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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
2,271 882
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Margam, United Kingdom

2
2,288 786
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

3
2,733 894
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

4
1,966 722
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,180 621
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,696 784
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

7
1,608 700
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ipswich, England

8
1,338 601
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, London

9
1,617 734
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Grayshott, United Kingdom

10
1,691 783
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

11
1,244 586
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,342 530
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,187 604
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Snainton, England

14
2,076 655
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

15
1,595 576
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ballymena, United Kingdom

16
1,007 565
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
1,445 459
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Mirfield, United Kingdom

18
1,424 736
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,179 380
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chesterfield, United Kingdom

20
1,080 476
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Connemara, Republic of Ireland

21
1,068 512
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cowes, United Kingdom

22
940 525
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Horfield, United Kingdom

23
1,525 202
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Ilford, London, United Kingdom

24
1,376 621
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Port Glasgow, Scotland

25
1,172 514
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

26
1,092 448
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Perth, United Kingdom

27
1,349 233
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Heworth, United Kingdom

28
947 168
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

29
786 424
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Caterham, United Kingdom

30
833 491
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Belfast, United Kingdom

31
1,018 414
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Oxford, United Kingdom

32
1,029 410
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Walworth, United Kingdom

33
1,348 561
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Westminster, London, United Kingdom

34
638 452
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, United Kingdom

35
765 448
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

36
623 298
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
988 346
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London, England

38
915 396
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Aldershot, United Kingdom

39
895 429
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Consett, United Kingdom

40
785 382
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
London Borough of Hackney, London, England

41
853 405
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Heidelberg, Germany

42
686 216
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Reading, United Kingdom

43
716 164
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

44
875 511
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Chester, England

45
748 371
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

46
839 419
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

47
509 461
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
England, Leeds

48
563 369
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

49
611 147
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Paddington, London, United Kingdom

50
872 349
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bathgate, United Kingdom