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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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1,894 623
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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2
1,641 650
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

3
1,625 591
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

4
1,469 522
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
1,642 462
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,220 591
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
1,199 521
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,257 563
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

9
1,051 435
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,195 560
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

11
964 450
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,029 404
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
1,178 433
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
894 453
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

15
1,048 348
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

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16
758 444
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,057 569
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

18
869 275
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

19
1,411 505
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch England, London

20
821 356
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
730 409
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

22
808 397
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, England

23
1,059 493
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

24
934 393
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
821 346
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

26
606 313
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

27
959 155
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,064 154
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

29
627 373
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

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30
808 308
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

31
763 301
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

32
625 103
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
601 348
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
932 446
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

35
490 367
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

36
425 364
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

37
616 301
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

38
639 325
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

39
459 213
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

40
657 297
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

41
659 404
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

42
620 258
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

43
533 302
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

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44
570 291
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
616 329
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law England, London

46
442 292
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

47
407 98
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

48
472 313
Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugo Weaving Ibadan, Nigeria

49
650 273
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

50
493 299
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter Sellers Southsea, England