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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1
384 265
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
371 308
Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Silence of the Lambs, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

3
352 219
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

4
363 315
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

5
310 265
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
1,405 770
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Lignod added Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

7
261 228
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 7 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

8
261 220
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

9
243 224
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

10
262 240
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

11
265 222
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
335 362
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
310 265
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
188 203
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
190 186
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

16
303 223
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Alex Donoso added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

17
137 116
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
177 179
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
213 156
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

20
206 157
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

21
212 181
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
113 104
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
164 139
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
225 236
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love

25
151 147
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz

26
142 137
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
198 179
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

28
100 66
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
164 172
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
87 98
Robert Carlyle is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
AnnOlsen added Trainspotting, The Full Monty, 28 Weeks Later

31
111 115
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
135 149
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

33
75 83
Mark Strong is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
BenBracken added Good, Kick-Ass, Green Lantern

34
140 143
Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman II

35
95 94
Michael Fassbender is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
vida-so added Inglourious Basterds, X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past

36
106 107
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

37
62 60
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
144 173
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

39
51 41
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
59 98
Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Replacements

41
123 111
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

42
72 76
Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

43
48 60
Kit Harington is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
ghost00 added How to Train Your Dragon 2, Silent Hill: Revelation, Seventh Son

44
26 39
Mark Rylance is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
christoentes added The Other Boleyn Girl, Blitz, Anonymous

45
23 49
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
39 63
Paddy Considine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
MatthewGill added Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, Cinderella Man

47
70 87
Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer

48
72 122
Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary

49
29 51
James Purefoy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
kacemk added Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Retribution, John Carter

50
53 105
Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion