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1. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Rebecca

Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927.

Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High ...

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2. Ian McKellen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Widely regarded as one of greatest stage and screen actors, both in his native Great Britain and internationally, twice nominated for the Oscar and recipient of every major theatrical award in UK and US, Ian Murray McKellen was born on May 25, 1939 in Burnley, Lancashire, England, to Margery Lois (...

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3. Ralph Richardson

Actor | Doctor Zhivago

Sir Ralph Richardson was one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century English-language theater, ascending to the height of his profession in the mid-1930s when he became a star in London's West End. He became the first actor of his generation to be knighted. He became Sir Ralph in 1947, and was ...

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4. Jim Broadbent

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

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 ...

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5. Mary Kerridge

Actress | Anna Karenina

Mary Kerridge was born on April 3, 1914 in Islington, London, England as Mary Antoinette Kerridge. She was an actress, known for Anna Karenina (1948), Richard III (1955) and Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985). She was married to John Counsell. She died on July 22, 1999 in Windsor, Berkshire,...

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6. Annette Bening

Actress | American Beauty

Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she ...

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7. John Gielgud

Actor | Arthur

Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...

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8. Nigel Hawthorne

Actor | The Madness of King George

Born in Coventry, England on 5 April 1929. Raised in South Africa. Returned to the UK in the 1950s. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of "Sir Humphrey Appleby" in the BBC comedy Yes Minister (1980) won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992, he was awarded...

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9. Claire Bloom

Actress | Limelight

Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as a septuagenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.

She was born Patricia Claire Bloom on February 15...

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10. Kristin Scott Thomas

Actress | The English Patient

Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her ancestry includes Welsh, English, and Dutch. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot ...

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11. Helen Haye

Actress | The Case of the Frightened Lady

Helen Haye was born on August 28, 1874 in Assam Province, British India as Helen Mary Haye. She was an actress, known for The Frightened Lady (1940), The 39 Steps (1935) and The Skin Game (1931). She was married to Ernest Attenborough. She died on September 1, 1957 in London, England.

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12. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

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13. Stanley Baker

Actor | Zulu

Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona ...

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14. 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 director, 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.

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15. Clive Morton

Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets

Clive Morton worked for four years for the East India Dock Company, before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and entering the acting profession. He made his stage debut in 1920 and did not act on screen until 1932. He was regularly employed for the next four decades, except for wartime ...

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16. Robert Downey Jr.

Actor | Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.

Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...

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17. Cedric Hardwicke

Actor | The War of the Worlds

Sir Cedric Hardwicke, one of the great character actors in the first decades of the talking picture, was born in Lye, England on February 19, 1893. Hardwicke attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his stage debut in 1912. His career was interrupted by military service in World War I, ...

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18. John Wood

Actor | WarGames

Studied law at Jesus College, Oxford, but became president of OUDS by his final year, when he played the lead in "Richard III" to wide critical acclaim. Subsequently joined the Old Vic, where among other roles he played "the Dauphin" to Richard Burton's "Henry V". Left the Old Vic under less than ...

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19. Alec Clunes

Actor | Richard III

In the 1940s and 50s, there were few greater classical actors in Britain than Alec Clunes. Born into a show business family, he began his career with Ben Greet's company and, later, he worked at the Old Vic Theatre. He played numerous Shakespearian roles and, in 1942, took over the Arts Theatre in ...

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20. Jim Carter

Actor | Transformers: The Last Knight

Jim Carter was born on August 19, 1948 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England as James Edward Carter. He is an actor, known for Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Downton Abbey (2010) and Shakespeare in Love (1998). He has been married to Imelda Staunton since October 1983. They have one child.

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21. Norman Wooland

Actor | Ivanhoe

A classical stage actor who enjoyed modest film stardom in the late 1940s and 1950s, the good-looking, somewhat unassuming British actor Norman Wooland also worked extensively on radio and television in a career that spanned six decades. Born to British parents in Dusseldorf, Germany on March 16, ...

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22. Tim McInnerny

Actor | Notting Hill

Tim McInnerny was born on September 18, 1956 in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire, England as Timothy L. McInnerny. He is an actor, known for Notting Hill (1999), MI-5 (2015) and Eddie the Eagle (2016).

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23. Andrew Cruickshank

Actor | El Cid

Andrew Cruickshank was born on December 25, 1907 in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland as Andrew John Maxton Cruickshank. He was an actor and writer, known for El Cid (1961), Murder Most Foul (1964) and Richard III (1955). He was married to Curigwen Lewis. He died on April 29, 1988 in Westminster, ...

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24. Donald Sumpter

Actor | In the Heart of the Sea

Donald Sumpter was born on February 13, 1943 in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, England as Donald A Sumpter. He is an actor, known for In the Heart of the Sea (2015), The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) and The Constant Gardener (2005).

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25. Laurence Naismith

Actor | Diamonds Are Forever

The British charactor actor Laurence Naismith was a Merchant Marine seaman before becoming an actor. He made his London stage debut in 1927 in the chorus of the musical "Oh, Boy." Three years later, he joined the Bristol Repertory and remained with them until the outbreak of World War II. After ...

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26. Edward Hardwicke

Actor | Elizabeth

Edward Hardwicke was born on August 7, 1932 in London, England as Edward Cedric Hardwicke. He was an actor, known for Elizabeth (1998), Oliver Twist (2005) and Love Actually (2003). He was married to Prim Cotton and Anne Iddon. He died on May 16, 2011 in Chichester, England.

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27. Patrick Troughton

Actor | The Omen

Patrick Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London and was educated at Mill Hill School. He trained as an actor at the Embassy School of Acting in the UK and at Leighton Rollin's Studio for for Actors at Long Island, New York in the USA. During World War II he served in the Royal Navy and after the ...

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28. Adrian Dunbar

Actor | The Crying Game

Adrian Dunbar was born on August 1, 1958 in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He is an actor, known for The Crying Game (1992), Hear My Song (1991) and The Last Confession of Alexander Pearce (2008). He has been married to Anna Nygh since 1986. They have one child.

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29. Esmond Knight

Actor | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

A stage actor from 1925, Esmond made his first film appearance in 77 Park Lane (1931) for Michael Powell for whom he eventually made 11 films.

Esmond served in the Royal Navy during WWII and lost one eye and was almost totally blinded in the other during an engagement against The Bismarck. This ...

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30. Bill Paterson

Actor | How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Bill Paterson was born on June 3, 1945 in Glasgow, Scotland. He is an actor and writer, known for How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), The Witches (1990) and Miss Potter (2006). He is married to Hildegard Bechtler. They have two children.

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31. George Woodbridge

Actor | Richard III

George Woodbridge was born on February 16, 1907 in Exeter, Devon, England as George Arthur Woodbridge. He was an actor, known for Richard III (1955), Horror of Dracula (1958) and The Naked Heart (1950). He died on March 31, 1973 in Barnet, London, England.

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32. Denis Lill

Actor | The Royal

Denis Lill was born on April 22, 1942 in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. He is an actor, known for The Royal (2003), Batman (1989) and The Scarlet Pimpernel (1982).

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33. Paul Huson

Writer | The Colbys

Paul Huson was born on September 19, 1942 in London, England as Paul Anthony Huson. He is a writer and producer, known for The Colbys (1985), Richard III (1955) and The Hamptons (1983).

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34. Marco Williamson

Actor | Richard III

Marco Williamson is an actor and director, known for Richard III (1995), My Amersham (2009) and My Parents Are Aliens (1999).

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35. Nicholas Hannen

Actor | Quo Vadis

Nicholas Hannen was born on May 1, 1881 in London, England as Nicholas James Hannen. He was an actor and producer, known for Quo Vadis (1951), Richard III (1955) and Henry V (1944). He was married to Athene Seyler and Muriel Morland. He died on June 25, 1972 in London.

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36. Roger Hammond

Actor | The King's Speech

Roger Hammond (21 March 1936 - 8 November 2012) was an English character actor who appeared in many films and television series.

Hammond's father was a chartered accountant and managing director of a cotton mill. He attended Stockport Grammar School for two years followed by Bryanston School in ...

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37. Andy Shine

Actor | Richard III

Andy Shine is an actor, known for Richard III (1955) and That Lady (1955).

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38. Matthew Groom

Actor | Richard III

Matthew Groom is an actor, known for Richard III (1995) and Network First (1994).

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