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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
2,343 917
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,372 819
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

3
2,845 919
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
2,025 756
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,258 648
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,740 820
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

7
1,748 760
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

8
1,655 735
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,384 634
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,737 807
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,280 610
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
South East England, Surrey, Eurasia

12
1,384 552
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,230 623
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
2,176 675
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

15
1,656 599
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,036 583
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,502 473
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,470 760
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,215 393
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, England

20
1,117 491
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
970 541
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

22
1,091 530
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

23
1,425 637
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

24
1,585 214
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

25
1,207 531
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England

26
1,135 462
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,394 246
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
816 437
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Caterham

29
980 184
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

30
857 510
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ireland, Europe, Northern Ireland

31
1,059 427
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,058 430
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,407 574
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
794 459
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

35
651 470
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

36
645 310
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
1,036 362
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
971 412
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
934 442
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

40
815 398
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

41
880 418
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

42
722 231
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

43
770 179
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

44
908 525
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

45
872 437
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

46
768 387
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

47
520 477
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

48
585 378
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
660 155
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

50
910 365
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom