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 Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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

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    North by Northwest, The Philadelphia Story, His Girl Friday

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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by lordrocknroll The Dark Knight Rises, Schindler's List, Batman Begins

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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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    Ratatouille, Lawrence of Arabia, Prometheus

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

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

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    The Pink Panther, Mutiny on the Bounty, Wuthering Heights

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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    ranked low on reranks Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Atonement ...

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    ranked low on reranks Alien, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the ...

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

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

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

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

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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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    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman, Superman II

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    The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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    Inglourious Basterds, 300, X-Men: First Class

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

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

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    101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

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    Road to Perdition, Hugo, Sherlock Holmes

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The ...

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    added by sangredeargento Braveheart, Gangs of New York, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part ...

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    Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, The Elephant Man

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    added by StevenTischler Charles Laughton

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