The Greatest British Actors of All Time People In Film
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The Greatest British Actors of All Time

List Criteria: Male actors born in Great Britain

This list of the greatest British actors of all time has been ranked by fans of the films and TV shows in which these men have starred. What is it about British men that makes them so magnetic on the screen? Is it their sexy accents? Their distinguished demeanors? Whatever the case, there are many top British actors and great English actors who have achieved fame, success, and won many awards worldwide.

British actors like Daniel Day-Lewis and Ben Kingsley are considered to be some of the greatest actors of all time. This list includes British male actors from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Who are your favorites among these best British actors? Vote them up, or click rerank below to make a list of your own.

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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    the people's #1 & most listed The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Unforgiven

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    ranked low on reranks The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

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    Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Patriot

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    ranked low on reranks City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Pink Panther, Mutiny on the Bounty, Wuthering Heights

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    101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

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    ranked low on reranks & added by jobill Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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    Inglourious Basterds, 300, X-Men: First Class

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    Road to Perdition, Hugo, Sherlock Holmes

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