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Top 60 British Actors, Part II

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1-20 of the best British actors of the 20th and 21st centuries!

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Anthony Hopkins Report Abuse
The man with the distinction of playing the greatest villain and one of the greatest characters in the history of movies, Hannibal Lector. Also well known for his roles as Burt Munro in the World's Fastest Indian and as Jack Lewis in Shadowlands.
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gary oldman Report Abuse
one of the versatile actors ever
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Judi Dench Report Abuse
The greatest actress of the British Isles who first made her fame in many different Shakespeare plays in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as her role as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. She is also well known for her roles as Jean Mary Hardcastle in As Time Goes By, as Queen Elizabeth in Shakespeare in Love, and as Armande Viozin in Chocolat.
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What about the role she played in Pride and Predjudice. Her hair looked like a crown and I wished she played her roll longer on screen.
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Judi Dench rocks!
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Ralph Fiennes Report Abuse
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As versatile as he is handsome, he went from being virtually unknown in the US to being a major star in 1993 with his portrayal of the wicked and complex Amon Goeth in Schindler's List. In 2011, rumored to be the next James Bond. Younger brother Joseph is an actor as well.
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Peter O'Toole Report Abuse
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Alec Guinness Report Abuse
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Jeremy Irons Report Abuse
An Academy Award, Tony Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award Winning actor. Famous for vllain roles such as Scar in the Lion King, Simon Gruber in Die Hard with a Vengeance, and Claus von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune, for which he won his Oscar. Also known for Eragon, Man in the Iron Mask, Lolita, and Dead Ringers. Currently receiving critical acclaim for his portrayal of Rodrigo Borgia in the Showtime series The Borgias.
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Sean Connery Report Abuse
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There can be only one! :)
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Maggie Smith Report Abuse
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Laurence Olivier Report Abuse
The greatest of all British actors, considered one of the greatest actors of the entire 20th century. Well known for his Shakespeare performances, especially as Hamlet in Hamlet, as well as his roles as Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights and as the Nazi dentist Christian Szell in Marathon Man.
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Michael Caine Report Abuse
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Ben Kingsley Report Abuse
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Ian McKellen Report Abuse
A knight of Britain known for his roles as Gandalf the Grey Wizard in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as Magneto in the X-Men films, as Geoffrey Miller in Six Degrees of Separation, and as Bill Kraus in And the Band Played On, for which he won a CableACE award and was nominated for an Emmy.
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Ian was REALLY great as Sir Leigh Teabing in "The Da Vinci Code". Of course i also liked him as Magneto and Gandalf.
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Chewitel Ejiofor Report Abuse
Look out for this Black British star.He has great performances from Amistad to Salt and numerous others including 2012. You probably enjoy his performances but just can't remember this name because he was born and raised in Britain by Nigerian parents. His name is forgettable but his performances are not.
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I can't believe someone have given hats off to Chewitel. Next to Clive Owen, he is my favorite British actor.
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Julie Andrews Report Abuse
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John Cleese Report Abuse
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Patrick Stewart Report Abuse
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Clive Owen Report Abuse
No list is complete without Clive
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Please put Clive in more American movies. His performances range from intense to rich and luscious. He really takes you on a emotional ride.
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Benedict Cumberbatch Report Abuse
21st century Sherlock, Khan in Star Trek into Darkness, Doctor Stephen Strange in Doctor Strange (Marvel), War Horse, Black Mass, Smaug the Dragon and the Necromancer in "The Hobbit" triology, The last Enemy, Hawking, Forty Something, To the ends of the earth, Parade's End, and the Oscar nominated movie "Imitation Game.
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Oliver Reed Report Abuse
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O.R. always played such boorish caricatures of men, that I always wondered if he had a cohesive concept of what it meant to be a man. But they were just roles, I guess, and not actually the man himself. Was it the roles or was it the way he played them?
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Derek Jacobi Report Abuse
An actor who is a knight of both Britain and Denmark, he is famous for his role as Claudius in I, Claudius, and for his performances in many different Shakespeare plays, including Hamlet, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, for which he won a Tony, and the Tempest.
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orlando bloom Report Abuse
he is british y'know
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