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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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1
2,328 909
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,354 811
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

3
2,815 915
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
2,016 748
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, England, London

5
2,242 640
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,733 811
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

7
1,646 726
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,374 627
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

9
1,665 755
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

10
1,727 801
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,272 605
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
South East England, Surrey, Eurasia

12
1,379 546
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,226 619
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
2,147 671
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

15
1,647 595
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,033 579
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,494 471
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,464 756
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,208 390
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, England

20
1,111 487
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
1,087 526
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

22
964 538
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

23
1,570 211
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,411 633
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

25
1,200 527
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England

26
1,121 459
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,384 243
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
807 434
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Caterham

29
971 181
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

30
852 506
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ireland, Europe, Northern Ireland

31
1,045 424
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,050 427
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,390 572
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
787 456
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

35
648 466
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

36
641 307
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
1,025 360
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
958 407
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, England

39
924 439
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

40
812 394
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

41
872 415
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

42
717 226
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

43
902 519
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

44
754 175
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

45
765 385
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

46
860 435
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

47
518 474
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

48
577 376
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
641 154
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

50
898 363
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom