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List Rules 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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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman Eurasia, New Cross, London

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, England, London

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Day-Lewis Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

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Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alec Guinness Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

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Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

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Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

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Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

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Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

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Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

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Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

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Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

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Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

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Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

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Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

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Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugo Weaving Ibadan, Nigeria

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David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter Sellers Southsea, England