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  1. Jude Law

    Jude Law


    David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972), known professionally as Jude Law, is an English actor, producer, and director. He has received nominations for two Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two British Academy Awards, winning one. In 2007, he received an Honorary César and was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

  2. Bonnie Wright

    Bonnie Wright


    Bonnie Francesca Wright (born 17 February 1991) is an English actress, model, screenwriter, director, and producer. She is best known for playing the role of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, based on the Harry Potter novel series by British author J. K. Rowling.

  3. Rachel Ward

    Rachel Ward


    Rachel Claire Ward, AM (born 12 September 1957) is an English actress, columnist, film director, and screenwriter who has primarily pursued her career in Australia.

  4. Ralph Fiennes

    Ralph Fiennes


    Ralph Nathaniel Twisleton-Wykeham-Fiennes (ˈrf ˈfnz; born 22 December 1962), is an English actor. A noted Shakespeare interpreter, he first achieved success onstage at the Royal National Theatre.

  5. Charles Chaplin

    Charles Chaplin


    Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor and film-maker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977, and encompassed both adulation and controversy.

  6. Gary Oldman

    Gary Oldman


    Gary Leonard Oldman (born 21 March 1958) is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. Oldman rose to prominence in the United Kingdom with his portrayals of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy (1986) and Joe Orton in Prick Up Your Ears (1987), as well as that of a football firm leader in The Firm (1989), before going on to achieve international renown as Lee Harvey Oswald in JFK (1991) and Count Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Oldman starred as antagonist Norman Stansfield in Léon: The Professional (1994), as well as the villains of motion pictures such as True Romance (1993), The Fifth Element (1997), Air Force One (1997), and The Contender (2000); he meanwhile gave an acclaimed reading of Ludwig van Beethoven in Immortal Beloved (1994). In the 21st century, Oldman is known for his portrayals of Sirius Black in the Harry Potter series, James Gordon in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, and George Smiley in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011).

  7. Alan Rickman

    Alan Rickman


    Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor. Rickman is a former member of the Royal Shakespeare Company in both modern and classical theatre productions. His breakout performance was as the Vicomte de Valmont in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Rickman is well known for his film performances as Hans Gruber in Die Hard, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (for which he won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role in 1991), and Severus Snape in the Harry Potter film series.

  8. Ida Lupino

    Ida Lupino


    Ida Lupino (4 February 1918 – 3 August 1995) was an English-American film actress and director, and a pioneer among women filmmakers. In her forty-eight-year career, she appeared in fifty-nine films and directed seven others, mostly in the United States, where she became a citizen in 1948. She co-wrote and co-produced some of her own films as well. She appeared in serial television programmes fifty-eight times and directed fifty other episodes. Additionally, she contributed as a writer to five films and four TV episodes.

  9. Rupert Sanders

    Rupert Sanders


    Rupert Miles Sanders (born 16 March 1971) is an English film director.

  10. Guy Ritchie

    Guy Ritchie


    Guy Stuart Ritchie (born 10 September 1968) is an English filmmaker known for his crime films. He left high school and got entry-level jobs in the film industry in the mid-1990s. He eventually graduated to directing commercials. He made his first film in 1995, a 20-minute short which impressed investors who backed his first feature film, the crime comedy Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998). He then directed another crime comedy, Snatch (2000). His next two films, the romantic comedy Swept Away (2002) and the crime drama Revolver (2005) were not commercial or critical successes. The next crime drama, RocknRolla (2008), received mixed reviews and a modest box office return. In 2009, he directed his first films in the action mystery genre, with Sherlock Holmes (2009) and its sequel Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011). Both films were major box office successes, and the two films received positive, and moderately positive reviews, respectively.

  11. Claire Stansfield

    Claire Stansfield


    Claire Stansfield (born 27 August 1964) is an Anglo-German actress, director, fashion designer and former model. She is best known for her recurring role as "Alti" in several episodes of the TV series Xena: Warrior Princess.

  12. Martin Clunes

    Martin Clunes


    Alexander Martin Clunes (born 28 November 1961) is an English actor known for portraying Martin Ellingham in the hit ITV comedy drama series Doc Martin and Gary Strang in Men Behaving Badly. Clunes has narrated a number of documentaries for ITV, the first of which was Islands of Britain in 2009. He has since presented a number of documentaries about animals, such as Horsepower, and its follow-up Heavy Horsepower.

  13. Laurence Olivier

    Laurence Olivier


    Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier, OM (22 May 1907 – 11 July 1989) was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century. He also worked in films throughout his career, playing more than fifty cinema roles. Late in his career, he had considerable success in television roles.

  14. Edgar Wright

    Edgar Wright


    Edgar Howard Wright (born 18 April 1974) is an English director, screenwriter, producer, and actor. He is best known for his comedic Three Flavours Cornetto film trilogy consisting of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), and The World's End (2013), made with recurrent collaborators Simon Pegg, Nira Park and Nick Frost. He also collaborated with them as the director of the television series Spaced.

  15. Sam Mendes

    Sam Mendes


    Samuel Alexander "Sam" Mendes, CBE (born 1 August 1965) is an English stage and film director. He is best known for directing the comedy-drama film American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), and the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). He also is known for dark re-inventions of the stage musicals Cabaret (1994), Oliver! (1994), Company (1996), and Gypsy (2003). He directed an original stage musical for the first time with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2013).

  16. Sam Taylor-Johnson

    Sam Taylor-Johnson


    Samantha "Sam" Taylor-Johnson (born Taylor-Wood; 4 March 1967), is an English filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. Her directorial feature film debut came in 2009 with Nowhere Boy, a film based on the childhood experiences of the Beatles songwriter and singer John Lennon. She is one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists.

  17. Alfred Hitchcock

    Alfred Hitchcock


    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer. Often nicknamed "The Master of Suspense", he pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in British cinema with both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a US citizen in 1955.

  18. Stephen Fry

    Stephen Fry


    Stephen John Fry (born 24 August 1957) is an English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist.

  19. Simon Monjack

    Simon Monjack


    Simon Mark Monjack (9 March 1970 – 23 May 2010) was a British screenwriter, film director, film producer and make-up artist. He was the husband of American actress Brittany Murphy.

  20. Roddy McDowall

    Roddy McDowall


    Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude "Roddy" McDowall (17 September 1928 – 3 October 1998) was an English actor, film director, photographer, and voice artist. His roles included Cornelius, Caesar, and Galen in the Planet of the Apes film and television series. He began his long acting career as a child in England, and then in the USA, in How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka, and Lassie Come Home, and as an adult appeared most frequently as a character actor on radio, stage, film, and television. He served in several positions on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Selection Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, as well as contributing to various charities related to the film industry and film preservation.

  21. Charles Dance

    Charles Dance


    Walter Charles Dance, OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Dr. Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), the Master Vampire in Dracula Untold (2014), Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), Alastair Denniston in The Imitation Game (2014), and Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones.

  22. Albert Finney

    Albert Finney


    Albert Finney (born 9 May 1936) is an English actor. Beginning in the theatre, Finney was especially successful in plays by William Shakespeare before he switched to films. He achieved prominence in films in the early 1960s, his debut being The Entertainer, directed by Tony Richardson, who had directed him in theatre plays various times before. He became a leading Free Cinema figure, and has maintained a successful career in theatre, film and television. He is known for his roles in Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960), Tom Jones (1963), Annie (1982), The Dresser (1983), Miller's Crossing (1990), Big Fish (2003), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The Bourne Legacy (2012), and the James Bond film Skyfall (2012).

  23. Ricky Gervais

    Ricky Gervais


    Ricky Dene Gervais (ərˈvz; born 25 June 1961) is an English comedian, actor, voice actor, film director, producer, musician, screenwriter, and radio presenter.

  24. Leslie Howard

    Leslie Howard


    Leslie Howard (3 April 1893 – 1 June 1943) was an English stage and film actor, director, and producer. Probably best remembered for playing Ashley Wilkes in Gone with the Wind (1939), his other films include Berkeley Square (1933), Of Human Bondage (1934), The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934), The Petrified Forest (1936), Pygmalion (1938), Intermezzo (1939), "Pimpernel" Smith (1941) and The First of the Few (1942).

  25. Ben Drew

    Ben Drew


    Benjamin Paul Ballance-Drew (born 22 October 1983), primarily known as Plan B or Ben Drew, is an English rapper, singer-songwriter, actor and film director from Forest Gate, London. Plan B first emerged as a hip hop artist, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Who Needs Actions When You Got Words in 2006. His second studio album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks (2010), was a soul record and went straight to number one on the UK Albums Chart. He has also collaborated with other artists such as Chase & Status, most notably on the top ten single "End Credits" (2009).

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