BLACK BRITISH ACTORS

by Jake279 | created - 22 Mar 2013 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

Pretty self-explanatory. The top black/mixed race actors and actresses from Britain

1. 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, Finding Dory, Star Trek: Beyond, The Jungle Book, Hobbs and Shaw

2. 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, Westworld (TV Series), The Death and Life of John F Donovan, Crash

3. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor 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 (2002), the ...

Known for: Doctor Strange, The Lion King, 12 Years A Slave, The Martian

4. Naomie Harris

Actress | Moonlight

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: Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spectre, Moonlight

5. David Oyelowo

Actor | Selma

David Oyelowo (pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh"), is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.

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Known For: Selma, God Particle, Chaos Walking, Gringo

6. John Boyega

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

John Boyega is a British actor, known for playing Finn in Star Wars: 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 as Finn in the ...

Known for: Star Wars, Pacific Rim: Uprising, The Circle, Attack the Block

7. Letitia Wright

Actress | Black Panther

Letitia Wright is a British-Guyanese actress. She is known for her portrayal of Shuri in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, beginning in 2018 with Black Panther (2018) and Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and for the film Urban Hymn (2015). She has also starred in The Commuter (2018) and Ready Player One...

Known For: Black Panther, Ready Player One, Humans (TV show)

8. 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

9. 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 ...

Known for: A Wrinkle in Time, Cloverfield, Beauty and the Beast, God Particle, Belle

10. Hannah John-Kamen

Actress | Ant-Man and the Wasp

Hannah Dominique E. John-Kamen is a British actress. She is known for her roles as Dutch in the Syfy television series Killjoys, Ornela in the HBO series Game of Thrones, F'Nale Zandor in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, and Ghost in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Hannah was born in Beverley, Yorkshire, ...

Known for: Ant-man and the Wasp, Ready Player One, Tomb Raider

11. Carmen Ejogo

Actress | Selma

Carmen Elizabeth Ejogo was born in Kensington, London, England, to a Nigerian father and a Scottish mother. Her television career began in the United Kingdom in the early 1990s, where she presented the children's series Saturday Disney (1990). Subsequently, she has had an acting career in the ...

Known For: Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle, Alien: Covenant, Selma

12. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo was born on August 11, 1968 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hotel Rwanda (2004), Æon Flux (2005) and After Earth (2013).

Known for: Christopher Robin, Hellboy, After Earth, Aeon Flux, Hotel Rwanda

13. Cynthia Erivo

Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale

Cynthia Erivo is an actress, known for Bad Times at the El Royale (2018), Step (2017) and Harriet (2019).

Known for: Chaos Walking, Bad Times at the El Royale, Widows, Harriet, Needle in a Timestack

14. Lashana Lynch

Actress | Brotherhood

Lashana Lynch is an actress, known for Brotherhood (2016) and Fast Girls (2012).

Known for: Captain Marvel, Y: The Last Man (TV Series), Bulletproof (TV Series)

15. Naomi Ackie

Actress | Lady Macbeth

Naomi Ackie is an actress, known for Lady Macbeth (2016), The Five (2016) and Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).

Known for: Star Wars: Episode 9

16. Ella Balinska

Actress | Charlie's Angels

Actress Ella Balinska, known for playing Nyela in Nyela's Dream (2019) on Sky One and Grace Briggs in Midsomer Murders (1997), lives between London and Los Angeles. Balinska trained at the Guildford School of Acting and acquired her combat skills with the Academy of Performance Combat. She ...

Known For: Charlie's Angels (2019)

17. Damson Idris

Actor | Snowfall

Damson Idris is a British television, theatre and film actor.

He was born in 1991 in Peckham, London. The last born of six children (3 brothers and 2 sisters) and raised by a single mother, he discovered his passion for acting whilst studying at Brunel University. There he attained a BA Honors ...

Known For: Farming, Snowfall (TV Series)

18. Michaela Coel

Actress | Chewing Gum

Michaela was born on October 1st 1987 as Michaela Boakye-Collinson to Ghanaian parents and brought up in Tower Hamlets by her mother, a devout member of the Pentecostal church who instilled her religion into Michaela and her sister - something that she would later draw on for her play 'Chewing Gum ...

Known For: Chewing Gum (TV Series), Been So Long, Black Mirror (TV Series)

19. Georgina Campbell

Actress | Murdered by My Boyfriend

Georgina Campbell is an actress, known for Murdered by My Boyfriend (2014) and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword (2017).

Known for: Black Mirror (TV Series), Krypton (TV Series)

20. Lennie James

Actor | The Walking Dead

Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they ...

Known For: Walking Dead (TV Series), Snatch, Get On Up, Columbiana

21. Nathalie Emmanuel

Actress | Furious Seven

Nathalie Emmanuel is an English actress, known for her role as Missandei on the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011) and Ramsey in Furious 7 (2015).

Nathalie was born in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England, to a father of Saint Lucian and English descent and a mother of Dominican origin. Nathalie ...

Known for: Fast and Furious 8, Game of Thrones (TV Series), The Titan, The Maze Runner: The Death Cure

22. Ricky Whittle

Actor | Austenland

Ricky was born in Oldham, Lancashire. His father was in the Royal Air Force which meant travelling the world to different bases. Ricky was scouted to play as a professional footballer for Arsenal and Celtic football clubs but this was thwarted by injury and instead he went to Southampton University...

Known For: American Gods (TV Series), The 100 (TV Series)

23. Jessica Sula

Actress | Split

Jessica Sula was born on May 3, 1994 in Gorseinon, Swansea, Wales. She is an actress, known for Split (2016), The Lovers (2017) and Love & Marriage (2013).

Known For: Godless (TV Series), Skins (TV Series)

24. Alfred Enoch

Actor | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Alfred Lewis Enoch was born December 2, 1988 in Westminster, London, England, the son of English actor William Russell (William Russell Enoch) and Brazilian doctor Balbina Gutierrez. He is an actor, known for his role as Dean Thomas in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) (2001), Harry ...

Known For: Harry Potter, How To Get Away With Murder (TV Series)

25. Nonso Anozie

Actor | Conan the Barbarian

Nonso Anozie was born on May 28, 1979 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Conan the Barbarian (2011), Cinderella (2015) and Ender's Game (2013).

Known for: Cinderella, Ender's Game, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

26. David Harewood

Actor | Blood Diamond

David Harewood was born on December 8, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He is an actor, known for Blood Diamond (2006), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Homeland (2011). He has been married to Kirsty Handy since February 26, 2013. They have two children.

Known for: Blood Diamond, Tulip Fever, Supergirl (TV Series), Homeland (TV Series)

27. Marianne Jean-Baptiste

Actress | Without a Trace

Marianne Jean-Baptiste was born on April 26, 1967 in London, England as Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste. She is an actress and director, known for Without a Trace (2002), Secrets & Lies (1996) and Spy Game (2001). She has been married to Evan Williams since 1997. They have two children.

Known For: Broadchurch (TV Series), ER (TV Series), Without A Trace (TV Series), Won't Back Down

28. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor | Lost

Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...

Known for: Suicide Squad, Thor: The Dark World, The Bourne Identity, Annie

29. Delroy Lindo

Actor | Get Shorty

On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore. Alhough it was not his first film role, his portrayal of the bipolar numbers boss West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) is what first attracted attention to Lindo's ...

Known for:Up, Gone In Sixty Seconds, Romeo Must Die

30. Colin Salmon

Actor | Resident Evil

Colin Salmon is one of Britain's most renowned actors. With a bold voice and posture, Colin makes his characters a favorite among audiences for every role he plays. He made his feature debut as Sgt. Robert Oswald in the British mega-hit mini-series Prime Suspect 2 (1992), which gave him much ...

Known For: Arrow (TV Series), Resident Evil, Alien Vs Predator, James Bond franchise

31. Peter Mensah

Actor | Jason X

Peter Mensah has been doing martial arts since he was 6 years old, growing up in St. Albans, England, just north of London. A former engineer, Mensah came to Canada 11 years ago. He'd worked for British Gas developing gas fields at Morecambe Bay and had done theatre in school. He comes from an ...

Known for: 300: Rise of an Empire, The Incredible Hulk, Avatar, Spartacus (TV Series)

32. Tracy Ifeachor

Actress | Doctor Who

Tracy Ifeachor was born and raised in the sea-side city of Plymouth in Devonshire, England. After being crowned Senior Verse Speaking Champion of the South-West at the age of 15, Tracy was keen to go to drama school to study acting but her father, a Professor of Electronic engineering, an ...

Known for: Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series), The Originals (TV Series)

33. Aml Ameen

Actor | The Maze Runner

Aml Ameen is a British actor in film, theatre and television. Hailing from North London, the son of Caribbean parents, Aml burst onto UK cinema screens with his standout performance as "Trife" in the cult classic, feature indie film, Kidulthood. His performance earned him a nomination for 'Best ...

Known For: Sense8 (TV Series), The Maze Runner, The Butler

34. Hugh Quarshie

Actor | Highlander

Hugh Quarshie was born on December 22, 1954 in Accra, Ghana as Hugh Antony Kobna Quarshie. He is an actor and director, known for Highlander (1986), Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and Nightbreed (1990). He is married to Annika Sundström.

Known for: Star Wars Franchise

35. Franz Drameh

Actor | Edge of Tomorrow

Franz Alhusaine Drameh was born on 5 January, 1993 in London, England, UK. He is a Gambian British actor. His film debut was in Clint Eastwood's fantasy drama, Hereafter (2010). He also appeared in British film Attack the Block (2011) and the blockbuster Edge of Tomorrow (2014). He stars as ...

Known For: Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series), The Edge of Tomorrow, Attack the Block

36. Marsha Thomason

Actress | Safe House

Marsha Thomason was born and raised in Manchester, England. Her love for acting began after watching the musical "Bugsy Malone". Soon after, aged 12, she joined Oldham Theatre Workshop, where she performed many diverse stage plays, including "Our Day Out" by Willy Russell and "Peace" by Aristophanes...

Known for: White Collar (TV series), Lost (TV Series), Las Vegas (TV Series)

37. Maisie Richardson-Sellers

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Maisie Richardson-Sellers was born on March 2, 1992 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015), Legends of Tomorrow (2016) and The Originals (2013).

Known For: Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series), The Originals (TV Series)

38. Richard Ayoade

Writer | Submarine

Richard Ellef Ayoade was born in Hammersmith, and grew up in Suffolk, in England, the son of a Norwegian mother, Dagny Amalie (Baassuik), and a Nigerian father, Layide Ade Laditi Ayoade. He studied Law at Cambridge university, and followed in the footsteps of British Comedy legends like Monty ...

Known For: The Boxtrolls, The Double, The Watch

39. Ashley Walters

Actor | Speed Racer

Ashley Walters was born on June 30, 1982 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Speed Racer (2008), Bullet Boy (2004) and Goal! The Dream Begins (2005).

Known For: Get Rich Or Die Tryin', Take Down

40. Freema Agyeman

Actress | Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Sense8 (2015).

Known for: Dr Who (TV Series), Law and Order UK (TV Series)

41. Ashley Madekwe

Actress | How to Lose Friends & Alienate People

Ashley Madekwe was born on December 6, 1981 in London, England as Ashley Ifeoma Madekwe. She is an actress, known for How to Lose Friends & Alienate People (2008), Salem (2014) and Cassandra's Dream (2007). She has been married to Iddo Goldberg since June 17, 2012.

Known for: How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, Revenge (TV Series), Salem (TV series), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV Series)

42. Zawe Ashton

Actress | Blitz

Zawe was born on 21st July 1984 in Hackney, London, to two teachers, Ugandan Victoria and English Paul, and had her first acting experience at the age of six as a member of the Anna Scher Theatre school in Islington. After leaving the City and Islington College in London - where she was an A ...

Known for: St Trinian's 2, Fresh Meat (TV Series)

43. Antonia Thomas

Actress | Sunshine on Leith

Antonia Thomas is an English actress. She is best known for her work in the TV series Misfits, Lovesick and the The Good Doctor.

She studied for a Bachelor of Arts in acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, graduating in 2009, and then joined the National Youth Theatre.

Her acting debut was in ...

Known For: Misfits (TV Series), Survivor

44. Eamonn Walker

Actor | Oz

Eamonn Walker was born on June 12, 1962 in London, England as Eamonn Roderique Walker. He is an actor, known for Oz (1997), Unbreakable (2000) and Lord of War (2005). He is married to Sandra Walker. They have three children.

Known For: Cadillac Records, Unbreakable, Tears of the Sun



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