The Best Living English Actors

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.

Ranked by
  • Christian Bale
    1,523 votes
    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
  • Gary Oldman
    1,378 votes
    The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins
  • Tom Hardy
    1,024 votes
    The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Black Hawk Down
  • Benedict Cumberbatch
    1,360 votes
    Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 12 Years a Slave