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

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor

Michael SheenMichael Sheen
05 February 1969
Actor

Tom HardyTom Hardy
15 September 1977
Actor

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson
13 May 1986
Actor
Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch
19 July 1976
Actor

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

Luke EvansLuke Evans
15 April 1979
Actor

Sean BeanSean Bean
17 April 1959
Actor
Jamie BellJamie Bell
14 March 1986
Actor

David TennantDavid Tennant
18 April 1971
Actor
Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland
21 December 1966
Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889
 

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer
Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
06 January 1955
Actor & Comedian

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston
09 February 1981
Actor
Christian BaleChristian Bale
30 January 1974
 

Jerome FlynnJerome Flynn
16 March 1963
Actor

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe
23 July 1989
 
Daniel CraigDaniel Craig
02 March 1968
Actor

Nicholas HoultNicholas Hoult
07 December 1989
Actor
David WalliamsDavid Walliams
20 August 1971
Actor

Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom
13 January 1977
Actor

Iain GlenIain Glen
24 June 1961
Actor

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor
Ralph FiennesRalph Fiennes
22 December 1962
Actor, Director, Producer
James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978
Actor

Paul BettanyPaul Bettany
27 May 1971
Actor

Alan RickmanAlan Rickman
21 February 1946
 

Henry CavillHenry Cavill
05 May 1983
Actor
Roger MooreRoger Moore
14 October 1927
Actor

Charles DanceCharles Dance
10 October 1946
Actor

Jude LawJude Law
29 December 1972
Actor

Michael CaineMichael Caine
14 March 1933
Actor

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Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
13 July 1940
Actor
Ian McKellenIan McKellen
25 May 1939
British Actor

Asa ButterfieldAsa Butterfield
01 April 1997
Actor
Charlie HunnamCharlie Hunnam
10 April 1980
 

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
25 June 1961
Actor, Comedian

Jamie DornanJamie Dornan
01 May 1982
Actor, Model
Gary OldmanGary Oldman
21 March 1958
Actor

Cary GrantCary Grant
18 January 1904
American-British actor
Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall
07 July 1988
Comedian

Tim CurryTim Curry
19 April 1946
 

Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh
10 December 1960
Actor, Director

Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
31 December 1937
 

Damian LewisDamian Lewis
11 February 1971
Actor
Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis
29 April 1957
Actor

Hugh GrantHugh Grant
09 September 1960
 

Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAaron Taylor-Johnson
13 June 1990
Actor

Matthew GoodeMatthew Goode
03 April 1978
Actor
Guy PearceGuy Pearce
05 October 1967
Actor

Greg WiseGreg Wise
15 May 1966
Actor, Emma Thompson’s Husband
Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor
10 July 1974
Actor

Sam ClaflinSam Claflin
27 June 1986
Actor

Christopher LeeChristopher Lee
27 May 1922
Character actor
Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923
Actor, Director, Producer

Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Actor
Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Comedian, Actor

Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
19 September 1948
Actor

Colin FirthColin Firth
10 September 1960
 
John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian

Dev PatelDev Patel
23 April 1990
Actor
Kunal NayyarKunal Nayyar
30 April 1981
Actor

Freddie HighmoreFreddie Highmore
14 February 1992
Actor

Peter SellersPeter Sellers
08 September 1925
 

Ben KingsleyBen Kingsley
31 December 1943
Actor
Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
02 June 1972
Actor
Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne
06 January 1982
Actor

Jonny Lee MillerJonny Lee Miller
15 November 1972
Actor

Martin FreemanMartin Freeman
08 September 1971
Actor

Joseph FiennesJoseph Fiennes
27 May 1970
Actor
Hugo WeavingHugo Weaving
04 April 1960
Actor

Stan LaurelStan Laurel
16 June 1890
Actor

Rupert GrintRupert Grint
24 August 1988
Actor

Laurence OlivierLaurence Olivier
22 May 1907
 

Mark AddyMark Addy
14 January 1964
Actor
Andy SerkisAndy Serkis
20 April 1964
Actor

Simon PeggSimon Pegg
14 February 1970
Actor
Tobias MenziesTobias Menzies
07 March 1974
Actor

John OliverJohn Oliver
23 April 1977
Comedian

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

Tim RothTim Roth
14 May 1961
 
Ed WestwickEd Westwick
28 June 1987
Actor

John Hurt John Hurt
22 January 1940
Actor

Theo JamesTheo James
16 December 1984
Actor

Will PoulterWill Poulter
28 January 1993
Actor
Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor

Michael GambonMichael Gambon
19 October 1940
Actor
Dan StevensDan Stevens
10 October 1982
Actor

Saeed JaffreySaeed Jaffrey
08 January 1929
Actor

Noel FieldingNoel Fielding
21 May 1973
Comedian

Warwick DavisWarwick Davis
03 February 1970
Actor
Ciarán HindsCiarán Hinds
09 February 1953
Actor