Performances I Like

by kdsagbas | created - 11 Aug 2013 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

From non-favourite actors.

1. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Emma Thompson was born on April 15, 1959 in Paddington, London, into a family of actors - father Eric Thompson and mother Phyllida Law, who has co-starred with Thompson in several films. Her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well. Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born. ...

As Professor Sybil Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

2. Denzel Washington

Actor | Fences

Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...

As Whip Whitaker in Flight.

3. Imelda Staunton

Actress | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Imelda Staunton was born on January 9, 1956 in Archway, London, England as Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton. She is an actress, known for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007), Shakespeare in Love (1998) and Vera Drake (2004). She has been married to Jim Carter since October ...

As Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

4. Jim Broadbent

Actor | Moulin Rouge!

One of England's most versatile character actors, Jim Broadbent was born on May 24, 1949, in Lincolnshire, the youngest son of furniture maker Roy Laverick Broadbent and sculptress Doreen "Dee" (Findlay) Broadbent. Jim attended a Quaker boarding school in Reading before successfully applying for a ...

As Professor Horace Slughorn in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.

5. Jane Krakowski

Actress | 30 Rock

Jane Krakowski was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, to Barbara (Benoit), a college theater instructor, and Edward Krajkowski, a chemical engineer. Her father was of Polish descent and her mother has French-Canadian and Scottish ancestry.

Jane was the winner of the 2003 Tony Award for her ...

As Jenna Maroney on 30 Rock.

6. Sam Rockwell

Actor | Moon

Sam Rockwell was born on November 5, 1968, in San Mateo, California, the only child of two actors, Pete Rockwell and Penny Hess. The family moved to New York when he was two years old, living first in the Bronx and later in Manhattan. When Sam was five years old, his parents separated, at which ...

As Justin Hammer in Iron Man 2.

7. Steve Martin

Writer | Roxanne

Steve Martin was born on August 14, 1945 in Waco, Texas, USA as Stephen Glenn Martin to Mary Lee (née Stewart; 1913-2002) and Glenn Vernon Martin (1914-1997), a real estate salesman and aspiring actor. He was raised in Inglewood and Garden Grove in California. In 1960, he got a job at the Magic ...

As Clouseau in The Pink Panther 2.

8. Cameron Diaz

Actress | Vanilla Sky

A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and a German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied ...

As Elizabeth Halsey in Bad Teacher.

9. Tina Fey

Writer | 30 Rock

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

As Liz Lemon on 30 Rock.

10. Rebecca De Mornay

Actress | Runaway Train

Rebecca De Mornay was born 1959 as Rebecca Jane Pearch, in Santa Rosa, CA, to Wally George and Julie Eager. Her parents divorced when she was young, and her mother moved to Pasadena and married Richard De Mornay, who adopted her. After her stepfather's untimely death in 1962, Rebecca's mother moved...

As Natalie 'Mother' Koffin in Mother's Day.

11. Frances Conroy

Actress | Joker

Award-winning stage actress Frances Conroy was introduced and encouraged by her parents to explore the elements of theater. Born Frances Hardman Conroy in Monroe, Georgia, she attended high school in Long Island and experienced classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse as a teenager. The pale, ...

As Loretta Stinson on How I Met Your Mother. As Ruth Fisher on Six Feet Under.

12. Rosamund Pike

Actress | Gone Girl

Born on January 27, 1979 in London, England, actress Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike is the only child of a classical violinist mother, Caroline (Friend), and an opera singer father, Julian Pike. Due to her parents' work, she spent her early childhood traveling around Europe. Pike attended Badminton ...

As Amy Dunne in Gone Girl.

13. Matthew Fox

Actor | Bone Tomahawk

Matthew Chandler Fox was born in Abington, Pennsylvania. His mother, Loretta B. (Eagono), was a schoolteacher, and his father, Francis G. Fox, was a consultant for an oil company, who raised longhorn cattle and horses and grew barley for Coors beer. He has Italian (from his maternal grandfather), ...

As Jack Shephard on Lost.

14. Shauna Macdonald

Actress | The Descent

Shauna Macdonald was born in 1981 in Malaysia. She is an actress, known for The Descent (2005), The Descent: Part 2 (2009) and Filth (2013). She is married to Cal MacAninch. They have three children.

As Sarah in The Descent.

15. Evangeline Lilly

Actress | Ant-Man

Evangeline Lilly, born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, in 1979, was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia, by the famous Ford modeling agency. Although she initially decided to pass on a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford anyway, to help pay for her University of ...

As Kate Austen on Lost.

16. Domhnall Gleeson

Actor | Ex Machina

Domhnall Gleeson is an Irish actor and writer. He is best known for his portrayal of Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise (2010-2011), About Time (2013), Ex Machina (2015) and The Revenant (2015).

He is the son of actor Brendan Gleeson, alongside whom he has appeared in several films and ...

As Tim in About Time.

17. Lydia Wilson

Actress | About Time

Lydia Wilson was born in 1984 in London, England. She is an actress, known for About Time (2013), Star Trek Beyond (2016) and Never Let Me Go (2010).

As Kit Kat in About Time.

18. Jay Baruchel

Actor | Goon

Jay Baruchel was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and was raised in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He is the son of Robyne (Ropell), a freelance writer, and Serge Victor Baruchel, an antiques dealer. He has a younger sister who also acts. He started acting in 1995 when he made his first of three appearances on ...

As Kirk in She's Out of My League.

19. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and ...

As Ray in Uptown Girls. A beautifully mastered performance with a wide range of emotions exhibited at such young age proves Fanning has been and will be a great actress.

20. Jeremy Jordan

Actor | The Last Five Years

Jeremy Michael Jordan was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He is most well-known for his television roles in Supergirl (2015) and Smash (2012).

Jeremy graduated in 2007 with a degree in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. Soon after, he landed his first Broadway role in "Rock of Ages." In ...

As Jamie Wellerstein in The Last Five Years.

21. Olivia Williams

Actress | The Ghost Writer

Olivia began her career on the stage at the RSC and The National Theatre, breaking into TV with the Andrew Davies adaptation of Emma (1996).

From a damp basement in Camden Town she won the role of Abby in the $120 million blockbuster The Postman (1997) starring alongside Kevin Costner. In the ...

As Kim Aldrich in The Last Days on Mars.

22. Carly Chaikin

Actress | Mr. Robot

Carly Hannah Chaikin (born March 26, 1990) is an American actress. She began acting in 2009 and received her breakout role two years later, co-starring as Dalia Royce in the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. She played the role until the series' cancellation in 2014, and one year later began playing the role...

As Dalia Royce on Suburgatory.

23. Alex Essoe

Actress | Starry Eyes

Alex Essoe was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. She is an actress and writer, known for Starry Eyes (2014), Doctor Sleep (2019) and House of Lies (2012).

As Sarah in Starry Eyes.

24. Kristen Wiig

Actress | Bridesmaids

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...

As Johanna Parry in Hateship Loveship. A striking performance by Wiig demonstrates us that acting through eyes with minimal facial expressions is what is optimal in portraying an unblended, pure, uneducated and good-hearted woman. In a perfect casting, she shows us she can easily manage drama just as well as she does comedy.

25. Ed Oxenbould

Actor | The Visit

Ed Oxenbould is an Australian actor. He rose to prominence for his role in the film Julian (2012). Subsequently, he appeared in the television series Puberty Blues (2012-2014) and became more well-known for his role in the film Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014). He ...

As Tyler in The Visit. A humble, comedic and natural performance by an actor that was only 13 years old when filming took place. It is usually not very possible to combine comedy with naturalness unless the actor is very talented and professional as seen in the likes of Jim Carrey and Steve Carell. I hope Ed Oxenbould has a very long and successful career in front of him.

26. Stephen Root

Actor | Office Space

Stephen Root, one of today's most prolific character actors, is currently starring in HBO's hit series Barry, for which he received a Best Supporting Actor Emmy Nomination. Barry has been nominated for multiple Emmy's and Golden Globes, and has been renewed through season four. Stephen recently ...

As Milton Waddams in Office Space. He portrays an annoying little person who awakens feelings of pity, suffering and a bit sympathy in the viewer. This is what makes this portrayal successful.

27. Emjay Anthony

Actor | Chef

Emjay Anthony was born to Trisha and Michael Salazar on June 1, 2003 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. After living a rather normal active family life, he began modeling and was selected for a Werther's Candy national commercial at the age of 4. When Emjay was 5 years old, his family relocated to ...

As Max in Krampus.

28. Bill Skarsgård

Actor | It

Bill Skarsgård was born on August 9, 1990 in Vällingby, Sweden as Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård. He is an actor and producer, known for It (2017), It Chapter Two (2019) and Deadpool 2 (2018).

As Pennywise in It.

29. Lucas Hedges

Actor | Manchester by the Sea

Lucas Hedges is an American actor, known for playing Patrick Chandler in Manchester by the Sea (2016), which earned him an Academy Award nomination.

Hedges was born in Brooklyn Heights, New York, the second child of poet and actress Susan Bruce and Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Peter ...

As Robbie Hayes in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

30. Matvey Novikov

Actor | Nelyubov

Matvey Novikov is an actor, known for Loveless (2017), A Siege Diary (2020) and The Method (2015).

As Alyosha in Loveless.

31. Michael Parks

Actor | Tusk

Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite ...

As Abin Cooper in Red State.

32. Jennifer Carpenter

Actress | Dexter

Jennifer was born in Kentucky. Her mother is Catherine Mitchell and her father is Robert Carpenter.

She attended St. Raphael the Archangel and then Sacred Heart Academy. During her last two years of high school, she studied drama at the Walden Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. She then trained at the ...

As Debra Morgan on Dexter Season 6 and Season 7.

33. Judah Lewis

Actor | The Babysitter

Judah Lewis was born on May 22, 2001 in the USA. He is an actor, known for The Babysitter (2017), Demolition (2015) and The Christmas Chronicles (2018).

As Cole in The Babysitter.

34. Krysten Ritter

Actress | Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones in the Peabody, Hugo, and Emmy Award winning Netflix original series, Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015). Her performance, which earned her a prestigious Critics Choice nomination, a Saturn nomination, a Webby Award and a Glamour Best International TV Actress Award,...

As Jessica Jones on Jessica Jones.

35. Robert Knepper

Actor | Prison Break

Robert Knepper, the son of a veterinarian, was born in Fremont, Ohio, and was raised in Maumee (near Toledo). When he was growing up, his mother worked in the props department for the community theater, and because of her involvement, he became interested in acting. Robert began his career in ...

As Theodore 'T-Bag' Bagwell on Prison Break.

36. Adam Driver

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Adam Douglas Driver was born in San Diego, California. His mother, Nancy (Needham) Wright, is a paralegal from Mishawaka, Indiana, and his father, Joe Douglas Driver, who has deep roots in the American South, is from Little Rock, Arkansas. His stepfather is a Baptist minister. His ancestry includes...

As Charlie Barber in Marriage Story.

37. Laura Dern

Actress | Jurassic Park

Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for ...

As Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story.

38. Glenn Close

Actress | Fatal Attraction

Eight time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Bettine (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families.

Glenn was a noted Broadway ...

As Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction.

39. Ellen Latzen

Actress | National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Ellen's career had a serendipitous start to it. In 1986, her mother read an article in the paper about an an open casting call for a new untitled Adrian Lyne film. They were looking for girls ages six to eight, and prior acting experience wasn't required. Ellen's family had never considered getting...

As Ellen Gallagher in Fatal Attraction.

40. Kate McKinnon

Actress | Ghostbusters

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984), known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress and comedienne, who is best known as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show, and for playing the role of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 Ghostbusters ...

As Kiwi / Pippa in Rough Night.

41. Eric Stonestreet

Actor | The Loft

Eric Stonestreet was born on September 9, 1971 in Kansas City, Kansas, USA as Eric Allen Stonestreet. He is an actor, known for The Loft (2014), Modern Family (2009) and Almost Famous (2000).

As Cameron Tucker on Modern Family.

42. Ty Burrell

Actor | Modern Family

Tyler Gerald Burrell was born on August 22, 1967 in Grants Pass, Oregon, where his family owned a business. He is the son of Sheri Rose (Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell, a family therapist, and is primarily of English and German ancestry. He earned a BA from Southern Oregon University ...

As Phil Dunphy on Modern Family.

43. Sarah Hyland

Actress | Vampire Academy

Sarah Hyland was born in New York City to actors Melissa D. Canaday and Edward James Hyland. She began in the business at the age of 4 with commercial work and voice overs. Her first film was Private Parts (1997). She then moved on to The Object of My Affection (1998) and then spent time on Another...

As Haley Dunphy on Modern Family.



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