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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
3,103 1,104
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,511 1,144
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,590 1,018
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

4
2,123 1,011
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,405 891
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Burnley

6
2,083 928
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,818 1,061
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,777 948
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,457 851
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

10
1,826 1,026
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
2,388 930
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

12
1,323 793
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

13
1,760 776
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,427 734
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

15
1,277 804
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

16
1,091 739
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,587 637
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,569 959
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,277 559
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,181 703
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

21
1,585 816
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

22
1,012 711
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,758 359
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,163 665
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

25
1,270 628
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,661 470
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

27
1,268 705
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

28
1,498 396
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

29
879 559
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,063 295
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

31
902 624
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

32
1,569 684
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

33
1,147 527
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

34
1,135 514
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

35
840 527
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
916 224
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

37
1,156 409
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

38
670 538
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

39
1,064 470
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, England

40
982 466
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
832 277
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

42
1,011 495
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
668 361
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

44
863 456
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, England

45
751 189
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

46
955 583
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

47
1,007 393
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

48
536 517
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
787 429
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
619 410
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom