Brits do it brittier

In honor of the latest craze over THE new, very attractive British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch, who along with his Cumberbitches, have invaded cinema and the internet, I am going back in time for a bit and posting a list - including several Englishmen and Scotsmen and one very important Irishman who could not be left out - that has been brewing in my mind for quite some time.

I would not do this in honor of just anyone or any news, but the Brits, Scots, and Irish actors have been secretly holding meetings in my brain for quite a while. So, without further ado:

RALPH FIENNES (English) in The English Patient, for being the protagonist of one of my favorite books (Graham Greene's The End Of The Affair made into films The End of the Affair, and for Schindler's List.

Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes

The English Patient - Dance scene 1

The English Patient - Dance scene 2

MICHAEL FASSBENDER (Irish) is also a personal favorite since Fish Tank and Inglourious Basterds to “Shame”, 12 Years A Slave, Jane Eyre (based on the fantastic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte) and soon “Macbeth”.

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender

Jane Eyre - First dialogue

Jane Eyre - Proposal

ANTHONY HOPKINS (Welsh) in The Remains of the Day, a beautiful film adaptation of an equally great book (The Remains of the Day)

Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins

The Remains of the day - The book

CHRISTOPHER ECCLESTON (English) is in the list solely because he was the perfect Jude (based on Jude the Obscure) to Kate Winslet’s Sue.

Christopher Eccleston
Christopher Eccleston

Jude - reciting "The Creed" in Latin

Jude & Sue - the beginning and the book

TOM HIDDLESTON (English) – for his impersonations, The Deep Blue Sea and Only Lovers left alive

Tom Hiddleston
Tom Hiddleston

Deep Blue Sea - Some of the best scenes

DANIEL DAY-LEWIS (English) for perfectly portraying Tomas in The Unbearable Lightness of Being a long time ago (Another book favorite The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Newland Archer in The Age of Innocence, and everything until now.

Daniel Day Lewis
Daniel Day Lewis

Daniel Day-Lewis talks about his role in "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"

Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer in "The Age of Innocence"

CLIVE OWEN (English), only for his role in Closer

Clive Owen
Clive Owen

One of the most memorable scene from "Closer"

EWAN McGREGOR (Scottish) for making Moulin Rouge perfect and for continuing to do that in Beginners

Ewan McGregor
Ewan McGregor

"Beginners" - Ewan McGregor as Sigmund Freud in Halloween Party

DAMIAN LEWIS (English) – For being the greatest TV actor, the perfect Soames Forsyte in BBC’s mini-series The Complete Forsyte Saga (the book The Forsyte Saga is worth reading as well) and the main reason I watch Homeland.

Damien Lewis
Damian Lewis

"Homeland" - A peek at one TV's most intriguing love stories

RUPERT FRIEND (English) – For Peter Quinn role in Homeland

Rupert Friend
Rupert Friend

Random scene from "Homeland"

Rupert Friend in the NYT Heartthrobs interviews, including three other Brits (Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Johnson, and Ben Whishaw)

EDDIE REDMAYNE (English) in BBC’s Tess of the D'Urbervilles , for his part in My Week with Marilyn and soon The Theory of Everything

Eddie Redmayne
Eddie Redmayne

"My week with Marilyn" - The perfect day

JAMES McAVOY (Scottish) for his quiet, under the radar appeal in The Last King of Scotland, Atonement, The Last Station and now in The disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

James McAvoy
James McAvoy

Scenes from "The last king of Scotland"

With Keira Knightley in "Atonement"

SIMON PEGG (English) because he is irresistibly adorable and funny in Run, Fat Boy, Run

Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg

"Run fatboy run" - Promising start

CHRISTIAN BALE (English) – For American Psycho & American Hustle

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

"American Psycho" - Opening

COLIN FIRTH (English) – For A single man and The King's Speech but also Love Actually and Bridget Jones Diary

Colin Firth
Colin Firth

"A single man" - The bad news

IDRIS ELBA (English) for making me watch some bad films only because he was part of them..and his name.

Idris Elba
Idris Elba

Idris Elba talking about his younger self

Scenes from his Macroeconomics classes on "The Wire"

JEREMY IRONS (English) – Especially for Lolita but always! He makes one of the best books, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, come to life.

Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons

Trailer of "Lolita"

Screen Test for "Lolita"

Max Minghella (English), now, after watching him in Agora

Max Minghella
Max Minghella

Max Minghella talks about his role of Daveus in "Agora"