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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?"

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Age 69, Credits: Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

Birthplace: Caterham, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Height: 6'2"

Parents: Alfred Martin Nighy, Catherine Josephine Whittaker

Children: Mary Nighy

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
Age 85, Credits: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins & The Dark Knight Rises

Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Height: 6'2"

Parents: Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Ellen Maria Burchell

Children: Natasha Caine, Dominique Caine

Sir Michael Caine (born 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 considered a British film icon. Known ...more

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Dec. at 88 (1889-1977), Credits: City Lights, Modern Times & The Gold Rush

Birthplace: Walworth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Height: 5'4"

Parents: Hannah Chaplin, Charles Spencer Chaplin Sr.

Children: Geraldine Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Jr., Christopher Chaplin, + more

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
Age 81, Credits: The Silence of the Lambs, Thor & Thor: The Dark World

Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Height: 5'8"

Parents: Richard Arthur Hopkins, Muriel Anne Hopkins

Children: Abigail Hopkins

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
Age 79, Credits: Alien, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 & Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Birthplace: Chesterfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'8"

Parents: Phyllis Massey, Arnould Herbert Hurt

Children: Nick Hurt, Sasha John Vincent Hurt

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
Age 43, Credits: Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind & Sense and Sensibility

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Height: 5'6"

Parents: Roger Winslet, Sally Bridges-Winslet

Children: Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes, Bear Blaze Winslet, Mia Honey Threapleton

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
Age 49, Credits: How to Train Your Dragon, 300 & P.S. I Love You

Birthplace: Paisley, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'2"

Parents: Margaret Butler, Edward Butler

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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#189 of 1,145 The Best Actors in Film History #69 of 330 The Coolest Actors Ever The Best Gerard Butler Movies

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Dec. at 82 (1907-1989), Credits: Spartacus, Rebecca & Clash of the Titans

Birthplace: Dorking, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Gerard Olivier, Agnes Louise Crookenden

Children: Richard Olivier, Tarquin Olivier, Tamsin Olivier, Julie Kate Olivier

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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#1 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time #6 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History The Best Laurence Olivier Movies

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Malcolm McDowell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Age 75, Credits: A Clockwork Orange, Easy A & The Artist

Birthplace: England, Horsforth

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'8"

Parents: Charles Taylor, Edna Taylor

Children: Lilly McDowell, Charlie McDowell, Beckett Taylor McDowell, Seamus Hudson McDowell, Finnian Anderson McDowell

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
Age 88, Credits: Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade & The Untouchables

Birthplace: Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'2"

Parents: Euphemia McLean, Joseph Connery

Children: Jason Connery

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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#35 of 1,145 The Best Actors in Film History #30 of 2,003 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History The Very Best Sean Connery Movies

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Age 45, Credits: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins & The Dark Knight Rises

Birthplace: Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Gloria Steinem, Jenny James, David Bale

Children: Emmeline Bale

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
Age 47, Credits: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith & Trainspotting

Birthplace: Perth, United Kingdom

Nationality: Scotland

Height: 5'10"

Parents: James Charles Stuart McGregor, Carol Diane McGregor

Children: Jamyan McGregor, Clara Mathilde McGregor, Esther Rose McGregor, Anouk McGregor

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
Age 52, Credits: Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 & Alice in Wonderland

Birthplace: Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'1"

Parents: Raymond Bonham Carter, Elena Propper de Callejón

Children: Billy Raymond Burton, Nell Burton

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
Age 79, Credits: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone & Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'5"

Parents: Muriel Cleese, Reg Cleese

Children: Cynthia Cleese, Camilla Cleese

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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#209 of 1,145 The Best Actors in Film History #1 of 184 The Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Age 66, Credits: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises & Schindler's List

Birthplace: Ballymena, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'3"

Parents: Bernard Neeson, Katherine Kitty Brown

Children: Micheál Neeson, Daniel Neeson

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
Age 58, Credits: The English Patient, The King's Speech & Shakespeare in Love

Birthplace: Grayshott, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'1"

Parents: David Norman Lewis Firth, Shirley Firth

Children: Will Firth, Luca Firth, Matteo Firth

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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#147 of 1,145 The Best Actors in Film History #16 of 273 The Greatest British Actors of All Time The Best Colin Firth Movies

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Age 84, Credits: Casino Royale, Skyfall & Shakespeare in Love

Birthplace: Heworth, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'1"

Parents: Eleanora Olive Jones, Reginald Arthur Dench

Children: Finty Williams

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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#10 of 940 The Best Actresses in Film History #5 of 326 The Best Actresses Working Today The Best Judi Dench Movies

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John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Dec. at 96 (1904-2000), Credits: Chariots of Fire, Gandhi & The Elephant Man

Birthplace: South Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: England

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Frank Gielgud, Katie Terry

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
Age 69, Credits: Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince & Brazil

Birthplace: Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Height: 6'1"

Parents: Doreen Broadbent, Roy Broadbent

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
Age 60, Credits: The Dark Knight, Batman Begins & The Dark Knight Rises

Birthplace: New Cross, London, England, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'8"

Parents: Leonard Oldman, Kathleen Oldman

Children: Gulliver Flynn Oldman, Alfie Oldman, Charlie John Oldman

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
Dec. at 75 (1909-1984), Credits: Odd Man Out, Cold Sweat & Forever

Birthplace: Huddersfield, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'11"

Parents: John Mason, Mabel Mason

Children: Morgan Mason, Portland Mason

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
Age 71, Credits: Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind & Shakespeare in Love

Birthplace: England, Leeds

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'0"

Children: Alice Wilkinson, Mollie Wilkinson

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
Dec. at 59 (1925-1984), Credits: The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare & Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Edith Maude Jenkins, Richard Walter Jenkins

Children: Kate Burton, Maria Burton, Liza Todd Burton, Jessica Burton

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
Age 50, Credits: Casino Royale, Skyfall & Road to Perdition

Birthplace: Chester, England

Nationality: England

Height: 5'10"

Parents: Carol Olivia Craig, Tim Craig

Children: Ella Craig

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
Age 32, Credits: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Twilight & Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Height: 6'0"

Parents: Clare Pattinson, Richard Pattinson

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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