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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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2,113 809
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Anthony Hopkins Margam, United Kingdom

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2,122 729
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Gary Oldman New Cross, London, England

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2,539 848
Alan Rickman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alan Rickman Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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1,840 669
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Caine Rotherhithe, London, United Kingdom

5
2,034 586
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ian McKellen Burnley, United Kingdom

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1,582 734
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

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1,506 659
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ralph Fiennes Ipswich, United Kingdom

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1,578 739
Sean Connery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Connery Fountainbridge, United Kingdom

9
1,254 565
Christopher Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christopher Lee Belgravia, London, United Kingdom

10
1,506 685
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Colin Firth Grayshott, United Kingdom

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1,180 550
Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Laurence Olivier Dorking, United Kingdom

12
1,266 493
Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Alec Guinness Maida Vale, London, United Kingdom

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1,103 562
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ben Kingsley Snainton, England

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1,469 539
Liam Neeson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Liam Neeson Ballymena, United Kingdom

Actors Who Almost Got the Part in a Marvel Film

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1,329 430
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Patrick Stewart Mirfield, United Kingdom

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945 535
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Harris Limerick, Republic of Ireland

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1,880 613
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Benedict Cumberbatch Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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1,016 446
Peter O'Toole is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Peter O'Toole Connemara, Republic of Ireland

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1,301 697
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Christian Bale Haverfordwest, United Kingdom

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1,105 353
John Hurt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Hurt Chesterfield, United Kingdom

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885 494
Cary Grant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Cary Grant Horfield, United Kingdom

The Best TV Crime Dramas

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994 485
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jeremy Irons Cowes, United Kingdom

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1,099 481
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Sean Bean Handsworth, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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1,271 585
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
James McAvoy Port Glasgow, United Kingdom

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1,009 420
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Ewan McGregor Perth, United Kingdom

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1,247 213
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Judi Dench Heworth, United Kingdom

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741 390
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Bill Nighy Caterham, United Kingdom

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857 148
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
OkieJoseph added Helen Mirren Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

The Best Actors in Film History

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1,389 191
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
jobill added Maggie Smith Ilford, London, United Kingdom

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782 459
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Kenneth Branagh Belfast, United Kingdom

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952 388
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Hugh Laurie Oxford, United Kingdom

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954 379
Charlie Chaplin is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Charlie Chaplin Walworth, United Kingdom

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729 418
Michael Gambon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Gambon Cabra, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

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1,224 527
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hiddleston Westminster, London, United Kingdom

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606 427
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Niven London, United Kingdom

The Most Rewatchable Movies

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586 269
Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Richard Burton Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom

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879 323
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Hardy Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

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786 375
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Michael Fassbender Heidelberg, Germany

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807 406
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Rowan Atkinson Consett, United Kingdom

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705 362
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Idris Elba London Borough of Hackney, London, United Kingdom

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829 368
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Martin Freeman Aldershot, United Kingdom

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484 434
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Tom Wilkinson Leeds, United Kingdom

The Worst Oscar-Winning Actors Ever

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807 487
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Daniel Craig Chester, England

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698 349
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
John Cleese Weston-super-Mare, United Kingdom

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772 396
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jude Law Lewisham, London, United Kingdom

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618 145
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Helena Bonham Carter Golders Green, London, United Kingdom

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606 201
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
JoshyJohn added Kate Winslet Reading, United Kingdom

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532 346
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Jim Broadbent Holton cum Beckering, United Kingdom

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810 328
David Tennant is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
David Tennant Bathgate, United Kingdom

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425 328
Robbie Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest British Actors of All Time
Robbie Coltrane Rutherglen, United Kingdom