Top 10 Black Brits In Film

These stars traveled over the pond and took over the screen.

Idris Elba - Between his BBC series Luther, his many film commitments and, of course, the exploits of his alter-ego, King Driis, Elba is a very busy man. Now that we know he's expecting a baby with girlfriend Naiyana Garth, we'd grant him a few months paternity leave to enjoy this time. (Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

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Idris Elba - Traveling over the pond and making his way to Brooklyn for a short time, this brit first turned heads for his acting in The Wire, but has caused pandemonium in the Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom which hit theaters on Christmas of 2013.(Photo: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images)

Thandie Newton - Thandie Newton gives us a modern take on the pompadour. Copy the actress' look by smoothing curls back and then up and securing with hairpins. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Thandie Newton - This freckled beauty captures audiences not only with her powerful acting chops but her bright eyes too. As the lead character in the haunting film Beloved, Newton made a name for herself in the states. She hasn't slowed down since, acting as one of Tyler Perry's angels in the film Good Deeds.  (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Chiwetel Ejiofor - The British-born actor is best known for solid supporting performances in She Hate Me, Talk to Me and American Gangster. But critics and movie going audiences agree that Chiwetel Ejiofor's starring role as Solomon Northrup in the slavery drama 12 Years a Slave is his ultimate breakthrough role. Next, the 36-year old will star in Savannah and Half of a Yellow Sun before year's end. Ejiofor is also attached to the big screen biopic Fela, now in development.(Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage/Getty Images)

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Chiwetel Ejiofor - You wouldn't peg this English actor as the type to play a gangster, but Chiwetel played the role well as Huey Lucas in the film American Gangster.Most recently the actor has taken on one of the biggest roles of his career, as the lead character, Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. (Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Naomie Harris

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Naomie Harris - It's no wonder that this beauty played a Bond girl in the latest installment of the iconic film, Skyfall. But Harris flipped the script on audiences when she played the role of Winnie in the Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom alongside fellow brit, Idris Elba.(Photo: Jo Hale/Getty Images)

David Oyelowo

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David Oyelowo - We saw Oyelowo be extremely militant in Lee Daniel's critically acclaimed film The Butler as Louis Gaines and we hope to see more of the talented actor in 2014. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje - Best known as Adebisi in the cult classic television show, Oz, Akinnuoye-Agbaje expanded his talents with a role as Heavy Duty in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Akinnuoye-Agbaje stayed on the military vibe as Sergeant Pike in The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete. We doubt he'll be slowing down anytime soon!(Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images for IWC)

Delroy Lindo

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Delroy Lindo - You may remember him as Woody Carmicheal in Spike Lee's Crooklyn, but did you know that this Lewisham, England born and raised actor did the voiceover for Beta in the animated film Up? He's no one trick pony!(Photo: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Marsha Thomason

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Marsha Thomason - We're convinced it was hard to stay focused and work alongside Martin Lawrence in the rom-com Black Knight, but she held her own. (Photo: Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GLSEN)

Sophie Okonedo

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Sophie Okonedo - You probably remember her whimsy in The Secret Life of Bees, but you won't forget her strength and love in After Earth as Will Smith's wife, Faia Raige. Yup, she's a leading lady in the making.(Photo: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz)

Carmen Ejogo

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Carmen Ejogo - While her husband Jeffrey Wright is regarded as one of the most talented Black actors on stage or screen, Carmen Ejogo is no slouch her self.  You probably remember her breakout American role in the remake of Sparkle as Sister, where she did a great job at being the rebellious 'sister' of the bunch. Look out for her acting rebellion in the coming years!(Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)