Actorsby EighteenFour87 | created - 10 Sep 2016 | updated - 11 months ago | Public
Director | Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...
Soundtrack | UHF
Few would have guessed that "Weird Al" Yankovic - who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show - would go on to become a pop culture icon and the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, with classic song and music video ...
5. Adam Deacon
Actor | Anuvahood
Adam Deacon is an actor and rapper from Hackney, East London. His father is from Morocco, and walked out on the family when Adam was just 2 years old. At the age of 12 Deacon began to act and trained at the Anna Scher Theatre. His early career included work with Y Touring Theatre Company, with whom...
6. Adam Hills
Writer | Spicks and Specks
Adam Hills was born in 1970 in Sydney, Australia. He is a writer and producer, known for Spicks and Specks (2005), Adam Hills in Gordon St Tonight (2011) and Excess Baggage (2014). He has been married to Ali McGregor since December 2009. They have two children.
7. Adam Sandler
Actor | The Waterboy
Adam Richard Sandler was born September 9, 1966 in Brooklyn, New York, to Judith (Levine), a teacher at a nursery school, and Stanley Alan Sandler, an electrical engineer. He is of Russian Jewish descent. At 17, he took his first step towards becoming a stand-up comedian when he spontaneously took ...
Producer | Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
Addison Cresswell was born on June 28, 1960 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. He was a producer, known for Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001), Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow (2009) and Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live (2010). He was married to Shelley. He died on December 23, 2013 in London, ...
Actor | Sex Lives of the Potato Men
Adrian Chiles was born on March 21, 1967 in Hagley, Worcestershire, England. He is a writer and actor, known for Sex Lives of the Potato Men (2004), That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006) and My Mediterranean with Adrian Chiles (2016). He has been married to Jane Garvey since September 1998. They have ...
10. Adrian Edmondson
Actor | War & Peace
Adrian Edmondson was born in Bradford, Yorkshire. He went to Manchester University to study drama. Whilst he was there he met Rik Mayall, and the pair began performing as 20th Century Coyote. The act continued after university when Adrian & Rik moved to London, and they became two of the leading ...
11. Adrian Lester
Actor | The Day After Tomorrow
Adrian Lester OBE was born on August 14, 1968 in Birmingham, England as Adrian Anthony Lester. He is a multi award winning actor and director, known for seven seasons of the hit TV show Hustle (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Primary Colors (1998) and his extensive classical work in the ...
13. Al Pacino
Actor | Serpico
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.
Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an ...
14. Alain de Botton
Writer | My Last Five Girlfriends
Alain de Botton was born on 20 December 1969 in Zurich, Switzerland. He is the only son of Gilbert de Botton and Jacqueline Burgauer. He has one sister named Miel. Alain spent his childhood in Switzerland, where he learned to speak French and German. In 1981, Alain and his family moved to London, ...
16. Alan Davies
Actor | Jonathan Creek
Alan lived in Loughton, Essex for most of his life, until he left to pursue a career in comedy. He now lives in Islington in north London. He is the second of three children, born in Essex, and has an older brother and a younger sister. He was raised by his father, an accountant when his mother ...
17. Alan Sugar
Producer | Blame It on the Moon
Alan Sugar was born on March 24, 1947 in Hackney, London, England as Alan Michael Sugar. He is a producer and actor, known for Blame It on the Moon (2000), The Survival Club (1999) and The Apprentice UK (2005). He has been married to Ann Simons since April 29, 1968. They have three children.
18. Alex Macqueen
Actor | Peaky Blinders
Alex Macqueen was born in 1974 in Epsom, Surrey.
He was in the National Youth Theatre in the 1990's while studying English at Durham University and International Relations at Pembroke College, Cambridge.
He is best known for his roles as Julius Nicholson in 'The Thick of It' and Neil's Dad in 'The ...
19. Alex Zane
Actor | Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo
Alex was born in Leeds, England in 1979.
At school he was something of a geek, a studious young man who carried his books around in a briefcase, which was a source of constant amusement to school bullies.
During a stint as the lead singer of a student band while studying for his A-Levels, Alex ...
Actor | The Armstrong and Miller Show
Alexander Armstrong was born on March 2, 1970 in Rothbury, Northumberland, England as Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong. He is an actor and writer, known for The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007), Match Point (2005) and Plunkett & Macleane (1999). He has been married to Hannah Bronwen Snow since...
22. Alistair McGowan
Actor | Big Impression
Alistair McGowan, the master of mimicry, was born Alistair Charles McGowan in Evesham, Worcestershire, Great Britain. He is an actor, writer and producer. He attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican in London. There he studied alongside Ewan McGregor and Daniel Craig, among ...
26. Andy Hamilton
Writer | Drop the Dead Donkey
Andy Hamilton was born in 1954 in Fulham, London, England as Andrew Neil Hamilton. He is a writer and producer, known for Drop the Dead Donkey (1990), Outnumbered (2007) and What We Did on Our Holiday (2014). He has been married to Libby Asher since 1988. They have three children.
29. Andy Serkis
Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes
English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...
30. Angus Deayton
Self | Have I Got News for You
Gordon Angus Deayton known professionally as Angus Deayton, is an English actor, writer, musician, comedian, and broadcaster. He was the original presenter of the satirical panel game Have I Got News for You, a job from which he was dismissed in October 2002 after a second round of tabloid ...
31. 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, ...
Anthony McPartlin was born on November 18, 1975 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England as Anthony David McPartlin. He is a producer and actor, known for I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (2002), Alien Autopsy (2006) and Love Actually (2003). He has been married to Lisa Armstrong since July 22, 2006.
34. Armando Iannucci
Writer | Veep
Armando Iannucci was born on November 28, 1963 in Glasgow, Scotland as Armando Giovanni Iannucci. He is a writer and producer, known for Veep (2012), The Death of Stalin (2017) and In the Loop (2009). He has been married to Rachel since August 25, 1990. They have two children.
Actor | Predator
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...
39. Bear Grylls
Actor | Bear Grylls: Face the Wild
Bear Grylls was born on June 7, 1974 in Isle of Wight, England as Edward Michael Bear Grylls. He is a producer and writer, known for Bear Grylls: Face the Wild (2018), Bear Grylls: Mission Survive (2015) and Running Wild with Bear Grylls (2014). He has been married to Shara Cannings-Knight since ...
41. Ben Kingsley
Actor | Gandhi
Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...
42. Ben Miller
Actor | Johnny English Strikes Again
Halfway through a PhD in physics at Cambridge University, Ben met Alexander Armstrong (who was also studying there) in 1992. Instead of finishing his PhD, Ben chose to scrap science for comedy and started playing at the Comedy Club Footlights, Cambridge. After four years of touring pubs and ...
43. Ben Stiller
Producer | Zoolander
Benjamin Edward Meara Stiller was born on November 30, 1965, in New York City, New York, to legendary comedians Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara. His father is of Austrian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent, and his mother was of Irish ancestry (she converted to Judaism).
It's not surprising that Ben has ...
44. 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...
45. Bill Bailey
Actor | Hot Fuzz
Bill Bailey is known for his sharp wit and classic sense of humor. he is most famous for being in Never Mind The Buzzcocks, celebrity game-show in which he is a team captain. Bill is a stand up comedian, and has also starred in cult comedies such as Spaced and of course Black Books. He was given ...
46. Bill Hicks
Actor | Ninja Bachelor Party
Born in Georgia but raised in Houston since the age of 7, this self-described "Prince of Darkness" was compelled to use the comedy stage as his philosophic soapbox. At 13, he would sneak out of his suburban house to hustle his way onto open-mike night rosters. In two brief decades, Hicks worked his...
47. Bill Maher
Writer | Real Time with Bill Maher
Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news editor. His mother, Julie (Berman), was a nurse, who was from a Jewish family. Maher was raised in ...
48. Billy Murray
Actor | Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Billy Murray has entertained British Television audiences for over thirty years.
He is perhaps best known for his role as DS Don Beech in ITV series The Bill (1984), and has also appeared in EastEnders (1985) as the crime boss "Johnnie Allen".
His on-screen presence is very much underrated and thanks...
49. Blake Harrison
Actor | The Inbetweeners Movie
Blake attended the Brit School from 2003 and then the East 15 Acting School from 2007.
Blake starred in three series and two subsequent films of the multi-award winning comedy 'The Inbetweeners'.
He also starred in the 2016 remake of 'Dad's Army' where he played 'Private Pike'. His other film work ...
51. Bob Hoskins
Actor | The Long Good Friday
Bob Hoskins was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was living after being evacuated as a result of the heavy bombings. He is the son of Elsie Lillian (Hopkins), a nursery school teacher and cook, and Robert William Hoskins, Sr., who drove a lorry and worked as...
52. Bob Mortimer
Writer | House of Fools
Bob Mortimer was born on May 23, 1959 in Middlesbrough, Teesside, England as Robert Renwick Mortimer. He is a writer and actor, known for House of Fools (2014), Catterick (2004) and Bang, Bang, It's Reeves and Mortimer (1999). He has been married to Lisa Matthews since October 2015. They have two ...
54. Brad Pitt
Actor | Mr. & Mrs. Smith
An actor and producer known as much for his versatility as he is for his handsome face, Golden Globe-winner Brad Pitt's most widely recognized role may be Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999). However, his portrayals of Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011), and Rusty Ryan in the remake of Ocean's Eleven (...
55. Brendan Gleeson
Actor | The Guard
Brendan Gleeson was born in Dublin, Ireland, to Pat and Frank Gleeson. From a very young age, he loved to learn, especially reading classical text in and outside the classroom. He took great attention to Irish play writers such as Samuel Beckett, which eventually led to him performing in his high ...
57. Brian De Palma
Director | Dressed to Kill
Brian De Palma is the son of a surgeon. He studied physics but at the same time felt his dedication for the movies and made some short films. After seven independent productions he had his first success with Sisters (1972) and his voyeuristic style. Restlessly he worked on big projects with the ...
58. Bruce Forsyth
Actor | Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Veteran entertainer Sir Bruce Forsyth had a career spanning eight decades, in which he went from struggling variety performer to Saturday night TV stardom. On the way, he became one of the most recognisable entertainers in the business, driven by what appeared to be inexhaustible energy. He became ...
59. Bruce Willis
Actor | Die Hard
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.
Walter Bruce ...
60. Cavan Clerkin
Actor | Babylon
Cavan Clerkin is a professional actor and filmmaker, he is known for playing: Father Pyrlig in The Last Kingdom, Vincent Mann in Morgana Robinson's The Agency and Karl in BAFTA nominated comedy Pulling. He has appeared in a wide range of British TV and Film including: The Trials of Jimmy Rose, ...
61. Charles Dance
Actor | Gosford Park
Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011), Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986),...
62. Charles Hawtrey
Actor | Carry On... Up the Khyber
Coming from a theatrical family (although not related to the famous Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, he did "borrow" his last name), Charles Hawtrey made his stage debut at age 11 after having spent several years in a prestigious acting school. A string of stage roles followed, and by 1929 his ...
64. Billy Connolly
Actor | Brave
Billy Connolly was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland. He left school to work in the shipyards becoming a welder and joined the Territorial Army (in the parachute regiment) at around the same time. He developed an interest in folk music, eventually becoming an accomplished banjo player and a ...
65. Alan Rickman
Actor | Die Hard
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years ...
Actor | Mrs. Brown's Boys
Brendan O'Carroll was born on September 15, 1955 in Dublin, Ireland. He is an actor and writer, known for Mrs. Brown's Boys (2011), Mrs. Brown's Boys D'Movie (2014) and Mrs. Brown's Boys: The Original Series (2002). He has been married to Jennifer Gibney since August 1, 2005. He was previously ...
67. Benicio Del Toro
Actor | Sicario
Benicio Del Toro emerged in the mid-1990s as one of the most watchable and charismatic character actors to come along in years. A favorite of film buffs, Del Toro gained mainstream public attention as the conflicted but basically honest Mexican policeman in Steven Soderbergh's Traffic (2000).
68. Andrew Marr
Actor | Doctor Who
Andrew Marr was born on July 31, 1959 in Glasgow, Scotland as Andrew William Stevenson Marr. He is a writer and actor, known for Doctor Who (2005), Andrew Marr's History of Modern Britain (2007) and BBC News at Ten O'Clock (2000). He has been married to Jackie Ashley since 1987. They have three ...
70. Bobby Farrelly
Producer | There's Something About Mary
Bobby Farrelly was born on June 17, 1958 in Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA as Robert Leo Farrelly Jr. He is a producer and writer, known for There's Something About Mary (1998), Osmosis Jones (2001) and Me, Myself & Irene (2000). He has been married to Nancy Farrelly since 1990. They have two ...
71. Bradley Walsh
Actor | Coronation Street
Bradley Walsh was born on June 4, 1960 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Coronation Street (1960), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001). He has been married to Donna Derby since 1997. They have one child.
72. Brian Blessed
Boisterous British actor Brian Blessed is known for his hearty, king-sized portrayals on film and television. A giant of a man accompanied by an eloquent wit and booming, operatic voice, Brian was born in 1936 and grew up in the mining village of Goldthorpe in South Yorkshire. His father was a ...
73. Bob Monkhouse
Actor | Carry On Sergeant
One of British TV's most popular performers with a career that spanned over four decades, funny-man Bob Monkhouse started off as a radio broadcaster (1947) and stand-up comic. He earned success early on as a gag writer, partnering with Denis Goodwin.
In 1953, the duo won their own TV show called ...
74. Adil Ray
Actor | Citizen Khan
Adil Ray OBE is best known as the star and creator of the hit BBC1 sitcom Citizen Khan. After five series, the show has become one of Britain's much-loved sitcoms. In 2016 the show hit the road with a Citizen Khan tour and the publication of a book - Citizen Khan's Guide to Britain. Adil is ...
75. Andy Samberg
Actor | Saturday Night Live
Andy Samberg was born in Berkeley, California, to Marjorie (Marrow), a teacher, and Joe Samberg, a photographer. With Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer, Samberg is one of three Los Angeles, California-based writer-performer-filmmakers--all childhood friends--dubbed The Lonely Island, whose short ...
76. Bradley Cooper
Actor | Silver Linings Playbook
Bradley Charles Cooper was born on January 5, 1975 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Gloria (Campano), is of Italian descent, and worked for a local NBC station. His father, Charles John Cooper, who was of Irish descent, was a stockbroker. Immediately after Bradley graduated from the ...
77. Anthony Head
Actor | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Anthony Stewart Head was born on February 20, 1954 in Camden Town, north London, England. He grew up in Hampton, near Richmond upon Thames in London. He's the youngest son of his parents, Seafield Head (a documentary filmmaker) and Helen Shingler (an actress). He is the younger brother of musical ...
78. Barry Chuckle
Writer | ChuckleVision
Barry Chuckle was born on December 24, 1944 in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England as Barry Patton Elliott. He is a writer and actor, known for ChuckleVision (1987), The Freddie Starr Showcase (1983) and Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002). He is married to Ann Elliott.
80. Bobby Ball
Actor | Cannon and Ball
Robert Harper (Bobby Ball) and Thomas Derbyshire (Tommy Cannon) were both born in Oldham. They met in the early 1960s while working as welders in the same factory.
Becoming friends, they formed a club act known as Bobby and Stevie Rhythm, which became the Sherrell Brothers then The Harper Brothers. ...
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.
83. 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 ...
Actor | The Imitation Game
Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch was born and raised in London, England. His parents, Wanda Ventham and Timothy Carlton (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 ...
85. Barry Cryer
Writer | It's Tommy Cooper
Barry Cryer was born on March 23, 1935 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Barry Charles Cryer. He is known for his work on It's Tommy Cooper (1969), The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) and The Two Ronnies (1971). He has been married to Theresa Margaret 'Terry' Donovan since 1962. They have four ...
86. Alec Baldwin
Actor | The Departed
Raven-haired, suavely handsome and prolific actor Alec Baldwin was born on April 3, 1958 in Massapequa, New York, and is the oldest, and easily the best-known, of the four Baldwin brothers in the acting business (the others are Stephen Baldwin, William Baldwin and Daniel Baldwin).
Alexander Rae ...
87. Andrew Collins
Writer | Not Going Out
Andrew Collins is an author, journalist and broadcaster whose first BBC1 sitcom, Not Going Out (co-written with star Lee Mack) won the Breakthrough Award at the Royal Television Society Awards and the Rose D'Or for Best Sitcom.
He began his journalistic career at the NME, going on to edit Q magazine...
90. Ashley Thomas
Actor | The Night Of
Ashley Thomas is an English television, theatre, and film actor. He was selected as part of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2012. He attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts. He was born in London. His mother is Jamaican and his father is Dominican. He is also an award winning musician...
94. Bill Nighy
Actor | Love Actually
Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon.
95. Carl Weathers
Actor | Predator
Carl Weathers was born on January 14, 1948, in New Orleans, Louisiana. A famous and successful football star at San Diego State, he played with the Oakland Raiders and retired from the sport in 1974, in order to give full attention to his goal: to be a real actor. Weathers first played small parts ...
96. Alex Horne
Writer | Taskmaster
Alex was born on September 10 1978. He studied at Cambridge University where he became a member of the Footlights Revue. In 2000 he made his debut at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with his show How To Avoid Huge Ships and was nominated for the Perrier award for best new comic with his show How To ...
98. Ben Chaplin
Actor | The Thin Red Line
With charm to spare and dark, unassumingly handsome looks, British actor Ben Chaplin arrived on the Hollywood scene in smart and sexy fashion with the comedy The Truth About Cats & Dogs (1996). While his habit for avoiding mainstream artificiality in favor of small, intense, independent ...
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, ...
100. Cass Pennant
Producer | Beverley
Cass Pennant is an actor and producer, known for Beverley (2015), Green Street Hooligans (2005) and Casuals: The Story of the Legendary Terrace Fashion (2011).