Favorite British/Scottish actors

by KristenStewartForever | created - 04 Oct 2014 | updated - 04 Oct 2014 | Public

1. Elaine Paige

Soundtrack | Cats

Elaine Paige, as an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster, has made a major contribution to the modern musical that ensures her own chapter in the entertainment world and justifies the title "The First Lady of Musical Theatre".

She has starred in numerous West End productions and on ...

2. John Mills

Actor | The Family Way

Sir John Mills, one of the most popular and beloved English actors, was born Lewis Ernest Watts Mills on February 22, 1908, at the Watts Naval Training College in North Elmham, Norfolk, England. The young Mills grew up in Felixstowe, Suffolk, where his father was a mathematics teacher and his ...

3. Rosemarie Ford

Actress | Cats

Rosemarie Ford was born in Spring of 1962 in North Yorkshire. She has been dancing since 8-years-old, appearing in several children's television programs until she was 14. She took her dancing lessons and exams in a local dancing school in Leeds, then, before coming to London. She was once a host on...

4. John Partridge

Actor | EastEnders

Musical theatre actor. Trained at Royal Ballet School, Bush Davies; and Performing Arts School Doreen Bird. Began career in the Cats UK national tour as dance captain, playing several roles (Alonzo, Rumpus Cat, u/s Rum Tum Tugger/Mistoffelees. Credits: (West End) The Hunting of the Snark - as '...

5. Aeva May

Actress | Cats

Aeva May was born on January 15, 1962 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia as Linda-Mae Brewer. She is an actress, known for Cats (1998) and Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (1998). She has been married to David John Beckham since July 2004.

6. Geoffrey Garratt

Actor | Cats

Geoffrey Garratt was born in South Wirrall, England. He is an actor, known for Cats (1998), 'Allo 'Allo! (1982) and Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (1998).

7. James Barron

Actor | Cats

James Barron was born on December 24, 1964 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Cats (1998), Judge John Deed (2001) and The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011).

8. Jo Gibb

Actress | Cats

Jo is from the town of Bo'ness in Scotland. She first began her training at The Dance School of Scotland in Glasgow, then continuing in Epsom at Laine Theatre Arts.

Her first appearance in a London West End show was at the New London Theatre playing Rumpleteaser in ANdrew Weber's Cats. She also ...

9. Drew Varley

Actor | Cats

Drew Varley was born on April 9, 1971 in Tolworth, Surrey, England. He is an actor, known for Cats (1998) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1999). He has been married to Stephen Matthews since 2014.

10. Susie McKenna

Actress | Cats

Susie McKenna is an actress and producer, known for Cats (1998), Jack & Sarah (1995) and EastEnders (1985). She has been married to Sharon D. Clarke since June 15, 2008.

11. Phyllida Crowley Smith

Actress | Beyond the Sea

Phyllida hails from the Isle of Wight (off the South Coast of England), where she began training at the age of four at her mother's dancing school.

From the age of sixteen she studied at the Bush Davies School of Theatre Arts, during which time she won the Cosmopolitan Magazine Young Dancer of the ...

12. Susan Jane Tanner

Actress | Little Dorrit

Susan Jane Tanner is an actress, known for Little Dorrit (1987), Cats (1998) and Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary (2010).

13. Veerle Casteleyn

Actress | Cats

Veerle Casteleyn was born on March 6, 1978 in Vlaanderen, Belgium. She is an actress, known for Cats (1998), Flikken (1999) and De wet volgens Milo (2004).

14. Tommi Sliiden

Actor | Cats

Tommi Sliiden was born in Sweden. He is an actor, known for Cats (1998), Sarah Brightman: One Night in Eden - Live in Concert (1999) and Sarah Brightman: La Luna - Live in Concert (2001).

15. Kaye Brown

Actress | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Kaye Brown is an actress, known for Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), Coronation Street (1960) and Great Performances (1971).

16. Karl Morgan

Actor | Peak Practice

Karl Morgan was born on December 26, 1973 in Liverpool, England. He is an actor, known for Peak Practice (1993), Holby City (1999) and Cats (1998).

18. Jo Bingham

Actress | Cats

Jo Bingham was born on February 4, 1972 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Cats (1998) and The Basil Brush Show (2002).

19. Fergus Logan

Actor | Great Performances

Born in Glasgow, Fergus trained at the Royal Ballet School and Central School of Ballet. After graduating Fergus went to Northern Ballet Theatre one of the country's leading dance/drama companies. Throughout his time with NBT, Fergus danced all principal and soloist roles as well as many leading ...

21. Jason Gardner

Actor | Signals 2

Jason Gardner is known for his work on Signals 2 (2013), Killing Kennedy (2013) and And the Boy Was Happy (2012).

22. Frank Thompson

Actor | Cats

Frank Thompson is an actor, known for Cats (1998) and Hey, Mr. Producer! The Musical World of Cameron Mackintosh (1998).

23. Rebecca Parker

Actress | Cats

She was trained at The June Hornby School of Dancing in Weymouth, and the Doreen Bird College of Performing Arts. She gained teaching associates in both modern and drama with distinction.

24. Alan Cumming

Actor | The Anniversary Party

Alan Cumming was born on January 27, 1965, in Aberfeldy, Scotland, to Mary (Darling), an insurance company secretary, and Alex Cumming. His family lived nearby in Dunkeld, where his father was a forester for Atholl Estate. The family (including his brother, Tom) moved to Fassfern near Fort William,...

25. Robert Pattinson

Actor | Twilight

Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson was born May 13, 1986 in London, England, to Richard Pattinson, a car dealer importing vintage cars, and Clare Pattinson (née Charlton), who worked as a booker at a model agency. He grew up in Barnes, southwest London with two older sisters. Robert discovered his ...

26. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

27. Jamie Campbell Bower

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Jamie Campbell Bower was born in London, England, to Anne Elizabeth (Roseberry), a music manager, and David Bower, who works for Gibson Guitar Co. His 4 times maternal great-grandfather was Sir John Campbell, the 7th Baronet of Ardnamurchan and Airds.

Jamie is also the lead singer in a band called "...

28. Michael Sheen

Actor | Masters of Sex

Even though he had burned up the London stage for nearly a decade--and appeared in several films--Michael Sheen was not really "discovered" by American audiences until his critically-acclaimed turn as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the 1999 Broadway revival of "Amadeus".

Sheen was born in Newport, Wales...

29. Michael Crawford

Actor | Hello, Dolly!

Michael Crawford was born on January 19, 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England as Michael Patrick Smith. He is an actor, known for Hello, Dolly! (1969), The Knack... and How to Get It (1965) and Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em (1973). He was previously married to Gabrielle Lewis.

30. Alan Rickman

Actor | Die Hard

Alan Rickman was born on a council estate in Acton, West London, to Margaret Doreen Rose (Bartlett), of English and Welsh descent, and Bernard Rickman, of Irish descent, who worked at a factory. Alan Rickman had an older brother (David), a younger brother (Michael), and a younger sister (Sheila). ...

31. Timothy Spall

Actor | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Timothy Leonard Spall was born in Battersea, London, to Sylvia R. (Leonard), a hairdresser, and Joseph L. Spall, a postal worker. He was raised in London. Spall auditioned and earned a spot with the National Youth Theatre and later showed great promise at RADA where he portrayed the title roles in ...

32. Gabriella Wilde

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Gabriella Wilde was born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England. She is descended from the aristocratic Gough-Calthorpe family. Her mother, Vanessa Mary Teresa (Hubbard), is the former wife of socialite Sir Dai Llewellyn, 4th Baronet. Her father, businessman John Austen Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, is a...

33. Rupert Grint

Actor | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Rupert Alexander Lloyd Grint was born in Harlow, Essex, England, the elder son of Joanne (Parsons) and Nigel Grint, who dealt in memorabilia. The first of 5 children, Rupert has one brother and 3 sisters. His brother James was born when Rupert was a year old, Georgina and Samantha were born in 1993...

34. Tom Felton

Actor | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Tom Felton was born in Epsom, Surrey, to Sharon and Peter Felton. He has been acting since he was 8 years old at the suggestion of an actress friend of his family who recognized Felton's theatrical qualities. Felton met with an agent, and two weeks later, after auditioning with over 400 other ...

35. Sarah Brightman

Soundtrack | Repo! The Genetic Opera

Sarah Brightman's soprano voice has sold millions of records and been heard in arenas, cathedrals, and Olympic stadiums around the world. Brightman is the winner of more than 180 gold and platinum awards in 40 countries, and is a concert artist who has performed before millions of fans on every ...

36. Andrew Lloyd Webber

Soundtrack | The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber is arguably the most successful composer of our time. He is best known for stage and film adaptations of his musicals Jesus Christ Superstar (1973), Cats (1994), Evita (1996), and The Phantom of the Opera (2004).

He was born on March 22, 1948, in South Kensington in London, ...

37. Rachel Hurd-Wood

Actress | Peter Pan

Rachel Clare Hurd-Wood is an English actress and model, best known for her roles as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan (2003), Corrie McKenzie in Tomorrow, When the War Began (2010), and Sibyl Vane in Dorian Gray (2009). She was born on 17 August 1990 in the Streatham district of South London, England, as ...

38. Jason Isaacs

Actor | Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Jason Isaacs was born in Liverpool, the third of four children of Sheila and Eric Isaacs. His parents were both from Jewish families (from Eastern Europe). He studied law at Bristol University and graduated in 1985 with a degree in law but decided to study acting. While at Bristol University, he ...

39. Samantha Barks

Actress | Les Misérables

Samantha Barks was born in Laxey, Isle of Man (British Isles) in 1990. She is a British actress best known for the role of Éponine in Les Misérables. In 2008, Samantha competed in I'd Do Anything in which she was one of the finalists in a search for a new, unknown lead to play Nancy in a West End ...

40. Sacha Baron Cohen

Actor | Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan

British actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen was born in Hammersmith, London. He is the son of Daniella (Weiser), a movement instructor, and Gerald Baron Cohen, a clothing store owner. His father, born in England and raised in Wales, was of Eastern European Jewish descent, while his mother was born...

41. Gerard Butler

Actor | 300

Gerard James Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents ...

42. Ramin Karimloo

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Born on September 19, 1978 in Tehran, Iran, Ramin Karimloo is an Iranian-Canadian singer and actor, best known for his work in musicals. When he was 2 months old, his parents were forced to flee Iran because of the Islamic Revolution. After spending two years in Italy, the family moved to ...

43. Colm Wilkinson

Actor | Les Misérables

After playing in several Irish bands (which included The Action), in 1972 Wilkinson was cast as Judas Iscariot in the Dublin production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar; a role he went on to reprise in London and on the British national tour.

In 1976, Wilkinson sang the part of Ché ...

44. Jack Wild

Actor | Oliver!

Born September 30, 1952, in Royton, near Oldham, England, Jack Wild was discovered by talent agent June Collins, mother of rock star Phil Collins. His breakthrough came when he landed the role of Oliver in the London stage production of "Oliver!" When it came to casting the film, the role of the ...

45. Cary Elwes

Actor | Saw

Cary Elwes was born in Westminster, London, England, the third son of interior designer/shipping heiress Tessa Georgina Kennedy and the late portrait painter Bede Evelyn Dominick Elwes. He is the brother of producer/agent Cassian Elwes and artist Damian Elwes. He was raised in London and attended ...

46. Eric Idle

Actor | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Eric Idle is an English comedian, actor, author, singer, playwright, director, and songwriter. Co-creator of Monty Python on TV, stage, and five films, including The Life of Brian and The Holy Grail, which he later adapted for the stage with John Du Prez as Monty Python's Spamalot, winning the Tony...

47. Eddie Redmayne

Actor | Les Misérables

British actor Eddie Redmayne won the Academy Award for Best Actor (for The Theory of Everything (2014)).

Edward John David Redmayne was born and raised in London, England, the son of Patricia (Burke) and Richard Charles Tunstall Redmayne, a businessman. His great-grandfather was Sir Richard ...

48. Mia Wasikowska

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight,...

49. Sierra Boggess

Actress | The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Sierra Marjory Boggess was born May 20, 1982. She is best known for her roles as Ariel in the Broadway production of "The Little Mermaid" and Christine Daae in "The Phantom of the Opera". Her career started when she was cast in the Ensemble and as the understudy of Cosette in the US Tour of Les ...

50. Rhys Ifans

Actor | The Amazing Spider-Man

Rhys Ifans was born and raised in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales, the son of teacher parents, Beti Wyn (Davies) and Eirwyn Evans. He was educated in two Welsh language schools - Ysgol Pentrecelyn, where his mother taught, and Ysgol Maes Garmon. During his childhood, Ifans showed an interest in...

51. Lynn Redgrave

Actress | Gods and Monsters

Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy...

52. Theodore Chester

Actor | Peter Pan

Theodore Chester was born in 1991 and lives in London with his parents and two younger sisters. He has enjoyed acting ever since he was a little boy, appearing in school plays, but his break into professional acting came in 2002 when acting scouts, casting roles for Peter Pan (2003), came to his ...

53. Olivia Williams

Actress | The Ghost Writer

Olivia Williams was born July 26, 1968 in Camden Town, London. She was educated at South Hampstead High School, an independent school for girls in Hampstead, North London, followed by Newnham College at the University of Cambridge. She graduated with a degree in English literature. She went on to ...

54. Joan Collins

Actress | Dynasty

Joan Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England as Joan Henrietta Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Dynasty (1981), Empire of the Ants (1977) and Land of the Pharaohs (1955). She has been married to Percy Gibson since February 17, 2002. She was previously ...

55. Malcolm McDowell

Actor | A Clockwork Orange

Malcolm John Taylor was born on June 13, 1943 in Leeds, England, to working-class parents Edna (McDowell), a hotelier, and Charles Taylor, a publican. His father was an alcoholic. Malcolm hated his parents' ways. His father was keen to send his son to private school to give him a good start in life...

56. Christopher Lee

Actor | Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was perhaps the only actor of his generation to have starred in so many films and cult saga. Although most notable for personifying bloodsucking vampire, Dracula, on screen, he portrayed other varied characters on screen, most of which were villains, whether it ...

57. Klaus Kinski

Actor | Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht

Klaus Kinski was born as Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski in Zoppot, Free City of Danzig (now Sopot, Poland), to Susanne (Lutze), a nurse, and Bruno Nakszynski, a pharmacist. He grew up in Berlin, was drafted into the German army in 1944 and captured by British forces in Holland. After the war he began...

58. Lee Remick

Actress | Anatomy of a Murder

Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gertrude Margaret (Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin Remick, a department store owner. She had Irish and English ancestry. Remick was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on stage and TV, before making her film debut as a sexy ...



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