Central School of Drama & Speechby Sylviastel | created - 15 Jul 2012 | updated - 26 Feb 2016 | Public
Actress | Atonement
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, ...
Actress | Drop Zone
Claire was born in London, England. Her father is English and her mother is German. They moved to Canada when she was very young so even though she has a British passport she considers herself a Canadian. She went to school in Toronto and grew up around the High Park area. She worked as a model in ...
3. Betsy Blair
Actress | Marty
Betsy Blair was born in Cliffside, New Jersey, a child model before finding work as a chorus dancer at the early age of 15. She received her first mini-break on Broadway in "Panama Hattie" in 1940 delivering a single line, but by the next year she had copped the ingénue lead in William Saroyan's "...
Actor | The Golden Compass
Jack Shepherd was born in Leeds, on October 29th, 1940. His father was a cabinet maker and his mother an infant school teacher. He was educated at Roundhay School, Leeds and went on to study fine art at Kings College, Newcastle. After gaining a BA in Fine Art, he first studied acting at the Central...
5. Naomi Chance
Actress | He Who Rides a Tiger
Naomi Chance attended Central School of Drama. After a short period in repertory and on tour she obtained a small screen part and followed this with some starring roles in films opposite some American stars appearing in British films. She became well-known on British TV for her appearances as ...
Actor | Mrs Brown
Richard Pasco was born on July 18, 1926 in Barnes, London, England as Richard Edward Pasco. He was an actor, known for Mrs Brown (1997), The Watcher in the Woods (1980) and The Man Who Finally Died (1959). He was married to Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Greta Watson. He died on November 12, 2014 in ...
8. Bob Mason
Actor | The Emperor's New Clothes
Bob Mason was born on July 29, 1951 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England as Robert William Mason. He was an actor and writer, known for The Emperor's New Clothes (2001), Coronation Street (1960) and Fortysomething (2003). He was married to Heppell, Janet. He died on September 21, 2004 in Cambridge, ...
11. Andrew Garfield
Actor | The Social Network
Andrew Russell Garfield was born in Los Angeles, California, to a British mother, Lynn (Hillman), and father, Richard Garfield. When he was three, he moved to Surrey, U.K., with his parents and older brother. He is of English and Polish Jewish heritage. Andrew was raised in a middle class family, ...
12. Martin Freeman
Actor | Black Panther
Martin Freeman is an English actor, known for portraying Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office (2001), Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock (2010) and Lester Nygaard in the dark ...
13. Carrie Fisher
Actress | Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Burbank, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She was an actress and writer known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return ...
Actress | Asylum
Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel ...
Actor | Mozart in the Jungle
Gael García Bernal was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to Patricia Bernal, an actress and model, and José Ángel García, an actor and director. His stepfather is cinematographer Sergio Yazbek. García Bernal began his acting career as a child, working with his parents in a variety of plays. When...
16. Joseph Morgan
Actor | The Originals
Joseph Morgan was born in London and spent his childhood with his family in Swansea, Wales. Morgan moved back to London in his late teens to study acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama. While there he continued to write and experiment with filmmaking, participating in student films and ...
17. Jennifer Ehle
Actress | Zero Dark Thirty
Jennifer Ehle was born on December 29, 1969 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA as Jennifer Anne Ehle. She is an actress, known for Zero Dark Thirty (2012), A Quiet Passion (2016) and Little Men (2016). She has been married to Michael Scott Ryan since November 29, 2001. They have two children.
18. Rupert Everett
Actor | My Best Friend's Wedding
Rupert James Hector Everett was born in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk, to Sara (Maclean) and Anthony Michael Everett, a Major in the British Army, who later worked in business. He is of mostly English, Scottish, and Irish ancestry.
Everett grew up in privileged circumstances, but the wry, sometimes ...
19. Kathleen Turner
Actress | Romancing the Stone
Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later ...
20. Laurence Olivier
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 ...
21. Bob Hoskins
Actor | The Long Good Friday
Bob Hoskins was described by the director John Mackenzie as "an actor from the British tradition but with an almost American approach, an instinctive approach to acting and knowing how to work with the camera". He was born on October 26, 1942, in Bury St. Edmund's, Suffolk, where his mother was ...
22. 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 ...
23. Bruce Greenwood
Actor | Star Trek
Bruce Greenwood was born on August 12, 1956 in Noranda, Québec, Canada as Stuart Bruce Greenwood. He is an actor and producer, known for Star Trek (2009), Thirteen Days (2000) and I, Robot (2004). He has been married to Susan Devlin since 1985. They have one child.
25. Julian Sands
Actor | A Room with a View
Tall, gaunt, and particularly effective in horror and drama films--British actor Julian Sands was born in Otley, West Riding of Yorkshire, to Brenda and William Sands. He came to the attention of NBC when the network cast him in the made-for-TV The Sun Also Rises (1984) and then with Anthony Hopkins...
26. Ben Browder
Actor | Farscape
Ben Browder is an American actor, writer and director born in Memphis, Tennessee on December 11, 1962, as Robert Benedict Browder.
After a successful college football career with the Furman University Paladins as a Championship-winning Linebacker while starring in theatrical productions and gaining ...
28. 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 ...
29. Catherine Tate
Actress | The Catherine Tate Show
Catherine Tate is an English actress and comedian, primarily known for the role of Donna Noble in the "Doctor Who" franchise.
Tate was born as "Catherine Ford" during 1968, in Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury is a district of the London Borough of Camden, known as the home of several of London's museums, ...
30. Michael Beck
Actor | The Warriors
Michael Beck was born on February 4, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as John Michael Beck Taylor. He is an actor, known for The Warriors (1979), Xanadu (1980) and Megaforce (1982). He has been married to Carolyn Louise Brendel since September 1980. They have two children.
31. Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan was born on November 7, 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Lindsay Vere Duncan. She is known for her work on Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), About Time (2013) and Gifted (2017). She is married to Hilton McRae. They have one child.
32. Kevin Whately
Actor | Inspector Morse
Kevin Whately was born on February 6, 1951 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England as Kevin George Edward Whately. He is an actor, known for Inspector Morse (1987), Inspector Lewis (2006) and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983). He has been married to Madelaine Newton since April 1984. They have two children.
34. Riz Ahmed
Actor | Nightcrawler
Riz Ahmed (born 1 December 1982), also known by his stage name Riz MC and birth name Rizwan Ahmed, is a British Pakistani actor, rapper, and activist. As an actor, he has won one Emmy Award, out of two Emmy nominations, and was also nominated for a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award, and three...
35. Joss Ackland
Actor | The Hunt for Red October
Joss Ackland, the distinguished English actor who has appeared in over 100 movies, scores of plays and a plethora of television programs in his six-decade career, was born Sidney Edmond Jocelyn Ackland on February 29, 1928, in North Kensington, London. After attending London's Central School of ...
Actor | Stardust
Julian Rhind-Tutt was born on July 20, 1968 in West Drayton, Hillingdon, Middlesex, England as Julian Alistair Rhind-Tutt. He is an actor and producer, known for Stardust (2007), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) and Green Wing (2004). He is married to Natasa Zajc. They have one child.
39. Anna Madeley
Actress | In Bruges
Anna Madeley is an English actress. She has been described by the British Theatre Guide's Philip Fisher as one of the United Kingdom's "brightest and most versatile young actresses". She grew up in London and started her career as a child actress. She performed for three seasons with the Royal ...
41. Tom Payne
Actor | The Walking Dead
Thomas Payne (born 21 December 1982) is an English actor. He is known for appearing on AMC's The Walking Dead as Paul "Jesus" Rovia (2016-2018).
Payne was born in Chelmsford, Essex, and grew up in Bath, Somerset, where he attended King Edward's School and was a prolific contributor to the school's ...
42. Zoë Tapper
Actress | Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
Zoë Tapper was born in 1981 in Bromley, Kent, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (2005), Survivors (2008) and Mr Selfridge (2013). She has been married to Oliver Dimsdale since December 30, 2008. They have one child.
43. Oliver Chris
Actor | King Charles III
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 (...
47. Kenneth Connor
Actor | Carry On Cleo
The son of a naval officer who ran what were called "concert parties", Kenneth Connor made his stage debut at age two, and by 11 was performing in both a solo act and a doubles act with his brother in various revue shows. He later decided to become a serious actor rather than just a revue performer...
48. Carolyn Seymour
Actress | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation
Ms. Seymour is an English actress, best-known as Jenny on BBC1's Take Three Girls (1969), Abby Grant on BBC's Survivors (1975), and Zoey on NBC's Quantum Leap (1989). Her most recognized movie role remains Grace Gurney in The Ruling Class (1972) (opposite Peter O'Toole). Other credits include ...
49. Wanda Ventham
Actress | UFO
Wanda Ventham was born on August 5, 1935 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is an actress, known for UFO (1970), Invasion: UFO (1974) and UFO: Prendeteli vivi. (1974). She has been married to Timothy Carlton since 1976. They have one child. She was previously married to James D. Tabernacle.
51. Kathryn Drysdale
Actress | The Windsors
Kathryn Drysdale is known from playing series lead Louise Brooks for 8 seasons in TV sitcom "Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps" as Taylor in British Feature "St Trinians" and as mixed race heiress Rhoda Swartz in period feature Vanity Fair . She is also well known as "Lizzie" in co ...
52. 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.
54. Demetri Goritsas
Actor | Black Mirror
From Greek and Norwegian parentage, Demetri Goritsas was born in the US, grew up in British Columbia and has lived his adult life in London, England.
Aside from television and film he's had quite a presence on the London stage performing at the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Court working with...
55. Jack Gwillim
Actor | Patton
Although he did not turn to the stage until middle age after two decades in the Royal Navy, Jack Gwillim was a notable actor on both sides of the Atlantic. During the 1950s he was a member of the Royal Shakespeare company in Stratford, England, for three years during Sir Anthony Quayle's stint as ...
56. Michael Elphick
Actor | The Elephant Man
Michael Elphick was a fantastic and very popular actor. He will be best remembered for his role as Ken Boon in the hit series Boon (1986). He died tragically at the early age of 55. He had been in ill-health for some years, caused by a long-running battle with alcohol, which was exacerbated by the ...
57. Bruce Robinson
Writer | Withnail & I
Such is the mythology that has sprung up around Bruce Robinson's first film, the openly autobiographical Withnail & I (1987), that it's often hard to separate fact from fiction. But the facts appear to be these: trained as an actor at London's Central School of Speech and Drama, he got off to a...
59. Hannah New
Actress | Maleficent
Born in London, England, Hannah insisted at age 4 to attend ballet school, setting her on a performing path in life. She later turned her focus to acting and joined The National Youth Theatre of Great Britain. Her interest in other cultures led her to travel around the world, including Bolivia ...
60. Rufus Sewell
Actor | Dark City
Rufus Sewell was born on the 29th of October 1967 in Twickenham, England. His mother, Jo, was Welsh, and was an artist and painter. His father, Bill, was an Australian animator who died when Rufus was 10. He has one brother, Caspar. He attended London's Central School of Speech and Drama and left ...
62. Rose Keegan
Rose studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Theatre includes: Susan in Abigails Party directed by Sarah Esdaile , ATG Tour, Alan Ayckbourn's The Revengers Comedies. A Message for the Broken Hearted by Gregory Motton, directed by Ramin Gray at The Liverpool Playhouse, Cunigonde in ...
64. Barry Evans
Actor | Mind Your Language
Barry Evans was born on June 18, 1943 in Guildford, Surrey, England as Barry Joseph Evans. He was an actor, known for Mind Your Language (1977), Journey to the Unknown (1968) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1993). He died on February 11, 1997 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England.
65. Jeremy Kemp
Actor | Top Secret!
This fair-haired, craggy-faced English character actor was born Edmund Jeremy James Walker, scion of Yorkshire landed gentry. After national service with the Gordon Highlanders and the Black Watch, Kemp adopted his mother's maiden name as his stage moniker and studied acting at the Central School ...
68. Selina Griffiths
Actress | The Smoking Room
Selina Jane Griffiths was born to the popular actress Annette Crosbie (with whom there is a strong vocal similarity) and actor Michael Griffiths and has a brother Owen, two years older, who is a sound engineer. Brought up in Kingston-upon-Thames, Selina attended the Central School of Speech and ...
69. Jack Colvin
Actor | The Incredible Hulk
Jack Colvin was born on October 13, 1934 in Lyndon, Kansas, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Incredible Hulk (1977), Jeremiah Johnson (1972) and Child's Play (1988). He died on December 1, 2005 in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.
Actor | Licence to Kill
Born in London, in 1947, he was educated at independent school "King's School" in Canterbury, Kent. He started his film career at the beginning of 70s, as he debuted in Lust for a Vampire (1971), after some TV work, he was noticed in Dracula AD (1972), where he played Christopher Lee's (Dracula) ...
71. Camille Mitchell
Actress | The Healing Powers of Dude
Camille Mitchell has garnered extraordinary acclaim for her versatility onstage and onscreen. A leading lady at the Stratford and Shaw festivals, The London Times hailed her as "a gift to the theater." In 2011, she appeared as Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate" at Vancouver's Arts Club Theatre. For ...
72. Phoebe Nicholls
Actress | The Elephant Man
Phoebe Nicholls was born on April 7, 1957 in London, England as Sarah Phoebe Nicholls. She is an actress and writer, known for The Elephant Man (1980), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) and The Missionary (1982). She has been married to Charles Sturridge since July 6, 1985. They have three ...
73. Diana Hardcastle
Actress | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Diana Hardcastle was born in England. She is an actress, known for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), The Kennedys (2011) and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015). She has been married to Tom Wilkinson since January 5, 1988. They have two children. She was previously married to Martin ...
Actress | Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Catherine Russell was born on April 17, 1965 in Lambeth, London, England. She is an actress, known for Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004), The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991) and The Inspector Lynley Mysteries (2001). She has been married to Richard Holmes since September 5, 1988. They ...
76. Ben Price
Writer | Hope Dies Last
Ben began his career in theatre as an actor and director, running his own theatre company in the North East of England. On moving to London, Ben studied acting at the Drama Centre and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. For the past twenty years his career has been predominantly in film ...
79. Amanda Walker
Actress | Cloud Atlas
Amanda Walker was born on November 29, 1935 in Scotland as Amanda Galafres Patterson Walker. She is an actress, known for Cloud Atlas (2012), A Room with a View (1985) and 28 Weeks Later (2007). She has been married to Patrick Godfrey since April 20, 1960. They have two children.
80. Ann Todd
Actress | The Sound Barrier
Ann Todd was a beautiful English actress best known as Gregory Peck's wife in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947). Her third husband was the legendary director David Lean, for whom she appeared in three films, The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950), and The Sound Barrier (1952).
82. Chris Gascoyne
Actor | Coronation Street
Chris Gascoyne was born on January 31, 1968 in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire, England. He is an actor, known for Coronation Street (1960), Blue Murder (2003) and A Touch of Frost (1992). He has been married to Caroline Harding since October 2002. They have one child.
83. Maureen O'Brien
Actress | The Lost Boys
After studying for a teaching diploma at the Central School of Speech and Drama, Maureen O'Brien became a founding member of the Everyman Theatre in her native Liverpool. About three months later she was persuaded to audition for the part of Vicki on Doctor Who. She was reluctant to accept the role...
86. Khalid Laith
Actor | Deep State
Originally from Bahrain, Khalid grew up and was educated between the Middle East, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He trained as an actor at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) in London. He is fluent in both English and Arabic, and is a published play script translator.
88. Gabriella Licudi
Actress | Casino Royale
Gabriella Licudi was born Gabrielle Carmen Stuttard, the only child of Wilfred James Stuttard, a naval engineer from Northern Ireland, and Olga Maria Licudi of Gibraltar, from whom she took her stage name. After seeing a film dealing with the education of deaf mutes, Gabriella was so moved she ...
89. Eleanor Matsuura
Actress | Wonder Woman
Eleanor Matsuura (born c. 1983) is an English actress, who is best known for her roles as Hannah Santo in Spooks: The Greater Good, Bev in Utopia and as PC Donna Prager in Cuffs.
Matsuura was born in Tokyo and raised in Hertfordshire, England. She was trained at the Central School of Speech and ...
90. Jimmy Gardner
Actor | Frenzy
Jimmy Gardner was born on August 24, 1924 in Newmarket, Suffolk, England as Edward Charles James Gardner. He was an actor, known for Frenzy (1972), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991). He died on May 3, 2010 in London, England.
94. Eddie Ruiz
Actor | A Mann's World
Eddie Ruiz is an award nominated actor and multi winning producer who was born and raised in Boyle Heights, California, near downtown Los Angeles. He quickly landed a guest-star on "That's So Raven" which Fred Savage directed. He attended C.S.U.,Fullerton where he received hi B.A. in Acting. He ...
Actor | The Day of the Triffids
Tall, lean, dark and well-spoken, Maurice Colbourne had a strong line in tough guys and villains before achieving his greatest fame as the sympathetic Tom Howard in the BBC's expensive and hugely popular soap opera Howards' Way (1985).
Born Roger Middleton in Sheffield, he trained as an actor at the...