British series Actors

Actors who appear in British series or mini-series.
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Gillian Anderson
Actress, The X-Files
Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987...
 
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Sam Claflin
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 and Norfolk county level...
 
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Hayley Atwell
Born in London, England, Hayley Elizabeth Atwell has dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. An only child, Hayley was named after actress Hayley Mills. Her parents, Alison (Cain) and Grant Atwell, both motivational speakers, met at a London workshop of Dale Carnegie's self-help bible "How to Win Friends and Influence People"...
 
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Tom Hollander
Tom Hollander was born the second child of educated parents, both teachers. He grew up in Oxford, (UK). Hollander credits the happy atmosphere of the Dragon School with his childhood introduction to acting. There, encouraged by an influential teacher named Andrew Roberts, he won the title role in "Oliver"...
 
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Tobias Menzies
Tobias was born in London. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998 and began his acting career in popular UK series such as Foyle's War, Midsomer Murders, and Casualty. He also appeared in the controversial drama A Very Social Secretary. He is best known to international audiences as Marcus Junius Brutus in the television series Rome...
 
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Richard Schiff
Richard was the middle of three sons born to Edward, a real estate lawyer, and Charlotte, a cable TV and publishing executive. His parents divorced when he was 12. He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma. He tried studying at the City College of New York (CCNY) in 1973, but had no interest...
 
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Matthew Macfadyen
David Matthew Macfadyen was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, to Meinir (Owen), a drama teacher and actress, and Martin Macfadyen, an oil executive. He is of Scottish and Welsh descent. Because of his father's career, he spent at least part of his childhood in Indonesia, before finishing his education back in England and winning a place at RADA in 1992...
 
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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...
 
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Adam Rothenberg
Actor, Mad Money
Born in Tenafly, New Jersey, U.S. Adam Rothenberg was born to Gillian and Kenneth Rothenberg. He has starred in many off-Broadway shows. These include the lead in Second Stage's revival of Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (2004), as well as his critically acclaimed role in The Women's Project's Birdy (2003)...
 
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MyAnna Buring
Actress, The Descent
MyAnna Buring was born 22 September 1979, in Sundsvall, Sweden, as MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää, but grew up in the Middle East. When she turned 16, she moved to Great Britain. She attended secondary school at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman, with her childhood friend Stegath Dorr...
 
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Damien Molony
Actor, Suspects
Damien Molony is an Irish actor, known for his television roles as Hal in BBC 'Being Human', DC Albert Flight in BBC 'Ripper Street' and DS Jack Weston in 'Suspects'. He grew up in Johnstown Bridge in Kildare, Ireland, where he was born on February 21 1984 but now lives in London, UK. From 2003 to 2007 he attended Trinity College...
 
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Tom Courtenay
Acting chameleon Sir Tom Courtenay, along with Sirs Alan Bates and Albert Finney, became front-runners in an up-and-coming company of rebel upstarts who created quite a stir in British "kitchen sink" cinema during the early 60s. An undying love for the theatre, however, had Courtenay channeling a different course than the afore-mentioned greats and he never...
 
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Judy Parfitt
Of regal bearing and imposing stance, British classical actress Judy Parfitt is the possessor of the chilliest blue orbs in all of London and has used them to her advantage over the years with her portrayals of haughty, bossy, scheming and deliciously malevolent patricians. Born in Yorkshire, she was...
 
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Eddie Marsan
Eddie Marsan was born in Bethnal Green, East London, to a lorry driver father and a school employee mother. He served an apprenticeship as a printer before becoming an actor twenty years ago. During this time he has worked with directors such as Martin Scorsese, Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg, Terrence Malick...
 
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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...
 
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Sebastian Armesto
Sebastian Armesto (born 3 June 1982) is an English film, television and theatre actor. He is the son of the historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. He was educated at Eton College. Armesto has acted in high-profile theatre productions in Britain, including three shows at the National Theatre and one at the Royal Court...
 
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Alex Wyndham
Alex Wyndham is an English actor best known for his roles in HBO's 'Rome' (2007) and the BBC's 'Little Dorrit' (2008) and 'The Line of Beauty' (2006). He has a degree in History from Oxford University and went on to study at RADA, graduating in 2005. His first job as a professional actor was playing Silvius in Kenneth Branagh's 'As You Like It' (2006) while in his final year at drama school.
 
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Eve Myles
Actress, Torchwood
 
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Arthur Darvill
Actor, Doctor Who
Thomas Arthur Darvill, known professionally as Arthur Darvill, is an English actor and musician. He is perhaps most recognized as Rory Williams, one of the Eleventh Doctor's companions in Doctor Who, and as Rev. Paul Coates in Broadchurch. In 2013-2014 he appeared in the lead role in the theatre musical Once in the West End and on Broadway...
 
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Maxine Peake
After graduating from Salford University, Peake trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first role out of drama school was in Victoria Wood's sitcom Dinnerladies which ran for two series. She made her professional stage debut at the Bolton Octagon in 1998's "Early One Morning".
 
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Ruth Jones
Born in Bridgend, South Wales. Attended Porthcawl Comprehensive School. Trained at Warwick University (BA in Drama and Theatre Studies) then actor training at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Television includes Fat Friends series I, II,III,IV, Tales from Pleasure Beach for BBC1, Human Remains for BBC2...
 
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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...
 
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Jack Laskey
Hair: Brown Eyes: Blue/Green Height: 5'11" 2003 Honors Graduate Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Played Orlando in the Opre Arts 2010 Production of "As You Like It" available on HD DVD from BBC video. Naomi Frederick and Jack Laskey star in a Thea Sharrock production of the Shakespeare comedy. BASSC Certificate in Stage Combat, period dance, singing (tenor)
 
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Anton Lesser
British actor Anton Lesser (b. 1952) has played many of the principal Shakespearian roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Associate Artist since 1990), including Petruchio, Romeo and Richard III. He is very active in radio (BBC) and spoken word audio. Over a dozen recordings range from Paradise Lost and Homer to the title role in Hamlet...
 
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Abigail Thaw
Abigail Thaw was born in London to John Thaw and Sally Alexander in October 1965. She was brought up by her mother in a large house in Pimlico. Alexander was an active member of the women's movement and Abigail would often go on marches with her mother and the other families in the house. She would visit her father regularly...
 
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Marie Critchley
Known for Playing Sue Walker in the BAFTA award winning In The Flesh for BBC 3 and Ruth Price in the adaptation of JK Rowling's The Casual Vacancy. Other work includes South Riding, The Street, The Accused ,Don't Take My Baby, Lilies, Ripper Street and Wallander. Film includes The Last Hangman.
 
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Riann Steele
Actress, 360
 
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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...
 
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Rebecca Hall
Actress, The Prestige
Rebecca Hall was born in London, UK, the daughter of Peter Hall, a stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Maria Ewing, an opera singer. Her father is English. Her mother, who is American, is of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin. Her parents separated when she was still young...
 
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Adelaide Clemens
Born and raised in Brisbane, Australia. Daughter of a British father. Clemens began working as an actress on Australian television while in high school. She guest-starred in a 2006 episode of Blue Water High as Juliet, and in 2007, she starred in the children's series Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji as Alison...
 
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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...
 
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Miranda Richardson
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, England on March 3, 1958, to Marian Georgina (Townsend) and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed in school plays...
 
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Janet McTeer
Actress, Tideland
Janet McTeer was born on August 5, 1961 in Newcastle, England, UK to parents Jean and Allan McTeer. She was raised in York from the age of 6. She attended Queen Anne Grammar School for Girls, where there was not much opportunity for drama. She became interested in acting at age 16, when she saw "She Stoops to Conquer" at the York Theater...
 
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Clare Higgins
Actress, Hellraiser
After three years of drama school, she headed to Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theater. There, among her other credits, she had leading roles in the plays "The Deep Man", "Measure For Measure" and "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which she played "Stella". At the same time, she was busily carving a niche for herself in numerous BBC television plays...
 
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Tom Mison
English actor Tom Mison has established himself in the world of theater through his roles in Andrew Bovell's When the Rain Stops Falling at the Almeida Theatre, and Posh by Laura Wade at the Royal Court Theatre. Mison trained at the Webber-Douglas Academy and is also a writer who has penned for productions like Wood...
 
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Stephen Graham
Stephen Graham was born August 3, 1973, in the small town of Kirkby, in Lancashire, to a paediatric nurse mother and a social worker father. His paternal grandfather was Jamaican, and one his grandmothers was Swedish. After years of small parts, he finally got his big break in an unexpected way, playing the dim-witted Tommy in Guy Ritchie's film Snatch....
 
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Anne-Marie Duff
Actress, Suffragette
Anne-Marie Duff is an English actress, born on 8 October 1970 in Southall, London. Her parents, Brendan and Mary (née Doherty), are from Donegal, Ireland. She first came to the attention of the British public for her role as Margaret in The Magdalene Sisters and as Fiona Gallagher in the successful TV series Shameless...
 
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Ned Dennehy
Ned Dennehy (born 8 December, 1965) he is an Irish actor, who has appeared in British and Irish films and television. His most notable film role to date is Tommy in Tyrannosaur. He has also appeared in Blitz, he played Alderton in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, - Part 1 and the independent British feature film Downhill...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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Lara Pulver
Lara was born and raised in Essex, UK. She studied drama with the NYMT and went on to gain a BA Honors degree in Theatre. Lara's extensive theatre career led her to gain a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her portrayal of "Lucille Frank" in Rob Ashford's production of "Parade" at The Donmar Warehouse...
 
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Lesley Manville
Actress, Maleficent
Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award winning stage and screen actress and has worked extensively with the director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Secrets & Lies (1996). Lesley was made an OBE in the 2015 Queens Birthday Honours List.
 
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Camilla Rutherford
Actress, Gosford Park
Camilla grew up with her sisters in Holland Park. Her father was a writer for The Financial Times and her mother was a magistrate. She studied Maths at Newcastle University, and met her husband, Rufus Abbott, at a party in London. They had a traditional Roman Catholic wedding at St. George's Church in Campden Hill...
 
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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...
 
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Tim Pigott-Smith
British classical stage and TV actor Tim Pigott-Smith is a familiar face both here and in his native England. A drama major, he graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 (where he frequently lectures) and made his professional debut two years later with the Bristol Old Vic. Predominantly a stage player in both regional and repertory...
 
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Anna Maxwell Martin
Actress, Philomena
The rather striking Anna Maxwell-Martin is a rising star on both stage and screen. Anna had dreamed all her life of becoming actress even though her family had no background in the arts whatsoever. She starred in school plays and an acclaimed production of "Breezeblock Park" in the role of Betty. At the age of 20 she auditioned for the prestigious Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art...
 
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Lucy Brown
Actress, Primeval
 
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Romola Garai
Actress, Amazing Grace
Born in Hong Kong to father Adrian (banker) and mother Janet (journalist), Romola Garai's unusual name is the female version of Romolo, an Italian name for boys (from Latin Romulus, the founder of Rome). She grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong until she was eight when her family returned to lay roots in Wiltshire...
 
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Michael Gambon
Sir Michael Gambon was born in Cabra, Dublin, Ireland, to Mary (Hoare), a seamstress, and Edward Gambon, an engineer. After joining the National Theatre, under the Artistic Directorship of Sir Laurence Olivier, Gambon went on to appear in a number of leading roles in plays written by Alan Ayckbourn...
 
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Jonny Lee Miller
Jonny Lee Miller (sometimes credited with an H) was born on November 15, 1972, in Kingston, England, UK, to actors Anna Lee and Alan Miller, and the grandson of actor Bernard Lee. After appearing in many high school plays at his selective state grammar school, Johnny dropped out at 17, to pursue acting full time...
 
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Jodhi May
Jodhi was born in 1975. She was born and brought up in London, England, UK. She went to Wadham College, Oxford University 1994-1997. She studied and received a Masters in English. During her time at Wadham she read a lot of literature. She has been acting since she was twelve.
 
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Blake Ritson
Actor, RocknRolla
Blake Ritson won a scholarship to St. Paul's School in London before attending Cambridge University and was soon appearing in the West End in the Tom Stoppard play 'Arcadia', for which he received excellent notices. In addition to acting - notable television roles have included 'Emma', 'Upstairs Downstairs' and 'Mansfield Park' with Billie Piper...
 
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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...
 
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