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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
3,137 1,144
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,550 1,178
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,619 1,057
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,146 1,054
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,425 932
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,119 958
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,833 1,101
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,795 990
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,469 889
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,839 1,073
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

11
2,419 983
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

12
1,341 831
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

13
1,783 815
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,434 771
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

15
1,282 842
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

16
1,603 671
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

17
1,102 775
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,586 997
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,289 593
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,198 738
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

21
1,612 852
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

22
1,779 485
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

23
1,028 742
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

24
1,786 383
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

25
1,296 645
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Eurasia, Perth, Perth and Kinross

26
1,175 685
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

27
1,524 406
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
1,275 719
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

29
884 570
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,080 303
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

31
906 637
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

32
1,586 696
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

33
1,159 538
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

34
1,146 520
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

35
943 229
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

36
844 537
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

37
1,176 415
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
674 543
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

39
1,070 476
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
993 470
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
841 281
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, England

42
1,022 501
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
671 368
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

44
770 193
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

45
868 463
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
964 590
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

47
1,022 395
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

48
538 521
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, England

49
789 433
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
624 414
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom