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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
2,891 1,498
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
3,504 1,455
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

3
2,920 1,362
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,383 1,379
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,720 1,241
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
2,610 1,143
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
2,060 1,409
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
2,025 1,297
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Ipswich

9
1,680 1,178
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
2,070 1,373
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
2,044 1,100
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

12
1,466 1,100
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

13
1,503 1,099
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

14
2,744 1,348
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

15
1,607 1,011
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

16
1,841 1,280
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

17
1,276 1,008
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

18
1,832 903
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

19
1,411 854
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

20
2,384 646
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

21
1,520 732
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

22
1,469 755
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

23
1,830 993
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

24
1,169 843
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

25
2,097 468
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom