Its now been twelve years since Band of Brothers hit our screens, yet HBOs miniseries remains a timeless classic. Devised by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks in the wake of their success with Saving Private Ryan, the show was an adaptation of the book of the same name by historian Stephen E. Ambrose (who had served as Saving Private Ryans military advisor), which told the story of Easy Company, part of a parachute regiment from the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II. The series tells the true story (though some dramatic licence is taken) of the unit and the men within it, who are shown participating in a number of major battles and events from the last year of the War in Europe, ranging from D-Day and Operation Market Garden to the liberation of Landsberg Concentration Camp and the capture of the Eagles Nest in Berchtesgaden. Despite the fact that Easy Company was an American unit and therefore contained American soldiers, the series was filmed in the United Kingdom and the decision was made to have the majority of the ensemble cast portrayed by mostly unknown British and Irish actors, with only a handful played by a mix of established and little-known Americans such as Ron Livingston (Lewis Nixon), Donnie Wahlberg (Carwood Lipton), Neal McDonough (Buck Compton) and David Schwimmer (Herbert Sobel). Five of these unknowns have seen their stock rise to stratospheric levels in the years since the series release and it is these men, listed alphabetically, that this list will look at.