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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.

The Greatest British Actors of All Time People In Film
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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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    Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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

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

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    Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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

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    Goldfinger, The Untouchables, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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    Spartacus, Clash of the Titans, Rebecca

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

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

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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    Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the ...

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

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    Lawrence of Arabia, Ratatouille, Prometheus

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

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    X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: ...

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    Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a ...

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    Alien, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the ...

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    North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday

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

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

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    Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz ...

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    City Lights, The Gold Rush, Modern Times

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    The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly ...

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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    The Pink Panther, Mutiny on the Bounty, Murder by Death

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    Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love ...

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    101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

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    The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

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    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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    Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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    Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

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    Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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    Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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    The Longest Day, Cleopatra, Where Eagles Dare

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

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

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    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

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    Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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

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    How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

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

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    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the ...

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    The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

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