Good Actors/Actresses

by thomasdymond | created - 28 May 2014 | updated - 28 May 2014 | Public

1. Steve Pemberton

Actor | The League of Gentlemen

Born in Blackburn, Steve Pemberton graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Arts. As well as being a quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen, his previous work has centred mainly around fringe theatre, being a founder member of 606 Theatre, and ...

2. David Tennant

Actor | Doctor Who

One of Scotland's greatest ever actors, David Tennant has won almost universal acclaim from audiences, critics and fellow professionals for his outstanding and award-winning performances on stage and screen. He was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and ...

3. Matt Smith

Actor | Doctor Who

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 (2005).

Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David ...

4. Sarah Lancashire

Actress | Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire was born on October 4, 1964 in Oldham, Lancashire, England as Sarah-Jane Abigail Lancashire. She is an actress and director, known for Happy Valley (2014), Seeing Red (2000) and Clocking Off (2000). She has been married to Peter Salmon since August 22, 2001. They have one child. ...

6. William Roache

Actor | Coronation Street

William Patrick "Bill" Roache MBE is an English actor. He has played Ken Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street since its first episode on 9 December 1960. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving living television actor in a continuous role. First acting job with ...

7. Siobhan Finneran

Actress | Downton Abbey

Siobhan Finneran was born in 1967 in Lancashire, England as Siobhan Margaret Finneran. She is an actress, known for Downton Abbey (2010), Boy A (2007) and Happy Valley (2014). She was previously married to Mark Jordon.

8. Benedict Cumberbatch

Actor | The Imitation Game

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 ...

9. Jason Watkins

Actor | The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies

Jason Watkins was born on July 30, 1966 in Albrighton, Shropshire, England. He is an actor, known for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014), W1A (2014) and Trollied (2011).

10. Neil Morrissey

Actor | The Bounty

Neil Morrissey was born on July 4, 1962 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He is known for his work on The Bounty (1984), British Men Behaving Badly (1992) and Waterloo Road (2006). He was previously married to Amanda Noar.

11. Simon Bird

Actor | The Inbetweeners Movie

Simon Bird was born on August 19, 1984 in Guildford, Surrey, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Inbetweeners Movie (2011), The Inbetweeners 2 (2014) and The Inbetweeners (2008). He has been married to Lisa Owens since 2012.

12. Tony Gardner

Actor | My Parents Are Aliens

Tony Gardner was born on January 10, 1964 in Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, England. He is an actor and writer, known for My Parents Are Aliens (1999), Fresh Meat (2011) and Last Tango in Halifax (2012).

13. Derek Jacobi

Actor | Gladiator

Preeminent British classical actor of the first post-Olivier generation, Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre, and, in fact, is only the second to enjoy the honor of holding TWO knighthoods, Danish and English (Olivier was the other). Modest and unassuming in nature, ...

14. 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 ...

15. Olivia Wilde

Actress | Tron

Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern day renaissance woman, starring in many of Hollywood's acclaimed productions, while simultaneously giving back to the community.

Wilde was born on March 10, 1984 in New York City. Her parents are Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew ...

16. Jack Whitehall

Actor | The Bad Education Movie

Jack Whitehall was a child actor in various television dramas, but decided to pursue stand-up comedy after leaving school. He was a finalist in the So You Think You're Funny talent hunt at last year's Edinburgh Fringe, and was nominated for best newcomer at this year's Chortle Awards. In December ...

17. Lee Mack

Actor | Not Going Out

Lee Mack was born in 1968 in Southport, Lancashire, England as Lee Gordon McKillop. He is an actor and writer, known for Not Going Out (2006), The Sketch Show (2001) and Kelsey Grammer Presents: The Sketch Show (2005). He has been married to Tara since 2005. They have three children.

18. Charlie Sheen

Actor | Two and a Half Men

Charlie Sheen was born Carlos Irwin Estévez on September 3, 1965, in New York City. His father, actor Martin Sheen (born Ramon Antonio Gerard Estevez), was at the time just breaking into the business, with performances on Broadway. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art ...

19. Tobey Maguire

Actor | Brothers

Tobias Vincent Maguire was born in Santa Monica, California. His parents were 18 and 20, and not yet married, when he was born. His mother, Wendy (Brown), did advertising, publicity, and acting in Hollywood for years as she coached and managed Tobey. His father, Vincent Maguire, was a cook and ...

20. Andrew Garfield

Actor | The Social Network

Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British-born mother, Lynn (Hillman), and an American-born father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. He is of English and Polish-Jewish heritage. Andrew was raised in a ...

21. 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 ...

22. Simon Pegg

Actor | Shaun of the Dead

English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...

23. Nick Frost

Actor | Paul

Nick Frost is an English actor, screenwriter and comedian. He is known for his work in the series of British comedic genre films The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013). He also co-starred in Paul (2011), with frequent collaborator ...