8 of My Favourite Movie Characters ...


8 of My Favourite Movie Characters ...
8 of My Favourite Movie Characters ...

The history of film is littered with great characters; performances that have stuck in the popular imagination for decades. Han Solo, Rhett Butler, even Ace Ventura: these are figures from films – classic and cult classics – made years ago but we still remember them today. This is a list of my personal favourites; they may not all be Oscar winners, but they’ve proved unforgettable.

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Aragorn Price: $7.49 at amazon.com

Viggo Mortensen is just brilliant – not to mention easy on the eyes – as Tolkein’s dark, brooding ousted prince. This really is a case of perfect casting; no other actor could’ve done it better.


Jack Sparrow

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Reeling, slurring and just a little bit camp: Jack Sparrow has got to be everyone’s favourite pirate. The smoky eye-liner, the sharp tongue and that Keith Richards bandanna all come together in a way that manages to be funny and, admit it ladies, pretty damn hot as well! Although, maybe that part’s just down to Johnny Depp …


Marty McFly and Doc Brown

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Okay, so if you watch it now, Back to the Future might be a little lame: all the ‘space age gadgets’ look like old-school microwaves and Michael J. Fox’s hair is pretty damn awful. This movie was made before I was born, but for some reason I grew up watching it over and over. There’s nothing to beat it for sheer, over-the-top eighties fun, and it’s made Marty and the Doctor legendary characters to a whole generation.


Indiana Jones

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This whip-wielding action archaeologist is one of the twentieth century’s most memorable popular characters. The movies spawned several remakes, including a TV series starring Sean Patrick Flannery, but for me (and I suspect for most of you as well!) Harrison Ford will always be the real ‘Indie.’


Nicolas Angel

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Simon Pegg’s portrayal of a thriving, if neurotic, London policeman might not be quite as famous as the likes of Indiana Jones, but the character is fiercely funny and so well executed. Hot Fuzz remains one of my all-time favourite movies; ironic, irreverent and more than a little silly, and its success is due in no small part to the brilliance of its central character.

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Men in general judge more from appearances than from reality. All men have eyes, but few have the gift of penetration.

Niccolò Machiavelli

Bridget Jones

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I love this character, both in print and on the screen. She’s funny, apt and sensitively defined and Renée Zellweger’s portrayal is perfect, right down to the flawless English accent.


Bridget Jones is a beloved character from the novel by Helen Fielding and the movie series of the same name. She is a single woman living in London, England and is often portrayed as a clumsy, yet endearing, romantic. Her misadventures in love and life have made her an iconic character and have earned her a place in the hearts of many.

Renée Zellweger’s portrayal of Bridget Jones is spot-on, with her comedic timing and her flawless British accent. From her disastrous attempts at dieting to her attempts at finding love, Bridget Jones is a character that viewers can relate to and root for.

The novel and movie series have been a huge success, spawning two sequels and a spin-off. The films have earned over $280 million worldwide and the novel has sold over 15 million copies. Bridget Jones has become an iconic character in popular culture, with her catchphrases and her quirky behavior.


Ron Burgundy

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Undoubtedly Will Ferell’s funniest, most ridiculous film to date, Anchorman has become something of a cult classic. Snippets of the dialogue have passed into every day speech so that phrases like ‘I love lamp,’ and ‘News team, assemble!’ have got be contenders for the most quoted movie lines of the century so far.



Napoleon Price: $7.99 at amazon.com

The title character of the bizarre phenomenon Napoleon Dynamite is a gawky, geeky and downright strange creation of comic genius. His pet llama, Tina, is a personal highlight!

So there we have it ladies, an odd assortment of figures from film. What are your favourites? I’d love to compare notes!

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