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Famous and Best English Actors Plus Actresses - British Actors

Updated on June 24, 2013

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.

Vanessa Redgrave

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".

Roger Moore

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

Hugh Laurie

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

 

Kate Beckinsale

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

Filmography:

  • 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

Filmography:

  • 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.

 

Judi Dench

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).

Jude Law

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.

Emma Watson

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

Emma Thompson

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).

 

Kate Winslet

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.

Julie Andrews

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).

 

Ralph Fiennes

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.

Nicollette Sheridan

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".

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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

Maggie Smith

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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      kowality 7 years ago from Everywhere

      Everyone of these Actors/Actresses are so amazing. Thank You for the memories.

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      drbj and sherry 7 years ago from south Florida

      These photos are beautiful and all the actors and actresses you chose except for one are my favorites, too.

      The only one I don't know is Julian Firth - has he appeared in any Amrican movies?

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Wonderful hub and the stars are really good ones. The pictures are good also. Great hub.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Wow! You put a lot of work in this. I'd have to say Judi Dench is a favorite. I'm glad you included astrology signs!

      Thanks so much!

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      billyaustindillon 7 years ago

      What a great reminder of how many great actors and actresses there are out there - what a range to from Dame Judy Dench through to Emma Watson.

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      carolina muscle 7 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      The Brits have such a wonderful theatre tradition- we can't help but admire them!!

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      anglnwu 7 years ago

      Very impressive list. Recognize quite a number of them and great synopsis on each actor/actresses. Thanks!

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      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh, my, Maita - those are among my most favorite actors & actresses (who I understand prefer to be called actors, too). Scrolling down your list and pix of each one, I was saying out loud, "YES!" to each one. Only a couple I was not familiar with, but now I'll watch for them. The great majority I do know and truly appreciate. Vanessa Redgrave's Gwenovere in "Camelot" many years ago was so wonderful - and Richard Harris' King Arthur was memorable. And one you didn't list needs to be there - Helen Mirrin. She is outstanding! Her Elizabeth I - and II - are both so good. Thanks for the great gathering of these film giants!

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      Maita, A superb summary of many performers who have brought joy into my home for many years. Thank you.

      Forever His,

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      That is a great hub with great and professional actors and actresses. Thank you for all the reaserch and information.

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Maita, this is a great list of acors and actresses and a lot of research on your part. Very well done. By the way, if you ever see Kate Winslet, please tell her that I am in love with her and am ready to get married any time (hopefully before I get too much older....).

      Okay, maybe you shouldn't tell her that.....

      Mike

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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      Maita, I loved this Hub. It reminded me of so many great performances by many of these wonderful people. Glad you started with the great VAnessa Redgrave because she is one of my favourites, indeed!

      I remember so many movies with some of these great people. They have with their talents given so much joy to so many.

      Thanks for this

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      entertianmentplus 7 years ago from United States

      Awesome hub. Great picks you have some my favorites.Thanks for sharing.

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      Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Hi Ate'Maita! Julie Andrews is my favourite. I love listening to her sing in the sound of music and all of the other musicals she was in.

      Thanks Ate' sweetie

      Love ya, hugs and kisses,

      KUYA DAVE.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      I like Hugh Laurie a lot. Most folks don't realize it or remember but he was one of the bad guys in "101 Dalmatians".

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      maven101 7 years ago from Northern Arizona

      Hi Maita...Great list and excellent commentary on England's talented actors...I was looking for the luscious Elizabeth Hurley...Larry

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi maven101, Thank you so much! done I added already hehe! and yes she is luscious, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mick, I like him too, as he is a true person, he says his mind, and yes I remember him in the Dalmatians 101, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Kuya Dave, you are so sweet hehe, Julie Andrews is a classic all time favorite, YIPEE, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi entertianment, nice comments, Thank you! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Youre right Tony, Vanessa and the rest needs this recognition, they are all great and they give joy to many of us who watch them! Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Mike, she is married sorry, hehe, she is talented, dramatic and comedy likewise, she is a fav of mine as well, Thank you! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hello, thank you, they are all great! Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you Rev my Lady, yes htye all make us happy in one way or another, Bless, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Nellieanna, yes they are all my favorite too, yes, but some would like to be called actress, I added Helen, sorry forgot her, she is one of the best I agree Mam, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi angel, thank you, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Yes Cris, they are well trained in theater arts as well, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Billy, they are all great isn't it, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Yes, BK< hehe she's great dame, Judi Dench, one of my favorite, Thnak you, maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Pamela, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi drbj, Julian Firth, mostly appear in tv in UK drbj, I dont know of any movie in which he appeared in Hollywood, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      hi kowality, thanks as well, Maita

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      blpelton 7 years ago

      thx 4 sharing ! awesome hub!!!

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      Wow! what a wonderful hub it is!! I am throughly impressed on your selection. Those are such a great actors and actresses, who marked their telent on people's mind. Good job Maita, really. Well done. Enjoy.

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      a2z50 7 years ago

      Wow , you sure created a large amount of attention with this Hub! Great work , I thought the bottom of the page was extended...This is good. Some Hot bodies ! Women , of course. Great pictures to display .

      Thank You

      Ron

      As Always Also Rprcarz50

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      Jasmine 7 years ago

      Thumb up! Great idea for this week´s HubMob! Hope I won´t forget to vote for it, remind me to :-)

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      mythbuster 7 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

      Great hub, great photos. I particularly like the photo of Sir Ian Murray McKellan.

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Excellent hub Maita. Clive Owen is a great actor. Thanks.

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      as usual...nicely done...The list is great and I have seen many of the movies you mentioned here...take care

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi mtsi, they are all great isn't it, Thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      yes T, I agree with you Clive Owen is just great, Thank you, how are you? Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Sir Ian is great Mythbuster, thank you, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi vox, thank you dear, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi Ron, thank you and good am, how are you, Maita

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      Chicagovision 7 years ago from Chicago

      I like your taste in Actors.

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      Wanderlust 7 years ago from New York City

      I love English movies and plays as well as English actors and actresses. I noticed you forgot James Bond's actors. Whatever you think of them or movies, still, they are a big part of an English film and character heritage...

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like all this information. And Kate Beckinsale is my favorite actress. She is very talented. Thank you very much. Good work, Maita.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      thank you prasetio, Maita

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Hi wanderlust, I think Daniel Craig is English so I put him here now, but Sean is Scottish checked on my hub about Scottish actors, Thank you for that comment, Maita

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      Barry Rutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

      So many great actors :)

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      yes they are great actors! Lotsa, thank you Barry, Maita

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      K Partin 7 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Hi Maita, great post again! Very interesting. I really like Hugh Laurie I watch House every week he does a great job. Take care. K.

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      sunforged 7 years ago from Sunforged.com

      could you remove the "60dc-logs" tag as its interfering with our feed of only hubchallenge logs

      - this message will self destruct :)

      great stuff though, im glad it caught my eye with the tag. it was worth the read

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      Thank you Sir, done, Maita

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      Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Duh,I didn't know Elizabeth Hurley,and Nichollette Sheridan were British,good to know;)

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      pooja 6 years ago

      awesome task!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Valerie 5 years ago

      Agree to the list, great work but where are Matthew McFadyen and Christian Bale?

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      Lila 5 years ago

      I like your list...but to me it is woefully incomplete without Alan Rickman. However I would like to mention that I like him not just because of HP7 Part 2...he's brilliant in every role he's appeared in.

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      JoanneV 5 years ago from Coos Bay, Oregon

      Great job with the list but I was disappointed not to see Stephen Dillane on the list. I think he is one of the greatest British actors today.

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      AndrewH 5 years ago

      Where are Neil Dickson, Pierce Brosnan, Charles Shaughnessy and Barry Ingham?

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      nizomiddin 5 years ago

      HI! i am from uzbekistan and love Emma Watson hahahaaaaaaaaaaaa

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      Gordon 5 years ago

      Hello

      Just wondering when Carey Mulligan is going to make it on to your list.....

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      jmho 5 years ago

      oojiojijihuguy

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      Saicy 5 years ago

      i love it!

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      ESTINE 5 years ago

      I luv ur combination. it's pretty. keep it up!

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      anna 5 years ago

      I like Emma Watson!

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      Eddie 5 years ago

      WHERE IS HUGH GRANT??!!!

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      sniper1929 4 years ago

      Sorry , but you did not include the greatest actor of all time , Lawrence Olivier. Laurence Olivier should be no. 1. The rest are amateurs.

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      mts1098 3 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      For the woman I pick Kate Beckinsale and for the men I pick Pierce Brosnan...cheers

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      vibesites 3 years ago from United States

      Laurie, Irons, Winslet, Thompson, Bonham-Carter -- these are really good actors and actresses for me. And they're only the famous ones.

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      manderstoke 3 years ago

      And yet you forgot the finest British actor of his generation. I refer, of course, to James Mason.

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