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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
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom
2
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
3
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland
4
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom
5
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England
6
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
7
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
8
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
9
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom
10
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
11
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
12
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
13
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
14
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom
15
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland
16
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
17
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Southsea, England
18
John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England
19
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
20
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
21
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
22
Rex Harrison is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Huyton, United Kingdom
23
Boris Karloff is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London
24
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom
25
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom