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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
3,189 1,725
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
2
3,930 1,653
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
3
3,245 1,554
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
4
3,039 1,418
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
5
2,643 1,561
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
2,994 1,279
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
7
2,274 1,612
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
1,864 1,364
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
9
2,211 1,490
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
10
2,281 1,548
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
11
1,625 1,264
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England
12
1,658 1,226
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom
13
3,083 1,496
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
14
2,267 1,253
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
15
2,072 1,397
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
16
1,761 1,124
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
17
2,058 979
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
18
1,415 1,103
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
19
1,546 932
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom
20
1,620 813
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
21
1,687 809
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
22
2,012 1,071
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
23
1,295 917
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
24
2,606 745
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England
25
2,345 523
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom