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The Greatest British Actors of All Time

Updated April 16, 2021 284.8k votes 24.3k voters 398.7k views220 items

List RulesMale actors born in Great Britain. Vote based on their entire body of work in film.

This list of the greatest British actors of all time has been ranked by fans. What is it about British men that makes them so magnetic on the screen? Is it their sexy accents or 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, including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Anthony Hopkins and Gary Oldman are also popular British actors you will find on this list. 

Who are your favorites among these best British actors? Vote up your favorite famous British actors below. Then check back to see if your beloved UK actors topped the list!

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    Alan Rickman

    Hammersmith, London

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    Anthony Hopkins

    Margam, United Kingdom

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    Patrick Stewart

    Mirfield, United Kingdom

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    Colin Firth

    Grayshott, United Kingdom

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    Gary Oldman

    New Cross, London

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    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Hammersmith, London

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    Charlie Chaplin

    Walworth, United Kingdom

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    Ian McKellen

    Burnley, United Kingdom

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    Tom Hiddleston

    Westminster, London

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    Tom Hardy

    Hammersmith, London

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    David Tennant

    Bathgate, United Kingdom

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    Eddie Redmayne

    London, United Kingdom

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    John Hurt

    Chesterfield, United Kingdom

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    Michael Caine

    Rotherhithe, London

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    Jude Law

    Lewisham, London

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    Liam Neeson

    Ballymena, United Kingdom

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    Alec Guinness

    Maida Vale, London

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    Jason Isaacs

    Liverpool, United Kingdom

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    Ewan McGregor

    Perth, United Kingdom

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    Idris Elba

    London, England

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    Michael Fassbender

    Heidelberg, Germany

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    Christian Bale

    Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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    Rowan Atkinson

    Consett, United Kingdom

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    Martin Freeman

    Aldershot, United Kingdom

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    Hugh Laurie

    Oxford, United Kingdom

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