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.
list ordered by
1
3,316 1,796
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
2
4,082 1,725
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
3
3,368 1,632
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
4
3,182 1,488
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
5
2,730 1,636
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
3,156 1,322
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
7
2,369 1,686
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
1,936 1,428
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
9
2,285 1,554
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
10
2,366 1,594
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
11
1,695 1,306
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England
12
1,711 1,256
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, England
13
3,231 1,539
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
14
2,175 1,430
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
15
2,363 1,289
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
16
1,819 1,147
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
17
2,149 997
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
18
1,472 1,124
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
19
1,600 957
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom
20
1,753 832
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
21
1,676 838
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
22
2,096 1,099
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
23
1,340 935
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
24
2,437 532
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom
25
2,677 783
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom