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
550 260
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
437 433
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
1,652 977
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
331 317
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
400 475
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
399 392
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
390 483
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
347 421
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
292 371
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
250 207
Ewan McGregor is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
284 358
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

12
360 476
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
364 387
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
281 351
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
217 310
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
225 300
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

17
202 281
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
239 229
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
190 201
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
237 251
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

21
230 239
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

22
312 332
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actors Working Today
Alex Donoso added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

23
149 197
Kenneth Branagh is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
226 253
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
129 157
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