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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
3,332 1,356
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,728 1,399
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,786 1,269
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,274 1,288
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,588 1,149
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,397 1,104
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,952 1,324
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,928 1,210
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,593 1,095
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,955 1,283
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,927 1,015
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
1,434 1,034
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

13
2,596 1,257
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

14
1,383 1,033
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

15
1,533 952
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,742 1,213
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,199 955
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,732 853
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

19
2,269 586
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

20
1,329 818
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes

21
1,398 714
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

22
1,439 703
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

23
1,748 950
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

24
1,971 439
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

25
1,111 808
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

26
1,244 747
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,656 460
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,346 771
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
940 616
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,183 346
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

31
1,710 735
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

32
954 685
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

33
1,231 547
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

34
1,234 588
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

35
1,115 250
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

36
1,284 456
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

37
891 581
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Republic of Ireland, Cabra, Dublin

38
930 311
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

39
1,134 522
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
1,054 523
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
701 589
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

42
906 221
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

43
1,094 543
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

44
704 409
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

45
923 501
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

46
1,115 435
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

47
1,020 642
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

48
559 563
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
823 473
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
666 453
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom