Sometimes it seems like there are more famous UK actors in Hollywood than US ones. Daniel Craig, the last James Bond, used to be a struggling actor in the British National Youth Theatre. His next project is Bond 25, due to be released in 2020.
Hugh Grant is one of the best-known British actors. As exciting in real life as he is on-screen, his unique British sense of humor has helped him survive many a media crisis. He is best known for the Bridget Jones Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Sir Anthony Hopkins, born in Margam, Wales, has too extensive of an acting career to be put in words. Suffice it to say he is still best known for his role as Hannibal Lector in Red Dragon, The Silence of the Lambs, and Hannibal.
Kate Winslet proved there is life after Titanic. I still remember watching this at the cinema when it came out – of course, there wasn’t a dry eye (except mine), but that’s not the most memorable thing. People were saying she looked fat and I found this really mean and rude. She refused to bow down to Hollywood’s misogynist standards, both in terms of physical appearance as well as insipid pretty-girl roles, rejecting the latter in favor of “devilish damsels”. I loved her in The Life of David Gale with Kevin Spacey.
Dame Helen Mirren was born to a working-class English mother and Russian father. This amazing actress is most famous for The Queen, RED, Gosford Park, and The Nutcracker.
I was introduced to Christian Bale in American Psycho, based on the eponymous novel. He was so believable; no one could have done this better. Younger viewers remember him in The Dark Knight, Vice, Empire of the Sun, and American Hustle.