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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
2,273 883
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,290 788
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

3
2,740 894
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
1,966 725
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,184 621
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,700 785
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

7
1,610 700
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, England

8
1,341 602
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

9
1,618 735
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

10
1,693 783
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,248 587
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,346 531
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,189 605
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
2,082 655
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

15
1,597 577
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,009 566
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,450 460
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,426 737
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,182 381
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,082 477
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
1,069 513
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

22
942 526
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,528 202
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,377 622
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

25
1,172 515
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

26
1,093 449
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,350 233
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
948 168
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

29
786 425
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
834 492
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

31
1,019 414
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,030 411
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,350 562
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
638 453
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

35
765 450
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
624 299
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
988 347
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

38
917 397
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
897 429
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

40
786 383
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, England

41
854 406
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

42
688 217
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

43
719 164
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

44
876 511
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

45
749 372
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

46
839 420
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

47
509 462
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Leeds

48
563 369
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
611 147
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

50
873 350
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom