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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
2,277 887
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,295 790
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

3
2,748 895
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
1,968 727
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,187 622
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,703 786
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

7
1,612 701
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, England

8
1,342 603
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

9
1,619 735
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

10
1,695 783
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,249 587
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,348 531
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,192 605
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
2,086 655
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

15
1,600 577
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,010 566
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,452 460
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,429 737
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,184 381
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,084 477
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
1,070 513
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

22
942 526
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,530 202
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,380 622
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

25
1,174 515
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

26
1,095 449
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,353 233
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
949 168
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

29
787 425
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
835 492
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

31
1,021 414
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,030 412
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,352 562
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
638 453
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

35
765 450
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
624 299
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
990 347
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

38
919 397
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
898 429
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

40
787 383
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, England

41
855 406
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

42
689 217
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

43
720 164
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

44
878 511
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

45
749 372
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

46
840 420
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

47
509 462
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Leeds

48
563 369
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
612 147
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

50
876 350
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom