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.
list ordered by
1
784 279
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
1,979 1,092
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
493 530
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
361 410
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
430 555
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
436 472
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
424 547
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
374 484
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
320 432
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
419 443
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
383 535
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
307 420
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
299 393
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
270 251
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
236 339
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
251 330
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World
17
222 304
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility
18
263 247
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down
19
264 261
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus
20
219 218
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel
21
161 207
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
172 184
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually
23
247 251
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition
24
184 206
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz
25
154 121
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