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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
3,310 1,794
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
2
4,076 1,722
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
3
3,363 1,630
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England
4
3,177 1,485
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom
5
2,727 1,632
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
3,149 1,320
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom
7
2,366 1,683
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
1,934 1,424
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
9
2,283 1,551
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
10
2,365 1,590
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
11
1,692 1,303
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England
12
1,710 1,253
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, England
13
3,224 1,535
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
14
2,170 1,428
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
15
2,359 1,287
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
16
1,816 1,145
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom
17
2,145 995
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
18
1,471 1,122
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
19
1,598 955
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom
20
1,748 831
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
21
1,675 835
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
22
2,093 1,096
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
23
1,337 932
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
24
2,432 530
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom
25
2,674 780
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom