The Top 10 British Villains Of All Time

Dame Helen Mirren is speaking out on behalf of disgruntled British actors. In a recent interview, she urged Hollywood to stop typecasting Brits as villains. I’d never thought about it before, but Dame Helen may have a point. No one does dastardly quite like the Brits. After the jump, some English villains who made us cower in fear … or at least laugh. This one’s for you, Helen! [Celebitchy]

  • I’ve still never made it all the way through “Silence of the Lambs.” Sir Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter is the stuff nightmares are made of.
  • Sir Ian McKellan will do anything to stop the co-existence of humans and mutants as Magento in the “X Men” series. Keep that man away from my DNA.
  • As I child, dreaded getting stuck in a sci-fi maze with David Bowie as King of the Goblins in “Labyrinth,” now I think the whole film is kind of hilarious.
  • I’d like to shoot an arrow in Alan Rickman’s cold heart as the Sheriff of Nottingham in “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.”
  • Elizabeth Hurley had the honor of playing the queen of villainy, Satan
  • A “Stars Wars” film would not be complete without a British bad guy. I don’t know who’s worse, Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin or Christopher Lee as Count Dooku. Saber fight!
  • Jason Isaacs was bone-chilling as a sadistic British army officer who kills soldiers in “The Patriot.”
  • Ray Winstone was a dirty double agent in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.”
  • You could barely recognize British hunk Paul Bettany as the creepy, albino Opus Dei monk Silas in “The Da Vinci Code.”
  • The teaser poster of Ben Kingsley in the upcoming “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” will make you tremble in your loincloth. Where has Ghandi gone? [IMDb]