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With a lot of encouragement and advice from RunPee C.O.O. Jill I’ve been doing occasional biographical articles about British talent and what they bring to the big — nay — huge blockbuster franchises.

It’s one of those mysteries lost in the depths of time…how did this actually start? My recollection is that I saw somewhere that Sir Patrick Stewart’s 80th birthday was imminent and just decided to have a go at writing a mini-biography. Then there was the sad passing of Sir Ian Holm, so I did a similar piece for him. Then things started to snowball and I began doing mini-biographies quite regularly; I’ve even got a few requests! Leave me a comment below if you have anyone else in mind.

It’s a work in progress with a new Brit Bio posted each month, so feel free to check back. This post will keep every bio handy before I write it all up into my first book.

Just to make things a bit easier to find, here we have a mini index of every bio article. Enjoy!

British Actors:


Roger Allam

A warm resonant voice and a career that covers all genres

Sir Sean Connery

A legend. The first cinematic James Bond and much more too.

Benedict Cumberbatch

The latest scion of an acting dynasty.

Martin Freeman

Hobbits, Holmes, Hitchhiker, and more!

Sir Alec Guinness

So much more than Obi-Wan Kenobi

Sir Ian Holm

Hobbits again! But with a range from Besson to the Bard.

Sir Anthony Hopkins

I wanted to say the Maesteg Maestro but he comes from Port Talbot!

Rhys Ifans

Some things make me embrace my Welshness; Under Milk Wood is one…

Toby Jones OBE

One of the most ubiquitous character actors working today.

Sir Ian McKellen

A franchise straddling behemoth of stage and screen; see Patrick Stewart.

Miriam Margolyes OBE

A national treasure. A very rude one but a national treasure all the same.

Liam Neeson OBE

When most of us are thinking of retirement he reinvents himself as an action hero!

Gary Oldman

Just goes to show that RADA doesn’t know everything!

Alan Rickman

Sadly missed and so much more than Severus Snape.

Dame Maggie Smith

One of the four grand dames of British acting.

Timothy Spall OBE

Because you’re allowed to pick your favourites when you’re writing the pieces!

Sir Patrick Stewart

A franchise-straddling behemoth of stage and screen; see Ian McKellen.


British Directors:

Christopher Nolan CBE

One of the most visionary directors ever.

Coming Soon

No guarantees! These are some of the people who I’m thinking of writing about. If you have a particular favourite, or someone I haven’t mentioned, please add them in the comments.

Helena Bonham-Carter CBE

Danny Boyle

Sir Kenneth Branagh

Brian Cox CBE

Dame Judi Dench

Denholm Elliott CBE

Stephen Fry

Jane Goldman

Stephen Graham

Sir Alfred Hitchcock

Sir John Hurt

Sir Ben Kingsley

Adrian Lester CBE

Anna Maxwell Martin

Dame Helen Mirren

Bill Nighy

Guy Ritchie

Sir Ridley Scott

Andy Serkis

Matthew Vaughn

Phoebe Waller-Bridge


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  • Jill Florio Administrator

    I’m voting for these awesome dudes next!

    Bill Nighy

    Gary Oldman

    Also, Bandersnatch Cumberbunder

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