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To commemorate the 77th Golden Globe awards, held today by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, here is a little puzzle involving foreign actors.

What do the following foreign actors have in common, and who is the missing actor at #2?

  1. Chris Hemsworth
  2. ?
  3. Ralph Fiennes
  4. Emma Thompson
  5. John Cleese
  6. Nicholas Hoult
  7. Henry Cavill
  8. Liam Neeson
  9. Hugo Weaving
  10. James McAvoy
  11. Patrick Stewart
  12. Antonio Banderas
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I think the answer is:

Judith Olivia Dench, the British actor portraying M in many James Bond movies.

The actors share a common thing:

They have all played roles with one letter names. I realized after finishing the list that the title is a clue here, The A-list:

Here's the list:

1. Chris Hemsworth - Agent H in Men in Black: International
2. Tommy Lee Jones - Agent K in Men in Black Judith Olivia Dench - M in many James Bond movies
3. Ralph Fiennes - M, in No Time to Die
4. Emma Thompson - Agent O in Men in Black: International
5. John Cleese - Q in Die Another Day
6. Nicholas Hoult - R in Warm Bodies
7. Henry Cavill - Superman (His logo is just the S)
8. Liam Neeson - Agent High T in Men in Black: International
9. Hugo Weaving - V in V for Vendetta
10. James McAvoy - Private James W. Miller in Band of Brothers Professor X in X-men First Class
11. Patrich Stewart - Professor X in X-men Days of Future Past
12. Anotonio Banderas - Z in The Mask for Zorro

There are several options for the missing one:

The list is in alphabetical order, so the options are any letter between H and M, i, j, k, l. Apparently there can be duplicates, so H and M are included.

My guess is that you're after

Agent K in Men in Black, since there are other Men in Black actors, but I could be wrong.
Judith Olivia Dench, the British actor portraying M in many James Bond movies.

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  • $\begingroup$ #10 has played the same character as #11. $\endgroup$ – Jaap Scherphuis Jan 6 at 10:39
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, everything is now correct! $\endgroup$ – JS1 Jan 6 at 18:36
  • $\begingroup$ I will add that the reason I didn't put #2 in there to begin with is that I thought it would make the puzzle a little too obvious, as is why I didn't add Desmond Llewelyn or Ben Whishaw. The others on the list are famous for roles other than the ones that put them on this list. $\endgroup$ – JS1 Jan 6 at 19:45
  • $\begingroup$ Why not Tommy Lee Jones though? Is that a valid, alternate answer? $\endgroup$ – JPhi1618 Jan 6 at 21:31
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    $\begingroup$ The puzzle specified that the actors were foreign. It turns out both OP and TLJ are American. $\endgroup$ – CG. Jan 6 at 22:00

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