Among the ladies: I vote for Maggie Smith.
Best British Actor, Actress
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Actor: Peter O'Toole
Actress: Maggie Smith
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r1 - predictably cunty. thanks again. lol
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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.
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Actor: Ross Hurston
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actor: Brian Cox
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Actress: Judi Dench
Actor: Ian McCellen
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I second R5
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Ian McKellan, Helen Mirren.
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A tie: Maggie Smith and Vanessa Redgrave
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Actress: Helen Mirren
Actor: Glenda Jackson
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Helen Miren and Alan Rickman
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This thread will end in tears.
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Actress: Dame Judi
Actor: Lenny Henry...just kidding!
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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.
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Best Actress - Prunella Scales (don't laugh, this actress has amazing range)
Best Actor: Rupert Graves
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Actress: The Dench
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Actress: Julie Walters Actor: Michael Caine
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Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave
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Emma Thompson has lost weight and looks good again.
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Alec Guiness the All-Time best. Maggie Smith forever.
Currently: Helen Mirren and Daniel Day Lewis
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There are no good British actors.
PLEASE stop using the c-word, you women-hating miscreants.
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Maggie Smith produced Toby Stephens. And, yeah, she's a great actress.
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Julie Walters owns this thread. Imelda Staunton is also one to watch.
As for the boys, John Hurt.
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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.
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Guy Pearce is Austalian.
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Guy Pearce is an Aussie
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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
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British people are not actors.
I admit that I have sometimes enjoyed Robert Newton.
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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.
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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.
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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 Anonymous||reply 43||06/11/2010|
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.
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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.
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I can't believe it took 39 replies for John Gielgud's name to crop up.
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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.
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Self-righteous asshole lunatic alert at 30, 43, 45. Avoid if at all possible.
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Are we talking about living or dead ?
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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.
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Is Joan Plowright English? I loved both her and Maggie Smith in Tea with Mussolini.
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Jim Broadbent may not be the best but he deserves a mention, as does Ian Richardson. I'll also second Pete Postlethwaite.
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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.
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Emma Thompson, Naomi Watts (born in England), Kristin Scott-Thomas.
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Actress: Glenda Jackson
Actor: Rupert Graves
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r56 WATTS can't act her way out a wet paper bag!
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r36, r38, Guy Pearce was born in England. His family moved to Australia when he was three. So I say he still counts.
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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 Anonymous||reply 60||06/12/2010|
Actress: Vanessa Redgrave and Maggie Smith (on a more domestic level: Julie Walters/Brenda Blethyn/Maureen Lipman).
Actor: Albert Finney, Timothy Spall.
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How did you manage to stay awake for a whole episode of 'As Time Goes By', R47?
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In terms of young actors, Rafe Spall.
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Did anyone hear about Jim Broadbent beating up his wife?
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Doesn't have anything to do with whether or not he's a good actor, R64
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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.
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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.
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Actress - Thandie Newton
Actor - Idris Elba
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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.
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ACTRESS: Judi Dench, Emma Thompson ACTOR: Ian McCellen, Derek Jacobi
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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.
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Vanessa Redgrave, Emma Thompson
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[quote] Did anyone hear about Jim Broadbent beating up his wife?
No, we didn't. What's the punchline?
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I can't believe no one's mentioned Robert Stephens.
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Mark Rylance and Janet McTeer
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Ken Sott & Harriet Wlater
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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.")
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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"
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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.
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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.
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Colin Firth, Kate Winslet
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Not sure about all time. There's so many current ones: Sir Ben Kingsley, Gary Oldman, Samantha Morton, Olivia Colman.
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Daniel Day Lewis and Miranda Richardson were at the Old Vic theatre school together.
Andrea Riseborough has the potential to be truly great.
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Celia Johnson, Wendy Hiller, Flora Robson, Peggy Ashcroft
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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.
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Julia Lambert and Selsdon Mowbray
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Deborah Kerr (Scottish)
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Dame Judi Dench and Emma Thompson
Michael Gambon and Colin Firth
Daniel Day-Lewis (Irish)
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