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Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom

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List of famous film actors and actresses from United Kingdom, listed by their popularity with photos when available. United Kingdom has given birth to some great movie actors and actresses over the years, many of who have gone on to star in comedies, dramas, horror movies and more. These are some of the best British screen actors in the history of the world, so if you're a native of United Kingdom and an aspiring actor/actress then these are people you should look up to.

List film actors range from Nicole Kent to Patrick Baladi.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the best British actors?" and "Which movies stars are from United Kingdom?"

You can click on the names of these legendary movie stars of United Kingdom in order to get more information about each one. If you're a film buff use this list of talented British film actors to find some new movies you haven't already seen.
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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I
William Francis "Bill" Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before his first cinema role in 1981, and made his name in television with The Men's Room in 1991, ...more
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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
Sir Michael Caine, CBE, is an English actor and author. Renowned for his distinctive Cockney accent, Caine has appeared in over 115 films and is one of the UK's most recognisable actors. He made ...more
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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
City Lights, Modern Times, The Gold Rush
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE was an English comic actor and filmmaker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona ...more
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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World
Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins, CBE is a Welsh actor of film, stage, and television, and a composer and painter. After graduating from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 1957, he ...more
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John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Alien, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Sir John Vincent Hurt, CBE is an English actor. Hurt has had a career spanning six decades and initially came to prominence for his supporting role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for All ...more
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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Sense and Sensibility
Kate Elizabeth Winslet, CBE, is an English actress and singer. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy Award. She is the youngest person ...more
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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
How to Train Your Dragon, 300, P.S. I Love You
Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television. A trained lawyer, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs. ...more
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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans
Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also ...more
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Malcolm McDowell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
A Clockwork Orange, Easy A, The Artist
Malcolm McDowell is an English actor, known for his boisterous and sometimes villainous roles, whose career spans more than four decades. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music ...more
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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables
Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottish actor and producer who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes. He was knighted by Elizabeth II in July 2000, and received the ...more
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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the public eye at ...more
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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting
Ewan Gordon McGregor, OBE is a Scottish actor who has had success in mainstream, indie, and art house films. His first professional role was in 1993, when he won a leading role in the Channel 4 ...more
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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Alice in Wonderland
Helena Bonham Carter CBE is an English actress. She made her acting debut in a television adaptation of K. M. Peyton's A Pattern of Roses before her debut film role as the titular character in ...more
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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, comedian, writer and film producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report. In the ...more
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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List
Liam John Neeson, OBE is an Irish actor. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur. Between 1982 and 1987, Neeson ...more
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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love
Colin Andrew Firth, CBE is an English film, television, and theatre actor. His films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide. He has received an Academy Award, a Golden ...more
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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love
Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she ...more
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John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, The Elephant Man
Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH, was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who ...more
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Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Brazil
Jim Broadbent is an actor.
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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Dark Knight, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises
Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. Oldman rose to prominence in the United Kingdom with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy and Joe Orton in Prick Up ...more
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James Mason is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Odd Man Out, Cold Sweat, Forever
James Neville Mason was an English actor. After achieving stardom in his native Great Britain, he made the transition to the United States and became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, ...more
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Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love
Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Wilkinson, OBE is an English actor. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, for his roles in In the Bedroom and Michael Clayton. In 2009, he won Golden ...more
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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Richard Burton, CBE (10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. He was nominated seven times for an Academy Award, six of which were for Best Actor in a Leading Role (without ever ...more
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Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition
Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor. Cast as the fictional British secret agent James Bond 007 in October 2005, his first film in the role, Casino Royale, was released in theatres ...more
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Robert Pattinson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Twilight, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson is an English actor, model, musician and producer. Pattinson started his film career by playing Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, a 2005 ...more