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The Greatest British Actors of All Time 

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Updated December 2, 2019 315k votes 23k voters 379.8k views 240 items

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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Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
2
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Eurasia, South West England, Dorset
3
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
4
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
5
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Eurasia, New Cross, London
6
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom
7
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom
8
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
9
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom
10
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
11
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
12
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom
13
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, England, London
14
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom
15
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom
16
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
17
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
18
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
19
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom
20
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
21
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
22
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
23
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom
24
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland
25
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom