The best 'teethy articulators'...

by suemarsden | created - 21 Jul 2011 | updated - 21 Jul 2011 | Public

A list of actors who, I feel, use their accents ('given' or 'learnt'), pauses, teeth, lips and jaws to great affect. Most pleasing! Excluding the first 2, order doesn't really count.

1. Bill Nighy

Actor | Love Actually

Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy 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,...

It's all in his bite.

2. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother...

A considered lower jaw. Pefect comedy timing and heart felt vulnerability.

3. Timothy Spall

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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 ...

He's got the 'grrr'.

4. Gina McKee

Actress | Notting Hill

Gina McKee was born on April 14, 1964 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Notting Hill (1999), In the Loop (2009) and Atonement (2007). She has been married to Stephen J. (Kez) Cary since August 1989.

A pout without all the negative connotations of a pout.

5. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Les Misérables

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

The air in.

6. Adrian Lester

Actor | The Day After Tomorrow

Adrian Lester OBE was born on August 14, 1968 in Birmingham, England as Adrian Anthony Lester. He is a multi award winning actor and director, known for seven seasons of the hit TV show Hustle (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Primary Colors (1998) and his extensive classical work in the ...

Sometimes it's not about the sharp, jaggard or crooked but, instead, the 'perfect', bright and square.

7. Eddie Izzard

Actor | Ocean's Thirteen

Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.

Izzard worked as a street ...

Fast, angular talker.

8. 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 ...

Joyous trumpet sounds and snarky smart arse.

9. Laura Linney

Actress | The Big C

Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her ...

Soft and understated smiles to vindictive abuse.

10. Julie Walters

Actress | Billy Elliot

For decades, British actress and comedienne Dame Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and television. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually ...

Utterly versatile.

11. Riz Ahmed

Actor | Nightcrawler

Riz Ahmed was born on December 1, 1982 in Wembley, London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Nightcrawler (2014), Rogue One (2016) and Four Lions (2010).

All in the subtleties and, umm... incredibly kissable!

12. Martin Freeman

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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 (2001), Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock (2010) and Lester Nygaard in the dark ...

Flustered air and reserved tensing.

13. Michael Palin

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Michael Palin is an English comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He was one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python.

After the Monty Python television series ended in 1974, the Palin/Jones team worked on Ripping Yarns, an intermittent television comedy series broadcast over ...

A most infectious smile.

14. Peter Capaldi

Actor | Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Nancy (Soutar) and Gerald John Capaldi. His parents owned an ice cream business. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), Scottish, and Irish descent. Capaldi attended drama classes and was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art. After ...

Charming and scary. All the more for the Glaswegian accent.

15. David Krumholtz

Actor | The Deuce

David Krumholtz was born on May 15, 1978 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for The Deuce (2017), Sausage Party (2016) and Slums of Beverly Hills (1998). He has been married to Vanessa Britting since May 22, 2010. They have two children.

An intelligent jaw if ever I saw!

16. Tim Roth

Actor | The Hateful Eight

Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Timothy Simon 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 ...

Think Mr Orange, not so much Lie To Me season 2. Went a bit too far.

17. Dominic West

Actor | The Wire

Dominic West was born on October 15, 1969 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Dominic Gerard Fe West. He is an actor and producer, known for The Wire (2002), Chicago (2002) and Punisher: War Zone (2008). He has been married to Catherine Fitzgerald since June 26, 2010. They have four children.

Big teeth, big jaw, big character.

18. Paulo Costanzo

Actor | 40 Days and 40 Nights

Paulo Costanzo was born on September 21, 1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He grew up in Brampton, a suburb of Toronto, of Italian (father) and Jewish (mother) descent. He attended Mayfield Secondary School for the Arts, then attended one year at Ryerson University for theater, but dropped out when...

Corny, goofy grin... gets me everytime!

19. Alexander Skarsgård

Actor | True Blood

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is the eldest son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård. Among his siblings are actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Valter Skarsgård. For most of his formative years, his father was an acclaimed actor in Europe but had not yet ...

Perhaps more about the props than the acting chops.

20. Dwayne Johnson

Actor | Journey 2: The Mysterious Island

Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, to Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Canadian-born professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father is black (of Black Nova Scotian descent), and his ...

The Tooth Fairy of course!