Empire Award for Best British Actor

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Empire Award for Best British Actor
Awarded for Best performance by a British actor in a leading role
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Empire magazine
First awarded 1996
Last awarded 2005
Currently held by Paddy Considine - Dead Man's Shoes (2005)

The Empire Award for Best British Actor was an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor a British actor who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best British Actor was first introduced at the 1st Empire Awards ceremony in 1996 with Ewan McGregor receiving the award for his role in Shallow Grave and last presented at the 10th Empire Awards ceremony in 2005. It was one of three Best British awards retired that year (the others being Best British Actress and Best British Director). Winners were voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Since its inception, the award has been given to six actors. Ewan McGregor had received the most awards in this category with four awards and was nominated on seven occasions, more than any other actor. Paddy Considine was the last winner in this category for his role in Dead Man's Shoes.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in boldface, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.

1990s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
1996
(1st)
Ewan McGregor Shallow Grave [1]
1997
(2nd)
Ewan McGregor Trainspotting [2]
1998
(3rd)
Ewan McGregor A Life Less Ordinary [3]
1999
(4th)
Peter Mullan My Name Is Joe [4]
Bob Hoskins Twenty Four Seven
Ewan McGregor Velvet Goldmine
Gary Oldman Lost in Space
Joseph Fiennes Elizabeth

2000s[edit]

Year Actor Film Ref.
2000
(5th)
Hugh Grant Notting Hill [5]
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Ian McKellen Gods and Monsters
Joseph Fiennes Shakespeare in Love
Rhys Ifans Notting Hill
2001
(6th)
Vinnie Jones Snatch [6]
Christian Bale American Psycho
Jude Law The Talented Mr. Ripley
Michael Caine The Cider House Rules
Robert Carlyle Angela’s Ashes
2002
(7th)
Ewan McGregor Moulin Rouge! [7]
Hugh Grant Bridget Jones's Diary
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Sean Bean The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
Tim Roth Planet of the Apes
2003
(8th)
Hugh Grant About a Boy [8]
Andy Serkis The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Jude Law Road to Perdition
Steve Coogan 24 Hour Party People
2004
(9th)
Andy Serkis The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King [9]
Ewan McGregor Young Adam
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
Jude Law Cold Mountain
Orlando Bloom The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
2005
(10th)
Paddy Considine Dead Man's Shoes [10]
Daniel Craig Layer Cake
Paul Bettany Wimbledon
Rhys Ifans Enduring Love
Simon Pegg Shaun of the Dead

Multiple awards and nominations[edit]

Multiple awards[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Best British Actor awards:

Awards Film
4 Ewan McGregor
2 Hugh Grant

Multiple nominations[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Best British Actor nominations:

Nominations Film
7 Ewan McGregor
4 Ian McKellen
3 Hugh Grant
Jude Law
2 Andy Serkis
Joseph Fiennes
Rhys Ifans

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Winners - 1996". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners - 1997". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners - 1998". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners - 1999". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners - 2000". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Empire Awards 2001". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Empire Awards 2002: Best British Actor Award". Empire (Bauer Consumer Media) (#154): 56. April 2002. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Best British Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Best British Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2004. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Best British Actor". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2005. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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