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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
2,485 829
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,087 710
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

3
2,074 791
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

4
1,801 653
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,007 567
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,548 722
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Day-Lewis Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

7
1,481 646
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,551 725
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

9
1,479 670
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

10
1,158 536
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

11
1,232 550
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

12
1,244 483
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
1,088 548
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

14
1,452 526
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

The Longest Hollywood Marriages

15
926 520
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

16
1,308 420
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

17
1,835 604
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

18
991 434
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

19
1,277 685
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

20
1,080 343
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

21
870 479
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

The Best Living American Actors

22
981 470
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

23
1,087 468
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

24
1,259 572
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
993 410
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,221 206
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

27
731 378
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

28
766 447
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

The Best British Thriller Movies

29
1,353 188
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

30
934 376
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

31
938 369
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

32
835 143
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

33
712 407
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

34
1,190 517
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

35
595 416
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

The Best Tony Award Winning Musicals

36
576 260
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
860 313
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
773 368
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

39
792 396
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

40
691 354
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

41
476 425
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

42
808 360
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

The Greatest Directorial Debuts Of All Time

43
798 478
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

44
684 342
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

45
751 391
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

46
595 142
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

47
587 195
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Kate Winslet Reading, United Kingdom

48
522 341
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
795 324
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

50
582 335
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter Sellers Southsea, England