Our favourite actors might just happen to be the ones we've seen in our particular preferred type of show or film (in which case, Laurence Olivier himself could be still alive and appearing in Coronation Street or EastEnders and I'd never know.)
But I'll give it a go.
The problem with De Niro is simply type-casting. It's a damn shame that Hollywood is so short-sighted in that it seems to restrict roles for Italian-Americans to 'gangster' or 'tough-inner-city-cop'. De Niro has suffered from this and had to escape to comedies where he still plays the same roles, but for laughs. He's had many other 'non-cop, non-CIA, non-violent' roles in a few films, but how many people can reel off more than a couple of them?
So what makes a great actor? I think the factors that count are flexibility and diversification. Play twenty totally different characters and you're on the way to being considered very good indeed. The other criteria is peer plaudits - find the actor / actress who those in the business respect and add that person the a top ten list.
And then there's the enigma that is Daniel Day-Lewis. Very selective over his choice of films, but when he signs on the line, he lives the role for the whole production.
So we got talking about specifically actors from Great Britain, and I came up with for me, the top three names that would guarantee me watching a TV series or film. And they might surprise you.
I'm not going provide you with a full biography, or list all the varied roles they've played and all the characters they've inhabited. I'm just going to put these three names down. You know them.
|Mathew MacFadyen||Ciaran Hinds||Phil Davies|