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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
3,118 1,119
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

2
2,526 1,158
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,600 1,034
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

4
2,134 1,030
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,409 909
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,101 940
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,823 1,079
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,788 963
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,462 866
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,830 1,046
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
2,403 953
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

12
1,329 806
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Dorking

13
1,771 793
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,429 749
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

15
1,279 818
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

16
1,593 650
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

17
1,094 752
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,573 974
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,282 570
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,191 717
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

21
1,598 830
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

22
1,017 724
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

23
1,768 370
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,715 474
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

25
1,283 639
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,165 679
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,506 401
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,271 712
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
880 565
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Caterham

30
1,068 299
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

31
903 631
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

32
1,579 689
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

33
1,151 534
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

34
1,139 518
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England

35
841 532
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
926 227
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

37
1,162 414
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
1,066 474
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
670 542
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

40
988 469
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
836 280
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, England

42
1,015 500
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
668 366
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

44
865 462
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

45
759 192
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

46
960 585
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

47
1,014 394
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

48
537 520
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
788 432
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
621 413
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom