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.
Henry CavillHenry Cavill
05 May 1983
Actor
Daniel CraigDaniel Craig
02 March 1968
Actor

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
25 June 1961
Actor, Comedian

Tom HardyTom Hardy
15 September 1977
Actor

Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
13 July 1940
Actor

Christian BaleChristian Bale
30 January 1974
 
Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson
13 May 1986
Actor

Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
06 January 1955
Actor & Comedian

Sean ConnerySean Connery
25 August 1930
Actor
Hugh GrantHugh Grant
09 September 1960
 

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889
 
Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe
23 July 1989
Actor

Dean-Charles ChapmanDean-Charles Chapman
07 September 1997
Actor

Luke EvansLuke Evans
15 April 1979
Actor

Jamie BellJamie Bell
14 March 1986
Actor

Charlie HunnamCharlie Hunnam
10 April 1980
Actor
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978
Actor

Jason StathamJason Statham
26 July 1967
Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Richard MaddenRichard Madden
18 June 1986
Actor

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
31 December 1937
 
Jude LawJude Law
29 December 1972
Actor

Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch
19 July 1976
Actor

Gerard ButlerGerard Butler
13 November 1969
Actor
Andy SerkisAndy Serkis
20 April 1964
Actor

Ian McKellenIan McKellen
25 May 1939
British Actor
Michael SheenMichael Sheen
05 February 1969
Actor

Joe AlwynJoe Alwyn
21 February 1991
Actor

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Actor
Colin FirthColin Firth
10 September 1960
 

Continue Reading Below
Ralph FiennesRalph Fiennes
22 December 1962
Actor
Christopher LeeChristopher Lee
27 May 1922
Character actor

Gary OldmanGary Oldman
21 March 1958
Actor

Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom
13 January 1977
Actor

Michael CaineMichael Caine
14 March 1933
Actor
David TennantDavid Tennant
18 April 1971
Actor
Tim CurryTim Curry
19 April 1946
 

Guy PearceGuy Pearce
05 October 1967
Actor

Cary GrantCary Grant
18 January 1904
American-British actor

Asa ButterfieldAsa Butterfield
01 April 1997
Actor
Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Tobias MenziesTobias Menzies
07 March 1974
Actor

Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne
06 January 1982
Actor

Mark StrongMark Strong
05 August 1963
Actor

Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall
07 July 1988
Comedian
Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh
10 December 1960
Actor, Director

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian
Damian LewisDamian Lewis
11 February 1971
Actor

Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis
29 April 1957
Actor

Rupert GrintRupert Grint
24 August 1988
Actor
Jamie DornanJamie Dornan
01 May 1982
Actor, Model

Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAaron Taylor-Johnson
13 June 1990
Actor
Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland
21 December 1966
Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor

Paul BettanyPaul Bettany
27 May 1971
Actor

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor

Sam ClaflinSam Claflin
27 June 1986
Actor

Alec GuinnessAlec Guinness
02 April 1914
Actor
Graham ChapmanGraham Chapman
08 January 1941
Comedian

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston
09 February 1981
Actor

Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
19 September 1948
Actor

Dev PatelDev Patel
23 April 1990
Actor
Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923
Actor, Director, Producer

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Comedian, Actor
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
30 April 1981
Actor

Kit HaringtonKit Harington
26 December 1986
Actor

Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor
10 July 1974
Actor
Roger MooreRoger Moore
14 October 1927
Actor

Nicholas HoultNicholas Hoult
07 December 1989
Actor
Freddie HighmoreFreddie Highmore
14 February 1992
Actor

Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
02 June 1972
Actor

Sean BeanSean Bean
17 April 1959
Actor
Noel FieldingNoel Fielding
21 May 1973
Comedian

Martin FreemanMartin Freeman
08 September 1971
Actor
Ben KingsleyBen Kingsley
31 December 1943
Actor

Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
15 November 1972
Actor

Matthew GoodeMatthew Goode
03 April 1978
Actor

Hero Fiennes-TiffinHero Fiennes-Tiffin
06 November 1997
Actor
Michael PalinMichael Palin
05 May 1943
Comedian, Actor
Joseph FiennesJoseph Fiennes
27 May 1970
Actor

Charles DanceCharles Dance
10 October 1946
Actor

Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell
13 June 1943
Actor

John Rhys-DaviesJohn Rhys-Davies
05 May 1944
Actor
Peter Seamus O'ToolePeter O'Toole
02 August 1932
Actor

Oliver Jackson-CohenOliver Jackson-Cohen
24 October 1986
Actor

Toby StephensToby Stephens
21 April 1969
Actor

Laurence OlivierLaurence Olivier
22 May 1907
 

David WalliamsDavid Walliams
20 August 1971
Comedian
Hugo WeavingHugo Weaving
04 April 1960
Actor

John Hurt John Hurt
22 January 1940
Actor
Peter SellersPeter Sellers
08 September 1925
 

Cary ElwesCary Elwes
26 October 1962
Actor
Simon PeggSimon Pegg
14 February 1970
Actor
David McCallumDavid McCallum
19 September 1933
Actor