2021’s most popular British period drama actor revealed – as voted by you!

2021 gave us some riveting British period drama performances.

Following numerous postponed releases and filming delays in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, an incredible range of movies and TV series finally arrived on our screens last year.

Period drama legends like Benedict Cumberbatch, Ralph Fiennes, Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens, and Aidan Turner returned with roles in The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, The Dig, To Olivia, Blithe Spirit, and Leonardo.

Younger stars like Nicholas Ralph, Matthew Beard, and Zephryn Taitte continued to impress in All Creatures Great and Small, Vienna Blood, and Call the Midwife.

Meanwhile, newcomers Olly Alexander and Tahar Rahim blew us away in It’s a Sin and The Serpent, and period drama stalwarts like Shaun Evans and Robson Green were reliable as ever in Endeavour and Grantchester.

(For a full a recap, take a look back at our complete guide to the year’s British period drama movies and our list of all the year’s British period drama TV series.)

As 2021 came to a close, we asked BritishPeriodDramas.com readers to let us know which of these performances they enjoyed the most.

With the thousands of votes now counted, we can now reveal the Top 10 most popular period drama actors of the past year!


10. Dan Stevens as Charles Condomine in ‘Blithe Spirit’

Blithe Spirit is available on DVD on Amazon.


9. Zephryn Taitte as Cyril in ‘Call the Midwife’

Call the Midwife is available on DVD on Amazon.


8. Nicholas Hoult as Peter in ‘The Great’

The Great is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.


7. Hugh Bonneville as Roald Dahl in ‘To Olivia’

To Olivia is available on DVD on Amazon.


6. Ralph Fiennes as Basil Brown in ‘The Dig’

The Dig is available to watch on Netflix.


5. Benedict Cumberbatch as Louis Wain in ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.


4. Robson Green as Geordie in ‘Grantchester’

Grantchester is available on DVD on Amazon.


3. Nicholas Ralph as James in ‘All Creatures Great and Small’

The first season of All Creatures Great and Small is available on DVD on Amazon.


2. Shaun Evans as Morse in ‘Endeavour’

Endeavour is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.


1. Aidan Turner as Leonardo da Vinci in ‘Leonardo’