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1. Vanessa Kirby

Actress | The Crown

Vanessa Kirby born 18 April 1988, is an English stage, TV, and film actress. From 2016 to 2018, Kirby portrayed Princess Margaret in Peter Morgan's Netflix series The Crown, for which she won the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Television Series in 2018. She starred as ...

2. James Norton

Actor | Happy Valley

James Norton was born in 1985 to two teachers and has a younger sister who is a doctor. Growing up in North Yorkshire he espoused acting at a very early age - playing Joseph in his primary school nativity play aged five - and, after leaving Ampleforth College he did work experience at the Stephen ...

3. Sophie Rundle

Actress | Peaky Blinders

Sophie Rundle is an English actress. Born on 21 April 1988 to Fiona and Michael Rundle, she has two brothers James and Henry. She attended the Bournemouth School for Girls before going on to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where she graduated in 2011 with a BA in Acting. On graduation, she ...

4. Lupita Nyong'o

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy Ogada Buyu and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to...

5. Paul Ritter

Actor | Quantum of Solace

Versatile character actor Paul Ritter was born in Kent on March 5th 1966 and, whilst not from a show business family, there are strong thespian connections as his mother was a class-mate of comic actor Bernard Cribbins and his father attended the same school as the great comedian and writer Eric ...

6. 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...

7. Barry Keoghan

Actor | The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Barry came to prominence in the 2017 film 'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' with his truly terrifying portrayal of Martin,an American teenager exacting a grisly revenge on drunken surgeon Colin Farrell, but he was not an American nor a teen-ager, born in Dublin on 17th October 1992 and has a brother ...

8. Rory McCann

Actor | Game of Thrones

Six foot six inches tall, with brown eyes and dark hair, Rory McCann from Glasgow began his working life at the top - as a painter on the Forth Bridge in Scotland. He came to notice in a television commercial for Scotts' Porridge Oats, in which he appeared as a scantily-clad hunk in a vest and kilt...

9. Jessica Raine

Actress | Robin Hood

Jessica was born in 1982 and brought up on a farm near Eardisley, Herefordshire. Wanting to act from an early age she read drama at the University of the West of England at Bristol before taking a gap year to teach English in Thailand. On return she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art ...

10. James Corden

Actor | Into the Woods

Describing himself as the "chunky unit", James Kimberley Corden was born in Hillingdon, London and raised in Buckinghamshire, the son of Margaret (Collins), a social worker, and Malcolm Corden, a musician. He studied drama at the Jackie Palmer Stage School before going on to Holmer Green Senior ...

11. Peter Gadiot

Actor | Queen of the South

Peter was born in the UK but he is of Dutch and Mexican descent and he trained at the Drama Centre in London, before making his television debut in 2010 in the family comedy drama 'My Spy Family'. He made his American TV debut as the genie Cyrus in 'Once Upon a Time in Wonderland' in 2013 and in ...

12. Tom Hughes

Actor | Cemetery Junction

Cheshire-born - in 1986 - Tom Hughes attended Upton High School and even before going to RADA had a wealth of acting experience with the Cheshire Youth Theatre, the Jigsaw Music Group, the Liverpool Everyman Youth Theatre and the Belgian company Victoria. He even managed to find time to play in a ...

13. Tom Bateman

Actor | Murder on the Orient Express

Tom was born in 1989, to two teachers, one of fourteen children and has a twin brother. Brought up in Jericho in Oxford he attended Cherwell School before joining the National Youth Theatre and enrolling at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, where he was awarded the Leverhulme ...

14. Callum Turner

Actor | War & Peace

Callum was born in London and grew up on a Chelsea estate - he is a huge Chelsea football fan - where, he claimed in a 2014 interview, "I learned more from films than I did through life itself." Six foot two tall, he decided to go into acting at age eighteen taking some courses and working as a ...

15. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

16. Chris Geere

Actor | You're the Worst

Chris Geere is a British actor born in Cambridge in 1981, and brought up in the Winchester area of Hampshire, where his family still lives. He was initially interested in pursuing a career as an artist until a drama teacher encouraged him to play in his school's production of 'A Midsummer Night's ...

17. Jack Farthing

Actor | Poldark

Jack was born in 1985 and grew up in his native London, attending Westminster School and the Hall School, Hampstead, where he got into acting . From Oxford University he went to study acting at LAMDA but left when he was spotted and cast as Benvolio at the Globe Theatre, taking part in other ...

18. Hugh Skinner

Actor | W1A

Hugh was born on 6 January 1985 in London. He attended Eastbourne College from 1998 to 2003. He studied drama at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and on graduation went into stage work. After minor roles in 'Tess of the D'Urbervilles' and 'Any Human Heart' on television in 2014 he ...

19. Michelle Fairley

Actress | Game of Thrones

Michelle was born in July 1965, the second child of publican Brian and nurse Theresa Fairley. As a teenager she attended the Ulster Youth Theatre before moving to Belfast , where she was a member of Fringe Benefit, a repertory company where she acted alongside Conleth Hill, with whom she would ...

20. Alexandra Roach

Actress | Anna Karenina

Alexandra Roach was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire in Wales and was already a veteran of the Welsh television soap 'Pobol Y Cwm' by her early teens. In 2003 whilst studying for her GCSE exams at the local comprehensive school she learned that she had beaten out players in national soaps to win ...

21. Cara Theobold

Actress | Downton Abbey

Cara was born in Yorkshire in January 1990 and attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Whilst there she won the part of Ivy in period drama 'Downton Abbey' and the school allowed her to finish her final year early in order to appear in the series. In 2012 she was a joint recipient ...

22. Teryl Rothery

Actress | Stargate SG-1

A Vancouver, British Columbia, native, Teryl Rothery always knew she wanted to be an entertainer. She began her career as a dancer at age thirteen when she performed in her first musical, "Bye Bye Birdie". Her role in "Annie Get Your Gun" earned her a Most Outstanding Performer award with her ...

23. Richard Crenna

Actor | Rambo III

Richard Donald Crenna was born in Los Angeles, California, into a modest-income family, the only child of Edith J. (Pollette) and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. His parents were both of Italian descent. His mother managed a small hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where Richard and his family ...

24. 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 ...

25. Tamla Kari

Actress | The Inbetweeners Movie

Tamla Kari Cummins was born in Coventry in the English West Midlands on July 27 1988 and whilst she attended ordinary local schools she began to learn dancing from the age of four. Whilst at secondary school Tamla was part of a local drama group Finbarr's Youth Arts with whom she appeared at the ...

26. Naoko Mori

Actress | Everest

Born in Nagoya, Naoko moved with her parents to New York aged four before returning to Japan and then, when she was twelve, locating to London. Naoko began to take singing lessons and at the age of 17 was cast in the lead as Kim in the West End musical 'Miss Saigon' opposite John Barrowman, with ...

27. Luke Norris

Actor | The Duchess

Luke was born in September 1985 and brought up by his mother in the Romford area, describing himself as a 'proud Essex boy'. Thanks to a local drama school teacher who funded his audition, Luke joined the National Youth Theatre, later enrolling at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he ...

28. Joan Chen

Actress | Judge Dredd

Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (1979) (A.K.A. "The Little Flower...

29. Blake Ritson

Actor | RocknRolla

Blake Ritson started acting when he was 13, debuting in White Chameleon at the Royal National Theatre, directed by Sir Richard Eyre for which he received rave reviews. He worked with Sir Richard Eyre again two years later on Macbeth, and went on to appear in the original West End run of Tom ...

30. Adeel Akhtar

Actor | Four Lions

Adeel was born in London on 18th September 1980 to a Pakistani father and a Kenyan mother and attended Cheltenham College throughout the 1990s. His father was keen for him to become a lawyer and he obtained a law degree but was more interested in acting and studied at the Actors' Studio in New York...

31. Denise Gough

Actress | Wiedzmin 3: Dziki Gon

Denise was born in 1980 to a father who was an electrician - later a fisheries expert - and a mother who "was pregnant for nine and a half years" since Denise is the seventh of twelve children, her younger sister Kelly, born in 1987, also being an actress. At school she had no theatrical ...

32. Billy Howle

Actor | Dunkirk

Billy Howle was born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to a schoolteacher mother and a father who teaches at Kent University, the second of four sons. His older brother, Sam, is a graphic designer. Despite his parents' academic backgrounds, Billy has said that he was not interested in further education, ...

33. Eoin Macken

Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Eoin - pronounced Owen - Macken was born in Dublin on 21 February 1983 and began his interest in drama at University College, Dublin. At the age of 19,he became a highly successful model, chosen as the face of Abercrombie and Fitch, in addition to working for Ralph Lauren, Braun and GQ magazine. ...

34. Ben Schnetzer

Actor | Pride

Ben Schnetzer was born on February 8 1990 in New York, to actors Stephen Schnetzer and Nancy Snyder. He began acting in his teens, appearing in the TV drama 'Happy Town' but, in his own words wanted to give acting "a proper shot" and moved to London in 2010 to study drama at the Guildhall School of...

35. Charlotte Ritchie

Actress | Call the Midwife

Londoner Charlotte was born on August 29th 1989 and attended James Allen's school in Dulwich. At age eleven she joined Youth Music Theatre UK, and toured Japan in their production of 'Pendragon' as well as appearing with the Young Pleasence Theatre at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2006. After a couple of...

36. 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 ...

37. Simon Merrells

Actor | The Wolfman

Essex boy Simon is the elder of the two acting Merrells brothers, born in 1965, three years before his sibling Jason. Though there was no acting background in the family both boys were keen to tread the boards at an early age, attending Saturday morning drama classes, then a Sylvia Young school, ...

38. Adam Rayner

Actor | Tyrant

Adam Rayner was born in Shrewsbury, England but grew up near Norwich in Norfolk. Having an American mother and a British father means he has dual nationality, and the family lived in the United States when he was a child, albeit briefly, before returning to East Anglia. He attended Durham ...

39. Clare Higgins

Actress | Hellraiser

Clare Higgins honed her craft at the Manchester and the Royal Exchange Theater, where, among her credits, she had leading roles in the plays "The Deep Man", "Measure For Measure" and "A Streetcar Named Desire", in which she played Stella. At the same time, she was busily carving a niche for herself...

40. Amara Karan

Actress | The Darjeeling Limited

Amara was born to Sri Lankan parents who had moved to England from Zambia to further her father's work opportunities. She went to the Wimbledon High School and, although she enjoyed drama, she regarded acting as a risky profession and studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University,...

41. Craig Parkinson

Actor | Misfits

Born March 11 1976 Craig Parkinson was brought up in his native Blackpool and attended Blackpool and Fylde College before, at age 17, moving to London to study at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. After several years in bit parts on TV, he came to notice as impresario Tony Wilson in the 2007 ...

42. Steven Robertson

Actor | Survivor

Born in Vidlin in the Shetland Islands, Steven Robertson overcame severe dyslexia to be named Student of the Year at Fife College in Kirkcaldy in recognition of his 'journey travelled'. After completing college he came to London to study drama at the Guildhall acting school, becoming the first ...

43. Francis Magee

Actor | Layer Cake

Francis Magee was raised in Ireland and on the Isle of Man. He spent eight years as a fisherman before becoming an actor and has also been a member of several music groups including Namoza - who released four singles and an album - and Disco D'Oro. He studied acting at the Poor School at London's ...

44. David Leon

Actor | RocknRolla

David Leon was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was a talented footballer. When he left school age eighteen he successfully auditioned for the National Youth Theatre and turned down a place at Drama school in order to take a role in Oliver Stone's 'Alexander', though he established himself with ...

45. Saundra Santiago

Actress | Miami Vice

Saundra Santiago is a versatile actress who has worked in television, movies and on the Broadway stage. She holds a BFA from the University of Miami, and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. She is also a member of the Actor's Studio in New York City. She was born and raised in the Bronx.

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46. Lesley Nicol

Actress | Downton Abbey

Born in 1953, to a mother who had worked in television, Lesley Nicol was a shy 16-year-old at St. Elphin's Boarding School in Derbyshire when she expressed a desire to go out and see the world - not, she recalls, to be an actress but to kiss boys. She went to a technical college in Manchester to ...

47. Monica Dolan

Actress | Eye in the Sky

Monica was born in March 1969 into an Irish family and has a sister Gabrielle. She studied drama at the Guildhall School in London, graduating in 1991 and soon afterwards went into television. A supremely versatile character actress, she has tended to specialize in stunning portrayals of the darker...

48. Owen McDonnell

Actor | Killing Eve

Owen McDonnell was born in Galway the youngest of four children. Having long nurtured a desire to act he studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, rather than at any Irish academy, simply, he says, because it was the cheapest. Upon graduation he made London his home but has ...

49. Leanne Best

Actress | Cotton Wool

Leanne was born in Liverpool in 1980 and learned her craft at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. On graduation she somewhat reluctantly left her home city for London where "there was a lot of waitressing and shop work" before making her television debut in Casualty (1986) in 2004. Since ...

50. John Bradley

Actor | Game of Thrones

John was born as John Bradley-West in 1988. Brought up in Wythenshawe, South Manchester, he attended St Paul's High School and Loreto College, Hulme before going on to Manchester Metropolitan University from where he graduated in 2010 with a B.A. degree in acting. It was via his college website ...


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