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The Best English Actors Working Today

Updated June 22, 2021 36.8k votes 6.9k voters 84.4k views58 items

List RulesMale 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
    1,586
    473

    Colin Firth

    The English Patient, The King's Speech
  • 2
    873
    657

    Gary Oldman

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 3
    848
    539

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • 4
    585
    336

    Tom Hardy

    The Dark Knight Rises, Inception
  • 5
    607
    472

    Tom Hiddleston

    The Avengers, Thor
  • 6
    765
    600

    Christian Bale

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 7
    673
    620

    Anthony Hopkins

    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor
  • 8
    473
    352

    Idris Elba

    Thor, Thor: The Dark World
  • 9
    389
    149
    DaveFaulkner added

    Taron Egerton

    Testament of Youth
  • 10
    353
    285

    Martin Freeman

    Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz
  • 11
    573
    538

    Ian McKellen

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 12
    2,521
    1,351
    Lignod added

    Theo James

    Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie
  • 13
    388
    314

    Jude Law

    Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • 14
    567
    586

    Michael Caine

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 15
    416
    339

    Ewan McGregor

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 16
    399
    346

    Daniel Craig

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • 17
    488
    507

    Ralph Fiennes

    Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 18
    339
    208

    Rowan Atkinson

    The Lion King, Love Actually
  • 19
    373
    240
    vida-so added

    Eddie Redmayne

    Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd
  • 20
    310
    308
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    Daniel Radcliffe

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 21
    254
    252

    Simon Pegg

    Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead
  • 22
    257
    171
    Jovanny Aponte added

    Henry Cavill

    Man of Steel, Stardust
  • 23
    431
    476

    Patrick Stewart

    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand
  • 24
    248
    249

    Bill Nighy

    Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • 25
    194
    192
    BenBracken added

    Mark Strong

    Good, Kick-Ass
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List Rules: Male English actors only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.