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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.
list ordered by

1
3,368 1,390
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,765 1,427
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,822 1,298
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,299 1,316
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,619 1,178
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,451 1,116
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,975 1,352
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,949 1,242
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,608 1,124
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,978 1,313
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,952 1,045
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
2,636 1,286
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

13
1,404 1,059
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
1,448 1,060
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

15
1,547 977
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,769 1,238
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,755 871
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,212 976
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

19
2,302 607
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

20
1,352 830
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

21
1,461 714
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

22
1,416 732
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

23
1,999 453
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,763 967
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
1,122 824
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

26
1,256 761
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,672 471
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,356 783
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
1,200 357
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

30
949 629
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

31
1,732 744
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

32
1,248 553
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
961 700
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

34
1,247 599
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

35
1,137 257
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

36
1,310 464
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

37
898 590
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

38
945 319
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

39
1,144 533
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
1,068 531
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
705 599
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

42
919 226
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

43
1,108 547
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

44
711 417
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

45
937 507
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

46
1,128 443
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

47
1,037 649
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

48
566 570
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
828 482
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
673 462
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom