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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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2,163 827
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

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2,166 743
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

3
2,594 859
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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1,867 684
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,075 592
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,613 751
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

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1,538 671
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

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1,536 698
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

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1,613 752
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

10
1,277 572
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

11
1,196 562
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,284 502
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
1,127 573
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

14
1,502 548
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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1,936 623
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

16
1,363 438
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

17
960 545
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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1,332 709
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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1,028 455
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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1,128 358
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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1,017 492
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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899 505
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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1,300 595
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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1,121 491
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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1,033 425
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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1,274 220
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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754 399
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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1,428 196
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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797 471
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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878 159
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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973 397
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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969 392
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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738 427
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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1,264 536
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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611 436
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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593 279
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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916 331
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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809 383
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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832 415
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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730 368
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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855 378
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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490 444
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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832 492
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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712 356
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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794 404
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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650 152
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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630 209
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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542 352
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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822 334
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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569 388
Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugo Weaving Ibadan, Nigeria