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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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528 382
Gary Oldman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gary Oldman The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

2
690 464
Christian Bale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Christian Bale The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

3
448 300
Benedict Cumberbatch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Benedict Cumberbatch Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave

4
409 247
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ian McKellen The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, X-Men

5
194 69
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Julia Adamczyk added James McAvoy X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

6
358 232
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Patrick Stewart X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

7
281 214
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ben Kingsley Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

8
328 213
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Tom Hiddleston The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

9
380 338
Michael Caine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Michael Caine The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins

10
366 320
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Daniel Day-Lewis Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

11
380 339
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Colin Firth The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

12
265 192
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugh Laurie 101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

13
357 322
Ralph Fiennes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

14
359 197
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Tom Hardy The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

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246 184
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Martin Freeman Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

16
218 166
Sean Bean is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Sean Bean 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

17
233 213
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Jeremy Irons The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

18
248 127
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Idris Elba Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

19
226 160
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Jude Law Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

20
227 191
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Daniel Craig Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

21
198 142
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Rowan Atkinson The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

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126 93
Daniel Radcliffe is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actors
black90txd added Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

23
364 257
Hugh Dancy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actors
RazzleDazzle(Crimsonny) added Hugh Dancy Black Hawk Down, Ella Enchanted, King Arthur

24
135 114
Simon Pegg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Simon Pegg Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness

25
149 148
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Clive Owen Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

26
139 118
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actors
John Cleese Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

27
162 134
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Bill Nighy Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz

28
125 99
David Thewlis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actors
MatthewGill added David Thewlis The Big Lebowski, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

The Best Living English Actresses

29
91 121
Terence Stamp is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Terence Stamp Superman, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Superman II

30
92 130
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Tom Wilkinson Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love

31
78 96
Derek Jacobi is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actors
looksharp added Derek Jacobi Gladiator, The King's Speech, The Secret of NIMH

32
46 32
Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Yuki Hikari added Stephen Fry Jeeves and Wooster

33
68 106
Rhys Ifans is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Rhys Ifans The Amazing Spider-Man, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Replacements

34
117 158
Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugh Grant Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary

35
100 110
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Jim Broadbent Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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40 45
Timothy Spall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ferry73 added Timothy Spall Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

37
94 108
Ian Holm is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Ian Holm Alien, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

38
97 100
Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Chiwetel Ejiofor Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

39
46 48
Andrew Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Lindsay Ní Mhurchú added Andrew Lincoln Love Actually, Gangster No. 1, Enduring Love

40
19 23
John Boyega is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Guest_8658ce6e-aba5-47fb-9a2e-95645b6a7e3e added John Boyega Attack the Block, Junkhearts, Half of a Yellow Sun

41
69 95
Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Timothy Dalton Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer

42
17 24
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actors
salesgal added Damian Lewis Your Highness, Dreamcatcher, The Escapist

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14 24
Jamie Campbell Bower is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actors
AnnijaBule added Jamie Campbell Bower Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, The Twilight Saga: New Moon

44
58 128
Rupert Everett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Rupert Everett Shrek 2, Shakespeare in Love, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion

45
15 37
Sam Riley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actors
1491971760840 added Sam Riley Maleficent, 24 Hour Party People, Control

46
30 59
Chris O'Dowd is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actors
includinguandme added Chris O'Dowd Thor: The Dark World, Bridesmaids, The Boat That Rocked

47
34 65
Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Cindy Harriel added Matthew Macfadyen Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon, Grindhouse

48
9 26
David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actors
salesgal added David Oyelowo Lincoln, Interstellar, The Help

49
19 57
Nathaniel Parker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actors
D. emmelinegrace added Nathaniel Parker Stardust, Hamlet, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

50
8 9
Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actors
FILIMIX added Tom Holland The Impossible, Locke, How I Live Now