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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.
list ordered by

1
2,975 1,547
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
3,611 1,500
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

3
3,005 1,401
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,446 1,420
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,786 1,284
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,710 1,176
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
2,111 1,453
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
2,062 1,338
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Ipswich

9
1,717 1,222
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
2,122 1,413
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
2,113 1,139
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
1,509 1,136
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

13
2,832 1,379
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

14
1,542 1,135
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

15
1,642 1,042
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,904 1,308
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,318 1,026
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,883 922
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

19
1,443 872
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

20
2,441 667
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

21
1,556 747
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

22
1,204 858
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

23
1,500 769
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

24
1,879 1,004
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

25
2,162 473
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom