British actors of the 21st century
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...
Joshua 'Josh' Bolt was born in 1994. Brought up in Hunts Cross,Liverpool he made his first acting appearance in a stage production of 'Much Ado About Nothing' aged 12. After small roles in the likes of TV's 'Shameless' he played the lead as a dying schoolboy in the 2009 film 'The Be All and End All',for which he was nominated as best newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards...
John Boyega is a British actor best known for playing Finn in the 2015 film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block, before attaining international recognition for his work as Finn in the seventh film of the Star Wars series...
Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior School...
Benedict Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio. The son of actors Timothy Carlton and Wanda Ventham, he graduated from the University of Manchester and continued his training at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, obtaining a Master of Arts in Classical Acting...
English actor Max Fowler was born on 19th January 1991 and raised in Strawberry Hill, South West London, to Karen and Simon Fowler, a Photographer in the music industry. Max is the youngest of 3 children; his sister Francesca is an Actress/Writer and brother Beau is a Writer/Director and Fight Choreographer...
RADA-trained Laurence Fox is the third son of the actor James Fox
and his wife Mary. He is a rising British actor who has appeared in several important films, plays, and television programs. He comes from a theatrical family and promises to have an illustrious career ahead of him.
Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, England, the elder son of Joanne (Parsons) and Nigel Grint, who dealt in memorabilia. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993 and 1996 respectively, and last, but not least, Charlotte, who was born in 1999...
Ben Hardy was born Ben Jones on 2 January 1991 in England, United Kingdom. He grew up in Sherborne and attended The Gryphon School. Ben starred in The Judas Kiss (1998) play, written by David Hare
, in 2012 and played the character Arthur Wellesley, a member of the hotel staff. The play was held in Hampstead Theatre on the September 6, 2012...
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)...
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...
Blake attended the Brit School from 2003 and then the East 15 Acting School from 2007. He made his first appearance in The Inbetweeners for E4 as Neil and also appeared in two episodes of The Bill for ITV as Pete Monks in 2008. He has also appeared in fringe theater productions, such as The Accidental Lives of Memories as well as Market Boy and Richard III, whilst still training...
Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory school...
Thomas Stanley Holland was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, to Nicola Elizabeth (Frost), a photographer, and Dominic Holland
(Dominic Anthony Holland), who is a comedian and author. His paternal grandparents were from the Isle of Man and Ireland, respectively. He lives with his parents and three younger brothers - Paddy and twins Sam and Harry...
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
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...
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...
Alex Lawther was born in Petersfield, Hampshire, England in 1995. He is mainly known for his role portraying as the young Alan Turing in the film, The Imitation Game (2014). For playing such a role as that, he won the London Film Critics' Circle Award for "Young British Performer of the Year" in January of 2015...
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...
George MacKay was born 13th March 1992 to costume designer, Kim Baker and stage/lighting designer, Paul Christopher MacKay. At the age of 10, George was scouted to audition for a role in the family feature, Peter Pan. He quickly landed the part of Curly, one of the Lost Boys, and went on to have several minor roles on TV, including an episode of Rose & Maloney and Footprints in the Snow...
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...
Nick Nevern is a British actor and Director. Nick spent some time in Russia, returning years later to London, where he started his acting career. He first appeared on our TV screens in 2002 in the 'made-for-tv' film Out Of Control, a depiction of the lives of three boys sent to a young offenders institute...
James Norton was born in 1985 to two teachers and has a younger sister who is a doctor. Growing up in North Yorkshire he espoused acting at a very early age - playing Joseph in his primary school nativity play aged five - and, after leaving Ampleforth College he did work experience at the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough...
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...
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...
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)...
Andrew Scott grew up in Dublin, Ireland with an older and a younger sister, Sarah and Hannah. His father, Jim, worked in the Fas government employment agency, and his mother, Nora, taught art at a secondary school. Andrew attended Gonzaga, a Jesuit school for boys on the south side of Dublin. From the age of 8 he took drama classes for children on Saturdays at the Anne Kavanagh school...
Andrew Simpson attended the Foyle School of Speech and Drama, and was taught by Sandra Biddle in his home city of Derry in Northern Ireland. Andrew's mum and dad are Marion and Paddy and he has two older sisters, Charlotte and Sarah and a younger brother, Patrick, all of whom have also attended Miss Biddle's excellent training school for drama...
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...
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...
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...
Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, to Linda (Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology. He has a twin brother, James. He is of French, German, Russian (father) and English (mother) descent...