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
395 300
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

2
329 244
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

3
381 346
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

4
369 265
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

5
1,446 824
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Lignod added Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

6
263 242
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

7
372 360
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
272 259
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 8 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

9
322 306
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
267 254
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

11
269 252
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

12
338 388
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

13
322 296
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

14
197 228
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
199 212
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

16
186 202
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

17
141 135
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
305 253
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Alex Donoso added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

19
222 179
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

20
214 172
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

21
215 200
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

22
179 175
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
167 157
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

24
118 123
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness

25
207 190
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

26
157 160
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz

27
226 249
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love

28
112 79
Eddie Redmayne is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
vida-so added Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd, My Week with Marilyn

29
144 151
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Alien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

30
117 127
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
140 157
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

32
87 110
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
AnnOlsen added Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

33
78 92
Mark Strong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
BenBracken added Good, Kick-Ass, Green Lantern

34
100 101
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
vida-so added Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

35
108 111
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

36
152 176
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

37
65 62
Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Micheal Mathew added How to Train Your Dragon, 300, How to Train Your Dragon 2

38
141 151
Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman II

39
55 45
Henry Cavill is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Jovanny Aponte added Man of Steel, Stardust, The Count of Monte Cristo

40
129 112
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

41
60 102
Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Replacements

42
53 62
Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
ghost00 added How to Train Your Dragon 2, Silent Hill: Revelation, Seventh Son

43
74 78
Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

44
72 87
Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer

45
26 53
Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Cindy Harriel added Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon, Grindhouse

46
26 43
Mark Rylance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
christoentes added The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz, Anonymous

47
74 125
Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary

48
40 66
Paddy Considine is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
MatthewGill added Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, Cinderella Man

49
54 107
Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

50
31 55
James Purefoy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
kacemk added Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Retribution, John Carter