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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
3,352 1,375
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,751 1,416
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,805 1,285
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,290 1,302
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,608 1,168
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,431 1,113
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,963 1,339
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,938 1,228
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,601 1,110
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,970 1,298
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,942 1,033
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
2,623 1,274
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

13
1,396 1,047
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
1,443 1,049
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

15
1,541 966
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,760 1,226
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,746 862
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,206 968
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

19
2,289 598
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

20
1,340 825
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes

21
1,451 710
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

22
1,409 724
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

23
1,989 446
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,760 961
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
1,117 816
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

26
1,250 755
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,667 465
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,354 777
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
1,193 353
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

30
945 623
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

31
1,726 741
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

32
1,243 550
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
957 695
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

34
1,242 594
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

35
1,129 255
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

36
1,300 461
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

37
895 588
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Republic of Ireland, Cabra, Dublin

38
939 316
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

39
1,142 529
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
1,064 528
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
704 596
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

42
913 225
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

43
1,104 546
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

44
709 415
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

45
933 505
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

46
1,125 440
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

47
1,031 646
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

48
563 569
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
828 479
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
669 460
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom