FAMOUS BRITISH ACTORS

by Jake279 | created - 05 Jan 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A list of the most internationally well-known British actors and actresses. In no particular order.

1. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

Known For: Titanic, Revolutionary Road, Steve Jobs, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Avatar 2, The Holiday, Collateral Beauty, Finding Neverland

2. Jude Law

Actor | The Talented Mr. Ripley

Jude Law is an English actor. Law has been nominated for two Academy Awards and continues to build a prolific body of work that spans from early successes such as Gattaca (1997) and The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) to more recent turns as Dr. John Watson in Sherlock Holmes (2009) and Sherlock Holmes:...

Known For: Sherlock Holmes, Captain Marvel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Talented Mr Ripley, The Rhythm Section, Road to Perdition, AI: Artificial Intelligence, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, The Aviator, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Holiday

3. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...

Known For: Pirates of the Caribbean, Pride and Prejudice, The Imitation Game, Love Actually, Bend It Like Beckham, The Duchess, Atonement, Never Let Me Go, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Misbehaviour, Official Secrets

4. Orlando Bloom

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

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom was born in Canterbury, Kent, England on January 13, 1977. His mother, Sonia Constance Josephine (Copeland), was born in Kolkata, India, to an English family then-resident there. The man he first knew as his father, Harry Bloom, was a legendary political activist ...

Known For: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Pirates of the Caribbean, Black Hawk Down, Needle in a Timestack, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven

5. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

Known For: The Queen, Calendar Girls, RED, The Good Liar, Hitchcock, Gosford Park, Hobbs and Shaw, The One and Only Ivan, Monster's University

6. Colin Firth

Actor | A Single Man

Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's...

Known For: The King's Speech, Mary Poppins Returns, Kingsman: The Secret Service, The English Patient, Bridget Jones Diary, Love Actually, Mama Mia, A Single Man, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Shakespeare in Love, Nanny McPhee, Girl with the Pearl Earring, 1917

7. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Actress | Chicago

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a sweet factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are ...

Known For: Chicago, High Fidelity, America's Sweethearts, Ocean's Twelve, The Mask of Zorro, Intolerable Cruelty, RED 2

8. Robert Pattinson

Actor | Twilight

Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England, to Richard Pattinson, a car dealer importing vintage cars, and Clare Pattinson (née Charlton), who worked as a booker at a model agency. He grew up in Barnes, southwest London with two older sisters and attended Tower House ...

Known For: The Batman, Untitled Christopher Nolan movie, The Twilight Saga, Harry Potter, Remember Me, Water for Elephants, The King, The Devil All the Time, Waiting for the Barbarians, The Lost City of Z

9. Ewan McGregor

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents ...

Known For: Star Wars, Doctor Sleep, Christopher Robin, Moulin Rouge, Birds of Prey, Trainspotting, Black Hawk Down, Big Fish, Beauty and the Beast, Robots, The Island, Scenes of a Sexual Nature

10. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...

Known For: The Dark Knight trilogy, American Psycho, Ford V Ferrari, The Fighter, Vice, Empire of the Sun, American Hustle, The Big Short, The Prestige, Shaft, Equilibrium, Terminator: Salvation, Little Women, Pocahontas

11. 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 (...

Known For: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, The X-Men, The Da Vinci Code, Cats, Beauty and the Beast, The Good Liar, Mr Holmes, The Golden Compass, Last Action Hero

12. Kate Beckinsale

Actress | Underworld: Evolution

Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in Hounslow, Middlesex, England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her ...

Known For: Pearl Harbor, The Aviator, Toff Guys, Underworld, Van Helsing, Total Recall, Much Ado About Nothing, El Tonto

13. Daniel Craig

Actor | Casino Royale

One of the British theatre's most famous faces, Daniel Craig, who waited tables as a struggling teenage actor with the National Youth Theatre, has gone on to star as James Bond in Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015), and Bond 25 (2020).

He was born Daniel ...

Known For: James Bond, Knives Out, Cowboys and Aliens, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Creed of Violence, Logan Lucky, Elizabeth, Road to Perdition, Layer Cake, The Golden Compass

14. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

Known For: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Victor Victoria, The Princess Diaries, Shrek

15. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother...

Known For: Harry Potter, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Cruella, Saving Mr Banks, Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility, Beauty and the Beast, Nanny McPhee, Men in Black, Much Ado About Nothing, Last Christmas

16. Hugh Grant

Actor | Love Actually

Hugh Grant, one of Britain's best known faces, has been equally entertaining on-screen as well as in real life, and has had enough sense of humor to survive a media frenzy. He is known for his roles in Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), with Andie MacDowell, Notting Hill (1999), opposite Julia ...

Known For: Bridget Jones Diary, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill, The Gentlemen, Love Actually, About a Boy, Paddington 2

17. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

Known For: James Bond, Artemis Fowl, Pride and Prejudice, Murder on the Orient Express, Cats

18. 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,...

Known For: Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Little Women, The Bling Ring

19. Michael Caine

Actor | The Quiet American

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

Known For: Dirty Harry, Inception, The Dark Knight trilogy, Interstellar, The Italian Job, Alfie, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Now You See Me 2, Miss Congeniality, The Muppet Christmas Carol

20. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

Known For: The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Thor: Ragnarok, Beowolf, Hitchcock, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Westworld (TV Series)

21. Rachel Weisz

Actress | The Constant Gardener

Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, was of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. ...

Known For: The Mummy, The Favourite, Black Widow, About a Boy, The Bourne Legacy, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Lovely Bones, Constantine

22. Ben Kingsley

Actor | Gandhi

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...

Known For: Gandhi, Schindler's List, Shutter Island, AI: Artificial Intelligence, The Jungle Book, War Machine, Spider in the Web, Dali Land, Iron Man 3

23. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

Known For: Mary Poppins Returns, A Quiet Place, Edge of Tomorrow, Jungle Cruise, Sicario, The Devil Wears Prada, The Girl on the Train, Looper, The Adjustment Bureau, Into the Woods, The Young Victoria

24. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Les Misérables

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

Known For: Fight Club, The King's Speech, Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd, Ocean's 8, Planet of the Apes, Cinderella, Dark Shadows, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Lone Ranger, The Crown (TV Series)

25. Carey Mulligan

Actress | Never Let Me Go

Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry.

Her first major appearance was ...

Known For: The Great Gatsby, An Education, Pride and Prejudice, Shame, Drive, Never Let Me Go

26. Daniel Day-Lewis

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Born in London, England, Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is the second child of Cecil Day-Lewis (pseudonym Nicholas Blake), Poet Laureate of the U.K., and his second wife, actress Jill Balcon. His maternal grandfather was Sir Michael Balcon, an important figure in the history of British cinema and ...

Known For: There Will Be Blood, Lincoln, Gangs of New York, Nine

27. Tom Hardy

Actor | Inception

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his television debut...

Known For: The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, The Revenant, Fonzo, Mad Max: Fury Road, Dunkirk, Lawless, Warrior, Venom, Black Hawk Down, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Party, Locke, Child 44, Bronson, RocknRolla, Taboo (TV Series)

28. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his expressive acting style. One of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television, he is known for his roles as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986), ...

Known For: Harry Potter, The Dark Knight trilogy, Darkest Hour, Dracula, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Fifth Element, Hannibal, The Woman in the Window, Child 44, Lawless, The Laundromat

29. Henry Cavill

Actor | Man of Steel

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill was born on the Bailiwick of Jersey, a British Crown dependency in the Channel Islands. His mother, Marianne (Dalgliesh), a housewife, was also born on Jersey, and is of Irish, Scottish and English ancestry. Henry's father, Colin Richard Cavill, a stockbroker, is of ...

Known For: Man of Steel, Mission Impossible: Fallout, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, The Tudors (TV Series), The Witcher (TV Series)

30. 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 ...

Known For: The Amazing Spider-man, The Social Network, Hacksaw Ridge, The Eyes of Tammy Faye, Never Let Me Go

31. Tilda Swinton

Actress | We Need to Talk About Kevin

The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late.

She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was ...

Known For: The Chronicles of Narnia, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Endgame, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Beach, Suspiria, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Personal History of David Copperfield, The French Dispatch, Vanilla Sky, Three Thousand Year of Longing, Constantine

32. James McAvoy

Actor | Split

McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 11. He ...

Known For: The X-Men, IT: Chapter Two, Atomic Blonde, Glass, Split, Wanted, Atonement, The Last King of Scotland, Trance, Arthur Christmas, Shameless (TV Series)

33. Thandie Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in ...

Known For: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Mission Impossible II, Interview with the Vampire, The Chronicles of Riddick, Crash, 2012, RocknRolla, Westworld (TV Series)

34. Benedict Cumberbatch

Actor | The Imitation Game

Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (born 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 ...

Known For: Doctor Strange, The Hobbit, The Imitation Game, Avengers: Infinity War, Star Trek: Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, 1917, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, War Horse, Black Mass, Rio, Rogue Male, Atonement, The Fifth Estate, The Other Boleyn Girl, August: Osage County, The Grinch, Sherlock (TV Series)

35. Tom Holland

Actor | Spider-Man: Homecoming

Thomas Stanley Holland was born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, to Nicola Elizabeth (Frost), a photographer, and Dominic Holland (Dominic Anthony Holland), who is a comedian and author. His paternal grandparents were from the Isle of Man and Ireland, respectively. He lives with his parents and ...

Known For: Spider-man, The Avengers, Chaos Walking, Onward, Uncharted, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, The Devil All the Time, Cherry, Spies in Disguise, The Lost City of Z

36. Rosamund Pike

Actress | Gone Girl

Born on January 27, 1979 in London, England, actress Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike is the only child of a classical violinist mother, Caroline (Friend), and an opera singer father, Julian Pike. Due to her parents' work, she spent her early childhood traveling around Europe. Pike attended Badminton ...

Known For: Gone Girl, Pride and Prejudice, An Education, A Private War, The World's End, Jack Reacher, Die Another Day, Radioactive

37. 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 ...

Known For: Avengers: Age of Ultron, Kick Ass, Kingsman: The Great Game, Godzilla, Nowhere Boy, Noctural Animals, Outlaw King, A Million Little Pieces

38. Tom Hiddleston

Actor | The Avengers

Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...

Known For: The Avengers, Thor: Ragnarok, Kong: Skull Island, Crimson Peak, The Night Manager (TV Series)

39. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor, writer and director Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things...

Known For: The Lion King, 12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil, The Martian, Love Actually, Salt, American Gangster, Children of Men, Serenity, 2012

40. Naomi Watts

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and...

Known For: King Kong, Birdman, The Ring, You Boss Level, Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, Diana, Luce, Ophelia, Twin Peaks (TV Series), Untitled Game of Thrones prequel (TV Series)

41. Charlie Hunnam

Actor | Sons of Anarchy

Charles Matthew Hunnam was born in Newcastle, England on April 10, 1980, to Jane (Bell), a business owner, and William Hunnam, a scrap metal merchant. At 18 years of age, he made a guest appearances in the popular TV series Byker Grove (1989).

He gained fame in Britain thanks to his television role ...

Known For: Pacific Rim, The Gentlemen, Triple Frontier, Toff Guys, The True History of the Kelly Gang, Waldo, Jungleland, Crimson Peak, The Lost City of Z, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Sons of Anarchy (TV Series)

42. Luke Evans

Actor | Dracula Untold

Luke George Evans was born in Pontypool, Wales, and grew up in Aberbargoed, in the south of Wales. He is the son of Yvonne (Lewis) and David Evans. He moved to Cardiff at the age 17. He then won a scholarship to the London Studio Centre, and graduated in 2000.

He starred in many of London's West End...

Known For: The Hobbit, Beauty and the Beast, Fast and Furious 8, The Girl on the Train, Dracula Untold, Midway, Murder Mystery, Ma

43. Martin Freeman

Actor | Black Panther

Martin Freeman is an English actor, 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 ...

Known For: The Hobbit, Black Panther, Hot Fuzz, Sherlock (TV Series), Fargo (TV Series)

44. Rhys Ifans

Actor | The Amazing Spider-Man

Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in...

Known For: Notting Hill, The Amazing Spider-man, Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee

45. Dan Stevens

Actor | Downton Abbey

Dan Stevens was born at Croydon in Surrey on 10th October 1982. His parents are teachers. He was educated at Tonbridge School and trained in acting at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. He studied English Literature at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. Whilst he was a Cambridge undergraduate, ...

Known For: Beauty and the Beast, Call of the Wild, Lucy in the Sky, The Guest, Legion (TV Series), Downton Abbey (TV Series)

46. Felicity Jones

Actress | Rogue One

Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is an English actress. Jones was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and grew up in Bournville. Her parents met while working at the Wolverhampton Express and Star. Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising. They divorced when she was three, and she ...

Known For: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, The Theory of Everything, On the Basis of Sex, The Aeronauts, The Amazing Spider-man

47. Eddie Redmayne

Actor | Les Misérables

British actor Eddie Redmayne is the first Generation X male to have won an acting Oscar (for The Theory of Everything (2014)).

Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather ...

Known For: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables, The Danish Girl, The Trial of the Chicago Seven

48. Taron Egerton

Actor | Kingsman: The Secret Service

Taron David Egerton (born 10 November 1989) is a British actor and singer. He is known for his roles in the British television series The Smoke and the 2014 action comedy film Kingsman: The Secret Service. He has also played Edward Brittain in the 2014 drama film Testament of Youth, appeared in the...

Known For: Kingsman: The Secret Service, Rocketman, Robin Hood, Billionaire Boys Club, Eddie the Eagle, Sing

49. 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 ...

Known For: Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Ready Player One, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Ice Age

50. Ralph Fiennes

Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus ...

Known For: Harry Potter, James Bond, The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, The Lego Batman Movie, The English Patient, Maid in Manhattan

51. Idris Elba

Actor | Beasts of No Nation

An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...

Known For: Thor: Ragnarok, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, The Dark Tower, Pacific Rim, Hobbs and Shaw, Beasts of No Nation

52. Daisy Ridley

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley is an English actress. She is best known for her breakthrough role as "Rey" in the 2015 film, Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Daisy was born in Westminster, London, on April 10, 1992. She is the daughter of Louise Fawkner-Corbett and Chris Ridley. Her ...

Known For: Star Wars, Chaos Walking, A Woman of No Importance, Kolma

53. Andy Serkis

Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes

English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...

Known For: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Star Wars, Planet of the Apes, Black Panther, Avengers: Endgame, King Kong, Arthur Christmas, 13 Going on 30

54. Laurence Olivier

Actor | Sleuth

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 ...

Known For: Clash of the Titans, Spartacus, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Rebecca, Wuthering Heights

55. Sally Hawkins

Actress | The Shape of Water

Sally Cecilia Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich...

Known For: The Shape of Water, Godzilla, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, Paddington, An Education, Never Let Me Go

56. Daniel Kaluuya

Actor | Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for Get Out (2017) and Black Panther (2018).

He also starred in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits".

For his work in Get Out he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Kaluuya also had minor roles in Johnny ...

Known For: Get Out, Black Panther, Widows, Queen and Slim, Jesus is My Homeboy, Sicario, Kick Ass 2

57. 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...

Known For: Solo: A Star Wars Story, Last Christmas, Game of Thrones (TV Series)

58. Paul Bettany

Actor | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Paul Bettany is an English actor. He first came to the attention of mainstream audiences when he appeared in the British film Gangster No. 1 (2000), and director Brian Helgeland's film A Knight's Tale (2001). He has gone on to appear in a wide variety of films, including A Beautiful Mind (2001), ...

Known For: The Avengers, Solo: A Star Wars Story, The Da Vinci Code, A Knight's Tale

59. Jason Statham

Actor | Crank

Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has ...

Known For: Fast and Furious, The Meg, Hobbs and Shaw, The Expendables, Transporter

60. John Boyega

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

John Boyega is a British actor, known for playing Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), before attaining international recognition for his work ...

Known For: Star Wars, Pacific Rim: Uprising, A Naked Singularity, Watership Down (TV Series)

61. Patrick Stewart

Actor | Logan

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he ...

Known For: The X-Men, Logan, Charlie's Angels, Star Trek (TV Series), American Dad (TV Series)

62. 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 ...

Known For: Billy Elliott, Rocketman, The Adventures of Tintin, King Kong, Jumper, Fantastic Four

63. 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 ...

Known For: Kingsman: The Secret Service, Shazam!, The Imitation Game, 1917, The Forgiven, Kick-Ass, RocknRolla, Zero Dark Thirty, Stardust, Revolver, John Carter, Green Lantern

64. Sacha Baron Cohen

Actor | Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born...

Known For: Alice Through the Looking Glass, Hugo, Les Misérables, Madagascar, Ali G Indahouse (TV Series)

65. 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 ...

Known For: Harry Potter, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Sister Act, Nanny McPhee, The Secret Garden, Downton Abbey (TV Series)

66. Naomie Harris

Actress | 28 Days Later...

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

Known For: Pirates of the Caribbean, James Bond, Moonlight, Southpaw, Rampage

67. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

Known For: Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Mary Poppins Returns, Beauty and the Beast, Murder She Wrote (TV Series)

68. Riz Ahmed

Actor | Nightcrawler

Riz Ahmed (born 1 December 1982), also known by his stage name Riz MC and birth name Rizwan Ahmed, is a British Pakistani actor, rapper, and activist. As an actor, he has won one Emmy Award, out of two Emmy nominations, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and three...

Known For: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Venom, Jason Bourne, Nightcrawler, The Night Of (TV Series)

69. Kristin Scott Thomas

Actress | The English Patient

The acclaimed Cornish actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather, Lt. Cdr Simon Idiens, was also a pilot, ...

Known For: The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Darkest Hour, Nowhere Boy, Only God Forgives, Tomb Raider

70. Julie Walters

Actress | Billy Elliot

For decades, British actress and comedienne Dame Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and television. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually ...

Known For: Harry Potter, Billy Elliott, Mama Mia, Mary Poppins Returns, Paddington, Calendar Girls

71. Jeremy Irons

Actor | Dead Ringers

British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...

Known For: The Lion King, Die Hard, The Man in the Iron Mask, Batman Vs Superman, Assassins Creed, Red Sparrow

72. Tim Curry

Actor | Congo

Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with ...

Known For: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, IT, Annie, Home Alone 2, Muppet treasure Island

73. Alan Rickman

Actor | Die Hard

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years ...

Known For: Harry Potter, Die Hard, Love Actually

74. Timothy Spall

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in ...

Known For: Harry Potter, Mr Turner, The King's Speech, Vanilla Sky, Enchanted, Sweeney Todd, Alice in Wonderland

75. Tim Roth

Actor | Rob Roy

Often mistaken for an American because of his skill at imitating accents, actor Tim Roth was born Timothy Simon Roth on May 14, 1961 in Lambeth, London, England. His mother, Ann, was a teacher and landscape painter. His father, Ernie, was a journalist who had changed the family name from "Smith" to ...

Known For: Pulp Fiction, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Hateful Eight, Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk

76. Bob Hoskins

Actor | The Long Good Friday

Bob Hoskins was described by the director John Mackenzie as "an actor from the British tradition but with an almost American approach, an instinctive approach to acting and knowing how to work with the camera". He was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was ...

Known For: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Mermaids, Hook, Mona Lisa, Maid in Manhattan

77. Mark Rylance

Actor | Bridge of Spies

Widely regarded as the greatest stage actor of his generation, Sir Mark Rylance has enjoyed an esteemed career on stage and on screen, and won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in Steven Spielberg's Bridge of ...

Known For: Dunkirk, The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, Bridge of Spies, Ready Player One, The BFG

78. Olivia Colman

Actress | The Favourite

Olivia Colman was born on January 30, 1974 in Norwich, Norfolk, England as Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman. She is an actress, known for The Favourite (2018), Tyrannosaur (2011) and The Lobster (2015). She has been married to Ed Sinclair since August 2001. They have three children.

Known For: The Favourite, The Iron Lady, Murder on the Orient Express, Hot Fuzz, The Crown (TV Series), The Night Manager (TV Series)

79. Benedict Wong

Actor | Doctor Strange

Benedict Wong was born in 1970 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018) and The Martian (2015).

Known For: Doctor Strange, Gemini Man, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Annihilation, The Martian, Marco Polo (TV Series)

80. Julie Christie

Actress | Doctor Zhivago

Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses," was born in Chabua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1940, the daughter of Rosemary (Ramsden), a painter, and Francis St. John "Frank" Christie, a tea planter. The young Christie grew up on her father's ...

Known For: Harry Potter, Dragonheart, Finding Neverland

81. Lily James

Actress | Cinderella

Lily James was born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson in Esher, Surrey, to Ninette (Mantle), an actress, and Jamie Thomson, an actor and musician. Her grandmother, Helen Horton, was an American actress. She began her education at Arts Educational School in Tring and subsequently went on to study acting at...

Known For: Baby Driver, Darkest Hour, Cinderella, Mama Mia: Here We Go Again, Yesterday, Downton Abbey (TV Series)

82. Gerard Butler

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents ...

Known For: 300, Law Abiding Citizen, RocknRolla, Machine Gun Preacher, London Has Fallen, The Bounty Hunter

83. 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 ...

Known For: The Man in the Iron Mask, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Holmes and Watson, Stuart Little, 101 Dalmatians, The Borrowers, House (TV Series), Black Adder (TV Series)

84. 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 ...

Known For: The X-Men, Mad Max: Fury Road, The True History of the Kelly Gang, The Favourite, Those Who Wish Me Dead, The Banker, Tolkien, About A Boy, Warm Bodies, Skins (TV Series)

85. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress of Jewish and Nigerian descent. She was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Okonedo was born within London in 1968. Her parents were Henry Okonedo (1939-2009) and Joan Allman. Her father Henry was British Nigerian, and was employed as...

Known For: Hellboy, Christopher Robin, Hotel Rwanda, Eon Flux, Scenes of a Sexual Nature

86. Dev Patel

Actor | Slumdog Millionaire

Dev Patel was born in Harrow, London, to Anita, a caregiver, and Raj Patel, who works in IT. His parents, originally from Nairobi, Kenya, are both of Gujarati Indian descent. His first role was in the UK TV series Skins (2007). His breakout role was in the Oscar winning film Slumdog Millionaire (...

Known For: Slumdog Millionaire, The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Chappie, Skins (TV Series)

87. David Thewlis

Actor | Naked

David Thewlis was born David Wheeler in 1963 in Blackpool, Lancashire, to Maureen (Thewlis) and Alec Raymond Wheeler, and lived with his parents above their combination wallpaper and toy shop during his childhood. Originally, he came to London with his band Door 66, however he changed his plans and...

Known For: Harry Potter, Wonder Woman, Avatar 2, Avatar 3, The Theory of Everything, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas

88. Christopher Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...

Known For: The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Dark Shadows, Hugo, The Golden Compass, Gremlins 2

89. Toby Jones

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Toby Edward Heslewood Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones and Jennie Heslewood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, ...

Known For: Captain America, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Christopher Robin, Atomic Blonde, The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

90. Karen Gillan

Actress | Selfie

Karen Sheila Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the as the only of Marie Paterson and husband John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at ...

Known For: Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Endgame, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Call of the Wild, Stuber, Spies in Disguise, Doctor Who (TV Series)

91. Jason Isaacs

Actor | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. While at Bristol University, he ...

Known For: Harry Potter, Black Hawk Down, Armageddon, A Cure for Wellness, Dragonheart, Peter Pan, Star Trek Discovery (TV Series)

92. Bill Nighy

Actor | Love Actually

Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon.

At school,...

Known For: Pirates of the Caribbean, Detective Pikachu, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Underworld, Love Actually, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead

93. 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 ...

Known For: Harry Potter, Moulin Rouge, The Iron Lady, Bridget Jones Diary, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Paddington, The Borrowers

94. Damian Lewis

Actor | Band of Brothers

Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, ...

Known For: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Band of Brothers, Homeland (TV Series)

95. Andrew Lincoln

Actor | The Walking Dead

Andrew Lincoln is a British actor. Lincoln spent his early childhood in Hull, Yorkshire before his family relocated to Bath, Somerset when he was age 10. He was educated at Beechen Cliff School in Bath, and then the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. His father is a civil engineer...

Known For: Love Actually, The Walking Dead (TV Series)

96. Sean Connery

Actor | The Rock

The tall, handsome and muscular Scottish actor Sean Connery is best known for being the original actor to portray the character of James Bond in the hugely successful movie franchise, starring in seven films between 1962 and 1983. Some believed that such a career-defining role might leave him ...

Known For: James Bond, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Highlander, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

97. 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 ...

Known For: The Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

98. Ben Whishaw

Actor | Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Proclaimed by many critics as one of the best young actors of his generation, Benjamin John Whishaw was born in Clifton, Bedfordshire, to Linda (Hope), who works in cosmetics, and Jose Whishaw, who works in information technology. He has a twin brother, James. He is of French, German, Russian (...

Known For: James Bond, Mary Poppins Returns, The Personal History of David Copperfield, Paddington

99. John Hurt

Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...

Known For: Harry Potter, Alien, Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, V for Vendetta, The Skeleton Key, Spaceballs, The Elephant Man, 1984, Hellboy, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

100. Cary Grant

Actor | Charade

Once told by an interviewer, "Everybody would like to be Cary Grant", Grant is said to have replied, "So would I."

Cary Grant was born Archibald Alexander Leach on January 18, 1904 in Horfield, Bristol, England, to Elsie Maria (Kingdon) and Elias James Leach, who worked in a factory. His early years...

Known For: Penny Serenade, None But the Lonely Heart, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby, An Affair to Remember, North by Northwest



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