Tom Hanks and Dame Judi Dench among the list of actors over 50s would like to play them in a film about their life

10 December 2020

A poll has revealed the list of actors and actresses which people aged 50 and above would most like to play them if a biopic were to be made about their own life.

Actors over 50s would choose to play them

The survey revealed a wide range of actors including classic performers as well as modern leading men and ladies.

The survey received responses from 217 seniors who provided unprompted answers to the question: ‘If a biopic were to be made about your life, which actor/actress would you most like to play you?’

One of the most frequently named actresses was Dame Judi Dench. Dench, aged 84, has enjoyed a prolific and varied career, with her first major performance in the film Four in the Morning earning her a BAFTA for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles. As well as her internationally acclaimed theatre work, she has achieved recognition in popular culture for her role as M in recent James Bond films.

Other popular actresses put forward by respondents include Helen Mirren, who famously played Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film The Queen and Audrey Hepburn, who played socialite Holly Golightly in the 1961 film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Other actresses on the list include Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Dawn French, Kathy Burke, Sandra Bullock, Dame Maggie Smith, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron and Demi Moore.

On the list of most popular actors was Tom Hanks, who has featured in a wide range of films including Sleepless in Seattle and Saving Private Ryan. Hanks, aged 63, is widely recognised as one of the greatest actors of the 21st century and his long-spanning career is a portfolio of versatility.

Other popular answers for leading men include George Clooney, famous for his role as the heartthrob surgeon in the US series ER. Scottish actor Sean Connery also featured frequently, having played the role of James Bond for many years. Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Rowan Atkinson and Brad Pitt also secured votes.

Marketing Manager, Emma Simpson, said: “It’s always interesting to see who people would choose to play them if a film were to be made about their lives. What’s obvious from these results is that people are very individual in their selections, with no clear favourites emerging. But what is clear is that those actors and actresses which have stood the test of time and played different roles at different stages of their lives are valued by seniors, perhaps because they feel they have also grown up alongside them.”

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Source: OnePoll research of 217 men and women aged 50 and above on behalf of Ecclesiastical Planning Services, September 2019.