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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
2,266 743
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
1,925 734
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

3
1,930 660
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

4
1,687 603
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
1,871 530
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,438 670
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
1,376 596
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,434 661
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

9
1,175 504
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,376 631
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

11
1,086 501
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,169 448
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
1,013 513
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

14
1,344 499
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

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15
858 489
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

16
1,209 400
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

17
926 405
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

18
1,202 639
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,660 570
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

20
1,015 321
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

21
918 444
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

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22
813 457
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,043 438
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

24
1,191 542
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
929 385
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,125 181
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

27
691 352
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

28
1,250 173
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

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29
716 420
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

30
879 349
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

31
887 343
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

32
764 128
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

33
674 383
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

34
1,077 494
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

35
547 404
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

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36
530 243
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
746 369
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

38
722 346
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

39
781 294
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

40
457 404
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

41
760 342
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

42
641 338
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

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43
746 452
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

44
647 324
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

45
703 371
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

46
496 323
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

47
525 127
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

48
521 177
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Kate Winslet Reading, United Kingdom

49
750 303
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

50
397 302
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Robbie Coltrane Rutherglen, United Kingdom