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The Best English Actors Working Today

Updated June 22, 2021 37.2k votes 7k voters 84.6k 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
    1,589
    482

    Colin Firth

    The English Patient, The King's Speech
  • 2
    879
    665

    Gary Oldman

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 3
    855
    546

    Benedict Cumberbatch

    Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • 4
    591
    342

    Tom Hardy

    The Dark Knight Rises, Inception
  • 5
    771
    606

    Christian Bale

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 6
    613
    479

    Tom Hiddleston

    The Avengers, Thor
  • 7
    676
    626

    Anthony Hopkins

    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor
  • 8
    391
    157
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    Taron Egerton

    Testament of Youth
  • 9
    354
    292

    Martin Freeman

    Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz
  • 10
    580
    544

    Ian McKellen

    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 11
    473
    359

    Idris Elba

    Thor, Thor: The Dark World
  • 12
    2,521
    1,357
    Lignod added

    Theo James

    Underworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie
  • 13
    389
    321

    Jude Law

    Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence
  • 14
    571
    591

    Michael Caine

    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
  • 15
    419
    345

    Ewan McGregor

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • 16
    400
    352

    Daniel Craig

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • 17
    492
    512

    Ralph Fiennes

    Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 18
    341
    214

    Rowan Atkinson

    The Lion King, Love Actually
  • 19
    379
    247
    vida-so added

    Eddie Redmayne

    Les Misérables, The Good Shepherd
  • 20
    258
    177
    Jovanny Aponte added

    Henry Cavill

    Man of Steel, Stardust
  • 21
    311
    315
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    Daniel Radcliffe

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 22
    254
    260

    Simon Pegg

    Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead
  • 23
    432
    482

    Patrick Stewart

    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand
  • 24
    249
    254

    Bill Nighy

    Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • 25
    320
    371

    Hugh Laurie

    101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens
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List Rules: Male English actors only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.