Ever since the earliest days of cinema, international actors have been embraced by American audiences for being among the best in the business. During Hollywood’s Golden Age it was people like Ingrid Bergman, Laurence Olivier and Marlene Dietrich. Today, it’s the likes of Christoph Waltz, Marion Cotillard and Javier Bardem who are becoming household names. But for every Lupita Nyong’o that comes along and steals our hearts, there are countless other talented actors who aren’t afforded the mainstream visibility that comes with Hollywood success. For this week’s Foreign Circuit column, we will highlight 10 of these individuals. Specifically, we will celebrate the foreign actors who have thus far worked exclusively in the underseen realm of non-English language films.
Click through below to read each profile and be sure to tell us some of your favorite foreign-language actors in the comment section.
Honorable Mention (featured above): Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina), Luis Tosar (Cell 211, Even the Rain) and Leleti Khumalo (Yesterday, Sarafina!) are all worthy of this list, but they each have significant experience in English films.