British martial artists in film and TV

by sajmeister2000 | created - 27 Jul 2013 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

A list of some British martial artists in films and TV that we may or may not know about - this list consists of a mix of both actors and stunt people and it is in no particular order. Do suggest other names if you know of any that I have missed out. Thank you.

PS. My reason for making this list is to help people who need stunt performers and martial artists in their films and video projects.

1. Scott Adkins

Actor | Doctor Strange

Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England, into a family that for generations were butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by their parents, John and Janet (Sanders) Adkins, in a loving middle-class family. Scott attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar ...

2. Gary Daniels

Actor | The Expendables

Action film star Gary Daniels was a real-life kick-boxing champion. With rugged good-looks, a muscular build and a charming personality, it was a natural for him to move from the world of fighting to that of acting.

Born Gary Edward Daniels on May 9, 1963 in Woking, Surrey, England, Daniels was a ...

3. Ray Park

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Raymond Park was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He moved with his parents, younger brother and sister to London, England. He was raised in London from the age of seven. His father introduced him into Martial Arts from a young age. Ray always wanted to be in the movies, or be like the heroes in movies ...

4. Sophia Crawford

Stunts | Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

Sophia Crawford was born in Hammersmith, London, and is one of Triplets. She left England in 1986 and took an incredible journey on a bus overland from London to India. After spending some time in India and Nepal, Sophia headed to Thailand, where she began her movie career. At first she was an ...

5. Adrian Paul

Actor | Nine Miles Down

With over 30 films and 200 hours of television experience, versatility, discipline and a solid work ethic have been the underpinnings of Adrian's very successful 30-year acting career. Internationally recognized for his role as Duncan Macleod, in Highlander-The Series", Adrian has also produced and...

6. 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 ...

7. Darren Shahlavi

Actor | Alone in the Dark

Darren Shahlavi started his training at the age of 7. He traveled to Hong Kong where he began his movie career, mostly as an actor, stunt double and later as a villain in the early 1990s.

Later he made the step from Hong Kong to Western cinema. His resume is growing and now he has had the ...

8. Jon Foo

Actor | Tekken

Jon Foo was born October 30th, 1982 in London England. He is known for his roles in The Protector (2005) Tekken (2010) WEAPONiZED (2016) and Rush Hour (2016) . He studied Art and Design, excelled in sports and took up a career in Film, with his main body of work existing in London, Thailand, Hong ...

9. Dean Alexandrou

Stunts | RED 2

Dean Alexandrou was born on February 2, 1983. He is known for his work on RED 2 (2013), The Protector (2005) and Razed (2013).

10. Daniel O'Neill

Stunts | Bangkok Adrenaline

Daniel O'Neill is a British born Martial Arts Action Actor, known mainly for his role as 'Dan' in Bangkok Adrenaline and for his role as the Fixer in the movie 'Fixer'. After watching many Hong Kong action movies as a child, Daniel became very fond of Jackie Chan and saw him as a role model. Daniel...

11. Angus Macfadyen

Actor | Equilibrium

Attended the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland and the Central School of Speech and Drama, London, England.

12. Chloé Bruce

Stunts | Blade Runner 2049

Chloe began her training at the age of 8 after watching her brother training. She began with Tang Soo Do and at the age of 9 she was told that she was better than average. Ath the age of 10 she was already competing and won her first WKA British title at the age of 12. She was also selected to ...

13. Mike Lambert

Stunts | The Bourne Ultimatum

Mike had a wish to be a stuntman since he was a kid growing up with television programs such as The A-Team and martial arts movies. Mike got involved with martial arts at the age of 13. He started practicing Tae Kwon Do, Boxing and Kickboxing, and went to compete. Talented as he is he won many ...

14. Silvio Simac

Actor | Transporter 3

Silvio Simac, was born in Croatia. A dedicated martial artist, Silvio trained in Taekwondo and became a world champion during his competitive years. His film career began in 2001 on an episode of Lexx (1997). Silvio's martial arts background served him well for a part in the action film Undisputed ...

15. Buster Reeves

Stunts | The Dark Knight

Buster started training at the tender age of eleven in traditional Wado Ryu karate and moved into freestyle, a move which would map out his life for the better. Under the guidance of his Instructors he claimed the British junior title and a place in the "Guinness Book of Records" for the most kicks...

16. Nicola Berwick

Stunts | Die Another Day

Nicola Berwick was born on December 24, 1978 in Rochford, Essex, England. She is known for her work on Die Another Day (2002), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) and Skyfall (2012).

17. Neil Rayment

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

Neil Rayment was born on May 14, 1970 in Minster, England. He is an actor, known for The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Enter the Matrix (2003) and Intergalactic Combat (2007).

18. Adrian Rayment

Actor | The Matrix Reloaded

Adrian Rayment was born on May 14, 1970 in Minster, England. He is an actor, known for The Matrix Reloaded (2003), Enter the Matrix (2003) and Intergalactic Combat (2007).

19. Brendan Carr

Actor | Ten Dead Men

Born on the UK Coastline in Great Yarmouth England with his home town being Lowestoft.

He trained at Stagecoach School of Performing Arts while attending regular school at The Grange in his home town of Aylesbury.

He began his film career playing Eddie in a film short called Pure Vengeance alongside ...

20. Matt Routledge

Actor | The Medallion

Matt Routledge has been actively acting, directing and producing Martial Arts Videos since his first Nunchaku Instructional Video back in 1992. He successfully made several short films on a film-making course between 1993-5 including several TV screened works.

In 1997 he completed a three year ...

21. Neil Newbon

Actor | Stranded

Neil was born and grew up in Solihull, West Midlands, UK. He is the son of Sports Presenter and Producer Gary Newbon and Katie Newbon. He is the twin brother of Laurence Newbon and older brother of Claire Newbon. He is based in London and Los Angeles and works in Film, TV, Theatre and High profile ...

22. Joey Ansah

Actor | The Bourne Ultimatum

Joey Ansah was born in 1982 in Hammersmith, London, England, 2nd in line to an older brother, Ryan, 3 years his senior. He is of mixed ethnicity, with his mother Nicola, originating from Plymouth, Devon, England and his father Kofi, originally from Ghana, west Africa. Joey grew up and spent the ...

23. Cristian Solimeno

Director | Love

Cristian Solimeno was born on April 27, 1975 in London, England. He is an actor and director, known for Love (2008), The Glass Man (2011) and Rush (2013).

24. Mark Strange

Stunts | RED 2

Mark Strange's extensive experience in martial arts spans over 24 years. Drawing upon his considerable skills and natural performing style as a talented martial artist, Mark turned to acting and action performing and has worked on a number of feature films along side Jackie Chan, Cary Tagawa, ...

25. Nathan Lewis

Stunts | The Legend of Tarzan

Nathan Lewis is known for his work on The Legend of Tarzan (2016), Kick-Ass (2010) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014).

26. Leon Sua

Stunts | Furious 6

Leon Sua is known for his work on Furious 6 (2013), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Now You See Me 2 (2016).

27. Glenn Salvage

Actor | Never Let Go

Glenn Salvage was born in 1975 and brought up in Brighton, on England's south coast. A happy home life with his father, a painter and decorator, hairdresser mother and brother contrasted with a lack of enthusiasm for school life. He actively disliked drama classes at school because he was shy and ...

28. Beau Fowler

Actor | Express Delivery

Beau Fowler is an award-winning actor, writer and director. He is best known for directing and starring in the multi award-winning action comedy short film 'Express Delivery', and action directing the sci-fi thriller 'Narcopolis' starring Elliot Cowan & Jonathan Pryce. Born in Hammersmith 1981 to ...

29. Shane Steyn

Stunts | Wonder Woman

Shane Steyn was born on October 21, 1975 in South Africa. He is known for his work on Wonder Woman (2017), Les Misérables (2012) and Rush (2013).

30. Zara Phythian

Actress | Doctor Strange

Zara Phythian is known for her work on Doctor Strange (2016), Cannibals and Carpet Fitters (2017) and Morgan (2016).

31. William Mickleburgh

Actor | Underground

William was born in Bath, the third Son of Robert Mickleburgh, an original British Jazz Maestro of the 40s onwards (The Temperance Seven, The Bobcats, Humphrey Littleton). Although encouraged to pursue a music career, William pursued the craft of acting performance as his real interest, early signs...

32. Scott Houston

Stunts | Displaced

Scott Houston is known for his work on Displaced (2006), Outpost: Rise of the Spetsnaz (2013) and Redcon-1 (2018).

33. Warren Brown

Actor | Luther

Warren Brown is one of Britain's most illustrious actors and a former 2 x World Thai Boxing Champion. Following his performance in the BAFTA-winning, three-part event Occupation, appearing opposite Stephen Graham, Warren went on to star alongside Idris Elba as DS Ripley, the role for which he ...

34. Christian Howard

Stunts | The World's End

Christian Howard was born on May 4, 1984 in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The World's End (2013), Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist (2014) and Street Fighter: Resurrection (2016).

35. Cecily Fay

Actress | Warrioress

Cecily Fay was born on April 6, 1978 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England. She is known for her work on Warrioress (2015), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) and Prometheus (2012).

37. David Lea

Stunts | Batman

Dave lea started training in Martial arts in his early teens. He travelled the world learning from some of the Greatest Martial art Teachers he could find. Including Dan Inosanto who trained under Bruce Lee-Joseph Cheng of 'Wing Chun fame'. Learning all he could he also started doing TV work where ...

He was in Double Impact as the new Karate student that calls Van Damme a ballet teacher and is then asked to show one of those "special kicks" and then gets kicked in the face by Van Damme. Also he has the final fight against Sylvester Stallone in Tango And Cash right at the end while Kurt Russell fighst Brion James! Check him out!! - Sajmeister

38. David Cheung

Actor | Mortdecai

British actor David Cheung was born in London and first began acting at the age of 12 eventually studying at the prestigious Identity School of Acting. A featured role in Dragonball Z: The Saiyan Saga in 2013 led to additional roles alongside Johnny Depp in Mortdecai (2015), Street Fighter ...

40. Jude Poyer

Stunts | Grimsby

Jude Poyer is known for his work on The Brothers Grimsby (2016), The Medallion (2003) and Blood: The Last Vampire (2009).

41. Steve Coleman

Actor | The Proxy

Steve Coleman was born in 1981 (full name Steven Roy Coleman). He is a British trained actor from Kettering, England (UK). His primary discipline is Wushu in which has been British and European Wushu Champion, and World Chin Woo Champion. Steve began his acting and stunt career in 1999 appearing in...

42. Emma Elmes

Actress | The Blazing Cannons

Emma Elmes is known for her work on The Blazing Cannons (2017) and On the Ropes (2011).

43. Luke Goss

Actor | Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Luke Goss started his acting career playing 'Danny Zuko' in the smash hit musical Grease, on London's West End, and later toured with the production throughout the United Kingdom. He established himself as a screen actor in 2002 with performances in two very different features: David Goyer's ...

44. Mark Noyce

Producer | The Blazing Cannons

Mark Noyce is an English actor, writer, film director, producer and former world martial arts champion. Noyce appeared on the martial arts scene in the early 1980's competing in both the fighting and Kata divisions.

Noyce was born in Peterborough, England, the son of May Doreen (Bayford) and William...

45. Dave Legeno

Actor | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

A twin fisted existentialist, whose post-Nietzschian sensibilities reject the lantern of the cynic in a quest for a sun that leaves no shadow. He attended Dr Challoners Grammar School where he achieved 8 'o' levels, he then elected to work on demolition sites rather than continue his education to ...

46. Spencer Wilding

Actor | Rogue One

Spencer Wilding is a Welsh actor and special creature performer in the UK.

He is best known for his interpretation of strong and imposing characters, often using prosthetics and makeup. He has appeared in films and series like Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, the saga Harry Potter, Wrath of the Titans (...

48. 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 ...

49. Gary Wasniewski

Actor | After the Thunderstorm

Gary is a world famous martial artist. His film acting career started after being approached by a Hollywood film director while doing a seminar in Santa Monica,California. Gary is now an award winning film and stage actor/director in the USA,UK and worldwide. His handsome looks and screen presence ...

50. Matthew Marsden

Actor | Resident Evil: Extinction

British actor/singer/Producer Matthew Marsden began his acting career in the UK and rose to stardom from his role on the long-running ITV series Coronation Street (1960), as Chris Collins. He left the show to pursue a music and acting career in the US and hasn't looked back since.

Since moving to ...

51. Brian Sterling

Cinematographer | After the Dawn

Brian Sterling was born in 1959 in England. He is an actor and director, known for After the Dawn (2012), The Drive of Your Life (1997) and Robert Browne: The Rebel Who Inspired a Nation (2014).

52. Marc Edwards

Actor | Eliminators

Marc Edwards is an actor, known for Eliminators (2016), Green Street 3: Never Back Down (2013) and Street Fighter: Resurrection (2016).

53. Mike Fury

Stunts | The Thompsons

Mike Fury is a movie journalist, author and action choreographer. He wrote the book "Life of Action" featuring extensive interviews with prolific names from the action genres including Scott Adkins, Dolph Lundgren and Donnie Yen. Training in martial arts and fueled by a lifelong passion for cinema ...

54. Michael Walker

Actor | Green Street 3: Never Back Down

Michael Walker was born on February 9, 1981 in Brighton, England as Michael Kyzirakos. He is an actor, known for Green Street 3: Never Back Down (2013), The Scar Crow (2009) and The Message (2006).

55. Dean Williams

Stunts | We Still Kill the Old Way

Dean Williams is known for his work on We Still Kill the Old Way (2014), Enter the Cage (2016) and He Who Dares (2014).

56. Chuen Tsou

Stunts | Ready Player One

Chuen Tsou is known for his work on Ready Player One (2018), 47 Ronin (2013) and Kick-Ass 2 (2013).

57. Lee Charles

Stunts | Dracula Untold

Lee Charles is known for his work on Dracula Untold (2014), War, Inc. (2008) and The Anomaly (2014).

58. Winston Ellis

Actor | The Dark Knight

Winston Ellis was born as Winston George Ellis. He is known for his work on The Dark Knight (2008), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007).

59. Amed Hashimi

Actor | Predator Dark Ages

Following his recent tour for the highly reviewed show The Welcoming Party for the Manchester International Festival and the success of the award winning documentary Letters from Baghdad (Narrated by Tilda Swinton), Amed is constantly honing his craft and passion for acting.

After playing lead roles...

60. Ashley Virgil

Stunts | The Anomaly

Ashley Virgil was born in London, England. He is of mixed ethnicity half Ghanaian and Irish. Ashley has trained in Martial arts and acrobatics since the age of 6. Ashley has trained in Thailand as a Stuntman and has also Studied at The Tang Long school of Kung Fu and at the Ba Ji school in China.

61. Andrei Nazarenko

Stunts | 47 Ronin

Andrei Nazarenko is known for his work on 47 Ronin (2013), The Titan (2018) and Legendary (2013).

62. Stephen Suman Nathan

Stunts | Eliminators

Stephen Suman Nathan is known for his work on Eliminators (2016), Sanctuary (2014) and VSA (2018).

63. Cengiz Dervis

Actor | Knightfall

Cengiz Dervis was born in England. A former professional fighter (kickboxing / martial arts champion) who whilst competing trained as an actor initially in London followed by classes, courses and workshops in New York and LA.

Learning his craft working in student films along with fringe theatre ...

64. Dan Styles

Stunts | Accident Man

As the eldest of three children Dan has been play fighting for as long as he can remember. As a child he was a fan of WWF (now WWE) wrestling, martial arts films and historical epics. Through his teens and early 20s he trained in fencing, re-enactment fighting, martial arts, archery and was a ...

65. Jean-Paul Jesstiece

Stunts | Free Fire

Jean-Paul Jesstiece is known for his work on Free Fire (2016), Dracula Untold (2014) and Pan (2015).

66. Aaron Ly

Stunts | 47 Ronin

Aaron Ly is known for his work on 47 Ronin (2013), Redemption (2013) and Now You See Me 2 (2016).

67. Joe Hallett

Stunts | Viking Destiny

Joseph James Hallett was born on August 16th 1991 in Yeovil, Somerset, England. At the age of 7 years old he took up training in Martial Arts predominantly Freestyle Kickboxing. After his first class in this combat sport he never looked back. He started travelling the country entering numerous ...

68. Ronin Traynor

Stunts | Chronicles of Syntax

Ronin Traynor is known for his work on Chronicles of Syntax (2013), Born of Hope (2009) and iBoy (2017).

69. Mark Johnston

Stunts | Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

As head of Movieworks International Fight & Stunt crew, a Shihan ( above 10th & Dan Master Teacher ) of Samurai and Ninja martial arts including all weapons, some of which are rarely seen or heard of. Also as an ex armed Bodyguard, have lots of other great skills that lend themselves perfectly to ...

70. Mick Gould

Ronin

Worked in British Military and HM Government, Close Quarter Combat instructor and highly skilled in several martial arts, after making the transition to Hollywood he has been working as a technical advisor on several films, most notably with Michael Mann and Robert De Niro. Mick runs his own ...

71. Katrina Durden

Actress | Doctor Strange

Katrina Durden is known for her work on Doctor Strange (2016), Street Fighter: Resurrection (2016) and Strike Back (2010).

72. Lewis Tan

Actor | Deadpool 2

Lewis Tan was born on February 4, 1987 in Manchester, England as Lewis Singwah Tan. He is known for his work on Deadpool 2 (2018), Into the Badlands (2015) and Iron Fist (2017).

73. Mat Fraser

Actor | Unarmed But Dangerous

Mat Fraser was born in 1962 in England. He is an actor and producer, known for Unarmed But Dangerous (2009), Helen of Troy (2003) and American Horror Story (2011). He has been married to Julie Atlas Muz (I) since May 6, 2012.

74. Daniel Ilabaca

Actor | Two Bellmen Two

Daniel Ilabaca is known for his work on Two Bellmen Two (2016), Queens & Kings Shopping Cart Race (2015) and Midnight Mayhem (2015).

75. Billy Cook

Actor | Trespass Against Us

Billy Cook is known for his work on Trespass Against Us (2016), Green Street 3: Never Back Down (2013) and Traveller (2013).

76. Lukaz Leong

Stunts | Rogue One

Lukaz Leong is known for his work on Rogue One (2016), Ready Player One (2018) and Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi (2017).

77. Kamran Kam

Stunts | Nannaku Prematho

Kamran Kam is known for his work on Nannaku Prematho (2016), Time Rush (2016) and Flight by Night (2016).

78. Yolanda Lynes

Actress | Case Closed Movie

Yolanda Lynes is an actress and writer, known for Case Closed Movie, The Real Target (2017) and Amber (2017).

79. Linda Louise Duan

Actress | Doctor Strange

Linda Louise Duan is a British-Born Chinese Actress. Born in Chester, she moved to Essex, where she spent her high school years. After graduating, she moved to London to study at the International School of Corporeal Mime before moving to France to study at the Ecole Philippe Gaulier. After ...

80. Xue Zhang

Stunts | 47 Ronin

Xue Zhang is known for his work on 47 Ronin (2013), Element of Change (2018) and Lady Bloodfight (2016).

81. Bey Logan

Writer | The Medallion

Born in Stamford, England, UK. Educated Uppingham Public School, Rutland. Former editor of 'Combat' and 'Impact' magazines. Resident in Hong Kong since 1995. Formerly employed my Media Asia Group and subsequently Emperor Multimedia Group. Previously ran own company, Shankara Productions, in ...

82. Christopher Whitlow

Actor | Cannibals and Carpet Fitters

Christopher is an actor and stunt performer known for, 'Inside number 9', 'Assassin's Creed', 'Cannibals and Carpet Fitters' and 'Rev'. He graduated from Sheffield University with a degree in Economics before completing a post graduate course at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Christopher is ...

83. Aaron Gassor

Stunts | Wonder Woman

Aaron Gassor is a huge internet sensation but that aside he is a humble British Martial Artist who teaches ITF Taekwon-Do and Kickboxing at his local Martial Arts and Fitness Centre (MAFC) in Maindee, Newport, South Wales. Which is a family run business with his father, Master Gary Gassor who is ...

The Ginger Ninja Trickster

84. Sonny Louis

Stunts | Justice League

Sonny Louis was born in Graz, Austria during the early eighties, son to the famous Austrian Archaeologist and writer Dr Lothar Wanke. At the tender age of five, he moved with his family to West London, England. Growing up with two older brothers he was always watching Action and Kung Fu movies. His...

85. Andy Prior

Actor | Left for Dead

Andy Prior is known for his work on Left for Dead (2005), Bodyguard: A New Beginning (2008) and The Liberator (2006).

86. Ninh Ly

Actor | Displaced

Ninh Ly is an actor, known for Displaced (2006), Bodyguard: A New Beginning (2008) and Underground (2007).

87. Andrew Lister

Actor | Underground

Andrew Lister is an actor, known for Underground (2007).

88. Bryce Jackson

Actor | Narcopolis

Bryce Jackson is an actor, known for Narcopolis (2015), Displaced (2006) and Bodyguard: A New Beginning (2008).

89. Rachael Holoway

Actress | The Few

Rachael is not only a highly versatile actress, she is also an accomplished martial artist with a black belt in Taekwondo. She was born and raised in England where she started her acting training at the age of 11. Rachael knew from a very young age that all she wanted to do was act, so her parents ...

90. Toby Russell

Producer | Cinema of Vengeance

Toby Russell is an actor and assistant director, known for Cinema of Vengeance (1994), Dadda Connection (1990) and Ops belantara (1992).

91. Mark Houghton

Actor | Jui kuen II

Mark Houghton is known for his work on The Legend of Drunken Master (1994), The Turbulent Affair (1991) and Knock Off (1998).

92. Matthew Sturgess

Actor | Ultraviolet

Matthew Sturgess was born on May 12, 1971 in Jersey, Channel Islands. He is known for his work on Ultraviolet (2006), Naked Weapon (2002) and Vampire Effect (2003).

93. Audifax Kinga

Actor | Unleashed

Audifax Kinga is an actor, known for Unleashed (2005).

94. Graham Brownsmith

Actor | Displaced

Graham Brownsmith is an actor, known for Displaced (2006) and Underground (2007).