Actors from U.K.

by tom-myskovskej | created - 23 Jun 2012 | updated - 24 Jun 2012 | Public

1. Clive Owen

Actor | Closer

British actor Clive Owen is one of a handful of stars who, though he is best known for his art house films, can handle more mainstream films with equal measures of grace and skill. Owen is typically cast as characters whose primary traits are a balance of physical strength, intellect, conflicting ...

King Arthur (Arthur) Sin City (Dwight) Inside Man (Dalton Russell) The Bourne Identity (The Professor) Children of Men (Theo Faron) Shadow Dancer (Mac)

2. 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 ...

Casino Royale (James Bond) Quantum of Solace (James Bond) The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (Mikael Blomkvist) Cowboys & Aliens (Jake Lonergan) The Adventures of Tintin (Voice) (Sakharine) The Golden Compass (Lord Asriel)

3. Gary Oldman

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman is a talented English movie star and character actor, renowned for his "big" 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), Drexl in ...

The Dark Knight (Jim Gordon) Batman Begins (Jim Gordon) The Fifth Element (Jean- Baptiste Emanuel Zorg) Léon: The Professional (Stansfield) Harry Potter III, IV, V, VII (2/2) (Sirius Black) Red Riding Hood (Solomon)

4. Orlando Bloom

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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 ...

The Lord of the Rings I-III (Legolas) The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Legolas) Pirates of the Caribbean I-III (Will Turner) The Three Musketeers (Duke of Buckingham) Love and Other Disasters (Hollywood Paolo) Troy (Paris)

5. Sean Bean

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

Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theater, radio, television and movies. Bean was born in Handsworth, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Rita (Tuckwood) and Brian Bean. He worked for his father's welding firm before he decided to become an actor. He attended RADA in London and ...

The Lord of the Rings I-III (in II only Extended Edition) (Boromir) Golden Eye (Alec Trevelyan) The Game of Thrones (Eddard Stark) Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief (Zeus) Silent Hill (Christopher Da Silva) Troy (Odysseus)

6. Steve Coogan

Actor | Philomena

Steve Coogan was born on October 14, 1965 in Middleton, Manchester, England as Stephen John Coogan. He is an actor and producer, known for Philomena (2013), Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013) and 24 Hour Party People (2002). He was previously married to Caroline Hickman.

Tropic Thunder (Damien Cockburn) Around The World in 80 Days (Phileas Fogg) Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lighting Thief (Hades) Night at the Museum I-II (Octavius) The Parole Officer (Simon Garden) 24 Hour Party People (Tony Wilson)

7. 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 ...

House M.D. (Dr. House) Street Kings (Captain James Biggs) Stuart Little I-III (Voice) (Frederick Little) F.R.I.E.N.D.S. (Guy on the Plane) The Man in the Iron Mask (King's Advisor) 101 Dalmatins (Jasper)

8. David Suchet

Actor | Executive Decision

Best known in the United Kingdom and abroad as Agatha Christie's suave Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot in scores of late 1980s and '90s mini-movies, London-born actor David Suchet's early interest in the theater led to his membership with the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain in the 1960s...

Agatha Christie's Poirot (Hercule Poirot) A Perfect Murder (Mohamed Karaman) Flushed Away (Voice) (Rita's Dad) The Bank Job (Lew Vogel) Act of God (Dr. Benjamin Cisco) Flood (Deputy Prime Minister Campbell)

9. 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 ...

Pulp Fiction (Ringo) Reservoir Dogs (Mr.Orange) Four Rooms (Ted) The Incredible Hulk (Emil Blonsky) Planet of the Apes (Thade) Lie to Me (Dr. Cal Lightman)

10. Rowan Atkinson

Actor | Johnny English

Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...

Bean (Mr. Bean) Mr. Bean's Holiday (Mr. Bean) Johnny English I-II (Johnny English) The Lion King (Voice) (Zazu) Hot Shots!: Part Deux (Dexter Hayman) Love Actually (Rufus)

11. 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 ...

Sherlock Holmes (Lord Blackwood) Kick Ass (Frank D'Amico) Stardust (Septimus) Tinker Tailor Soldier (Jim Prideaux) Green Lantern (Sinestro) Robin Hood (Godfrey)

12. Noah Taylor

Actor | Shine

Noah George Taylor, the elder of two boys, was born in 1969 in London, England, to Maggie (Miller), a journalist and book editor, and Paul Taylor, a copywriter and journalist. His family lived in both England and New Zealand before returning to his parents' native Australia in 1974. His parents ...

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Mr. Bucket) The Proposition (Brian O'Leary) Vanilla Sky (Edmund Ventura) Almost Famous (Dick Roswell) Lara Croft Tomb Raider I-II (Bryce) Shine (David Helfgott)

13. 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...

Love Actually (Jamie Bennett) The King's Speech (King George VI) A Single Man (George) Mamma Mia! (Harry) Shakespeare in Love (Lord Wessex) Girl With a Pearl Earring (Johannes Vermeer)

14. 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 ...

Love Actually (The Prime Minister) Notting Hill (William Thacker) Music and Lyrics (Alex Fletcher) Bridget Jones I-II (Daniel Cleaver) About a Boy (Will Freeman) Four Weddings and Funeral (Charles)

15. 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 ...

Harry Potter I-VII (Severus Snape) Love Actually (Harry) Die Hard (Hans Gruber) Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Judge Turpin) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Voice) (Marvin) Alice in Wonderland (Voice) (Blue Caterpillar)

16. Ian McKellen

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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 (...

The Lord of the Rings I-III (Gandalf) The Hobbit I-II (Gandalf) Stardust (Voice) (Narrator) X-Men I-III (Magneto) The Da Vinci Code (Sir Leigh Teabing) The Golden Compass (Voice) (Iorek Birnison)

17. 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 ...

The Lord of the Rings I-III (in III Extended Edition) (Saruman) The Hobbit I-II (Saruman) Star Wars II, III (Count Dooku) Sleepy Hollow (Burgomaster) The Color of Magic (Voice) (Death) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Dr. Wonka)

18. 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 ...

The Expendables I-II (Lee Christmas) Transporter I-III (Frank Martin) Snatch (Turkish) Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (Bacon) Crank I-II (Chev Chelios) In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (Farmer)

19. 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:...

Sherlock Holmes I-II (Dr. John Watson) Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (Sky Captain) Enemy at the Gates (Vassili Zaitsev) Cold Mountain (Inman) The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (Imaginarium Tony 2) All the King's Men (John Burden)

20. 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,...

Love Actually (Billy Mack) Harry Potter VII (1/2) (Minister Rufus Scrimgeour) Pirates of the Caribbean II-III (Davy Jones) Wrath of the Titans (Hephaestus) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Slartibartfast) Underworld I-III (Viktor)

21. Ian Holm

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Sir Ian Holm is one of the world's greatest actors, a Laurence Olivier Award-winning, Tony Award-winning, BAFTA-winning and Academy Award-nominated British star of films and the stage. He was a member of the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company and has played more than 100 roles in films and on ...

The Lord of the Rings I, III (Bilbo Baggins) The Hobbit: I-II (Old Bilbo) The Fifth Element (Father Vito Cornelius) Alien (Ash) Ratatouille (Skinner) The Treatment (Dr. Ernesto Morales)

22. Martin Freeman

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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 ...

The Hobbit I-II (Bilbo Baggins) Sherlock (Dr. Jonh Watson) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Arthur Dent) Hot Fuzz (Met Sergeant) Love Actually (John) Ali G Indahouse (Ricky C)

23. Bernard Hill

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Bernard Hill was born on December 17, 1944 in Manchester, England. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Titanic (1997). He is married to Marianne. They have one child.

The Lord of the Rings II-III (King Theoden) Titanic (Captain Edward James Smith) The Scorpion King (Philos) Gothika (Phil Parsons) A Midsummer Night's Dream (Egeus) The Kid (Uncle David)

24. Sean Maguire

Actor | Once Upon a Time

Sean was born on 18 April 1976 in Ilford, Essex, England. He made his acting debut at the age of five in Voyage Around My Father with Sir Laurence Olivier. Many TV roles for UK television followed including, Tegs in Grange Hill, Aiden Brosnan in Eastenders, Marty in Dangerfield and Lee in Sunburn (...

Meet the Spartans (Leonidas) Out of Depth (Paul Nixon) Eve (Donovan Brink) Off Centre (Euan Pierce) Scott & Bailey (PC Sean McCartney) CSI: NY (Alex Brodevesky)

25. Tom Felton

Actor | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Tom Felton was born in Epsom, Surrey, to Sharon and Peter Felton. He has been acting since he was 8 years old at the suggestion of an actress friend of his family who recognized Felton's theatrical qualities. Felton met with an agent, and two weeks later, after auditioning with over 400 other ...

Harry Potter I-VII Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Dodge Landon) Night Wolf (Gary) Anna and the King( (Louis Leonowens) The Borrowers (Peagreen Clock) From the Rough (Edward)

26. 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, ...

Harry Potter II, VII (1/2) (Voice) (Dobby) The Mist (Ollie Weeks) Captain America: The First Avenger (Dr. Arnim Zola) Your Higness (Julie) The Hunger Games I-II (Claudius Templesmith) The Adventures of Tintin (Voice) (Silk)

27. Jamie Harris

Actor | The Prestige

Jamie Harris was born on May 15, 1963 in England as Tudor St. John Harris. He is an actor, known for The Prestige (2006), The New World (2005) and Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011).

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (Rodney) The Green Hornet (Popeye) The Prestige (Sullen Warder) Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (Hook-Handed Man) CSI: Miami (Eddie Coster) The Mentalist (Marcus Lansdale)

28. 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.

Season of the Witch (Debelzaq) Johnny English Reborn (The Prime Minister) The Bank Job (Kevin Swain) The Children (Jonah) The History Boys (Irwin) Amazing Grace (James Stephen)

29. 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 ...

The Scary Movie 2 (Professor) The Color of Magic (Trymon) Charlie's Angels (Roger Corwin) Will & Grace (Marion Finster) The Secret of Moonacre (Coeur de Noir) Christmas in Wonderland (Gordon McLoosh)

30. Sam Worthington

Actor | Avatar

Samuel Henry John Worthington was born August 2, 1976 in Surrey, England. His parents, Jeanne (Martyn) and Ronald Worthington, a power plant employee, moved the family to Australia when he was six months old, and raised him and his sister Lucinda in Warnbro, a suburb of Perth, Western Australia.


Avatar I-II (Jake Sully) Wrath of the Titans (Perseus) Clash of the Titans (Perseus) Terminator Salvation (Marcus Wright) Macbeth (Macbeth) JAG (Dunsmore)

31. 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 ...

Pirates of the Caribbean I-III (Elizabeth Swann) Never Let Me Go (Ruth) Pride & Prejudice (Elizabeth Bennet) King Arthur (Guinevere) Love Actually (Juliet) Last Night (Joanna)

32. Martine McCutcheon

Actress | Love Actually

Martine McCutcheon was born Martine Kimberley Sherri Ponting on the 14th of May 1976 in Hackney, East London, to Jenny Tomlin (née Jeanette Lilian Ponting) and Thomas Hemmings. She has a little brother called L.J. She studied at the renowned Italia Conti stage school in London from the age of 10. ...

Love Actually (Natalie) Echo Beach (Susan Penwarden) Jump! (Liuba Halsman) Kiss Kiss (Mia) MI-5 (Tash) Miss Marple: At Bertram's Hotel (Jane Cooper)

33. 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. ...

The Mummy I-II (Evelyn Carnahan, Evelyn O'Connell) The Fountain (Isabel) Constantine (Angela Dodson) Dream House (Libby) The Deep Blue Sea (Hester Collyer) 360 (Rose)

34. Kate Beckinsale

Actress | Underworld: Evolution

Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in 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 father was Richard ...

Underworld I-IV (Selene) Pearl Harbor (Evelyn Johnson) Van Helsing (Anna Valerious) The Aviator (Ava Garden) Click (Donna Newman) Nothing But the Truth (Rachel Armstrong)

35. 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...

Titanic (Rose DeWitt Bukater) Finding Neverland (Sylvia Llevelyn Davies) Revolutionary Road (April Wheeler) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Clementine Kruczynski) The Reader (Hanna Schmitz) All the King's Men (Anne Stanton)

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