Personal Musings

Favourite Things Part V: Favourite Actors

Things have felt a little heavy around here lately, so I’m going to lighten the mood and bring out another of my ‘Favourites’ posts.

This time, my favourite actors and actresses.

Many moons ago I was a young girl with big dreams. Dreams of running away to drama school and studying acting. I’d lie in bed at night imagining acting along side Hollywood mega stars or treading the boards of Broadway. Many things such as life, death, boyfriends, lack of confidence and probably lack of talent saw these dreams fade into the abyss, however my love of stage and screen has never waned.

My list of actors is long, so it’s been tough to narrow it down. Generally if the following are in a movie, I will make sure I see it. So here goes (in no particular order)

Meryl Streep


This lady needs no introduction or explanation. I admire not only her amazing talent, but also her class and grace. With too many films to list my favourites would be Bridges of Madison County, The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, August: Osage County,  The Iron Lady, The Hours, Sophie’s Choice, Kramer Vs Kramer… should I stop now? Ooh Julie Julia too! And It’s Complicated.

Dame Judi Dench

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Another truly gifted actress with a filmography most likely longer than her height. Again, such class, wit and talent, and way too many film and stage credits to list, but I loved her especially in the Bond movies, Philomena, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Shakespear in Love.

Cate Blanchett

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Remarkable in every role she takes on, I was most recently blown away by her role in the latest Cinderalla movie. But also her roles in movies such as Blue Jasmine, The Lord of the Rings series, Elizabeth, Elizabeth: The Golden Age and The Aviator prove how diverse she is.

Kate Winslet

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Apart from having quite plain Jane names, the other thing my favourite actresses have in common is their authenticity, and it doesn’t get more real that Kate Winslet. Not only is she gorgeous, but she proves her acting ability in every role she takes on. My favourites are: All The Kings Men, The Holiday, Revolutionary Road, and of couse Titanic.

Notable metions: Keira Knightly, Helen Mirren, Hillary Swank, Tea Leonie, Clare Danes, Drew Barrymore

Joaquin Phoenix

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Probably the most underated actor in Hollywood Joaquin has been a favourite since I saw him in Gladiator, but also remember how his early acting ability was deomostrated in Parenthood. He shines in films such as Signs, The Village, Walk the Line, and a little known film in which he was outstanding – We Own The Night.

Sean Penn


I’m not ashamed to say I first admired Sean Penn in Shanghai Surprise, but that may have something to do with me being Madonna crazy around that tme. Mr. Penn gained a bit of a reputation as a hot head and hard to work with early on in his career but thankfully his talent enabled him to rise above. I loved him in Mystic River, Milk, I Am Sam, and most recently thought he was brilliant in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Mr. Clint Eastwood

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Yes, Mr. He deserves the respect. Not only is he a respected and talented actor but also producer, writer and director. This guy is the true definition of talent. Of course he is great as Dirty Harry but what about Every Which Way But Loose, or Bridges of Madison County. And then there’s Million Dollar Baby, Escape from Alcatraz, Honky Tonk Man, Gran Torino and True Crime.

Robert Downey Jnr

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So I may or may not have had a picture of RDJnr on my wall at one stage but it’s not only his rugged, cheeky handsomeness that make him great. Another underated actor, I’m pleased he is finally gaining more respect in recent years. My favouites are: The Judge, Sherlock Holmes, his role as Larry in Ally McBeal, Gothika, US Marshalls and most recently the Iron Man franchise.

Colin Firth

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Who doesn’t love Colin Firth? He’s quirky, charismatic and apprently sexy. Or so they say. Much to many people’s shock I’m not going to mention his role as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice or some movie called The English Patient, as I much preferred him in roles such as Bridget Jones’ Diary, Shakespeare in Love, A Christmas Carol, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Kings Speech, The Railway Man, Mamma Mia and of course Love Actually.

Bradley Cooper

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Okay, so I was fairly late to the party with this one, and yes I do admit that I am slightly swayed by his mesmerising eyes and michevious smile, but this guy is actually seriously talented too. He was of course great in The Hangover movies, but also fantastic in Silver Linings Playbook, The Words, American Hustle (the only thing worth watching that movie for), and I thought he was brilliant in American Snipper. I’m also hanging out to see his new movie out soon, ‘Joy’ in which he reunites with Jennifer Lawrence and also stars with Robert De Niro.

Notable mentions: Robert De Niro, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Shannan, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Morgan Freeman, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Russell Crowe, Daniel Day Lewis



So tell me, how’d I do?

Who are your favourite actors/actresses?