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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, (; born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite Jr., 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is ...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 Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of silent film. He became a worldwide icon through ...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 (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins ...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 (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career spanned more than 50 years. Hurt came to prominence for his role as Richard Rich in the film A Man for ...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, (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress. She is particularly known for her work in period dramas and tragedies, and is often drawn to portraying troubled women. ...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 (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, producer, singer and musician. After studying law, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such ...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, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and director who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson, Peggy Ashcroft and John Gielgud, ...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 (born Malcolm John Taylor; 13 June 1943) is an English actor, known for his boisterous and often villainous roles. He trained as an actor at the London Academy of Music and ...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 (born 25 August 1930) is a retired Scottish actor and producer, who has won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, one being a BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award, and three ...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 (born 30 January 1974) is a Welsh actor who is known for his intense method acting style, often transforming his body drastically for his roles. Bale is the ...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 (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor, singer, and director known internationally for his various film roles, including independent dramas, science-fiction epics, and ...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 (born 26 May 1966) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in both low-budget independent art films and large-scale blockbusters. She was nominated for the Academy ...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 (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter ...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 (born 7 June 1952) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has been nominated for a number of awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor, a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a ...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 (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor who has received an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Screen Actors Guild Awards, as well as the ...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 Dench (born 9 December 1934) is an English actress. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years, she performed in several ...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 ( 14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000) was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was ...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
James Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English actor. He won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for his supporting role as John Bayley in the feature film Iris (2001), as well as ...more

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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 (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor and filmmaker who has performed in theatre, film, and television. Known for his versatility and expressive acting style, Oldman is ...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 (; 15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. Mason achieved considerable success in British cinema before becoming one of Hollywood's biggest stars. He was the top ...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 Wilkinson (born 5 February 1948) is an English actor. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, for his roles in In the Bedroom (2001) and Michael Clayton (2007). In ...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, (; born Richard Walter Jenkins Jr.; 10 November 1925 – 5 August 1984) was a Welsh actor. Noted for his mellifluous baritone voice, Burton established himself as a formidable ...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 (born 2 March 1968) is an English actor. He trained at the National Youth Theatre and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 1991, before beginning his ...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 (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor, model, and musician. After starting to act at the local theatre club at the age of 15, he began his film career by playing ...more

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