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British Stage Actors

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  • Robert Adams (actor)
  • Danny Alder
  • C. J. Allen (actor)
  • Jack Allen (actor)
  • Nicholas Amer
  • Dallas Anderson
  • Joe Anderson (actor)

Dame Julie Andrews DBE

  • Robert Andrews (actor)
  • Helen Anker
  • Nigel Anthony
  • Jonathan Aris (born 1971)
  • Joseph Ashbury (1638–1720), was an English actor and theatrical manager.
  • Dame Peggy Ashcroft DBE
  • Dame Eilieen Junr Atkins DBE
  • Aimie Atkinson
  • Barbara Atkinson


  • Sophia Baddeley
  • Harry Baird (actor)
  • Michael Ashley Ball, born 27 June 1962) is a British actor, singer, and radio and TV presenter who is best known for the song "Love Changes Everything" and musical theatre roles such as Marius in Les Misérables (which he originated in the London production), Alex in Aspects of Love, Caractacus Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Edna Turnblad in Hairspray for which he won the 2008 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical.[1] He most recently played the role of Sweeney Todd in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at the Adelphi Theatre in the West End which earned him another Olivier award in 2013
  • Jack Bologna (1775-1846) known as Jack Bologna on stage, was an Italian actor and dancer, who spent much time in England popularising the role of Harlequin in Georgian pantomimes and harlequinades in the early part of the 1800s at the Sadler's Wells and Covent Garden Theatres.
  • Frith Banbury
  • John Bannister (1760 – 1836), English actor and theatre manager.
  • Petronella Barker (actress born 1942)
  • Bruno Barnabe
  • Rachel Barrell
  • Frank Barrie
  • Desmond Barrit
  • Elizabeth Barry
  • Spranger Barry (1719-1777)
  • Maurice Barrymore
  • Jane Baxter
  • Marc Baylis
  • Gordon Begg
  • Michael Begley (actor)
  • George Anne Bellamy (née O'Hara;1727 – 1788) was an Irish actress.
  • Jamie Belman
  • Dame Floella Benjamin DBE DL
  • John Bernar (1756 – 1828) English actor and biographer. He acted in a number of plays with Mary Ann Duff
  • Eric Berry (actor)
  • Suzanne Bertish
  • Thomas Betterton (c1635 – 710), English actor, son of an under-cook to King Charles I - born in London.
  • Paul Bettany
  • Thane Bettany
  • Cecil Bevan
  • Paul Bhattacharjee
  • Viva Birkett
  • John Bluthal
  • Domini Blythe
  • Adam Bond
  • John Boswall
  • Billy Boyle
  • Anne Bracegirdle
  • Harvey Braban
  • Bernard Braden
  • Dame Florence Lilian Braithwaite DBE
  • A.V. Bramble
  • Lindy Brill
  • Elwyn Brook-Jones
  • June Brown
  • Nigel Bruce
  • John Brunton, an actor and manager of the Norwich Theatre
  • Michael Bryant (actor)
  • William Bullock (c. 1657 – c. 1740) was an English actor, "of great glee and much comic vivacity." He played at all the London theatres of his time, and in the summer at a booth at Bartholomew Fair.
  • Herbert Bunston
  • Laura Burt


  • Nick Caldecott
  • Charles Alexander Calvert
  • Earl Cameron (actor)
  • Chris Canavan
  • Ann Cargill
  • Kim Victoria Cattrall (born 1956) is an English-born Canadian actress
  • Susannah Maria Cibber
  • John Carlisle (actor)
  • Nancy Carroll (British actress)
  • Clive Carter
  • Ann Casson
  • Veronica Castang
  • Susanna Centlivre
  • Ben Chaplin
  • Charlotte Charke
  • Jeannette Charles
  • Ian Charleson
  • Charles Cherry
  • Colley Cibber (1671 – 1757) was an English actor-manager, playwright and Poet Laureate.
  • Colleen Clifford
  • Catherine "Kitty" Clive (née Raftor) (1711 – 1785) was a British actress of considerable repute on the stages of London.
  • Simon Coates (actor)
  • Wilson Coleman
  • Dame Joan Collins DBE
  • Robin de la Condamine
  • Joann Condon
  • Connie Gilchrist, Countess of Orkney (1865-1946)
  • Booth Conway
  • Leon Cooke
  • Georgina Cookson
  • Edward Cooper (actor)
  • Dame Gladys Cooper DBE
  • Dame Cicely Courtneidge DBE
  • Theo Cowan
  • Sam Cox (actor)
  • Michael Craig (actor)
  • Adam Croasdell
  • Elizabeth Croft
  • Anna Maria Crouch
  • Patric Curwen
  • George Curzon (actor)
  • Niamh Cusack (/ˈniːv/ neev; born 20 October 1959, Dublin, Ireland) is an Irish actress.
  • Sinéad Moira Cusack (born 1948) is an Irish stage, television and film actress.


  • Timothy Dalton
  • Sam Dastor
  • Mary Ann Davenport
  • Richard Davies (writer)
  • Rupert Davies
  • Adam Davy
  • Dame Olivia de Havilland
  • Brian Deacon
  • Jacqueline Defferary
  • Hugh Dempster
  • Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH DBE FRSA (born 1934) is an English film, stage and television actor
  • Aubrey Dexter
  • Mark Dexter
  • Rodney Diak
  • West Digges
  • Philip Donaghy
  • Daisy Donovan
  • Roy Dotrice
  • Carmen du Sautoy
  • Mary Ann Duff born Mary Ann Dyke (1794 - 1857), was an Anglo-American tragedienne, in her time regarded as the greatest upon the American stage. She was born in London and died in New York City.


  • Dennis Eadie
  • John Edwin (1749–1790)
  • John Edwin (1768–1805)
  • Daniel Egerton
  • Thomas Elrington (actor)
  • John Emery (English actor)
  • Richard Estcourt
  • Daniel Evans (actor)
  • Dame Edith Evans DBE
  • Kathryn Evans
  • Rupert James Hector Everett (born 1959) is an English actor.


  • Charles Farley
  • William Farren
  • Andrew Faulds
  • John Fawcett (actor died 1793)
  • Amy Fawsitt
  • J. J. Feild
  • James Fennell
  • Lavinia Fenton
  • Dame Gracie Fields DBE
  • Ralph Fiennes
  • Anthony Finigan
  • Gregory Finnegan
  • J. Fisher White
  • James Floyd (actor)
  • Eric Flynn
  • Sean Foley (director)
  • May Fortescue
  • Dame Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies DBE
  • Rosemary Frankau
  • Richard Franklin
  • Hadley Fraser
  • Martin John Christopher Freeman (born 1971) is an English actor
  • Dawn Roma French (born 1957) is a British actress, writer, and comedian.


  • Josefina Gabrielle
  • Marilyn Galsworthy
  • Warburton Gamble
  • Sir Michael John Gambon, KBE (born 19 October 1940) is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film.
  • Graeme Garden
  • David Garrick (1717-1779)
  • Scott Garnham
  • Christopher Gaze
  • A.E. George
  • Gene Gerrard
  • Jo Gibb
  • Giles Terera
  • Samantha Giles
  • Robert Gillespie
  • Nathan Gladwell
  • Jean Glover (1758-1801)
  • Julia Glover
  • Patrick Godfrey
  • Wyndham Goldie
  • John Golightly
  • Henry Goodman
  • Bob Goody
  • Burn Gorman
  • Mike Grady (actor)
  • James Graeme
  • Anita Graham
  • Gawn Grainger
  • Joyce Grant
  • Richard E. Grant
  • Jan Graveson
  • Natasha Gray
  • Garard Green
  • Jane Green (actress)
  • Sydney Greenstreet
  • Paul Greenwood
  • Sara Gregory
  • Benjamin Griffin (actor)
  • Sir Alec Guinness, CH CBE (1914 – 2000) was an English actor.
  • Sarah-Jane Gwillim


  • Tony Hadley
  • Lewis Hallam
  • Henry Hallett
  • Graham Hamilton
  • Victoria Hamilton-Barritt
  • Gordon Hammersley
  • Jonathan Harden
  • Sarah Harlowe
  • George Harris (actor)
  • Stuart Harris
  • Elizabeth Hartley (actress)
  • Robert Hartley
  • Nigel Allan Havers (born 1951) is an English actor.
  • Sally Hawkins (1976)
  • David Hawthorne (actor)
  • Eliza Haywood
  • John Henderson (actor)
  • Lenworth George "Lenny" Henry, CBE (born 1958) - British actor, writer, comedian and occasional television presenter
  • John Stephen Hill
  • Patricia Hilliard (actress)
  • Dame Wendy Hiller DBE
  • Thomas Ho (actor)
  • Dennis Hoey
  • Colin Hoult
  • Will Houston
  • Dame Thora Fird DBE
  • John Vincent Hurt, CBE (born 1940) is an English actor and voice actor. Among other honours, he has received two Academy Award nominations, a Golden Globe Award, and four BAFTA Awards, with the fourth being a Lifetime Achievement recognition.
  • Daniel Huttlestone


  • Elizabeth Inchbald
  • Lee Ingleby (born 1976)
  • Paul Ireland
  • Jeremy Irons (born 1948) is an acclaimed English actor.
  • Jason Isaacs


  • Keith Jack
  • Saeed Jaffrey
  • Ben James-Ellis
  • Chris Jarman
  • Allan Jeayes
  • Paul Jesson
  • Michael Jibson
  • Stratford Johns
  • Benjamin Johnson
  • Scarlett Alice Johnson
  • Ben Jones (British actor)
  • Dame Celia Johnson DBE
  • Christopher James Jones
  • Emrys Jones (actor)
  • Dorothea Jordan (1761 – 1816) was an Anglo-Irish actress, courtesan, and the mistress and companion of the future King William IV of the United Kingdom, for 20 years while he was Duke of Clarence. Together they had ten illegitimate children, all of whom took the surname FitzClarence.
  • John Justin




  • Stephen MacDonald
  • Leueen MacGrath
  • Mackenzie Ward
  • Steven Mackintosh
  • Jamie Maclachlan
  • Alan MacNaughtan
  • Robert Madge (actor)
  • Lauderdale Maitland
  • J. Hartley Manners
  • Peter Marinker
  • William Marlowe
  • Florence Marryat (1833-99) was a novelist, editor, playwright, spiritualist, singer and actress.
  • Aileen Marson
  • Nathaniel Martello-White
  • Jaz Martin
  • Roger Martin (actor)
  • Joseph Mawle
  • Gerard McCarthy
  • Lillah McCarthy
  • Ian McCurrach
  • Rex McDougall
  • Sir Ian Murray McKellen, CBE, CH (born 25 May 1939) is an English actor. He has won multiple Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, two Academy Award nominations, and five Emmy Award nominations. His work has spanned genres from Shakespearean and modern theatre to popular fantasy and science fiction.
  • Christine McKenna
  • Charlotte Melmoth (c. 1749 – 1823) was an 18th-century English actress, the estranged 'wife' of British actor/writer Samuel Jackson Pratt ("Courtney Melmoth"), and known as "The Grande Dame of Tragedy on the Early American Stage
  • Kitty Melrose
  • Simon Mendes da Costa
  • Ann Brunton Merry (1769 - 1808) was an actress, daughter of John Brunton, an actor and manager of the Norwich Theatre.
  • Dawson Millward
  • Jessie Millward
  • Dame Helen Mirren DBE
  • Iain Mitchell
  • Fiona Mollison
  • Elizabeth Morgan (actor)
  • Fidelis Morgan
  • Mary Morris
  • Sarah Mortimer
  • Wunmi Mosaku
  • George Murcell


  • Dame Anna Neagle DBE
  • Catherine Neilson
  • Chris New
  • Sarah Niles
  • Christine Norden



  • Martin Parr (actor)
  • Tom Parsons (actor)
  • Matthew Pateman (entertainer)
  • Sarah Payne (actor)
  • Daniel Percival
  • Lucy Perkins
  • Dame Sian Phillips DBE
  • Justin Pickett
  • Wensley Pithey
  • Arthur Playfair
  • Dame Joan Plowright DBE
  • Ellen Pollock
  • Peter Polycarpou
  • Robert Powell
  • Samuel Jackson Pratt (1749-1814) was a prolific English poet, dramatist and novelist, writing under the pseudonym of "Courtney Melmoth"
  • Hannah Pritchard


  • Hugh Anthony Quarshie (born 22 December 1954) is a Ghanaian-born British actor who has achieved international popularity for his appearances in a whole range of media including theatre, television and cinema.
  • John Quick (actor)
  • Barry Quin
  • James Quin (1693-1766) English actor of Irish descent.


  • Daniel Jacob Radcliffe (born 23 July 1989) is an English actor who rose to prominence playing the title character in the Harry Potter film series. In 2007 he starred in the London and New York productions of the play Equus and in the 2011 Broadway revival of the musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
  • James Raglan
  • Louie Ramsay
  • Chris Rankin
  • Matt Rawle
  • Darryl Read
  • Corin William Redgrave (1939 – 2010) was an English actor and political activist
  • Lynn Rachel Redgrave, OBE (1943 – 2010) was an English actress.
  • Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave, CBE (20 March 1908 – 21 March 1985) was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author.
  • George Ellsworthy "Roy" Redgrave (1873 – 1922) was an English stage and silent film actor. Redgrave is considered to be the first member of the Redgrave acting dynasty.
  • Vanessa Redgrave, CBE (born 30 January 1937) is an English actress of stage, screen, and television, as well as a political activist.
  • Amanda Redington
  • Dame Diana Rigg DBE
  • Jo Riley
  • Mary Robinson (poet)
  • Dame Flors Robson DBE
  • Brian Rooney (actor)
  • Mary Roscoe
  • Veronica Rose
  • Owen Roughwood
  • Dame Patricia Routledge DBE
  • Katie Rowley Jones
  • Catherine Russell
  • Dame Maragaret Rutherford DBE
  • Daniel Ryan (actor)
  • Madge Ryan


  • Ivan Samson
  • Martin Savage (actor)
  • Dame Kristin Ann Scott Thomas DBE
  • Margaret Scudamore (13 November 1884 – 5 October 1958) was an English theatre and film actress who began in ingenue roles before achieving a prolongued career in stage and screen support roles. She and her first husband, Roy Redgrave (1873-1922), are considered to be the first members of the now renowned Redgrave acting dynasty.
  • Robin Sebastian
  • Elizabeth Satchell
  • Nicholas Selby
  • Jeremy Sheffield
  • Jack Shepherd (actor)
  • Craighall Sherry
  • Bill Shine
  • Ronald Shiner
  • Sarah Siddons (1755 – 1831) was a Welsh actress, the best-known tragedienne of the 18th century. She was most famous for her portrayal of the Shakespearean character, Lady Macbeth
  • Christopher Simpson (actor)
  • Tod Slaughter
  • Dame Maggie Smith CH DBE
  • Fiona Spence (born 1948)
  • Alma Stanley (1854-1931)
  • Joan Sterndale-Bennett
  • Sir Patrick Stewart, OBE (born1940) is an English film, television and stage actor, who has had a distinguished career on stage and screen.
  • Nigel Stock (actor)
  • Rhashan Stone
  • Harry Stott
  • Henry Stuart (actor)
  • Jeanne Stuart
  • Una Stubbs (1937) is an English actress and former dancer who has appeared on British television and in the theatre, and less frequently in films.
  • Neil Stuke
  • Sydney Sturgess
  • David Suchet, CBE (born 2 May 1946) is an English actor

Dame Janet Suzman DBE


  • Dame Elizabeth Taylor DBE
  • Godfrey Tearle
  • Dame Mary Tempest DBE
  • Dame Alice Ellen Terry GBE
  • Dame Emma Thompson DBE
  • Dame Sybil Thorndike CH DBE
  • Charles Tilson-Chowne
  • Karen Tite
  • Oliver Tobias
  • Diane Todd
  • Stephen Tompkinson
  • Philip Tonge
  • June Tripp
  • Ruby Turner
  • Dame Dorothy Tutin DBE


  • Philippa Urquhart
  • Pip Utton


  • Dame Irene Vanbrugh DBE
  • Walter van Dyk
  • Paul Venables
  • John Verbruggen
  • David Verrey


  • Dame Harriet Walter DBE
  • Dame Julie Walters DBE
  • Geneviève Ward
  • Tom Ward
  • John Warner (actor)
  • John Ward (actor)
  • Betty Warren
  • George Wathen (actor)
  • Jason Watkins (actor)
  • Ben Watton
  • Dick Webb
  • Dame Mary Louise Webster DBE
  • Leonard Weir
  • Doreen Wells
  • Mary Wells (actress)
  • Orlando Wells
  • Henry Wenman
  • Philip Whitchurch
  • Dame June Whitfield DBE
  • Leonard White (actor)
  • Elizabeth Whitlock
  • Steven Wickham
  • Jeremy Wilkin
  • David Nicholas Wilkinson
  • Michael Leonard Williams, KSG (1935 – 2001) was an English actor who played both classical and comedy roles, and was the husband of actress Dame Judi Dench.
  • Peter Llewellyn Williams
  • Nicol Williamson
  • Dame Penelope Wilton DBE
  • Martin Wimbush
  • Dame Barbara Windsor
  • Samantha Zoe Womack (née Janus; born1972) is an English actress, singer and director, both on television and stage.
  • Norrie Woodhall


  • Mary Anne Yates
  • Charles Mayne Young
  • Elizabeth Younge
  • Elizabeth Younger
  • Anatol Yusef


  • Alexis Zegerman

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