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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
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom
2
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
3
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Eurasia, New Cross, London
4
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Burnley
5
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom
6
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Eurasia, South West England, Dorset
7
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom
8
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom
9
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom
10
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom
11
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom
12
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England
13
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
14
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom
15
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London
16
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom
17
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom
18
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland
19
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes
20
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom
21
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom
22
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom
23
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom
24
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom
25
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland