Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)

Pemberley (Lyme Park, Cheshire)
Oh, to be in England...

My Favorite Actors,mostly British, all entertaining

This is just a random collection of photos of some of my fave actors.  They are mostly British, but all have done outstanding work in my estimation.  I will be adding to this page, so feel free to comment and I will add your suggestions as well as my own, as I think of them.

Hayley Atwell

Ruth Wilson

Michael Kitchen

Geoffrey Rush

James D'Arcy
Dawn French

Gwyneth Paltrow

Ciaran Hinds

Cillian Murphy

Francesca Annis

Judy Davis

Liam Neeson

Stephen Fry

Rupert Everett

Rupert Penry-Jones

Matthew Macfadyen

Jeremy Northam

Brendan Coyle

Tom Wilkinson

Sophie Thompson

Samantha Morton

Rufus Sewell

Keira Knightley

Julie Walters

Helen Mirren

Alan Rickman

Anna Maxwell Martin

Benjamin Whitrow

Gemma Jones

Blake Ritson

Carey Mulligan

Emily Blunt

Domenic Cooper

Hugh Grant

Greg Wise

Hugh Laurie

Julia Sawalha

Kate Beckinsale
Richard Armitage

Colin Firth

Emma Thompson

Hugh Dancy

Maggie Smith

Judi Dench

Hugh Bonneville

Toby Stephens
Kate Winslet

Romola Garai

Jennifer Ehle

James McAvoy

James Purefoy


  1. Excellent choices. I would add Jim Carter, Simon Williams, Alan Cummings, Tom Hollander, and Michael Gambon.

    Two big thumbs up for Michael Kitchen, Helen Mirren, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench.

  2. Do you allow deceased actors? Jeremy Brett and John Thaw are two of my favourites and I also like David Jason (who, of course, is alive).

  3. Great additions! All actors are welcome!

  4. I believe Gwyneth Paltrow would not be considered to be a British actor...even though she sometimes resides in the UK with her husband and children.

  5. Gwyneth is definitely not British. Actually, I sneaked a few non Brits in. Judy Davis and Geoffrey Rush are Australian and Cillian Murphy is Irish, so I slipped in the "mostly British". I should have found at least one Canadian as well! Hmmmm. I will have to ponder that one.

  6. great favourites and i'm sure that you will be adding more British (and otherwise) actors to your list. but there's hardly any British actor that i've seen in period dramas that i've not liked. and i find that once i've discovered them in the drama - i tend to like them in everything else they are in (maybe not the movie)

    1. especially if i liked the drama which normally i do

  7. Great choices. What about Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Benedict Cumberbatch?

  8. Zuzana BrossmannovaApril 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    I prepared a whole list of some actors I admire and I wanted to add them to your awesome list. But I found out most of them are not Brittish as I thought. Cate Blanchett is Australian, Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Way Back) is Irish, Christopher Plummer (The Last Station, Alexander, A Beautiful Mind...) is Canadian and Ewan McGregor is Scottish :-). So that leaves Eddie Redmayne (Tess of the D'Urbervilles, The Pillars of the Earth, My Week With Marilyn)...

    1. '..and Ewan McGregor is Scottish" !!!

      Scottish IS British! As is N.Irish, Welsh, as well as English. What DO you think 'Britain' or 'British' means??? Well, just for you (and any others who are oblivious):
      Britain is: Scotland, England, N.Ireland, Wales (not necessarily in that order). Pass it on to whomever your fellow-countrymen happen to be (I'm guessing American, as this is where this misapprehension seems to originate).

  9. Zuzana BrossmannovaApril 9, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Oh, I forgot Rupert Friend (Pride and Prejudice, The Young Victoria)!!!

  10. Agree with all of them!
    A favourite of mine is Andrew Buchan(Garrow's law). I was lucky enough to see him on stage together with Eddie Redmayne last January in London(Richard II)and they both bowled me over!
    Another one missing is Rupert Graves(also in Garrow's law)who unfortunately seems to be doomed lately to play villains...but he does it very well.
    Blake Ritson plays a wonderful cameo in the last episode of Garrow's law, such a shame it was cancelled.

    1. Hello Anonymous! Thanks for your additions. And to all who have commented, I will update my list this week to include those suggestions of yours that I have overlooked.

  11. Could I suggest Barun Sobti - if you don't watch Indian soaps you might not know of him, but if you like Richard Armitage in the role of John Thornton you will love him.

  12. sexiest man of them all is current heartrob richard armitage followed by colin firth - wow - what a pair

    1. You are a woman after my own heart. The voice on RA is to die for. I might have to go watch the ending of North and South again now. Mmmmmmmm.

      And of course my Mr. Darcy!

  13. Replies
    1. Oh, Sally Hawkins is wonderful. How did I forget her?

  14. Vanessa Redgrave is a chameleon - love her! Also, if we're including Aussies, Hugh Jackman!

  15. I'm now becoming officially addicted to your blog. Is there a recognized treatment plan?!

    I was scrolling down your very comprehensive list of marvellous actors and was starting to dispair that Richard Armitage wasn't one of your favorites. Alas, my fear was lifted as his handsome face popped into view!

    There are a few unfamiliar names so I have some IMDB trolling to do this evening. Cheers.

    1. Hi Elaine. Such kind words! Richard Armitage is a particular weakness of mine. Sigh!
      So glad to have you as a regular visitor.

  16. How could you forget Ralph Fiennes? I think that he is among the greatest worldwide.

    1. Ralph Fiennes. Duly noted! I also love his brother Joseph if only for Shakespeare in Love.
      Thanks for the addition.

  17. For the token Canadian, I would nominate Megan Follows ( for her portrayal of Anne of Green Gables, among many other fabulous performances both on stage and screen. I believe that she's our "Maggie Smith" and that there will be many more fabulous performances (perhaps in historical dramas) to come! If you're fortunate enough to catch her on stage, it's an amazing experience.

  18. I'm surprised to see that David Tennant isn't on here!

    -- Great blog by the way!

    1. I love David Tennant. Consider him added! And thank-you!

  19. Jeremy Irons? Tom Hiddleston, may be? Just seeing Dawn French's picture made me want to watch 'The Vicar' series again :-) That reminds me to mention my absolute heartthrob Richard Armitage. Glad to see you like him too.

  20. Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Hans Matheson. Love all the above too!x

  21. I'm not British, but I seem to find that British actors are generally a cut above the rest. May have something to do with the education and refinement. I love the understatement and the sheer intelligence that comes across in most British performances.
    I'm heartbroken though that you didn't include Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman - two of my absolute favourites!




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