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

Idris ElbaIdris Elba

06 September 1972

Tom HardyTom Hardy

15 September 1977

Richard MaddenRichard Madden

18 June 1986

Albert FinneyAlbert Finney

09 May 1936

Michael SheenMichael Sheen

05 February 1969

Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom

13 January 1977

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig

02 March 1968

Jason StathamJason Statham

26 July 1967

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais

25 June 1961

Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson

06 January 1955

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe

23 July 1989

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Christian BaleChristian Bale

30 January 1974

Asa ButterfieldAsa Butterfield

01 April 1997

Charlie HunnamCharlie Hunnam

10 April 1980

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin

16 April 1889

Phil CollinsPhil Collins

30 January 1951

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Ralph FiennesRalph Fiennes

22 December 1962

Jude LawJude Law

29 December 1972

Sean BeanSean Bean

17 April 1959

Freddie HighmoreFreddie Highmore

14 February 1992

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston

09 February 1981

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen

13 October 1971

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Alan RickmanAlan Rickman

21 February 1946

Paul BettanyPaul Bettany

27 May 1971

Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland

21 December 1966

Jamie DornanJamie Dornan

01 May 1982

Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart

13 July 1940

Gary OldmanGary Oldman

21 March 1958

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Henry CavillHenry Cavill

05 May 1983

Nicholas HoultNicholas Hoult

07 December 1989

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson

13 May 1986

Michael CaineMichael Caine

14 March 1933

Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor

10 July 1974

Cary GrantCary Grant

18 January 1904

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Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis

29 April 1957

Jamie BellJamie Bell

14 March 1986

James CordenJames Corden

22 August 1978

Hugh GrantHugh Grant

09 September 1960

Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall

07 July 1988

Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn

16 March 1963

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Iain GlenIain Glen

24 June 1961

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie

11 June 1959

Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh

10 December 1960

Tim CurryTim Curry

19 April 1946

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins

31 December 1937

Damian LewisDamian Lewis

11 February 1971

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Ian McKellenIan McKellen

25 May 1939

David TennantDavid Tennant

18 April 1971

Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne

06 January 1982

Stan LaurelStan Laurel

16 June 1890

Dev PatelDev Patel

23 April 1990

Charles DanceCharles Dance

10 October 1946

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Roger MooreRoger Moore

14 October 1927

John OliverJohn Oliver

23 April 1977

Guy PearceGuy Pearce

05 October 1967

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough

29 August 1923

Matthew GoodeMatthew Goode

03 April 1978

Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller

02 June 1972

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David McCallumDavid McCallum

19 September 1933

Sam ClaflinSam Claflin

27 June 1986

Martin FreemanMartin Freeman

08 September 1971

David WalliamsDavid Walliams

20 August 1971

Colin FirthColin Firth

10 September 1960

Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons

19 September 1948

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Peter SellersPeter Sellers

08 September 1925

Stephen FryStephen Fry

24 August 1957

Rupert GrintRupert Grint

24 August 1988

Christopher LeeChristopher Lee

27 May 1922

Ben KingsleyBen Kingsley

31 December 1943

Ed WestwickEd Westwick

28 June 1987

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John CleeseJohn Cleese

27 October 1939

Alec GuinnessAlec Guinness

02 April 1914

Joe AlwynJoe Alwyn

21 February 1991

Andy SerkisAndy Serkis

20 April 1964

Tim RothTim Roth

14 May 1961

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Joseph FiennesJoseph Fiennes

27 May 1970

Greg WiseGreg Wise

15 May 1966

Noel FieldingNoel Fielding

21 May 1973