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1. Tim Faraday
Actor | The Ghost Writer
Director | Rocketman
Dexter Fletcher is an English actor and director best known for Press Gang (1989) - where he played opposite real-life partner (at the time) Julia Sawalha - as well as directing Eddie the Eagle (2015) and Rocketman (2019), and finishing off Bohemian Rhapsody (2018) after Bryan Singer was fired. His...
3. Tom Hardy
Actor | Inception
With his breakthrough performance as Eames in Christopher Nolan's sci-fi 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 television debut...
4. Clarke Tribe
Actor | The Drugs Game
Clarke Tribe was born on November 25th 1982 in Crawley, west sussex. He spent the first twelve years of his life residing in Crawley, living with his mother (Wendy Thornback) and sister (Kerry Thornback), in a 3 bedroom terraced house on a council estate. One of Clarkes childhood dreams was to be a...
5. John Altman
Actor | An American Werewolf in London
John Altman was born on March 2, 1952 in Reading, Berkshire, England as John Clarkson Stewart. He is an actor and director, known for An American Werewolf in London (1981), My Lonely Me (2015) and EastEnders (1985). He was previously married to Bridget Pouhan.
6. Alan Ford
Actor | Snatch
Actor | Allied
Michael McKell was born in London and in the 1980s he was a prolific singer and song-writer. However, in 1991 he was involved in a near-fatal car crash which proved to be the catalyst for a career change. He studied acting for three years at the Lee Strasberg Institute and began on stage, in ...
8. James Cosmo
Actor | Braveheart
James Cosmo was born on October 27, 1947 in Clydebank, Dunbartonshire, Scotland as James Ronald Gordon Copeland. He is an actor, known for Braveheart (1995), Highlander (1986) and Troy (2004). He has been married to Annie Harris since May 24, 2000.
9. Bill Fellows
Actor | Lady Macbeth
Bill was born and bred in the North-East town of Middlesbrough, close to the North Yorkshire border, and trained at the Guildford drama school in the early Eighties.
Amongst his many Theatre credits are Mickey in the West End production of Blood Brothers, alongside Stephanie Lawrence, Tony ...
10. Luing Andrews
Actor | The Heavy
Born January 1963 in Richmond Surrey, Birth name Ian Andrews Luing Mason. British actor Luing Andrews began his career as a stunt man and directly after training was offered his first feature 'Called Home', daring Luing not only acted in this exciting film but also performed his own stunts ...
11. Matt Di Angelo
Actor | Hustle
12. Nick Nevern
Writer | Trigger Finger!
Nick Nevern is a British actor and Director. Nick spent some time in Russia, returning years later to London, where he started his acting career.
He first appeared on our TV screens in 2002 in the 'made-for-tv' film Out Of Control, a depiction of the lives of three boys sent to a young offenders ...
13. 50 Cent
Soundtrack | Get Rich or Die Tryin'
Born in the South Jamaica section of Queens, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson has lived in New York City all his life. He was raised by his grandparents after his father ran out and his mother was shot when he was only eight. Growing up, the Queens rapper originally wanted to be a heavyweight boxer, but ...
14. Ian Pirie
Actor | Les Misérables
Married to the actress Victoria Donovan. He turned professional in 1996 when with no formal training landed a role im the critically acclaimed, West End Revival of Jesus Christ Superstar in London. He understudied and played Valjean in the legendary London musical.
Played Quasimodo in Notre Dame de ...
15. Ross Kemp
Actor | EastEnders
Ross Kemp was born on July 21, 1964 in Barking, Essex, England. His mother, Jean, was a hairdresser and his father, John, was a policeman with the Metropolitan Police force. He has a brother named Darren who is a documentary producer for the BBC.
Ross attended Shenfield High School, where he is ...
16. Nick Moran
Nick Moran was born on December 23, 1969 in East End, London, England as Nick James Moran. He is an actor and producer, known for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). He was ...
17. Danny Dyer
Actor | The Football Factory
Danny Dyer was born in the Custom House area of east London, England, on 24th July 1977. Danny was spotted at a Sunday Drama School for underprivileged kids, in Kentish Town, by the agent Charlotte Kelly who got him an audition for the part of Martin Fletcher in the Granada Television series Prime ...
18. Pooja Shah
Actress | Bend It Like Beckham
Pooja Shah was born on 8th August 1979 in North London in a Kenyan-Asian family. Grandparents migrated to Kenya from Gujarat in Western India and so the ancestral roots are there.
After studying at local Nursery, Infants and Junior school, she did GCSE at a Girls Grammar School. Took a year out from...
19. Alison Pargeter
Actress | The National Union of Space People
20. Amelie Leroy
Actress | Dark Signal
21. Jason Statham
Actor | Crank
Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has ...
22. Vinnie Jones
Actor | Snatch
Vincent Peter Jones was born on January 5, 1965 in Watford, England. He first came to public notice as a professional footballer, playing in the English Football League. Noted as one of football's hard men, he leaped to fame when a photographer, at a match, snapped him "marking" Newcastle United's ...
23. Katie Jarvis
Actress | Fish Tank
24. Jack McMullen
Actor | Ford v Ferrari
25. David Spinx
Actor | EastEnders
26. Danielle Harold
Actress | EastEnders
27. Brian Capron
Actor | Coronation Street
Brian Capron was born on February 11, 1947 in Eye, Suffolk, England. He is an actor, known for Coronation Street (1960), Emma (1996) and 101 Dalmatians (1996). He has been married to Jacqueline Bucknell since June 2, 2003. They have one child. He was previously married to Janette Legge.
Actor | The Bill
Worked in the Merchant Navy, trained as a Graphic Designer and worked as a minicab driver. First drama job was Assistant Stage Manager at the Richmond Theatre. First acting role was in the play "Woman in a Dressing Gown" at said theatre. First break was a guest appearance in The Sweeney (1974).
29. Rita Simons
Actress | EastEnders
Rita Simons was born on March 10, 1977 in Essex, England as Rita Joanne Simons. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), The Krays: Dead Man Walking (2018) and The House on Cold Hill. She has been married to Theo Silveston since August 29, 2004. They have two children.
30. Dean Kilbey
Actor | All the Money in the World
Dean Kilbey is a English Actor born in Islington, London. He originally started on the stage performing stand up comedy for two years . Then in 2004 he joined and trained at the Artist Theatre School under respected British actress Amanda Redman MBE. Since then, Dean has gone on to shoot many ...
31. Jason Flemyng
Jason Flemyng was born on September 25, 1966 in Putney, London, England as Jason Iain Flemyng. He is an actor and producer, known for Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003). He has been married to Elly ...
32. Craig Conway
Actor | Mara
Craig Conway was born in 1975 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Mara (2018), Final Score (2018) and Broken (2016). He has been married to Brooke Laing since 2016. He was previously married to Jill Halfpenny.
33. Ricky Grover
Actor | Big Fat Gypsy Gangster
Ricky Grover was born on December 24, 1961 in London, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Big Fat Gypsy Gangster (2011), Revolver (2005) and Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (2004). He is married to Maria Grover. They have one child.