Top Bri­tish film vil­lains

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Sir An­thony Hop­kins in

The Si­lence of the Lambs Han­ni­bal Lecter had al­ready been chill­ingly played by an­other Bri­tish ac­tor, Brian Cox, in Man­hunter, but it was Sir An­thony (right) who’s best re­mem­bered in the role and who took home an Os­car. His un­blink­ing por­trayal was voted as best villain of all time by the Amer­i­can Film In­sti­tute

Jeremy Irons in

The Lion King No one does in­famy quite like Mr Irons. He’s played one of the Bor­gias, Henry IV, Claus von Bu­low, de­ranged twin sur­geons and many other anti-he­roes. How­ever, his great­est claim to wicked­ness may well be as the voice of Scar in Dis­ney’s take on Ham­let

Ju­dith An­der­son in

Re­becca True, An­der­son (right) was ac­tu­ally Aus­tralian, but she plays the mean-minded, vin­dic­tive Mrs Dan­vers in Hitch­cock’s Gothic drama Re­becca with a per­fect English ac­cent. It’s worth not­ing that few Bri­tish movie vil­lains are ever Ir­ish, Scot­tish or Welsh, al­though Robert Car­lyle comes to mind

James Ma­son in

North by North­west One of Hol­ly­wood’s big­gest stars, he played the cruel, ruth­less Phillip Van­damm in Hitch­cock’s mas­ter­piece. Leonard: ‘You’re not tak­ing her on the plane with you?’ Van­damm: ‘Of course, I am… This mat­ter is best dis­posed of from a great height, over water’

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves Adopt­ing a crisp Ger­man ac­cent, Rick­man (right) made an im­pact on Hol­ly­wood as the mas­ter­mind thief foiled by Bruce Wil­lis in Die Hard (in Die Hard: With a Vengeance, Gru­ber’s brother is im­prob­a­bly played by Jeremy Irons). How­ever, he kicked it up a manic notch here, ef­fort­lessly steal­ing the film from Kevin Cost­ner with adlibbed lines such as ‘Can­cel the kitchen scraps for lep­ers and or­phans, no more mer­ci­ful be­head­ings, and call off Christmas’

Alan Rick­man in

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