Fave actors/actresses and performances

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
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1.
Natalie Dormer
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-present), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the science-fiction adventure films The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) and Part 2 (2015)...
“ 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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
2.
Benedict Cumberbatch
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 Cumberbatch CMG...
“ 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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
3.
Johnny Depp
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 out of school when he was 15...
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
4.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). 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 American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ PERFORMANCE: Alice in "Closer"

She's also one of those actresses I just generally love to watch.. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
5.
Rachel McAdams
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 was...
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
6.
James McAvoy
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 went to St Thomas Aquinas Secondary in Jordanhill...
“ 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!) ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
7.
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
8.
Juno Temple
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 Temple. She has English and Scottish ancestry...
“ 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) ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
9.
Tom Hiddleston
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 school...
“ 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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
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, Jane Eyre, and as "Alice Morgan" in the BBC-TV psychological crime drama, Luther, since 2010. She has also appeared in Anna Karenina, The Lone Ranger, and Saving Mr. Banks...
“ 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.) ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
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. Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David Smith...
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
12.
Colin O'Donoghue
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 split between theatre and television work in Ireland and the UK...
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
13.
Jennifer Lawrence
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, 1990 in Louisville...
“ 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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
14.
Richard Armitage
Richard Crispin Armitage was born in Leicester, to Margaret (Hendey) and John. He studied at Pattison College in Coventry, where he discovered his love for acting. In later years he took part in many theatre productions all over the UK, from musical theatre (Cats) to classical theatre (Death of a Salesman)...
“ PERFORMANCES: Guy of Gisbourne in "Robin Hood" --- Lucas North in "Spooks"

Another actor I just love seeing in everything he does.. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
15.
“ 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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
16.
Andrew Lee Potts
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 that is best in British television.
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
17.
“ 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) ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
18.
Richard Coyle
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 the...
“ 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" ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
19.
James Nesbitt
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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
20.
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
21.
Rupert Grint
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 and 1996 respectively, and last, but not least, Charlotte, who was born in 1999...
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
22.
Karen Gillan
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, Charleston Academy...
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
23.
Freya Mavor
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 theatre critic in the early 1960s before he became the director of the Scottish Arts Council...
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
24.
Tom Hanks
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 called a "fractured" family...
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
25.
David Tennant
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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
26.
Lars Mikkelsen
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 lived...
“ 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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
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 for her participation in the Canadian Improv Games...
“ PERFORMANCE: Sarah/Cosima/Alison/Helena/etcetera on "Orphan Black"

Yeah... pretty much. Amazing. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
28.
Nicolas Cage
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 changed his name early in his career to make his own reputation...
“ 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 ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
29.
Tom Hardy
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's science fiction thriller Inception, 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 television debut in the miniseries Band of Brothers...
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
30.
Harrison Ford
Actor, Star Wars
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, Belarus...
“ PERFORMANCES: President James Marshall in "Air Force One" --- Quinn Harris in "6 Days, 7 Nights"

Living legend... ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
31.
Anthony Hopkins
Actor, Hannibal
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, he moved to London and joined the National Theatre...
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
32.
Mark Strong
British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, 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 Austrian mother and an Italian father...
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
33.
Colin Firth
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 College) in Winchester...
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
34.
Hugh Jackman
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 series...
“ 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. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
35.
Toby Jones
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, a director...
“ 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! ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
36.
“ 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"). ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
37.
Michael Sheen
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, the only son of Irene (Thomas) and Meyrick Sheen...
“ PERFORMANCE: Tony Blair in "The Queen"

Amazing actor.. not much else to say, I suppose. ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
38.
“ 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" ” - TheDoctorsMistress
 
39.
John Simm
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 (born 13 August 2001) and Molly (born February 2007)...
“ 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.. ” - TheDoctorsMistress