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.
list ordered by
1
3,364 1,822
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
2
4,155 1,750
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
3
3,417 1,658
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London
4
3,243 1,528
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
5
2,771 1,675
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
3,238 1,345
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
7
2,410 1,732
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
2,322 1,585
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
9
1,972 1,448
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
10
2,401 1,615
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
11
1,728 1,325
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England
12
1,735 1,273
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Dorking
13
3,294 1,561
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
14
2,216 1,452
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
15
2,404 1,315
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
16
1,848 1,163
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
17
2,195 1,012
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
18
1,499 1,136
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
19
1,627 974
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, England
20
1,708 853
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
21
1,784 845
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
22
2,496 539
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom
23
2,127 1,117
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
24
1,366 950
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
25
1,486 882
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland