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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
2,250 738
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

2
1,916 730
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

3
1,921 657
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

4
1,676 600
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
1,862 527
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

6
1,433 665
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Day-Lewis Greenwich, London, United Kingdom

7
1,367 592
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

8
1,428 657
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

9
1,170 502
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,369 630
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

11
1,083 500
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,167 445
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alec Guinness Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

13
1,008 513
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

14
1,339 497
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

The Top South Indian Actors of Today

15
1,203 397
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

16
853 488
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

17
922 403
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

18
1,196 638
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

19
1,650 568
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

20
1,008 320
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

21
812 453
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant United Kingdom

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22
915 443
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

23
1,041 436
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

24
1,185 541
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

25
925 384
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

26
1,116 180
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

27
687 350
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

28
1,239 172
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

29
712 417
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

30
877 344
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

31
885 340
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

32
756 127
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

33
669 381
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

34
1,070 492
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

35
545 402
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

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36
528 241
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

37
741 367
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

38
718 345
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

39
775 292
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy London, England

40
455 403
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

41
637 337
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

42
753 342
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

43
746 449
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

44
646 322
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

45
702 368
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

46
495 321
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

47
519 126
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

48
515 175
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Kate Winslet Reading, United Kingdom

49
746 302
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

50
393 301
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Robbie Coltrane Rutherglen, United Kingdom