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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
3,111 1,107
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
2,519 1,147
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

3
2,595 1,023
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
New Cross, London, England

4
2,127 1,015
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, England, London

5
2,408 895
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Burnley

6
2,093 930
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

7
1,819 1,067
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

8
1,784 952
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Ipswich

9
1,460 855
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,828 1,030
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
United Kingdom

11
2,395 937
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

12
1,327 796
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Dorking

13
1,768 781
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

14
1,429 738
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

15
1,279 808
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

16
1,093 743
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,592 640
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,573 963
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,280 562
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, England

20
1,188 706
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

21
1,594 819
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

22
1,016 714
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,764 361
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,164 668
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

25
1,280 631
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,677 472
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

27
1,270 707
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

28
1,502 397
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

29
879 562
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
1,066 296
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

31
903 627
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

32
1,573 685
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

33
1,150 530
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

34
1,137 516
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England

35
840 530
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
921 225
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

37
1,159 410
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

38
670 540
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

39
1,065 471
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

40
987 467
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

41
834 278
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, England

42
1,012 497
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

43
668 363
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

44
865 458
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

45
756 190
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London, Paddington

46
958 583
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

47
1,012 393
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom

48
537 518
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Leeds

49
788 430
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

50
620 411
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom