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Popular Film Actors from United Kingdom

Updated June 14, 2019 35.0k views7.3k items

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 Nighy1

    Bill Nighy

    Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

    BirthplaceEngland, Caterham

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height6.17

    ParentsAlfred Martin Nighy, Catherine Josephine Whittaker

    ChildrenMary Nighy

    William Francis "Bill" Nighy is an English actor. He worked in theatre and television before...  more

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  • Michael Caine2

    Michael Caine

    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

    BirthplaceRotherhithe, England, London

    NationalityEngland

    Height1.88

    ParentsMaurice Joseph Micklewhite, Ellen Maria Burchell

    ChildrenDominique Caine, Natasha Caine

    Sir Michael Caine (born 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has...  more

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  • Charlie Chaplin3

    Charlie Chaplin

    City Lights, Modern Times

    BirthplaceWalworth, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Height5'4"

    ParentsHannah Chaplin, Charles Spencer Chaplin Sr.

    ChildrenGeraldine Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Jr., Christopher Chaplin

    Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor,...  more

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  • Anthony Hopkins4

    Anthony Hopkins

    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor

    BirthplaceMargam, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited States of America, United Kingdom

    Height5'8"

    ParentsRichard Arthur Hopkins, Muriel Anne Hopkins

    ChildrenAbigail Hopkins

    Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins (born 31 December 1937) is a Welsh actor, director, and producer....  more

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  • John Hurt5

    John Hurt

    Alien, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

    BirthplaceChesterfield, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height1.75

    ParentsPhyllis Massey, Arnould Herbert Hurt

    ChildrenSasha John Vincent Hurt, Nick Hurt

    Sir John Vincent Hurt (22 January 1940 – 25 January 2017) was an English actor whose career...  more

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  • Kate Winslet6

    Kate Winslet

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    BirthplaceReading, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Height1.69

    ParentsRoger Winslet, Sally Bridges-Winslet

    ChildrenMia Honey Threapleton, Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes

    Kate Elizabeth Winslet, (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress. She is particularly...  more

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  • Gerard Butler7

    Gerard Butler

    How to Train Your Dragon, 300

    BirthplacePaisley, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Height6'2"

    ParentsMargaret Butler, Edward Butler

    Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor, producer, singer and...  more

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  • Laurence Olivier8

    Laurence Olivier

    Spartacus, Rebecca

    BirthplaceEngland, Dorking

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height1.78

    ParentsGerard Olivier, Agnes Louise Crookenden

    ChildrenJulie Kate Olivier, Tarquin Olivier, Tamsin Olivier, Richard Olivier

    Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, (; 22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor and...  more

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  • Malcolm McDowell9

    Malcolm McDowell

    A Clockwork Orange, Easy A

    BirthplaceEngland, Horsforth

    NationalityEngland

    Height1.74

    ParentsCharles Taylor, Edna Taylor

    ChildrenBeckett Taylor McDowell, Seamus Hudson McDowell, Finnian Anderson McDowell, Charlie McDowell, Lilly McDowell

    Malcolm McDowell (born Malcolm John Taylor; 13 June 1943) is an English actor, known for his...  more

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  • Sean Connery10

    Sean Connery

    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    BirthplaceFountainbridge, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Height6'2"

    ParentsEuphemia McLean, Joseph Connery

    ChildrenJason Connery

    Sir Thomas Sean Connery (25 August 1930 – 31 October 2020) was a retired Scottish actor and...  more

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  • Christian Bale11

    Christian Bale

    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

    BirthplaceHaverfordwest, United Kingdom

    NationalityWales, United Kingdom

    Height6'0"

    ParentsGloria Steinem, Jenny James, David Bale

    ChildrenEmmeline Bale

    Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is a Welsh actor who is known for his...  more

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  • Ewan McGregor12

    Ewan McGregor

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

    BirthplacePerth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Height5'10"

    ParentsJames Charles Stuart McGregor, Carol Diane McGregor

    ChildrenJamyan McGregor, Clara Mathilde McGregor, Esther Rose McGregor, Anouk McGregor

    Ewan Gordon McGregor (born 31 March 1971) is a Scottish actor, singer, and director known...  more

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  • Helena Bonham Carter13

    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

    BirthplaceGolders Green, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Height5'1"

    ParentsRaymond Bonham Carter, Elena Propper de Callejón

    ChildrenBilly Raymond Burton, Nell Burton

    Helena Bonham Carter (born 26 May 1966) is an English actress. She is known for her roles in...  more

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  • John Cleese14

    John Cleese

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    BirthplaceWeston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height1.96

    ParentsMuriel Cleese, Reg Cleese

    ChildrenCynthia Cleese, Camilla Cleese

    John Marwood Cleese (; born 27 October 1939) is an English actor, voice actor, comedian,...  more

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  • Liam Neeson15

    Liam Neeson

    Batman Begins, The Dark Knight Rises

    BirthplaceBallymena, United Kingdom

    NationalityNorthern Ireland, United States of America, United Kingdom

    Height1.93

    ParentsBernard Neeson, Katherine Kitty Brown

    ChildrenDaniel Neeson, Micheál Neeson

    Liam John Neeson (born 7 June 1952) is an actor from Northern Ireland. He has been nominated...  more

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  • Colin Firth16

    Colin Firth

    The English Patient, The King's Speech

    BirthplaceGrayshott, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height1.87

    ParentsDavid Norman Lewis Firth, Shirley Firth

    ChildrenWill Firth, Luca Firth, Matteo Firth

    Colin Andrew Firth (born 10 September 1960) is an English actor who has received an Academy...  more

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  • Judi Dench17

    Judi Dench

    Casino Royale, Skyfall

    BirthplaceHeworth, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height1.55

    ParentsEleanora Olive Jones, Reginald Arthur Dench

    ChildrenFinty Williams

    Dame Judith Olivia Dench (born 9 December 1934) is an English actress. Dench made her...  more

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  • John Gielgud18

    John Gielgud

    Chariots of Fire, Gandhi

    BirthplaceSouth Kensington, London, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Height5'10"

    ParentsFrank Gielgud, Katie Terry

    Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH ( 14 April 1904 – 21 May 2000) was an English actor and...  more

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  • Jim Broadbent19

    Jim Broadbent

    Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    BirthplaceHolton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height1.87

    ParentsDoreen Broadbent, Roy Broadbent

    James Broadbent (born 24 May 1949) is an English actor. He won an Academy Award and a Golden...  more

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  • Gary Oldman20

    Gary Oldman

    The Dark Knight, Batman Begins

    BirthplaceEurasia, New Cross, London, England, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Height1.78

    ParentsLeonard Oldman, Kathleen Oldman

    ChildrenCharlie John Oldman, Gulliver Flynn Oldman, Alfie Oldman

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  • James Mason21

    James Mason

    Odd Man Out, Cold Sweat

    BirthplaceHuddersfield, United Kingdom

    NationalityEngland

    Height1.81

    ParentsJohn Mason, Mabel Mason

    ChildrenPortland Mason, Morgan Mason

    James Neville Mason (; 15 May 1909 – 27 July 1984) was an English actor. Mason achieved...  more
  • Tom Wilkinson22

    Tom Wilkinson

    Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

    BirthplaceEngland, Leeds

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height1.85

    ChildrenMollie Wilkinson, Alice Wilkinson

    Thomas Geoffrey Wilkinson (born 5 February 1948) is an English actor. He has twice been...  more

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  • Richard Burton23

    Richard Burton

    The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare

    BirthplacePontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom

    Height5'10"

    ParentsEdith Maude Jenkins, Richard Walter Jenkins

    ChildrenKate Burton, Maria Burton, Liza Todd Burton, Jessica Burton

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  • Daniel Craig24

    Daniel Craig

    Casino Royale, Skyfall

    BirthplaceChester, England

    NationalityUnited Kingdom,England

    Height5'10"

    ParentsCarol Olivia Craig, Tim Craig

    ChildrenElla Craig

    Daniel Wroughton Craig (born 2 March 1968) is an English actor. He trained at the National...  more

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  • Robert Pattinson25

    Robert Pattinson

    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Twilight

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    NationalityUnited Kingdom, England

    Height6'0"

    ParentsClare Pattinson, Richard Pattinson

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