VOTE 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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565 420
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

2
710 521
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

3
491 348
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

4
427 294
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men

5
439 349
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

6
369 250
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

7
214 107
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Julia Adamczyk added X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

8
370 273
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actors
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

9
292 250
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

10
386 343
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

11
399 371
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

12
267 222
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

13
376 346
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

14
384 218
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

15
279 219
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actors
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

16
266 202
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

17
230 190
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

18
244 181
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

19
264 150
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

20
239 208
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

21
216 160
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

22
372 281
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actors
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

23
136 120
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actors
black90txd added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

24
143 132
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness

25
160 160
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

26
175 146
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

27
151 132
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
136 109
David Thewlis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actors
MatthewGill added The Big Lebowski, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

29
97 132
Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman II

30
56 44
Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Yuki Hikari added Jeeves and Wooster

31
99 140
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love

32
85 106
Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actors
looksharp added Gladiator, The King's Speech, The Secret of NIMH

33
124 172
Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary

34
107 120
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

35
73 118
Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Replacements

36
100 118
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
101 109
Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

38
42 54
Timothy Spall is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ferry73 added Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

39
51 56
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Lindsay Ní Mhurchú added Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love

40
20 35
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Guest_8658ce6e-aba5-47fb-9a2e-95645b6a7e3e added Attack the Block, Junkhearts, Half of a Yellow Sun

41
23 30
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actors
salesgal added Your Highness, Dreamcatcher, The Escapist

42
30 17
Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actors
FILIMIX added The Impossible, Locke, How I Live Now

43
45 71
Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Cindy Harriel added Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon, Grindhouse

44
72 105
Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer

45
63 136
Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

46
17 31
Jamie Campbell Bower is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
33 65
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actors
includinguandme added Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

48
17 45
Sam Riley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actors
1491971760840 added Maleficent, 24 Hour Party People, Control

49
9 32
David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actors
salesgal added Lincoln, Interstellar, The Help

50
2 0
Toby Regbo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actors
ReignQueen added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Mr. Nobody, Glorious 39