10 Best British Movie Stars

Sunday, January 23 by Amin El-Gazzar

When thinking about movie stars, most people think about Hollywood rather than London, but when you look over the list of the 10 best British movie stars, you will recognize most of the names immediately. Amazingly, some of the most famous actors are actually British actors. Especially considering that many classic movies feature one of these actors.

  1. Charlie Chaplin Chaplin was born in London and grew to such popularity that he is still instantly recognizable more than 120 years after his death. He worked as both an actor and director and is most famous for "The Tramp." His films were primarily silent films in black and white, which makes his achievement as becoming the world’s template for funny even more impressive.
  2. Laurence Olivier Sir Laurence was born in Surry, England. He managed to master the classical style that defined an era of great Shakespearean films. His perfect features, penetrating eyes and clean pronunciation made him the act to beat for all Shakespearean actors to follow.
  3. Anthony Hopkins Sir Anthony is from Wales and is considered to be one of the greatest living actors in the world. He came to fame with his portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in "The Silence of the Lambs." He has worked in every movie genre from thriller to comedy and continues to work.
  4. Gary Oldman Oldman is one of the most talented actors to come out of Great Britain. He typically plays complex characters who are morally ambiguous. His great skill is making historical figures such as Sid Vicious, Lee Harvey Oswald and Beethoven his own.
  5. Daniel Day-Lewis Day-Lewis is a great character actor who is only getting better with age. He came to the public's attention with his touching performance as Christy Brown in the Irish drama, "My Left Foot." He has worked on several historical epics, most notably "There Will Be Blood." He is able to play charming and vicious with equa conviction and strength.
  6. Peter Sellers Sellers was a comedian and a chameleon. He started his rise to fame on "The Goon Show." He was able to speak in different accents flawlessly and soon used this to great effect on "The Pink Panther" series. He was deeply empathetic and gave great depth to his characters on Stanley Kubrick’s films, "Lolita" and "Dr. Strangelove."
  7. Cary Grant He has a smooth mid-Atlantic accent though he was born in Bristol. Many of his contemporaries and fans today don't realize he's English! He worked on some great Hollywood epic films, such as "An Affair to Remember" and the Hitchcock thriller "North by Northeast."
  8. Michael Caine Caine is an amazingly versatile actor who has gone from the original English chancer in "Alfie" to the respected wise man in films like "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight." He’s equally gripping as a comic ("Educating Rita") or a dramatic protagonist ("The Cider House Rules").
  9. Sean Connery Almost everyone’s favorite James Bond, Sean Connery is from Scotland and has played an impressive amount of iconic characters. From his role as James Bond to his role as Indiana Jones's father, Connery has used his Scottish accent to enhance his career rather than change it as so many actors before him had. He is repeatedly voted Sexiest Older Man, despite his 80 years of age.
  10. Alec Guinness Guinness was born in London and worked on a variety of films, but is perhaps best remembered as Obi-Wan Kenobi in the original "Star Wars" trilogy