43 Really Famous English Actors and Actresses You Should Know

Famous English actors and actresses
The film industry has been blessed with many English artistes. Buzzle will list the most famous English actors and actresses, along with their most notable performances.
Did You Know?
Veteran actor Christopher Lee served in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and was nearly killed when he stepped over a live bomb.
England has always been known for producing some of the best talent in the entertainment business. Whether it is Academy Award-winning blockbusters like Titanic and The Queen, or the trademark comic films of Charlie Chaplin, the film industry will never be the same without these powerhouse performers. Young or old, every movie buff has at some point been an ardent devotee of some English film star. If one goes through the biography of any one of these legends, one common aspect of their lives is that, most of them began their acting careers with theater. It was in this arena that their talent blossomed, before they were offered a movie role. Also, many English movie artistes are alumni of celebrated British arts academies.

While the erstwhile English actors had carved out a remarkable niche for themselves, the newer lot too is not to be left behind. Actors like Daniel Radcliffe, Robert Pattinson, and Tom Hardy have built formidable reputations based on sheer talent and hard work, and are giving stiff competition to Hollywood A-listers. Senior actors, rather than retire when age catches up with them, have only pushed themselves harder to ascend even higher pinnacles of success. They are an inspiration for all generations to come. While listing England's every contribution to cinema will make a very long list, the most famous of the lot have been showcased here, in no particular order.
Michael Caine
Michael Caine
Born

14 March 1933

Active Between

1954 - present

Famous Performances

The Italian Job (1969)
The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Zulu (1964)
Christian Bale
Christian Bale
Born

30 January 1974

Active Between

1983 - present

Famous Performances

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Empire of the Sun (1987)
3:10 to Yuma (2007)
Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes
Born

22 December 1962

Active Between

1990 - present

Famous Performances

Schindler's List (1993)
The English Patient (1996)
The Reader (2008)
Sir Roger Moore
Born

14 October 1927

Active Between

1945 - present

Famous Performances

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
Live and Let Die (1973)
Moonraker (1979)
Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
Born

5 October 1975

Active Between

1991 - present

Famous Performances

Titanic (1997)
The Reader (2008)
Little Children (2006)
Tom Hardy
Born

15 September 1977

Active Between

2001 - present

Famous Performances

Inception (2010)
The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Warrior (2011)
Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig
Born

2 March 1968

Active Between

1992 - present

Famous Performances

Layercake (2004)
Casino Royale (2006)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)
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Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Born

10 July 1977

Active Between

1996 - present

Famous Performances

12 Years a Slave (2013)
Children of Men (2006)
American Gangster (2007)
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley
Born

26 March 1985

Active Between

1993 - present

Famous Performances

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead man's Chest (2006)
Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl (2003)
Clive Owen
Clive Owen
Born

3 October 1964

Active Between

1988 - present

Famous Performances

Closer (2004)
Inside Man (2006)
Children of Men (2006)
Gary Oldman
Gary Oldman
Born

21 March 1958

Active Between

1979 - present

Famous Performances

Sid and Nancy (1986)
The Fifth Element (1997)
Leon: The Professional (1994)
Alan Rickman
Alan Rickman
Born

21 February 1946

Active Between

1978 - present

Famous Performances

Die Hard (1988)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
Hugh Laurie
Hugh Laurie
Born

11 June 1959

Active Between

1981 - present

Famous Performances

Stuart Little (1999)
Monsters vs. Aliens (2009)
Peter's Friends (1992)
Elizabeth Hurley
Elizabeth Hurley
Born

10 June 1965

Active Between

1987 - present

Famous Performances

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Bedazzled (2000)
Permanent Midnight (1998)
Daniel Day-Lewis
Daniel Day-Lewis
Born

29 April 1957

Active Between

1971 - 2012 (break)

Famous Performances

Lincoln (2012)
Gangs of New York (2002)
There Will Be Blood (2007)
Toby Stephens
Born

21 April 1969

Active Between

1992 - present

Famous Performances

Die Another Day (2002)
Jane Eyre (2011)
Space Cowboys (2000)
Dame Judi Dench
Dame Judi Dench
Born

9 December 1934

Active Between

1957 - present

Famous Performances

Chocolat (2000)
Golden Eye (1995)
Her Majesty Mrs Brown (1997)
Kiefer Sutherland
Kiefer Sutherland
Born

21 December 1966

Active Between

1983 - present

Famous Performances

24 (2001)
The Lost Boys (1987)
Stand By Me (1986)
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale
Born

26 July 1973

Active Between

1991 - present

Famous Performances

Total Recall (2012)
Underworld (2003)
Underworld: Evolution (2006)
Colin Firth
Colin Firth
Born

10 September 1960

Active Between

1983 - present

Famous Performances

The King's Speech (2010)
A Christmas Carol (2009)
Mamma Mia! (2008)
Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe
Born

23 July 1989

Active Between

1999 - present

Famous Performances

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I (2010)
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)
Emma Watson
Emma Watson
Born

15 April 1990

Active Between

1999 - present

Famous Performances

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
The Perks of being a Wallflower (2012)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011)
Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson
Born

13 May 1986

Active Between

2003 - present

Famous Performances

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
Twilight (2008)
Christopher Lee
Christopher Lee
Born

27 May 1922

Active Between

1948 - 2015

Famous Performances

The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
The Man With the Golden Gun (1974)
The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King (2003)
Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
Born

23 February 1983

Active Between

2002 - present

Famous Performances

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
The Adjustment Bureau (2011)
The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Jude Law
Jude Law
Born

29 December 1972

Active Between

1987 - present

Famous Performances

Cold Mountain (2003)
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011)
Road to Perdition (2002)
Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
Born

1 October 1935

Active Between

1945 - present

Famous Performances

Mary Poppins (1964)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
Born

15 April 1959

Active Between

1983 - present

Famous Performances

Sense and Sensibility (1995)
Howards End (1992)
Much Ado About Nothing (1993)
Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian McKellen
Born

25 May 1939

Active Between

1959 - present

Famous Performances

The Lord Of The Rings: The Return of The King (2003)
X2 (2003)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter
Born

26 May 1966

Active Between

1983 - present

Famous Performances

A Room With a View (1985)
The King's Speech (2010)
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber (2007)
Nicollette Sheridan
Nicollette Sheridan
Born

21 November 1963

Active Between

1984 - present

Famous Performances

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
The Sure Thing (1985)
Lost Treasure (2003)
Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
Born

30 January 1937

Active Between

1958 - present

Famous Performances

Howards End (1992)
Julia (1977)
Blow-Up (1966)
Hugh Grant
Hugh Grant
Born

9 September 1960

Active Between

1982 - present

Famous Performances

Love Actually (2003)
Notting Hill (1999)
Bridget Jones Diary (2001)
Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
Lived

16 April 1889 - 25 December 1977

Active Between

1899 - 1967

Famous Performances

The Great Dictator (1940)
The Gold Rush (1925)
City Lights (1931)
Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
Born

26 July 1945

Active Between

1965 - present

Famous Performances

O Lucky Man! (1973)
The Queen (2006)
The Long Good Friday (1980)
Jason Statham
Jason Statham
Born

26 July 1967

Active Between

1998 - present

Famous Performances

Crank (2006)
The Transporter (2002)
Snatch (2000)
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
Lived

4 May 1929 - 20 January 1993

Active Between

1948 - 1989

Famous Performances

Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Charade (1963)
Sabrina (1954)
Maggie Smith
Born

28 December 1934

Active Between

1952 - present

Famous Performances

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001)
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Hook (1991)
Denholm Elliott
Lived

31 May 1922 - 6 October 1992

Active Between

1949 - 1992

Famous Performances

Indiana Jones and The Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)
Maurice (1987)
Josh Bowman
Born

4 March 1988

Active Between

2007 - present

Famous Performances

Revenge (2011)
So Undercover (2012)
Prowl (2010)
Nigel Hawthorne
Lived

5 April 1929 - 26 December 2001

Active Between

1950 - 1999

Famous Performances

Demolition Man (1993)
Amistad (1997)
Tarzan (1999)
Dame Elizabeth Taylor
Lived

27 February 1932 - 23 March 2011

Active Between

1942 - 2003

Famous Performances

National Velvet (1944)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966)
Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
Born

19 September 1948

Active Between

1969 - present

Famous Performances

Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Kingdom of Heaven (2005)
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
These are the most famous English actors and actresses that have made a mark for themselves in the movie industry. Luckily for us fans, most of them are still actively involved in making movies, so we can look forward to see more entertaining stuff starring our favorite English actor in the future.
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