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List Rules Living male actors from England. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.

You'd listen to Michael Caine talk all day, right? And surely you'd watch Ian McKellan in just about any movie Hollywood decided he should be in. Why? Because they're two of the best living English actors, along with the other English men on this list. These greatest living actors from England aren't just handsome and don't just come with a great accent, they're truly talented actors who have all made film history.

Who are the top living English actors? These men (whether retired or still working) are still gracing the earth and many are turning out excellent performances in hit movies, like Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch. The best at what they do, these English actors win awards left and right, from BAFTAs to Golden Globes, and are popular with film-going audiences the world over.

This list features the greatest living English actors including Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Michael Cane, Colin Firth, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Sean Bean, John Cleese, Jude Law, Hugh Laurie, and Rupert Everett. Don't see your favorite living 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 still alive today.

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Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

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Theo James is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Theo James Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Patrick Stewart X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

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Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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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Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

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Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Jeremy Irons The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

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Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ben Kingsley Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Colin Firth The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

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+ - 153 130
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Jude Law Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugh Laurie 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

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Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Tom Hiddleston The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Idris Elba Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

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Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

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Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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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James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actors
James McAvoy X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

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Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Martin Freeman Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

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Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Daniel Craig Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Rowan Atkinson The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

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Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Clive Owen Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Bill Nighy Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz

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Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Tom Wilkinson Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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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+ - 89 82
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Simon Pegg Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness

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Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Terence Stamp Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman II

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David Thewlis is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actors
David Thewlis The Big Lebowski, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Jim Broadbent Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugh Grant Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary

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Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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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+ - 56 71
Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Derek Jacobi Gladiator, The King's Speech, The Secret of NIMH

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Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Andrew Lincoln Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love

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Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Chiwetel Ejiofor Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

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Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Replacements

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Timothy Spall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Timothy Spall Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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+ - 13 7
Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Stephen Fry Jeeves and Wooster

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Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Rupert Everett Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

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Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Chris O'Dowd Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

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Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Matthew Macfadyen Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon, Grindhouse

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Sam Riley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Sam Riley Maleficent, 24 Hour Party People, Control

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Nathaniel Parker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Nathaniel Parker Stardust, Hamlet, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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+ - 10 32
Shaun Evans is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shaun Evans Cashback, Dread, Being Julia

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Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Timothy Dalton Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer

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+ - 11 42
Robson Green is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Robson Green Me & Mrs. Jones, The Student Prince, Joe Maddison's War

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+ - 36 59
Paddy Considine is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Paddy Considine Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, Cinderella Man