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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.

1
2,266 878
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,282 785
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

3
2,724 893
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
1,961 719
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,174 620
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,694 780
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Day-Lewis Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

7
1,607 698
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,332 600
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee England, London

9
1,612 732
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

10
1,686 782
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,242 586
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,338 528
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alec Guinness Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,186 602
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

14
2,069 652
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

15
1,591 574
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,006 563
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,441 459
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,422 732
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,175 379
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,077 475
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
1,067 509
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

22
938 523
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,520 202
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,373 618
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
1,169 512
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

26
1,089 445
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,344 233
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

28
944 168
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

29
784 421
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

30
830 489
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

31
1,015 412
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,025 409
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,343 560
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
765 445
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

35
634 450
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

36
621 296
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
985 343
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
910 392
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
894 426
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

40
783 379
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

41
849 403
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

42
682 215
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Kate Winslet Reading, United Kingdom

43
712 162
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

44
872 510
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

45
748 368
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

46
837 418
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

47
508 458
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson England, Leeds

48
562 366
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
607 146
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Emma Thompson Paddington, London, United Kingdom

50
869 346
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom