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Best British Actor, Actress

Among the ladies: I vote for Maggie Smith.

by Anonymousreply 9404/10/2013

Gwyneth Paltrow

by Anonymousreply 104/26/2010

Actor: Peter O'Toole

Actress: Maggie Smith

by Anonymousreply 204/27/2010

r1 - predictably cunty. thanks again. lol

by Anonymousreply 304/27/2010

Among the ladies, Emma Thompson. Among the gentlemen, Alan Rickman. Both have infinite range, and can be totally convincing in the most gut-wrenching tragedies and lightest comedies.

by Anonymousreply 404/27/2010

Actor: Ross Hurston

by Anonymousreply 504/27/2010

Felicity Kendal.

by Anonymousreply 604/27/2010

actor: Brian Cox

by Anonymousreply 704/27/2010

Actress: Judi Dench

Actor: Ian McCellen

by Anonymousreply 804/27/2010

I second R5

by Anonymousreply 904/27/2010

Ian McKellan, Helen Mirren.

by Anonymousreply 1004/27/2010

A tie: Maggie Smith and Vanessa Redgrave

by Anonymousreply 1104/27/2010

Rula Lenska

by Anonymousreply 1204/27/2010

Actress: Helen Mirren

Actor: Glenda Jackson

by Anonymousreply 1304/27/2010

Helen Miren and Alan Rickman

by Anonymousreply 1404/27/2010

This thread will end in tears.

by Anonymousreply 1504/27/2010

Actress: Dame Judi

Actor: Lenny Henry...just kidding!

by Anonymousreply 1604/28/2010

R6 rocks

by Anonymousreply 1704/28/2010

Michael Gambon and/or Albert Finney

I love everybody on this thread but I have to say that Dame Maggie has given me a lifetime of laughs and tears so I go with her.

by Anonymousreply 1804/28/2010

Best Actress - Prunella Scales (don't laugh, this actress has amazing range)

Best Actor: Rupert Graves

by Anonymousreply 1904/28/2010

Actress: The Dench

Actor: Larry.

by Anonymousreply 2004/28/2010

Actress: Julie Walters Actor: Michael Caine

by Anonymousreply 2104/28/2010

Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave

by Anonymousreply 2204/28/2010

Alec Guinness

Eileen Atkins

by Anonymousreply 2304/28/2010

The Best:

Glenda Jackson

Maggie Smith

Vanessa Redgrave

Angela Lansbury

Keira Knightley


Judi Dench

Kate Winslet

by Anonymousreply 2404/28/2010

Miranda Richardson

by Anonymousreply 2504/28/2010

Emma Thompson has lost weight and looks good again.

by Anonymousreply 2606/11/2010

Pete Postlethwaite

Judy Dench

by Anonymousreply 2706/11/2010

Russell Brand

by Anonymousreply 2806/11/2010

Alec Guiness the All-Time best. Maggie Smith forever.

Currently: Helen Mirren and Daniel Day Lewis

by Anonymousreply 2906/11/2010

There are no good British actors.

PLEASE stop using the c-word, you women-hating miscreants.

by Anonymousreply 3006/11/2010

Maggie Smith produced Toby Stephens. And, yeah, she's a great actress.

by Anonymousreply 3106/11/2010

Julie Walters owns this thread. Imelda Staunton is also one to watch.

As for the boys, John Hurt.

by Anonymousreply 3206/11/2010

Diana Rigg

Alan Bates

by Anonymousreply 3306/11/2010

So many good ones listed. I can't choose.

Funny how few good FAMOUS American actors we have, in comparison, from a much larger pool.

by Anonymousreply 3406/11/2010

Lesley Sharp

Mark Rylance

by Anonymousreply 3506/11/2010

Emma Thompson

Guy Pearce

by Anonymousreply 3606/11/2010

Guy Pearce is Austalian.

by Anonymousreply 3706/11/2010

Guy Pearce is an Aussie

by Anonymousreply 3806/11/2010

Living and Working Now:

Dench and McKellen.

Second: Mirren and Gambon

Third: Maggie Smith and Daniel Day-Lewis

All Time Favorites: Wendy Hiller and Ralph Richardson, Edith Evans and John Gielgud, Peggy Ashcroft and Charles Laughton

by Anonymousreply 3906/11/2010

British people are not actors.

I admit that I have sometimes enjoyed Robert Newton.

by Anonymousreply 4006/11/2010

R30, please stop being such a, well, you know.

No great British actors? Is something wrong with your, well, you know?

And how is it that you think that using the word "cunty" somehow indicates that the user is a woman hater? Do you personalize a comment made using a secondary definition of a portion of anatomy so much that you feel attacked? Is your desire for victimhood so exquisitely developed? Funny, if I hear someone called a "prick" I don't collapse. Or a "dick," or, for that matter, a "cocksucker" or "queer" or "fruit" or "fairy" of fag." I can tell the difference between casual if offensive language and real hate talk. What you have here is not real hate talk, sister.

Not even now, when I call you a cunt, cunt.

by Anonymousreply 4106/11/2010

Tough call.

Actor: O'Toole, Guiness, and John Mills (woefully underrated). I would also include Alan Bates

Actress: The Redgraves (Lynn was always a bit more versatile), Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Emma Thompson, Helen Mirren, and Wendy Hiller. Also Julie Christie--to this day, her performance in "After Glow" ranks as one of the most stunning I have seen on film in years.

by Anonymousreply 4206/11/2010

r 41, it's funny how whenever somebody on this board objects to the c-word, everyone assumes it's a woman doing the objecting. And that, to me, is a testimony to the tragic stupidity and self-loathing of the gay men on this board. It doesn't occur to any of them that a man would intervene against vicious misogyny. You all are worse than straight men - way way way way way way worse. It's because you cling to the stereotype that a gay man is more like a woman than he is like a man. And so because you're a woman-on-the-inside, and an absurd body fascist on the outside, you think you are entitled to trash women. Okay, so pretend you're a black guy on the inside, walk into a room full of black people, and toss the n-word around like you're one of the gang. You'll find out pretty quickly that other people know the difference between you and a black dude. You need to recover from the murderous cliches on which you have based your personality. It is not okay for men to use the c-word. Not. Okay. Especially not gay men. Even if you're in England. Try harder to be human.

by Anonymousreply 4306/11/2010

SOMEONE has to speak up for Olivier and Burton. They are considered passe now, but they RULED for an enormous chunk of the 20th Century. And let's not forget Noel Coward and John Gielgud, and my favorite of them all, Ralph Richardson.

by Anonymousreply 4406/11/2010

Laurence Olivier is nearly unwatchable in most of his filmed Shakespeare performances. Richard III: the horror, the horror. Just as a for instance. He's the most over-rated film actor of the past 75 years. I admit I liked him in SLEUTH.

by Anonymousreply 4506/11/2010

I can't believe it took 39 replies for John Gielgud's name to crop up.

by Anonymousreply 4606/11/2010

Another vote for Judi Dench--she can do anything: drama, comedy, musicals. If you can get hold of her TV series "As Time Goes By," you'll see what I mean. Brilliant, brilliant lady who is greatly loved and respected by her peers.

by Anonymousreply 4706/11/2010

[quote]Keira Knightley

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 4806/11/2010

Self-righteous asshole lunatic alert at 30, 43, 45. Avoid if at all possible.

by Anonymousreply 4906/12/2010

Are we talking about living or dead ?

by Anonymousreply 5006/12/2010

Julie Walters is the most versatile. She does comedy better than any other British actor, but the comedy she does is mostly with Victoria Wood whose work doesn't export well. Too British.

by Anonymousreply 5106/12/2010

Is Joan Plowright English? I loved both her and Maggie Smith in Tea with Mussolini.

by Anonymousreply 5206/12/2010

Jim Broadbent may not be the best but he deserves a mention, as does Ian Richardson. I'll also second Pete Postlethwaite.

by Anonymousreply 5306/12/2010

Bitch, please!

by Anonymousreply 5406/12/2010

When Gary Oldman did 'Prick Up Your Ears' (which every self respecting homo should see), I thought it was the birth of a great new British actor. But it seems he was too influenced by the Hollywood stardom and the big bucks. Don't know if he's done anything worthwhile since.

by Anonymousreply 5506/12/2010

Ralph Fiennes.

Emma Thompson, Naomi Watts (born in England), Kristin Scott-Thomas.

by Anonymousreply 5606/12/2010

Actress: Glenda Jackson

Actor: Rupert Graves

by Anonymousreply 5706/12/2010

r56 WATTS can't act her way out a wet paper bag!

by Anonymousreply 5806/12/2010

r36, r38, Guy Pearce was born in England. His family moved to Australia when he was three. So I say he still counts.

by Anonymousreply 5906/12/2010

Hey r 49, so if somebody says "cunt" this and "cunt" that all over the place, he is just being a fun guy, whereas if somebody says "that's an act of violence against women," well, he's being self-righteous and crazy, is that it? Fine, I'd rather be crazy than fun. I"m not wrong. Using the c-word is violent and abusive. You're gonna stay a reviled faggot for the rest of your life, colluding with your oppressors. I don't accept my abjection, and one place I am going to begin to fight against it is by fighting for the rights of all women. Call me whatever you want, I'm not the tragic one.

by Anonymousreply 6006/12/2010

Actress: Vanessa Redgrave and Maggie Smith (on a more domestic level: Julie Walters/Brenda Blethyn/Maureen Lipman).

Actor: Albert Finney, Timothy Spall.

by Anonymousreply 6106/12/2010

How did you manage to stay awake for a whole episode of 'As Time Goes By', R47?

by Anonymousreply 6206/12/2010

In terms of young actors, Rafe Spall.

by Anonymousreply 6306/12/2010

Did anyone hear about Jim Broadbent beating up his wife?

by Anonymousreply 6406/12/2010

Doesn't have anything to do with whether or not he's a good actor, R64

by Anonymousreply 6506/12/2010

R43, go ahead and be a cunt if you want (see how tolerant we flawed people are?) but for heaven's sake learn to control your adjectives, if not your reasoning.


by Anonymousreply 6606/12/2010

Oh, by the way, cunt at R43 etc., apparently you aren't aware how we honor ourselves and each other with feminine pronouns even when we know or assume the male gender is involved. That's how much we hate women, you cunt.

See how moralizing cunts derail threads when they get under the skin of a poster such as I? (cunt under the skin!!!)

But since I'm the one who noted Gielgud I'm not ashamed, although I rather agree with the comment that he was the greatest actor, from the neck up.

by Anonymousreply 6706/12/2010

Tom Wilkinson!!!

by Anonymousreply 6806/12/2010

Janet McTeer

by Anonymousreply 6906/12/2010

Susan Tully

by Anonymousreply 7006/12/2010

Actress - Thandie Newton

Actor - Idris Elba

by Anonymousreply 7106/12/2010

Maggie Smith, Joan Greenwood, Judi Dench & Emma Thompson

Derek Jacobi & Michael Gambon

If anyone has yet to see KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS, catch it. Greenwood is a dazzler.

by Anonymousreply 7206/12/2010

ACTRESS: Judi Dench, Emma Thompson ACTOR: Ian McCellen, Derek Jacobi

by Anonymousreply 7306/12/2010

I think McKellan is overrated among his peers - he got much better as he aged but a lot of his acting is more virtuoso technique than fully felt.

Among his contemporaries I much prefer Derek Jacobi, particularly in Shakespeare.

by Anonymousreply 7406/17/2010

Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson

by Anonymousreply 7506/17/2010

[quote] Did anyone hear about Jim Broadbent beating up his wife?

No, we didn't. What's the punchline?

by Anonymousreply 7606/17/2010


Timothy Spall

Vanessa Redgrave

Maggie Smith

by Anonymousreply 7706/17/2010

I can't believe no one's mentioned Robert Stephens.

by Anonymousreply 7806/17/2010

Mark Rylance and Janet McTeer

by Anonymousreply 7906/17/2010

Ken Sott & Harriet Wlater

by Anonymousreply 8006/17/2010

Funny, R80--I was just about to post Harriet Walter, too. When she's on screen, you can't take your eyes off her. (Especially loved her as the matriarch in "Atonement.")

by Anonymousreply 8106/17/2010

Yes to Harriet Walter, she's really underrated.

"Atonement" is one of my favorites, I would have loved to see her a little more. She's exactly the way I pictured Emily Tallis.

She also shines in "Sense and Sensibility"

by Anonymousreply 8206/17/2010

Harriet Walter has become one of the most annoyingly mannered actresses from Britain since Maggie Smith. She always talks as if through clenched teeth. Which is too bad since I liked her a lot when she was younger in the RSC's ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.

by Anonymousreply 8306/17/2010

R83, you might think differently if you see her in "The Young Victoria," playing the wife/widow of King George. There's a wonderful humanity to her performance in that film.

by Anonymousreply 8406/18/2010


by Anonymousreply 8507/11/2011

Colin Firth, Kate Winslet

by Anonymousreply 8604/10/2013

Not sure about all time. There's so many current ones: Sir Ben Kingsley, Gary Oldman, Samantha Morton, Olivia Colman.

by Anonymousreply 8704/10/2013

Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson were at the Old Vic theatre school together.

Andrea Riseborough has the potential to be truly great.

by Anonymousreply 8804/10/2013

Celia Johnson, Wendy Hiller, Flora Robson, Peggy Ashcroft

by Anonymousreply 8904/10/2013

Hugh Dancy, before whom I had hardly noticed British actors, and Matthew Goode.

If I'm going to listen to that accent, I need a dose of pretty.

by Anonymousreply 9004/10/2013

Julia Lambert and Selsdon Mowbray

by Anonymousreply 9104/10/2013

Vivien Leigh

Charles Laughton

Deborah Kerr (Scottish)

by Anonymousreply 9204/10/2013

Wendy Hiller

Eddie Redmayne

by Anonymousreply 9304/10/2013

Dame Judi Dench and Emma Thompson

Michael Gambon and Colin Firth

Daniel Day-Lewis (Irish)

by Anonymousreply 9404/10/2013
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