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Best Actor in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film award presented each year by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is to recognize an actor who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a movie.

Winners and nominees

From 1952 to 1967, there were two Best Actor awards: one for a British actor and another for a foreign actor. In 1968, the two prizes of British and Foreign actor were combined to create a single Best Actor award. Its current title, for Best Actor in a Leading Role, has been used since 1995.


  • 1952
    • Best British ActorRalph RichardsonThe Sound Barrier
      • Laurence OlivierCarrie
      • Alastair Sim – Folly to Be Wise
      • Jack Hawkins – Mandy
      • James Hayter – The Pickwick Papers
      • Nigel Patrick – The Sound Barrier
    • Best Foreign ActorMarlon BrandoViva Zapata!
  • 1953
    • Best British ActorJohn GielgudJulius Caesar
      • Jack Hawkins – The Cruel Sea
      • Kenneth More – Genevieve
      • Trevor Howard – The Heart of the Matter
      • Duncan Macrae – The Kidnappers'
    • Best Foreign ActorMarlon BrandoJulius Caesar
      • Spencer TracyThe Actress
      • Claude Laydu – Journal d'un curé de campagne
      • Marcel Mouloudji – Nous sommes tous des assassins
      • Eddie AlbertRoman Holiday
      • Gregory PeckRoman Holiday
      • Van Heflin – Shane
  • 1954
    • Best British ActorKenneth MoreDoctor in the House
      • David NivenCarrington V.C.
      • John MillsHobson's Choice
      • Robert Donat – Lease of Life
      • Maurice Denham – The Purple Plain
      • Donald Wolfit – Svengali
    • Best Foreign ActorMarlon BrandoOn the Waterfront
      • José Ferrer – The Caine Mutiny
      • Fredric MarchExecutive Suite
      • James StewartThe Glenn Miller Story
      • Neville Brand – Riot in Cell Block 11
  • 1958
    • Best British ActorTrevor HowardThe Key
      • I.S. Johar – Harry Black
      • Anthony Quayle – Ice Cold in Alex
      • Laurence Harvey – Room at the Top
      • Donald Wolfit – Room at the Top
      • Michael Craig – Sea of Sand
      • Terry-Thomas – tom thumb
    • Best Foreign ActorSidney PoitierThe Defiant Ones
  • 1959
    • Best British ActorPeter SellersI'm All Right Jack
      • Laurence OlivierThe Devil's Disciple
      • Laurence Harvey – Expresso Bongo
      • Richard BurtonLook Back in Anger
      • Peter FinchThe Nun's Story
      • Stanley Baker – Yesterday's Enemy
      • Gordon Jackson – Yesterday's Enemy
    • Best Foreign ActorJack LemmonSome Like It Hot
      • James StewartAnatomy of a Murder
      • Takashi Shimura – Ikiru
      • Jean Desailly – Maigret tend un piège
      • Jean GabinMaigret tend un piège
      • Zbigniew Cybulski – Popiól i diament


  • 1965
    • Best British ActorDirk BogardeDarling
    • Best Foreign ActorLee MarvinCat Ballou and The Killers
      • Anthony QuinnAlexis Zorbas
      • Innokenti Smoktunovsky – Hamlet
      • Jack LemmonGood Neighbor Sam
      • Jack Lemmon – How to Murder Your Wife
      • Oskar Werner – Ship of Fools
  • 1966
    • Best British ActorRichard BurtonThe Spy Who Came in from the Cold and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
      • Michael CaineAlfie
      • Ralph Richardson – Doctor Zhivago
      • Ralph Richardson – Khartoum
      • Ralph Richardson – The Wrong Box
      • David WarnerMorgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment
    • Best Foreign ActorRod SteigerThe Pawnbroker


  • 1972Gene HackmanThe French Connection as Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle, and The Poseidon Adventure as Reverend Frank Scott



  • 1995Nigel HawthorneThe Madness of King George as George III
    • Jonathan PryceCarrington as Lytton Strachey
    • Nicolas CageLeaving Las Vegas as Ben Sanderson
    • Massimo Troisi – Il Postino as Mario Ruoppolo


  • 2007Daniel Day-Lewis as Daniel Plainview – There Will Be Blood
    • George Clooney as Michael Clayton – Michael Clayton
    • James McAvoy as Robbie Turner – Atonement
    • Viggo Mortensen as Nikolai – Eastern Promises
    • Ulrich Mühe as Gerd Wiesler – The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen) (Posthumous)


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