Famous British TV & Movie Producers

The quality of television shows and movies has increased by leaps and bounds over the past two decades. One of the reasons behind this drastic change is the mindset of the average producer. Producers these days are willing to spend a huge chunk of money on funding promising scripts, as the rewards commensurate. Amongst the famous producers of the world today, many hail from Great Britain. One such producer of English origin is David Barron, who is known for funding two movies of the popular ‘Harry Potter’ franchise. Barron has also produced dozens of movies belonging to the ‘fantasy’ and ‘drama’ genres. John Forrest is a man who has produced many television shows, and has been known for being associated with the channel ‘BBC’ for a really long time. Other producers from Britain who have revolutionized cinema and television over the years are Charles Denton, Robert Baker, Johnny Goodman and David Bell. These people were responsible for the creation of shows such as ‘Copy Cats’, ‘The Stanley Baxter Show’, ‘The Saint’ and ‘The Persuaders’. Here is an interesting collection of biographies based on the lives of famous Briton TV and movie producers. Find out more details about their timelines, life stories, and interesting trivia & facts related to them.

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 1 Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan.
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: July 30, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westminster, London, England

British-American writer and director, Christopher Nolan is known for his distinctive kind of films which are often intelligent, deep and nonlinear. He gained international recognition with Memento and further reached greater heights with big budget movies like The Dark Knight film series, Inception, Interstellar and Dunkirk. The multiple award winning director began shooting short films at the age of seven.

 2 Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: August 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
Died: April 29, 1980

Popularly known as the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock pioneered the Hitchcockian style of filmmaking. One of the most studied filmmakers in the world, Hitchcock is also one of the most influential in the history of cinema. In his career, that spanned six decades, he directed some of the greatest films of all time, such as Psycho and Vertigo.

 3 Richard Attenborough

Richard Attenborough.
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Famous As: British Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: August 24, 2014

Richard Attenborough is credited with making one of the greatest films of all time - Gandhi. Also an actor, Richard served as the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Apart from being honored by the British royalty, he was also honored with India's third-highest civilian award, The Padma Bhushan.

 4 John Cleese

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Famous As: Actor & Comedian
Birthdate: October 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England,
Before stepping into sketch comedy with Monty Python's Flying Circus, John Cleese wrote scripts for Broadway and West End shows. A Cambridge law graduate, John has had a species of lemurs named after him, owing to his love for the animal. His dark humor is part of his signature style.

 5 Catherine Bell

Catherine Bell.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Catherine Bell is an actress, producer, and model. She is best known for her roles in the TV series JAG and Army Wives. As a young woman, she enrolled at UCLA but dropped out to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She struggled for a few years but was eventually able to establish herself as a versatile actress. 

 6 Roger Taylor

Roger Taylor.
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: July 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: King's Lynn, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Roger Taylor soared to fame as the drummer of the iconic rock band Queen. A Planet Rock poll named him the eighth-greatest classic rock drummer. Taylor also became known for his falsetto vocal range and co-wrote hits such as Innuendo and Under Pressure. He also appeared on Pop Quiz.

 7 Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith

Emily Mortimer is an English-American screenwriter and actress. Mortimer, who started her acting career in stage productions, went on to establish herself as a bankable actress in the British film and TV industry. In 2010, she became an American citizen and has since been playing important roles in American films.

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 8 Iain Glen

Iain Glen.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edinburgh
One of the British theatre's preeminent men, Iain Glen is best-known for featuring in Resident Evil film series and Game of Thrones. Though he has a catalogue of splendid work but his works flew under the radar. He bagged in a Silver Bear for Best Actor for his phenomenal performance in Silent Screen at the 40th Berlin International Film Festival.

 9 Nicollette Sheridan

Nicollette Sheridan.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Worthing, Sussex, England
Model/actor Nicollette Sheridan is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated performance as Edie Britt in Desperate Housewives. Fans also loved her as Paige Matheson in Knots Landing and as Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. She has also appeared in films such as Beverly Hills Ninja. She owns a cruelty-free moisturizer brand.

 10 John Mahoney

John Mahoney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackpool, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: February 4, 2018
English-born American actor, John Mahoney left his job in medical journalism in his late thirties to embark on an acting career. He first became known for his roles in films like Moonstruck, Tin Men, Eight Men Out. He was best known for playing Martin Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier for which he also bagged a Screen Actors Guild Award. 

 11 David Jason

David Jason
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 2, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edmonton, London, England, UK
David Jason is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and executive producer who is famous for his role in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses. His other popular works include TV series A Touch of Frost, Open All Hours and Still Open All Hours and The Darling Buds of May. He was knighted in 2005 for services to acting and comedy.

 12 Sally Hawkins

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dulwich, London, England, UK

Sally Hawkins is a prominent English actress who has been nominated for two Academy Awards and five British Independent Film Awards. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began her career as a stage actress and became immensely successful. She eventually ventured into films as well and acted in numerous hit films. 

 13 Tom Hollander

Tom Hollander
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bristol, England, UK

Tom Hollander is an English actor best known for his roles in the films Pirates of the Caribbean and In the Loop. He grew up in a family with an academic and musical background and developed an early interest in dramatics. He began his career as a stage actor and then entered TV and films as well. 

 14 Danny Boyle

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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Film Producer
Birthdate: October 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Radcliffe

Danny Boyle is best known for his Academy Award-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. He also amazed audiences with his deft direction in Trainspotting, 127 Hours, and 28 Days Later. He won a BAFTA with his debut film, Shallow Grave. He was the artistic director of the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.

 15 Simon Monjack

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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Birthdate: March 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London Borough of Hillingdon
Died: May 23, 2010

Simon Monjack was an English filmmaker, screenwriter, and make-up artist. Much of his professional life was overshadowed by his personal life, which included his marriage to American actress Brittany Murphy. Monjack's death attracted the attention of media as he died five months after Murphy's death due to complications similar to Murphy's undoing. 

 16 Jill Ireland

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London
Died: May 18, 1990

Jill Ireland was an English singer and actress. She is best known for working with her husband Charles Bronson in 15 films. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, Ireland started writing books chronicling her fight with cancer. She also started working with the American Cancer Society. Her fight with cancer inspired the movie Reason for Living: The Jill Ireland Story.

 17 Roger Daltrey

Roger Daltrey.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hammersmith Hospital, London, England

Roger Daltrey is an English actor, film producer, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with co-founding the popular rock band The Who. Renowned for his soulful voice, Daltrey was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest singers of all-time list in 2010. Also known for his charity work, Daltrey has been a patron of the Children's Respite Trust since 2011.

 18 Tony Scott

Tony Scott
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tynemouth, Northumberland, England
Died: August 19, 2012

Tony Scott was an English actor, film director, and producer. He directed several highly successful action and thriller films including Top Gun and Beverly Hills Cop II. He graduated from the Royal College of Art and began his career directing commercials. He soon shifted to films and enjoyed tremendous success. He died by suicide in 2012.  

 19 Jonathan Nolan

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Famous As: Screenwriter, Director, Producer
Birthdate: June 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London

Jonathan Nolan is a British-American television producer, director, screenwriter, and author. He is credited with creating the CBS science fiction crime drama Person of Interest. He is also credited with co-creating HBO's popular science fiction Western television series Westworld. Along with his brother Christopher Nolan, Jonathan has co-written popular films, such as The Dark Knight and Interstellar.

 20 Keeley Hawes

Keeley Hawes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England

 21 Richard Osman

Richard Osman.
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: BBillericay, Essex, England, United Kingdom

Richard Osman is an English writer, television presenter, comedian, and producer. He is credited with creating the popular British TV quiz show Pointless. He is also renowned for his work as creative director of the famous TV production company Endemol UK. Also an influential writer, Richard Osman's novel The Thursday Murder Club is expected to be adapted into a film.

 22 Victoria Wood

Victoria Wood
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestwich, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Died: April 20, 2016

Multi-talented English comedian, Victoria Wood was also an actress, lyricist, singer, composer, pianist, screenwriter, producer, and director. Wood started her career with the TV show That's Life! and established herself as one of Britain's greatest stand-up comedians. She wrote sketches, dramas, and popular sitcoms and her self-deprecating humor got her 14 BAFTA nominations of which she won four. 

 23 Jason Statham

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Famous As: Actor, Producer, Martial Artist
Birthdate: July 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England

One of Hollywood's most important action heroes, Jason Statham debuted with Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and later starred in more action film series like The Transporter, The Expendables and The Fast and the Furious. The martial artist, known for performing most of his own stunts himself, was once a world class diver, fashion model and black-market salesman.

 24 Tracey Ullman

Tracey Ullman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Slough, Berkshire, England, UK

British-American actor Tracey Ullman began her career with sketch-comedy shows such as Three of a Kind and later had her own Fox show, The Tracey Ullman Show, which featured 30-second segments of The Simpsons in between, making the latter a hit, too. She rose to become the third-richest comedian from Britain.

 25 Sam Taylor-Johnson

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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Sam Taylor-Johnson, a British filmmaker and photographer, belongs to the Young British Artists group. Her notable works include Nowhere Boy, Fifty Shades of Grey, and Love You More. Her film Nowhere Boy was screened at 53rd annual London Film Festival as its closing presentation in 2009. She is known for directing the famous film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.

 26 Ralph Fiennes

Ralph Fiennes.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ipswich, England

A Tony Award recipient, Ralph Fiennes is one of the most respected English actors of the current generation. He is known for playing important roles in notable films, such as the Harry Potter and James Bond film series. A Stanislavsky Award recipient, he is also known for his work behind the camera.

 27 Hugh Grant

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England

The quintessential lover boy of British and American cinema, Hugh Grant is widely regarded as a meticulous performer who works hard on his acting and comic skills. One of the few celebrities to express disdain for celebrity culture, Grant's personal life has overshadowed his on-screen achievements. Also known for his charity work, Grant is a patron of Pancreatic Cancer Action.

 28 Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne ,England
Janet McTeer soared to fame with her Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Olivier Award-winning performance as Nora in the play A Doll's House. Fans also loved her Academy Award-nominated performances as Mary Jo Walker in Tumbleweeds and Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs, and her Emmy-nominated role in Into the Storm.

 29 Sadie Frost

Sadie Frost
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 30 Emma Thomas

Emma Thomas
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Famous As: Film producer
Birthdate: December 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

 31 Milind Soman

Milind Soman
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scotland, UK

Milind Soman is an Indian actor, supermodel, producer, and fitness enthusiast. He aspired to be an engineer as a young man and earned a diploma in electrical engineering. However, life had other plans for him, and he soon ventured into modeling and acting. He is also a fitness enthusiast and completed the Ironman Challenge in 2015. 

 32 Kenneth Branagh

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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: December 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Irish actor, director, and producer, Kenneth Branagh, is a respected figure in Hollywood. Beginning his career as a theater artist in Northern Ireland, he eventually moved to films. He is famous for starring in several film adaptations of William Shakespeare's plays. He has been nominated for the Academy Awards five times.

 33 Shaun Evans

Shaun Evans.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 6, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom

Shaun Evans is an English actor best known for playing Endeavour Morse in the popular detective drama TV series, Endeavour. Also known for his skills as a director, Shaun Evans has helmed a couple of episodes of TV series Casualty and Endeavour.

 34 Max Minghella

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, UK

Max Minghella is an English actor, director, film producer, and screenwriter. He is the son of director Anthony Minghella and choreographer Carolyn Jane Choa. He attended the National Youth Theatre before pursuing an acting career. He has appeared in many films, including the critically acclaimed movie The Social Network. He made his directorial debut in 2018. 

 35 Antonia Thomas

Antonia Thomas.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Antonia Thomas is best known as Alisha Daniels from the series Misfits, Claire Brown from The Good Doctor, and Evie from Lovesick. She lent her voice to the opening and closing lines of the Teletubbies reboot. She was also featured on the Coldplay music video Charlie Brown.

 36 Joanne Froggatt

Joanne Froggatt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England, UK

 37 Andrea Riseborough

Andrea Riseborough
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK

Andrea Riseborough is an English actress best known for her roles in the films Shadow Dancer and Birdman. Interested in acting from a young age, she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is also a member of the National Youth Theatre. She made her film debut in 2006 and has since appeared in many popular movies.  

 38 Jackie Collins

Jackie Collins
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: October 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England, UK
Died: September 19, 2015

 39 Nick Frost

Nick Frost
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hornchurch, Essex, England, UK

Nick Frost is a British actor, screenwriter, author, comedian, producer, and painter. He is credited with co-creating a comedy horror streaming TV series titled Truth Seekers in which he played Gus Roberts. Frost is known for his frequent collaboration with his friend Simon Pegg; the two have co-written films like Paul (2011). Frost also supports charitable organizations like Humanists UK.

 40 Jane Fallon

Jane Fallon
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 9, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England, UK

 41 Clive Barker

Clive Barker
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: October 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

Clive Barker is an English playwright, novelist, visual artist, and film director. He gained prominence in the 1980s as a horror writer and has since written many novels and other works. As an illustrator, he has created original characters and series for comic books. He also creates costume designs. He is a recipient of the Inkpot Award. 

 42 Sean Pertwee

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

Sean Pertwee is an English actor and narrator. The son of actor, Jon Pertwee, Sean followed in the footsteps of his father to establish himself in the entertainment industry. Apart from playing important roles in films like Dog Soldiers, he is also known for his work as a narrator in TV shows, such as Zero Hour and MasterChef: The Professionals.

 43 Rachel Khoo

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Famous As: Cook
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Croydon, United Kingdom

Renowned British cook Rachel Khoo was born to a Malaysian Chinese father and an Austrian mother. Trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she started her own restaurant at her small Belleville apartment. She later gained fame for her cookbook and her BBC series named The Little Paris Kitchen.

 44 Phoebe Waller-Bridge

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ealing, London, United Kingdom

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is credited with creating and writing one of the greatest TV series of the 21st century, Fleabag. She is also famous for contributing as the executive producer and head writer of another highly-acclaimed TV series, Killing Eve. In 2020, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

 45 Paul W. S. Anderson

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Famous As: Director, Producer
Birthdate: March 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne
Paul W. S. Anderson is best known for directing sci-fi movies based on video games, such as the Resident Evil franchise and Mortal Kombat. His Event Horizon was panned by critics initially but went on to achieve a cult following later. He also created the Death Race series of films.

 46 Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England, UK

 47 Luke Goss

Luke Goss
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

 48 Maxwell Caulfield

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Duffield, Derbyshire
Maxwell Caulfield is best known for his roles in movies such as Grease 2 and The Supernaturals. Fans also loved him as Mark Wylde in the soap Emmerdale and as Miles Colby in Dynasty and its spin-off, The Colbys. He also voiced James Bond in a video game.

 49 Jessica Hynes

Jessica Hynes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London,England, United Kingdom
BAFTA-winning actor Jessica Hynes, also known as Jessica Stevenson, created, wrote, and appeared in the British sitcom Spaced. She began her career with theater and was nominated for a Tony for The Norman Conquests. Fans also loved her in the series Twenty Twelve and the film Tomorrow La Scala!

 50 Roma Downey

Roma Downey
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Derry, Northern Ireland