Star Trek's 10 Most Iconic English Villains

When the Final Frontier of villainy is a British accent...


As a major Hollywood presence over the last five decades, it's no surprise that Star Trek has picked up a few traditions along the way, one of which is somewhat ironic. In contrast to international, even interstellar crews working together since the days of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement, it now seems as though those who hail from England are seen at the other end of the moral spectrum.

Yes, Patrick Stewart and Simon Pegg have both been unwavering pillars of integrity, but they did so as a Frenchman and a Scot respectively. Meanwhile in Enterprise it was Malcolm Reed, hailing from a strong family line of Royal Navy officers, who was given the dubious back story with the notorious Section 31: a far cry from Dominic Keating's days at Channel 4 sitcom Desmond's.

Not that this is a problem however, as many English actors in fact revel in their performances. As veterans including Charles Dance often note, villains are in fact the most interesting characters to play. In an ad for Jaguar which tries to explain the Hollywood trend, Tom Hiddleston himself states that “we're more focused, more precise”, as well as “obsessed by power.” Pretty much what you'd expect from the English actor du jour who rose to fame in Marvel's Thor & Avengers films.

Here then are those English thespians who have antagonised Starfleet's best and brightest in order to prove Sir Ben Kingsley right when he says that “it's good to be bad.”


One man fate has made indescribable