Entertainment The Greatest British Actors of All Time  

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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
3,077 1,631
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
3,776 1,560
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

3
3,118 1,465
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,901 1,329
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

5
2,541 1,473
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, England

6
2,844 1,219
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
2,192 1,519
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
2,142 1,400
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Ipswich

9
1,790 1,275
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
2,189 1,471
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

11
1,556 1,201
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

12
2,942 1,436
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

13
2,176 1,202
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,693 1,076
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

15
1,587 1,177
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

16
1,979 1,350
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,361 1,060
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,966 946
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

19
1,493 893
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, England

20
1,625 771
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Scotland, Perth

21
2,524 700
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

22
1,554 790
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

23
1,944 1,033
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Scotland, Port Glasgow

24
2,259 497
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added London, England

25
1,238 887
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom