Boasting performances by brilliant British celebrities, there is a reason that the United Kingdom is known for more than just its beautiful travel destinations. Lovers of music, television and films will be sure to agree that there are a large amount of talented British actors and musicians. With every successful portrayal or sold-out show, it is easy to see that these people more than deserve the recognition that they have been given. The performances of these brilliant British celebrities will be sure to keep you captivated.
1 Ellie Goulding
Singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding has become a household name with the release of her hits “Lights” and “Anything Can Happen.” With the international success of her albums “Lights” and “Halycon,” it is no wonder that she has made it onto this list of brilliant British celebrities. Listening to her soprano range and emotional delivery is incredibly awe-inducing.
2 David Oyelowo
This extremely talented stage actor has been making a name for himself with every break-out performance. Appearing in the critically-acclaimed movies “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Help,” his ability to portray diverse characters is mesmerizing. As the first black actor to be accepted into the Royal Shakespeare Company, I love seeing that he is becoming more well-known.
3 Benedict Cumberbatch
With the success of series “Sherlock” and “Parade's End,” there was no way that this talented actor would not be featured on this list. Without going into too much detail in fear of spoiling their respective plots, I was more than sold on his performance in “Stuart: A Life Backwards,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.” There is just something incredibly humble about Mr. Cumberbatch that makes it so easy for critics to fall in love with his raw talent.
4 Jamelia Niela Davis
Active since 1999, this beautiful singer-songwriter and actress is one of the biggest names that audiences should take note of. With her amazing voice spawning popular albums and hits, it is no wonder that Jamelia Niela Davis has managed to capture the attention of music critics. Showcasing her diverse nature through the acclamation of film roles, this triple-threat is sure to take over British radio charts.
5 Martin Freeman
Ever since seeing his believable performance in “Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy,” Freeman has been one of my favorite actors. I was excited to see that he was cast in the film adaptation of one of the most popular book franchises, “The Hobbit.” It isn't hard to see that he is simply superb at what he does.
6 Florence Welch
I was lucky enough to catch one of Florence + the Machine's live performances last year. Hearing her booming vocals that always manage to be both soothing and haunting in person is an experience that I will never forget. With the release of every hit single, I become more convinced that Florence more than deserves the fame and love that she has been graced with.
7 Tom Hiddleston
From his amazing on-screen portrayals to his presence on Twitter, Tom Hiddleston has steadily become a fan favorite. Watching his humble nature translate into his interviews has been a joyous sight; it's cool to see that he seems to genuinely want to please his fans. Take a look at his appearance at the 2013 Comic Con and you will agree that there is no other way to describe him except as utterly amazing.
8 Idris Elba
Idris Elba has managed to become a critically-acclaimed actor in a short amount of time. With an expansive career that fellow seasoned actors may be envious of, Mr. Elba has been able to perfect each role that he has been cast in. His show "Luther" is completely captivating!
9 Emily Blunt
It is no secret that I am a huge fan of notable actress Emily Blunt. Her glorious performances in “The Young Victoria” and “Looper” left me stunned. Watching her professional résumé grow has been a pleasant experience. It won't be long before her career gains an infinite amount of widespread appraisal.
Each of these brilliant British celebrities have managed to breath life into their respective roles. Who is your favorite British actor/actress? Are there any musicians currently taking over your playlists?