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 Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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

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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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    Goldfinger, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Untouchables

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    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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    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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    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, City Lights, City Lights

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    The Pink Panther, Mutiny on the Bounty, Wuthering Heights

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

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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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    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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    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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    Inglourious Basterds, 300, X-Men: First Class

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

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

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    Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry ...

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    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Pacific Rim

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

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

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    Road to Perdition, Hugo, Sherlock Holmes

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

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    The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

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    300, How to Train Your Dragon, P.S. I Love You

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    Jurassic Park, The Great Escape, The Lost World: Jurassic Park

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