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Of the 32 films from the top 200 based on UK stories and characters, the majority (88%) were based on the work of new and classic authors such as Ian Fleming, CS Lewis, JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien (Figure 7.1). One new film appears in the list, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, based on the book by JRR Tolkien. None of the other 2013 films added to the top 200 are based on UK story material. Figure 7.1 Origin of UK story material in the top 200 films at the international box office, 2001-2013 Novel 88 Original Screenplay 6 Comic book/graphic novel 3 Musical 3 Source: BFI RSU 74 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 % 7.2 UK actors UK acting talent is widely recognised as being among the best in the world and nearly two thirds (126) of the top 200 films at the international box office since 2001 have featured British actors in either lead/title roles (52) or in the supporting cast (74). The prominent role played by UK actors in many of the most successful blockbusters of the last 13 years is reflected in Figure 7.2, which shows the top 12 British actors based on appearances in the top 200 films and ranked by total box office gross. The Harry Potter films feature heavily in this chart. At the top of the list are the regular stars of the Harry Potter franchise (only the three main performers are shown in Figure 7.2 but several others have appeared in many of the films). Second in the list is Helena Bonham Carter who has appeared in 10 of the top 200 films, including four Harry Potter films, The King’s Speech and Les Misérables. In third place is the late Richard Griffiths who appeared in six Harry Potter films as well as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Orlando Bloom is in fourth place due to his appearances in all three Lord of the Rings films, three Pirates of the Caribbean films and Troy. Ian McKellen is fifth thanks to appearances in eight of the top 200 films including the Lord of the Rings franchise, the two Hobbit films and three X-Men films. Ralph Fiennes, Julie Walters and Alan Rickman all appear in the list following their roles in Harry Potter films. All three have also appeared in at least one other top 200 film including respectively Skyfall, Mamma Mia! and Alice in Wonderland. Christopher Lee has appeared in many of the same successful franchise films as Ian McKellen, but did not appear in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and so is lower down the list in ninth place and Gary Oldman is in the tenth spot following roles in two Harry Potter films, the two Dark Knight films and Hannibal.


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