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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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1
3,359 1,381
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,755 1,421
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,813 1,290
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,295 1,307
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,611 1,172
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,437 1,114
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,968 1,343
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,942 1,233
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,604 1,115
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,971 1,303
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,946 1,037
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
2,628 1,278
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

13
1,445 1,053
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

14
1,399 1,052
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

15
1,543 970
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,764 1,232
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,749 866
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,209 971
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

19
2,294 601
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

20
1,344 827
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes

21
1,455 712
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

22
1,412 728
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

23
1,994 449
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,761 966
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
1,119 821
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

26
1,251 759
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,669 469
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,355 780
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
1,197 356
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

30
948 626
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

31
1,729 743
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

32
1,244 552
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
959 697
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

34
1,244 596
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

35
1,132 256
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

36
1,304 464
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

37
897 589
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Republic of Ireland, Cabra, Dublin

38
941 317
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

39
1,143 530
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
1,065 530
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
704 598
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

42
1,106 546
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
916 225
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

44
710 416
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

45
935 506
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

46
1,127 442
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

47
1,033 648
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

48
564 570
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
828 481
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
673 461
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom