Favourite actresses and actors

by marcel-lorenz | created - 17 Sep 2015 | updated - 13 Nov 2016 | Public

1. Iris Berben

Actress | Krupp - Eine deutsche Familie

Iris Berben was born on August 12, 1950 in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She is an actress, known for Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace (2009), Rosa Roth (1994) and Silberhochzeit (2006).

2. Senta Berger

Actress | Unter Verdacht

Senta Berger was born in 1941 in Vienna, Austria to her father Josef Berger who was a musician and her mother Therese Berger, a school teacher. Senta and her father performed together when she was just four years old. She sang and her dad played the piano. At five years old, she took ballet lessons...

3. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

4. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

5. Corinna Harfouch

Actress | Der Untergang

Corinna Harfouch was born on October 16, 1954 in Suhl, German Democratic Republic as Corinna Meffert. She is an actress, known for Downfall (2004), Bibi Blocksberg (2002) and Vera Brühne (2001).

6. Emma Watson

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to British parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years,...

7. Christian Bale

Actor | The Dark Knight

Christian Charles Philip Bale was born in Pembrokeshire, Wales, UK on January 30, 1974, to English parents Jennifer "Jenny" (James) and David Bale. His mother was a circus performer and his father, who was born in South Africa, was a commercial pilot. The family lived in different countries ...

8. Anne Hathaway

Actress | Les Misérables

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series ...

9. Michael Caine

Actor | The Quiet American

Michael Caine was born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite in London, to Ellen Frances Marie (Burchell), a charlady, and Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, a fish-market porter. He left school at age 15 and took a series of working-class jobs before joining the British army and serving in Korea during the Korean ...

10. Ben Kingsley

Actor | Sexy Beast

Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Bhanji on December 31, 1943 in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England. His father, Rahimtulla Harji Bhanji, was a Kenyan-born medical doctor, of Gujarati Indian descent, and his mother, Anna Lyna Mary (Goodman), was an English actress. Ben began to act in stage plays during ...

11. 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 ...

12. Jake Gyllenhaal

Actor | Nightcrawler

Jacob Benjamin Gyllenhaal was born in Los Angeles, California, to producer/screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. He is the brother of actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played his sister in Donnie Darko (2001). His godmother is actress Jamie Lee Curtis. His mother is from...

13. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

14. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

15. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Les Misérables

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

16. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother...

17. Christopher Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...

18. Barbara Auer

Actress | The Book Thief

Barbara Auer was born on February 1, 1959 in Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Book Thief (2013), Nachtschicht (2003) and Meine Tochter gehört mir (1992).

19. Penny Johnson Jerald

Actress | 24

Penny Johnson Jerald was born on March 14, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is an actress, known for 24 (2001), Absolute Power (1997) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). She has been married to Gralin Jerald since June 22, 1982. They have one child.

20. Jayne Atkinson

Actress | Free Willy

Jayne Atkinson was born on February 18, 1959 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Free Willy (1993), The Village (2004) and 24 (2001). She has been married to Michel Gill since October 3, 1998. They have one child.

21. Erica Durance

Actress | The Butterfly Effect 2

Erica Durance was born on June 21, 1978 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is an actress and producer, known for Smallville (2001) and Saving Hope (2012). She grew up with an older brother and sister on a turkey farm in Three Hills. After school, she moved to Vancouver to start her acting career. ...

22. Katharina Thalbach

Actress | Der Minister

Katharina Thalbach was born on January 19, 1954 in East Berlin, East Germany. She is an actress and director, known for Der Minister (2013), The Tin Drum (1979) and Sophie's Choice (1982).

23. Zachary Quinto

Actor | Star Trek

Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Award ...

24. Sendhil Ramamurthy

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

Sendhil Ramamurthy (born May 17, 1974) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the NBC sci-fi drama Heroes and Jai Wilcox in the action spy series Covert Affairs. He appeared as Abhay in the Indian film Shor in the City. He played Gabriel Lowen in The ...

25. Michelle Forbes

Actress | Kalifornia

Michelle Forbes was born on January 8, 1965 in Austin, Texas, USA as Michelle Renee Forbes Guajardo. She is an actress, known for Kalifornia (1993), True Blood (2008) and Escape from L.A. (1996). She was previously married to Ross Kettle.

26. Kelly Rowan

Actress | The O.C.

Kelly Rowan is best known for playing "Kirsten Cohen" on The O.C. (2003) for which she won a Prism award for best actress. She recently starred in and executive-produced The Good Times Are Killing Me (2009) with Rupert Graves.

Her recent indie film credits include Jack and Jill vs. the World (2008) ...

27. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...

28. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

29. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

30. Wentworth Miller

Actor | Prison Break

Wentworth Miller is a compelling and critically acclaimed actor whose credits span both television and feature film.

Wentworth Earl Miller III was born June 2, 1972 in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, England, to American parents, Joy Marie (Palm), a special education teacher, and Wentworth Earl Miller...

31. Sebastian Blomberg

Actor | Der Baader Meinhof Komplex

Sebastian Blomberg was born on May 24, 1972 in Bergisch Gladbach, Germany. He is an actor, known for The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008), Zeit der Kannibalen (2014) and What to Do in Case of Fire (2001).

32. T.J. Thyne

Actor | How the Grinch Stole Christmas

TJ was born in Boston, Massachusetts, attended high school in Plano, Texas, graduated high school in 1993, and moved to Los Angeles to attend college. He attended the University of Southern California's theatre program, graduating in 1997. Through college, he worked as an extra in films (including ...

33. Gregory Smith

Actor | Small Soldiers

Gregory Edward Smith was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Terrea (Oster), an American-born actress, and Maurice Smith, a British-born film producer. His brother is actor Douglas Smith.

Gregory has starred in over 25 feature films, including The Patriot (2000), opposite Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger; ...

34. Barnaby Metschurat

Actor | Hey Bunny

Barnaby Metschurat was born on September 22, 1974 in West-Berlin, Germany. He is an actor and producer, known for Hey Bunny (2016), L'auberge espagnole (2002) and Anatomy 2 (2003).

35. 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, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

36. Michael Fassbender

Actor | Shame

Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, Germany, to a German father, Josef, and an Irish mother, Adele (originally from Larne, County Antrim, in Northern Ireland). Michael was raised in the town of Killarney, Co. Kerry, in south-west Ireland, where his family moved to when he was two years old. ...

37. Alan Rickman

Actor | Die Hard

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett) and Bernard Rickman, who worked at a factory. He had English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Alan had an older brother David, a younger brother Michael and a younger sister Sheila. When Alan was 8 years ...

38. Jared Padalecki

Actor | Supernatural

Jared Padalecki was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Sherri (Kammer), a teacher of English, and Gerald Padalecki, a tax accountant. He is of Polish (father) and German, English, Scottish, and French (mother) descent. Jared started to take acting lessons when he was 12. Then, he won the "Claim to Fame...

39. Oscar Isaac

Actor | Ex Machina

Oscar Isaac was born Óscar Isaac Hernández Estrada in Guatemala, to a Guatemalan mother, María Eugenia, and a Cuban father, Oscar Gonzalo Hernández-Cano, a pulmonologist. Oscar was raised in Miami, Florida. Before he became an actor, he played lead guitar and sang vocals in his band the Blinking ...

40. Ulrich Noethen

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Noethen was born on November 18, 1959 in Munich, Germany as Ulrich Schmidt. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), The Slurb (2001) and The Flying Classroom (2003). He was previously married to Friederike Wagner.

41. Gudrun Landgrebe

Actress | Die Katze

Gudrun Landgrebe was born on June 20, 1950 in Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany. She is an actress, known for The Cat (1988), Yerma (1984) and Rossini (1997). She has been married to Ulrich von Nathusius since June 2001.

42. Hannelore Elsner

Actress | Die Kommissarin

One of the pre-eminent divas of post-war German cinema, Hannelore Elsner (born 'Elstner') was the consummate actress: a gifted and versatile performer with a penchant for intense roles, often as emancipated, strong-willed women. A Bavarian engineer's daughter (her father died of tuberculosis when ...

43. Ulrich Matthes

Actor | Der Untergang

Ulrich Matthes was born on May 9, 1959 in West Berlin, West Germany. He is an actor, known for Downfall (2004), Feuerreiter (1998) and The Ninth Day (2004).

44. 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 ...

45. Alexander Skarsgård

Actor | True Blood

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden and is the eldest son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård. Among his siblings are actors Gustaf Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, and Valter Skarsgård. For most of his formative years, his father was an acclaimed actor in Europe but had not yet ...

46. Omid Abtahi

Actor | Brothers

Omid Abtahi is known for his work on Brothers (2009), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015) and Last Resort (2012).

47. Ian Somerhalder

Actor | The Vampire Diaries

Ian Somerhalder was born and raised in the small southern town of Covington, Louisiana. His mother, Edna (née Israel), is a massage therapist, and his father, Robert Somerhalder, is a building contractor. He has Cajun (French), English, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Boating, swimming, fishing and ...



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