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The Best English Actors Working Today

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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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    The English Patient, The King's Speech
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    692
    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
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    573
    Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
  • 4
    637
    508
    The Avengers, Thor
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    371
    The Dark Knight Rises, Inception
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    777
    636
    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
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    650
    The Silence of the Lambs, Thor
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    1,380
    Lignod addedUnderworld: Awakening, The Inbetweeners Movie
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    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises
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    536
    Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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    386
    Thor, Thor: The Dark World
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    187
    DaveFaulkner addedTestament of Youth
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    345
    Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence
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    320
    Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz
  • 15
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    569
    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
  • 16
    430
    367
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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    350
    239
    The Lion King, Love Actually
  • 18
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    376
    Casino Royale, Skyfall
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    273
    vida-so addedLes Misérables, The Good Shepherd
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    506
    X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand
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    but chickens double d addedHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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    284
    Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead
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    200
    Jovanny Aponte addedMan of Steel, Stardust
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    282
    Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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    53
    16
    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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List Rules: Male English actors only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.