British actors have played a vital role in film, television, and theater. They have given shape to the film-making industries and provided an impulse to create memorable performances and acting skills that entertain audiences around the globe.

They are chiefly known for their superior acting skills and versatility. Critics praise British actors for their ability to contribute their acting skills in various genres, from period dramas to action films and comedies. Critics also account for British actors’ accents, which aid them in being part of a role that requires them to speak in various dialects.

Here is a list of 12 British actors you should know.

Edward Thomas Hardy

Edward Thomas Hardy, aka Tom Hardy, is an English actor born on 15 September 1977. He began his career being a model before shifting to acting. Hardy began his career in the early 2000s after being prominent for his role in television and miniseries.

Later in 2001, he made his film debut in a war drama named “Black Hawk Down” and continued a film journey by making his presence in widely-known movies, which include “Inception,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Mad Max Fury Road,” “Dunkirk,” and “Venom.”

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch (born on 19 July 1976) is an English actor who has received various accolades and awards, including a British Academy Television Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Laurence Olivier Award.

Cumberbatch is known for his role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), including Doctor Strange. In the BBC television series “Sherlock,” he was a depiction of Sherlock Holmes. Some of his broadly known movies are “Doctor Strange,” “The Imitation Game,” “The Power of the Dog” and “1917”.

Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Jr.

Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, Jr., aka Michael Caine (born on 14 March 1933 in London, England), is a renowned actor who has successively made a presence in more than 100 films.

He played various roles in British productions like A Hill in Korea, Zulu, and The Day the Earth Caught Fire, and success came with The Ipcress File. He received an Academy Award nomination as best actor for the title role of Alfie.

Ian McKellen

Born 25 May 1939, Sir Ian Murray McKellen CH KBE is an English actor marked for his role on the screen and stage in different genres, ranging from Shakespearean dramas and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.

He has received various awards, including the Six Laurence Olivier, Tony, and Golden Globe Awards. Additionally, the talented actor got nominations for two Academy Awards, five BAFTA Awards, and five Primetime Emmy Awards. He has given his versatile acting skills in contribution to widely famous movies like “The Good Liar,” “X-Men,” and “Richard III.”

Tom Hiddleston

Born on 9 February 1981, Thomas William Hiddleston, aka Tom Hiddleston, is an English actor who got a magnificent transition in his career after portraying the role of Loki in Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), initializing his play in the movie “Thor,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “The Avengers,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and successively getting a primary role of his web series in Disney+ in 2021. His other widely famous movies include “Midnight in Paris” and “Archipelago.”

Gary Oldman

Born on 9 February 1981, Gary Leonard Oldman is a Famous British actor and Filmmaker known for his intense acting style, which could be an inducement for winning different awards, which consist of three British Academy Film Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

Gary is also one of the highest-grossing actors of all time. His extensively popular movies comprise “Darkest Hour,” “The Fifth Element,” and “Leon.”

Henry Cavil

Henry William Dalgliesh Cavill ( born 5 May 1983), aka Henry Cavil, is a British actor widely famous for his role as Superman in DC (Detective Comics). Henry has set out in spy films through his international breakthrough as Superman.

The Man from UNCLE (2015) and Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018). He is also a position holder for MTV Movie and TV award best hero. Some of the widely famed pictures include “The Man of Steel,” “Misson Impossible Fallout,” “Justice League,” and “Batman VS Superman.”

Robert Pattinson

Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson, aka Robert Pattinson (born 13 May 1986) is an English actor who has also marked himself as one of the most influential people ranking 100 globally.

He initialized his journey by giving a magnificent roleplay in a Franchise named “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” which was one the highest-grossing franchise then. He continued his journey by portraying in the movies like “The Batman,” “Twilight,” and “Remember Me.”

Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe (born on 23 July 1989) is a British actor who is significantly known as Harry Potter after giving an uplifting career roleplay in the “Harry Potter” Franchise by J.K Rowling, contributing to the role of Harry James Potter.

Daniel made his acting debut at age 10 in the BBC One television film “David Copperfield.” Some of the awards won by Radcliffe are the “Empire Hero Award” and “Best Young Performer.”

Christian Bale 

Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974), aka Christian Bale, is an English actor currently famous for his Sigma Male Character after portraying in the movie “American Psycho.”

He is mainly popular for his physical transformation to fit the role of a respective character. Academy Awards, four British Academy Film Awards, twelve Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, and seven Screen Actors Guild Awards.” His widespread movies include “American Psycho

“, “The Mechanist,” “The Fighter,” “Ford Vs. Ferrari”.

Colin Firth

Born on 10 September 1960, Colin Andrew Firth CBE is an English actor. Talking about his widespread movie from where he fetched attention, his portrayal of Mr. Darcy in the 1995 television adaptation of Prejudice and Jane Austen’s Pride is the main root. Colin is also a brilliant producer.

Some of his widespread movies are “THE THOUSAND ARCES, EMPIRE OF LIGHT, and “And MAMMA MIA!”. Colin Firth has received two Academy Awards for winning best actor nominations for his role as King George VI in Tom Hooper’s historical drama The King’s Speech.

Idris Elba

Born on 6 September 1972, Idrissa Akuna Elba OBE is an English actor and DJ. He attended and graduated from the National Youth Music Theatre in London. Elba is best known for acting in titles like Stringer Bell, The Wire, DCI John Luther.

Luther, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor, won one of the former. The versatile entertainment personality received four nominations for the Best Actor Golden Globe Award and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.