Category:Male actors from Surrey
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The following 46 pages are in this category, out of 46 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 46 pages are in this category, out of 46 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Christian Bale – Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred both in films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. Bale first caught the eye at the age of 13. Based on the story by J. G. Ballard, Bale played an English boy who is separated from his parents. In 2000, he garnered acclaim for his portrayal of serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. He is known for going to lengths to portray characters in films, notably for the psychological thriller The Machinist. Bale went on to greater commercial recognition for his starring role as Batman in Christopher Nolans Batman Begins, The Dark Knight. His portrayal of Dicky Eklund in the David O. Russell-directed biographical film The Fighter, earned him critical acclaim, Bale was born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, the son of Jenny, a circus performer, and David Bale, an entrepreneur, commercial pilot and talent manager. His mother is English and his father was born in South Africa, to English parents, Bale has remarked, I was born in Wales and he spent his childhood in Wales, Surrey and Dorset in England, and Portugal. Bale acknowledged that the frequent relocation had a influence on his career choice. He attended Bournemouth School, but left at age 16 and his first acting role was a commercial for the fabric softener Lenor in 1982. A year later, he appeared in a Pac-Man cereal commercial playing a rock star. In 1984, he made his debut in The Nerd on Londons West End with Rowan Atkinson. Bales parents divorced in 1991, and while his mother and sister Sharon stayed in Bournemouth, in 1990, he played the role of Jim Hawkins opposite Charlton Heston in Treasure Island, an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevensons classic book. Bale starred in the musical films Newsies and Swing Kids, the latter about teenagers who secretly listened to jazz during the rise of Nazi Germany. Bale was recommended by actress Winona Ryder to star in Gillian Armstrongs 1994 film Little Women, Bale also voiced Thomas, a young compatriot of Captain John Smith, in Disneys Pocahontas and in 1997 played Arthur Stuart in Velvet Goldmine, Todd Haynes tribute to glam rock. In 1999, Bale played serial killer Patrick Bateman in American Psycho, Bale was briefly dropped from the project in favour of Leonardo DiCaprio, but DiCaprio eventually dropped out to star in The Beach, and Bale was cast once again. He went so far as to himself from the cast
2. Simon Bird – Simon Antony Bird is an English actor and comedian. He is best known for playing Adam Goodman in the Channel 4 comedy Friday Night Dinner, Bird was born in Guildford, Surrey as the third of four children of Claremont McKenna College Professor Graham Bird and Heather née Gage. Bird was educated at Cranmore School, West Horsley, the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, and Queens College, Cambridge, at Cambridge, Bird was the President of the Footlights, the universitys sketch and theatrical group. While completing an MA in cultural and critical studies at Birkbeck College, Bird set up the comedy group The House of Windsor with former Footlights contemporaries Joe Thomas. Bird and Thomas were also regulars on series 1 and 2 of The Weekly Show, Bird also performs stand-up comedy and took part in Chortles national student comedy awards in 2005,2006,2007 and 2008, coming second in his final attempt. In 2008, Bird was cast in E4s teen comedy The Inbetweeners as Will McKenzie and he won the 2008 British Comedy Award for Best Male Newcomer and the 2009 British Comedy Award for Best Actor. He was also nominated for Best Comedy Performance at the 2008 Royal Television Society Awards and he hosted alongside Nick Mohammed and Katy Wix. Another of Birds projects is Friday Night Dinner, a comedy written by Robert Popper. Simon Bird returned to the character of Will McKenzie in The Inbetweeners Movie which was released on 17 August 2011, in 2014 he portrayed Will McKenzie in the second movie about the Inbetweeners, The Inbetweeners 2. Bird has also co-created, co-written, and co-starred in a pilot, Chickens, for Channel 4, alongside Jonny Sweet and it is about three men who remain in England during World War I. It was broadcast as part of Channel 4s Comedy Showcase season, in 2012, Sky1 picked up a 6 episode season, filming began in late 2012 and the series premiered in Summer 2013. As of 2015, Bird currently voices thetrainline. com TV advertisements, of his choice of career, Bird states that, I never came into this industry to be an actor. I wanted to be a comedian, all the people I love are being themselves – like Larry David and that his parents wish for him to complete his Ph. D. Bird is a Crystal Palace fan and since 2012 has been married to Lisa Owens and it was revealed in July 2016 that Bird and his wife had welcomed their first child, a daughter, six months prior. Simon Bird at the Internet Movie Database Digital Spy - Simon Bird, James Buckley Virgin Media - Meet the Inbetweeners
3. Brian Blessed – Brian Blessed OBE is an English actor famous for work on the stage, television, radio and in films. Blessed was born on 9 October 1936 in Mexborough, Yorkshire, the son of William Blessed, a socialist coal miner at Hickleton Main Colliery, Blessed was born at Montagu Hospital in Mexborough, Yorkshire. His great-great-grandfather Jabez Blessed, the father of 13 children, found work as a china and glass dealer in Brigg, Lincolnshire, Blessed went to Bolton on Dearne Secondary Modern School and started drama training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. One of Blesseds earliest roles was that of PC Fancy Smith in the BBC television series Z-Cars, in 1966, he appeared in a production of Incident at Vichy at the Phoenix Theatre in London. In 1967, he played Porthos in a 10-part BBC adaptation of The Three Musketeers, Blessed also had minor roles in cult TV series such as The Avengers and the original Randall and Hopkirk. He appeared as William Woodcock in the Yorkshire Television series Boy Dominic and he played Caesar Augustus in the BBC Two drama series I, Claudius and Basileos in The Aphrodite Inheritance. He hosted a docudrama on the life of Johann Sebastian Bach called The Joy of Bach, on stage, he starred in Andrew Lloyd Webbers musical, Cats, as both Old Deuteronomy and Bustopher Jones, for the original 1981 West End theatre production. Other roles have emphasised Blesseds comedic abilities, in particular, Prince Vultan in the film Flash Gordon, for which he is remembered for the exclamations Gordons alive. Blessed has joked that he was due to appear in Blackadder II as Elizabeth I, in 1997, Blessed portrayed Squire Western in the BBC adaptation of Henry Fieldings 1749 comic novel Tom Jones. He later recalled accidentally punching Peter Capaldi whilst filming and said of the event, Blessed was one of the narrators for Story Teller, a childrens magazine partwork series in the 1980s. He has further provided vocal links for the Sony-Award-winning Christian OConnell Breakfast Show on Virgin Radio, in 2002, under the direction of Royal Shakespeare Company director Adrian Noble, he originated the role of Baron Bomburst for the stage musical version of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. From December 2005 to January 2006, Blessed headlined the Christmas pantomime production of Peter Pan, alongside CBBC presenter Kirsten OBrien, at Ipswichs Regent Theatre. From 2007 to 2008, he appeared in the play as Captain Hook at the Grove Theatre in Dunstable, he reprised the role for the Christmas 2008 season at the Fairfield Halls. For Christmas 2006, he presented a production of Cinderella for Virgin Radio, starring David Tennant, Thandie Newton, since October 2008, Blessed has presented the English-language dub of the Japanese TV game show Unbeatable Banzuke on Challenge, under the pseudonym Banzuke Brian. He was the narrator of the Sky 1 series Crash Test Dummies, starring Steve Marsh, in animation, he has provided the voices of Bob in Kika & Bob and Grampy Rabbit in Peppa Pig. Following a successful Facebook campaign, satellite navigation manufacturer TomTom recorded Blesseds voice for use in its products, in September 2010, Blessed recorded the voice of Great Sultan Shahryār for Sheherazade, or The Princess, the Pirate and the Baboon. Blessed was a boxer in his youth and claims to have sparred with the Dalai Lama. He has attempted to climb Mount Everest three times without supplemental oxygen, reaching heights of 28,200 feet in 1993 and 25,200 feet in 1996 and he holds a 3rd dan in Judo
4. Richard Briers – Richard David Briers CBE was an English actor. His fifty-year career encompassed television, stage, film and radio, Briers first came to prominence as George Starling in Marriage Lines, but it was a decade later, when he narrated Roobarb and Noah and Nelly in. SkylArk and when he played Tom Good in the BBC sitcom The Good Life, Later, he starred as Martin in Ever Decreasing Circles, and he had a leading role as Hector in Monarch of the Glen. From the late 1980s, with Kenneth Branagh as director, he performed Shakespearean roles in, Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, Briers was born in Raynes Park, Surrey, the son of Joseph Benjamin Briers and Morna Phyllis. He was the first cousin once removed of actor Terry-Thomas and he spent his childhood at Raynes Park in a flat, Number 2 Pepys Court, behind the now demolished Rialto cinema, and later at Guildford. His father drifted between jobs, while his mother wished for a career, she went on to become a member of Equity. Morna was also a pianist and a drama and music teacher. Briers attended Rokeby School in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, and the Ridgeway School in Wimbledon, which he left at the age of 16 without any formal qualifications. Briers first job was a clerical post with a London cable manufacturer, and for a time he went to evening classes to qualify in electrical engineering. At the age of 18, he was called up for two national service in the RAF, during which he was a filing clerk at RAF Northwood. When he left the RAF he studied at RADA, which he attended from 1954 to 1956, placed in a class with both Peter OToole and Albert Finney, Briers later credited academy director John Fernald with nurturing his talent. Graduating from RADA with a Silver Medal, he won a scholarship with the Liverpool Repertory Company and he made his West End debut in the Duke of Yorks Theatre 1959 production of Gilt And Gingerbread by Lionel Hale. In 1961, Briers was cast in the role in Marriage Lines with Prunella Scales playing his wife. In between the pilot and the series itself, Briers appeared in Brothers in Law as callow barrister Roger Thursby in 1962 and he was cast in this role by adaptors Frank Muir and Denis Norden, who had seen him in the West End. His other early appearances included The Seven Faces of Jim with Jimmy Edwards, Dixon of Dock Green, a production of Noël Cowards Hay Fever, in 1970, he starred in the Ben Travers Farce Rookery Nook, shown on the BBC. In the 1980s he played several Shakespearean roles, including Twelfth Night, Briers was featured twice on the Thames Television show This Is Your Life in May 1972 and March 1994. Briers persuaded the producers to cast his friend Paul Eddington, a council member of Equity. An enormously successful series, the last episode in 1978 was performed in front of Queen Elizabeth II, in 1977, he starred with his The Good Life co-star Penelope Keith in the televised version of Alan Ayckbourns trilogy The Norman Conquests