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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
3,135 1,141
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,547 1,175
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,617 1,054
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

4
2,146 1,050
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, England, London

5
2,424 928
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,118 954
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,831 1,098
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,793 987
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,469 885
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,837 1,070
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

11
2,418 980
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

12
1,339 828
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Dorking

13
1,782 813
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,434 768
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

15
1,282 839
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

16
1,602 669
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

17
1,101 772
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,585 995
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,288 590
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,197 735
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

21
1,611 851
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

22
1,772 485
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

23
1,027 741
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

24
1,784 382
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

25
1,296 643
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Scotland, Perth

26
1,174 684
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,521 405
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,275 717
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
882 569
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,077 302
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added England, London

31
906 635
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

32
1,586 694
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

33
1,158 536
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

34
1,145 519
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

35
942 228
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

36
843 535
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

37
1,175 415
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
673 543
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

39
1,069 476
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
993 470
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
840 281
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

42
1,021 501
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
670 368
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

44
867 463
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

45
768 193
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

46
963 590
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

47
1,022 395
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

48
537 521
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Leeds

49
788 433
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
623 414
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom