Actors 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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340 252
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

2
334 301
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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288 208
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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321 302
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

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240 222
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

6
280 258
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men

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1,227 750
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Lignod added Theo James Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

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229 218
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Jeremy Irons The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

9
239 218
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Patrick Stewart X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

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245 235
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Colin Firth The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

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250 217
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Ben Kingsley Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

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322 351
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

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302 214
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Alex Donoso added Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

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131 110
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
but chickens double d added Kenneth Branagh Thor, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Thor: The Dark World

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175 199
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Sean Bean 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

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275 260
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

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167 181
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Tom Hiddleston The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

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162 176
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Hugh Laurie 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

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193 152
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Idris Elba Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

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191 152
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Daniel Craig Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

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202 178
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
John Cleese Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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157 137
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Jim Broadbent Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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220 231
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Tom Wilkinson Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love

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103 103
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Simon Pegg Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness

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138 133
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Ian Holm Alien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

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146 144
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Bill Nighy Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz

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101 104
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
but chickens double d added Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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90 61
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
vida-so added Eddie Redmayne Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn

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179 177
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

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151 169
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Ewan McGregor Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Trainspotting

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81 95
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
AnnOlsen added Robert Carlyle Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

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136 139
Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Terence Stamp Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman II

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71 79
Mark Strong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
BenBracken added Mark Strong Good, Kick-Ass, Green Lantern

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121 142
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Martin Freeman Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

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102 105
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Clive Owen Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

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57 56
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Micheal Mathew added Gerard Butler How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

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82 91
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
vida-so added Michael Fassbender Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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45 36
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Jovanny Aponte added Henry Cavill Man of Steel, Stardust, The Count of Monte Cristo

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134 171
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Jude Law Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

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56 97
Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Replacements

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117 110
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Rowan Atkinson The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

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71 75
Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Chiwetel Ejiofor Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

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26 38
Mark Rylance is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
christoentes added Mark Rylance The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz, Anonymous

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38 60
Paddy Considine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
MatthewGill added Paddy Considine Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, Cinderella Man

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67 84
Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Timothy Dalton Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer

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40 59
Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
ghost00 added Kit Harington How to Train Your Dragon 2, Silent Hill: Revelation, Seventh Son

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21 47
Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Cindy Harriel added Matthew Macfadyen Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon, Grindhouse

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69 118
Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Hugh Grant Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary

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28 49
James Purefoy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
kacemk added James Purefoy Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Retribution, John Carter

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50 103
Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Rupert Everett Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion