Entertainment 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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782 397
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

2
624 625
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

3
790 734
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

4
574 541
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

5
351 348
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

6
474 479
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 6 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

7
428 438
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

8
431 537
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

9
416 509
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

10
405 488
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
430 365
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

12
316 342
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actors
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

13
308 389
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

14
393 448
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actors
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

15
244 238
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
297 310
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

17
280 263
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

18
299 233
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

19
259 218
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

20
257 280
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
268 270
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

22
173 175
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
380 346
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actors
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

24
152 164
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
155 126
David Thewlis is listed (or ranked) 25 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