British film and TV - Supporting actorsby SimonJester2 | created - 11 Dec 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
1. Anthony Bate
Actor | Smiley's People
An immaculate gent of sober appearance and cultivated presence, Bate was seemingly destined to play spymasters and senior civil servants. Lean, pale-eyed and of deceptively mild intonation, he was capable of unnervingly icy composure, never more effectively displayed than as the chameleon-like ...
3. Haydn Gwynne
Actress | Beauty and the Beast
Haydn Gwynne is fluent in French and Italian. She studied Modern Languages at the University of Warwick before taking a five-year lectureship in Italy, where she taught English. She also drove across the United States before becoming an actress in her mid-twenties. She first came to notice on ...
Actor | The Guardians
Edward Petherbridge was born on August 3, 1936 in West Bowling, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. He is an actor and writer, known for The Guardians (1971), The River Flows East (1962) and American Playhouse (1980). He has been married to Emily Richard since 1981. They have two children. He was ...
5. Anna Massey
Actress | Peeping Tom
Anna Massey was born on August 11, 1937 in Thakeham, West Sussex, England as Anna Raymond Massey. She was an actress, known for Peeping Tom (1960), Frenzy (1972) and The Machinist (2004). She was married to Dr. Uri Andres and Jeremy Brett. She died on July 2, 2011 in London, England.
Actor | The Iron Lady
Matthew Marsh lives in London and has been working in theatre film television & radio since 1977 - this versatile character actor often plays American Russian south African and German roles and many others along with his native UK ones - he has been lucky enough to work all over the world in film ...
8. Ian McNeice
Actor | Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Ian McNeice went to Taunton School in Somerset and then had two years at the Salisbury Playhouse as an Acting A.S.M. before going to L.A.M.D.A. 1971-74. The next few years were spent in theatre, including four years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, ending with "Nicholas Nickleby" on Broadway. ...
Actress | Snow White and the Huntsman
Rachael Stirling was born on May 30, 1977 in St Marylebone, London, England as Rachael Atlanta Stirling. She is known for her work on Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Young Victoria (2009) and Tipping the Velvet (2002). She has been married to Guy Garvey since June 3, 2016. They have one ...
10. David Ryall
Actor | Around the World in 80 Days
David Ryall was born on January 5, 1935 in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England as David John Ryall. He was an actor, known for Around the World in 80 Days (2004), Automata (2014) and City of Ember (2008). He was married to Penny England, Cathy Buchwald and Gillian Eddison. He died on December 25,...
11. Deborah Findlay
Actress | Vanity Fair
Deborah Findlay was born in Surrey and studied English at Leeds University. She worked in Leeds with a theatre group touring plays, music, community theatre and cabaret before coming to London to work at the Theatre Royal Stratford East. She was in the original production of 'Top Girls' by Caryl ...
14. Mary Wimbush
Actress | K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend
Mary Wimbush was a stalwart actress of repertory and West End theatre, who played three separate roles in the long-running BBC Radio serial "The Archers".
She was born in Kenton, Middlesex in 1924. Her father was a schoolmaster and her mother trained at RADA, but did not pursue a career on the stage...
15. Samantha Bond
Actress | Die Another Day
Samantha's early theatre work includes repertory seasons at Coventry, Edinburgh, Derby, and Bristol and 'Never in My Life 'at the Soho Poly in London. After appearing in Kenneth Branagh's production of 'Romeo and Juliet' she went on to West End productions of 'Les Liasons Dangereuses', 'Man of the ...
16. Jonathan Coy
Actor | The Scarlet Pimpernel
Jonathan Coy was born on April 24, 1953 in Hammersmith, London, England. He is an actor, known for The Scarlet Pimpernel (1999), Underworld (1997) and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne (2000). He has been married to Emma Amos since 1998. They have one child. He was previously married to Louisa ...
17. Edward Jewesbury
Actor | Richard III
Edward Jewesbury was born on August 6, 1917 in Marylebone, London, England as Reginald Edward Oliphant Jewesbury. He was an actor, known for Richard III (1995), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Henry V (1989). He was married to Christine Roberts. He died on March 31, 2001 in Esher, Surrey, England.
18. Robert Lang
Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral
Robert Lang was born on September 24, 1934 in Bristol, England. He was an actor, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), The Dance of Death (1969) and An Age of Kings (1960). He was married to Ann Bell. He died on November 6, 2004 in Sutton, Surrey, England.
19. Rosemary Leach
Actress | A Room with a View
English character actress with a penchant for genteel aristocrats and kindly mothers. The daughter of teachers, she "spent some time selling shoes in Reading" before entering the acting profession. Aged eighteen, she studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made her debut in repertory ...
21. Michael Jayston
Actor | Nicholas and Alexandra
Michael Jayston was born on October 29, 1935 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England as Michael James. He is an actor, known for Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), Zulu Dawn (1979) and Doctor Who (1963). He has been married to Elizabeth Ann Smithson since 1978. They have two children. He was previously...
22. James Faulkner
Actor | Paul, Apostle of Christ
James Faulkner is an English actor best known for his roles as Pope Sixtus IV in the historical fantasy series Da Vinci's Demons, and as Randyll Tarly in the HBO series, Game of Thrones.
When at school, Faulkner was never deemed as an academically minded student, however compensated by immersing ...
23. Moray Watson
Actor | The Quatermass Experiment
Moray Watson was born on June 25, 1928 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England as Moray Robin Philip Adrian Watson. He was an actor, known for The Quatermass Experiment (1953), No Wreath for the General (1960) and Murder Most English: A Flaxborough Chronicle (1977). He was married to Pam Marmont. He ...
Actor | The Guns of Navarone
Cuthbertson arrived in Britain in 1947, and appeared shortly thereafter as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet at the Boltons. In London's West End, he appeared as Laertes in Hamlet, Aimwell in The Beaux Stratagem, and Octavius Robinson in Man & Superman, among many other roles.
26. John Ringham
Actor | V for Vendetta
John Ringham was born on February 10, 1928 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England as John Henry Ringham. He was an actor, known for V for Vendetta (2005), The River Flows East (1962) and Just Good Friends (1983). He was married to Hedwig Felizitas Nowacki and Elizabeth Shepherd. He died on October...
27. Colin Jeavons
Actor | A Matter of Degree
Colin Jeavons was born on October 20, 1929 in Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales as Colin Abel Jeavons. He is an actor, known for A Matter of Degree (1960), The Life and Death of Sir John Falstaff (1959) and St. Ives (1967). He was previously married to Rosie Preus.
28. Michael Culver
Michael Culver was born on June 16, 1938 in Hampstead, London, England. He is an actor, known for Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), A Passage to India (1984) and Härte 10 (1974). He is married to Amanda Ward. He was previously married to Lucinda Curtis.
30. Frederick Treves
Actor | The Big Pull
Frederick Treves was born on March 29, 1925 in Cliftonville, Margate, Kent, England as Frederick William Treves. He was an actor, known for The Big Pull (1962) (1962), The Elephant Man (1980) (1980), St. Ives (1960) (1960) and the TV adaptation of Len Deighton's Game, Set, and Match (1988) (1988). ...
31. Margaret Tyzack
Actress | A Clockwork Orange
Margaret Tyzack was born on September 9, 1931 in Plaistow, London, England as Margaret Maud Tyzack. She was an actress, known for A Clockwork Orange (1971), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and Match Point (2005). She was married to Alan R. Stephenson. She died on June 25, 2011 in Blackheath, London.
Actress | Wuthering Heights
Anna Calder-Marshall was born on January 11, 1947 in Kensington, London, England. She is an actress, known for Wuthering Heights (1970), Male of the Species (1969) and Last Christmas (2019). She has been married to David Burke since March 20, 1971. They have one child.
34. Tom Chadbon
Actor | Casino Royale
Tom Chadbon was born on February 27, 1946 in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. He is an actor, known for Casino Royale (2006), Tess (1979) and Rebecca (1997). He has been married to Jane Hennessy since July 20, 1977. They have one child. He was previously married to Deborah Leathers.
38. Michael Culkin
Actor | The Nest
Michael Culkin is an Irish actor best known as Judge Buller in the BBC's Garrow's Law (2009). He appears in Sean Durkin's 'The Nest', opposite Jude Law and Carrie Coon. He appears in Bridgerton as Lord Rutledge, and appeared as Rab Butler in both seasons of The Crown (2016), in The Iron Lady (2011)...
Actor | Braveheart
Rupert Nicholas Vansittart is an English character actor. He has appeared in a variety of roles in film, television, stage and radio, often playing comic characters. He is best known for his role as Lord Ashfordly in the ITV drama Heartbeat and for playing Lord Yohn Royce in the HBO series Game of ...
41. Hugh Walters
Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four
Hugh Walters was born on March 2, 1939 in Mexborough, Yorkshire, England as Hugh Thornton Walters. He was an actor and writer, known for 1984 (1984), The Train Now Standing (1972) and Miss Marple: The Body in the Library (1984). He died on February 13, 2015 in London, England.
43. Hilary Mason
Actress | Don't Look Now
Although a prolific television character actress for almost half a century, Hilary Mason will be best remembered on screen as the blind, psychic Heather in the macabre supernatural thriller Don't Look Now (1973). The 1973 film starred Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland as John and Laura Baxter, a...
44. Phyllis Logan
Actress | Secrets & Lies
Phyllis Logan was born on January 11, 1956 in Paisley, Scotland. She is an actress, known for Secrets & Lies (1996), Another Time, Another Place (1983) and Downton Abbey (2010). She has been married to Kevin McNally since August 15, 2011. They have one child.
46. Iain Cuthbertson
Actor | We, the Accused
Iain Cuthbertson was born on January 4, 1930 in Glasgow, Scotland. He was an actor, known for We, the Accused (1980), Doctor Who (1963) and Scotch on the Rocks (1973). He was married to Janet Mary Smith and Anne Kristen. He died on September 4, 2009 in Ayr, South Ayrshire, Scotland.
48. Robert Brown
Actor | A View to a Kill
Robert Brown was born on July 23, 1921 in Swanage, Dorset, England as Robert James Brown. He was an actor, known for A View to a Kill (1985), Octopussy (1983) and Licence to Kill (1989). He was married to Rita Becker. He died on November 11, 2003 in Swanage.
49. John Phillips
Actor | Quadrophenia
A tall, imposing character actor with a voice to match, John Phillips brought an authoritative manner and dignified military bearing to his many roles on stage and screen. A decorated veteran of the 1944 Normandy Campaign, Phillips frequently appeared on television as uniformed senior officers and ...
51. Martin Cochrane
Martin Cochrane was born in 1946 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015), Patriot Games (1992) and Sutherland's Law (1973). He has been married to Adrienne Burgess since 1994. They have one child. He was previously married to Jan Wilson.
52. Beth Goddard
Actress | X: First Class
Beth Goddard was born on March 31, 1969 in Colchester, Essex, England as Elizabeth Jane Goddard. She is an actress, known for X-Men: First Class (2011), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999). She has been married to Philip Glenister since 2006. They have two children.
54. Phoebe Nicholls
Actress | The Elephant Man
Phoebe Nicholls was born on April 7, 1957 in London, England as Phoebe Sarah Nicholls. She is an actress and writer, known for The Elephant Man (1980), Transformers: The Last Knight (2017) and The Missionary (1982). She has been married to Charles Sturridge since July 6, 1985. They have three ...
55. Anne Reid
Actress | Hot Fuzz
After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the #1 UK TV show 'Coronation Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. ...
58. Clive Morton
Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets
Clive Morton worked for four years for the East India Dock Company, before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and entering the acting profession. He made his stage debut in 1920 and did not act on screen until 1932. He was regularly employed for the next four decades, except for wartime ...
59. Bernard Hepton
Actor | Get Carter
Tall, dignified-looking Bernard Hepton enjoyed a six decade-long career on both stage and screen during which he particularly excelled at subtle, self-effacing or introspective roles. An electrician's son, Hepton grew up in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford. Due to poor eyesight, he missed out on...
60. Janine Duvitski
Actress | The New World
Janine Drzewicki was born in Nottingham to an English mother and a Polish father and moved to London to train as an actress at the E 15 theatre school. Shortly after leaving she was given a couple of small roles in television dramas but had no agent, and placed an advert in the 'Spotlight' agency ...
61. Peter Hawkins
Actor | The Big Spender
Peter Hawkins was born on April 3, 1924 in London, England as Peter John Hawkins. He was an actor and writer, known for The Big Spender (1965), Doctor Who (1963) and The Storyteller (1987). He was married to Rosemary Miller. He died on July 8, 2006 in London.
62. Tony Melody
Actor | Without Motive
Tony Melody played character parts in many of Britain's most popular TV shows, including Coronation Street (1960), Emmerdale Farm (1972) and Last of the Summer Wine (1973). For 15 years he played the neighbour, Mr. Higginbottom, in The Clitheroe Kid on BBC radio. Melody's long, hangdog face also ...
63. Barbara Jefford
Actress | The Ninth Gate
Distinguished Devon-born British actress, acclaimed for her commanding performances on the classical stage. Jefford did her initial training at the Hartly-Hodder School of Speech and Drama and graduated from RADA in 1949. Following her professional acting debut that same year, she spent a year on ...
64. Derek Benfield
Actor | Lifeforce
Derek Benfield was born on March 11, 1926 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. He was an actor and writer, known for Lifeforce (1985), The Brothers (1972) and Return to the Lost Planet (1955). He was married to Susan Lyall Grant. He died on March 10, 2009 in Esher, Surrey, England.
65. Patsy Byrne
Actress | Les Misérables
Patsy Byrne was born on July 13, 1933 in Ashford, Kent, England as Patricia Byrne. She was an actress, known for Les Misérables (1998), Blackadder Back & Forth (1999) and Watching (1987). She was married to Patrick John Francis Noel Seccombe. She died on June 17, 2014 in Denville Hall, ...
69. David Ross
Actor | Jake's Progress
David Ross is a British actor from Blackburn, Lancashire. He is most known for his work in television series, where he has enjoyed a lengthy career. He has also appeared stage productions and films.
David Ross' most famous role was that of Kryten during his first appearance on comedy series Red Dwarf...
70. Peter Halliday
Actor | The Remains of the Day
One of the UK's most prolific television actors for 50 years, Peter Halliday was the son of an auctioneer and estate agent. He was schooled in Shropshire. Halliday failed his exam as apprentice auctioneer, worked briefly for Rolls-Royce, then served in the British Army during the Second World War, ...
Oliver Ford Davies was born on August 12, 1939 in Ealing, London, England as Oliver Robert Ford Davies. He is an actor, known for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Johnny English (2003). He has been married to Jenifer Armitage ...
73. John Nettleton
Actor | Oliver Twist
John Nettleton was born on February 5, 1929 in Lewisham, London, England as John S Nettleton. He is an actor, known for Oliver Twist (2005), A Man for All Seasons (1966) and Walk a Crooked Mile (1961). He has been married to Deirdre Doone since 1954. They have three children.
74. Donald Pickering
Actor | A Bridge Too Far
Donald Pickering was born on November 15, 1933 in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England as Donald Ellis Pickering. He was an actor, known for A Bridge Too Far (1977), The Pallisers (1974) and The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997). He died on December 19, 2009 in Gloucestershire, England.
75. Patrick Cargill
Actor | Help!
Best known for his appearances on British television in the comedy series Father, Dear Father (1968), Patrick Cargill was also a distinguished stage actor and a brilliant farceur. His immaculate timing was known throughout the profession to the point that when directors where casting a certain type...
77. Jonathan Newth
Actor | The Day of the Triffids
Jonathan Newth was born on March 6, 1939 in Edmonton, London, England. He is an actor, known for The Day of the Triffids (1981), Pretenders (1972) and Doctor Who (1963). He has been married to Gay Wilde since 1979. They have four children. He was previously married to Joanna Brookes.
Actress | Sense and Sensibility
Elizabeth Spriggs was born on September 18, 1929 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Elizabeth Jean Williams. She was an actress and writer, known for Sense and Sensibility (1995), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Playing the Field (1998). She was married to Murray Manson, Marshall ...
83. Derek Bond
Actor | Scott of the Antarctic
Scottish-born Derek Bond was a leading man of post-war British films fondly remembered for his portrayal of the titular hero in Ealing Studios' The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (1947), an adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel.
The actor was born in Glasgow on January 26, 1920, the son ...
Actor | A Night to Remember
Michael Goodliffe was born on October 1, 1914 in Bebington, Cheshire, England as Lawrence Michael Andrew Goodliffe. He was an actor, known for A Night to Remember (1958), Peeping Tom (1960) and The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955). He was married to Dorothy Margaret Tyndale. He died on March 20...
85. T.P. McKenna
Actor | Ulysses
Character actor Thomas Patrick McKenna was born in Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland, in 1929. A prolific theater actor throughout his career, he made his stage debut in "Summer and Smoke" by Tennessee Williams at the Pike Theatre in Dublin in 1954.
He made his film debut in the IRA-Nazi drama The ...
86. Harry Towb
Actor | The Blue Max
Harry Towb was a character actor of Irish and Russian-Jewish descent. He grew up in Belfast, making his stage debut at the Guildhall Theatre in Derry in 1946. He began acting in England from the 1950s. Over the years he was affiliated with the National Theatre, the Abbey and Gate Theatres in Dublin...
88. Richenda Carey
Actress | Colonia
Richenda Carey (born in Bitton, South Gloucestershire, England) is an English theatre, television and film actress, who is mostly known for her roles in Monarch of the Glen, Jeeves and Wooster, Crush and later, Separate Lies and Criminal Justice. She appeared in an episode of the sitcom Chalk as ...
91. Cyril Luckham
Actor | A Man for All Seasons
Cyril Luckham was born on July 25, 1907 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England as Cyril Alexander Garland Luckham. He was an actor, known for A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Guardians (1971) and The Alphabet Murders (1965). He was married to Violet Lamb. He died on February 8, 1989 in London, England.
92. Norman Bird
Actor | The Lord of the Rings
Norman Bird was born on October 30, 1924 in Coalville, Leicestershire, England as John George Norman Bird. He was an actor, known for The Lord of the Rings (1978), Cash on Demand (1961) and The Wrong Box (1966). He was married to Nona Blair. He died on April 22, 2005 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands...
93. Richard Davies
Actor | Zulu
Richard Davies was born Dennis Wilfred Davies on January 25, 1926 in Dowlais, Wales.
In a television era unabashed at employing cultural and racial stereotypes for easy and often dubious humour, Richard Davies grew accustomed to finding himself typecast as irascible Welshmen perpetually bothered and...
94. Julian Glover
Julian Wyatt Glover was born on March 27, 1935 in Hampstead, London, England, to Honor Ellen Morgan (Wyatt), a BBC journalist, and Claude Gordon Glover, a BBC radio producer. He is of English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry. Primarily a classical stage actor, Glover trained at the National Youth ...
95. Roy Dotrice
Actor | Amadeus
The ever-impressive, chameleon-like British character actor Roy Dotrice was born on the Island of Guernsey, one of the Channel Islands off the coast of France, which is part of the United Kingdom. He was the first-born child of Louis and Neva Dotrice who prospered as bakers. The Germans occupied ...
99. Edward Hardwicke
Actor | Elizabeth
Edward Hardwicke was born on August 7, 1932 in London, England as Edward Cedric Hardwicke. He was an actor, known for Elizabeth (1998), Oliver Twist (2005) and Richard III (1995). He was married to Prim Cotton and Anne Iddon. He died on May 16, 2011 in Chichester, England.
100. Vladek Sheybal
Actor | From Russia with Love
Looking back at his filmography, it isn't difficult to imagine Vladek Sheybal in a scene, lobbing Molotov cocktails at advancing German troops, against a backdrop of war-torn Warsaw. However, this part of his life played out for real. A member of the Polish underground, he was twice captured and ...