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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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Ian McShane is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Best Living English Actors
crystalplumage707 added Kung Fu Panda, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Coraline
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Paddy Considine is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Best Living English Actors
MatthewGill added Hot Fuzz, The Bourne Ultimatum, Cinderella Man
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Jamie Campbell Bower is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Best Living English Actors
AnnijaBule added 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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Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Best Living English Actors
includinguandme added Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked
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Toby Regbo is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Best Living English Actors
ReignQueen added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Mr. Nobody, Glorious 39
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Bob Hoskins is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Best Living English Actors
crystalplumage707 added Brazil, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Hook
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Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion
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Sam Riley is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Best Living English Actors
artsyldyrae added Maleficent, 24 Hour Party People, Control
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John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Guest_8658ce6e-aba5-47fb-9a2e-95645b6a7e3e added Attack the Block, Junkhearts, Half of a Yellow Sun
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Daniel Kaluuya is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Best Living English Actors
E Lynn added Get Out, Black Panther, Johnny English Reborn
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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje... is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Best Living English Actors
E Lynn added Thor: The Dark World, The Bourne Identity, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
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David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Best Living English Actors
salesgal added Lincoln, Interstellar, The Help
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Nathaniel Parker is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Best Living English Actors
D. emmelinegrace added Stardust, Hamlet, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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Shaun Evans is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Best Living English Actors
jobill added Cashback, Dread, Being Julia
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Robson Green is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Best Living English Actors
includinguandme added Me & Mrs. Jones, The Student Prince, Joe Maddison's War
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Toby Kebbell is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Best Living English Actors
MatthewGill added Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, War Horse, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time