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The Best Living English Actors 

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List Rules Living male actors from England. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.

You'd listen to Michael Caine talk all day, right? And surely you'd watch Ian McKellan in just about any movie Hollywood decided he should be in. Why? Because they're two of the best living English actors, along with the other English men on this list. These greatest living actors from England aren't just handsome and don't just come with a great accent, they're truly talented actors who have all made film history.

Who are the top living English actors? These men (whether retired or still working) are still gracing the earth and many are turning out excellent performances in hit movies, like Christian Bale and Benedict Cumberbatch. The best at what they do, these English actors win awards left and right, from BAFTAs to Golden Globes, and are popular with film-going audiences the world over.

This list features the greatest living English actors including Christian Bale, Ewan McGregor, Michael Cane, Colin Firth, Anthony Hopkins, Ralph Fiennes, Sean Bean, John Cleese, Jude Law, Hugh Laurie, and Rupert Everett. Don't see your favorite living actor from England? Add him below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best English actors still alive today.

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz
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Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men
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David Thewlis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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The Big Lebowski, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
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Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary
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Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
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Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Jeeves and Wooster
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Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman II
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Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love
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Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Gladiator, The King's Speech, The Secret of NIMH
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Timothy Spall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
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Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Replacements
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Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Alien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
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Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster
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Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love
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Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon, Grindhouse
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Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer
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Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Your Highness, Dreamcatcher, The Escapist
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John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Attack the Block, Junkhearts, Half of a Yellow Sun
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Jamie Campbell Bower is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Twilight Saga: New Moon
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Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion
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Paul Bettany is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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The Avengers, Iron Man, Iron Man 3
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Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked
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Benedict Wong is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Doctor Strange, Prometheus, Moon
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Michael Sheen is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actors
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Gladiator, Alice in Wonderland, Underworld