The Ruling Classby LaurenceBranagh | created - 01 Jan 2016 | updated - 01 Jan 2016 | Public
My re-cast of the 1972 film.
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 ...
Jack Arnold Alexander Tancred Gurney - 14th Earl of Gurney
2. Ian McKellen
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 (...
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 ...
Ian McDiarmid was born on August 11, 1944 in Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland. He studied for a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre. He went to the Royal Academy in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious gold...
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 ...
Ralph Gurney - 13th Earl of Gurney
6. 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 ...
Sir Charles Gurney
7. Judy Davis
Actress | The Dressmaker
Davis was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She found international success with the role of Adela Quested in A Passage to India (1984). Her performance was nominated an Academy Award for Best...
Lady Claire Gurney
8. 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:...
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 ...
10. Roger Allam
Actor | V for Vendetta
Roger Allam was born on October 26, 1953 in London, England. He is an actor, known for V for Vendetta (2005), Speed Racer (2008) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006). He is married to Rebecca Saire. They have two children.
11. Martin Freeman
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 ...
12. Jim Carter
Actor | Transformers: The Last Knight
Jim Carter was born on August 19, 1948 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England as James Edward Carter. He is an actor, known for Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Downton Abbey (2010). He has been married to Imelda Staunton since October 1983. They have one child.
Matthew Peake, the Lawyer
13. Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton was born on January 9, 1956 in Archway, London, England as Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Pride (2014). She has been married to Jim Carter since October 1983. ...
14. Ruth Sheen
Actress | Another Year
Mrs. Pamela Treadwell
15. Mark Williams
Mark Williams was born on August 22, 1959 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). He is married to Dianne Williams. They...
16. Freddie Jones
Actor | Dune
The British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on a scholarship. ...
The Lord Chancellor
17. Michael Cochrane
Actor | The Saint
He may not be a true household name, but Michael Cochrane's face is a familiar one to British Television viewers.
Cochrane's resume is an impressive one. He has starred in almost every long-running mainstream British television show since the 1970s.
Versatile and balanced, understated and elegant, ...
18. Gerard Horan
Actor | Beauty and the Beast
Gerard Horan was born on November 11, 1962 in Stockport, Cheshire, England as Gerard James Pertwee Horan. He is an actor, known for Beauty and the Beast (2017), Frankenstein (1994) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993).
Actor | Gosford Park
Adrian Scarborough was born on May 10, 1968 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England as Adrian Philip Scarborough. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and The History Boys (2006). He is married to Rose Blackshaw. They have two children.
20. Dermot Keaney
Dermot Keaney was born on August 28, 1964 in Surrey, England. He is an actor, known for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) and Centurion (2010).
21. Tom Brooke
Actor | Preacher
Tom Brooke was born in 1979. He trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and lives in London. He is best known for his roles as the angel Fiore in AMC/Amazon Prime's 'Preacher', Bill Wiggins in the BBC's 'Sherlock' and Thick Kevin in Richard Curtis' film 'Pirate Radio', ...
Dr. Herder's Assistant
22. Victor McGuire
Actor | The Phantom of the Opera
Victor McGuire was born on March 17, 1964 in Liverpool, England. He is an actor, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998).
23. James Simmons
Actor | Les Misérables
24. Sara Stewart
Actress | Batman Begins
Sara was born and raised in Edinburgh Scotland. After spending some time in England, she trained at The Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and made London her home. Her work has been diverse, ranging from classical tragic heroines like "Natalya Petrovna" in Turgenyev's "Month in the ...
25. Jimmy Yuill
Actor | Much Ado About Nothing
26. Greg Ellis
Greg Ellis is an Emmy Award® nominated actor ('24' ensemble) and Annie Award nominated voice actor with an international career that spans stage, screen, television, voice-over and the recording arts.
On the big screen Greg Ellis is best known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Commander Groves in the ...
27. Richard Clifford
Actor | Justice League
Richard Clifford was born on June 11, 1955 in India as William Henry Richard Clifford. He is an actor and producer, known for Justice League (2017), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Frankenstein (1994).
28. Patrick Ryecart
Actor | The King's Speech
Patrick Ryecart was born on May 9, 1952 in England as Patrick Geoffrey Ryecart. He is an actor, known for The King's Speech (2010), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and The Escape Artist (2013). He was previously married to Marsha Fitzalan.
29. Tom Georgeson
Actor | A Fish Called Wanda
30. Conan Stevens
A 7 foot tall extremely muscular and fit Australian of English/German ancestry, Conan is possibly the only Professional Wrestling Champion title holder to concurrently work in the Ballet, in Graeme Murphy's "Berlin" with Sydney Dance Company for not only the full season but also an additional five ...
The Thing in the Vision