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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561 260
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
439 437
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

3
1,662 982
Theo James is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Lignod added Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie, Divergent

4
333 322
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
402 479
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
400 397
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
391 487
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
347 425
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
295 374
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
284 363
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
250 211
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 11 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

12
361 480
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
366 390
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
282 354
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

15
217 312
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
226 301
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

17
241 230
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
202 283
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
192 203
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
239 253
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

21
150 198
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
231 242
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

23
312 334
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Alex Donoso added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

24
227 256
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
130 157
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness