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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
2,280 889
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,298 793
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

3
2,754 897
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
1,972 729
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,193 622
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,706 788
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

7
1,614 704
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, England

8
1,345 604
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

9
1,622 738
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

10
1,698 784
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,251 588
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,350 533
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,193 607
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
2,091 655
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

15
1,602 578
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,011 568
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,455 461
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,433 738
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,186 382
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,086 478
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
1,071 515
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

22
943 527
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,533 203
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,382 623
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

25
1,178 516
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

26
1,097 450
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,355 234
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
950 169
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

29
789 426
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
836 493
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ireland, Europe, Northern Ireland

31
1,024 414
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,034 412
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,355 562
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
639 453
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

35
767 450
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
624 299
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
991 347
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

38
921 397
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
900 429
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

40
788 383
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, England

41
856 406
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

42
692 217
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

43
722 164
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

44
880 511
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

45
751 372
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

46
842 420
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

47
510 462
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Leeds

48
564 369
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
614 147
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

50
877 351
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom