It would appear that American audiences have their favourite British actors, and they’re not necessarily the ones you’d expect. After responding to the bi-annual Q survey the US citizens who took the poll placed Sir Sean Connery as America’s favourite British actor. There were a lot of actors and actresses who didn’t make the grade though, as we list here.
The poll in question is conducted regularly to find the most popular on-screen actors and actresses. Connery beat the likes of Liam Neeson, Anthony Hopkins, Judi Dench and Maggie Smith to the British top spot, meaning that the former Bond is the most widely known British actor across the US, despite the fact he hasn’t been working on our screens for some years now.
It makes us think about all the other actors of current times who didn’t even place in the list of 20 actors. In the last decade alone, the presence of British actors in Hollywood and beyond has seen a substantial increase. This has been due to a number of reasons, like the increase in production of big budget films taking place in UK studios like Pinewood and the broad success of the Harry Potter movies, which proved an all British cast could still sell tickets abroad.
As a result, many of the most sought after roles in Hollywood, especially the bad guys, have been going to British actors – Tom Hiddleston as Loki in Thor, Robert Pattinson as Edward Cullen in Twilight, Hugh Laurie as prime-time medical drama bad boy, House etc.
With so much talent to choose from, it’s understandable that some went under the radar. Still, there are many contemporary actors and actresses working today who deserve recognition, flying the flag for Great Britain in Hollywood.