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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
3,276 1,781
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
2
4,025 1,713
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
3
3,331 1,612
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
4
3,140 1,468
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
5
2,704 1,614
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
3,108 1,308
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
7
2,341 1,663
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
2,259 1,533
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
9
1,914 1,411
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
10
2,341 1,580
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
11
1,672 1,291
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, United Kingdom
12
1,697 1,244
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom
13
3,182 1,531
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
14
2,149 1,417
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
15
2,329 1,282
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
16
1,796 1,141
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
17
2,117 990
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
18
1,453 1,117
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
19
1,582 946
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom
20
1,732 825
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
21
1,654 828
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
22
2,071 1,087
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland
23
1,325 926
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
24
2,403 527
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom
25
2,655 770
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom