Young British Actors (30 and Under)

by AnnieChiles | created - 04 Mar 2013 | updated - 6 months ago | Public

1. Douglas Booth

Actor | Jupiter Ascending

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 (2011), Great Expectations (2011)), starred in the film Romeo &...

2. Asa Butterfield

Actor | Hugo

Asa Butterfield was born in Islington, London, England, to Jacqueline Farr and Sam Butterfield. He began acting at the age of 8, after a talent spotting casting director saw him at his local after school drama club, The Young Actors Theatre in Islington. Following on from a couple of small roles in...

3. Saoirse Ronan

Actress | Hanna

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin with her ...

American (Raised in Ireland)

4. Alex Pettyfer

Actor | I Am Number Four

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 ...

5. Georgie Henley

Actress | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Georgina Helen Henley was born July 9, 1995 in Ilkley, Yorkshire, England, the youngest of three daughters of Mike and Helen Henley. When she was young, she joined a local drama group called "Upstagers". It was there that she started her acting career, participating in stage performances such as "...

6. Bill Milner

Actor | Son of Rambow

Bill Milner was born on March 4, 1995 in Surrey, England as William Henry Milner. He is an actor and producer, known for Son of Rambow (2007), Is Anybody There? (2008) and X: First Class (2011).

7. 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 (2002). Aaron is of ...

8. William Moseley

Actor | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

William Peter Moseley was born on April 27, 1987, in Gloucester, England, to Juliette (Fleming) and Peter Moseley, a cinematographer. He is the eldest of three children with a younger sister named Daisy and and younger brother named Ben. His father's name is also William's middle name.

He wanted to ...

9. Emma Watson

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years,...

French (Raised in England)

10. Sam Claflin

Actor | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

English actor Sam Claflin was born in Ipswich, England, to Susan A. (Clarke), a classroom assistant, and Mark J. Claflin, a finance officer. As a child, he was football-mad, often going to see his favorite team, Norwich City. He was a talented footballer, playing for Norwich schools at city level ...

11. Samantha Barks

Actress | Les Misérables

Samantha Barks was born in Laxey, Isle of Man (British Isles) in 1990. She is a British actress best known for the role of Éponine in Les Misérables. In 2008, Samantha competed in I'd Do Anything in which she was one of the finalists in a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a West End ...

12. Skandar Keynes

Actor | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Skandar Amin Casper Keynes (born 5 September 1991) is an English actor best known for starring as Edmund Pevensie in the 2005 film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He returned in the role of Edmund in the film's sequels The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince ...

12. Nicholas Hoult

Actor | Mad Max: Fury Road

Nicholas Caradoc Hoult was born in Wokingham, Berkshire, England to parents Glenis and Roger Hoult. His great-aunt was one of the most popular actresses of her time, Dame Anna Neagle. He attended Sylvia Young Theatre School, a school for performing arts, to start acting as a career.

Hoult has been ...

13. Anna Popplewell

Actress | The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Anna Popplewell was born on December 16, 1988 in London, England as Anna Katherine Popplewell. She is an actress, known for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008) and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn (2012). She is also known ...

14. Daniel Huttlestone

Actor | Les Misérables

Daniel Richard Huttlestone was born in Havering, Essex, England, to Linda and Mark Huttlestone, a company managing director. He started his stage career from the age of 9 landing the role of 'Nipper' in the 2009 production of Oliver! at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, performing on the opening night ...

15. Juno Temple

Actress | Atonement

Juno was born in England into a showbiz family. Her mother is a producer, Amanda Temple, and her father is the film director, Julien Temple. She was named 'Juno' after her parents took a visit to the Grand Canyon, during pregnancy, and found they were standing on a butte of Cape Final known as Juno...

16. Emilia Clarke

Actress | Game of Thrones

British actress Emilia Clarke was born in London and grew up in Berkshire, England. Her father is a theatre sound engineer and her mother is a businesswoman. Her father was working on a theatre production of "Show Boat" and her mother took her along to the performance. This is when, at the age of 3...

17. Freddie Highmore

Actor | Finding Neverland

Freddie Highmore is an English actor who came to prominence for his roles in Five Children and It (2004), Finding Neverland (2004), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005).

He was born Alfred Thomas Highmore in Camden Town, London, England, to Sue (Latimer), a talent agent, and Edward Thomas ...

18. Sophie Cookson

Actress | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Sophie Cookson (born 15 May 1990) is an English film and television actress. She played Grace Mohune in the 2013 TV film of Moonfleet (2013). In 2013, she was cast to play the female lead in Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014). She is also co-starring with Adrien Brody in Lee Tamahori's historical ...

19. Kathryn Prescott

Actress | Skins

Kathryn Prescott was born on June 4, 1991 in London, England. She is known for her work on Skins (2007), 24: Legacy (2016) and Reign (2013).

20. Kaya Scodelario

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Kaya Rose Scodelario was born in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, to a Brazilian mother, Katia (Scodelario), and an English father, Roger Humphrey. Her surname comes from her mother's Italian grandfather. Thanks to her mother, Kaya grew up fluent in Brazilian Portuguese, as well as English. At the ...

21. Will Poulter

Actor | The Maze Runner

Will Poulter is an English actor, recognized for his performances as Lee Carter in Son of Rambow (2007), Eustace Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010), and Kenny Rossmore in We're the Millers (2013). Will was born in Hammersmith, London, the son of Caroline (...

22. Sophie Turner

Actress | Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner (born 21 February 1996) is an English actress. Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present), which brought her international recognition and critical praise. For her performance, she has received ...

23. Rupert Grint

Actor | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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...

24. Jessica Brown Findlay

Actress | Winter's Tale

Jessica Brown Findlay is an English actress. She was born in Cookham, Berkshire, to Beverley, a teacher's aid and nurse, and Christopher Brown-Findlay, who works in finance. She is of Scottish and English descent.

Jessica trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet....

25. Charlie Rowe

Actor | Never Let Me Go

Charlie Rowe was born on April 23, 1996 in Islington, London, England as Charlie John Rowe. He is an actor, known for Never Let Me Go (2010), Red Band Society (2014) and Salvation (2017).

26. Daniel Radcliffe

Actor | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

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, ...

27. Imogen Poots

Actress | Green Room

British actress Imogen Poots was born in Hammersmith, London, England, the daughter of English-born Fiona (Goodall), a journalist, and Trevor Poots, a Northern Ireland-born television producer. She was educated at Bute House Preparatory School for Girls, Queen's Gate School for Girls and Latymer ...

28. Daniel Sharman

Actor | Immortals

Daniel Sharman was born in London. He began working as an actor at The Royal Shakespeare Company before going on to train for three years at The London Academy of Dramatic Art in 2007. After which he performed in many theatrical productions in London and Europe. He lives in Los Angeles and London.

29. Tom Sturridge

Actor | On the Road

Tom Sturridge was born in London, England. He is the son of actress Phoebe Nicholls and sometime-actor and full-time director Charles Sturridge, and the grandson of actors Anthony Nicholls and Faith Kent. His maternal great-grandfather, Horace Nicholls, was a prominent photographer.

Tom started his ...

30. Jamie Bell

Actor | Billy Elliot

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 ...

31. Alfie Allen

Actor | John Wick

Alfie Allen was born on September 12, 1986 in Hammersmith, London, England as Alfie Evan Allen. He is an actor, known for John Wick (2014), The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) and Game of Thrones (2011).

32. Laurence Belcher

Actor | X: First Class

Laurence Belcher was born on December 27, 1995 in Surrey, England as Laurence Joseph Belcher. He is an actor, known for X: First Class (2011), Diana (2013) and The Shadow Within (2007).

33. Guy Potter

Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Guy Potter was born on April 25, 1992 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England as Guy William Grahame Potter. He is an actor and producer, known for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Ready Player One (2018) and The Crown (2016).

34. Thomas Brodie-Sangster

Actor | Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Thomas Brodie-Sangster was born on May 16, 1990 in London, England as Thomas Brodie Sangster. He is an actor and producer, known for Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015), The Maze Runner (2014) and Love Actually (2003).

35. 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 ...

36. Oliver Jackson-Cohen

Actor | Faster

Oliver Jackson-Cohen was born on October 24, 1986 in London, England as Oliver Mansour Jackson-Cohen. He is an actor, known for Faster (2010), Going the Distance (2010) and What's Your Number? (2011).

37. Eugene Simon

Actor | Game of Thrones

Eugene Simon is a British actor born in London on the 11th June 1992. His series regular role as Lancel Lannister on HBO's 'Game of Thrones' has been running for six seasons, formerly alongside his lead role in Nickelodeon's 'House of Anubis' for three seasons.

Eugene joined child agency Abacus at ...

38. Taron Egerton

Actor | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Taron Egerton was born on November 10, 1989 in Birkenhead, Cheshire, England as Taron David Egerton. He is an actor, known for Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017) and Eddie the Eagle (2016).

39. Gregg Sulkin

Actor | Faking It

Gregg was born in London, England, where he attended Highgate School. Gregg made his acting debut in 2002, with the mini-series Doctor Zhivago (2002). Gregg played the lead role, Will Wagner, in the Disney Channel Original movie Avalon High (2010), which premiered on November 12th, 2010. He also ...