Underappreciated British actors who look damned good in period costume

by Basilesque | created - 15 May 2012 | updated - 06 Jan 2015 | Public

1. Stephen Campbell Moore

Actor | The Bank Job

Stephen Campbell Moore was born on November 30, 1979 in London, England as Stephen Thorpe. He is an actor, known for The Bank Job (2008), Season of the Witch (2011) and A Good Woman (2004). He has been married to Claire Foy since December 2014. They have one child.

2. Dominic Mafham

Actor | Ophelia

Mafham trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he spent four years working with directors such as Peter Hall, Danny Boyle, Roger Michell and Max Stafford-Clark.

On television he played Mortimer Lightwood in the BBC's celebrated 'Our ...

3. Julian Rhind-Tutt

Actor | Stardust

Julian Rhind-Tutt was born on July 20, 1968 in West Drayton, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England as Julian Alistair Rhind-Tutt. He is an actor and producer, known for Stardust (2007), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Green Wing (2004).

4. Pip Torrens

Actor | Pride & Prejudice

Pip Torrens was born on June 2, 1960 in Bromley, Kent, England. He is an actor, known for Pride & Prejudice (2005), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and The Remains of the Day (1993).

5. Nicholas Farrell

Actor | The Iron Lady

Nicholas Farrell was born in 1955 in Brentwood, Essex, England as Nicholas C. Frost. He is an actor, known for The Iron Lady (2011), Legend (2015) and Hamlet (1996). He has been married to Stella Gonet since 2005. They have two children.

6. Steven Mackintosh

Actor | Underworld: Evolution

Steven Mackintosh was born on April 30, 1967 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. He is an actor, known for Underworld: Evolution (2006), Rang De Basanti (2006) and Underworld: Rise of the Lycans (2009). He has been married to Lisa Jacobs since 1989. They have two children.

7. 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 ...

8. Hans Matheson

Actor | Sherlock Holmes

Hans Matheson was born in a caravan on August 7, 1975 at Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, located in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Shortly after, his family moved to Canterbury, Kent in England but Hans often spent his summer holidays on Stornoway with his grandparents. As a child, his parents Iain (Ado...

9. Anthony Andrews

Actor | The King's Speech

Anthony Andrews made his West End theater debut at the Apollo Theatre as one of twenty young schoolboys in Alan Bennett's "Forty Years On" with John Gielgud. He began his career at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK. His theater credits include spells with the New Shakespeare Company - "...

10. Harry Lloyd

Actor | The Theory of Everything

Harry Lloyd was born on November 17, 1983 in London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), The Iron Lady (2011) and Jane Eyre (2011).

11. JJ Feild

Actor | Captain America: The First Avenger

JJ Feild was born on April 1, 1978 in Boulder, Colorado, USA as John Joseph Feild. He is an actor, known for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Centurion (2010) and Austenland (2013).

12. Laurence Fox

Actor | The Hole

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.

13. Mark Strong

Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.

Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...

14. Marc Warren

Actor | Wanted

Marc Warren was born on March 20, 1967 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. He is an actor, known for Wanted (2008), Green Street Hooligans (2005) and Band of Brothers (2001).

15. Michael Kitchen

Actor | Out of Africa

Michael Kitchen was born on October 31, 1948 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Out of Africa (1985), GoldenEye (1995) and The World Is Not Enough (1999). He has been married to Rowena Miller since 1988. They have two children.

16. Nathaniel Parker

Actor | Stardust

Nathaniel Parker was born in England in 1962. The son of Sir Peter Parker and Dr. Jill Parker, he decided at the age of nine that acting would be his career of choice. His first public performances were with the National Youth Theatre, a breeding ground for many British actors. After attending The ...

17. Paul McGann

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Paul McGann was born on November 14, 1959 in Kensington, Liverpool, England. He is an actor, known for The Three Musketeers (1993), Withnail & I (1987) and Alien³ (1992). He has been married to Annie Milner since 1992. They have two children.

18. Samuel West

Actor | Van Helsing

Samuel West was born on June 19, 1966 in Hammersmith, London, England as Samuel Alexander Joseph West. He is known for his work on Van Helsing (2004), Notting Hill (1999) and Howards End (1992).

19. Timothy Dalton

Actor | The Living Daylights

At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping...

20. Jack Huston

Actor | Kill Your Darlings

Jack Huston was born on December 7, 1982 in London, England as Jack Alexander Huston. He is an actor, known for Kill Your Darlings (2013), Ben-Hur (2016) and Outlander (2008).

21. Philip Glenister

Actor | Ashes to Ashes

Philip Glenister was born on February 10, 1963 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Ashes to Ashes (2008), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Life on Mars (2006). He has been married to Beth Goddard since 2006. They have two children.



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