Best British and Irish Actors

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1.
Will Poulter
Will Poulter is an English actor, recognized for his performances as Lee Carter in Son of Rambow, Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and Kenny Rossmore in We're the Millers. Will was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Caroline (Barrah), a nurse, and Neil Poulter, a professor of cardiology. His mother was raised in an Anglo family in Kenya...
“ Born : London, England

Won: BAFTA

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)
We're the Millers (2013)
The Maze Runner (2014) ” - rowski
 
2.
Douglas Booth
Actor, Noah
Douglas John Booth is an English actor. Booth was born in London, England, the son of Vivien (De Cala), an artist, and Simon Booth, who works in shipping for Citigroup. He has appeared on English television as (Christopher and His Kind, Great Expectations), starred in the film Romeo & Juliet, and played Shem, one of the sons of Noah...
 
3.
Jack O'Connell
Actor, Unbroken
Jack O'Connell was born in Alvaston, Derby, England, to Alison J. (Gutteridge) and John Patrick O'Connell. His mother is English, and worked at British Midland, and his father was Irish (from County Kerry), and worked on the railways for Bombardier. Jack went to Saint Benedict Catholic School, and began...
“ Won: BAFTA ” - rowski
 
4.
Jeremy Irvine
Actor, War Horse
Jeremy Irvine is an English stage and screen actor. He was born Jeremy William Fredric Smith in Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire, England, to Bridget (Glockling), a local politician, and Christopher Fredric Smith, an engineer. His stage surname, "Irvine", was his grandfather's first name. He attended one year...
“ Born: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England

War Horse (2011)
Now this is Good (2012)
The Railway Man (2013) ” - rowski
 
5.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Actor, Kick-Ass
Aaron Taylor-Johnson is an English stage, television, and film actor. He was born Aaron Perry Johnson in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, to Sarah and Robert Johnson, a civil engineer. He has a sister, Gemma Johnson, who had a small role in his movie Tom & Thomas. Aaron is of English-Russian Jewish background...
“ Born: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England

Nominated: BAFTA

The Illusionist (2006)
Kick-Ass (2010)
Godzilla (2014) ” - rowski
 
6.
“ Born: Wokingham, Berkshire, England

Nominated: BAFTA

About a Boy (2002)
X-Men: First Class (2011)
Warm Bodies (2013) ” - rowski
 
7.
Alex Pettyfer
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...
“ Born: Stevenage, Hertfordshire, England

I Am Number Four (2011)
In Time (2011)
Magic Mike (2012) ” - rowski
 
8.
Jamie Campbell Bower
Jamie Campbell Bower was born in London, England, to Anne Elizabeth (Roseberry), a music manager, and David Bower, who works for Gibson Guitar Co. His 4 times maternal great-grandfather was Sir John Campbell, the 7th Baronet of Ardnamurchan and Airds. Bower has a love for performing and for being in the spotlight and is an ex-member of the National Youth Music Theatre...
“ Born: London, England

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012) ” - rowski
 
9.
Tom Felton
Tom Felton was born in Epsom, Surrey, to Sharon and Peter Felton. He has been acting since he was 8 years old at the suggestion of an actress friend of his family who recognized Felton's theatrical qualities. Felton met with an agent, and two weeks later, after auditioning with over 400 other children, he landed an international commercial campaign and went abroad to work...
“ Born: Epsom, Surrey, England

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ” - rowski
 
10.
Kit Harington
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...
“ Born: London, England

Game of Thrones (2011-2015)
Pompeii (2014)
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) ” - rowski
 
11.
Richard Madden
Actor, Cinderella
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...
 
12.
Robert Pattinson
Actor, Twilight
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...
“ Born: London, England

Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire (2005)
Twilight (2008)
Remember Me (2010) ” - rowski
 
13.
Jamie Bell
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...
“ Born: Billingham, Stockton on Tees, England

Billy Elliot (2000)
King Kong (2005)
Jumper (2008) ” - rowski
 
14.
“ Born: Oxford, England

The Inbetweeners Movie (2013)
Divergent (2014)
Insurgent (2015) ” - rowski
 
15.
Aidan Turner
Aidan Turner was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983. After graduating from the Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, Aidan appeared in a number of stage productions, many with Ireland's national theatre, The Abbey. Such productions included The Plough & The Stars, Romeo & Juliet and A Cry from Heaven. In 2008...
“ Born: Dublin, Ireland

Being Human (2009-2011)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012)
Poldark (2015) ” - rowski
 
17.
Henry Cavill
Henry Cavill is a British actor. Cavill began his career starring as Albert Mondego in the 2002 film adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo. He star in minor and supporting roles in television shows such as BBC's The Inspector Lynley Mysteries, Midsomer Murders and The Tudors before transitioning to more mainstream Hollywood films such as Tristan & Isolde, Stardust and Immortals...
“ Born: Jersey, Channel Islands, England

Stardust (2007)
Immortals (2011)
Man of Steel (2013) ” - rowski
 
18.
Dan Stevens
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...
 
19.
Toby Kebbell
Tobias Alistair Patrick Kebbell was born in 1982 in Pontefract, Yorkshire, to Michelle (Mathers), a landscape gardener and cook, and Robert Kebbell, an engineer. He moved to Nottinghamshire, where he grew up. His ancestry includes Irish, English, and Scottish. At 17, he joined the Central Television Workshop in Nottingham...
“ Born: Pontefract, Yorkshire, England

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010)
War Horse (2011)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) ” - rowski
 
21.
Eddie Redmayne
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)...
“ Born: London, England

Won: Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA
Nominated: BAFTA

My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Les Misérables (2012)
The Theory of Everything (2014) ” - rowski
 
22.
Ben Barnes
British actor Benjamin Thomas Barnes was born in London, England, to Patricia (Becker), a relationship therapist, and Thomas Barnes, a professor of psychiatry. He has a brother, Jack. His mother is from South Africa, and is of Jewish heritage, while his father is English. Barnes studied at Homefield Preparatory and King's College...
“ Born: London, England

Stardust (2007)
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)
Dorian Gray (2009) ” - rowski
 
23.
Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston is best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Thor (2011), The Avengers (2012), and Thor: The Dark World (2013). He has also appeared in Steven Spielberg's War Horse (2011), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Woody Allen's romantic comedy Midnight in Paris (2011)...
“ Born: London, England

Nominated: BAFTA

Thor (2011)
War Horse (2011)
Avengers Assemble (2012) ” - rowski
 
24.
Charlie Hunnam
Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove. He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role as the love-smitten Nathan Maloney in Queer as Folk...
“ Born: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Green Street (2005)
Children of Men (2006)
Sons of Anarchy (2008-2012) ” - rowski
 
25.
Chris O'Dowd
Actor, Calvary
Christopher "Chris" O'Dowd born 9 October 1979 is an Irish actor and comedian best known for his role as Roy Trenneman in the Channel 4 comedy The IT Crowd. O'Dowd created and is starring in the Sky 1 television series Moone Boy. He had a recurring role on the drama series Girls and starred in the television series Family Tree...
“ Born: Sligo, Ireland

Nominated: BAFTA

The IT Crowd (2006-2010)
The Boat that Rocked (2009)
Bridesmaids (2011) ” - rowski
 
26.
James McAvoy
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...
“ Born: Glasgow, Scotland

The Last King of Scotland (2006)
Wanted (2008)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) ” - rowski
 
27.
Luke Evans
Luke George Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales, and grew up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. He is the son of Yvonne (Lewis) and David Evans. He moved to Cardiff at the age 17. He then won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre, and graduated in 2000. He starred in many of London's West End theatre productions...
“ Born: Pontypool, Wales

The Three Musketeers (2010)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
Dracula: Untold (2014) ” - rowski
 
28.
Dominic Cooper
Dominic Edward Cooper was born and raised in Greenwich, London, England. His mother, Julie (Heron), is a nursery school teacher and a keen theater-goer. His father, Brian Cooper, is an auctioneer. They divorced when Dominic was age 5. His maternal great-grandfather was film enthusiast E.T. Heron, who published The Kinematograph Weekly...
“ Born: London, England

Mamma Mia (2008)
The Devil's Double (2011
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) ” - rowski
 
29.
Matthew Goode
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...
“ Born: Exeter, England

Watch Men (2009)
A Single Man (2009)
The Imitation Game (2014) ” - rowski
 
30.
Tom Hardy
Tom Hardy made his debut in Ridley Scott's 2001 war film Black Hawk Down. Hardy's other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), the crime film RocknRolla (2008), biographical psychological drama Bronson (2008), science fiction thriller Inception (2010), sports drama Warrior (2011)...
“ Born: London, Engand

Won: BAFTA

Inception (2010)
Warrior (2011)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012) ” - rowski
 
31.
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...
“ Born: Dublin, Ireland

Alexander (2004)
Match Point (2005)
Mission: Impossible III (2006) ” - rowski
 
32.
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor is an English actor. He is known for his portrayal of Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things (2002), the Operative in Serenity (2005), Lola in Kinky Boots (2005), Luke in Children of Men (2006), Dr. Adrian Helmsley in 2012 (2009) and Dr. Vincent Kapoor in The Martian (2015). He played Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013)...
“ Born: London, England

Children of Men (2006)
American Gangster (2007)
12 Years a Slave (2013) ” - rowski
 
33.
Michael Fassbender
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)...
“ Born: Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (Irish Mother)

Nominated: Oscar, Golden Globes (2), BAFTA (3)

Inglorious Bastards (2009)
X-men: First Class (2011)
Prometheus (2012) ” - rowski
 
34.
Orlando Bloom
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...
“ Born: Canterbury, England

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Troy (2004) ” - rowski
 
35.
Dominic Monaghan
Dominic Monaghan is best known for his role in the movie adaptations of "Lord of the Rings". Before that, he became known in England for his role in the British television drama Hetty Wainthropp Investigates. Monaghan was born in Berlin, West Germany, to British parents Maureen, a nurse, and Austin Monaghan, a science teacher...
“ Born: Berlin, Germany (British parents)

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Lost (2004-2010) ” - rowski
 
36.
Sam Worthington
Actor, Avatar
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...
“ Born: Godalming, Surrey, England

Terminator Salvation (2009)
Avatar (2009)
Clash of the Titans (2010) ” - rowski
 
37.
Benedict Cumberbatch
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...
“ Born: London, England

Sherlock (2010-2012)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)
The Imitation Game (2014) ” - rowski
 
38.
Colin Farrell
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...
“ Born: Dublin, Ireland

Phone Booth (2002)
In Bruges (2008)
Seven Psychopaths (2012) ” - rowski
 
39.
Cillian Murphy
Actor, Inception
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...
“ Born: Douglas, Cork, Ireland

Batman Begins (2005)
Inception (2010)
Peaky Blinders (2013-2014) ” - rowski
 
40.
Russell Brand
Russell Brand was born on June 4, 1975, in Grays, Essex, England, the son of Barbara Elizabeth (Nichols) and Ronald Henry Brand, a photographer. An only child, his parents divorced when he was only six months old, and he was subsequently raised by his mother. Enduring a difficult childhood that saw...
“ Born: Grays, Essex, England

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)
Despicable me (2010)
Arthur (2011) ” - rowski
 
41.
“ Born: Bristol, England

The Office (2001-2003)
Extras (2005-2007)
Hall Pass (2011) ” - rowski
 
42.
“ Born: London, England

Little Britain (2003-2006)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Bridesmaids (2011) ” - rowski
 
43.
Christian Bale
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...
“ Born: Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, England

American Psycho (2000)
The Prestige (2006)
The Dark knight (2008) ” - rowski
 
44.
Ioan Gruffudd
Ioan Gruffudd was born on October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, UK to educators Gillian (James) and Peter Gruffudd. He has a brother, Alun, who is two years younger and a sister, Siwan, who is seven years younger. He got got his start at age 13 in the Welsh soap opera People of the Valley. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1992 to 1995...
“ Born: Cardiff, Wales

Titanic (1997)
King Arthur (2004)
Fantastic four (2005) ” - rowski
 
45.
Andrew Lincoln
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...
“ Born: London, England

Love Actually (2003)
Heartbreaker (2010)
The Walking Dead (2010-2015) ” - rowski
 
46.
Jack Davenport
Jack Davenport was born in 1973 and is the son of actors Maria Aitken and Nigel Davenport. He studied Literature and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. His first break happened after he wrote to John Cleese to ask to be a runner on Fierce Creatures where he ended up playing a zoo keeper...
“ Born: Suffolk, England

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014) ” - rowski
 
47.
Jude Law
Jude Law is a talented and versatile actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca and The Talented Mr. Ripley to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, as Hugo's father in Hugo and in the titular role in Dom Hemingway...
“ Born: London, England

Enemy at the Gates (2001)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Sherlock Holmes (2009) ” - rowski
 
48.
Idris Elba
Actor, Prometheus
An only child, Idris Elba was born and raised in Hackney, London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at a Ford motor factory. His mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting. He gained a place in the National Youth Music Theatre - thanks to a £1,500 Prince's Trust grant...
“ Born: London, England

Luther (2010-2013)
Thor (2011)
Prometheus (2012) ” - rowski
 
49.
Nick Frost
Nick Frost is an English actor, screenwriter and comedian. He is known for his work in the series of British comedic genre films The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He also co-starred in Paul (2011), with frequent collaborator and friend Simon Pegg...
“ Born: Essex, England

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Paul (2011) ” - rowski
 
50.
Dylan Moran
Irish comedian Dylan Moran was born in Navan, County Meath in 1971. Leaving school without any qualifications at age 16, Moran quickly became attracted to stand-up comedy and debuted, in 1992, at a comedy club in Dublin, The Comedy Cellar. A year later, he won the Channel Four comedy newcomer's "So You Think You're Funny" award at the Edinburgh Festival...
“ Born: Navan, Co. Meath, Ireland

Notting Hill (1999)
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Run Fatboy Run (2007) ” - rowski
 
51.
Sacha Baron Cohen
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born in Israel...
“ Born: London, England

Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)
Brüno (2009)
The Dictator (2012) ” - rowski
 
52.
Mackenzie Crook
Mackenzie Crook, one of British comedy's best-known faces, who collected Star Wars figurines as a child, is now immortalized in plastic as a six-inch-high pirate action figure. He was born Paul Mackenzie Crook on September 29, 1971, in Maidstone, Kent, England, UK. His father worked for British Airways...
“ Born: Maidstone, Kent, England

The Office (2001-2003)
Finding Neverland (2004)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The curse of the Black Pearl (2003) ” - rowski
 
53.
Martin Freeman
Martin Freeman is an English actor, best known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office, Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock and Lester Nygaard in the dark comedy-crime drama TV series Fargo...
“ Born: Aldershot, Hampshire, England

The Office (2001-2003)
Sherlock (2010-2012)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) ” - rowski
 
54.
Richard Armitage
Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, and studied at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His first appearance on the screen was in a small role in This Year's Love...
“ Born: Leicester, England

Spooks (2002-2010)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2010)
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) ” - rowski
 
55.
Paul Bettany
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)...
“ Born: London, England

A Knight's Tale (2001)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Da Vinci Code (2006) ” - rowski
 
56.
David Tennant
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...
“ Born: Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland

Doctor who (2005-2010)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Fright Night (2011) ” - rowski
 
57.
Ewan McGregor
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...
“ Born: Perth, Perthshire, Scotland

Trainspotting (1996)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Impossible (2012) ” - rowski
 
58.
Damian Lewis
Actor, Homeland
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...
“ Born: London, England

The Escapist (2008)
Your Highness (2011)
Homeland (2011-2013) ” - rowski
 
59.
Joseph Fiennes
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...
“ Born: Salisbury, Wiltshire, England

Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Enemy at the Gates (2001)
American Horror Story (2012-2013) ” - rowski
 
60.
Simon Pegg
English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was educated...
“ Gloucester, England

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Hot Fuzz (2007)
Paul (2011) ” - rowski
 
61.
Warwick Davis
English actor Warwick Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, the son of an insurance broker and his wife. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he was 11 years old, his grandmother heard a radio appeal for people under four feet tall to appear in Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi...
“ Born: Epsom, Surrey, England

Willow (1988)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) ” - rowski
 
62.
Gerard Butler
Actor, 300
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...
“ Born: Paisley, Scotland

300 (2006)
Law Abiding Citizen (2009)
Machine Gun Preacher (2011) ” - rowski
 
63.
Billy Boyd
Billy Boyd was born in 1968 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Mary and William Boyd. The talented young boy, inspired by Star Wars to try acting, got his first taste of it in his school's production of Oliver Twist when he was 10. Boyd's parents were extremely supportive, driving over two hours to get him to the performances...
“ Born: Glasgow, Scotland

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) ” - rowski
 
64.
Michael Sheen
Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus". Sheen was born in Newport, Wales, the only son of Irene (Thomas) and Meyrick Sheen...
“ Born: Newport, Wales


Kingdom of heaven (2005)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012) ” - rowski
 
65.
Daniel Craig
Actor, Skyfall
Daniel Craig, one of British theatre's most famous faces, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, went on to star as "James Bond" in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. He was born Daniel Wroughton Craig on March 2, 1968, at 41 Liverpool Road...
“ Casino Royal (2006)
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Skyfall (2012) ” - rowski
 
66.
Rufus Sewell
Actor, Dark City
Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left in June of 1989 after completing three years of training...
“ A knights Tale (2001)
The Illusionist (2006)
The Tourist (2010) ” - rowski
 
67.
Jason Statham
Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has also been a fashion model...
“ Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Snatch (2000)
The Transporter (2002) ” - rowski
 
68.
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...
“ Notting Hill (1999)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
The Amazing Spiderman (2012) ” - rowski
 
69.
“ Lock, Stock and two Smoking Barrels (1998)
Snatch (2000)
X-Men: First Class (2011) ” - rowski
 
70.
“ 24 Hour Party People (2002)
Night of the Museum (2006)
Tropic Thunder (2008) ” - rowski
 
71.
Clive Owen
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...
“ Sin City (2005)
Children of Men (2006)
The International (2009) ” - rowski
 
72.
Andy Serkis
Andrew Clement G. Serkis was born April 20, 1964, in Ruislip Manor, West London, England. He has three sisters and a brother. His father, Clement Serkis, an ethnic Armenian whose original family surname was "Serkissian", was a Medical Doctor working abroad, in Iraq; the Serkis family spent a lot of time traveling around the Middle East...
“ The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
King Kong (2005)
Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011) ” - rowski
 
73.
“ Born: York, England

The Full Monty (1997)
A Knights Tale (2001)
Game of Thrones (2011) ” - rowski
 
74.
David Thewlis
Actor, Naked
David Thewlis was born David Wheeler in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Maureen (Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler, and lived with his parents above their combination wallpaper and toy shop during his childhood. Originally, he came to London with his band Door 66, however he changed his plans and entered Guildhall School of Drama...
“ The Big Lebowski (1998)
Kingdom of heaven (2005)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) ” - rowski
 
75.
Ralph Fiennes
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes...
“ Schindler's List (1993)
The English Patient (1996)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) ” - rowski
 
76.
John Hannah
Actor, The Mummy
John Hannah is the youngest child of his family, having two older sisters. Before he decided on a career as an actor, John was an apprentice electrician for four years. He gave up his work as an electrician after being accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. After years of struggling...
“ Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
The Mummy (1999)
The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) ” - rowski
 
77.
Jared Harris
Jared Francis Harris was born in London, England. He is the son of Irish actor Richard Harris and Welsh actress Elizabeth Harris (Elizabeth Rees), and brother of Damian Harris and Jamie Harris. Despite his lineage, Jared showed little interest in becoming an actor, until he was cast in a college production while attending North Carolina's Duke University (USA)...
“ The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Mad Men (2009-2012) ” - rowski
 
78.
Ricky Gervais
Writer, The Office
Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and went on to study at University College, London, where he gained a degree in Philosophy...
“ The Office-2001 (2003)
Night at the Museum (2006)
The Invention of Lying (2009) ” - rowski
 
79.
Tim Roth
Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Simon Timothy Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to "Roth"; Ernie was in Brooklyn, New York, to an immigrant family of Irish ancestry...
“ Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
The Incredible Hulk (2008) ” - rowski
 
80.
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...
 
81.
Kenneth Branagh
Actor, Valkyrie
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter born in 1930, and Frances (Harper) Branagh, also born in 1930. His brother, William Branagh Jr., was born in 1955 and sister, Joyce Branagh, was born in 1970...
 
82.
Colin Firth
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...
“ The English Patient (1996)
A Single Man (2009)
The King's Speech (2010) ” - rowski
 
83.
Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral, with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts, and Music and Lyrics, opposite Drew Barrymore, among his other works...
“ Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Notting Hill (1999)
About a Boy (2002) ” - rowski
 
84.
Hugo Weaving
Actor, The Matrix
Hugo Wallace Weaving was born on April 4, 1960 in Nigeria, to English parents Anne (Lennard), a tour guide and teacher, and Wallace Weaving, a seismologist. Hugo has an older brother, Simon, and a younger sister, Anna, who both also live and work in Australia. During his early childhood, the Weaving family spent most of their time traveling between Nigeria...
“ The Matrix (1999)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
V for Vendetta (2005) ” - rowski
 
85.
Hugh Laurie
Actor, House M.D.
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)...
“ Black Adder (1982-1989)
Street Kings (2008)
House (2004-2012) ” - rowski
 
86.
Rupert Everett
Actor, Shrek 2
Rupert James Hector Everett was born in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, to Sara (Maclean) and Anthony Michael Everett, a Major in the British Army, who later worked in business. He is of mostly English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry. Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes arrogant...
“ My Best Friends wedding (1997)
Shakespeare In Love (1998)
Shrek 2 (2004) ” - rowski
 
87.
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)...
“ Born: Sheffield, England

Sharpe-1993 (2008)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Game of Thrones (2011) ” - rowski
 
88.
Gary Oldman
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...
“ Leon (1994)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2006)
The Dark Knight (2008) ” - rowski
 
89.
Stephen Fry
Self, QI
Writer, actor, comedian, doer of good works, excellent good friend to the famous and not, Fry lives in his London SW1 flat and his Norfolk house when not traveling. Famous for his public declaration of celibacy in the "Tatler" back in the 1980s, Emma Thompson has characterised her friend as "90 percent gay...
“ Black Adder (1986)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) ” - rowski
 
90.
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (A.K.A. Nicholas Blake) (Poet Laureate of England) and his second wife, Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and head of the famous Ealing Studios...
“ The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Gangs of New York (2002)
There Will Be Blood (2007) ” - rowski
 
91.
Timothy Spall
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in "Macbeth"...
 
92.
Ray Winstone
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 Club...
“ Born: London, England

King Arthur (2004)
Departed (2006)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008) ” - rowski
 
93.
Brendan Gleeson
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 school play production of "Waiting for Godot"...
“ Gangs of New York (2002)
Troy (2004)
In Bruges (2008) ” - rowski
 
94.
Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees in electrical engineering...
“ Black Adder (1982-1989)
Mr Bean (1990-1995)
Johnny English (2003) ” - rowski
 
95.
Pierce Brosnan
Actor, GoldenEye
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left the household when Pierce was a child and although reunited later in life...
 
96.
Liam Neeson
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...
“ Born: Ballymena

Schindler's List (1993)
Batman Begins (2005)
Taken (2008) ” - rowski
 
97.
Bill Nighy
Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon. At school, he gained 'O'-levels in English Language and English Literature and enjoyed reading...
“ Love Actually (2003)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) ” - rowski
 
98.
Jim Broadbent
One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a place at an art school...
“ Hot Fuzz (2007)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)
The Iron Lady (2011) ” - rowski
 
99.
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...
“ Dead Ringers (1988)
The Lion King (1994)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) ” - rowski
 
100.
Tom Wilkinson
Popular British character actor Tom Wilkinson was born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, and comes from a long line of urban farmers. He is the son of Marjorie (Percival) and Thomas Wilkinson. Economic hardships forced his family to move to Canada for a few years when Wilkinson was a child; after he had returned to England...