The Brit Pack

“Brit Pack” is a term that has been used to refer to specific groups of young British actors who have achieved success in Hollywood, as well as more generally to the entire group of such actors. According to one article, “every decade brings a new Brit Pack, another disparate group of actors backed by the media to achieve simultaneous Hollywood stardom.” However, the term is most closely associated with the crop of British actors which emerged in the late 1980s, because of the prominence of the American Brat Pack actors at that time.

The 80s Brit Pack

The journalist Elissa Van Poznak interviewed Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Paul McGann, Bruce Payne, Spencer Leigh, and Colin Firth for The Face magazine, in January 1987. The magazine had also intended to interview Daniel Day-Lewis but he was busy filming The Unbearable Lightness of Being. The title of the interview was “The Brit Pack”. The moniker stuck and has been referenced in subsequent articles concerning the actors. An issue of the 1988 magazine Film Comment stated that ‘Rupert Everett, Gary Oldman, Miranda Richardson, and Daniel Day-Lewis’ were the leaders of the pack.

  • Daniel Day-Lewis
  • Rupert Everett
  • Colin Firth
  • Spencer Leigh
  • Paul McGann
  • Gary Oldman
  • Bruce Payne
  • Miranda Richardson
  • Tim Roth

Daniel Day-Lewis

Rupert Everett

Colin Firth

Spencer Leigh

Paul McGann

Gary Oldman

Gary_OldmanGary Oldman (born March 21, 1958) is an English actor who has worked in theatre, film and television. Known for his versatility and expressive “big” acting style, Oldman is regarded as one of the greatest screen actors of his generation. Among other accolades, he has won an Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, two Critics’ Choice Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, along with nominations for an Emmy Award and the Palme d’Or.

Outside of acting in film, Oldman wrote and directed Nil by Mouth (1997); featured in television shows such as Fallen Angels, Tracey Takes On… and Friends; appeared in music videos for David Bowie, Guns N’ Roses and Annie Lennox.

20th Century Highlights

  • Sid and Nancy (1986)
  • Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
  • Chattahoochee (1989)
  • The Firm (TV, 1989)
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990)
  • State of Grace (1990)
  • JFK (1991)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
  • True Romance (1993)
  • Romeo is Bleeding (1993)
  • Léon: The Professional (1994)
  • Immortal Beloved (1994)
  • The Fifth Element (1997)
  • Air Force One (1997)
  • Nil By Mouth (1997)
  • Lost in Space (1998)

Bruce Payne

Miranda Richardson

Tim Roth

The New Brit Pack

On July 1993, an article for The Face was titled The New Brit Pack, which included, Jaye Davidson, Naveen Andrews, Jude Law, David Thewlis, Craig Kelly, Samuel West and Rufus Sewell.

  • Naveen Andrews
  • Jaye Davidson
  • Craig Kelly
  • Jude Law
  • Rufus Sewell
  • David Thewlis
  • Samuel West

Naveen Andrews

Jaye Davidson

Craig Kelly

Jude Law

Rufus Sewell

David Thewlis

Samuel West

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