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Students and faculty of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, England.
Actor | Jurassic Park
Lord Richard Attenborough was born in Cambridge, England, the son of Mary (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a don at Emmanuel College and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. ...
2. Ronald Allen
Actor | A Night to Remember
Ronald Allen was born on December 16, 1930 in Reading, Berkshire, England as Ronald John Allen. He was an actor, known for A Night to Remember (1958), The Projected Man (1966) and Doctor Who (1963). He was married to Sue Lloyd. He died on June 18, 1991 in Reading.
Actor | Zardoz
An English actor active in the theater since 1961, having made few theatrical movies, none of which particularly outstanding, with the exception of John Boorman's Zardoz (1974) and Nigel Cole's popular Calendar Girls (2003), John Alderton has become famous thanks to British television. Appearing in ...
6. Jane Asher
Actress | Death at a Funeral
Jane Asher (born 5 April 1946) is an English actress, author and entrepreneur, who achieved early fame as a child actress, and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career.
She has appeared in TV shows and films such as The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Alfie (1966), Deep End (1970)...
Actor | Bronson
Born January 1963 in Richmond Surrey, Birth name Ian Andrews Luing Mason. British actor Luing Andrews began his career as a stunt man and directly after training was offered his first feature 'Called Home', daring Luing not only acted in this exciting film but also performed his own stunts ...
Actor | La La Land
Born in Rhodesia, Miles' childhood as the son of Major-General John Anderson and writer Daphne Anderson placed him at the heart of historical change in Africa in the 1950s and 60s. In 1964, his father was removed by the then-Prime Minister, Ian Smith, for his opposition to the Unilateral ...
Director | Great Performances
Michael Attenborough was born on February 13, 1950 in England as Michael John Attenborough. He is a director, known for Great Performances (1971) and Where Words Prevail (2005). He has been married to Karen E. Lewis since April 14, 1984. They have two children. He was previously married to Jane ...
11. Sheila Allen
Actress | Love Actually
Sheila Allen was born on October 22, 1932 in Chard, Somerset, England. She was an actress, known for Love Actually (2003), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and The Prisoner (1967). She was married to David Hugh Jones. She died on October 13, 2011 in London, England.
13. John Arnatt
Actor | A Challenge for Robin Hood
John Edwin Arnatt was born in Petrograd on the eve of the Russian Revolution, the son of a manager for Vauxhall Motors. Forced to leave Russia during the turmoil, his family returned to England where John was schooled at Epworth College and later trained for acting at RADA. On stage from 1936, he ...
15. Gemma Arterton
Actress | Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Gemma Christina Arterton was born in Gravesend, Kent, England, where she was raised. She is the daughter of Sally-Anne (Heap), a cleaner, and Barry J. Arterton, a welder. Her mother's cousin is singer-songwriter Eric Goulden.
Her parents divorced when she was age five, and Gemma subsequently lived ...
16. Robert Addie
Actor | Excalibur
Having left Marlborough College early, Robert went to London to follow up his ambition of becoming an actor by auditioning for and joining the National Youth Theatre. He then moved into film and television work. He went to R.A.D.A. for a year. His hobbies were polo and gardening.
17. Adam Alexi-Malle
Actor | Hidalgo
Born in Siena, Italy, to a Sardinian father and a Palestinian-Spanish mother, and immigrated to the United States from London, England. A true polymath and polyglot, fluent in several languages, he is known for an astonishing facility with a variety of accents as well as being an accomplished ...
18. Jane Arden
Actress | The Other Side of the Underneath
Jane Arden was born in Wales in 1927 and left for London in her teens.
She trained at RADA and quickly began working as an actress and playwright. It was there that she met her future husband, Philip Saville, who is now perhaps most known for his work Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) and The Life and...
20. Mark Antoine
French and English actor, Mark Antoine was born in France and studied at RADA, after an intensive and profound work with his Bulgarian mentor Radka Riaskova - think Le Chiffre in Casino Royale in a lady version and much nicer... sometimes. Mark Antoine is the host of the kid's TV show Artzooka : a ...
21. Amber Aga
Actress | Murder City
Lived in North Africa till age of 5, educated at The International School in Tanzania.
Active member of Cambridge University drama scene. Approached by talent scout whilst playing Cleopatra open air at age 19 - but turned them down to complete degree.
Offered "Midnights Children" (RSC) Tour 2 months ...
22. Charles Aitken
Actor | The Knick
Charles was born in England, but raised and educated in the United States. At the age of 10 he made his professional acting debut in a production of 'Oliver!' starring Davy Jones of The Monkees. In 2001, he earned his Bachelors degree in History at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. That ...
24. Philip Ayckbourn
Actor | Icarus Descending
Ayckbourn trained for three years at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). In 1998, he and fellow RADA alum Judi Armstrong founded Quorum Theatre Company for which Ayckbourn has written and directed many of his own one act plays. In 2009 he and Kristina Anne Howell founded PCK Productions which...
26. Claire Bloom
Actress | Limelight
Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as a septuagenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.
She was born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15...
27. David Bamber
Actor | Valkyrie
David Bamber was born on September 19, 1954 in Manchester, Lancashire, England as David James Bamber. He is an actor, known for Valkyrie (2008), Miss Potter (2006) and The Bourne Identity (2002). He has been married to Julia Swift since July 1982. They have two children.
28. Eve Best
Actress | The King's Speech
Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
She was nominated for the 2008 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actress in a Drama for "The Homecoming".
She was nominated for the 2007 Tony Award (New York City) for Best Actress in a Drama for "A Moon for the Misbegotten".
She won the 2005 Olivier Award...
29. Richard Briers
Actor | Peter Pan
Richard Briers was born on January 14, 1934 in Merton, Surrey, England as Richard David Briers. He was an actor, known for Peter Pan (2003), Watership Down (1978) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993). He was married to Ann Davies. He died on February 17, 2013 in London, England.
30. Andrew Buchan
Actor | All the Money in the World
Andrew Buchan was born on February 19, 1979 in Stockport, Cheshire, England. He is an actor, known for All the Money in the World (2017), Broadchurch (2013) and Cranford (2007). He has been married to Amy Nuttall since September 8, 2012. They have one child.
32. James Booth
Actor | Zulu
James Booth was born on December 19, 1927 in Croydon, Surrey, England as David Geeves-Booth. He was an actor and writer, known for Zulu (1964), The Breed (2001) and American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1990). He was married to Paula Delaney. He died on August 11, 2005 in Hadleigh, Essex, England.
33. Isla Blair
Actress | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Isla Blair was born on September 29, 1944 in Bangalore, India. She is an actress, known for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Johnny English Reborn (2011) and Valmont (1989). She has been married to Julian Glover since September 28, 1968. They have one child.
35. Hywel Bennett
Actor | Neverwhere
Hywel Bennett was born on April 8, 1944 in Garnant, Carmarthenshire, Wales as Hywel Thomas Bennett. He was an actor, known for Neverwhere (1996), Twisted Nerve (1968) and The Family Way (1966). He was married to Sandra Layne Fulford and Cathy McGowan. He died on July 25, 2017 in Deal, Kent, England.
36. Kate Buffery
Actress | Wish Me Luck
Kate Buffery was born on July 23, 1957 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Katherine Rose Buffery. She is an actress and writer, known for Wish Me Luck (1987), Trial & Retribution (1997) and The Rainbow (1988). She was previously married to Roger Michell.
38. Robert Beatty
Actor | 2001: A Space Odyssey
Robert Beatty graduated with a B.A. from the University of Toronto and started in amateur dramatics with the Hamilton Player's Guild. For a while, he made a living as a cashier for a gas and fuel company. In order to further hone his acting skills, he made his way to London in 1936 (on the advice of...
39. Norman Bird
Actor | The Lord of the Rings
Norman Bird was born on October 30, 1924 in Coalville, Leicestershire, England as John George Norman Bird. He was an actor, known for The Lord of the Rings (1978), Cash on Demand (1961) and The Avengers (1961). He was married to Nona Blair. He died on April 22, 2005 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands,...
41. Peter Barkworth
Actor | Where Eagles Dare
Peter Barkworth was born on January 14, 1929 in Margate, Kent, England as Peter Wynn Barkworth. He was an actor, known for Where Eagles Dare (1968), Patton (1970) and BBC2 Play of the Week (1977). He died on October 21, 2006 in Hampstead, London, England.
42. Theodore Bikel
Actor | The Defiant Ones
Theodore Bikel is one of the most versatile and respected actors and performers of his generation. A master of languages, dialects and accents, he has played every sort of film villain and semi-bad guy imaginable, and always adds depth, dimension and even sympathy to characters that would end up as...
44. Faith Brook
Actress | The Razor's Edge
Faith Brook was born on February 16, 1922 in York, England. She was an actress, known for The Razor's Edge (1984), Eye of the Needle (1981) and ffolkes (1980). She was married to Charles Moffett and Michael Horowitz. She died on March 11, 2012 in London, England.
45. Michael Bryant
Actor | Nicholas and Alexandra
Michael Bryant was born on April 5, 1928 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), The Ruling Class (1972) and Hamlet (1996). He was married to Judith Coke and Josephine Martin. He died on April 25, 2002 in Richmond, London.
47. Sian Brooke
Actress | Sherlock
Sian Brooke is a British actress, known for portraying Laura in All About George, Lori in Cape Wrath, and Eurus Holmes in Sherlock. Sian Elizabeth Phillips was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England and is the youngest of three siblings. She took on a stage name to avoid confusion with fellow ...
49. Jennifer Bassey
Actress | 27 Dresses
Emmy Award-nominated Jennifer Bassey became a contract player on ABC TV's All My Children (1970) in the summer of 1998, after having portrayed borderline nymphomaniac "Marian Colby", since the early eighties. Jennifer was born in Chicago. Her first job in entertainment was as a singing Playboy ...
50. Alan Bridges
Director | American Playhouse
Alan Bridges was born on September 28, 1927 in Liverpool, England as Alan James Stuart Bridges. He was a director and producer, known for American Playhouse (1981), The Hireling (1973) and Out of Season (1975). He was married to Ann Castle. He died on December 7, 2013 in the UK.
Actor | Country Life
Michael Blakemore was born on June 18, 1928 in Sydney, Australia as Michael Howell Blakemore. He is an actor and director, known for Country Life (1994), Great Performances (1971) and A Personal History of the Australian Surf (1981). He is married to Tanya McCallin.
52. Susan Batson
Actress | Summer of Sam
Actor, writer, director, producer, teacher, and coach Susan Batson has been called a "technician of the spirit" by the New Yorker. In private consultation on film sets all over the world, and in her New York- and Hollywood- based Black Nexxus acting studios, Susan Batson has enjoyed the privilege ...
53. Diane Beck
Actress | First Time Loser
Diane Beck was born in Stockport, 28th February 1976. Aged 18 Diane attended RADA and studied on the 3 year Acting course.
Her stage career including work at the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Young Vic London, Statford Upon Avon, Tokyo Japan, New Haven NY Festival; Jo in 'The Good Hope' at ...
54. Frith Banbury
Director | Theatre Night
Frith Banbury was born on May 4, 1912 in Plymouth, Devon, England as Frederick Harold Frith Banbury. He was an actor and director, known for Theatre Night (1957), The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and ITV Television Playhouse (1955). He died on May 14, 2008 in London, England.
56. Michael Bogdanov
Writer | Julius Caesar
Michael Bogdanov was born on December 15, 1938 in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales as Michael Bogdin. He was a writer and director, known for Julius Caesar (1988), The Tempest in Butetown (1997) and The Wars of the Roses (1965). He was married to Ulrike Engelbrecht and Patricia Ann Warwick. He died on April...
60. Alan Bates
Actor | Gosford Park
Alan Bates decided to be an actor at age 11. After grammar school in Derbyshire, he earned a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. Following two years in the Royal Air Force, he joined the new English Stage Company at the Royal Court Theatre. His West End debut in 1956, at 22...
61. David Bailie
David Bailie was born in 1937 in South Africa, going to boarding school in Swaziland and emigrating to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with his family in 1952.
His first acting experience soon after school in 1955, was an amateur production of 'Doctor in the House' which persuaded him he wanted to be an ...
62. Kenneth Branagh
Actor | Henry V
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...
63. Brendan Bradley
Actor | Non-Transferable
Recognized internationally as the "Staples Guy" national spokesperson and for over 100 digital shorts and sketches as "the nicest douchebag on the internet" (Hypable.com), native North Carolinian Brendan Bradley began performing and producing theater as a teenager. While attending New York ...
64. Bernard Bresslaw
Actor | Krull
A RADA scholar who was spotted by Laurence Olivier, Bernard Bresslaw got professional security from the "Carry On" films but was typecast (as TV's The Army Game (1957) had done earlier). He was beginning to extend himself through stage work when, in 1993, just before a performance in "The Taming Of...
Actor | King John
Herbert Beerbohm Tree was born on December 17, 1852 in Kensington, London, England as Herbert Draper Beerbohm. He was an actor and director, known for King John (1899), Henry VIII (1911) and The Tempest (1905). He was married to Lady Tree. He died on July 2, 1917 in Marylebone, London.
66. Pamela Brown
Actress | Cleopatra
Pamela Brown trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Her first appearance was as "Juliet" in "Romeo and Juliet" at Stratford-on-Avon in 1936. She followed this with a variety of roles for the Old Vic Company in London. She appeared on Broadway in the 1947 production of "The Importance ...
Stunts | Hotel Babylon
Ekaterina Botziou is a British actress and writer of mixed European background; her father is Greek and her mother is English with Irish, French and distant Russian and Polish ancestry.
Born in Leigh-on-Sea, Ekaterina began showing an interest in performing arts from a young age, writing and ...
68. John Barron
John Barron was born on Christmas Eve, 1920. A kind godfather paid his training fees at RADA in 1938. During the war, he served in the Navy, then returned to acting after demob, mostly in rep. productions. He soon became a theatre director, and directed Leonard Rossiter in numerous productions ...
69. Will Bowden
Actor | Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
Will was always interested in Acting but some say he went round the houses to get there. After a Modelling career that took him all over the world, where he ended up working with such prestigious photographers such as Bruce Weber and Arthur Elgort. Eventually after living out of a suitcase for ...
70. David Bowles
Producer | Axa
David Bowles is an established British Actor with an international portfolio and known for his strong character portrayals. Elected to BAFTA in 2002, and with his earlier formative years studying drama in England, America, and later with RADA in London, his roles span contemporary, period, and ...
71. Heinz Bernard
Actor | Masada
Heinz Bernard grew up as a Jewish child in Nuremburg in Nazi Germany. He attended a school in Furth which was the only Jewish school allowed to operate in the region. Henry Kissinger's father taught Biology at the school and Henry was in the year above Heinz at school. Following a parliamentary ...
Writer | Doctor Who
Christopher H. Bidmead was born in 1941. He trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and pursued this career for a number of years, winning many roles on stage, television (he was a regular in Emergency-Ward 10 (1957)) and radio (including numerous episodes of the BBC's "...
73. Sylvie Bolioli
Actress | Gas
Sylvie was born December 20, 1964 in Menton (France) where she spent her childhood. She started her career in show business at an early age. She wrote, directed, produced and acted in her first play when she was only nine years old. She then joined the "Jeune Theatre du Soleil" where she toured the...
75. Sean Bean
Sean Bean's career since the eighties spans theatre, 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 ...
76. Iain Glen
Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, who was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of...
Actor | Pride & Prejudice
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 ...
78. Ciarán Hinds
Actor | The Woman in Black
Ciarán Hinds was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on February 9, 1953. He was one of five children and the only son. His father was a doctor who hoped to have Ciarán follow in his footsteps, but that was not to be. It was his mother Moya, an amateur actress, who was the real influence behind his ...
79. 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 (...
80. Ioan Gruffudd
Actor | Fantastic Four
Ioan Gruffudd was born on October 6, 1973 in Cardiff, Wales, UK to educators Gillian (James) and Peter Gruffudd. He has a brother, Alun, who is two years younger and a sister, Siwan, who is seven years younger. He got his start at age 13 in the Welsh soap opera Pobol y Cwm (1974). He attended the ...
81. Mem Ferda
Actor | The Devil's Double
Mem Ferda is an established British Screen Actor and International Award Winning Film Producer with over 24 years industry experience. Born October 1963, in South West London, this talented son of a Turkish Agricultural Minister became fascinated with the art of acting from a very young age. Having...
82. 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...
83. David Morrissey
Actor | The Other Boleyn Girl
David Morrissey started acting at Everyman's Youth Theatre in Liverpool, where he was born and raised. He made an auspicious debut in One Summer (1983), a series about two Liverpool runaways. Following a degree at RADA, he worked with the theatre company Cheek By Jowl. He has also worked at theatre...
84. Erika Slezak
Actress | One Life to Live
Erika Slezak was born on August 5, 1946 in Hollywood, California, USA as Erika Alma Hermina Slezak. She is an actress, known for One Life to Live (1968), One Life to Live (2013) and Full Circle (1996). She has been married to Brian Davies since August 4, 1978. They have two children. She was ...
85. Abigail Thaw
Actress | Caring for the Recently Deceased
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...
87. Nigel Whitmey
Actor | The 51st State
Nigel Whitmey was born in Alberta, Canada, his family having emigrated there from Liverpool, England, where his father had been employed as a dock worker. He came to London in the mid-1980s to study drama at RADA and here he met actress Abigail Thaw, daughter of John, whom he married in 1986. He ...
88. 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), ...
89. Janet McTeer
Actress | Albert Nobbs
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 "...
90. Jonathan Pryce
Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies
From Holywell to Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales, internationally regarded as one of the greatest on both stage and screen. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly ...
91. Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Actress | Belle
Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...
92. Timothy Spall
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 ...
93. David Warner
David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He was born out of wedlock and often accepted to be raised by each of his parents, eventually settling with his father and stepmother. His father changed jobs often and moved ...
94. 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.
95. Ben Cross
Actor | Star Trek
Ben Cross was born Harry Bernard Cross on December 16, 1947, in London, England. He began acting at a very young age and participated in grammar school plays -- most notably playing "Jesus" in a school pageant at age 12.
Ben left home and school at age 15 and worked various jobs, including work as a...
96. John Gielgud
Actor | Arthur
Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...
97. Glenda Jackson
Actress | A Touch of Class
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in ...
98. 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, ...
99. Tom Hughes
Actor | Cemetery Junction
Cheshire-born - in 1986 - Tom Hughes attended Upton High School and even before going to RADA had a wealth of acting experience with the Cheshire Youth Theatre, the Jigsaw Music Group, the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre and the Belgian company Victoria. He even managed to find time to play in a ...
100. L.R. Raven
L. R. Raven is an American born (international) actor, composer, writer, bronze sculptor and oil painter. As an actor (theater, television and film), he is renowned for his ability to combine both drama and empathy into a disarming charm. As a composer, his music's character ranges between a dark ...