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The United Kingdom has produced so many famous TV actors. Here's a list of over 2,000 British male actors and actresses to help you sort them all out. From televised costume dramas to slapstick comedies, the list of British actors is very long, but definitely worth a read if you're a fan of actors from across the pond. 

Maggie Smith, has had a long and storied career, but may be best remembered for her sassy portrayal of Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham on PBS's Downton Abbey. English actor John Cleese is beloved by comedy fans for co-founding the absurd sketch show Monty Python, which has become a cult favorite among thanks to the work of these funny old British actors.

In fact, some of the funniest and most talented performers are British TV stars, so if you're an aspiring actor or actress from United Kingdom, you'll see your heroes here. The '90s just wouldn't have been the same without the hard-partying antics of Eddy and Patsy from Absolutely Fabulous, (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, respectively). Both of them belong on any list that seeks to answer "Who are the best British TV actors?"

Of course, plenty of American TV shows also feature British actors — some whom you'd never know were from the UK. Hello, Hugh Laurie (House), Andrew Lincoln (Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead), and Idris Elba (Stringer Bell on The Wire). So if you've been wondering which television actors are from the United Kingdom, now you know. And if you want to vote on the best British actors in the history of entertainment, rank away! 

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Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Tony Blair ITV News at 6:30, ITV Evening News, The Blair Years

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John Cleese is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
John Cleese Monty Python's Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers, Last of the Summer Wine

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Meera Syal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Meera Syal Jekyll, Goodness Gracious Me, A Little Princess

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Cliff Richard is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Cliff Richard The 100 Greatest Musicals

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David Bowie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom

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Erick Avari is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Erick Avari Stargate, Bone Chillers, True Blue

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Christina Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Christina Hendricks Firefly, Mad Men, Kevin Hill

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Carol Vorderman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Carol Vorderman Blankety Blank, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow

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Adnan Sami is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Adnan Sami Indian Idol

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Anthony Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Anthony Hopkins Tony Bennett: The Music Never Ends, War and Peace, Great Expectations

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Callum Keith Rennie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Callum Keith Rennie Battlestar Galactica, The Killing, Californication

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom

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Barbara Cartland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom

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Alfred Hitchcock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom

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Ayesha Dharker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Ayesha Dharker The Indian Doctor, Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee

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David Walliams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
David Walliams Little Britain, EastEnders, Little Britain USA

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Bill Nighy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Bill Nighy Meerkat Manor, Gideon's Daughter, State of Play

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Paul McCartney is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Paul McCartney The Beatles

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Anthony Stewart Head is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Anthony Stewart Head Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Merlin, Little Britain

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Malcolm McDowell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Malcolm McDowell Heroes, Phineas and Ferb, Fantasy Island

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Dominic Monaghan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Dominic Monaghan Lost, Chuck, FlashForward

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Christopher Eccleston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Christopher Eccleston The Leftovers, Cracker, The Shadow Line

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Patrick Stewart is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Patrick Stewart Star Trek: The Next Generation, American Dad!, I

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Charu Bala Chokshi is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Charu Bala Chokshi Little Britain

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Gyles Brandreth is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Gyles Brandreth Catchword, Philip and Elizabeth

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Brian Cox is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Brian Cox The Big C, A Touch of Cloth, The Day of the Triffids

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Gary Chalk is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Gary Chalk G.I. Joe, Beast Wars: Transformers, ReBoot

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Graham Greene is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Graham Greene Into the West, The War that Made America

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Emma Thompson Angels in America, Playhouse Presents, Alfresco

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Ricky Gervais is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Ricky Gervais The Office, Extras, Derek

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Nicollette Sheridan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Nicollette Sheridan Desperate Housewives, Knots Landing, The Legend of Tarzan

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Laurence Olivier is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Laurence Olivier Jesus of Nazareth, Brideshead Revisited, Love Among the Ruins

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Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Peter Ustinov Jesus of Nazareth, Doctor Snuggles, Victoria & Albert

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David Schneider is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
David Schneider I'm Alan Partridge, The Day Today, The Ten Commandments

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Harry Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Harry Lloyd Game of Thrones, Robin Hood, Great Expectations

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Barbara Flynn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Barbara Flynn Cracker, Open All Hours, The Vanishing Man

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Tony Robinson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Tony Robinson The Black Adder, Blackadder II, Airline

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Dawn French is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Dawn French The Vicar of Dibley, French & Saunders, French and Saunders

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Alan Cumming is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Alan Cumming The Good Wife, Arthur, Tin Man

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Hugh Bonneville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Hugh Bonneville Downton Abbey, Doctor Zhivago, Lost in Austen

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Ringo Starr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Ringo Starr Courage the Cowardly Dog, Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends, Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends

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Naveen Andrews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Naveen Andrews Lost, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The Beast

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Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje Lost, Oz, Hunted

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Neil Ross is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Neil Ross The Transformers, G.I. Joe, Jem

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Lucy Punch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Lucy Punch Ben and Kate, Doc Martin, The 10th Kingdom

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Terry Jones is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Terry Jones Monty Python's Flying Circus, Do Not Adjust Your Set, Twice a Fortnight

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Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Catherine Zeta-Jones The Darling Buds of May, The Catherine Cookson Anthology: The Cinder Path, The Scrat Show

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Billie Piper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Billie Piper Penny Dreadful, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Mansfield Park

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Gerard Butler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous TV Actors from the United Kingdom
Gerard Butler Attila, The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, The Young Person's Guide To Becoming A Rock Star