Fave actors/actresses and performances

by TheDoctorsMistress | created - 13 Aug 2011 | updated - 13 Sep 2014 | Public

A list of my favourite actors and actresses and a note by each, with the performance(s) I especially loved seeing them in :) RANDOM ORDER

1. Natalie Dormer

Actress | Game of Thrones

Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-14), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the ...

PERFORMANCES: Anne Boleyn in "The Tudors" --- Margaery Tyrell in "Game of Thrones"

Generally she is just amazing, but those are my two favourite performances =P

2. Benedict Cumberbatch

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 ...

I love all his performances in general, 'cause he's so versatile he just IS the person he plays! But I must say that his Sherlock is my favourite of the Sherlock Holmes' there's been.. and his performance in "Atonement" is amazing as well, cause I really feel the "hate" towards the character, despite loving the actor!

I feel like the top should just say: "Performances: ALL!!" =P

3. Johnny Depp

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.

He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.

Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...

This is hard; I love him as Jack Sparrow cause he's so funny and weird and.. amazing..! His performance in "Edward Scissorhands" is so touching! And in "Sleepy Hollow" he's just so odd and great too!

4. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an ...

PERFORMANCE: Alice in "Closer"

She's also one of those actresses I just generally love to watch..

5. Rachel McAdams

Actress | The Notebook

Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 ...

Though many people will probably disagree, I loved her performance as Irene Adler in the 2009 film "Sherlock Holmes" ... I enjoyed her in "The Family Stone" as well.

6. James McAvoy

Actor | Atonement

McAvoy was born on 21 April 1979 in Glasgow, Scotland, to Elizabeth (née Johnstone), a nurse, and James McAvoy senior, a bus driver. He was raised on a housing estate in Drumchapel, Glasgow by his maternal grandparents (James, a butcher, and Mary), after his parents divorced when James was 7. He ...

PERFORMANCE: Mr. Tumnus in "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe"

*The man who made me fall in love with a faun* Oh, he's got so many good performances! I love him in: Penelope, Becoming Jane, Atonement, X-Men: First Class and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (which was the first film I saw him in!)

7. Claire Foy

Actress | The Crown

Claire Foy was born on April 16, 1984 in Stockport, England as Claire Elizabeth Foy. She is an actress, known for The Crown (2016), Season of the Witch (2011) and Vampire Academy (2014). She has been married to Stephen Campbell Moore since December 2014. They have one child.

PERFORMANCES: Amy Dorrit in "Little Dorrit" --- Adora Belle Dearheart in "Going Postal"

This woman has a fantastic career in front of her, I'm sure.. I sadly haven't seen half the stuff she's been in, but I can say that her performances in: Little Dorrit, Going Postal and Season of the Witch are AMAZING!

8. Juno Temple

Actress | Atonement

Juno was born in England into a showbiz family. Her mother is a producer, Amanda Temple, and her father is the film director, Julien Temple. She was named 'Juno' after her parents took a visit to the Grand Canyon, during pregnancy, and found they were standing on a butte of Cape Final known as Juno...

It's hard to put my finger on a specific performance of hers, but she's someone that I'm sure will have a long and amazing career as well.. that said I do love her in "Atonement" and "Wild Child" (yes, I know it's kind of teen-movie, but I enjoy watching it now and again :P)

9. Tom Hiddleston

Actor | The Avengers

Thomas William Hiddleston was born in Westminster, London, to English-born Diana Patricia (Servaes) and Scottish-born James Norman Hiddleston. His mother is a former stage manager, and his father, a scientist, was the managing director of a pharmaceutical company. He started off at the preparatory ...

PERFORMANCES: Loki in "Thor"/"Avengers Assemble"/"Thor: The Dark World" --- Hal/Henry V in "The Hollow Crown" (Episode 2,3,4)

Bit of a boring choice, I suppose - cause honestly, who doesn't love Loki?! ...however I also REALLY enjoyed his performance in The Hollow Crown (as Prince Hal/Henry V). Amazing. Haven't disliked any performances I've seen so far.. and honestly I never expect I will =P Also my daughter looooves "Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy" and for a while I only had it on my iPad with the English audio track - let's just say I think she would know him instantly from the voice alone by now =P

10. Ruth Wilson

Actress | Locke

Ruth Wilson, born on 13 January 1982, is an English actress. She is known for her performances in Suburban Shootout (2006), Jane Eyre (2006), and as "Alice Morgan" in the BBC-TV psychological crime drama, Luther (2010), since 2010. She has also appeared in Anna Karenina (2012), The Lone Ranger (...

PERFORMANCES: Alice Morgan in "Luther" --- Jane Eyre in "Jane Eyre"

Well, she's just amazing, isn't she!? I love everything about her. Her character on "Luther", Alice Morgan, is mind-blowingly awesome! Really, if you need a reason to start watching Luther, it is the knowledge that Alice Morgan will be your favourite female psychopath! =P Also very pleased to see her appearing in more and more "big films" (The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks, etc.)

11. Matt Smith

Actor | Doctor Who

Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who (2005).

Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David ...

PERFORMANCE: The (eleventh) Doctor in "Doctor Who"

OK, so when David Tennant left Doctor Who I was a mess.. I was heartbroken, and convinced that no one would ever be able to replace the Time Lord I had "fallen for". In comes Matt Smith (yes, I knew who he was when he was announced, unlike many people) and 10 - maybe 20 minutes into the first episode I was nodding, smiling and going "ooh, this might work!" ....fast forward to now, I am DEVASTATED that Matt Smith isn't playing the Doctor anymore.. he managed to kick David Tennant out of my little Whovian heart and replace him as THE Doctor in my mind. I can't imagine anyone ever replacing him. He was the Doctor I'd been waiting for. My Doctor.

12. Colin O'Donoghue

Actor | The Rite

O'Donoghue was born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, in a Roman Catholic family. He initially attended Dundalk Grammar School, and then The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. At age 16, O'Donoghue went to Paris, France, for a month to learn the French language. Colin's early career was mainly ...

PERFORMANCE: Killian 'Hook' Jones in "Once Upon a Time" (season 2,3)

I'll admit I don't think I'd watched him in anything else (besides the one episode of The Tudors he was in - which I obviously loved =P) when he was introduced on Once Upon a Time. And I'm such a cliché that I obviously love a bad boy (especially in a leather coat - not to mention a PIRATE!) so I'm not really that surprised that I love the character, but honestly, he just does it so well!

13. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

The highest-paid actress in the world, with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, ...

PERFORMANCES: Tiffany Maxwell in "Silver Linings Playbook" --- Raven/Mystique in "X-Men: First Class"/"X-Men: Days of Future Past"

I admit I haven't actually seen Jennifer Lawrence in that much - really the amount of chat shows and interviews (and acceptance speeches) far surpasses the performances, I'm sure.. however she's just got a wonderful personality - and a massive talent. How everyone can't be in love with her, I have no idea.. I'd go gay for her =P eheheh

14. Richard Armitage

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, and studied at LAMDA (the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). His first appearance on the screen was ...

PERFORMANCES: Guy of Gisbourne in "Robin Hood" --- Lucas North in "Spooks"

Another actor I just love seeing in everything he does..

15. Harry Lloyd

Actor | The Theory of Everything

Harry Lloyd was born on November 17, 1983 in London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Theory of Everything (2014), The Iron Lady (2011) and Jane Eyre (2011).

PERFORMANCES: Matty Beckett in "The Fear" --- Viserys Targaryen in "Game of Thrones" (season 1, episode 1-6)

Again a super talented actor, who is always amazing ... also did a two-parter of Doctor Who, where he played a villain.. took me ages to realize it was him, for some reason =P

16. Andrew Lee Potts

Actor | Band of Brothers

Andrew was born on 29 October 1979 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, UK to dad Alan and mum Susan. He has a sister, Sarah-Jane, who is also an actor. He studied at Leeds Performing Arts School and started out in musical theatre. He is now a veteran TV actor and has been in a catalogue of all ...

PERFORMANCE: Hatter in "Alice" (Syfy-miniseries, 2009)

The first thing I saw him in was Syfy's Alice.. he was so bloody fabulous in it that I just needed another fix of him straight away, and ended up buying the series 1-3 box set of Primeval, because he was a lead in it. (I totally fell in love with that show. =P) ...his character on it - Connor Temple - is lovely, and I probably should have mentioned him as well, in the "performance" thingy to be honest.

17. Aneurin Barnard

Actor | Dunkirk

Aneurin Barnard was born on May 8, 1987 in Ogwr, Mid Glamorgan, Wales. He is an actor, known for Dunkirk (2017), Cilla (2014) and War & Peace (2016).

PERFORMANCES: Richard III in "The White Queen" --- David Bailey in "We'll Take Manhattan"

The first thing I saw him in was We'll Take Manhattan, which got me totally hooked on him, as he was EXCELLENT in it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he'll be cast in "The Night Circus" as the male lead, Marco Alisdair, as he's how I've been imagining him, when reading the book (which is my favourite, btw. =P)

18. Richard Coyle

Actor | Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Richard Coyle was born and raised in Sheffield, in the UK with his four brothers. He began his career when, studying politics and philosophy at York University (1992 - 1995), he got interested in amateur dramatics and traveled to the Edinburgh festival twice.

A decision to raise funds to study at ...

PERFORMANCES: Moist von Lipwig in "Going Postal" --- Tom Lowe in "Crossbones"

The first thing I saw him in was "Coupling" - totally loved it, not to mention HIM; his character is so out there and you can't help but find him adorable and repulsive at the same time. Currently I'm enjoying his performance on NBC's "Crossbones" - especially as he's reunited with Claire Foy, who also plays his love-interest in "Going Postal"

19. James Nesbitt

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

James Nesbitt was born in Ballymena, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to May, a civil servant, and James Nesbitt, a primary school headmaster. He was educated at Coleraine Academical Institution (also the school of Brian Campbell & Brian McAlister). He originally planned to be a French teacher. It ...

PERFORMANCE: Tom Jackman (Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde) in "Jekyll"

The first thing I remember seeing him in, where I actually became aware of his name and such was in "Canterbury Tales" - The Miller's Tale, which I initially watched because Billie Piper was in it.. excellent in that as well! =D

20. Robert Sheehan

Actor | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Robert Sheehan was born on January 7, 1988 in Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland as Robert Michael Sheehan. He is an actor and producer, known for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013), Misfits (2009) and Love/Hate (2010).

PERFORMANCES: Nathan Young in "Misfits" --- Billy in "Me and Mrs Jones"

Sadly the latter wasn't renewed after the first series; a shame really, as it was a very charming show.

21. Rupert Grint

Actor | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, England, the elder son of Joanne (Parsons) and Nigel Grint, who dealt in memorabilia. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993...

PERFORMANCE: Ben in "Driving Lessons"

By far the most naturally talented of "the Golden Trio" - at least when it comes to acting. Very versatile actor as well!

22. Karen Gillan

Actress | Selfie

Karen Sheila Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school,...

PERFORMANCES: Amy Pond on "Doctor Who" --- Nebula in "Guardians of the Galaxy"

Another person I love just as much for her personality as her acting talent. And what a talent indeed.

23. Freya Mavor

Actress | Sunshine on Leith

Mavor was born in Glasgow but grew up in Canonmills, Edinburgh, after moving there with her parents and older brother Alex. Her father James Mavor is an award-winning playwright who heads up the MA screen-writing course at Napier University. Her grandfather, Ronald Bingo Mavor, was The Scotsman's ...

PERFORMANCE: Elizabeth of York on "The White Queen"

Another extremely talented young lady. The first time I saw her was on Skins series 5, where she played Mini. I may not have liked the character to begin with, but it was obvious that the girl could act!

24. Tom Hanks

Producer | Cast Away

Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...

PERFORMANCES: Robert Langdon in "The Da Vinci Code"/"Angels and Demons" --- Viktor Navorski in "The Terminal" --- Walt Disney in "Saving Mr Banks" --- Joe Fox in "You've Got Mail"

Now I'll be honest, I'm not one of those people who think Forrest Gump is one of the greatest films ever made - sorry, but I don't. However I've always been a huge fan of Tom Hanks - ever since I watched "Splash" as a little girl - and it hardly needs saying that he's a magnificent actor, so in this case the performances mentioned above is more the films I love, that he's in, than what I'd deem "his greatest moments" as it were.

25. David Tennant

Actor | Doctor Who

David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided to become an actor, inspired by his love of Doctor Who (...

PERFORMANCES: Giacomo Casanova in "Casanova" --- Tenth Doctor on "Doctor Who"

My first 'meeting' with Mr Tennant was in the fourth Harry Potter film, which somehow a few years later lead to me watching "Doctor Who" and becoming obsessed with the show. Done a lot of great (and different) characters through the years.

26. Lars Mikkelsen

Actor | Headhunter

Lars was born in Gladsaxe near Copenhagen, Denmark as the first child of Bente Christiansen, an occupational health nurse, and Henning Mikkelsen, a bank clerk. Lars grew up in Copenhagen, where about one and a half years after him brother Mads was born, who's also an actor now. At first the family ...

PERFORMANCES: Troels Hartmann on "The Killing" --- Jens Otto Krag on "Krøniken" --- The Necromancer in "The Island of Lost Souls"

One of my favourite Danish actors (unlike his even more famous younger Brother, Mads! Yuck..) ...I mentioned his performance as the Necromancer as it was brilliant and chilling, even if people tend to diss the film! Random trivia: He does a lot of dubbing on various films/shows, including Miley's dad on "Hannah Montana" =P

27. Tatiana Maslany

Actress | Orphan Black

Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany was born September 22, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Renate, a translator, and Dan, a woodworker. She graduated from Dr. Martin LeBoldus High school in 2003. She was a well respected student, and participated as often as possible in school productions. She is well known...

PERFORMANCE: Sarah/Cosima/Alison/Helena/etcetera on "Orphan Black"

Yeah... pretty much. Amazing.

28. Nicolas Cage

Actor | Face/Off

Nicolas Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California, the son of comparative literature professor August Coppola (whose brother is director Francis Ford Coppola) and dancer/choreographer Joy Vogelsang. He is of Italian (father) and Polish, German, and English (mother) descent. Cage ...

PERFORMANCE: Benjamin Gates in "National Treasure"/"National Treasure: Book of Shadows"

Well.. I had to mention some "action stars" as well - it can't all be drama and seriousness =P

29. Tom Hardy

Actor | Inception

With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception (2010), English actor Tom Hardy has been brought to the attention of mainstream audiences worldwide. However, the versatile actor has been steadily working on both stage and screen since his ...

PERFORMANCES: Stuart Shorter in "Stuart: A Life Backwards" --- Eames in "Inception" --- Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights"

He was also pretty great (and unrecognisable!) in The Dark Knight Rises!

30. Harrison Ford

Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark

Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk,...

PERFORMANCES: President James Marshall in "Air Force One" --- Quinn Harris in "6 Days, 7 Nights"

Living legend...

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, ...

PERFORMANCES: Dr Hannibal Lector in "Silence of the Lambs"/"Hannibal"/"Red Dragon" --- Odin in "Thor"/"Thor: The Dark World" --- Don Diego de la Vega in "The Mask of Zorro" --- William Parrish in "Meet Joe Black"

Honestly, there are WAY to many great performances to mention. I put his performance as Odin on the list, because of how much he actually managed to make me hate him during the 2nd film.

32. Mark Strong

Actor | The Imitation Game

British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.

Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...

PERFORMANCES: Lord Blackwood in "Sherlock Holmes" --- Septimus in "Stardust"

Now he is one of those 'chameleon' actors, where as soon as you come to notice him and remember who he is and such, you'll be rewatcing things and suddenly realize how many times you've actually seen him before. Amazing actor!

33. Colin Firth

Actor | A Single Man

Colin Andrew Firth was born into an academic family in Grayshott, Hampshire, England. His mother, Shirley Jean (Rolles), was a comparative religion lecturer at the Open University, and his father, David Norman Lewis Firth, lectured on history at Winchester University College (formerly King Alfred's...

PERFORMANCE: King George VI in "The King's Speech"

Yeah, I'm boring and went with the obvious one. I'm sorry, but otherwise I'd have to mention every single film he's done. Always amazing.

34. Hugh Jackman

Actor | Les Misérables

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, multi-instrumentalist, dancer and producer. Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is best known for his long-running role as Wolverine in the X-Men film ...

PERFORMANCE: Robert Angier in "The Prestige"

In my opinion "The Prestige" is one of the greatest films ever made, so obviously that's the performance I'm gonna mention.

35. Toby Jones

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Toby Edward Heslewood Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones and Jennie Heslewood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, ...

PERFORMANCE: The Dream Lord on "Doctor Who" (Episode: Amy's Choice)

Now, this is another actor, who I feel manages to turn up in practically everything I watch! Hardly needs saying; the man's amazing!

36. David Dencik

Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

David Dencik was born on October 31, 1974 in Sweden as Karl David Sebastian Dencik. He is an actor, known for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), Broderskab (2009) and A Royal Affair (2012).

PERFORMANCES: Anders Assing in "Lykke" --- Toby Esterhase in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" ---

Another Danish favourite (technically he's Swedish, but I have claimed him on behalf of my country!). Been so exciting seeing him pop up in various films and shows in the past few years. And I'm very excited to seeing him in a lot of things in the next year's time (especially in "Serena").

37. Michael Sheen

Actor | Masters of Sex

Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus".

Sheen was born in Newport, Wales...

PERFORMANCE: Tony Blair in "The Queen"

Amazing actor.. not much else to say, I suppose.

38. Philip Glenister

Actor | Ashes to Ashes

Philip Glenister was born on February 10, 1963 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Ashes to Ashes (2008), Kingdom of Heaven (2005) and Life on Mars (2006). He has been married to Beth Goddard since 2006. They have two children.

PERFORMANCE: Gene Hunt on "Life on Mars"/"Ashes to Ashes"

Currently enjoying watching him as Mr. Gunn on the 2nd series of BBC's "Big School"

39. John Simm

Actor | Life on Mars

John Simm was born on 10 July 1970 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and grew up in Nelson, Lancashire. He attended Edge End High School, Nelson, Lancashire, followed by Blackpool Drama College at 16 and the Drama Centre, London, at 19. He lives with his wife, actress Kate Magowan, and their children Ryan ...

PERFORMANCES: The Master on "Doctor Who" --- Sam Tyler on "Life on Mars"

I love John Simm! I first came to know him as the Master on Doctor Who, and following that I watched Life on Mars, which is just an utterly fabulous show. Honestly, the man is amazing in everything, and I almost felt like listing a lot more performances, as the two I mentioned are really just 'scratching the surface'.. Very excited to see his new BBC America show, The Intruders, as well..