Entertainment The Greatest British Actors of All Time  

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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
3,114 1,651
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
3,820 1,585
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

3
3,152 1,487
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,946 1,352
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

5
2,573 1,499
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, England

6
2,882 1,238
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
2,212 1,545
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
2,167 1,423
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Ipswich

9
1,816 1,295
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
2,218 1,489
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

11
1,571 1,222
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

12
2,979 1,453
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

13
2,204 1,217
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,714 1,086
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

15
1,607 1,190
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

16
2,004 1,362
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,377 1,071
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,997 954
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

19
1,507 905
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, England

20
1,644 784
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Scotland, Perth

21
1,577 794
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

22
2,550 712
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

23
1,964 1,044
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

24
2,283 503
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added London, England

25
1,255 897
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom