actors The Best English Actors of All Time

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List Rules Male actors from England, dead or alive. Vote based on their entire body of work.

Some of the best actors of all time hail from England, and whether you love these English men for their acting talents or just their accents, there's no denying that many of these English actors are among some of the best actors in film history. Whether living or dead, these men made England a top source for acting talent in Hollywood and will go down in history as the best.

Who are the all-time top English actors in film history? Some of these actors from England became famous for roles as Americans, as Jedi (hi, Alec Guinness!), as detectives, and any number of other memorable characters. There's just something about these English gentlemen that movie audiences love, and their fantastic acting abilities have made many of them award winners as well.

This list features the greatest English actors of all time including Charlie Chaplin, Anthony Hopkins, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cary Grant, David Niven, Daniel Day-Lewis, and Ewan McGregor. Don't see your favorite actor from England? Add him below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best English actors to have ever graced the screen.

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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Batman Begins

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans There Will Be Blood

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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Die Hard, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring X-Men

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Batman Begins

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Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Alec Guinness Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Return of the Jedi

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Spartacus, Clash of the Titans Rebecca

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Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted King Arthur

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand X-Men 2

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance The Time Machine

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Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Cary Grant North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby His Girl Friday

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Schindler's List, Iron Man 3 Shutter Island

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John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
John Hurt Alien, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises Batman Begins

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Colin Firth The English Patient, The King's Speech Shakespeare in Love

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Theo James is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Theo James Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie Divergent

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Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin City Lights, The Gold Rush Modern Times

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Gladiator, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Peter Sellers Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, The Pink Panther Being There

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
John Cleese Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 12 Years a Slave

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Sean Bean The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

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David Niven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
David Niven The Pink Panther, Mutiny on the Bounty Murder by Death

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens Sense and Sensibility

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Hot Fuzz

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Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith Trainspotting

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Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Simon Pegg Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead Star Trek Into Darkness

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Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Idris Elba Thor, Thor: The Dark World Prometheus

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Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Casino Royale, Skyfall Road to Perdition

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Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz Love Actually

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Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Ian Holm Alien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston The Avengers, Thor Thor: The Dark World

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Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Shakespeare in Love

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Albert Finney is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Albert Finney Skyfall, Big Fish The Bourne Ultimatum

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Tim Curry is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Tim Curry The Little Mermaid, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Home Alone 2: Lost in New York

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Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Jude Law Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Peter Cushing is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Peter Cushing Star Wars, Lolita Dracula

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Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Richard Burton The Longest Day, Cleopatra Where Eagles Dare

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Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Gangs of New York, Brazil Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Terence Stamp Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace Superman II

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Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Clive Owen Sin City, The Bourne Identity Children of Men

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Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Peter Ustinov Spartacus, Robin Hood Logan's Run

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Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Derek Jacobi Gladiator, The King's Speech The Secret of NIMH

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Richard Attenborough is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Richard Attenborough Jurassic Park, The Great Escape The Lost World: Jurassic Park

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Pierce Brosnan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Pierce Brosnan Mars Attacks!, Mrs. Doubtfire GoldenEye

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John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
John Gielgud Chariots of Fire, Gandhi The Elephant Man

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best English Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises, Inception Black Hawk Down