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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
3,094 1,085
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,500 1,124
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,581 998
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,118 989
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,397 871
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,065 915
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,813 1,039
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,769 929
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,450 829
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,820 1,005
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
2,377 902
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

12
1,320 775
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

13
1,754 756
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,423 718
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

15
1,273 790
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

16
1,088 725
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,582 619
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,565 934
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,274 543
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,174 688
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, England

21
1,573 795
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

22
1,006 698
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,747 341
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added England, London

24
1,156 651
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

25
1,254 616
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,613 464
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

27
1,261 700
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

28
1,488 387
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

29
876 555
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,054 291
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

31
900 620
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

32
1,145 521
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

33
1,559 678
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
1,128 511
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

35
836 524
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Republic of Ireland, Cabra, Dublin

36
905 221
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

37
668 535
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

38
1,151 406
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

39
1,060 466
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
975 464
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
826 273
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

42
1,004 493
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
665 360
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

44
861 452
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

45
744 184
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

46
952 578
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

47
535 514
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

48
999 392
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

49
785 427
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
617 408
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom