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

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    Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and ...

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry ...

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    Spartacus, Rebecca, Clash of the Titans

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    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, Lincoln

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    The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

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    Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the ...

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    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

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

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    X-Men: First Class, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the ...

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    The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List, Batman Begins

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    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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    Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Atonement ...

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

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    The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

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    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

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    Alien, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

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    Shaun of the Dead, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Pirates ...

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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

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

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    The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Gangs of New York, Harry ...

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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of ...

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    101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Inglourious Basterds, 300, X-Men: First Class

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    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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

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    Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The ...

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, ...

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    Shaun of the Dead, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Love Actually

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    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim

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    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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    Road to Perdition, Hugo, Sherlock Holmes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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    The Longest Day, Where Eagles Dare, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    300, How to Train Your Dragon, P.S. I Love You

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    The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

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    The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The ...

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