Canadian, UK, & Australian Actors You've Never Heard Ofby ChristyInOregon | created - 18 Mar 2016 | updated - 01 Jun 2018 | Public
Award Wining & popular English speaking foreign actors from TV you must see.
1. Miranda Hart
Actress | Spy
ENGLAND Hart is best known for her comedic talent, including her title role on "Miranda" from 2009 to 2015. Find a way to watch it, it's worth the effort! You may of noticed her in Spy, as Nancy B. Artingstall. Currently, she can be seen as Chummy Noakes in Midwives.
2. Anna Silk
Actress | Blood & Treasure
Anna Silk is a Canadian actress born in New Brunswick, Canada who graduated from St. Thomas University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. She appeared in at least two productions at the St. Thomas Theatre, "Seven Menus" and "The Kitchen."
Anna has guest starred in numerous television shows but ...
CANADA About to begin it's 5th season, Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo (Silk), a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results.
Actress | Doctor Foster
Suranne Jones was born on August 27, 1978 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England as Sarah Anne Jones. She is an actress and writer, known for Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned (2015), Scott & Bailey (2011) and Coronation Street (1960). She has been married to Laurence Akers since August 4, 2015. ...
England Jones is about to begin her 5th season as co-star in Scott & Bailey plus she will reprise her title role on the series Doctor Foster; set to begin it's 2nd season sometime this spring.
4. Lesley Sharp
Actress | Naked
Lesley Sharp was born on April 3, 1960 in Manchester, England as Karen Makinson. She is an actress and director, known for Naked (1993), The Full Monty (1997) and Afterlife (2005). She has been married to Nicholas Gleaves since February 1994. They have two children.
Sharp has starred in many tv series, including: Frank Stubbs (1993-1994), Common As Muck (1997), Playing the Field (1998-2000), Clocking Off (2000-2001), Bob & Rose (as Rose 2001), and the creepy role of Alison Mundy on Afterlife (2005-2006). Most recently, she is playing DC Janet Scott of Scott & Bailey (2011-2016) with Co-star Suranne Jones as Bailey.
5. Max Beesley
Actor | The Outsider
Max Beesley was born on April 16, 1971 in Burnage, England as Maxton Gig Beesley Jr. He is an actor, known for The Outsider (2020), Homeland (2011) and Suits (2011). He is married to Jennifer Beesley. They have one child.
ENGLAND Recently seen in a recurring role on "Suites," the handsome Beesley stared in the award winning series "Hotel Babylon," "Survivors" (the Post-apocalyptic drama, not the reality series), and "Mad Dogs."
6. Marc Warren
Actor | Wanted
ENGLAND Also starring in "Mad Dogs", Warren recently starred in the fantasy/magic drama "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell."
Actor | Kingdom of Heaven
Philip Glenister was born on February 10, 1963 in London, England. He is an actor, known for Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Life on Mars (2006) and Ashes to Ashes (2008). He has been married to Beth Goddard since 2006. They have two children.
ENGLAND Glenister is often cast as an un-politically correct yet lovable law enforcement related characters; including "State of Play" (2003), "Vincent" (2004), "Life on Mars" (2006-2007), and "Ashes to Ashes"(2008-2010),
Actress | The Catherine Tate Show
Catherine Tate is an English actress and comedian, primarily known for the role of Donna Noble in the "Doctor Who" franchise.
Tate was born as "Catherine Ford" during 1968, in Bloomsbury. Bloomsbury is a district of the London Borough of Camden, known as the home of several of London's museums, ...
ENGLAND The hilarious Tate has starred in several self-titled comedy tv series, including: Catherine Tate: "Laughing at the Noughties" (2011), The "Catherine Tate Show" (2004-2009) & "Catherine Tate's Nan" in 2015. As the modest. humorous & self-deprecating Donna Noble, she played Doctor Who's companion (on & off) from 2006 to 2010.
9. Matt Smith
Actor | Doctor Who
Matt Smith is an English actor who shot to fame in the UK aged 26 when he was cast by producer Steven Moffat as the Eleventh Doctor in the BBC's iconic science-fiction adventure series Doctor Who (2005).
Matthew Robert Smith was born and raised in Northampton, the son of Lynne (Fidler) and David ...
ENGLAND Smith is best known for his role as the 13th doctor on "Doctor Who" from 2010-2014. Recently he played Alex in the 2015 movie "Terminator Genisys" He can also be seen as Parson Collins in the recently released movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" (2016).
10. Jenna Coleman
Actress | Victoria
Jenna-Louise Coleman (born 27 April 1986), professionally known as Jenna Coleman, is an English actress and model. Coleman was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, and began her acting career at an early age as a member of a theatre company called In Yer Space. She attended Arnold School, where ...
ENGLAND She is an actress, best known for Doctor Who (2005) and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011).
11. John Barrowman
Actor | Torchwood
Born in Glasgow, Scotland, and raised in Joliet, Illinois. He returned to the UK, for a 6 month Shakespeare semester with the United States International University of San Diego, but left to star in the musical production of "Anything Goes," with Elaine Page. He went on to star in "Miss Saigon," "...
SCOTLAND This handsome UK actor has had several recurring roles in various UK tv series, including: As Captain Jack Harkness in Doctor Who from 2005 to 2012 and Patrick Logan on Desperate Housewives season 10. His popularity as Jack Harkness on Doctor Who led to the spin off series Torchwood (2006-2011). Most recently you can check him out as Malcolm Merlyn on Arrow (2012-2016).
12. David Tennant
Actor | Doctor Who
Often regarded as one of Scotland's greatest ever actors, David Tennant was born David John McDonald in West Lothian, Scotland, to Essdale Helen (McLeod) and Sandy McDonald, who was a Presbyterian minister. He is of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. When he was about 3 or 4 years old, he decided ...
SCOTLAND In 2005, his childhood wish came true. David was cast to play the role of the Doctor in DOCTOR WHO (2005) alongside Billie Piper, after Christopher Eccleston decided to leave. Playing the Doctor made him a household name. Since leaving the series in 2010 his career has continued to rise, with lead roles in films, TV series and theatre.
13. Billie Piper
Actress | Secret Diary of a Call Girl
Billie Piper studied at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. She caught the eyes of record producers who were interested in signing a young vocalist when she was the poster girl for the ad campaign of a British pop music magazine, "Smash Hits". She released her first single, "Because We ...
ENGLAND Won the most popular actress award at the 11th annual National Television Awards in London, England on October 25, 2005 for her portrayal of "Rose Tyler" in DOCTOR WHO.
14. Karen Gillan
Actress | Selfie
Karen Sheila Gillan was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, as the only child of Marie Paterson and husband John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at ...
She is an actress, best known for Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and DOCTOR WHO (2005). At two and a half seasons, Gillan had the longest run of any companion on the Doctor Who (2005) revival series. She is good friends with Katee Sackhoff.
15. Freema Agyeman
Actress | Doctor Who
ENGLAND In July 2006, she appeared in an episode of the new "Doctor Who" series, and the producers were so impressed with her performance that they offered her the role of Martha Jones on the show's upcoming third season, debuting on the 31st March 2007. Along with John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Gareth David-Lloyd and Naoko Mori, she is one of only five actors to play the same character (Martha Jones) in both Doctor Who (2005) and Torchwood (2006).
Actor | Doctor Who
Christopher Eccleston trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and first came to public attention as Derek Bentley in Let Him Have It (1991). However, it was a regular role in the television series Cracker (1993) that made him a recognizable figure in the United Kingdom. He appeared in the ...
ENGLAND In his film career, he has starred as a leading man alongside a number of major actresses, such as Renée Zellweger in A Price Above Rubies (1998), Cate Blanchett in Elizabeth (1998), and Cameron Diaz and Jordana Brewster in The Invisible Circus (2001), and Nicole Kidman in The Others (2001). In 2005, he received the Most Popular Actor award in the National Television Awards for Doctor Who.
17. John Simm
Actor | Life on Mars
John Simm was born on 10 July 1970 in Leeds, West Yorkshire, and grew up in Nelson, Lancashire. He attended Edge End High School, Nelson, Lancashire, followed by Blackpool Drama College at 16 and the Drama Centre, London, at 19. He lives with his wife, actress Kate Magowan, and their children Ryan ...
ENGLAND Simms' most popular tv series roles are: Intruders 2014, The Village 2013-2014, Prey 2014, Mad Dogs 2011-2013, Exile 2011, Doctor Who 2007-2010
18. Eve Myles
Actress | Torchwood
Eve Myles was born on July 26, 1978 in Ystradgynlais, Wales. She is an actress, known for Torchwood (2006), Keeping Faith (2017) and Dragon Age II (2011). She has been married to Bradley Freegard since May 18, 2013. They have two children.
WALES In 2005 she appeared as a maidservant who died to save the world in an episode of DOCTOR WHO (2005) and so impressed the writer Russell T. Davies that he cast her as the female lead in the spin-off series TORCHWOOD (2006).
19. Miranda Raison
Actress | My Week with Marilyn
Miranda grew up in Burnham Thorpe on the North Norfolk coast and trained at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Her father, Nick, is a jazz pianist and her mother, Caroline, read the news for Anglia television. In 2011, she played the title role in 'Anne Boleyn' at Shakespeare's Globe ...
ENGLAND Some of Raison's well known (in the UK) series roles include: MI-5, Silk, Vexed, & Spotless.
20. Nicola Walker
Actress | Spooks
Nicola Walker was born on May 15, 1970 in Stepney, London, England as Nicola Jane Walker. She is an actress, known for Spooks (2002), River (2015) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). She is married to Barnaby Kay. They have one child.
ENGLAND She was one of about 3 people "survive" for all 8 years of the tv series Spooks (aka MI-5). Since then she's starred in Babylon (2014), Last Tango in Halifax (2012-2015), Unforgotten (2015), & River (2015).
Actor | Spooks
Rupert Penry-Jones was born on September 22, 1970 in London, England as Rupert William Penry-Jones. He is an actor, known for Spooks (2002), The Four Feathers (2002) and Match Point (2005). He has been married to Dervla Kirwan since August 2007. They have two children.
ENGLAND Known for: MI-5, Whitechapel, Silk, Black Sails, & The Strain.
22. Hermione Norris
Actress | Spooks
Hermione Norris was born in February 1967 in Paddington, London, England as Hermione Jane Norris. She is an actress, known for Spooks (2002), Wire in the Blood (2002) and Cold Feet (1997). She has been married to Simon Wheeler since December 2002. They have two children.
ENGLAND She is an actress, known for MI-5 (2002), Separate Lies (2005), Outcasts (2011) and Cold Feet (1997).
23. Keeley Hawes
Actress | The Bank Job
Keeley Hawes was born on February 10, 1976 in London, England as Claire Hawes. She is an actress and producer, known for The Bank Job (2008), High-Rise (2015) and Death at a Funeral (2007). She has been married to Matthew Macfadyen since October 8, 2004. They have two children. She was previously ...
ENGLAND To see what a great actress Hawes is, you must see her in MI-5 & Line of Duty.
24. Vicky McClure
Actress | This Is England
Vicky McClure, born Nottingham, May 1983, is an actress best known for her work in the films of Shane Meadows. She starred as Ladine, Romeo's sister, in A Room for Romeo Brass and in Meadows' most successful film, This Is England. Similarly she went on to continue playing Lol in Meadows' critically...
ENGLAND Best known for her role in Line of Duty (2012-2016)
25. Martin Compston
Actor | Doomsday
Martin Compston grew up in Greenock, Inverclyde, Renfrewshire. He spent his teen years going to see soccer (football) team Celtic with his brother Barry and dreamed one day he would play for them. He attended St. Columba's High School in Gourock, Inverclyde, where he passed through his Standard ...
SCOTLAND Sweet Sixteen (2002) was his first film and was critically acclaimed at the 2002 Cannes Festival in France. Fought with the local council to have Sweet Sixteen (2002) reduced to a certificate 15 in his area for the teenagers to learn from Liam's mistakes. The battle was successful.
26. Richard Armitage
Richard Crispin Armitage was born and raised in Leicester, England, to Margaret (Hendey), a secretary, and John Armitage, an engineer. He attended Pattison College in Binley Road, Coventry, where he discovered his love for acting. He took part in many theatre productions all over the UK, from ...
ENGLAND His first appearance on the screen was in a small role in This Year's Love (1999), but it was Sparkhouse (2002) that gave him a break-through role as the charming but a bit odd character of John Standring opposite Sarah Smart. After two guest-roles in Cold Feet (1997) in 2003 and Between the Sheets (2003), he landed a role as Steven in Frozen (2005), which eventually led him to play the lead role in the big hit BBC drama North & South (2004
27. Robert Glenister
Actor | Live by Night
Robert Glenister (born 11 March 1960) is a popular British actor probably best known, amongst other roles, as con-man Ash "Three Socks" Morgan in the hit British TV series Hustle (2004).
His impressive career has spanned nearly three decades, and he has starred in several hit British television ...
ENGLAND His renowned on-screen presence and charismatic performances mean that Glenister continues to be a much sought-after actor on British Television. He has regular starring roles in the BBC drama MI-5 (2002), Inspector George Gently (2007) and Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010), to name a few.
28. Raza Jaffrey
Actor | Homeland
Raza Jaffrey was born on May 28, 1975 in Wallasey, Merseyside, England. He is an actor, known for Homeland (2011), Code Black (2015) and Eastern Promises (2007). He has been married to Lara Pulver since December 27, 2014. He was previously married to Miranda Raison.
ENGLAND Creator of the dance-show spectacular, "RED." The show is a celebration of dozens of styles of movement and dance featuring flamenco, salsa, capoeira and hip-hop. There is also belly dance and kathkali, break dance and ballet. All these styles are brought together by their influences on and from India.
29. Anna Chancellor
Actress | The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
A familiar face on television and film, Anna Chancellor is perhaps best known for her unforgettable role as Henrietta (Duckface) in the hit British film "Four Weddings and a Funeral." Her TV credits include Lix Storm in the Emmy award-winning miniseries "The Hour;" "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be ...
ENGLAND She was nominated for the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role of 1996 for her performance in "Stanley".
30. Sophia Myles
Actress | Tristan + Isolde
Sophia Jane Myles was born on March 18, 1980 in Hammersmith, London, England. She has a younger brother, Oliver. Her parents are Jane and Peter Myles, who is a vicar, a priest in the Anglican Church who is in charge of a parish and receives a salary, but not the tithes of the church. Her mother ...
ENGLAND Myles most notable roles include: Johnny Depp's wife in From Hell (2001), she also starred in The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby (2001), The Abduction Club (2002), Heartbeat (1992) and Foyle's War (2002); the latter 2 of which are TV series.
31. Danielle Cormack
Actress | Wentworth
Danielle Cormack is an award-winning actress who has an extensive career in film, theatre and television. After a vast career in New Zealand, she quickly came to prominence in Australia with her powerhouse performances in television series: Wentworth (2013), Rake (2010) and Underbelly (2008): Razor...
NEW ZELAND She is currently staring in the Australian drama "Wentworth" (2013-2016). It's an amazingly acted & well written! Netflix has the entire series!
32. Nicole da Silva
Actress | Doctor Doctor
Nicole da Silva is an Australian actress. She is known for her roles in Wentworth as Franky Doyle and in Southern Star's AFI award-winning drama Rush as Senior Constable Stella Dagostino, for which she received critical acclaim over the show's four-season run. Nicole also gained a Best Actress ...
AUSTRALIA Known for Rush (2008), Wentworth Prison (2013) and The Tangle (2016).
33. Rodger Corser
Actor | Glitch
Rodger Corser is well known to Australian audiences having worked extensively in television, theatre and film. Most recently being nominated for three individual Logie awards two years running, for Most Outstanding Actor, Most Popular Actor and the Gold Logie.
In recent years Rodger has played ...
AUSTRALIA Stared in Rush (2008-2011), Party Tricks (2014), Glitch (2015), The Beautiful Lie (2015), & The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2016).
34. Callan Mulvey
Callan Mulvey is one of Australia's leading actors. Callan is best known for his leading roles in the television series Rush, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms and Underbelly, as well as Darren Ashton's feature film Thunderstruck. Callan first graced Australian screens in the hugely successful series ...
NEW ZEALAND First actor to appear in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the DC Cinematic Universe with roles in CAPTAIN AMERICA: The Winter Soldier and BATMAN vs. SUPERMAN: Dawn of Justice.
35. Ashley Zukerman
Actor | Manhattan
AUSTRALIA Ashley Zukerman was born on December 30, 1983 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Rush (2008), Manhattan (2014) and Blame (2010).
36. Asher Keddie
Actress | X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Asher Keddie was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is an actress, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Offspring (2010) and Love My Way (2004). She has been married to Vincent Fantauzzo since April 9, 2014. They have one child. She was previously married to Jay Bowen.
AUSTRALIA Known for Party Tricks (2014), Offspring (2010), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and Love My Way (2004).
37. Sarah Snook
Actress | Predestination
Sarah Snook was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Showing promise in performing arts at a young age, Sarah was awarded a scholarship to study drama at Scotch College, Adelaide. After high school, she was accepted in to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and ...
AUSTRALIA Snook is an Australian actress, She is best known for her roles in Predestination, Holding the Man, The Dressmaker and Steve Jobs.
38. Richard Davies
Actor | When the Wind Changes
AUSTRALIA Richard Davies is an actor and writer, known for Offspring (2010), The Father (2011) and The Saddle Club (2001).
39. John Waters
Actor | Offspring
John Waters is one of Australia's most recognised and respected television, film and theatrical actors. He was born in London, England on December 8 1948, to Scottish actor Russell Waters and wife Barbara. The family, including siblings Philip, Angela, Stephen and Fiona, lived in a rented top floor...
AUSTRALIA John Waters is one of Australia's most recognised and respected television, film and theatrical actors.
40. Caren Pistorius
Actress | Slow West
Caren was born and raised in Rustenberg, South Africa with her three older siblings. Her family immigrated to New Zealand when she was 12 where she began acting in high school theatre productions. She went on to study Art and Design at University, majoring in animation and illustration. After ...
AUSTRALIA Her role in Slow West directed by John Mclean, in which she stars opposite Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smith-McPhee, was her international feature film debut. She will also be appearing in Derek Cianfrance's upcoming Light Between Oceans. In 2014, Caren was nominated for the Graham Kennedy Award and a Logie Award for her work in Australia.
41. Essie Davis
Actress | The Babadook
Essie Davis was born in 1970 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for The Babadook (2014), Assassin's Creed (2016) and True History of the Kelly Gang (2019). She has been married to Justin Kurzel since 2002. They have two children.
AUSTRALIA Actress and producer, known for The Babadook (2014), The Matrix Revolutions (2003) and Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole (2010). Currently she is playing Phryne Fisher in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (2012-2016).
42. Marta Dusseldorp
Actress | A Place to Call Home
Marta Dusseldorp was born in 1973 in Australia. She is an actress and producer, known for A Place to Call Home (2013), Janet King (2014) and Jack Irish (2016). She is married to Benjamin Winspear. They have two children.
AUSTRALIA Actress and producer, including the lead roles in A Place to Call Home (2013) & Janet King (2014-2016).
43. Rebecca Gibney
Actress | Wanted
Rebecca Gibney was born in New Zealand on December 14, 1964. At 19 she crossed the Tasman-sea and she is now one of Australia's most appreciated actresses. Before she decided to go into acting she worked as a model and had small jobs in New Zealand. Her break-through came in Australia with her role...
NEW ZELAND From August 2008 until its conclusion in 2013, Rebecca Gibney played the female lead of Julie Rafter on the Seven Network's Packed to the Rafters. Her role in the show proved popular for Gibney, and she won the Gold Logie in 2009 for the show. She stared in crime drama, The Killing Field, which was released in 2014. Gibney plays a detective tasked with solving the murder of a teenage girl in a small town. Them she was cast in Winter, a follow-up series to her 2014 tele-movie The Killing Field screened in 2015.
44. Erik Thomson
Actor | The Black Balloon
Erik Thomson is one of Australia's most respected actors across film, television and theatre.
He has recently completed filming a lead role in James Ashcroft's debut feature COMING HOME IN THE DARK with US based Kiwi actor Daniel Gillies. Earlier in 2019 Erik played a major supporting role in the ...
AUSTRALIA Known for playing Hades in the television series Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Dr. Mitch Stevens in All Saints and Dave Rafter in Packed to the Rafters. He won an Australian Film Institute Award for his performance in the Australian feature film Somersault.
45. Michael Dorman
Actor | Daybreakers
NEW ZEALAND Michael Dorman was born on April 26, 1981 in Auckland, New Zealand. He is known for his work on Triangle (2009), Killer Elite (2011), Wonderland (2013) & Serangoon Road (2013).
46. Ben Mingay
Actor | Hacksaw Ridge
AUSTRALIA Actor known for Wonderland (2013), Packed to the Rafters (2008) and Home and Away (1988).
47. Tim Ross
Actor | Wonderland
Tim Ross is an actor, known for Wonderland (2013), The Laundromat (2010) and Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer Was Here (2011).
48. Brooke Satchwell
Actress | Neighbours
Brooke Satchwell was born in Melbourne, in Victoria Australia, and raised on a small farm about 40 miles south of Melbourne, in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsular. Her first school was Red Hill Primary. She started High School at Toorak College in Mount Eliza, Victoria, an independent ...
AUSTRALIA Satchwell got her first big break on film in 2008 when she was cast as a lead role in Subdivision. In 2012, Satchwell joined the cast of drama series Packed to the Rafters. In 2013, she became a regular panellist on celebrity gossip, comedy show Dirty Laundry Live. That same year, Satchwell joined the cast of Wonderland as lawyer Grace Barnes.
49. Jessica Marais
Actress | Love Child
Jessica Marais was born on the 29th January 1985 in South Africa and moved to Perth Australia at a young age. Recently she moved to Sydney where she has a TV role as Rachel Rafter in the Australian comedy series Packed to the Rafters. She has also recently appeared in the new Australian film Two ...
AUSTRALIA Cast in the role of Rachel Rafter on the tV series "Packed to the Rafters." The series became a success and was instantly renewed. In 2009, Marais won the Logie for "Most Popular New Female Talent" and the prestigious Graham Kennedy Award for "Most Outstanding New Talent" at the Logie Awards of 2009.
50. Mark Heap
Actor | Stardust
Mark Heap was born on May 13, 1957 in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu, India. He is an actor and writer. He is a great comedic actor. He is in the hilarious british series Friday Night dinner; it's a bit like the office.