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Top 10 Best British Martial Arts Actors of All Time Ranked

Martial artists are the individuals who practice any formal system of combat as a means of self-defense, for achieving better fitness and health or for mental and spiritual development. Martial artists also take part in competitions where they showcase their expertise in specific combat forms. The history of martial arts is an ancient one, various forms of martial arts originated in Egypt and China more than 4,000 years ago. In Europe, the earliest recorded account of martial arts originated in Greece. Even though martial arts have been around for centuries, it was only during the mid to late 19th century that they began to emerge as modern sports. Some of the most popular forms of martial arts are judo, karate, kendo, boxing and fencing. A true martial artist is a warrior who practices combat as an art. Martial artists need to possess a high degree of physical stamina and endurance along with mental agility, discipline, self-confidence and perseverance. A good martial artist is well aware of the history, traditions and values of the art he practices as they might be required to disseminate this knowledge to others. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous martial artists from all over the world.


Top 10 Best British Martial Arts Actors of All Time


Here is the list of the greatest British Martial Artists, including Gary Daniels, Scott Adkins, Michael Bisping and Darren Shahlavi.


1. Scott Adkins

Scott Adkins

Born: 17 June 1976

Height: 1.78 m

Scott Edward Adkins is an English actor, producer, screenwriter, gymnast, and martial artist. He has played Russian prison fighter Yuri Boyka in the 2006 film Undisputed II: Last Man Standing and its two sequels, Undisputed III: Redemption (2010) and Boyka: Undisputed (2016); Casey Bowman in the 2009 film Ninja and its 2013 sequel Ninja: Shadow of a Tear; John, the main protagonist of Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, and has appeared in The Bourne Ultimatum and Zero Dark Thirty. He also had starring roles in Wolf Warrior and Ip Man 4 playing the main antagonist in both movies, and had supporting roles in Doctor Strange and The Expendables 2. Scott has been listed as one of the top 10 best martial arts actors of all time.


2. Darren Shahlavi (1972 - 2015)

Darren Shahlavi

Born: 5 August 1972, Stockport, United Kingdom

Died: 14 January 2015, Los Angeles, California, United States

Height: 1.8 m

Shahlavi was known primarily for playing the antagonist in martial arts films such as Bloodmoon and Tai Chi Boxer. He had starred in the Asian film series The Techno Warriors, and American films Hostile Environment, Sometimes a Hero, Legion of the Dead and the cult classic Beyond the Limits for German horror master Olaf Ittenbach. In recent years, Shahlavi appeared in big-budget films such as 300 and Watchmen, independent features such as The Final Cut with Robin Williams, and as an actor and stuntman in several of Uwe Boll's films, including BloodRayne and In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale.

On 14 January 2015, Shahlavi died in his sleep at the age of 42 from a heart attack caused by atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a disease in which the inside of an artery narrows due to the buildup of plaque. Initially, there are generally no symptoms. When severe, it can result in coronary artery disease, stroke, peripheral artery disease, or kidney problems, depending on which arteries are affected. Symptoms, if they occur, generally do not begin until middle age.


3. Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping

Born: 28 February 1979

Height: 1.85 m

Michael Bisping is an English sports analyst, actor, commentator and retired mixed martial artist, who competed in the Middleweight division of the UFC. A professional competitor since 2004, he is a former UFC Middleweight Champion, a former Cage Rage Light Heavyweight Champion and The Ultimate Fighter 3 Light Heavyweight tournament winner. At UFC 78, he became the first British fighter to compete in a UFC main event. At UFC 199, he became the first British fighter to win a UFC Championship and he remains the sole British winner of a UFC title. He was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame on 5 July 2019.


4. Gary Daniels

Gary Daniels

Born: 9 May 1963

Height: 1.78 m

Gary Edward Daniels is an English actor, producer, martial artist, fight coordinator and former World Light-heavyweight Kickboxing Champion. At a young age, Daniels started to train in the martial arts. At seventeen, Daniels began kickboxing and compiled a record of 13 victories in England.


5. Lewis Tan

Lewis Tan

Born: 4 February 1987

Height: 1.88 m

Lewis Singwah Tan is a British actor, model and martial artist. Born to a Singaporean father and an English mother. He is known for his roles as Zhou Cheng in Netflix's Iron Fist, Gaius Chau in the AMC series Into the Badlands, Lu Xin Lee in the Netflix's Wu Assassins and Shatterstar in Deadpool 2.


6. Ray Park

Ray Park

Born: 23 August 1974

Height: 1.75 m

Raymond Park is a Scottish actor, author and martial artist. He is best known for playing Darth Maul in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and Solo: A Star Wars Story, Toad in X-Men, Snake-Eyes in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Edgar on Heroes.


7. Christian Howard

Christian Howard

Born: 4 May 1984

Christian Howard is a British actor, model, martial artist, and filmmaker. He is best known for his performance as Ken Masters in the short film Street Fighter: Legacy, the 2014 web series Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and its follow-up Street Fighter: Resurrection.


8. Tom Wu

Tom Wu

Born: 15 May 1972

Height: 1.8 m

Tom Wu is a Hong Kong-born British actor who grew up in Chinatown, London. He is a martial arts expert who has appeared in films such as Revolver, Shanghai Knights, Batman Begins and the Bollywood film Ra.One.


9. Joey Ansah

Joey Ansah

Born: 24 November 1982

Martial art: Capoeira

Joey Ansah is a British actor, director and martial artist best known for his roles in The Bourne Ultimatum, Street Fighter: Assassin's Fist and The Old Guard.


10. Mark Strange

Mark Strange

Born: 8 October 1973

Mark William Strange is an English actor, film producer and martial artist. Strange has worked on a number of feature films including Ip Man 4, Redcon-1, The Medallion and The Twins Effect along with Jackie Chan and Batman Begins to name but a few.


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