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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
3,182 1,715
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
2
3,924 1,644
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
3
3,239 1,545
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
4
3,029 1,408
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
5
2,638 1,551
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
2,983 1,272
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
7
2,265 1,604
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
1,861 1,357
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London
9
2,205 1,482
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
10
2,276 1,540
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
11
1,620 1,260
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England
12
1,650 1,223
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom
13
3,078 1,490
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
14
2,258 1,250
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
15
1,755 1,118
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
16
2,066 1,392
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
17
1,413 1,098
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
18
2,051 976
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
19
1,541 929
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom
20
1,685 804
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
21
1,616 809
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, England
22
2,009 1,066
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
23
1,288 913
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom
24
2,600 739
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England
25
2,339 519
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom