Top Twenty-Five: Favourite Actors

This list is highly subject to change the more films I see in my life.

My honourable mentions who didn’t quite make the list include: Will Ferrell, Alec Baldwin and Dev Patel. 

Without further ado, here are my top twenty favourite actors, in order…to a certain extent. Well, my top 10 are definitely in order anyway…

20. Bill Nighy – Favourite Performances: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Chalet Girl, About Time, The Magic Roundabout, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter.

19. Gary Oldman – Favourite Performances: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Dracula, Harry Potter Franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, JFK.

18. Ben Kingsley – Favourite Performances: Gandhi, Schindler’s List, Shutter Island, Stonehearst Asylum, The Love Guru.


17. Robin Williams (R.I.P) – Favourite Performances: Mrs Doubtfire, Insomnia, Dead Poets Society, Hook, Aladdin.

16. Timothy Spall – Favourite Performances: The Enfield Haunting, Harry Potter, Mr Turner, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Pierrepoint.

15. Jake Gyllenhaal – Favourite Performances: Nightcrawler, Prisoners, Brokeback Mountain, Zodiac.

14. Dustin Hoffman – Favourite Performances: Rain Man, Hook, The Graduate, Meet the Fockers and Mr Magorium’s Wonder Emporium.



13. Alan Rickman (R.I.P) – Favourite Performances: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, A Little Chaos, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter Franchise, The Butler.

12. Tom Hardy – Favourite Performances: Mad Max: Fury Road, The Revenant, Legend, London Road, Inception

11. Johnny Depp – Favourite Performances: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland, Pirates of the Caribbean and Finding Neverland.

10. Tom Hanks – Favourite Performances: Saving Mr Banks, Toy Story Franchise, The Green Mile, Forrest Gump, Big, Saving Private Ryan and The Polar Express.

9. Colin Firth – Favourite Performances: Kingsman: The Secret Service, The King’s Speech,  A Single Man, The Railway Man, Mamma Mia!

8. Leonardo DiCaprio – Favourite Performances: The Revenant, Shutter Island, The Great Gatsby, Inception, The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic, J.Edgar.


7. James Stewart – Favourite Performances: Rear Window, Vertigo, It’s a Wonderful Life, The Philadelphia Story, Rope, The Man Who Knew Too Much.

6. Cary Grant – Favourite Performances: To Catch a Thief, Notorious, North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, Topper.

5. Mike Myers – Favourite Performances: The Love Guru, Cat in the Hat, Shrek Franchise, Austin Powers. Mike Myers has been a favourite ever since I was really young.


4. Christopher Waltz – Favourite Performances: Inglorious Basterds, Big Eyes, Django Unchained

3. Stanley Tucci – Favourite Performances: The Lovely Bones, Fortitude,  The Devil Wears Prada, Easy A…the list goes on.


2. Kevin Spacey –  Favourite Performances: American Beauty,  House of Cards, The Usual Suspects, Seven.

1. Steve Carell – Favourite Performances: Anchorman, Foxcatcher, 40 year-old Virgin, The Office, Despicable Me…the list goes on. To put it simply, every single film Steve is in, I have loved. A very talented man who I absolutely adore – he’s hilarious, kind and has the most contagious laugh ever.


Who are your favourite actors? Do you agree with my choices? Is anyone else a huge Steve Carell fan like myself?? Let me know in the comments section below!

27 thoughts on “Top Twenty-Five: Favourite Actors

  1. Nice list i like all bar Mike Myres on your list,

    my top 5 are in no particular order,

    Dicaprio, JGL, The Rock, Cillian Murphy and Paul Dano
    My list is clearly made up of stars i will be seeing through both my life and their life as i like to follow careers from beginning rather than looking back, so i doesn’t mean i don’t like the work of older stars.

    You met The Rock how did you manage that?

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  2. I’m a huge Steve Carell fan as well! I especially love his performance in Little Miss Sunshine (which is probably my favourite film of all-time). Tom Hanks would also be in my own Top 10 actors.

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    • Oh yes, Michael Caine is good. Christopher Lloyd did a good job in Back to the Future.
      I was at an assessment induction day at ITV Studios, and that very morning ‘The Rock’ was being interviewed. So I consider myself very lucky to have bumped into him on my break.

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  3. What a great list this is. I like how high up Stanley Tucci is, he’s such a great presence in a lot of films and doesn’t always get the credit he deserves. Also, I love that Steve Carell is your number one – that’s a bold choice. I still haven’t had the opportunity to see Foxcatcher, though I’ve heard his performance is great.

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    • Thank You very much! Yes, Stanley Tucci is wonderful and certainly deserves more credit for his work and talent. Glad you think the same. When you next have time to yourself, I insist that you give Foxcatcher a go – it may be a slow-burner, but it is completely worth it. You’ll see Carell like you’ve never seen him before! It’s truly chilling.


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  5. This is a superb list! Love your #1 and I agree that his laugh is ridiculously awesome. Ever seen The Office outtakes? Whenever he breaks character I can’t help but just lose it too. He’s so good. My #1 right now would have to be Tom Hanks.

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