BEST BRITISH BLACK AND MIXED HERITAGE ACTORS

by littlenorthernlight | created - 03 Apr 2015 | updated - 01 Jan 2018 | Public

1. David Gyasi

Actor | Interstellar

David Gyasi was born on January 2, 1980 in Hammersmith, London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Interstellar (2014), Cloud Atlas (2012) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012).

2. 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...

3. 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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4. Lenny Henry

Actor | Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Lenworth George Henry was born on August 29, 1958, in Dudley, West Midlands in England to a family of Jamaican immigrants. He made his TV debut on a talent show called "New Faces" in 1975 at the age of 16. He won and went on to things such as The Fosters (1976) and Tiswas (1974), which was when his...

5. 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 ...

6. Paterson Joseph

Actor | Æon Flux

Paterson Joseph was born on June 22, 1964 in London, England. He is known for his work on Æon Flux (2005), The Beach (2000) and Timeless (2016). He is married to Emmanuelle Joseph. They have one child.

7. 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).

8. 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 ...

9. Clint Dyer

Actor | Sus

Clint has acted for 25 years in film, TV and theatre, starring in films such as SUS, The Trail, Cherps, Mr Inbetween, Everybody Loves Sunshine aka Busted, Love Me Still and appearing in the likes of The Club, Montana, Unknown, Sahara, Agora, Mr Bean 2, Shopping etc. Soon to be seen Starring in MINE...

10. 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 ...

11. 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 ...

12. 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 ...

13. Danny Sapani

Actor | Black Panther

Danny Sapani is a British actor best known for his portrayal of Sembene in Penny Dreadful, Tony Morecombe in Misfits and supporting roles in Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther.

As an actor of Ghanaian descent, Sapani's roles have ranged through a variety of genres within film, ...

14. Charles Venn

Actor | The Dark Knight

After three years of performing arts studies, Chucky Venn has plied his trade professionally in the acting business for eleven years. His big break came when he auditioned for the role of Curtis Alexander on hit Football soap Dream Team(Hewlland International, Sky One). What originally started out ...

15. Ray Fearon

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

Ray Fearon is a British actor of stage, theatre and film. Ray has worked extensively with the RSC, Donmar, Almeida, National , young vic, Globe and royal exchange theatre's. Film includes: Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast, Hamlet, The Hooligan Factory, The Foreigner, Lulu and Jimi, The ...

16. Michael Obiora

Actor | Tomb Raider

Michael Obiora was born in North-West London to Nigerian parents.

After starting drama classes aged seven. He was soon encouraged to join an agency by his drama teacher. He then joined another drama group at nine years of age, and within a year, landed a part in the hit children's' school drama, '...

17. 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...

18. Hugh Quarshie

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

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

19. 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 ...

20. 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 ...

21. Robbie Gee

Actor | Snatch

Robbie Gee is an English television, theatre, and film actor and has starred in both British and American production and is best known in the UK and well loved for his "Desmonds" character Lee and as a regular on the BBC's The Real McCoy. He has appeared numerous times at Theatre Royal Stratford ...

22. 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, ...

23. Jimmy Akingbola

Actor | Spectral

Jimmy Akingbola was born in 1978 in Plaistow, London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Spectral (2016), Arrow (2012) and Holby City (1999).

24. Noel Clarke

Actor | Brotherhood

Noel Clarke was born on December 6, 1975 in London, England as Noel Anthony Clarke. He is an actor and producer, known for Brotherhood (2016), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Mute (2018). He is married to Iris Da-Silva. They have two children.

25. 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.

26. 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 ...

27. Arinzé Kene

Actor | The Pass

Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber in both theatre and screen, Arinze Kene's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business.

Kene was born in Lagos, ...

28. Alfred Enoch

Actor | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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 ...

29. 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.

30. 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).

31. 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 ...

32. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Actor | Paddington 2

Kobna Holdbrook-Smith is an actor, known for Paddington 2 (2017), Doctor Strange (2016) and The Commuter (2018).

33. David Ajala

Actor | Jupiter Ascending

David Ajala is an actor and producer, known for Jupiter Ascending (2015), Furious 6 (2013) and The Dark Knight (2008).

34. Sope Dirisu

Actor | The Huntsman: Winter's War

Sope Dirisu is an actor, known for The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016), Criminal (2016) and Humans (2015).

35. Dwane Walcott

Actor | National Theatre Live: Hamlet

Dwane Walcott is an actor, known for Hamlet (2015), Coriolanus (2014) and Into the Badlands (2015).

36. Gary Carr

Actor | Death in Paradise

Gary Carr was born on December 11, 1986 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Death in Paradise (2011), Bolden (2019) and The Deuce (2017).

37. William Nadylam

Actor | L'affaire SK1

William Nadylam is an actor and producer, known for Serial Killer 1 (2014), Kirikou and the Sorceress (1998) and White Material (2009).

38. Ryan Francis

Director | The Unthinkables

Ryan Francis is a Actor, Director, Writer, Editor and Presenter. He is mainly known for TheLittleRyanShow and has featured in many short films and TV shows. His first TV appearance was in 2005. He played a small role in Tracy Beaker when he was 12. He is a freelance filmmaker and also co-founded ...

39. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett

Actor | Misfits

Nathan was born in 1985. Brought up in Wandsworth, London, he jokes that he was 'pushed' into acting by his mother, a 'frustrated actress'. He studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama, which he graduated from in 2006. He made his professional stage debut playing a number of roles in '...

40. Malachi Kirby

Actor | Curfew

Malachi Kirby was born on September 20, 1989 in England. He is an actor, known for Curfew (2019), Devils (2019) and Roots (2016).



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