The Twenty Actors who have played Shakespeare in Film and TV Ranked

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1. Kenneth Branagh in the sombre and understated All is True

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2. Mathew Baynton in the Horrible Histories team’s delightful comedy Bill

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3. Rupert Graves in the one off BBC drama A Waste of Shame

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4. Will Kemp in the Spanish film Miguel y William that imagines Shakespeare meeting with de Cervantes

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5. Joseph Fiennes in John Madden’s Oscar winning Shakespeare in Love

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6. Dean Lennox Kelly opposite David Tennent in the Doctor Who episode The Shakespeare Code

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7. John Williams deliciously playing to every cliche as a Shakespeare magically conjured up in 60s America in the The Twilight Zone episode The Bard

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8. Colin Firth briefly appearing in the stand alone millennium episode Blackadder Back and Forth

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9. David Mitchell in the BBC sitcom Upstart Crow

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10. Tim Curry in the 70s miniseries Will Shakespeare

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11. Georges Méliès in the 1907 silent short Shakespeare Writing Julius Caesar

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12. Hugh Walters in the William Hartnell Doctor Who episode The Chase

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13. Patrick Stewart as a Shakespeare statue in the animated movie Gnomeo & Juliet

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14. John Salew in the little known 1944 time travel comedy Time Flies

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15. Laurie Davidson in ITV’s questionable account of the bard’s lost years, Will

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16. Reginald Gardiner in the film where Vincent Price’s Devil puts humanity on trial, The Story of Mankind

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17. Martin Ashe at a party alongside Cleopatra, Marie Antoinette and Sigmund Freud, not in Bill & Ted but in the I Dream of Jeannie episode The Girl Who Never Had a Birthday Party

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18. Jorma Taccone still being better than the next two in The Lego Movie

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19. Rafe Spall in Roland Emmerich’s ridiculous Anonymous

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20. David Stifel painfully playing to every cliche as a Shakespeare magically conjured up in 90s America in the Sabrina the Teenage Witch episode Jealousy

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