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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566 439
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
715 541
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
496 367
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
461 349
Colin Firth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The English Patient, The King's Speech, Shakespeare in Love

5
430 313
Ian McKellen is listed (or ranked) 5 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

6
372 270
Tom Hiddleston is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Avengers, Thor, Thor: The Dark World

7
371 293
Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actors
X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men 2

8
294 263
Ben Kingsley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Schindler's List, Iron Man 3, Shutter Island

9
215 123
James McAvoy is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
276 225
Jeremy Irons is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lion King, Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Time Machine

11
401 387
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
387 358
Daniel Day-Lewis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gangs of New York, The Last of the Mohicans, There Will Be Blood

13
377 360
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
281 231
Hugh Laurie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actors
101 Dalmatians, Monsters vs. Aliens, Sense and Sensibility

15
384 233
Tom Hardy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down

16
268 212
Martin Freeman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Love Actually

17
232 198
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
267 158
Idris Elba is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Thor, Thor: The Dark World, Prometheus

19
245 189
Jude Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Hugo, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Grand Budapest Hotel

20
240 215
Daniel Craig is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Road to Perdition

21
220 162
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actors
The Lion King, Love Actually, Rat Race

22
374 292
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
138 129
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
143 140
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
162 165
Clive Owen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Sin City, The Bourne Identity, Children of Men

26
153 136
John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
176 152
Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Shaun of the Dead, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Hot Fuzz

28
138 113
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
97 136
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
100 143
Tom Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Batman Begins, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Shakespeare in Love

31
56 47
Stephen Fry is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Yuki Hikari added Jeeves and Wooster

32
85 110
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
107 123
Jim Broadbent is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Gangs of New York, Brazil, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

34
124 176
Hugh Grant is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Love Actually, Notting Hill, Bridget Jones's Diary

35
73 121
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
100 121
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
101 112
Chiwetel Ejiofor is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Children of Men, Love Actually, American Gangster

38
43 56
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 59
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 38
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
33 19
Tom Holland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actors
FILIMIX added The Impossible, Locke, How I Live Now

42
23 32
Damian Lewis is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actors
salesgal added Your Highness, Dreamcatcher, The Escapist

43
74 105
Timothy Dalton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Toy Story 3, Hot Fuzz, The Rocketeer

44
46 72
Matthew Macfadyen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actors
Cindy Harriel added Pride & Prejudice, Frost/Nixon, Grindhouse

45
64 138
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
18 32
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 68
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 47
Sam Riley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actors
1491971760840 added Maleficent, 24 Hour Party People, Control

49
2 1
Toby Regbo is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actors
ReignQueen added Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Mr. Nobody, Glorious 39

50
9 35
David Oyelowo is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actors
salesgal added Lincoln, Interstellar, The Help