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Top 10 Actors Who Have Appeared in Black Mirror

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Written by Robin Brown Who in Hollywood is currently having a mental breakdown thanks to their mobile phone? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top Ten Actors Who Appeared On Black Mirror. For this list, we’re looking at the very best performances by prominent actors from around the world, in Charlie Brooker’s hit anthology show. Beware Spoilers! Special thanks to our user bobbylashley18 for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Actors Who Have Appeared in Black Mirror


Who in Hollywood is currently having a mental breakdown thanks to their mobile phone? Welcome to WatchMojo.com and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top Ten Actors Who Appeared On Black Mirror.

For this list, we’re looking at the very best performances by prominent actors from around the world, in Charlie Brooker’s hit anthology show. Beware Spoilers!

#10: Joe Cole
“Hang the DJ” (2017)

What does true love look like? According to season four’s “Hang The DJ”, it’s a mobile phone app telling you there’s a ninety-nine point eight percent chance the girl you’re staring at is your soulmate. There is much more to this episode however, most notably in Joe Cole’s sweet performance as Frank. We relate to his first date awkwardness, we laugh as he struggles in many a dour relationship, and we rejoice when he finally opens his heart to Amy. True love conquers all, indeed.

#9: Jodie Whittaker
“The Entire History of You” (2011)

The first female Time Lord has been on British TV for years, and was a standout star from season one of “Black Mirror”. In one of the show’s most grounded episodes, Whittaker plays a woman in a relationship with a jealous and suspicious husband. The memory-saving ‘grain’ adds that classic Black Mirror edge, but at the core of the story, Whittaker is simply playing someone who has been unfaithful, and who is fearful of her husband’s anger and the seemingly inevitable dissolution of their marriage.

#8: Jesse Plemons
“USS Callister” (2017)

In the season four opener, “Breaking Bad” breakout star Jesse Plemons is really playing three roles. He’s the introverted, shy and bullied kid, then he’s the dashing, heroic star captain and finally, as the truth unfolds, he’s the epitome of unfeeling and selfish evil. Pmelons’ part is quite a tall order, then. But he knocks it out the park, as we first want to cheer him up, then cheer him on, and then cheer him to his doom. Now that requires some serious versatility!

#7: Bryce Dallas Howard
“Nosedive” (2016)

The show may have given her a nervous breakdown, but Bryce Dallas Howard gives one of her best performances in Black Mirror’s Netflix debut. Her character is uncomfortably relatable to lots of us, obsessed with how others see her and determined to be the perfect person. What makes this performance so spectacular is in those fleeting moments where her character is sagging and upset, but she’s forced to keep up the facade, all for those five stars. It’s painful to watch, if only because it feels so familiar.

#6: Domhnall Gleeson
“Be Right Back” (2013)

Since appearing in Black Mirror’s second series, Domhnall Gleeson has emerged as a genuine Hollywood talent, starring in critics’ favourites like 2015’s “Ex Machina” and “The Revenant”, while also appearing in Disney’s new “Star Wars” films. And after watching “Be right back”, his success isn’t surprising. For much of the episode, Gleeson plays an emotionless robot, but his performance is packed with feeling. Touching and sincere whilst also distant and fake, Gleeson conveys the hope and the folly of getting exactly what you want.

#5: Letitia Wright
“Black Museum” (2017)

For much of the final episode of season four, Letitia Wright plays what seems to be a supporting role, as she hears about all the horrible stories that were seemingly too twisted for a full episode. But Wright steals the show when she reveals who she really is and what her true intentions are. She switches from laid back tourist to hardcore badass and serves up some ruthless vengeance on the bad guy. Justice prevails, which doesn’t always happen on this show!

#4: Alex Lawther
“Shut Up and Dance” (2016)

This is “Black Mirror” at its darkest - and some would argue best - with Alex Lawther delivering a harrowing and brutally intense performance. His fear is palpable, his quivering hand while holding the gun is terrifying and, as the episode goes on, we see the trauma and exhaustion in Alex’s performance. But where Alex Lawther truly shines is in the final scene after the horrifying twist is revealed, where all we see is a young man devoid of energy, defeated by the truth of what he is.

#3: Gugu Mbatha-Raw
“San Junipero” (2016)

Series Three’s “San Junipero” is the most successful episode of “Black Mirror” to date, becoming many a fan-favourite and winning two primetime Emmys for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Television Movie. Mackenzie Davis and Gugu Mbatha-Raw both shine alongside each other, but for us Mbatha-Raw is all the more memorable for her character’s exciting, outgoing personality, with a mysterious and tragic history simmering underneath it all, only to explode in dramatic fashion. And finally, of course, there’s that oh-so-special moment, walking out onto the patio.

#2: Jon Hamm
“White Christmas” (2014)

Even before Netflix, “Black Mirror” was attracting some of the world’s best acting talent. Enter Jon Hamm in 2014’s chillingly festive episode “White Christmas”. He’s suave, handsome and effortlessly charming. So far, so Jon Hamm. But here the “Mad Men” star has to hike up the creep factor. This being Jon Hamm however, we just can’t bring ourselves to hate him… And that’s the genius of his performance because, when his inevitably bleak fate is revealed, it makes that much more of an impact.

#1: Daniel Kaluuya
“Fifteen Million Merits” (2011)

How do you follow a Prime Minister and his pig? If you’re Daniel Kaluuya, you take on a dystopian, big brother, exercise bike-obsessed society. Kaluuya manages to mesmerise throughout, but don’t take our word for it, just ask Jordan Peele - the man behind wildly successful 2017 film “Get Out” - who cast Kaluuya after seeing him in this very episode. It leaves us with three questions; Is it real? Was it worth it? And is he happy? The answers to all three are found in this episode’s crucial final moments.
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