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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
2,875 1,493
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
3,492 1,452
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

3
2,909 1,356
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,377 1,374
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,710 1,238
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,596 1,141
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
2,049 1,405
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
2,015 1,295
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,668 1,176
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
2,059 1,369
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
2,033 1,097
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
1,459 1,098
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

13
1,496 1,095
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

14
2,731 1,339
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

15
1,599 1,007
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,829 1,276
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,267 1,005
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,824 900
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

19
1,406 850
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

20
2,373 645
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

21
1,513 730
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

22
1,463 751
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

23
1,165 840
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

24
1,819 992
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
2,087 468
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom