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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
2,356 926
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,390 828
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

3
2,868 924
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
2,029 765
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,267 659
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,744 831
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

7
1,810 763
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

8
1,669 744
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, United Kingdom

9
1,386 644
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,745 814
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,282 614
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
South East England, Surrey, Eurasia

12
1,384 557
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,232 628
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
2,198 678
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

15
1,666 602
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,039 587
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,507 478
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,477 765
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,221 396
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, England

20
1,119 494
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
1,097 535
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

22
971 546
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

23
1,431 642
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

24
1,598 216
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

25
1,210 536
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England

26
1,141 466
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,400 249
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
822 439
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Caterham

29
983 189
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

30
857 513
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ireland, Europe, Northern Ireland

31
1,073 428
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,060 434
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,423 577
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
797 461
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

35
651 472
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

36
645 311
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
1,041 364
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

38
979 414
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
939 446
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

40
817 401
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

41
888 419
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

42
728 233
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

43
786 179
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

44
914 527
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

45
879 437
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

46
769 387
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

47
522 477
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Leeds, United Kingdom

48
670 155
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

49
588 379
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

50
918 365
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom