12. Richard Johnson

Actor | The Haunting

Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud's repertory company until joining the navy in 1945 until 1948. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the ...

13. Owen Teale

Actor | Robin Hood

Owen Teale trained at the Guildford School of Acting. He was married to actress Dilys Watling and they had one son before their divorce in the mid 1990s.

14. John Woodvine

Actor | An American Werewolf in London

John Woodvine was born on July 21, 1929 in Tyne Dock, South Shields, England. He is an actor, known for An American Werewolf in London (1981), Miss Potter (2006) and Edge of Darkness (1985). He has been married to Lynn Farleigh since 1996. He was previously married to Hazel Wright.

15. Jeremy Bulloch

Actor | Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Jeremy Bulloch was born on February 16, 1945 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England. He is one of six children and even at the young age of five was on stage in his school show enjoying acting and singing. After failing a school exam at the age of eleven, Jeremy seemed destined for the ...

16. Nigel Davenport

Actor | A Man for All Seasons

Nigel Davenport was born on May 23, 1928 in Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Arthur Nigel Davenport. He was an actor and assistant director, known for A Man for All Seasons (1966), Chariots of Fire (1981) and Phase IV (1974). He was married to Maria Aitken and Helena Margaret White. ...

17. Leo McKern

Actor | Ladyhawke

Although he sounded very British, Leo McKern was an Australian. By the time he was 15 years old, he had endured an accident that left him without his left eye. A glass eye replaced it - one might conjecture for the better, as far as making McKern a one-day actor of singular focus (no pun intended; ...

18. Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Actor | Game of Thrones

Dual Canadian/British nationalities. Read Music at Lancaster University (1975-78) before joining English National Opera as singer (1979-81). Theatre credits subsequently include Gloucester (King Lear) at Colchester, Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd) at Liverpool and Watford, Algol (Space Queen Maladjusta...

19. George Baker

Actor | On Her Majesty's Secret Service

George Baker was born on April 1, 1931 in Varna, Bulgaria as George Morris Baker. He was an actor and writer, known for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and I, Claudius (1976). He was married to Louie Ramsay, Sally Home and Julia Squire. He died on October 7, 2011...

20. Ian Ogilvy

Actor | Death Becomes Her

Ian Ogilvy was born on September 30, 1943 in Woking, Surrey, England as Ian Raymond Ogilvy. He is an actor and writer, known for Death Becomes Her (1992), My Life in Ruins (2009) and We Still Kill the Old Way (2014). He has been married to Kathryn Holcomb since 1992. He was previously married to ...

21. Brian Blessed

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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 ...

22. John Abineri

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

John Abineri was born on May 18, 1928 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1971), Robin Hood (1984) and The Children of the New Forest (1955). He was married to Hilary Bamford. He died on June 29, 2000 in Bath, Somerset, England.

23. Bernard Hill

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Bernard Hill was born on December 17, 1944 in Manchester, England. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Titanic (1997). He is married to Marianne. They have one child.

24. John Rhys-Davies

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Acclaimed Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to Mary Margaretta Phyllis (Jones), a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles ...

25. Michael Hordern

Actor | The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella

Following a brief teaching career, Michael Hordern made his stage debut in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, but his career was stalled by WWII. He resumed his acting career in 1946, both in theatre and films. He hit his stride in the 1960s playing befuddled characters, particularly stuffy ...