My favourite actorsby DanielGrooms | created - 26 Apr 2014 | updated - 26 Apr 2014 | Public
A list of all my personal favourite actors and actresses!
Actor | Happy Valley
Steven Hartley is one of the Best known faces and voices on UK TV,film and Radio. Born in Yorkshire Steven has become internationally known for his film, TV and Theatre work. Steven trained at LAMDA in 1981-1984 and has worked constantly ever since, becoming a regular in leading roles on British ...
5. Sean Pertwee
Actor | Dog Soldiers
Sean Pertwee was born into a famous British theatrical family. He is the son of Jon Pertwee, who was mainly a comedy actor and was known for his starring roles in Doctor Who (1963), Worzel Gummidge (1979), the radio comedy series "The Navy Lark" and appearances in several "Carry On" films. His ...
Actor | This Is England
Joseph Gilgun was born on March 9, 1984 in Chorley, Lancashire, England. He is an actor who first appeared in Coronation Street (1960) when he was only ten years old. Later he became known through Emmerdale (1972) and the film This Is England (2006). He also appeared in its spin-off series This Is ...
10. Ricky Gervais
Writer | The Office
Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...
11. David Mitchell
Writer | That Mitchell and Webb Look
David Mitchell was born on 14th July 1974 in Salisbury, England. His parents, Ian and Kathy Mitchell, worked as hotel managers in Salisbury. David also has a brother. In 1977 the family moved to Oxford, where his parents taught a course in hotel management at Oxford Brookes University. David was ...
12. Steve Speirs
Steve Speirs was born on February 22, 1965 in Troedyrhiw, near Merthyr Tydfil, Wales as Steven Roberts. He is an actor and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) and Eragon (2006). He has been married to Joanna since ...
13. Mark Strong
Actor | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
British actor Mark Strong, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law.
Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia in London, England, to an ...
14. Toby Jones
Actor | Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native Great Britain and internationally, Toby Edward Heslewood Jones was born on September 7, 1966 in Hammersmith, London. His parents, Freddie Jones and Jennie Heslewood, are actors as well. Toby has two brothers: Rupert, ...
16. 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 ...
17. Burn Gorman
Actor | The Dark Knight Rises
Burn Gorman was born on September 1, 1974 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Burn Hugh Winchester Gorman. He is an actor, known for The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Pacific Rim (2013) and The Oxford Murders (2008). He has been married to Sarah Beard since July 2004. They have three children.
18. Rowan Atkinson
Actor | Johnny English
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson was born on 6 January, 1955, in Consett, Co. Durham, UK, to Ella May (Bainbridge) and Eric Atkinson. His father owned a farm, where Rowan grew up with his two older brothers, Rupert and Rodney. He attended Newcastle University and Oxford University where he earned degrees ...
19. Ashley Jensen
Actress | Arthur Christmas
Ashley Jensen (born on 11 August 1969) is a Scottish actress and narrator. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on the television series Extras (2005), on which she appeared from 2005-2007. She was also a cast member on the ABC show Ugly Betty (2006) and the brief-lived CBS sitcom ...
Actor | Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991). However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993) that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the ...
22. Rob Brydon
Actor | Marion & Geoff
Rob Brydon was born on May 3, 1965 in Swansea, Wales as Robert Brydon Jones. He is an actor and writer, known for Marion & Geoff (2000), The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016) and Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (2005). He has been married to Claire Holland since October 6, 2006. They have ...
24. Ashley Artus
Born in Newcastle upon Tyne. His Father Middle Eastern a Doctor and his Mother a nurse, Northumbrian.Trained at Derwentside college winning the Rotary Prize for Dramatic Art then at GSA winning a prize for his choreography and the School Cup for Best Actor. He was spotted by Patricia Marmont then ...
27. Timothy Dalton
Actor | The Living Daylights
At a consistently lean 6' 2", green-eyed Timothy Dalton may very well be one of the last of the dying breed of swashbuckling, classically trained Shakespearean actors who have forged simultaneous successful careers in theater, television and film. He has been comparison-shopped roundly for stepping...
Actor | Braveheart
Rupert Vansittart was born on February 10, 1958 in Cranleigh, Surrey, England. He is an actor, known for Braveheart (1995), Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) and Game of Thrones (2011). He has been married to Emma Vansittart since 1987. They have two children.
Born 25th November 1961. London UK. Character Actor, forte comedy but equally at home with drama. Extensive experience across the whole spectrum of the Industry from Shakespeare to Panto, film, TV Radio and Web series.
Best known for, Puppy Love (BBC), Doctor Who (BBC), 3Some (Web), Harry Potter and...
31. Pierce Brosnan
Actor | The World Is Not Enough
Pierce Brendan Brosnan was born in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland, to May (Smith), a nurse, and Thomas Brosnan, a carpenter. He lived in Navan, County Meath, until he moved to England, UK, at an early age (thus explaining his ability to play men from both backgrounds convincingly). His father left...
32. Ronnie Barker
Actor | The Two Ronnies
Ronnie Barker's remarkable versatility as a performer can be traced back to his time in repertory theatre, where he was able to play a wide range of roles and develop his talent for accents, voices and verbal dexterity. It was during this time that he met Glenn Melvyn, who taught him how to stammer ...
33. Andy Serkis
Actor | War for the Planet of the Apes
English film actor, director and author Andy Serkis is known for his performance capture roles comprising motion capture acting, animation and voice work for such computer-generated characters as Gollum in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), ...
35. Ray Winstone
Actor | The Departed
Ray Winstone was born on February 19, 1957, in Hackney Hospital in London, England, to Margaret (Richardson) and Raymond J. Winstone. He moved to Enfield, at age seven, where his parents had a fruit and vegetable business. He started boxing at the age of twelve at the famous Repton Amateur Boxing ...
36. Mark Williams
Mark Williams was born on August 22, 1959 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). He is married to Dianne Williams. They...
37. Bertie Carvel
Actor | Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
Bertie Carvel was born in 1977 in London, England as Robert Carvel. He is an actor, known for Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015), Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned (2015) and Les Misérables (2012). He has been married to Sally Scott since January 5, 2019.
British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born...
39. Joseph Mawle
Actor | Game of Thrones
Joseph Daniel Turner Mawle (born 21 March 1974) is an English actor. Mawle is best known for his roles as Benjen Stark in Game of Thrones, Detective Inspector Jedediah Shine in Ripper Street, Firebrace in Birdsong, Jesus Christ in The Passion and Odysseus in Troy: Fall of a City.
Mawle was born in ...
40. Imelda Staunton
Imelda Staunton was born on January 9, 1956 in Archway, London, England as Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Pride (2014). She has been married to Jim Carter since October 1983. ...
41. Sarah Hadland
Actress | Quantum of Solace
Sarah Hadland was born in 1971 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Quantum of Solace (2008), Magicians (2007) and Leap Year (2010). Sarah Hadland began her career in the performing arts at an early age, being trained in dance from the age of three. She was educated at Wimslow High ...
43. Timothy Spall
Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in ...
44. Peter Capaldi
Actor | Doctor Who
Peter Capaldi was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Nancy (Soutar) and Gerald John Capaldi. His parents owned an ice cream business. He is of Italian (from his paternal grandfather), Scottish, and Irish descent. Capaldi attended drama classes and was accepted into the Glasgow School of Art. After ...
46. Alan Rickman
Actor | Die Hard
Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), of English and Welsh descent, and Bernard Rickman, of Irish descent, who worked at a factory. Alan Rickman had an older brother (David), a younger brother (Michael), and a younger sister (Sheila). ...
47. Warwick Davis
Actor | Willow
English actor Warwick Davis was born in Epsom, Surrey, England, the son of Susan J. (Pain) and Ashley Davis, an insurance broker. Davis was born with the condition spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SED), which caused his dwarfism. He was educated at City of London Freemen's School. When he ...
49. 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.
50. Hugh Bonneville
Actor | Notting Hill
Hugh Bonneville was born on November 10, 1963 in Paddington, London, England as Hugh Richard Bonneville Williams. He is an actor, known for Notting Hill (1999), Paddington (2014) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994). He has been married to Lucinda Williams since November 4, 1998. They have one ...
51. James Bachman
Actor | Transformers: Age of Extinction
James Bachman was born on February 24, 1972 in Cuckfield, Sussex, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014), That Mitchell and Webb Look (2006) and Saxondale (2006). He has been married to Siobhan Bachman since 2009.
52. Pam Ferris
Actress | Matilda
Pam Ferris was born on May 11, 1948 in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany as Pamela E. Ferris. She is an actress, known for Matilda (1996), Children of Men (2006) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). She has been married to Roger Frost since August 1986.
53. Simon Callow
Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral
Simon Callow was born on June 13, 1949 in London, England as Simon Phillip Hugh Callow. He is an actor, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and A Room with a View (1985). He has been married to Sebastian Fox since June 2016.
54. Tim Curry
Actor | Congo
Timothy James Curry was born on April 19, 1946 in Grappenhall, Cheshire, England. His mother, Maura Patricia (Langmead), was a school secretary, and his father, James Curry, was a Methodist Royal Navy chaplain. Curry studied Drama and English at Birmingham University, from which he graduated with ...
56. Tim Downie
Actor | Les Misérables
English actor and comedy writer Tim Downie was born in 1977. He trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatrical Arts in North London, beginning to write plays whilst in his early twenties. His first commissioned work 'The Dead Moon' became the first non-operatic work to be stages at the Aldeburgh ...
58. 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...
60. 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 The Musketeer (2001). He was previously married to Sienna Guillory.
61. Jonathan Pryce
Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies
From Holywell to Hollywood, Jonathan Pryce, CBE is a critically acclaimed and award winning actor from North Wales, internationally regarded as one of the greatest on both stage and screen. Renowned for his immense versatility and powerful presence he has transcended the industry, effortlessly ...
62. Geoffrey Holder
Actor | Annie
Dancer, choreographer and actor Geoffrey Holder was born on August 1, 1930, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, into a middle-class family. One of four children, he was taught painting and dancing by his older brother Boscoe Holder, whose dance troupe, the Holder Dance Company, the young Geoffrey joined ...
63. Simon Pegg
Actor | Shaun of the Dead
English actor, writer and comedian Simon Pegg was born Simon John Beckingham in Brockworth, Gloucestershire, to Gillian Rosemary (Smith), a civil servant, and John Henry Beckingham, a jazz musician. His parents divorced when Pegg was seven. He later took his stepfather's surname, "Pegg". He was ...
64. Ralph Fiennes
Actor | The Grand Budapest Hotel
Actor Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes was born on December 22, 1962 in Suffolk, England, to Jennifer Anne Mary Alleyne (Lash), a novelist, and Mark Fiennes, a photographer. He is the eldest of six children. Four of his siblings are also in the arts: Martha Fiennes, a director; Magnus ...
65. Kenneth Branagh
Actor | Henry V
Kenneth Charles Branagh was born on December 10, 1960, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, to parents William Branagh, a plumber and carpenter, and Frances (Harper), both born in 1930. He has two siblings, William Branagh, Jr. (born 1955) and Joyce Branagh (born 1970). When he was nine, his family ...
Actor | Game of Thrones
Dual Canadian/British nationalities. Read Music at Lancaster University (1975-78) before joining English National Opera as singer (1979-81). Theatre credits subsequently include Gloucester (King Lear) at Colchester, Judge Turpin (Sweeney Todd) at Liverpool and Watford, Algol (Space Queen Maladjusta...
71. Don Warrington
Actor | Hamlet
Along with his brother, Don was raised in Warrington Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. Inspired to act after seeing the film On the Waterfront (1954), he got into stage school then became an Assistant Stage Manager. As there was already an actor called Donald Williams, Don had to change his name so ...
72. Daniel Kaluuya
Actor | Get Out
Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for Get Out (2017) and Black Panther (2018).
He also starred in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits".
For his work in Get Out he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Kaluuya also had minor roles in Johnny ...
74. Roger Lloyd Pack
A superbly versatile character actor of lugubrious countenance and strong physical presence, Roger was the son of Charles Lloyd Pack, a small-part supporting player in Hammer horror films of the '50s and '60s. Roger was educated at Bedales, a prestigious co-educational school in Hampshire, noted ...
75. Julie Walters
Actress | Billy Elliot
For decades, British actress and comedienne Dame Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and television. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually ...
76. Simon Greenall
Actor | Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa
Simon James Greenall (born 3 January 1958 in Longtown, Cumberland) is an English actor, writer, producer and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Michael in the BBC TV series I'm Alan Partridge, the Caretaker in the CBBC game show Trapped (TV Series) and as the voice of headmaster Iqbal ...
78. Ricky Tomlinson
Actor | The Royle Family
Ricky Tomlinson was born on September 26, 1939 in Bispham, Blackpool, England as Eric Tomlinson. He is an actor and writer, known for The Royle Family (1998), Formula 51 (2001) and The Brothers Grimsby (2016). He has been married to Rita Cumiskey since January 4, 2003. He was previously married to ...
80. 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 ...
81. 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 ...
82. Jason Watkins
Jason Watkins was born on October 28, 1966 in Albrighton, Shropshire, England. He is an actor, known for The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014), Line of Duty (2012) and A Very English Scandal (2018). He is married to Clara Francis. They have three children.
87. 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.
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 ...
89. 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), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011) and Hot Fuzz (2007). He has been married to Rosanna Bradley since 1978. They have one child.
90. 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 ...
91. Robert Helpmann
Actor | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Son of James Murray Helpmann & Mary (nee Gardiner), he was educated at Prince Alfred's College, Adelaide, South Australia. He first danced solo at the Theatre Royal, Adelaide in The Ugly Duckling in 1922. He went on to become the principal dancer at Sadlers Wells ballet from 1933 to 1950. World ...
Actor | Gosford Park
Adrian Scarborough was born on May 10, 1968 in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, England as Adrian Philip Scarborough. He is an actor, known for Gosford Park (2001), Dirty Pretty Things (2002) and The History Boys (2006). He is married to Rose Blackshaw. They have two children.
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.
95. Keith David
Actor | The Princess and the Frog
Keith David was born Keith David Williams in New York City's Harlem district, and was raised in East Elmhurst, in the Queens section of the city. He is the son of Dolores (Dickenson), a New York Telephone manager, and Lester Williams, a payroll operations director. As a child, he realized he wanted...
97. Stanley Townsend
Actor | The Libertine
Mr Townsend was born in August 1961 and studied Engineering and Maths at Trinity College, Dublin, where he first became interested in amateur dramatics, later co-founding the Rough Magic Theatre company with writer Declan Hughes and director Lynne Parker and going on to appear at both the Gate and ...
Actor | The Armstrong and Miller Show
Alexander Armstrong was born on March 2, 1970 in Rothbury, Northumberland, England as Alexander Henry Fenwick Armstrong. He is an actor and writer, known for The Armstrong and Miller Show (2007), Match Point (2005) and Scoop (2006). He has been married to Hannah Bronwen Snow since August 27, 2003. ...
100. MyAnna Buring
Actress | Kill List
MyAnna Buring was born 22 September 1979, in Sundsvall, Sweden, as MyAnna Margaretha Buring Rantapää, but grew up in the Middle East. When she turned 16, she moved to Great Britain. She attended secondary school at the American British Academy in Muscat, Oman, and graduated from the London Academy ...