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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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1,577 627
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

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2
1,791 591
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

3
1,558 575
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

4
1,418 500
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
1,576 449
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,178 566
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Day-Lewis Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

7
1,162 509
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,222 535
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

9
1,014 424
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,159 542
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

11
930 439
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
996 393
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alec Guinness Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,147 417
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
867 441
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

15
1,024 548
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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16
738 433
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
999 337
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
842 268
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

19
795 348
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

20
1,365 486
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

21
780 386
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

22
709 400
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,036 482
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

24
910 386
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

25
793 339
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

26
585 305
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

27
610 363
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

28
927 147
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

29
741 293
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

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30
776 303
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

31
1,022 148
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

32
573 345
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

33
597 99
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

34
901 432
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

35
476 360
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

36
593 291
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

37
419 354
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

38
635 286
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
442 206
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

40
636 390
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

41
507 296
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

42
611 316
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

43
584 251
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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596 317
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

45
548 286
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

46
388 90
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

47
426 288
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

48
458 305
Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugo Weaving Ibadan, Nigeria

49
623 265
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

50
472 294
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter Sellers Southsea, England