The BBC Shakespeare Collection

by henry-plantagenet-04 | created - 02 Jun 2017 | updated - 03 Jun 2017 | Public

1. Patrick Ryecart

Actor | The King's Speech

Patrick Ryecart was born on May 9, 1952 in England as Patrick Geoffrey Ryecart. He is an actor, known for The King's Speech (2010), A Bridge Too Far (1977) and The Escape Artist (2013). He was previously married to Marsha Fitzalan.

Romeo (Romeo & Juliet), Lysimachus (Pericles)

2. Rebecca Saire

Actress | Vanity Fair

Rebecca Saire was born on April 16, 1963 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Vanity Fair (1987), The Crucible (2014) and Love in a Cold Climate (1980). She is married to Roger Allam. They have two children.

Juliet (Romeo & Juliet)

3. John Gielgud

Actor | Arthur

Born in London, England, John Gielgud trained at Lady Benson's Acting School and RADA, London. Best known for his Shakespearean roles in the theater, he first played Hamlet at the age of 26. He worked under the tutelage of Lilian Bayliss with friend and fellow performer Laurence Olivier and other ...

Chorus (Romeo & Juliet), John of Gaunt (Richard II)

4. Anthony Andrews

Actor | The King's Speech

Anthony Andrews made his West End theater debut at the Apollo Theatre as one of twenty young schoolboys in Alan Bennett's "Forty Years On" with John Gielgud. He began his career at the Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK. His theater credits include spells with the New Shakespeare Company - "...

Mercutio (Romeo & Juliet)

5. 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). ...

Tybalt (Romeo & Juliet)

6. Derek Jacobi

Actor | Gladiator

Preeminent British classical actor of the first post-Olivier generation, Derek Jacobi was knighted in 1994 for his services to the theatre, and, in fact, is only the second to enjoy the honor of holding TWO knighthoods, Danish and English (Olivier was the other). Modest and unassuming in nature, ...

Richard II (Richard II), Hamlet (Hamlet)

7. Jon Finch

Actor | Frenzy

Dark, broodingly handsome Jon Finch was the son of a merchant banker. His first stage role was in elementary school at age 13 playing a Roman noblewoman(!). After gaining experience in amateur theatre groups and following a short stint with a folk singing group, he suddenly left for military ...

Henry Bolingbroke (Richard II), King Henry (Henry IV, Part I), King Henry (Henry IV, Part II), Don Pedro (Much Ado About Nothing)

8. Charles Gray

Actor | Diamonds Are Forever

The son of a surveyor, Charles Gray grew up in Queens Park, London, and went to school in his home town of Bournemouth. As a young actor, he received his vocal training from the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon and at the Old Vic, having long abandoned his first job as clerk for a ...

Duke of York (Richard II), Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar), Pandarus (Troilus and Cressida), Duke (Comedy of Errors)

9. Jeremy Bulloch

Actor | Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Jeremy Bulloch was born on February 16, 1945 in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, England. He is one of six children and even at the young age of five was on stage in his school show enjoying acting and singing. After failing a school exam at the age of eleven, Jeremy seemed destined for the ...

Henry Percy (Richard II)

10. 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. ...

Rosalind (As You Like It), Imogen (Cymbeline)

11. James Bolam

Actor | The Likely Lads

James Bolam was born on June 16, 1935 in Sunderland, Tyne-and-Wear, England. He is known for his work on The Likely Lads (1976), When the Boat Comes In (1976) and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (1962). He is married to Susan Jameson. They have one child.

Touchstone (As You Like It), Porter (Macbeth)

12. David Prowse

Actor | Star Wars

David "Dave" Prowse was born into a working class family on July 1, 1935 in Bristol, England, UK. He was raised by his mother and never knew his father. As a child, David was disadvantaged and a poor student, he found a passion for bodybuilding and weight training in his early teens, as a young ...

Charles (As You Like It)

13. Richard Pasco

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 ...

Jacques (As You Like It), Brutus (Julius Caesar)

14. Elizabeth Spriggs

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Elizabeth Spriggs was born on September 18, 1929 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Elizabeth Jean Williams. She was an actress and writer, known for Sense and Sensibility (1995), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Playing the Field (1998). She was married to Murray Manson, Marshall ...

Calpurnia (Julius Caesar), Mrs. Quickly (Merry Wives of Windsor)

15. Christopher Good

Actor | A Bridge Too Far

Christopher Good is an actor, known for A Bridge Too Far (1977), Gandhi (1982) and The Famous Five (1995).

Clitus (Julius Caesar)

16. Kenneth Colley

Actor | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Kenneth Colley was born on December 7, 1937 in Manchester, England. He is an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) and Firefox (1982). He has been married to Mary Dunne since 1962.

Duke Vincentio (Measure for Measure)

17. 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. ...

Angelo (Measure for Measure), Hotspur (Henry IV, Part I)

18. John McEnery

Actor | Romeo and Juliet

John McEnery was born on November 1, 1943 in Birmingham, England. He was an actor, known for Romeo and Juliet (1968), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971) and Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003). He was married to Stephanie Beacham. He died on April 12, 2019 in the UK.

Lucio (Measure for Measure)

19. Alun Armstrong

Actor | Krull

Alun Armstrong was born on July 17, 1946 in Annfield Plain, County Durham, England as Robert Alun Armstrong. He is an actor, known for Krull (1983), The Mummy Returns (2001) and Sleepy Hollow (1999). He has been married to Susan J. Bairstow since 1977. They have three children.

Provost (Measure for Measure)

20. Claire Bloom

Actress | The Haunting

Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as an octogenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.

She was born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15,...

Katherine of Aragon (Henry VIII), Gertrude (Hamlet), Queen (Cymbeline), Constance (King John)

21. 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

Cranmer (Henry VIII)

22. Timothy West

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

A versatile British actor noted for his great power and command on the classical stage and in several other mediums including radio, film and television, Timothy West was born on October 20, 1934 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, the son of actors (Harry) Lockwood West and his wife Olive (...

Wolsey (Henry VIII)

23. Julian Glover

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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 ...

Buckingham (Henry VIII), The French Constable (Henry V)

24. David Troughton

Actor | Our Mutual Friend

David Troughton was born in London on 9 June 1950, the son of noted Shakespearean actor Patrick Troughton, who is now best remembered as the Second Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). He started his own acting career at the Unicorn Theatre for Children. His stage career has included repertory at Leeds, ...

Surveyor (Henry VIII)

25. 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 ...

Gardiner (Henry VIII)

26. David Rintoul

Actor | The Ghost Writer

David Rintoul was born on November 29, 1948 in Aberdeen, Grampian, Scotland as David Wilson. He is an actor, known for The Ghost Writer (2010), The Iron Lady (2011) and Game of Thrones (2011).

Abergavenny (Henry VIII)

27. John Rhys-Davies

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Welsh actor John Rhys-Davies was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire, Wales, to Mary Margaretta Phyllis (nee Jones), a nurse, and Rhys Davies, a mechanical engineer and Colonial Officer. He graduated from the University of East Anglia and is probably best known to film audiences for his roles in the...

Capucius (Henry VIII), Salerio (The Merchant of Venice)

28. Roger Lloyd Pack

Actor | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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 ...

Second Gentleman (Henry VIII)

29. Clive Swift

Actor | Excalibur

Clive Swift was born on February 9, 1936 in Liverpool, England as Clive Walter Swift. He was an actor, known for Excalibur (1981), Frenzy (1972) and Keeping Up Appearances (1990). He was married to Margaret Drabble. He died on February 1, 2019 in London, England.

Worcester (Henry IV, Part I), Cerimon (Pericles)

30. Michele Dotrice

Actress | Vanity Fair

Michele Dotrice was born on September 27, 1948 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England. She is an actress, known for Vanity Fair (1998), Not Now, Comrade (1976) and The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971). She was previously married to Edward Woodward.

Lady Percy (Henry IV, Part I), Lady Percy (Henry IV, Part 2)

31. Alec McCowen

Actor | Never Say Never Again

Alec McCowen was born Alexander Duncan McCowan on May 26, 1925 in Tunbridge Wells, England. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in 1942. He established his reputation in classical stage roles, appearing in the ensemble of Laurence Olivier's famed ...

Chorus (Henry V), Malvolio (Twelfth Night)

32. Robert Hardy

Actor | Sense and Sensibility

One of England's most successful and enduring character actors, with a prolific screen career on television and in films, Robert Hardy was acclaimed for his versatility and the depth of his performances.

Born in Cheltenham in 1925, he studied at Oxford University and, in 1949, he joined the ...

Toby Belch (Twelfth Night)

33. Annette Crosbie

Actress | The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella

Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television ...

Maria (Twelfth Night), Duchess of York (Richard III), Dionyza (Pericles)

34. Sinéad Cusack

Actress | V for Vendetta

Sinéad Cusack was born on February 18, 1948 in Dalkey, Ireland as Jane Moira Cusack. She is an actress, known for V for Vendetta (2005), Eastern Promises (2007) and Stealing Beauty (1996). She has been married to Jeremy Irons since March 28, 1978. They have two children.

Olivia (Twelfth Night)

35. Trevor Peacock

Actor | Fred Claus

Trevor Peacock was born on May 19, 1931 in Edmonton, London, England as Trevor Edward Peacock. He is an actor and writer, known for Fred Claus (2007), The Vicar of Dibley (1994) and Neverwhere (1996). He is married to Tilly Tremayne. He was previously married to Iris Jones.

Feste (Twelfth Night), Talbot (Henry VI, Part I), Jack Cade (Henry VI, Part II), Boult (Pericles), Titus (Titus Andronicus)

36. Robert Lindsay

Actor | G.B.H.

Robert Lindsay was born on December 13, 1949 in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England as Robert Lindsay Stevenson. He is known for his work on G.B.H. (1991), My Family (2000) and Wimbledon (2004). He has been married to Rosemarie Ford since December 31, 2006. They have two children. He was previously ...

Fabian (Twelfth Night), First Lord (All's Well That Ends Well), Iachimo (Cymbeline), Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing)

37. Warren Clarke

Actor | A Clockwork Orange

Lancashire-born Warren Clarke was an actor of immense presence and considerable versatility who turned his wide-shouldered, robust appearance and lived-in, hangdog facial features into an asset. For more than two and a half decades he had toiled in a wide variety of supporting roles before finding ...

Caliban (The Tempest)

38. Nigel Hawthorne

Actor | The Madness of King George

Born in Coventry, England on 5 April 1929. Raised in South Africa. Returned to the UK in the 1950s. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of "Sir Humphrey Appleby" in the BBC comedy Yes Minister (1980) won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992, he was awarded...

Stephano (The Tempest)

39. Andrew Sachs

Actor | Fawlty Towers

Andrew Sachs born Andreas Siegfried Sachs was born in Berlin, Germany, he and his family emigrated to London in 1938, to escape persecution under the Nazis. He made his name on British television and rose to fame in the 1970s for his portrayals of the comical Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers ...

Trinculo (The Tempest)

40. Patrick Stewart

Actor | Logan

Sir Patrick Stewart was born in Mirfield, Yorkshire, England, to Gladys (Barrowclough), a textile worker and weaver, and Alfred Stewart, who was in the army. He was a member of various local drama groups from about age 12. He left school at age 15 to work as a junior reporter on a local paper; he ...

Claudius (Hamlet)

41. David Robb

Actor | Downton Abbey

David Robb was born on August 23, 1947 in London, England. He is known for his work on Downton Abbey (2010), I, Claudius (1976) and Ivanhoe (1982). He was previously married to Briony McRoberts.

Laertes (Hamlet)

42. Jonathan Hyde

Actor | Titanic

Jonathan Hyde was born on May 21, 1948 in Brisbane, Australia. He is an actor, known for Titanic (1997), Anaconda (1997) and Jumanji (1995). He is married to Isobel Buchanan. They have two children.

Rosencrantz (Hamlet)

43. Simon Chandler

Actor | The Man Who Knew Too Little

Simon Chandler was born in 1953 as Simon T Chandler. He is an actor, known for The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997), The King's Speech (2010) and The Lord of the Rings (1978).

Lucentio (The Taming of the Shrew), Eros (Antony & Cleopatra), Fenton (Merry Wives of Windsor)

44. Sarah Badel

Actress | Not Without My Daughter

Sarah Badel was born on March 30, 1943 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Not Without My Daughter (1991), Just Visiting (2001) and Mrs Dalloway (1997).

Katherine (The Taming of the Shrew)

45. John Cleese

Actor | A Fish Called Wanda

John Cleese was born on October 27, 1939, in Weston-Super-Mare, England, to Muriel Evelyn (Cross) and Reginald Francis Cleese. He was born into a family of modest means, his father being an insurance salesman; but he was nonetheless sent off to private schools to obtain a good education. Here he ...

Petruchio (The Taming of the Shrew)

46. Joan Hickson

Actress | Miss Marple: The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side

Joan Hickson was born in 1906 at Kingsthorpe, Northampton. Her stage career began with provincial theater in 1927, going on to a long series of West End comedies, usually playing the part of a confused or eccentric middle-age woman. She performed at the Regent's Park Open Air Theatre, at the time ...

Widow (The Taming of the Shrew)

47. 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 ...

Bassanio (The Merchant of Venice)

48. Kenneth Cranham

Actor | Layer Cake

Kenneth Cranham was born on December 12, 1944 in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. He is an actor, known for Layer Cake (2004), Valkyrie (2008) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988).

Gratiano (The Merchant of Venice)

49. Gemma Jones

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Gemma Jones was born on December 4, 1942 in Marylebone, London, England as Jennifer R. Jones. She is an actress, known for Sense and Sensibility (1995), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).

Portia (The Merchant of Venice)

50. Warren Mitchell

Actor | The Trollenberg Terror

Warren Mitchell was born on January 14, 1926 in Stoke Newington, London, England as Warren Misell. He was an actor, known for The Crawling Eye (1958), Jabberwocky (1977) and Carry On Cleo (1964). He was married to Constance Wake. He died on November 14, 2015 in Highgate, London.

Shylock (The Merchant of Venice)

51. Enn Reitel

Actor | Corpse Bride

Enn Reitel was born on June 21, 1950 in Forfar, Angus, Scotland. He is an actor and writer, known for Corpse Bride (2005), The Adventures of Tintin (2011) and The Prestige (2006).

Lancelot Gobbo (The Merchant of Venice)

52. Donald Sinden

Actor | The Day of the Jackal

The son of a country chemist, the British actor Donald Sinden intended to pursue a career in architecture but was spotted in an amateur theatrical production and asked to join a company that entertained the troops during World War II (Sinden was rejected for naval service because of asthma). ...

King of France (All's Well That Ends Well)

53. Dominic Jephcott

Actor | Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story

Dominic Jephcott was born on July 28, 1957 in Coventry, West Midlands, England. He is an actor and writer, known for Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987), Paradise Postponed (1986) and Emmerdale (1972).

Second Lord (All's Well That Ends Well)

54. Paul Brooke

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera

Paul Brooke was born on November 22, 1944 in London, England. He is an actor, known for The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Bridget Jones's Diary (2001) and Alfie (2004).

Lavatch (All's Well That Ends Well)

55. Rosemary Leach

Actress | A Room with a View

English character actress with a penchant for genteel aristocrats and kindly mothers. The daughter of teachers, she "spent some time selling shoes in Reading" before entering the acting profession. Aged eighteen, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her debut in repertory ...

Widow (All's Well That Ends Well), Emilia (Othello)

56. David Burke

Actor | The Woman in Black

David Burke was born on May 25, 1934 in Liverpool, England. He is an actor, known for The Woman in Black (2012), The Guardians (1971) and Spyship (1983). He has been married to Anna Calder-Marshall since March 20, 1971. They have one child.

Camillo (The Winter's Tale), Gloucester (Henry VI, Part I), Gloucester / Dick the Butcher (Henry VI, Part II), Catesby (Richard III)

57. Anna Calder-Marshall

Actress | Wuthering Heights

Anna Calder-Marshall was born on January 11, 1947 in Kensington, London, England. She is an actress, known for Wuthering Heights (1970), Male of the Species (1969) and King Lear (1983). She has been married to David Burke since March 20, 1971. They have one child.

Hermione (The Winter's Tale), Lavinia (Titus Andronicus)

58. Margaret Tyzack

Actress | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Margaret Tyzack was born on September 9, 1931 in Plaistow, London, England as Margaret Maud Tyzack. She was an actress, known for 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), A Clockwork Orange (1971) and Match Point (2005). She was married to Alan R. Stephenson. She died on June 25, 2011 in Blackheath, London.

Paulina (The Winter's Tale)

59. Paul Jesson

Actor | Coriolanus

Paul Jesson was born in 1946 in the UK. He is an actor, known for Coriolanus (2011), Rome (2005) and Mr. Turner (2014). He was previously married to Maggie Lunn.

Clown (The Winter's Tale), Cloten (Cymbeline), Messenger (Henry VI, Part I), George (Henry VI, Part II), Clarence (Henry VI, Part III), Clarence (Richard III), First Citizen (Coriolanus), Costard (Love's Labour's Lost)

60. Tony Jay

Actor | The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Tony Jay was born on February 2, 1933 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), Time Bandits (1981) and Beauty and the Beast (1991). He was married to Marta MacGeraghty and Kathy Rogers. He died on August 13, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Merchant (Timon of Athens)

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 ...

Timon (Timon of Athens)

62. Sebastian Shaw

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Though primarily a stage actor, Sebastian Shaw appeared in some forty film and television productions from 1930 to 1991. Born on May 29, 1905, in Holt, Norfolk, England, he first appeared on stage as a child in 1913, graduating to lead roles by the late 1920s. It was in 1930 that he made his first ...

Old Athenian (Timon of Athens)

63. Norman Rodway

Actor | Campanadas a medianoche

Norman Rodway was born on February 7, 1929 in London, England. He was an actor, known for Chimes at Midnight (1965), Reilly: Ace of Spies (1983) and The Empty Mirror (1996). He was married to Jane Rodway, Sarah Fitzgerald, Mary Selway and Pauline Delaney. He died on March 13, 2001 in Banbury, ...

Apemantus (Timon of Athens), Gloucester (King Lear), Cleon (Pericles)

64. John Shrapnel

Actor | Notting Hill

John Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, the son of Norman and Myfanwy Shrapnel. He was brought up in Stockport and south London, attending City of London School and Cambridge University. He was an original member of the National Youth Theatre and has worked extensively in theatre, particularly the ...

Alcibiades (Timon of Athens), Hector (Troilus and Cressida), Kent (King Lear)

65. Jane Lapotaire

Actress | Blind Justice

Jane Lapotaire was born on December 26, 1944 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. She is an actress, known for Blind Justice (1988), Marie Curie (1977) and Piaf (1984). She was previously married to Roland Joffé.

Cleopatra (Antony & Cleopatra), Lady Macbeth (Macbeth)

66. Donald Sumpter

Actor | In the Heart of the Sea

Donald Sumpter was born on February 13, 1943 in Brixworth, Northamptonshire, England as Donald A Sumpter. He is an actor, known for In the Heart of the Sea (2015), The Constant Gardener (2005) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

Pompey (Antony & Cleopatra)

67. Lynn Farleigh

Actress | Watership Down

Lynn Farleigh was born on May 3, 1942 in Bath, Somerset, England as Marilyn J. Farleigh. She is an actress, known for Watership Down (1978), Miss Potter (2006) and Pride and Prejudice (1995). She has been married to John Woodvine since November 1996. She was previously married to David Yip and ...

Octavia (Antony & Cleopatra)

68. 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 ...

Iago (Othello)

69. Anthony Hopkins

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins was born on December 31, 1937, in Margam, Wales, to Muriel Anne (Yeats) and Richard Arthur Hopkins, a baker. His parents were both of half Welsh and half English descent. Influenced by Richard Burton, he decided to study at College of Music and Drama and graduated in 1957. In 1965, ...

Othello (Othello)

70. Penelope Wilton

Actress | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Penelope Wilton was born on June 3, 1946 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England as Penelope Alice Wilton. She is an actress, known for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Pride & Prejudice (2005). She was previously married to Ian Holm and Daniel Massey.

Desdemona (Othello), Regan (King Lear)

71. Anton Lesser

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

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 ...

Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear)

72. Suzanne Burden

Actress | Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

Suzanne Burden was born in 1958. She is an actress, known for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (2018), Masterpiece Theatre: Bleak House (1985) and Theatre Night (1985).

Cressida (Troilus and Cressida)

73. Vernon Dobtcheff

Actor | Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Vernon Dobtcheff was born on August 14, 1934 in Nîmes, Gard, France as Vernon Alexandre Dobtcheff. He is an actor, known for Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), The Day of the Jackal (1973) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).

Agamemnon (Troilus and Cressida), Don John (Much Ado About Nothing)

74. 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 ...

Ulysses (Troilus and Cressida)

75. Michael Kitchen

Actor | Out of Africa

Michael Kitchen was born on October 31, 1948 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Out of Africa (1985), GoldenEye (1995) and The World is Not Enough (1999). He has been married to Rowena Miller since 1988. They have two children.

Edmund (King Lear), Antipholus of Ephesus / Antipholus of Syracuse (Comedy of Errors)

76. Gillian Barge

Actress | Love Actually

Gillian Barge, born Gillian Betty Bargh, (27 May 1940 - 19 November 2003) was an English stage, television and film actress.

She was born in Hastings, Sussex and she started acting at the age of 17, training at the Birmingham Theatre School.

Gillian performed on the stage internationally, as well as ...

Goneril (King Lear)

77. Brenda Blethyn

Actress | Pride & Prejudice

After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved.

Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving ...

Cordelia (King Lear), Joan la Pucelle (Henry VI, Part I)

78. Ken Stott

Actor | The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Ken Stott was born in 1955 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Kenneth Campbell Stott. He is an actor, known for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014).

Curan (King Lear)

79. Richard Johnson

Actor | The Haunting

Born in Upminster, Essex, England in 1927, Richard Johnson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and then performed in John Gielgud's repertory company until joining the navy in 1945 until 1948. After the war, he appeared successfully in the West End and made his film debut in the ...

Cymbeline (Cymbeline)

80. Michael Pennington

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Michael Pennington was born on June 7, 1943 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England as Michael Vivian Fyfe Pennington. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), The Iron Lady (2011) and Hamlet (1969). He was previously married to Katharine Barker.

Posthumus (Cymbeline)

81. Michael Gough

Actor | Batman

Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four Batman (1989, 1992, 1995 & 1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers (1961) episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on ...

Belarius (Cymbeline)

82. Graham Crowden

Actor | For Your Eyes Only

The imposing Scottish character actor Graham Crowden was one of the most recognizable and reliable British screen actors who worked for over half a century. He was the third of four children of a Scottish Presbyterian classics teacher. His first job was in a tannery in Edinburgh. He joined the ...

Caius Lucius (Cymbeline), Friar Francis (Much Ado About Nothing)

83. Ron Cook

Actor | Hot Fuzz

Ron Cook was born in 1948 in South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England. He is an actor, known for Hot Fuzz (2007), Chocolat (2000) and The Merchant of Venice (2004).

Messenger / Porter (Henry VI, Part I), Richard Plantagenet (Henry VI, Part II), Richard of Gloucester (Henry VI, Part III), Richard III (Richard III), Simple (Merry Wives of Windsor)

84. Bernard Hill

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

Bernard Hill was born on December 17, 1944 in Manchester, England. He is known for his work on The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) and Titanic (1997). He is married to Marianne. They have one child.

York / Messenger (Henry VI, Part I), York (Henry VI, Part II), York (Henry VI, Part III), Brandon / Murderer (Richard III)

85. Gabrielle Lloyd

Actress | Sleepy Hollow

Gabrielle Lloyd is an actress, known for Sleepy Hollow (1999), The Great Train Robbery (1978) and Mystery!: Campion (1989).

Mrs. Simpcox (Henry VI, Part II)

86. Zoë Wanamaker

Actress | My Family

Zoë Wanamaker was born on May 13, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for My Family (2000), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Prime Suspect (1991). She has been married to Gawn Grainger since November 1994.

Lady Anne (Richard III)

87. Nicol Williamson

Actor | Excalibur

Nicol Williamson was an enormously talented actor who was considered by some critics to be the finest actor of his generation in the late 1960s and the 1970s, rivaled only by Albert Finney, whom Williamson bested in the classics. Williamson's 1969 "Hamlet" at the Roundhouse Theatre was a sensation ...

Macbeth (Macbeth)

88. Ian Hogg

Actor | King Lear

Ian Hogg was born on August 1, 1937 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England as Alexander Ian Hogg. He is an actor, known for King Lear (1971), Doctor Who (1963) and The Theban Plays by Sophocles (1986). He has been married to Thea Bean since 1962.

Banquo (Macbeth)

89. Jill Baker

Actress | Notes on a Scandal

Jill Baker is a British actress who has appeared on stage, movies and television Born Gillian Mary Baker in Britain in 1951, she made her debut in the TV movie Savages (1975) in 1975 and has worked steadily on television ever since. She appeared as a regular on the TV series Tales of Sherwood Forest...

Lady Macduff (Macbeth)

90. Suzanne Bertish

Actress | The 13th Warrior

Suzanne Bertish was born on August 7, 1951 in Hammersmith, London, England as Suzanne C. Bertish. She is known for her work on The 13th Warrior (1999), Rome (2005) and The Wife (2017).

Adriana (Comedy of Errors)

91. Marsha Fitzalan

Actress | An Ideal Husband

Marsha Fitzalan was born on March 10, 1953 in Bonn, West Germany as Marcia Mary Josephine Fitzalan-Howard. She is known for her work on An Ideal Husband (1999), The New Statesman (1987) and Being Julia (2004). She was previously married to Patrick Ryecart.

Luce (Comedy of Errors)

92. Tessa Peake-Jones

Actress | Only Fools and Horses....

Tessa Peake-Jones was born on May 9, 1957 in Hammersmith, London, England. She is an actress, known for Only Fools and Horses (1981), Pride and Prejudice (1980) and Grantchester (2014).

Julia (Two Gentlemen of Verona)

93. Tony Haygarth

Actor | Chicken Run

Instantly recognisable, often bearded Liverpudlian character actor who has been regularly featured on stage and screen in period productions, police dramas, sitcoms and soaps during a career spanning five decades. Extremely prolific and versatile, he has taken on just about any type of role, ...

Launce (Two Gentlemen of Verona)

94. 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 ...

Menenius (Coriolanus)

95. Alan Howard

Actor | The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Alan Howard was born on August 5, 1937 in London, England as Alan Mackenzie Howard. He was an actor, known for The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989) and A Perfect Spy (1987). He was married to Sally Beauman and Stephanie ...

Coriolanus (Coriolanus)

96. Patrick Godfrey

Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo

Patrick Godfrey was born on February 13, 1933 in Finsbury Park, London, England as Patrick Lindesay Archibald Godfrey. He is known for his work on The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) and A Room with a View (1985). He has been married to Amanda Walker since April ...

Cominius (Coriolanus), Helicanus (Pericles)

97. John Castle

Actor | The Lion in Winter

John Castle was born on January 14, 1940 in Croydon, Surrey, England as John Michael Frederick Castle. He is an actor, known for The Lion in Winter (1968), RoboCop 3 (1993) and Man of La Mancha (1972). He has been married to Maggie Wadey since 1963. They have one child.

Salisbury (King John)

98. John Thaw

Actor | Inspector Morse

He was the working class boy from Manchester whose intensity and natural honesty made him British television's most bankable actor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first starring role on TV was as Sgt John Mann in Redcap (1964). His first great success, though, was as Detective...

Hubert (King John)

99. George Costigan

Actor | The Beiderbecke Connection

George Costigan is an English actor. Born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, Costigan grew up in Salford, Lancashire. After attending St Augustine's C of E Primary School on Bolton Road in Pendlebury, he went to Wardley Grammar School on Mardale Avenue in Wardley near Swinton.

Costigan has been on television...

The Bastard (King John)

100. Phyllida Law

Actress | Much Ado About Nothing

Phyllida Law was born on May 8, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland as Phyllida Ann Law. She is known for her work on Much Ado About Nothing (1993), The Time Machine (2002) and Unleashed (2005). She was previously married to Eric Thompson.

Lady Faulconbridge (King John)



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