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Actor | Sleuth
Laurence Olivier could speak William Shakespeare's lines as naturally as if he were "actually thinking them", said English playwright Charles Bennett, who met Olivier in 1927.
Laurence Kerr Olivier was born in Dorking, Surrey, England, to Agnes Louise (Crookenden) and Gerard Kerr Olivier, a High ...
2. Al Pacino
Actor | Serpico
One of the greatest actors in all of film history, Al Pacino established himself during one of cinema's most vibrant decades, the 1970s, and has become an enduring and iconic figure in the world of American movies.
Alfredo James Pacino was born on April 25, 1940 in Manhattan, New York City, to an ...
Actor | The Omen
Anthony Nicholls was born on October 16, 1902 in Windsor, Berkshire, England as Sydney Horace Nicholls. He was an actor, known for The Omen (1976), Battle of Britain (1969) and The River Flows East (1962). He was married to Faith Kent. He died on February 22, 1977 in London, England.
4. Jeremy Irons
Actor | Dead Ringers
British actor Jeremy Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wight, a small island off the south coast of England. He is the son of Barbara Anne Brereton (Sharpe) and Paul Dugan Irons, an accountant. Young Jeremy didn't prove very fond of figures. He visited mainland England only once a year. He wound up ...
5. Jeremy Brett
Actor | My Fair Lady
The refined and debonair English actor Jeremy Brett will forever be best remembered for his long-running and critically acclaimed portrayal of Sherlock Holmes for Britain's Granada Television. From a privileged background, Brett was educated at England's most prestigious independent school, Eton ...
Actor | Shakespeare in Love
Joseph Alberic Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is one of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Ralph Fiennes, an actor; Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus Fiennes, a...
Actress | Dennis the Menace
Dame Joan Ann Plowright, the Baroness Olivier, is one of the most distinguished actors of her generation. She may be best remembered as the third wife and widow of Laurence Olivier, generally considered the greatest anglophone actor of the 20th Century, but she had a distinguished career of her own...
8. Lynn Collins
Actress | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Viola Lynn Collins was born in Houston, Texas, to Patricia Lynn (Campbell) and Phillip Dean Collins. She attended the Juilliard School for Drama and had a great deal of Shakespearean training before being cast as "Portia" in "The Merchant of Venice". She also played "Ophelia" in a production of "...
Actor | Nicholas and Alexandra
Michael Jayston was born on October 29, 1935 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Michael James. He is an actor, known for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Doctor Who (1963) and The Wednesday Play (1964). He has been married to Elizabeth Ann Smithson since 1978. They have two children. He was ...
10. Kris Marshall
Actor | Love Actually
Kris Marshall was born on April 1, 1973 in Bath, Somerset, England. He is an actor, known for Love Actually (2003), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Death at a Funeral (2007). He has been married to Hannah Dodkins since February 4, 2012. They have two children.
11. Louise Purnell
Actress | Clayhanger
Louise Purnell was born on May 29, 1942 in Purley, Surrey, England. She is an actress, known for Clayhanger (1976), Three Sisters (1970) and The Merchant of Venice (1973). She has been married to Andrew Roberston since 1974.
Actress | Hidalgo
Zuleikha Robinson was born on June 29, 1977 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Hidalgo (2004), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Homeland (2011). She was previously married to Sean Doyle.
13. Malcolm Reid
Actor | Nicholas Nickleby
14. Charlie Cox
Actor | The Theory of Everything
Charlie Thomas Cox was born in London, England, to Patricia C. A. (Harley) and Andrew Frederick Seaforth Cox, a publisher. He has English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry, and descends from several prominent forebears (Baronets of Agnew and Carnegie, an Earl of Findlater, and a Colonial Governor of ...
15. Anna Carteret
Actress | Poirot
Anna Carteret was born on December 11, 1942 in Bangalore, India as Annabelle Susan Wilkinson. She is an actress, known for Agatha Christie's Poirot (1989), The Plank (1967) and Juliet Bravo (1980). She was previously married to Christopher Morahan.
Actress | The Pleasure of Your Company
17. 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 The Machine (2013).
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18. Mackenzie Crook
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 ...
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19. Barry James
20. John Sessions
Actor | The Good Shepherd
Actor and comedian known for his various roles on film, TV and stage. He was born in Largs, Scotland, in 1953. He has an older brother and a twin sister. His debut film was The Sender (1982), a horror feature in which he played a patient. His next film was The Bounty (1984) with Mel Gibson and ...
Actor | EastEnders
22. Gregor Fisher
Actor | Love Actually
Gregor Fisher, born Gregor McKenzie, was raised in Neilston by adoptive parents Cis and John Leckie. His first regular television appearance was in 1979 when he appeared alongside Rikki Fulton in the BBC sketch show 'Scotch & Wry'. As he became more recognized, he was in demand for more television ...
Actor | Othello
Kenneth MacKintosh was born on November 19, 1919 in Dorset, England. He was an actor, known for Othello (1965), Three Sisters (1970) and Kidnapped (1963). He was married to Anne Butchart. He died on October 29, 2006 in London, England.
24. Allan Corduner
Actor | Defiance
Born in Stockholm, Sweden to a German mother and Russo-Finnish father, Allan Corduner moved to England with his parents at the age of one year old, growing up in London. His parents were artistic and encouraged his early ambition to become a concert pianist - he is still extremely accomplished on ...
25. Benjamin Whitrow
Actor | Chicken Run
Benjamin Whitrow was a softly-spoken, RADA-trained English actor who performed on stage from 1959. He worked for seven years in the 1960s under the direction of Laurence Olivier at the National Theatre. He was also a prolific actor on screen, usually seen in avuncular roles. He is probably best ...
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26. Anton Rodgers
Actor | Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Anton Rodgers was born on January 10, 1933 in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, England as Anthony Rodgers. He was an actor, known for Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and The Prisoner (1967). He was married to Elizabeth Garvie and Morna Watson. He died on December 1, 2007 in ...
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27. Stephen Greif
Actor | Spartan
Stephen Greif was born on Aug 26, 1944 in Highgate, London. He is an Honours graduate from The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is also a recent and past Member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and a Laurence Olivier and London Critics Circle award winning nominee for his work at The National ...
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28. David Harewood
Actor | Blood Diamond
David Harewood was born on December 8, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He is an actor and director, known for Blood Diamond (2006), The Merchant of Venice (2004) and Supergirl (2015). He has been married to Kirsty Handy since February 26, 2013. They have two children.
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29. Charles Kay
Actor | Amadeus
30. Antonio Gil
Actor | Quantum of Solace
Actor | Mousehunt