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.
Sean ConnerySean Connery
25 August 1930
Actor
Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen
13 October 1971
Actor

Thomas Brodie-SangsterThomas Brodie-Sangster
16 May 1990
Actor

Hugh GrantHugh Grant
09 September 1960
 

Noel FieldingNoel Fielding
21 May 1973
Comedian

Henry CavillHenry Cavill
05 May 1983
Actor
Jason ConneryJason Connery
11 January 1963
Actor, Director

Phil CollinsPhil Collins
30 January 1951
Drummer

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson
13 May 1986
Actor
Oliver Jackson-CohenOliver Jackson-Cohen
24 October 1986
Actor

Tom HollandTom Holland
01 June 1996
Actor, Voice Actor
Tom HardyTom Hardy
15 September 1977
Actor

Tim CurryTim Curry
19 April 1946
 

Daniel RadcliffeDaniel Radcliffe
23 July 1989
Actor

Rowan AtkinsonRowan Atkinson
06 January 1955
Actor & Comedian

Daniel CraigDaniel Craig
02 March 1968
Actor
Matt SmithMatt Smith
28 October 1982
Actor

Gavin McInnesGavin McInnes
17 July 1970
Writer

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin
16 April 1889
 

Jason StathamJason Statham
26 July 1967
Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Michael CaineMichael Caine
14 March 1933
Actor

Jude LawJude Law
29 December 1972
Actor
Michael SheenMichael Sheen
05 February 1969
Actor

Tobias MenziesTobias Menzies
07 March 1974
Actor

Christian BaleChristian Bale
30 January 1974
 
Charlie HunnamCharlie Hunnam
10 April 1980
Actor

Roger MooreRoger Moore
14 October 1927
Actor
Thomas FeltonThomas Felton
22 September 1987
Actor

Idris ElbaIdris Elba
06 September 1972
Actor

Kiefer SutherlandKiefer Sutherland
21 December 1966
Actor, Director, Producer, Voice Actor
Gary OldmanGary Oldman
21 March 1958
Actor

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Benedict CumberbatchBenedict Cumberbatch
19 July 1976
Actor
Cary GrantCary Grant
18 January 1904
Actor

David TennantDavid Tennant
18 April 1971
Actor

James CordenJames Corden
22 August 1978
Actor

Jamie DornanJamie Dornan
01 May 1982
Actor
Kenneth BranaghKenneth Branagh
10 December 1960
Actor, Director
Gerard ButlerGerard Butler
13 November 1969
Actor

Orlando BloomOrlando Bloom
13 January 1977
Actor

Dominic WestDominic West
15 October 1969
Actor

Ralph FiennesRalph Fiennes
22 December 1962
Actor
Anthony HopkinsAnthony Hopkins
31 December 1937
 

Jamie BellJamie Bell
14 March 1986
Actor

Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller
02 June 1972
Actor

Richard AttenboroughRichard Attenborough
29 August 1923
British Politician

Daniel Day-LewisDaniel Day-Lewis
29 April 1957
Actor
Paul BettanyPaul Bettany
27 May 1971
Actor

Ian McKellenIan McKellen
25 May 1939
Actor
Freddie HighmoreFreddie Highmore
14 February 1992
Actor

Sam ClaflinSam Claflin
27 June 1986
Actor

Tom EllisTom Ellis
17 November 1978
Actor
Hugh LaurieHugh Laurie
11 June 1959
Actor

Russell WatsonRussell Watson
24 November 1966
Tenor Singer
Patrick StewartPatrick Stewart
13 July 1940
Actor

Malcolm McDowellMalcolm McDowell
13 June 1943
Actor

Jamie LaingJamie Laing
03 November 1988
Actor

Joe AlwynJoe Alwyn
21 February 1991
Actor

Richard AyoadeRichard Ayoade
12 June 1977
Actor
Rupert GrintRupert Grint
24 August 1988
Actor

Christopher LeeChristopher Lee
27 May 1922
Actor

Michael PalinMichael Palin
05 May 1943
Comedian, Actor

Eddie RedmayneEddie Redmayne
06 January 1982
Actor
Colin FirthColin Firth
10 September 1960
 

Jack WhitehallJack Whitehall
07 July 1988
Comedian
David WalliamsDavid Walliams
20 August 1971
Comedian

Martin FreemanMartin Freeman
08 September 1971
Actor

Tom HiddlestonTom Hiddleston
09 February 1981
Actor
Simon PeggSimon Pegg
14 February 1970
Actor

John CleeseJohn Cleese
27 October 1939
Actor & Comedian
Richard MaddenRichard Madden
18 June 1986
Actor

Michael GambonMichael Gambon
19 October 1940
Actor

Charles DanceCharles Dance
10 October 1946
Actor
Sean BeanSean Bean
17 April 1959
Actor

Stephen FryStephen Fry
24 August 1957
Actor
Damian LewisDamian Lewis
11 February 1971
Actor

Matthew GoodeMatthew Goode
03 April 1978
Actor

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais
25 June 1961
Actor, Comedian

David NivenDavid Niven
01 March 1910
Actor
David ThewlisDavid Thewlis
20 March 1963
Actor
Aaron Taylor-JohnsonAaron Taylor-Johnson
13 June 1990
Actor

Kit HaringtonKit Harington
26 December 1986
Actor

Dev PatelDev Patel
23 April 1990
Actor

Ben KingsleyBen Kingsley
31 December 1943
Actor
Chiwetel Ejiofor Chiwetel Ejiofor
10 July 1974
Actor

Andy SerkisAndy Serkis
20 April 1964
Actor

Dan StevensDan Stevens
10 October 1982
Actor

Nicholas HoultNicholas Hoult
07 December 1989
Actor

Alfred MolinaAlfred Molina
24 May 1953
Actor
Matthew MacfadyenMatthew Macfadyen
17 October 1974
Actor

Andrew LincolnAndrew Lincoln
14 September 1973
Actor
Guy PearceGuy Pearce
05 October 1967
Actor

Russell ToveyRussell Tovey
14 November 1981
Actor
Alec GuinnessAlec Guinness
02 April 1914
Actor
Jeremy IronsJeremy Irons
19 September 1948
Actor