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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
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

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Donald Pleasence is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Halloween, The Great Escape, Escape from New York Donald Henry Pleasence, OBE was an English film, television, and stage actor. His most notable film roles include psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis in most of the Halloween series, the villain Ernst ...more

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Pink Panther, Being There Peter Sellers, CBE was a British film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a ...more

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CH, CBE is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn ...more

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Prestige, Labyrinth, Zoolander David Bowie is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, arranger, and actor. He is also a painter and collector of fine art. Bowie has been a major figure in the ...more

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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Braveheart, X-Men 2, The Ring Brian Denis Cox, CBE is a Scottish actor. He is known for his work with the Royal Shakespeare Company, where he gained recognition for his portrayal of King Lear. He has also appeared in many ...more

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2 Sir Patrick Stewart OBE is an English film, television, and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen. He is most widely known for his roles as Captain Jean-Luc Picard ...more

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Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Alien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Sir Ian Holm CBE is an English actor known for his stage work and many film roles. He received the 1967 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor for his performance as Lenny in The Homecoming and the ...more

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes, is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre. Fiennes' portrayal of Nazi war ...more

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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy, The Fountain Rachel Hannah Craig, professionally known as Rachel Weisz, is an English film and theatre actress as well as a former fashion model. Weisz began her acting career at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in ...more

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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Little Mermaid, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, singer, and composer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film, and television productions, often portraying villainous ...more

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Men in Black 3 Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedienne, screenwriter and author. Cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation, she is known for her portrayals of reticent women in ...more

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Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Spartacus, Robin Hood, Logan's Run Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, ...more

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chariots of Fire, Henry V Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh is an actor, director, producer and screenwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has directed or starred in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's ...more

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Errol Flynn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
The Adventures of Robin Hood, Cinema Paradiso, Captain Blood Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn was an Australian-American actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle.

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Katrina Kaif is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Partner, Bodyguard, Yuvvraaj Katrina Kaif is a British-Indian film actress and model. Primarily known for her work in Bollywood films, Kaif has also appeared in Telugu and Malayalam films. In addition to being one of ...more

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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Alice in Wonderland, V for Vendetta, Chariots of Fire Stephen John Fry is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist. After a troubled childhood and adolescence, during which he was expelled from two schools and spent three months ...more

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
X-Men 2, Eyes Wide Shut, GoldenEye Alan Cumming, OBE, is a Scottish actor who has appeared in numerous films, television shows and plays. His London stage appearances include Hamlet, the Maniac in Accidental Death of an ...more

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Underworld, Pearl Harbor, The Aviator Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale is an English actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing while still a student at Oxford University. ...more

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Chicago, High Fidelity, Traffic Catherine Zeta-Jones CBE is a Welsh actress. She began her career on stage at an early age. After starring in a number of British and U.S. television films and small roles in films, which ...more

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Tim Roth is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Planet of the Apes Simon Timothy "Tim" Roth is an English actor and director. Roth made his début in the 1982 television film Made in Britain and the 1984 film The Hit, for which he was nominated ...more

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John Rhys-Davies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring John Rhys-Davies is a Welsh actor and voice actor. He portrayed the dwarf Gimli in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the charismatic Arab excavator Sallah in the Indiana Jones films. He also ...more

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Sense and Sensibility, Monsters vs. Aliens, 101 Dalmatians James Hugh Calum Laurie, OBE, known professionally as Hugh Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician and comedian. He first became known as one-half of the Fry and Laurie double ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological ...more

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Audrey Hepburn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognised as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as ...more

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Saeed Jaffrey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom
Gandhi, The Man Who Would Be King, A Passage to India Saeed Jaffrey OBE is an Indian-born British actor, who has appeared in numerous British movies. He was born in Malerkotla, Punjab. His film credits include The Man Who Would Be King, Shatranj Ke ...more