Entertainment The Best English Actors Working Today  

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List Rules Male English actors only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great English actors throughout film history, but which male English actors working today are the greatest? This list of the best English actors working today ranks the top male Hollywood actors hailing from England, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actors are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated English actors working today from best to worst. These great actors are all from somewhere in England, but are popular actors all over the world. Today's top actors go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are handsome to boot!

The greatest English actors working today who are ranked on this list include Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Ewan McGregor, Sean Connery, Jude Law, Christian Bale, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Sean Bean, and Clive Owen. If there’s an actor listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote him up. If the actors you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best actors from England who are currently working.
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1
692 270
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

2
1,873 1,039
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Lignod added Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

3
472 483
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

4
346 369
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

5
418 519
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

6
424 442
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

7
409 525
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

8
363 462
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men

9
308 412
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

10
400 424
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

11
373 514
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

12
297 400
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

13
293 378
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

14
261 243
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

15
228 334
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

16
242 322
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

17
256 240
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

18
213 297
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

19
211 211
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

20
253 258
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

21
156 204
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
but chickens double d added Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

22
138 161
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness

23
242 248
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

24
148 160
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
but chickens double d added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

25
149 117
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
vida-so added Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn