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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
3,354 1,377
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,751 1,417
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,807 1,286
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,292 1,303
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,609 1,169
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,434 1,113
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,965 1,340
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,939 1,229
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,603 1,111
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,971 1,299
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,943 1,034
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
2,626 1,275
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

13
1,396 1,048
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
1,444 1,050
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

15
1,541 967
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,761 1,228
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,747 863
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,206 968
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

19
2,290 599
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

20
1,341 825
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes

21
1,452 710
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

22
1,409 725
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

23
1,991 447
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,760 962
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
1,118 817
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

26
1,250 756
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,668 466
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,354 778
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
945 624
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,194 354
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

31
1,726 741
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

32
1,243 551
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
957 695
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

34
1,243 594
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

35
1,130 255
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

36
1,301 461
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

37
895 588
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Republic of Ireland, Cabra, Dublin

38
940 316
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

39
1,142 529
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
1,064 529
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
704 596
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

42
1,104 546
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
914 225
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

44
709 415
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

45
933 505
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
1,126 440
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

47
1,031 646
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

48
563 569
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

49
828 479
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
669 460
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom