While Christian Bale, Idris Elba, Daniel Craig, and Benedict Cumberbatch might be the hottest British actors in the contemporary era, Britain has the honor of producing world class actors from the past several decades. Britain had a vibrant tradition of theatre since the Renaissance which peaked during the times of playwright William Shakespeare. Christopher Beeston, William Rowley, and Thomas Heywood were prominent stage actors in the 16th and 17th centuries. Actors like Robert Wilks, William Smith, and Barton Booth were among the most celebrated actors of the 18th century. British theatre evolved over time and many other talented actors like Harry Randall, John Bannister, and Benjamin Plim Bellamy emerged in the 19th century. With the advent of cinema in the 20th century, several prominent theatre stars like John Kefford, James Neville Mason, and David Tree ventured into films as well. Coming to more recent times, Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the most acclaimed actors of his generation with three Academy Awards for Best Actor while Ian McKellen is another respected actor whose work spans genres ranging from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous British actors.
Kit HaringtonKit Harington
26 December 1986
Actor
Richard MaddenRichard Madden
18 June 1986
Actor

Jason StathamJason Statham
26 July 1967
Actor, Producer, Martial Artist

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor

Tom HardyTom Hardy
15 September 1977
Actor

Michael SheenMichael Sheen
05 February 1969
Actor
Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
06 January 1955
Actor & Comedian

Sean ConnerySean Connery
25 August 1930
Actor

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe
23 July 1989
Actor

David TennantDavid Tennant
18 April 1971
Actor
Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson
13 May 1986
Actor

Luke EvansLuke Evans
15 April 1979
Actor
Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland
21 December 1966
Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor

Jamie BellJamie Bell
14 March 1986
Actor

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch
19 July 1976
Actor
Henry CavillHenry Cavill
05 May 1983
Actor

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889
 
Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn
16 March 1963
Actor

Christian BaleChristian Bale
30 January 1974
 

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig
02 March 1968
Actor
Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom
13 January 1977
Actor

Ralph FiennesRalph Fiennes
22 December 1962
Actor, Director, Producer
Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor
10 July 1974
Actor

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Iain GlenIain Glen
24 June 1961
Actor

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978
Actor
Alan RickmanAlan Rickman
21 February 1946
 
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
13 July 1940
Actor

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor

Gary OldmanGary Oldman
21 March 1958
Actor

Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall
07 July 1988
Comedian
Charles DanceCharles Dance
10 October 1946
Actor

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Ian McKellenIan McKellen
25 May 1939
British Actor

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston
09 February 1981
Actor

Nicholas HoultNicholas Hoult
07 December 1989
Actor

Hugh GrantHugh Grant
09 September 1960
 
Asa ButterfieldAsa Butterfield
01 April 1997
Actor

Michael CaineMichael Caine
14 March 1933
Actor
Freddie StarrFreddie Starr
09 January 1943
Comedian

Cary GrantCary Grant
18 January 1904
American-British actor

Jude LawJude Law
29 December 1972
Actor
Paul BettanyPaul Bettany
27 May 1971
Actor

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
25 June 1961
Actor, Comedian
Charlie HunnamCharlie Hunnam
10 April 1980
Actor

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
31 December 1937
 

Tim CurryTim Curry
19 April 1946
 

Jamie DornanJamie Dornan
01 May 1982
Actor, Model

Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh
10 December 1960
Actor, Director
Damian LewisDamian Lewis
11 February 1971
Actor

Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis
29 April 1957
Actor

David WalliamsDavid Walliams
20 August 1971
Actor

Sean BeanSean Bean
17 April 1959
Actor
John OliverJohn Oliver
23 April 1977
Comedian

Colin FirthColin Firth
10 September 1960
 
Ben KingsleyBen Kingsley
31 December 1943
Actor

Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAaron Taylor-Johnson
13 June 1990
Actor

Matthew GoodeMatthew Goode
03 April 1978
Actor
Greg WiseGreg Wise
15 May 1966
Actor, Emma Thompson’s Husband

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Comedian, Actor
Sam ClaflinSam Claflin
27 June 1986
Actor

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Actor

Simon PeggSimon Pegg
14 February 1970
Actor
Roger MooreRoger Moore
14 October 1927
Actor

Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
19 September 1948
Actor
Christopher LeeChristopher Lee
27 May 1922
Character actor

Dev PatelDev Patel
23 April 1990
Actor

Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne
06 January 1982
Actor

Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
30 April 1981
Actor
Mark StrongMark Strong
05 August 1963
Actor
John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
02 June 1972
Actor

Freddie HighmoreFreddie Highmore
14 February 1992
Actor

Hugo WeavingHugo Weaving
04 April 1960
Actor
Rupert GrintRupert Grint
24 August 1988
Actor

Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
15 November 1972
Actor

Joseph FiennesJoseph Fiennes
27 May 1970
Actor

Martin FreemanMartin Freeman
08 September 1971
Actor

Andy SerkisAndy Serkis
20 April 1964
Actor
Steve-OSteve-O
13 June 1974
Actor

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923
Actor, Director, Producer
Tim RothTim Roth
14 May 1961
 

Stan LaurelStan Laurel
16 June 1890
Actor

Matthew MacfadyenMatthew Macfadyen
17 October 1974
Actor
Mark AddyMark Addy
14 January 1964
Actor

Dominic WestDominic West
15 October 1969
Actor
Guy PearceGuy Pearce
05 October 1967
Actor

Laurence OlivierLaurence Olivier
22 May 1907
 

Tobias MenziesTobias Menzies
07 March 1974
Actor

Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell
13 June 1943
Actor
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor

Toby StephensToby Stephens
21 April 1969
Actor
John Hurt John Hurt
22 January 1940
Actor

Ed WestwickEd Westwick
28 June 1987
Actor
Noel FieldingNoel Fielding
21 May 1973
Comedian

Theo JamesTheo James
16 December 1984
Actor
Will PoulterWill Poulter
28 January 1993
Actor