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Name 10 British Or UK Actors You Like Best

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Name 10 Actors from  England Ireland Scottland aka The UK you like best. It can be from modern era or classic movie era

1 Sean Connery

2 Micheal Caine

3 Christopher Lee

4 Ian McKellan

5 Anthony Hopkins

6 Patrick Stewart

7 Gary Oldman.

8 Sean Bean

9 Alan Rickman

10 Alec Guinness

 

I Know not many classic very old cinema choices but these are my Top ones

 

 

 

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Cary Grant

Alistair Sim

Bob Hope

Peter Cushing

David Niven

Peter Sellers

John Cleese

George Sanders

Peter Cook

Dudley Moore

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1. Lord Olivier (as the song goes, "He's the king of them all, y'all)

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2. Sir Michael Caine

3. Sir Daniel Day-Lewis

4. Sir Alec Guinness 

5. Albert Finney

6. Sir Anthony Hopkins 

7. Richard Burton

8. Lord Attenborough (great director, too)

9. Sir Sean Connery

10. Sir John Hurt

Honorable mention: Sir Charles Chaplin (since my picks primarily are dramatic actors, he deserves a place all by himself as a comic genius)

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If women are included, too:

1. Vanessa Redgrave (her politics never overshadowed her greatness as an actress).

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2. Vivien Leigh (won two Best Actress Oscars for playing quintessential Southern belles).

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3. Dame Maggie Smith

4. Glenda Jackson (her politics took her away from acting for a time, but she's back). 

5. Julie Christie

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6. Dame Julie Andrews (still haven't figured out why she hasn't been presented an honorary Tony).

7. Dame Helen Mirren

8. Kate Winslet (holds the record for most Academy Award nominations by an actress by the age of 33 -- six).

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9. Dame Judi Dench

10. Naomie Harris (left the set of a Bond movie to shoot a couple of days in Florida for "Moonlight." Her performance -- with an American accent -- earned  a 2016 Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Only a matter of time before she wins an Oscar or receives a damehood).

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Honorable mention: Dame Elizabeth Taylor. (I realize where she was born, but she always seemed like an all-American girl to me).

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My first TCM forum post, so here goes:

Best (or rather, my favorites) actors:

 Lawrence Olivier, Michael Caine, Claude Rains, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness,

Gary Oldman, Sean Connery, Christian Bale, Richard Burton, Peter Sellers.

If women are allotted, make room for Helen Mirren, Vivien Leigh, Emma Thompson, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Very hard to cut down to ten with men and woment  too!

 

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20 minutes ago, kevway said:

My first TCM forum post, so here goes:

Best (or rather, my favorites) actors:

 Lawrence Olivier, Michael Caine, Claude Rains, Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness,

Gary Oldman, Sean Connery, Christian Bale, Richard Burton, Peter Sellers.

If women are allotted, make room for Helen Mirren, Vivien Leigh, Emma Thompson, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas.

Very hard to cut down to ten with men and woment  too!

Welcome to the message boards.

Glad you mentioned Rains and Thompson. Good choices!

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Leslie Howard

Cary Grant

Charlie Chaplin

Claude Rains 

Ronald Colman

 

Richard Burton

Basil Rathbone

Boris Karloff

Michael Redgrave

Peter O'Toole

George Sanders

Anthony Hopkins

Jeremy Brett

Robert Stephens

 

Edmund Gwenn

Colin Clive

 James Mason

Rex Harrison

John Gielgud

 

Ray Milland

Roland Young

Nigel Bruce

Laurence Olivier

Shaun Evans

Benedict Cumberbatch

 

Lionel Atwill

Leo G Carroll

C Aubrey Smith

Reginald Denny

John Nettles

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Sir Christopher Lee
Sir Laurence Olivier
Ronald Colman
Leslie Howard
James Robertson Justice
Claude Rains
James Mason
Anthony Hopkins
Alan Rickman
Patrick Stewart

Dame Judi Dench
Dame Peggy Ashcroft
Dame Diana Rigg
Dame Maggie Smith
Dame Joan Plowright
Elsa Lanchester
Charlotte Rampling
Deborah Kerr
Samantha Eggar
Juliet Mills

 

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Gladys Cooper

Flora Robson

Judith Anderson( Commonwealth)

Dame May Whitty

Maggie Smith

Ida Lupino

Joan Hickson

Olivia de Havilland

Patricia Routledge

Helen Mirren 

Vivien Leigh

Judi Dench

Samantha Bond

Una O'Connor

Joan Fontaine

Elsa Lanchester

Emma Thompson

Sara Allgood

 

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Miles Malleson would have to be on my list! And, for the moderns, Damian Lewis.

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No love for Ralph Richardson?

Along with John Mills & Alec Guinness, they seem like "the big three", most celebrated lead actors in British  films.

Looking at British actors/actresses, that's how I'd differentiate them in the category from say, someone just born in UK, like E. Taylor.

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Anthony Hopkins

Laurence Olivier

Albert Finney

Daniel Day-Lewis

Charles Laughton

Michael Caine

Cary Grant

Charles Chaplin

Ralph Richardson

Alec Guinness

 

Kate Winslet

Deborah Kerr

Maggie Smith

Emma Thompson

Judi Dench

Elizabeth Taylor

Wendy Hiller

Vanessa Redgrave

Julie Christie

Julie Walters

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Nice to see Julie Walters mentioned. She's vastly underrated.

Nobody included the often overlooked Robert Donat...he deserves a little recognition.

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Everyone has great choices! I would add:

Finlay Currie

Donald Crisp

Miles Mander

Joan Greenwood

Claire Bloom

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Most lists are close to what mine would be.  I'd just omit ------

GEORGE SANDERS( just something about him triggers my "ew-w-w-w!" response)

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH( no familiar enough with him) 

Was glad to see a couple entered ALISTAIR SIM and ROLAND YOUNG up there.  

Which leaves several that I do like to any degree already mentioned.  ;)

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Robert Donat

Ronald Coleman

George Sanders

Ralph Richardson

Vanessa Redgrave

Claude Rains

Margaret Rutherford 

John Mills

Brian Aherne

Lynn Redgrave

 

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A couple Honorable Mentionings

1 Liam Neeson

2 Richard Harris

3 Peter O Toole

4 Brian Cox

5 Terence Stamp

6 Maggie Smith

7 Pierce Brosnan

8 Judi Dench

9 Albert Finney

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I already nominated above, but I regret excluding Charles Laughton, who, if over-the-top seeming to some,  made it look so real and natural. Besides, can Captain Bligh be anything but over the top? So many great roles, but re-makes of the Hunchback after HIS Quasimodo? You must be kidding!!!!  

Funny, I see Robert Donat getting some love above, and it was because of my viewing Goodbye Mr. Chips that I just joined TCM. I don't know his work but for that role, but he was phenomenal in a demanding role there!

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6 hours ago, kevway said:

Funny, I see Robert Donat getting some love above, and it was because of my viewing Goodbye Mr. Chips that I just joined TCM.

He and Deborah Kerr star in "Vacation from Marriage"

Very English and very good.

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In no particular order (women included):

Laurence Olivier

Joan Greenwood

Deborah Kerr

Sean Connery

Alec Guinness

Ralph Richardson

Claude Rains

Vivien Leigh

Wendy Hiller

Dame Edith Evans

 

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4 hours ago, Arteesto said:

He and Deborah Kerr star in "Vacation from Marriage"

Very English and very good.

Always knew this one as PERFECT STRANGERS.  But yes.... very good.  ;) 

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The Ladies: Julie Andrews, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Angela Lansbury, Helen Mirren, Maureen O'Hara, Vanessa Redgrave, Jean Simmons,Emma Thompson, Maggie Smith

The Gentlemen: Charlie Chaplin, Ronald Colman,  Sean Connery, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Cary Grant, Hugh Grant, Anthony Hopkins,   David Niven, Peter O'Toole

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I forgot to mention lovely Glynis Johns( who was also in the aforementioned VACATION FROM MARRIAGE/ PERFECT STRANGERS.)

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2 minutes ago, sagebrush said:

I forgot to mention lovely Glynis Johns( who was also in the aforementioned VACATION FROM MARRIAGE/ PERFECT STRANGERS.)

Same here. She always steals every scene she is in in a film from the 40s all the way through the 90s....

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