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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
3,102 1,101
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,510 1,139
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,588 1,014
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

4
2,123 1,006
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,405 886
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,079 924
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,817 1,056
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,776 943
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,456 846
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,825 1,021
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
2,387 926
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

12
1,323 790
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

13
1,760 771
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,427 731
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

15
1,277 801
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

16
1,091 736
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,587 633
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,569 955
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,277 555
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,178 700
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

21
1,584 813
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

22
1,012 708
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,758 355
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,163 662
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

25
1,267 626
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,655 469
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

27
1,268 703
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

28
1,498 393
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

29
879 558
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,063 294
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added London, England

31
902 623
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

32
1,569 682
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

33
1,147 525
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

34
1,134 513
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

35
840 526
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
916 223
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

37
1,156 408
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

38
670 537
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

39
1,064 469
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, England

40
982 465
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
831 276
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

42
1,011 494
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
667 360
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

44
863 455
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, England

45
751 188
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

46
954 582
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

47
1,006 393
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

48
536 516
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
787 428
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
619 409
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom