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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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2,238 863
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,242 778
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

3
2,683 884
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
1,933 713
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time

5
2,147 614
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,669 773
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Day-Lewis London, England

7
1,585 694
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes England, Ipswich

8
1,591 726
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

9
1,666 775
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

10
1,323 592
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

11
1,228 581
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,318 521
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alec Guinness Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,168 597
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

14
1,563 571
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

15
2,029 648
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

16
996 558
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,424 454
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,396 728
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,063 472
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

20
1,162 375
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

21
1,055 507
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

22
930 520
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,350 614
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

24
1,158 509
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

25
1,078 441
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,320 231
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Eurasia, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom

27
772 416
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy England, Caterham

28
1,493 199
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith England, London

29
925 166
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren England, London

30
816 486
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

31
1,000 408
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie England, Oxford

32
1,008 405
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,321 554
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
758 440
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

35
627 447
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

36
968 341
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

37
615 292
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

38
877 424
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

39
771 378
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

40
835 399
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

41
895 388
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

42
501 456
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson England, Leeds

43
862 508
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

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739 367
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Eurasia, Weston-super-Mare, South West England

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824 416
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Eurasia, Lewisham, United Kingdom

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695 160
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

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666 213
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Kate Winslet Reading, United Kingdom

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555 362
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

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853 344
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

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448 347
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Robbie Coltrane Rutherglen, Scotland