Nov 052013

Jude Law

I took a unique twist this week to do a Top 10 on my favorite British actors. Their soothing accents and dashing good looks making many a woman swoon with their hearts pounding a mile a minute.

I asked my friend Jenn, a longtime loyal commenter to this category, to put in a request for a Top 10 she would like to see. This was one of her selections as she has a love for all things England so please enjoy!

I’m not stating that these are the best actors but they are some of my favorites. I included my usual trivia and this time entered their most recognized awards though almost all of them have a trophy case full of various accolades. I also included a favorite movie of mine for each one. Thank you to Google Images, IMDB, Wikipedia and You Tube for assistance so here are My Top 10 +1 Favorite British Actors. Enjoy!

+1 Michael Caine (1933-  )

Educating Rita (1983)

Question – His all-time favorite British actor, his inspiration to become an actor and his top hero is who?

2000 – Won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in The Cider House Rules.
1987 – Won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Hannah and Her Sisters.

Answer – Humphrey Bogart.

10 Laurence Olivier (1907 – 1989)

Spartacus (1960)

Question – He addressed what inauguration?

1947 – Honorary Award for Henry V.
1948 – Won the Oscar for Best Actor in Hamlet
1979 – Given Honorary Award by the Academy.

Answer – President John F. Kennedy’s January 20, 1961. 

9 Alan Rickman (1946 –   )

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)

Question – How did the stuntman get the genuine surprised look on Hans Gruber’s face falling off the top of the building in “Die Hard”?

1997 – Won Golden Globe for  Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV in Rasputin.
1996 – Won Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special in Rasputin.
1992 – Won BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

Answer –  He dropped him on the count of two instead of three from a 20 foot model into an air bag.

8 Orlando Bloom (1977 –   )

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)

Question – He used to be a vegetarian but then what happened?

2010 – Won Bambi Award for Charity.
2004 – Won Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
2002 – Won Empire Award, UK for Best Debut in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.

Answer – He had to go back to eating meat when he was filming “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring”.

7 Richard Burton (1925 – 1984)

Where Eagles Dare (1968)

Question – He was on a flight to California from Mexico, when he ran into a young man interested in acting. British actor Burton encouraged him to pursue it full-time during their conversation. That young man promptly left his marketing job to pursue an acting career. Who was it?

1978 – Won Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor – Drama in Equus

Nominated for the following Academy Awards:
1978 – Equus
1970 – Anne of the Thousand Days
1967 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?
1966 – The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
1965 – Becket
1954 – The Robe
1953 – My Cousin Rachel

Answer – Kevin Costner, a favorite of mine.

6 Christian Bale (1974 –   )

Batman Begins (2005)

Question – What did he do for his role as the emaciated insomniac Trevor Reznik in the film “The Machinist”?

2011 –  Won Academy Awards for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in The Fighter
2011 – Won Golden Globe for Best  Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture in The Fighter.

Answer –  He dropped an amazing 63 pounds with only a single vitamin consultation with a nutritionist to guide him. For the most part, he only ate his favorite salads and apples, chewed gum, smoked cigarettes, and drank nonfat lattes.

5 Daniel Craig (1968 – )

Casino Royale (2006)

Question – What is the top significance of his 5 feet and 11 inches stature?

2007 – Won BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Casino Royale.
2007 – Won Empire Awards, UK for Best Actor in Casino Royale.
2007 – Won Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor in Casino Royale.

Answer – He is the shortest actor to play the role of James Bond.

4 Daniel Day-Lewis (1957 – )

The Age of Innocence (1993)

Question – He holds the distinction of being the only actor to do what?

2013 – Won Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in Lincoln.
2008 – Won Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in There Will Be Blood.
1990 – Won Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in My Left Foot: The Story of Christy Brown.

Answer – He won an Academy Award for performing in a Steven Spielberg movie (Lincoln).

3 Liam Neeson (1952 – )

Schindler’s List (1993)

Question -What did he not do because he wanted to be in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” so badly?

1994 – Nominated Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Schindler’s List.
2005 – Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama in Kinsey
1997 – Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama in Michael Collins
1994 – Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama in Schindler’s List

Answer – He didn’t even bother reading the script.

2 Anthony Hopkins (1937 – )

Legends of the Fall (1994)

Question – What interesting connection in film do Hopkins and Laurence Olivier have?

1998 – Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Amistad.
1996 – Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Nixon.
1994 – Nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in The Remains of the Day.
1992 – Won Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in Silence of the Lambs.

Answer – Into the 1991 restoration of “Spartacus”, scenes were reintroduced which had been cut from the picture’s 1967 reissue. One such segment has Laurence Olivier, in the role of Marcus Crassus, attempting to seduce the slave Antoninus (played by Tony Curtis). But the original soundtrack for this segment had become lost. And so, Olivier having died in 1989, Anthony Hopkins imitated the voice of Olivier (whom Hopkins had understudied at the Old Vic) for the scene’s re-created soundtrack. (The surviving Tony Curtis presumably supplied his own voice.)

1 Sean Connery (1930 – )

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Question – What Bond movie is the remake of Thunderball (1965)?

1988 – Won Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in The Untouchables.
1996 – Won Cecil B DeMille Golden Globe Award.
1990 – Nominated for Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
1988 – Won for Golden Globe for Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture – The Untouchables.
1972 – Won Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite – Male – with Charles Bronson.
1969 – Nominated Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite – Male.
1966 – Nominated Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite – Male.

Answer – Never Say Never Again (1983) which Connery reprised his role in 18 years later.  And definitely My Top 10 +1 Favorite British Actors.

Who is your favorite British actor? And which movie did you like him best in?

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Mike Vogler

I have been told (many times) that I really need to write a book about my life. The past 40+ years have been an exciting ride, and these days I find myself with a great many passions. However, I feel that this website is a much more personal way with which to share my musings, stories, commentary, and (of course) my greatest love... my Golden Retriever, Phoenix.

  46 Responses to “My Top 10 +1 Favorite British Actors”

  1. I love your list! It was hard for me to decide Which Actor I liked the best – but I would have to say that Orlando Bloom is the most sexist of all 🙂

    • Not because he’s sexy (and yes he’s one good looking guy) but because he was so awesome in LOTR is when I became a huge Orlando Bloom fan!! Thank you for the compliment, Lisa! 🙂

  2. I cannot disagree with any of your choices. I admit that I haven’t seen many Laurence Olivier movies andI didn’t know that Christian Bale was born in Wales. A few that didn’t make your list that I would have to consider for mine: Pierce Brosnan, Ian Mckellan, Patrick Stewart, Richard Harris, and Brendan Gleeson.

  3. What a great list! I do love most things British, including many British actors. Pierce Brosnan and Ian McKellan that Ed listed – good additions! I do love Jude Law in The Holiday and Sherlock Holmes, among others.

    • I appreciate that, Ally! I definitely dropped the ball with Pierce Brosnan but that actually works most of the time when I miss the good ones. Because it’s fun to have the commenters catch it and call me out on it! 🙂

  4. I love it!! Thanks Mike. I am sad to see my favourite not on the list, Colin Firth, but that’s ok you made up for it with Christian Bale and Alan Rickman, who has always been a favourite of mine. I don’t think I could have picked just 11…Ralph Finnes, John Hannah, Rupert Penry-Jones, Gerard Butler…I need to get my head out of the clouds.

    • Thank you Jenn and I’m glad you like it! Sorry I didn’t include Colin Firth but it looks like I did ok overall. I surprised myself at how many elite actors are British! Fun list to do 🙂

  5. Oh, I can’t think under pressure – I think I’ll stick with your list. I love the range of ages and bodies of work of the actors you chose – very impressive!

    • Ha, ha that’s funny Dana! No pressure 🙂 Thank you for the compliment on the list and you’re right on the wide range of ages. Britain sure has brought us some great ones to the big screen! 🙂

  6. OOOOOO, I love “Educating Rita!”

    And did you know that “SPARTACUS” is my all time favorite movie? I know all of the dialogue. Serious.

    Laurence Olivier. Are you serious? I loved him in the role of Crassus!

    Great–fun list, Mike.

    Kiss for you & Phoenix.

    • Oh wow what a small world on the post and Spartacus! That’s so cool that you know all of the lines, Kim! And thank you I will definitely send the loves to Phoenix (and me too) as always 🙂

  7. Mike,
    this scene makes me sob out loud like a baby. OOoooooo.

  8. Ian McShane is one of mine since Deadwood. First time I saw him? The Great Escape with Steve McQeen.

    • I never saw Deadwood but I heard it was really good. Excellent memory flash back on The Great Escape…one of my favorites, Hugh! 🙂

  9. Another great round-up, Mike and I love the twist this time. I am a big fan of many of these actors especially the Bonds 🙂 I’m glad you included my favorite – Orlando Bloom. Where’s Hugh Grant? 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Mary! Hugh Grant was in my draft list but didn’t quite make it but awesome call on your part! I’m glad I got Orlando Bloom in there for you 🙂

  10. Fun post, Mike! Well-done you!

    I haven’t seen Robin Hood but I think Alan Rickman is an amazing talent! His role as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter series was incredible. And Daniel Day Lewis can act his way out of a box – what a talent! Micheal Caine in just about anything and Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List – Hugh Grant for comedy is always a winner.

    • I really appreciate that Patti and what a fantastic comment! That’s been a couple missing shout-outs for Hugh Grant. I always love hearing from the readers in the one’s I either whiffed on, missed or didn’t include. You are absolutely right on both counts with Daniel Day Lewis and Alan Rickman 🙂

  11. I love love love Sean Connery! Also Liam Neeson, Jude Law, and Daniel Day Lewis. Great selections here, although I would have wanted to see Ewan McGregor. Unless it’s because he’s not British? haha

    • Ewan McGregor is actually Scottish but I like the shout out for him, Aleah! Huge fan of his. I’m so glad I found another Sean Connery #1 fan! He’s just the absolute best in my book 🙂

  12. Ah… Orlando Bloom! But my favorite is definitely Sean Connery who is also one of my favorite actor of all time. Always loved him! Love the movie Rising Sun, Entrapment and The Name of The Rose. Great, great post!

    • Thank you so much, Rita! I have so much man love for Sean Connery. Of course the accent but it’s always his wisdom he gets to express in his films. Those are, “listen to this…” moments always 🙂

  13. there are some of my favourites in this list too!
    Have a great weekend ahead and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

    • Oh good I’m glad I got some of your favorites on here, Jill! It’s always great to hear from you and have a great weekend also 🙂

  14. Great list, but who can stop at ten?! Colin Firth and Pierce Brosnan would be on mine, for sure. Even Hugh Grant – he has a certain charm….;-) Loved his turn as Prime Minister, in “Love, Actually”….which reminds me….must add Bill Nighy!

  15. Anthony Hopkins and Daniel Day Lewis are so incredibly talented! And I like Daniel Craig as well. This is a great list, Mike!

    • I really appreciate that, Dana! It was so hard to choose between Anthony Hopkins and Sean Connery as #1 🙂

  16. Benedict Cumberbatch – Star Trek Into Darkness (he played the villain) and War Horse. I want to see The Fifth Estate as he stars in that. My kids are responsible for this find as they got me hooked on Sherlock (TV series) where I first saw him act.

    • Holy smokes I love comments like this, Merry! I had bought and literally watched Star Trek Into Darkness last weekend! He was positively amazing as Khan 🙂 So many references back to the old series and Wrath Of Khan 🙂

  17. Ohh I love this list! I recently saw Orlando Bloom live in a staged version of Romeo and Juliet, he was AMAZING!

    • I “hate” you Jess! 🙂 I’m so jealous and envious that you got to see him on stage! That had to be amazing! I need to hop back over to your blog after I post this 🙂

  18. I like Daniel Day Lewis. He’s such a character actor.

    • He’s a fantastic character actor, Freya! I watched Lincoln and got goosebumps. It was like it was really Abe! 🙂

  19. Hi Mike, what a fun post! Love all the guys on your list, except Alan Rickman (because I don’t know him —Am I missing something?). Got to love these Brit actors. Their accents alone are enough to melt me.

    • Their accents melt me too, Marisol! I like girls! 🙂 Alan Rickman got lots of attention from his roles in Die Hard and Robin Hood Prince of Thieves from me 🙂

  20. OMG. No one does top ten lists like you, Mike. How long do they take you? I’m so impressed, and I’m so so sorry I’m seeing this late. I could kick myself! GAH I’m such a buffoon sometimes. First, this list is perfection. I can’t think of anyone to add….although I might if I had more time. Not replace, but just start with 11, 12 and so on to your list. I love all your added trivia facts, too. This is an education as well as a list! You’re so awesome.

    • Hi Beth! We love hearing from you always! Hearing your additions would be so awesome. Actually, these Top 10’s are so very time involved but very popular because I make each and every one very personal. I check and double check all of my facts and trivia. I don’t think many folks actually read the content. They just like scrolling through the list real fast 🙂 And that’s ok! But, I take a huge amount of pride in them and will continue to put forth the blood, sweat and tears (cue overly dramatic) into them 🙂

  21. Isn’t it funny that when you are asked a question you can’t think of the answer? I do like your list and am absolutely sure I could add to it, but my mind has gone blank!

    • That’s ok Becc as it happens to me all of time! Wait, what was I going to type here to you? Dang it…see?! Anyhoo, thank you for continuing to stop by as I’m enjoying your blog too! 🙂

  22. gawd that photo of jude law is hot. ANYway, I’ve hopped onto your blog to tell you I’ve nominated you for a blog award. 🙂 It’ll post tonight. (Wednesday) Enjoy. If you don’t accept awards, that’s totally fine! Just know I wanted to shout out your name, my friend.

    • Thank you Beth and that is an insanely awesome honor from you! You’ve been both a game changer and life improver for Phoenix and I! Xxx’s and love to you always from us 🙂

  23. Christian Bale is my favourite, such a fine actor!

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