My Top 5 Favorite British Actors

This post has been inspired by my good friend and fellow blogger, The Huntress! She decided not to focus on anything negative. You know we’ve got enough of that in the world right now! Over on her blog, she shared her list of the 5 British actors she’d like to kidnap and hold for ransom! My list is much different than hers, like day and night. It’s amazing how different people are when it comes to what (or who) they like! It makes life interesting, doesn’t it? Well, ready or not, here’s my list:

#5. Henry Cavill – The handsome devil with buns of steel…oh, wait, that was Superman, and it was MAN of Steel, wasn’t it? Well, he was Superman and did a fine job of it, however, superheroes are not really my thing. Henry has been in many excellent films but one of my favorites was a television series called, “The Tudors.”

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#4. Michael Sheen – Michael first caught my eye in the Underworld trilogy, Rise of the Lycans. As Lucian, he tells the story of why the Vampires and the Lycans are at war. He’s been in many films but I especially like him in “Prodigal Son” as Dr. Martin Whitly. Dr. Whitly is a convicted serial killer and father of Malcolm Bright, who just happens to work with the police as a criminal psychologist. The man is fascinating!

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#3. Gerard Butler – What can I say, I’m a sucker for a Scottish accent! The problem is, Gerard often loses that accent and it’s oh, so disappointing! But the accent aside, he’s a great actor and easy on the eyes as well! I don’t recall the first thing I ever saw him in but I especially like the Olympus Has Fallen/London Has Fallen/ Angel Has Fallen trilogy. Great action movies!

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#2. Jeremy Irons – Ok, this man’s voice is what draws me to him! The first time I noticed his voice, was probably in The Lion King, as Scar. He is a well-accomplished actor: theater productions, romantic drama, thrillers, television series, etc. I loved him as the villain in Die Hard With A Vengeance and I thoroughly enjoyed his portrayal of Aramis in The Man In The Iron Mask.

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#1. Kenneth Branagh – This man gets the number one slot because he’s a brilliant actor. He’s been in so many films and series over the years and pulls off roles from Shakespeare’s plays to musicals to romantic comedies to the detective series, Wallander. He’s also an accomplished producer and director! I’m especially fond of his Shakespearean roles.

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The Huntress added an Honorable Mention, so why not? I actually had a few extra faves and couldn’t decide on just 5 so….here goes:

Honorable Mention – Sam Heughan – I’ve only seen him in the Outlander series, so he gets this spot based purely on lust. Ha! He is absolutely gorgeous and with that accent?! Then they go and put him in a kilt. Holy Crayoli! I know a lot of my friends don’t like shows like this, but it’s an excellent series! (Here an accent, there an accent, everywhere a Scottish accent!)

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As I looked back at my list, I tried to re-evaluate each actor’s placement. It was so difficult putting them in a particular order but I’ve decided on placement. What do you think?