Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses - British Actors
Every year during springtime, April 23 to be exact, the English people celebrate their national day in remembrance of their patron saint -- St. George. St.George is the patron saint of England and he is depicted as a knight who fights dragons and wielding a shield with a red cross. St George is also a patron saint of cavalry, soldiers and scouts. Part of the tradition is wearing a red rose. In commemorating English traditions and culture, I will showcase the best and famous English actors and actresses. If you have time, you can also take a look at my other hubs about famous Irish plus Welsh actors and actresses.
Without further ado, here are my list of English best and famous actors and actresses.
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave is an Academy Award winner, multi-talented stage and movie/tv actress. She is also a political activist and mother of Natasha Richardson (deceased wife of Liam Neeson).
Born : 30 January 1937 -- Born in London, England, UK
- She became famous when she starred as Rosalind in the play "As You Like It" by the Shakespeare Theater Company. She also played numerous roles in London's West End and Broadway winning the coveted Tony Olivier Awards numerous times.
- She starred in more than 80 films all in all including Mary Queen of Scots, Isadora, Mission Impossible. She was proclaimed "the greatest living actress of our times" plus she remain the only British actress to have won the the Emmy, Oscar, Tony, Cannes, Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards. She was also awarded the BAFTA 2010 Fellowship for "Outstanding Contribution to Film".
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Roger Moore
Sir Roger George Moore, is a famous actor and producer who is widely known for his portrayal of the character of James Bond in the same seven movie title from 1973 to 1985. before he played the role of the secret the series the Saint. To date, Roger Moore is the longest-serving James Bond actor, having spent twelve years in the role of the secret agent.
Birthdate: 14 October 1927 at Stockwell, London, England
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie is an actor, writer, comedian as well as musician famous for his role as Dr House as a protagonist in the tv series "House".
Birthdate : 11 June 1959 at Oxford, England
- His acting career began when he and other comedian Stephen Fry are together in the Blackladder and Jeeves and Wooster from 1987 until 1999. He also starred in 2004 as Dr. House in which he received various awards form Emmy and Golden Globe nominations
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale is an English actress who made raves because of her beauty and acting talent. She was famous first in the television series “Emma“ -- the title role. She was also great in the movie “Much Ado About Nothing“
Birthdate : 26 July 1973 at London, England, UK
- In 2001, she starred in the movie Pearl Harbor opposite Ben Affleck and she became more famous since then. She also starred in these films : Underworld (2003), The Avatar (2004), and Van Helsing (2004). In 2008, she earned a Critics Choice Award nomination for her performance in "Nothing but the Truth"
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Jeremy Irons
Jeremy John Irons is an English award winning actor both in stage and films. He is the actor known for his roles in Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the Shrew, Richard II, Macbeth and The Winters Tale. He began his acting career on stage plays.
Birthdate: September 19, 1948, Irons was born in Cowes, Isle of Wright, England
- He appeared in the movie The French Lieutenant’s Woman -- he won an award for this one in BAFTA. His other films include Moonlighting, Betrayal,The Mission,Dead Ringers, Reversal of Fortune, The House of he Spirits, The Lion, Die Hard with a vengeance, Lolita, Being Julia and in the miniseries Elizabeth I.
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Dame Judith Olivia Dench
Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench is an award winning stage and tv/film actress. She is also regarded as one of the greatest British actress and she won the following awards : BAFTAs, 7 Laurence Olivier Awards, 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards, 2 Golden Globe Awards, and one Academy award. She also won a Tony award. She started her career in 1957 in stage plays and in several Shakespearean plays. She became more famous in he role in the musical movie "Cabaret" in 1968.
Birthdate : 9 December 1934 at York, Yorkshire, England, UK
- In the 80s and 90s she is active in television and stage plays and she was able to established herself as one of the best performer in stage plays appearing at National Theater Company and Shakespeare Royal Company. She also appeared in the tv series "As Time Goes By" a romantic comedy.
- She appeared in James Bond movie as M and she appeared in movies like : Mrs Brown (1997), and has since been acclaimed for her work in such films as Shakespeare in Love(1998), Chocolat (2000), iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on Scandal(2006), and the television production The Last of Blonde Bombshell (2001).
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Jude Law
Jude Law is a controversial famous British actor, director and film producer who began his acting career with the National Youth Music Theater and starred his debut acting in television in 1989. In 2000 he won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA Award for his work in the film. In 2003, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in another Minghella film -- Cold Mountain.
Birthdate : 29 December 1972
- He was one of the top ten most bankable movie stars in Hollywood in 2006 and in 2007, he received an Honorary Cesar and he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre de Artes et des Letres by the government of France.
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Emma Watson
Emma Watson is an English actress/model who played Hermione in the Harry Potter Film series when she was just nine years old. She played six series in that film alongside Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. Emma Watson's role on the Harry Potterseries has earned her several awards. She started her modeling career for Burberry's Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009.
Birthdate : 15 April 1990
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Emma Thompson
Emma Thompsonis an English actress, screenwriter and comedienne and her first film was the 1989 movie The Tall Guy. It was in 1992, when they recognized her acting talent and was awarded best actress at BAFTA for her strong performance in the British drama Howard's End. In 1993, she garnered dual Academy Award nominations, as Best Actress for the two films The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father.
Birhdate : 15 April 1959
- She also appeared in the movie Sense and Sensibility (she is also the scriptwriter) -- a film adaptation of the life of Jane Austen. In 2005, she appeared in Harry Potter film series, Love Actually, Wit (2001), Angels in America (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), Last Chance Harvey (2008), An Education (2009) and the Big Bang (2010).
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet is an English actress/singer an is highly commended for her acting talent, She has been nominated for her various roles in several movies in which she appeared. She just won the Best actress in 2008 at Oscars for the movie " The Reader" She has won awards from the Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association among others, and has been nominated for an Emmy for tv acting.
Birthdate : 5 October 1975 in Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
- She began acting in appearing in television in 1991 in British tv and she debut in film in 1994 in the movie Heavenly Creatures. She also appeared in the movies Sense and Sensibility and Titanic.
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Julian Firth
Julian Firth is a British actor and is best known for his role in the film Scum and in the long running tv series Cadfal as Brother Jerome. He also appeared in the video of the 1982 hit single "Pass the Dutchie" by "Musical Youth", and his role is barrister.
Birthdate : 8 January 1961
- He is a consistent stage actor and appeared in different tv productions such as Jeeves and Wooster, The Bill, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and Margaret.
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Julie Andrews
Dame Julie Andrews, is a British actress (stage) singer and author and is recipient of numerous awards like Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, Peoples Choice Award, Theater World Award, Screen Actors Guild award and Oscar Academy award. She began acting as a child and appeared in many musicals one of which is the Sound of Music in 1965. She also appeared and debut in Broadway in 1954 with The Boyfriend, My Fair Lady and Camelot. She also appeared in musical films such as Mary Poppins in 1964 and the famous Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best-known. "Her voice spanned four octaves until it was damaged by a throat operation in 1998".
Birthdate : 1 October 1935 at Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England
- In 2000, she started acting again appearing in the film such as The princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The princess Diana 2: Royal Engagement (2004), plus the Shrek animated films (2004–2007).
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes is a British actor and won a Tony award and has been nominated twice for the Oscar Academy award plus he is also a UNICEWF ambassador in UK. He has appeared in films such as The English Patient, Schindler's List and In Burges, The Constant Gardener, Maid in Manhattan, Red Dragon, and as Lord Voldemort in Harry Potter film the series. He also appeared in the movie the Reader, the Hurt Locker and the Clash of the Titans.
Birthdate : 22 December 1962 at Suffolk, England, UK.
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Nicollette Sheridan
Nicollette Sheridanis a British actress and is the daughter of Sally Sheridan -- another actress. She has appeared in movies and TV, and is perhaps best known for her roles as Edie Britt on Desperate Housewives and as Paige Matheson on Knots Landing.
Birthdate : November 21, 1963 at Worthing, Sussex, England, UK
- She started her career in 1984 -- Paper Dolls - a soap opera but she became a household name when she landed a role in Knots Landing. She won the 1990 Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Lead Actress: Prime Time" plus the 1991 Soap Opera Digest Award for "Outstanding Heroine: Prime Time" and in the same year she was named one of Peoples Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People".
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an English actress and started her career appearing in the movie A pattern of Roses and Lady Jane. She was well acclaimed in her role in the movie A Room With View -- Maria Singer -- in the movies Fight Club, Bellatrix Lestrange in the series of Harry Potter the movie. She was nominated in Oscar for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove -- her Golden Globe for he performance as Mrs Lovett in Sweeney Todd : The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.
Birthdate : 26 May 1966
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Maggie Smith
Dame Maggie Smith is a film, tv and stage actress and started her career in 1952 and it is amazing that after 58 years she is till performing, She won many awards including Emmy and Tony Award. She appeared in the series "The Harry Potter" movie.
Birthdate : 28 December 1934
Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Elizabeth Taylor
Dame Elizabeth Taylor is an Anglo American actress also known as Liz Taylor and has been named by the American film Institute as the number seven on its Female Legends list. She is known for her acting talent beauty and for her lifestyle including the number of marriages she had. Taylor is "considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood's golden years, as well as a larger-than-life celebrity."
Birthdate : 27 February 1932, at Hampstead, London, England, UK
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Daniel Craig
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Helen Mirren
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Clive Owen
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Toby Stephens
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Sir Ian Murray McKellen
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Elizabeth Hurley
Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses -- Keira Knightley
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