My favorite British actors and actressesby meerschweinchen_freunde | created - 20 Dec 2012 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public
Actor | Casino Royale
Tobias was born in London. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998 and began his acting career in popular UK series such as Foyle's War (2002), Midsomer Murders (1997), and Casualty (1986). He also appeared in the controversial drama A Very Social Secretary (2005). He is ...
2. Oliver Chris
Actor | Green Wing
Oliver was born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. After studying there since 1997, he graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama in 2000 and he soon appeared in the BBC big-budget adaptation of the classic novel Lorna Doone (2000). He followed this with another BBC Show, The Office (...
3. Mark Gatiss
Actor | The League of Gentlemen
Mark Gatiss is an accomplished author, actor and playwright. Originally from Sedgefield, County Durham, he graduated from Bretton Hall Drama College with a BA (honors) in Theatre Arts.
He was one-quarter of the award-winning comedy team The League of Gentlemen (1999), and became heavily involved in ...
4. 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 ...
5. Robson Green
Actor | Touching Evil
Robson Golightly Green was born on 18 December 1964 in Hexham, Northumberland, England, to Robson and Ann Green. He has two sisters, Dawn and Joanna; a wife, Vanya Seager; and a son (born in 2000). He began his TV/film career on Casualty (1986) as hospital porter Jimmy Powell. He then appeared in ...
6. Ian McShane
Actor | Deadwood
From a lawless, foul-mouthed saloon owner in "Deadwood" to a tough, no-nonsense British gangster in "Sexy Beast," Ian McShane has virtually cornered the market on playing rogues, villains, and all-around badasses.
A natural at portraying complex anti-heroes and charismatic heavies, the classically ...
7. Anton Lesser
British actor Anton Lesser (b. 1952) has played many of the principal Shakespearian roles for the Royal Shakespeare Company (Associate Artist since 1990), including Petruchio, Romeo and Richard III. He is very active in radio (BBC) and spoken word audio. Over a dozen recordings range from Paradise ...
Actor | Shakespeare in Love
Martin Clunes was born the son of the noted Shakespearean actor Alec Clunes. He was educated at the Royal Russell School in Surrey and the Arts Educational School in Chiswick, London. He made his television debut playing an alien prince opposite Peter Davison in Doctor Who: Snakedance: Part One (...
Mackenzie Crook, one of British comedy's best-known faces, who collected Star Wars figurines as a child, is now immortalized in plastic as a six-inch-high pirate action figure. He was born Paul Mackenzie Crook on September 29, 1971, in Maidstone, Kent, England, UK. His father worked for British ...
10. 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 ...
11. Brendan Coyle
Actor | Downton Abbey
Brendan Coyle was born in Corby, Northamptonshire to an Irish father and Scottish mother; his parents moved to Corby from County Tyrone, Ireland. Brendan holds Irish citizenship and has previously lived in Dublin and London. However, according to a video clip from the site for "Rockface" he resides...
12. Iain Glen
Actor | Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Iain Glen is a Scottish actor, who was born on June 24, 1961 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was educated at the Edinburgh Academy, an independent school for boys (now co-educational), followed by the University of Aberdeen. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where he was the winner of...
13. Kevin McNally
Kevin McNally was born on April 27, 1956, in Bristol, England. He grew up in Birmingham where he attended Redhill and Mapledene Junior schools and Central Grammar School for Boys. At the age of 16, he got his first job at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. A year later he received a scholarship to the ...
14. Peter Davison
Actor | Doctor Who
Peter Moffett, now better known by his stage name Peter Davison, was born on 13 April 1951 in the Streatham area of London. In 1961, he and his family - parents Sheila and Claude (an electrical engineer who hailed from British Guiana) and his sisters Barbara, Pamela and Shirley moved to Knaphill, ...
Actor | Skyfall
Nicholas - or Nick - Woodeson, born in 1949 in England to British parents - spent his early childhood in Haifa, Israel, in line with his parents' diplomatic postings. He recalls that his first taste of thespian glory was reciting A.A. Milne poems to family friends at the age of six. Nick's strong ...
16. Kit Harington
Actor | Game of Thrones
Kit Harington was born Christopher Catesby Harington in Acton, London, to Deborah Jane (Catesby), a former playwright, and David Richard Harington, a businessman. His mother named him after 16th century British playwright and poet Christopher Marlowe, whose first name was shortened to Kit, a name ...
17. Peter Vaughan
Actor | Brazil
A true character actor in the best sense of the word, offbeat British thespian Peter Vaughan's hefty frame could appear intimidating or marshmallow benevolent; his beady, hollow eyes menacing or tender; his mere presence menacing or avuncular. Adept at playing both sides of the law, his characters ...
20. Jonny Lee Miller
Actor | Mindhunters
Jonny Lee Miller (sometimes credited with an H) was born on November 15, 1972, in Kingston, England, UK, to actors Anna Lee and Alan Miller, and the grandson of actor Bernard Lee. After appearing in many high school plays at his selective state grammar school, Jonny dropped out at 17, to pursue ...
21. Ewan McGregor
Actor | Moulin Rouge!
Ewan Gordon McGregor was born on March 31, 1971 in Perth, Perthshire, Scotland, to Carol Diane (Lawson) and James Charles McGregor, both teachers. His uncle is actor Denis Lawson. He was raised in Crieff. At age 16, he left Morrison Academy to join the Perth Repertory Theatre. His parents ...
22. 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...
23. Sam Heughan
Actor | Outlander
Sam Roland Heughan was born April 30, 1980 in Balmaclellan, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. An accomplished stage and screen actor best known for his leading roles in Starz TV Series Outlander (2014-2018), A Princess for Christmas (2011), and A Very British Sex Scandal (2007). He attended the ...
25. Paul Copley
Actor | Downton Abbey
Paul Copley was born on November 25, 1944 in Denby Dale, West Yorkshire, England as Paul Mackriell Copley. He is an actor, known for Downton Abbey (2010), The Remains of the Day (1993) and Zulu Dawn (1979). He has been married to Natasha Pyne since July 6, 1972.
26. Jared Harris
Jared Francis Harris was born in London, England. He is the son of Irish actor Richard Harris and Welsh actress Elizabeth Harris (Elizabeth Rees), and brother of Damian Harris and Jamie Harris. Despite his lineage, Jared showed little interest in becoming an actor, until he was cast in a college ...
27. James Fleet
Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral
James Fleet was born on March 11, 1952 in Bilston, Staffordshire, England as James Edward Fleet. He is an actor, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), The Phantom of the Opera (2004) and Sense and Sensibility (1995). He has been married to Jane Booker since 1984. They have one child.
28. Kevin Doyle
Actor | Downton Abbey
Kevin Doyle is an English actor. He was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, England in 1961. He is better known as the perpetually unlucky butler-turned-footman Molesley in Downton Abbey (2010). He has appeared in shows such as Happy Valley (2014), Scott & Bailey (2011), and the 2016 ITV TV ...
29. Jim Carter
Actor | Transformers: The Last Knight
Jim Carter was born on August 19, 1948 in Harrogate, Yorkshire, England as James Edward Carter. He is an actor, known for Transformers: The Last Knight (2017), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Downton Abbey (2010). He has been married to Imelda Staunton since October 1983. They have one child.
Actor | Spooks
Rupert Penry-Jones was born on September 22, 1970 in London, England as Rupert William Penry-Jones. He is an actor, known for MI-5 (2002), The Four Feathers (2002) and Persuasion (2007). He has been married to Dervla Kirwan since August 2007. They have two children.
33. John Heffernan
Actor | Eye in the Sky
John was born in Billericay in Essex in 1981 to a couple of teachers, one of four brothers. He became interested in theatre as a young boy watching The Animated Shakespeare Tales on television and, when his parents separated and he moved with his mother to a village near to Stratford-on-Avon he ...
34. 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 ...
35. John Woodvine
Actor | An American Werewolf in London
John Woodvine was born on July 21, 1929 in Tyne Dock, South Shields, England. He is an actor, known for An American Werewolf in London (1981), Miss Potter (2006) and Edge of Darkness (1985). He has been married to Lynn Farleigh since 1996. He was previously married to Hazel Wright.
Actor | The Ritual
Robert James-Collier was born on September 23, 1976 in Stockport (Salford), Greater Manchester, England. He is an actor, known for Downton Abbey (for which he won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series), The Ritual (2017) and Coronation Street (...
38. 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 ...
40. Julian Glover
Julian Wyatt Glover was born on March 27, 1935 in Hampstead, London, England, to Honor Ellen Morgan (Wyatt), a BBC journalist, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer. He is of English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Primarily a classical stage actor, Glover trained at the National Youth ...
41. John Nettles
Actor | Midsomer Murders
John Nettles has been a familiar face on British and International television screens for over thirty years.
From his early beginnings in the UK hit comedy The Liver Birds (1969), he became a household name overnight playing the Jersey detective "Jim Bergerac". The series, Bergerac (1981), was a ...
43. Ronald Pickup
Actor | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Educated at Leeds University, he trained at RADA then joined Olivier's National Theatre Company at the Old Vic where he spent 7 years. On television he won acclaim as George Orwell in 'Orwell on Jura'. He won his only award - 'Sony Best Actor' for 1986 for 'The Awful Insulation of Rage' on radio
44. Tim Pigott-Smith
Actor | V for Vendetta
British classical stage and TV actor Tim Pigott-Smith was a familiar face both here and in his native England. A drama major, he graduated from the University of Bristol in 1967 (where he frequently returned to lecture) and made his professional debut two years later with the Bristol Old Vic. ...
45. Matthew Goode
Actor | Stoker
Matthew William Goode (born 3 April 1978) is an English actor. His films include Chasing Liberty (2004), Match Point (2005), Imagine Me and You (2006), Brideshead Revisited (2008), Watchmen (2009), A Single Man (2009), Leap Year (2010), Stoker (2013) and The Imitation Game (2014). Goode also ...
49. Jim Broadbent
Actor | Moulin Rouge!
One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a ...
52. Richard Dillane
Actor | Argo
Richard Dillane was born near London. He graduated in philosophy from Manchester University and spent ten years in Australia where he has citizenship through his father and where, besides acting, his occupations included directing for theatre and opera, fruit-picking, demolition and wilderness ...
53. Richard E. Grant
Actor | Gosford Park
Richard E. Grant was born on May 5, 1957 in Mbabane, Hhohho, Swaziland as Richard Grant Esterhuysen. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) and Withnail & I (1987). He has been married to Joan Washington since November 1, 1986. They have two children.
55. 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 ...
57. Richard Hope
Actor | Piece of Cake
Born in Kettering and brought up in Norfolk, Mr. Hope attended Oakham School in Rutland from 1967 - 1971 and trained at the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain from 1972 - 1976. He is a member of the National Youth Theatre Association and an Associate Member of Complicite. A brilliant character...
59. David Bradley
Actor | The World's End
David Bradley was born on April 17, 1942 in York, Yorkshire, England as David John Bradley. He is an actor, known for The World's End (2013), Hot Fuzz (2007) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011). He has been married to Rosanna Bradley since 1978. They have one child.
61. Bill Nighy
Actor | Love Actually
Bill Nighy is an award-winning British character actor. He was born William Francis Nighy on December 12, 1949 in Caterham, Surrey, England, to Catherine Josephine (Whittaker), a psychiatric nurse from Glasgow, and Alfred Martin Nighy, who was English-born and managed a garage in Croydon.
62. Julian Wadham
Actor | The English Patient
Julian Wadham was born on August 7, 1958 in Ware, Hertfordshire, England as Julian Neil Rohan Wadham. He is an actor, known for The English Patient (1996), The Madness of King George (1994) and Goya's Ghosts (2006). He was previously married to Shirley Cassedy.
Actor | Anonymous
Sebastian Armesto (born 3 June 1982) is an English film, television and theatre actor. He is the son of the historian Felipe Fernandez-Armesto. He was educated at Eton College. Armesto has acted in high-profile theatre productions in Britain, including three shows at the National Theatre and one at...
64. Jack Davenport
Jack Davenport was born in 1973 and is the son of actors Maria Aitken and Nigel Davenport. He studied Literature and Film Studies at the University of East Anglia. His first break happened after he wrote to John Cleese to ask to be a runner on Fierce Creatures (1997) where he ended up playing a zoo...
66. Jack Hawkins
Actor | Call the Midwife
After reading Jurisprudence at Oxford University, Jack trained at the prestigious London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art. Sir Trevor Nunn, after seeing his performance as Iago in a modern retelling of Shakespeare's Othello, cast Jack in his stage adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's novel Birdsong. ...
68. Martin Compston
Actor | Doomsday
Martin Compston grew up in Greenock, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire. He spent his teen years going to see soccer (football) team Celtic with his brother Barry and dreamed one day he would play for them. He attended St. Columba's High School in Gourock, Inverclyde, where he passed through his Standard ...
75. Ian McDiarmid
Ian McDiarmid was born on August 11, 1944 in Carnoustie, Tayside, Scotland. He studied for a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, but eventually found that his calling was in theatre. He went to the Royal Academy in Glasgow, where he received the prestigious gold...
76. Denis Lawson
Actor | Star Wars
Denis Lawson was born on September 27, 1947 in Crieff, Perthshire, Scotland as Denis Stamper Lawson. He is an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980).
77. Ewen Bremner
Actor | Trainspotting
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Ewen Bremner has worked with many of the most respected directors in world cinema, including Danny Boyle, Mike Leigh, Ridley Scott, Joon-Ho Bong, Werner Herzog and Woody Allen. Ewen has established himself by creating unique characters in critically acclaimed films, as ...
79. Ian Hart
Ian Hart, born in England, began acting while a student in Liverpool, England, United Kingdom. He stumbled into acting almost accidentally, but was cast in the play "The Government Inspector". He continued to work in British theatre and television, and first gained recognition for portraying John ...
81. Nigel Havers
Actor | Chariots of Fire
From school he attended a drama school attached to the Oxford Playhouse and at the same time worked in university productions always in revues and comedies. He appeared in Twelfth Night in a revue at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which transferred to London where it was seen by an American director...
86. Julian Seager
Actor | Death Race: Beyond Anarchy
Julian Seager is an English award winning character Actor. Julian splits his time between the USA and UK. He appears in box office hit Fisherman's Friends and has recently had a lead role in the political horror movie Election Night. He has had featured roles on TV shows such as Bafta Award Winning...
88. Damian Lewis
Actor | Band of Brothers
Damian Lewis was born on February 11, 1971, in St. John's Wood, London, England, to Charlotte Mary (Bowater), from an upper-class background, and J. Watcyn Lewis, a city broker whose own parents were Welsh. He was raised on Abbey Road in London until the age of 8 with his siblings Gareth, William, ...
89. Frankie Fox
Actor | Grandpa's Great Escape
Frankie started his professional acting career as a child - most notably playing the regular role of Philip in Peter Kay's BBC 2 series 'Cradle to Grave' (2015). Following this, he made his professional theatre debut aged 18 - as the lead role of Liam in 'Boy' at the Almeida Theatre, London in 2016...
91. Charles Dance
Actor | Gosford Park
Charles Dance is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones (2011), Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986),...
92. 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 ...
Actor | Dracula Untold
Born in 1988 at Leamington Spa. Warwickshire, to knighted British actor Ben Kingsley and his theatrical director wife Alison Sutcliffe, Ferdinand has a brother Edmund and they both began appearing on stage in no-speaking roles as children. He also a brother Thomas Alexis Bhanji and sister Jasmine ...
97. Alan Davies
Actor | Jonathan Creek
Alan lived in Loughton, Essex for most of his life, until he left to pursue a career in comedy. He now lives in Islington in north London. He is the second of three children, born in Essex, and has an older brother and a younger sister. He was raised by his father, an accountant when his mother ...
100. Ben Caplan
Actor | Call the Midwife
Ben was born in October 1974, the son of West End producer Simon Caplan, and has an older sister Amanda. Despite going to see his father's productions he had no interest in acting as a child until, aged about thirteen, he was terrifically impressed by the play "The Woman in Black". Leaving school ...