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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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2,170 831
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,177 746
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

3
2,605 864
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
1,875 687
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,084 596
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,617 753
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
1,546 675
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,544 701
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

9
1,619 754
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

10
1,279 575
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

11
1,197 565
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,288 506
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
1,134 576
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, United Kingdom

14
1,510 551
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

Actors Who Almost Got the Part in a Marvel Film

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1,947 625
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch London, England

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1,374 438
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

17
965 547
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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1,341 710
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,030 457
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

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1,135 359
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

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1,022 494
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

The Best TV Crime Dramas

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904 506
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

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1,306 598
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

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1,127 492
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

25
1,040 426
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

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1,279 222
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

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756 401
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

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1,435 196
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

The Best Actors in Film History

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798 473
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

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884 160
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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974 399
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

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972 394
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

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743 428
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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1,270 538
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston London, England

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613 438
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

The Most Rewatchable Movies

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595 280
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

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925 331
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
813 385
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

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839 416
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

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737 369
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

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861 379
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

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493 445
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

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839 493
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

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720 356
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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798 405
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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657 153
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

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636 209
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Kate Winslet Reading, United Kingdom

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546 353
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

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826 335
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

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436 338
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Robbie Coltrane Rutherglen, United Kingdom