Most of them are pretty damned good, even when they're playing American.
They seem to be better actors on the whole, although that's probably part and parcel of the system the produces them. Any asshole can get off the Greyhound and fuck an L.A. producer.
(Is it inevitable that so many threads lately are either bumps of ancient topics or new threads that look like someone is being paid a quarter for each lame attempt?)
How about it being true that many British actors continue to follow the excellent training programs available in the U.K., and they have more of a chance to gain experience in smaller projects over a period of time?
I think they tend to have trouble with emotions.
America gets the cream of the crop of British talent, only the best actors from the UK get parts in major films or television shows that Americans see. Not every minor character on Coronation Street or Eastenders is played by a Royal Shakespeare Company trained thespian.
No, they just work cheap.
Yes, I think the UK and Ireland produces superior actors.
They do a better American accent than Americans do a British accent.
Yes, and as said previously, it's all about their training.
r5 Is correct. The idea that the English or other foreigners are better actors is just an offshoot of the whole "foreigners are more sophisticated."
The UK produces lots of movies and TV shows that are just as bad as the US, but only the decent stuff is imported.
The British have a lot of great actors; however, I find them a little "mannered" and "theatrical" at times. No one can beat the naturalness that American actors like Jeff Bridges, Debra Winger, Frances McDormand and Kathy Bates have.
I think, in America, the focus is often on appearances rather than abilities. There are a lot of British actors that are not pretty like most of the American actors seem to be. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule in both directions but, over here, prettiness will win out over talent every time.