BLACK BRITISH ACTORSby Jake279 | created - 22 Mar 2013 | updated - 1 month 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
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
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: Doctor Strange, The Lion King, 12 Years A Slave, The Martian
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: Skyfall, Pirates of the Caribbean, Spectre, Moonlight
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.
Known For: Selma, God Particle, Chaos Walking, Gringo
6. John Boyega
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, The Circle, Attack the Block
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)
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
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
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 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: Christopher Robin, Hellboy, After Earth, Aeon Flux, Hotel Rwanda
13. Cynthia Erivo
Actress | Bad Times at the El Royale
Known for: Chaos Walking, Bad Times at the El Royale, Widows, Harriet, Needle in a Timestack
14. Lashana Lynch
Actress | Brotherhood
Lashana Lynch (born 27 November 1987) is a British actress. She plays the leading role of Rosaline in the ABC period drama series Still Star-Crossed.
Lynch is a graduate of the BA Acting course at ArtsEd drama school in London. She made her film debut in the 2011 drama film Fast Girls. She later ...
Known for: Captain Marvel, Y: The Last Man (TV Series), Bulletproof (TV Series)
15. Naomi Ackie
Actress | Lady Macbeth
Known for: Star Wars: Episode 9
16. O-T Fagbenle
Actor | The Handmaid's Tale
Named one of backstage magazines 30 actors to watch, this year O-T Fagbenle has gone on to be cast as series regular Luke, opposite Elisabeth Moss, on HULU's The Handmaid's Tale, also starring Joseph Fiennes and directed by Reed Morano. This will be the second time that O-T has worked with Reed, ...
Known For: Black Widow, The Handmaid's Tale (TV Series)
17. Ella Balinska
Actress | Charlie's Angels
Actress Ella Balinska, known for her leading roles in Charlie's Angels (2019), Run Sweetheart Run, 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 previously attended the Arts ...
Known For: Charlie's Angels (2019)
18. 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)
19. 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)
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. 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)
Actress | Murdered by My Boyfriend
Known for: Black Mirror (TV Series), Krypton (TV Series)
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
24. Jessica Sula
Actress | Split
Jessica Sula (born 3 May 1994) is a British actress known for playing the character Grace Blood in the third generation of the British television series Skins and for her role in the M. Night Shyamalan-directed horror film Split (2016).
Sula was born in Swansea to Trinidadian mother Shurla Blades...
Known For: Godless (TV Series), Skins (TV Series)
25. Alfred Enoch
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)
26. Nonso Anozie
Actor | Cinderella
Known for: Cinderella, Ender's Game, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
27. David Harewood
Actor | Blood Diamond
David Harewood was born on December 8, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He is an actor and director, known for Blood Diamond (2006), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Supergirl (2015). 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)
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
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
30. 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
31. 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
32. 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)
33. 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)
34. Aml Ameen
Actor | Yardie
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
35. 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
36. Franz Drameh
Actor | Attack the Block
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
37. Marsha Thomason
Actress | White Collar
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)
Maisie Richardson-Sellers (born 2 March 1992) is an English actress. She is known for her recurring role as Rebekah Mikaelson / Eva Sinclair on The CW series The Originals, as well as her starring roles as King Saul of Israel's daughter Michal in the ABC Biblical series Of Kings and Prophets and as...
Known For: Legends of Tomorrow (TV Series), The Originals (TV Series)
39. 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
40. Ashley Walters
Actor | Speed Racer
Known For: Get Rich Or Die Tryin', Take Down
41. Freema Agyeman
Actress | Doctor Who
Known for: Dr Who (TV Series), Law and Order UK (TV Series)
42. Ashley Madekwe
Actress | How to Lose Friends & Alienate People
Ashley Madekwe (born 6 December 1983) is an English actress. She is known for her roles as call girl Bambi in the ITV2 series Secret Diary of a Call Girl, social climber Ashley Davenport on the ABC drama series Revenge and the witch Tituba in the WGN America series Salem.
Madekwe was born in South ...
Known for: How To Lose Friends and Alienate People, Revenge (TV Series), Salem (TV series), Secret Diary of a Call Girl (TV Series)
43. Zawe Ashton
Actress | Velvet Buzzsaw
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)
44. Antonia Thomas
Actress | The Good Doctor
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
45. Eamonn Walker
Actor | Unbreakable
Eamonn Walker was born on June 12, 1962 in London, England as Eamonn Roderique Walker. He is an actor, known for Unbreakable (2000), Oz (1997) and Lord of War (2005). He is married to Sandra Walker. They have three children.
Known For: Cadillac Records, Unbreakable, Tears of the Sun