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The Greatest British Actors of All Time  

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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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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom
2
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
3
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland
4
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
5
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
6
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
7
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
9
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom
10
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom
11
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
12
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
13
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
14
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
15
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
16
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom
17
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
18
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
19
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom
20
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
21
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom
22
Peter Sellers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Southsea, England
23
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom
24
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
25
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom