Describe An Actor Or Actress Whom You Admire

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card

Describe an actor or actress whom you admire.

You should say:

Who he/she she is?
What he/she looks like?
What kind of movies he/she appears in?
And explain why you admire this actor/actress.

Note: You will have to talk about the topic for one to two minutes. You have one minute to think about what you are going to say. You can make some notes to help you if you wish.

Model Answer 1:

Everyone has an actor or actress that they admire. Whether for their incredible acting skills, charming personality, or simply the fact that they can make us laugh or cry, actors and actresses can draw us in and make us feel like we know them. 

Here I would like to talk about an actor I admire.

Who he/she she is? 
The actor I admire is Tom Hanks. Tom Hanks is an award-winning actor who has been in the film industry for over three decades.

He is best known for his roles in Forrest Gump, Saving Private Ryan, Cast Away, and The Da Vinci Code, among many other films.

He is also a two-time Academy Award winner, having won Best Actor in 1993 for Philadelphia and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Forrest Gump in 1995. 

What he/she looks like?
Tom Hanks is a tall, slim, and handsome actor. He has short, light brown hair, blue eyes, and a friendly smile. He usually wears glasses and is often seen wearing casual clothing. He has a wholesome, all-american look that many people admire

What kind of movies he/she appears in?
Tom Hanks has appeared in a variety of films throughout his career. He is most well-known for his roles in dramas, comedies, and romantic films.

He has also appeared in several historical films and biopics, such as Saving Private Ryan, Apollo 13, and Charlie Wilson’s War. 

Explain why you admire this actor/actress.
I admire Tom Hanks because he is a talented actor with a passion for his work. His performances are always engaging and thought-provoking, and he can bring a unique and often unexpected perspective to the characters he plays.

He is also genuinely nice and always comes across as humble and down-to-earth. He has a great sense of humour, and he is a very approachable person.

I also admire him because he is a great role model for children and young adults, and his films often have a positive message for viewers.

Model Answer 2:


  • I am very fond of watching movies and TV series.
  • And I admire all those actors and actresses who live their roles.

Who he/she she is?

  • Here, I will talk about one actor Pankaj Tripathi who has really impressed me with his acting.
  • In all the roles he has played, it looks like he is the actual character and is just living his role.

What kind of movies he/she appears in?

  • I saw the movie Kaagaz, where he is a wedding bandmaster and looks like one.
  • Another movie in which he has a lead role is Sherdil.
  • Then I happened to watch a crime TV series, Criminal justice, on Hotstar.
  • He has done the role of a lawyer in this series and has given a stellar performance.
  • Another TV series ‘Mirzapur’ on Amazon Prime, where he plays a Mafia don, is worth watching.

What he/she looks like?

  • He is tall, fair, and must be in his mid-forties.
  • He did minor roles in many movies, but he came into the limelight after the movie Gangs of Wasseypur, in which he played a negative role.
  • I didn’t know much about him apart from his role in these movies and TV series, but recently I read his interview in the Times of India newspaper.

And explain why you admire this actor/actress.

  • He has a very humble background.
  • He struggled a lot to get noticed as an actor.
  • He said that he came to Mumbai in 2004, but no one noticed him before the Gangs of Wasseypur happened in 2012.
  • Now, whenever I watch any old movie in which he has even a tiny role, I feel like watching the movie to the end because of his role.
  • He has done all sorts of roles and has added life to all the characters he has played.
  • Many of his movies have been big hits, and he has made a place for himself in Bollywood.
  • He has also acted in some Tamil films.


  • Pankaj Tripathi is just fabulous and deserves all the success.

IELTS Speaking Part 3 : Follow up Questions

Here some examples of follow up questions that you may asked during your speaking part 3 by examiner related to cue card “describe an actor or actress whom you admire”.

1. Are actors or actresses very interested in the work? Why?
Yes, I believe actors and actresses are very interested in their work because if they were not interested, they would not put their heart and soul into acting, and then they would not be successful in life.

2. Is being a professional actor or actress a good career?
Yes, I believe being a professional actor or actress is a good career. If one is successful, one can earn much more than in any other profession. However, I also believe that it is a very demanding profession. It requires total dedication and perseverance. Only then can an actor or actress survive in today’s era of cutthroat competition.

3. What can children learn from acting?
Children can learn a lot from acting. Firstly, it builds confidence. While acting, they interact with people of all ages and so it also builds social skills. It also improves their public speaking skills which are very important in adult life. Acting also teaches them discipline and patience. Children have to memorize lines, and so it also sharpens their memory.

4. Why do children like special costumes?
Children like special costumes because it makes them enter a world of fantasy, and they imagine situations around those costumes, increasing their creativity and happiness.

5. What are the differences between actors or actresses who earn much and those who earn little?
Actors who earn much enjoy name, fame, and a world of luxury, whereas those who earn little suffer from frustration and depression and also may have suicidal tendencies

6. What are the differences between acting in the theatre and that in the film?
Acting in the theatre and that in the film is totally different. In theatre performance, actors have just one chance to get it right. There are no retakes. Secondly, the distance between the audience and the actor is much more in theatre acting. So, actors have to exaggerate facial expressions and gestures so that every audience member can see what’s going on.
However, in films, the camera can get extremely close to the actor, which closes the gap between the audience and the actors. So actors on film must use subtle, controlled and natural expressions and body language. Finally, stage actors must deliver the same performance.


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