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1. Raymond Huntley

Actor | Night Train to Munich

Birmingham-born Raymond Huntley was one of those instantly recognisable, mannered types that popped up in classic British films of the 1940's and 50's. Tall and austere, he had a somewhat mean, sour-faced look, accentuated whenever staring with icy disdain from behind horn-rimmed spectacles. This, ...

2. Robert Flemyng

Actor | Funny Face

Robert Flemyng was born on January 3, 1912 in Liverpool, England as Benjamin Arthur Flemyng. He was an actor and producer, known for Funny Face (1957), Battle of Britain (1969) and Danger Man (1960). He was married to Carmen Martha Sugars. He died on May 22, 1995 in London, England.

3. Niall MacGinnis

Actor | Jason and the Argonauts

Niall MacGinnis is not as well known outside of Europe, but he was a wonderful character actor whose variety of roles matched his great gift for characterization and the look beyond just makeup that he projected. He was educated at Stonyhurst College and Trinity College, Dublin. He obtained a basic...

4. Jimmy Hanley

Actor | Don't Ever Leave Me

Good-natured British actor Jimmy Hanley was groomed by the Rank Studio system during his teen years and earned stardom as the "boy next door" type in exuberant musicals and likeable comedies. He married actress Dinah Sheridan in 1942 and they appeared together in a number of featherweight war-era ...

5. Jack Watling

Actor | A Night to Remember

Jack Watling was born on January 13, 1923 in Chingford, Essex, England as Jack Stanley Watling. He was an actor, known for A Night to Remember (1958), The Winslow Boy (1948) and The Nanny (1965). He was married to Patricia Hicks. He died on May 22, 2001 in Chelmsford, Essex.

6. Leslie Dwyer

Actor | Hindle Wakes

Leslie Dwyer was born on August 28, 1906 in Catford, London, England as Leslie Gilbert Dwyer. He was an actor, known for Holiday Week (1952), Hi-de-Hi! (1980) and Not So Dusty (1956). He died on December 29, 1986 in Truro, Cornwall, England.

7. Michael Goodliffe

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...

8. Laurence Naismith

Actor | Diamonds Are Forever

The British character actor Laurence Naismith was a Merchant Marine seaman before becoming an actor. He made his London stage debut in 1927 in the chorus of the musical "Oh, Boy." Three years later, he joined the Bristol Repertory and remained with them until the outbreak of World War II. After ...

9. Geoffrey Keen

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Geoffrey Keen was born on August 21, 1916 in Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England as Geoffrey Ian Keen. He was an actor, known for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979) and For Your Eyes Only (1981). He was married to Doris Groves, Madeline Howell and Hazel Terry. He died on November 3, 2005 ...

10. Kenneth Griffith

Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral

Kenneth Griffith was born on October 12, 1921 in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales as Kenneth Griffiths. He was an actor and writer, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), I'm All Right Jack (1959) and A Night to Remember (1958). He was married to Karol Hagar, Doria Noar and Joan Stock. He died on...

11. Meredith Edwards

Actor | A Run for Your Money

Meredith Edwards was born on June 10, 1917 in Rhosllannerchrugog, Wales as Gwilym Meredith Edwards. He was an actor, known for A Run for Your Money (1949), Flower of Evil (1961) and The Great Game (1953). He was married to Daisy Clark. He died on February 8, 1999 in Denbighshire, Wales.

12. Nigel Green

Actor | Zulu

The character actor Nigel Green, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, was educated in England and studied chemical engineering before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon, and in the ...

13. Peter Arne

Actor | Straw Dogs

Peter Arne was for a short time the perfect villain in British film. After a couple of roles in war movies (The Purple Plain (1954) and The Cockleshell Heroes (1955)) and a Tarzan movie (Tarzan and the Lost Safari (1957)) he became a villain in Strangers' Meeting (1957). From than on he continued ...

14. Lyndon Brook

Actor | The Brothers Karamazov

A distinguished stage and screen actor, Lyndon Brook was the son of the silent British film star Clive Brook, and the actress, Mildred Evelyn. His elder sister, Faith Brook, is one of Britain's best known stage and TV actresses. Brook was best-known to cinema-goers of the 1950s and 60s for his ...

15. Ronald Adam

Actor | The Haunting

Ronald Adam was a man who combined an acting career with an extra-ordinary military career that encompassed being a victim of the Red Baron in World War One to taking his revenge as an RAF fighter controller in the Battle of Britain. Born Ronald George Hinings Adams on the last day of 1896, he was ...

16. Howard Marion-Crawford

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Howard Marion-Crawford was born on January 17, 1914 in London, England as Howard Francis Marion-Crawford. He is known for his work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Sax Rohmer's The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969) and The Face of Fu Manchu (1965). He was married to Germaine Tighe-Umbers, Mary Wimbush, Junia...

17. Sydney Tafler

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Sydney Tafler was born on July 31, 1916 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), The Birthday Party (1968) and It Always Rains on Sunday (1947). He was married to Joy Shelton. He died on November 8, 1979 in London.

18. Michael Gough

Actor | Batman

Tony Award-winning English actor Michael Gough, best known for playing the butler Alfred Pennyworth in the first four Batman (1989, 1992, 1995 & 1997) movies and for playing the arch-criminal Dr. Clement Armstrong in The Avengers (1961) episode "The Cybernauts", was an accomplished performer on ...

19. Sam Kydd

Actor | Crane

Sam was a very well known, un-sung, British Actor from 1946 to his death in 1982. He was originally born in Northern Ireland but came over to London England as a boy with his mother and her brothers, setting up home in Bayswater, then Shepherd's Bush, then Chiswick. He was sent to Dunstable school....

20. Ernest Clark

Actor | Gandhi

A distinguished stage actor, Ernest Clark was best known to British television viewers for his role as the crusty "Sir Geoffrey Loftus" in the long running "Doctor" comedy series during the 1970s.

Born in Maida Vale, Clark was the son of a master builder and was educated at Marylebone Grammar School...

21. Anton Diffring

Actor | Where Eagles Dare

Anton Diffring was a character actor who worked continuously in motion pictures due to his aristocratic face and cool, clipped diction, making him ideal for typecasting in British and later American motion pictures as Nazis and other vile, despicable characters. What was ironic about his ...

22. Wolfgang Preiss

Actor | A Bridge Too Far

Born in Nuremberg on February 27, 1910, the son of a school teacher, well-known German actor Wolfgang Preiss started studying philsophy and theatre sciences alternately (including dance training) and made his stage debut in 1932 in Munich. He appeared in many theatres throughout his country in the ...

23. Basil Sydney

Actor | Hamlet

The son of a stage manager, Basil Sydney entered the acting profession in 1909. His burgeoning career was interrupted by the outbreak of World War I, during which he saw action with the Norfolk Regiment in the British Army. In the early 1920's, Basil established himself as a matinée idol on the ...

24. Derek Farr

Actor | The Vicious Circle

Derek Farr was born on February 7, 1912 in London, England as Derrick Capel Farr. He was an actor, known for The Circle (1957), London Belongs to Me (1977) and Nightingale's Boys (1975). He was married to Muriel Pavlow and Carole Lynne. He died on March 21, 1986 in London.

25. Bill Kerr

Actor | Gallipoli

In the 1950s, Bill Kerr was one of Tony Hancock's regular sidekicks in the popular radio series 'Hancock's Half Hour'. In the first series he was smarter than Tony, but as the series progressed he became more and more stupid and childlike, regularly calling Tony 'Tubb'. Despite remaining on the ...

26. Harold Goodwin

Actor | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Harold Goodwin (22 October 1917 - 3 June 2004) was an English actor born in Wombwell, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England.

Goodwin trained at RADA and was a stage actor at Liverpool repertory theatre for 3 years. He appeared in numerous British films of the 1950s and 1960s, usually playing 'flat cap'...

27. Percy Herbert

Actor | The Guns of Navarone

The massive brooding face and nose of British actor Percy Herbert is familiar to movie goers and TV audiences alike. A seemingly unlikely stage discovery by no one less than the great Dame Sybil Thorndike of British theater, Herbert moved into movie roles by the early 1950s. Initially fitting in as...

28. André Morell

Actor | Ben-Hur

André Morell was born on August 20, 1909 in St. Pancras, London, England as Cecil André Mesritz. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur (1959), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and The Message (1976). He was married to Joan Greenwood. He died on November 28, 1978 in London.

29. Terence Longdon

Actor | Ben-Hur

Terence Longdon appeared in four early black and white Carry Ons. His main roles were in the first two films in the series. In 1958, he had a significant supporting turn as Miles Heywood, an upper crust chap who although doing National Service and coming from a military background, did not want to ...

30. Cyril Raymond

Actor | Brief Encounter

Cyril Raymond was born on February 13, 1899 in Rowley Regis, Staffordshire, England as Cyril William North Raymond. He was an actor and writer, known for Brief Encounter (1945), The Ghost Train (1931) and The Faithful Heart (1922). He was married to Gillian Lind and Iris Hoey. He died on March 20, ...

31. Mervyn Johns

Actor | Dead of Night

Mervyn Johns was born on February 18, 1899 in Pembroke, Wales as David Mervyn Johns. He was an actor, known for Dead of Night (1945), A Christmas Carol (1951) and The Master of Ballantrae (1953). He was married to Diana Churchill and Alice Maud Steele Wareham. He died on September 6, 1992 in ...

32. Guy Middleton

Actor | The Happiest Days of Your Life

Lean, jaunty British character actor with military-style moustache and easy manner who specialised in playing dapper scoundrels, philanderers, dissipated bon vivants and con artists in a career lasting three and a half decades. Born in Hove, East Sussex, he spent two years working on the London ...

33. Edward Rigby

Actor | The Happiest Days of Your Life

Edward Rigby was born on February 5, 1879 in Ashford, Kent, England as Edward Coke. He was an actor, known for The Happiest Days of Your Life (1950), The Remarkable Mr. Kipps (1941) and The Stars Look Down (1940). He was married to Phyllis [Muriel Mary] Austin (novelist). He died on April 5, 1951 ...

34. Felix Aylmer

Actor | Hamlet

British character actor Felix Aylmer was educated at Oxford and later studied drama, making his stage debut at the London Coliseum in 1911. During World War I he served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve and resumed his stage career after the war ended. He entered films in 1930 and stayed in them...

35. Cecil Parker

Actor | The Lady Vanishes

An air of almost smug disdain would hang over his characters like a grey cloud. Yet he could end up being a ray of sunshine with that cloud. Stage or screen, comedy or drama, playing butler or Lord Commander, Englishman Cecil Parker was born in 1897 and took an avid interest in performing following...

36. Roland Culver

Actor | Thunderball

Roland Culver was born on August 21, 1900 in Crouch End, Middlesex, England as Roland Joseph Culver. He was an actor, known for Thunderball (1965), Dead of Night (1945) and The Emperor Waltz (1948). He was married to Nan Hopkins and Daphne Rye. He died on March 1, 1984 in Henley-on-Thames, ...

37. Finlay Currie

Actor | Ben-Hur

Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster, who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice ...

38. Eric Portman

Actor | A Canterbury Tale

With his clipped delivery, aristocratic if somewhat ominous manner and suave, urbane demeanor, Eric Portman was so good at playing German and/or Nazi officers that many believed he actually was German, or at least Austrian. The fact is that he was British to the core, having been born and raised in...

39. Miles Malleson

Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets

Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. ...

40. Harcourt Williams

Actor | Roman Holiday

Harcourt Williams was born on March 30, 1880 in Croydon, Surrey, England as Ernest George Harcourt Williams. He was an actor and writer, known for Roman Holiday (1953), Hamlet (1948) and Henry V (1944). He was married to Jean Sterling MacKinlay. He died on December 13, 1957 in London, England.

41. John Laurie

Actor | The 39 Steps

John Laurie was a Scotsman who would play many character roles in his long career - a lot of Scotsmen to be sure - but an enthusiastic and skilled actor in nearly 120 screen roles. He was the son of a mill worker, and studied for a career in architecture which he indeed began. But with World War I ...

42. Esmond Knight

Actor | Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

A stage actor from 1925, Esmond made his first film appearance in 77 Park Lane (1931) for Michael Powell for whom he eventually made 11 films.

Esmond served in the Royal Navy during WWII and lost one eye and was almost totally blinded in the other during an engagement against The Bismarck. This ...

43. Godfrey Tearle

Actor | The 39 Steps

Godfrey Seymour Tearle was born in 1884, the son of British actor/manager George (Osmond) Tearle and American actress Marianne Conway (her second marriage). His father and uncle were first-generation acting Tearles, and his mother also came from a family of actors. It seems that Godfrey's destiny ...

44. Hugh Williams

Actor | Wuthering Heights

Hugh Williams was a successful actor and dramatist. He collaborated with his second wife Margaret Vyner on several plays, such as "The Grass is Greener". His sons include the actor Simon Williams and the poet Hugo Williams, his grandchildren include the actors Tam Williams, Amy Williams and Kate ...

45. Hugh Burden

Actor | One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

Hugh Burden was a distinguished British actor and playwright. He was born in Colombo (then Ceylon), the son of a colonial official. He was sent to England at the age of ten to further his education. At Beaumont College, he studied history, French and music, becoming proficient on the piano. He ...

46. Edward Chapman

Actor | Juno and the Paycock

Edward Chapman was born on October 13, 1901 in Harrogate, Yorkshire [now North Yorkshire], England. He was an actor and writer, known for Juno and the Paycock (1930), The Skin Game (1931) and A Stitch in Time (1963). He was married to Prudence Nesbitt and Constance Willis Spark. He died on August 9...

47. Richard Leech

Actor | A Night to Remember

Richard Leech was born on November 24, 1922 in Dublin, Ireland as Richard Leeper McClelland. He was an actor, known for A Night to Remember (1958), Gandhi (1982) and The Good Companions (1957). He was married to Diane Margaret McClelland and Helen Hyslop Uttley. He died on March 24, 2004 in London,...

48. Reginald Beckwith

Actor | Thunderball

Reginald Beckwith was born on November 2, 1908 in York, England as William Reginald Beckwith. He was an actor and writer, known for Thunderball (1965), Curse of the Demon (1957) and Sword of Lancelot (1963). He died on June 26, 1965 in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England.

49. Richard Wattis

Actor | Hobson's Choice

A balding, bespectacled, bird-like British comic actor, Richard Wattis was an invaluable asset to any UK comedy film or TV programme for nearly thirty years. Much associated with the Eric Sykes TV series for the latter part of his career. He was often seen in officious roles, such as snooty shop ...

50. Walter Fitzgerald

Actor | The Fallen Idol

Walter Fitzgerald was born on May 18, 1896 in Devonport, Devon, England as Walter Fitzgerald Bond. He was an actor, known for The Fallen Idol (1948), Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959) and Treasure Island (1950). He was married to Angela Kirk and Rosalie Constance Gray. He died on December ...

51. Basil Radford

Actor | The Lady Vanishes

Veddy, veddy British stage and film actor Basil Radford (once dubbed "The Eternal Englishman") would actually become best remembered for his droll work in a couple of US films. Specializing in playing stuffy, mustachioed, well bred gents, he was a delightful presence in light, sophisticated ...

52. Bill Owen

Actor | Last of the Summer Wine

This English actor was born of humble, working class beginnings and became well-known for playing the same kind of blokes on both film and TV. Born William Rowbotham, he was the son of a tram driver and laundress. He knew early on that entertaining was the life for him. He worked in odd jobs as a ...

53. James Hayter

Actor | Oliver!

The son of a police superintendent in India, the character actor James Hayter was educated in Scotland, where he was urged into acting by his headmaster. After one year (1924-5) at the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Arts in London, he performed in repertory theater, eventually appearing in The West ...

54. Nigel Patrick

Actor | Raintree County

This droll, dry-witted London-born gent came from a family of actors. He made his stage debut in 1932 and established his reputation in stylish plays. He progressed to films in 1939 but his career was immediately interrupted after only one movie appearance by WWII, serving as a lieutenant colonel ...

55. 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 Avengers (1961). He was married to Nona Blair. He died on April 22, 2005 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands,...

56. Duncan Lamont

Actor | Quatermass and the Pit

Duncan Lamont began his career in the 1940's in Waterfront Women (1950) and The Adventures of Quentin Durward (1955) then went to Hollywood for Mutiny on the Bounty (1962). Returning to Britain he went into what he described as one of his happiest roles opposite Margaret Rutherford in Murder at the...

57. Michael Hordern

Actor | Watership Down

Following a brief teaching career, Michael Hordern made his stage debut in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, but his career was stalled by WWII. He resumed his acting career in 1946, both in theatre and films. He hit his stride in the 1960s playing befuddled characters, particularly stuffy ...

58. 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...

59. Harry Fowler

Actor | The Pickwick Papers

Harry Fowler was born on December 10, 1926 in Lambeth, London, England as Henry James Fowler. He is known for his work on The Pickwick Papers (1952), Hue and Cry (1947) and Went the Day Well? (1942). He was married to Catherine Palmer and Joan Dowling. He died on January 4, 2012 in London.

60. Walter Gotell

Actor | The Spy Who Loved Me

Walter Gotell was born on March 15, 1924 in Bonn, Germany. He was an actor, known for The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), A View to a Kill (1985) and Moonraker (1979). He was married to Celeste F. Mitchell and Yvonne Hills. He died on May 5, 1997 in London, England.

61. Liam Redmond

Actor | Night of the Demon

Born in Limerick on July 27, 1913, versatile Irish actor Liam Redmond was one of four children (the others were Thomas, Mary and Eileen), born to Thomas, a master carpenter who also taught woodworking, and Eileen Redmond, a homemaker. He received his early education at the Christian Brothers junior...

62. John Horsley

Actor | The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin

John made his acting debut at the Theatre Royal, Bournemouth. After spending a year in various reps. including Hastings, Watford and Eastbourne, he was conscripted into the Devon Yeomanry during the war and served in Italy and Sicily, but contracted hepatitis. He then became a member of the Army ...

63. John Welsh

Actor | Krull

John Welsh was born on November 7, 1914 in Wexford, Ireland as John James Walsh. He was an actor and production manager, known for Krull (1983), Tales from Soho (1956) and The Duchess of Duke Street (1976). He died on April 21, 1985 in Richmond, London, England.

64. Bruce Seton

Actor | Scott of the Antarctic

Tall, serious-looking British character actor, formerly a graduate of Edinburgh Academy and Sandhurst. He was a member of the Black Watch, but resigned his commission in 1932 to join the chorus of the Drury Lane Theatre as a specialty dancer. He later turned to films, usually acting in small ...

65. Glyn Houston

Actor | Wideawake

The younger brother of matinee idol Donald Houston attended elementary school in Wales but was largely self-educated with a love of sports and a strong leaning towards the arts and humanities. Glyn's working life began on his grandmother's milk round in Tonypandy. After leaving the Rhondda Valley ...

66. Michael Craig

Actor | G.P.

A veritable everyman of stage and screen, both big and small, but relatively unfamiliar to American audiences, Michael Craig is of Scots heritage, born in India to a father on military assignment. When he was three, the family returned to England, but by his eleventh year, they moved on to Canada -...

67. Terence Alexander

Actor | Waterloo

To say that Terence Alexander, the distinguished British thespian, was hyperactive is a statement that borders on the understatement! Judge for yourself : born in 1923, following a short period when he considered becoming a priest, Alexander exercised the acting profession for six full decades and ...

68. David Farrar

Actor | The Small Back Room

London-born David Farrar dropped out of school at 14 and became a writer for the Morning Advertiser newspaper; but it wasn't long before he decided to change careers and become an actor. He started out on the stage in 1932, and five years later made his film debut. Appearing at first in low-budget ...

69. Cyril Cusack

Actor | Fahrenheit 451

Cyril James Cusack was born in Durban, Natal, South Africa, to Alice Violet (Cole), a Cockney English actress and chorus girl, and James Walter Cusack, an Irish mounted policeman in Natal. He was brought up in Ireland. He was a child star on the Irish stage, appearing first at the age of 7. He ...

70. Leo Genn

Actor | Quo Vadis

Leo Genn was the son of a successful jewelry merchant Woolfe (William) Genn and his wife Rachel Asserson. He attended the City of London School as a youth and went on to study law at Cambridge. He received his law degree as a qualified barrister (which in English law tradition is a lawyer who is a ...

71. Anthony Steel

Actor | The Master of Ballantrae

Known primarily in Britain for his many "matinée idol" roles during the 1950s, Anthony Steel is perhaps best remembered in Hollywood and elsewhere as the erstwhile husband of Anita Ekberg. His career never really took off in Hollywood; at one point during his marriage to Ms. Ekberg, he was referred...

72. 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.

73. Noel Willman

Actor | Doctor Zhivago

Noel Willman was born on August 4, 1918 in Londonderry, Ireland. He was an actor, known for Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and Androcles and the Lion (1952). He died on December 24, 1988 in New York City, New York, USA.

74. Lee Patterson

Actor | Airplane II: The Sequel

Manly actor Lee Patterson will always be remembered by American audiences as the hunky detective alongside equally hunky detectives Van Williams and Troy Donahue on Surfside 6 (1960) from the early 1960s. But, prior to that, he had a solid second-string career in British films playing Americanized ...

75. Reginald Tate

Actor | The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp

He was born in Garforth, Leeds. His father worked for the NE Railway Company and his grandfather had been manager of Garforth Colliery. His brother Robert's son was the actor David (Henderson) Tate. He went to private schools in York including St Martin's and followed his father into the Railway ...

76. Nigel Stock

Actor | The Great Escape

A veteran of stage, screen, radio and TV, character actor Nigel Stock was born in Malta in 1919, the son of Captain W.H. Stock, RE, and his wife Margaret Marion Munro. In British India from childhood, he and his sister Angela returned to the UK in his early teens for schooling. Nigel was educated ...



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