BEST BLACK MALE ACTORS UK

by jackryder77 | created - 02 Mar 2012 | updated - 02 May 2012 | Public

UK TALENT AT ITS BEST...

1. Idris Elba

Actor | Beasts of No Nation

An only child, Idrissa Akuna Elba was born and raised in London, England. His father, Winston, is from Sierra Leone and worked at Ford Dagenham; his mother, Eve, is from Ghana and had a clerical duty. Idris attended school in Canning Town, where he first became involved in acting, before he dropped...

2. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Actor | 12 Years a Slave

English actor, writer and director Chiwetel Ejiofor is renowned for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave (2013), for which he received Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations, along with the BAFTA Award for Best Actor. He is also known for playing Okwe in Dirty Pretty Things...

3. David Harewood

Actor | Blood Diamond

David Harewood was born on December 8, 1965 in Birmingham, England. He is an actor and director, known for Blood Diamond (2006), Supergirl (2015) and The Merchant of Venice (2004). He has been married to Kirsty Handy since February 26, 2013. They have two children.

4. Clint Dyer

Actor | Sus

Clint has acted in film, TV and theatre, starring in films such as MINE, SUS, The Trail, Cherps, Mr Inbetween, Everybody Loves Sunshine aka BUSTED, Love Me Still and appearing in the likes of Act of Vengeance, The Club, Montana, Unknown, Sahara, Agora, Mr Bean 2, Shopping etc. TV includes Black ...

5. Adrian Lester

Actor | The Day After Tomorrow

Adrian Lester OBE was born on August 14, 1968 in Birmingham, England as Adrian Anthony Lester. He is a multi award winning actor and director, known for seven seasons of the hit TV show Hustle (2004), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Primary Colors (1998) and his extensive classical work in the ...

6. David Oyelowo

Actor | Selma

David Oyelowo (pronounced - "oh-yellow-oh"), is a classically trained stage actor who has quickly become one of Hollywood's most sought-after talents. He graduated from the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and received the "Scholarship for Excellence" from Nicholas Hytner in 1998.

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7. Ashley Walters

Actor | Speed Racer

Ashley Walters was born on June 30, 1982 in London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Speed Racer (2008), Bulletproof (2018) and Bullet Boy (2004).

8. Nonso Anozie

Actor | Cinderella

Nonso Anozie was born on May 28, 1979 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Cinderella (2015), Conan the Barbarian (2011) and Happy-Go-Lucky (2008).

9. Lennie James

Actor | The Walking Dead

Lennie James was born in Nottingham to Trinidadian parents, and grew up in South London. His mother, Phyllis Mary James, died when he was 12. Lennie and his older brother went into a council children's home. When he was 16 he was fostered with a social worker who had two older children, and they ...

10. Charles Venn

Actor | The Dark Knight

After three years of performing arts studies, Chucky Venn has plied his trade professionally in the acting business for eleven years. His big break came when he auditioned for the role of Curtis Alexander on hit Football soap Dream Team(Hewlland International, Sky One). What originally started out ...

11. Aml Ameen

Actor | Yardie

Aml Ameen is a British actor in film, theatre and television. Hailing from North London, the son of Caribbean parents, Aml burst onto UK cinema screens with his standout performance as "Trife" in the cult classic, feature indie film, Kidulthood. His performance earned him a nomination for 'Best ...

12. Delroy Lindo

Actor | Get Shorty

On the stage and on the big screen, Delroy Lindo projects a powerful presence that is almost impossible to ignore. Alhough it was not his first film role, his portrayal of the bipolar numbers boss West Indian Archie in Spike Lee's Malcolm X (1992) is what first attracted attention to Lindo's ...

13. Danny Sapani

Actor | Black Panther

Danny Sapani is a British actor best known for his portrayal of Sembene in Penny Dreadful, Tony Morecombe in Misfits and supporting roles in Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Black Panther.

As an actor of Ghanaian descent, Sapani's roles have ranged through a variety of genres within film, ...

14. Arinzé Kene

Actor | The Pass

Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber in both theatre and screen, Arinze Kene's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business.

Kene was born in Lagos, ...

15. Daniel Kaluuya

Actor | Get Out

Daniel Kaluuya is an English actor and writer. He is best known for Get Out (2017) and Black Panther (2018).

He also starred in the Black Mirror episode "Fifteen Million Merits".

For his work in Get Out he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Kaluuya also had minor roles in Johnny ...

16. Joseph Marcell

Actor | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Joseph Marcell was born on August 14, 1948 in St. Lucia, Caribbean. He is an actor, known for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), Holby City (1999) and Antony and Cleopatra (1974). He has been married to Joyce T. Walsh since June 1995. They have one child. He was previously married to Judith M ...

17. Noel Clarke

Actor | Brotherhood

Noel Clarke was born on December 6, 1975 in London, England as Noel Anthony Clarke. He is an actor and producer, known for Brotherhood (2016), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013) and Mute (2018). He is married to Iris Da-Silva. They have two children.

18. Eamonn Walker

Actor | Lord of War

Eamonn Walker was born on June 12, 1962 in London, England as Eamonn Roderique Walker. He is an actor, known for Lord of War (2005), Unbreakable (2000) and Oz (1997). He is married to Sandra Walker. They have three children.

19. Jimmy Akingbola

Actor | Spectral

Jimmy Akingbola was born in 1978 in Plaistow, London, England. He is an actor and producer, known for Spectral (2016), Arrow (2012) and Holby City (1999).

20. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Actor | Lost

Born and raised in London, England, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje began his career as a model in Milan. He graduated with a masters degree in Law from London's prestigious Kings College, before moving to Los Angeles to make the transition to acting. Fluent in several languages, including English, ...

21. Colin Salmon

Actor | Resident Evil

Colin Salmon is one of Britain's most renowned actors. With a bold voice and posture, Colin makes his characters a favorite among audiences for every role he plays. He made his feature debut as Sgt. Robert Oswald in the British mega-hit mini-series Prime Suspect 2 (1992), which gave him much ...

22. Robbie Gee

Actor | Snatch

Robbie Gee is an English television, theatre, and film actor and has starred in both British and American production and is best known in the UK and well loved for his "Desmonds" character Lee and as a regular on the BBC's The Real McCoy. He has appeared numerous times at Theatre Royal Stratford ...

23. John Boyega

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

John Boyega is a British actor, known for playing Finn in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015). Boyega rose to prominence in his native United Kingdom for his role of Moses in the 2011 sci-fi comedy film Attack the Block (2011), before attaining international recognition for his work ...

24. Hugh Quarshie

Actor | Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

Hugh Quarshie was born on December 22, 1954 in Accra, Ghana as Hugh Antony Kobna Quarshie. He is an actor and director, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Highlander (1986) and Nightbreed (1990). He is married to Annika Sundström.

25. Ray Fearon

Actor | Beauty and the Beast

Ray Fearon is a British actor of stage, theatre and film. He has worked with the RSC, Donmar, Almeida, National, and other theatres. Fearon was born on 5 August 1973 and grew up in London with his family. His West Indian parents raised him alongside his seven brothers and sisters. His film works ...

26. Michael Obiora

Actor | Tomb Raider

Michael Obiora was born in North-West London to Nigerian parents.

After starting drama classes aged seven. He was soon encouraged to join an agency by his drama teacher. He then joined another drama group at nine years of age, and within a year, landed a part in the hit children's' school drama, '...

27. Ricky Whittle

Actor | Austenland

Ricky was born in Oldham, Lancashire. His father was in the Royal Air Force which meant travelling the world to different bases. Ricky was scouted to play as a professional footballer for Arsenal and Celtic football clubs but this was thwarted by injury and instead he went to Southampton University...



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