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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.
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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
2
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
3
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
4
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
5
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Eurasia, South West England, Dorset
7
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom
8
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
9
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom
10
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
11
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
12
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
13
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
14
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
15
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom
16
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London
17
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England
18
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
19
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom
20
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom
21
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
22
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland
23
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
24
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, 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