Best British Actors

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The Top Ten

1 Hugh Laurie Hugh Laurie James Hugh Calum Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author.

Hough Laurie is really one of the best actors alive and he so deserves the first spot - Szonana

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2 Colin Furth

News flash people: It's Colin Firth NOT Colin Furth!

Hugh Laurie doenst even BEGIN to compare to COLIN. he is the master! A sensitive genius who deserves recognition!

3 Tim Roth Tim Roth

FINALLY! Tim Roth is such a brilliant actor, can play the good guy or despicable bad guy... With an aray of accents, he should be in the top 3 of ANY best British actors...

4 Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Cumberbatch Benedict Timothy Carlton Cumberbatch is an English actor and film producer who has performed in film, television, theatre and radio.

I'm sorry, why isn't Benedict first? He can play ANY character! He played Sherlock, Alan (from the Imitation Game) and Khan from Star Trek. He is probably the best actor ever

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5 Liam Neeson Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years.
6 Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.
7 Clive Owen
8 Gary Oldman Gary Oldman Gary Leonard Oldman is an English actor, filmmaker, musician and author. Renowned for his "big" acting style, Oldman is one of the most celebrated thespians of his generation, with a diverse career encompassing theatre, film and television.
9 Christian Bale Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale is an English actor. He has starred in both blockbuster films and smaller projects from independent producers and art houses. V 1 Comment
10 Rowan Atkinson Rowan Atkinson Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr.

Mr Bean? Blackadder?... Come on how is he not number 1? - Clayttles

Hilarious! Best known for Mr Bean and Johnny English!

Mr Bean. Voiced him in the cartoon and played him in the sitcom. enough said.

The Contenders

11 Richard Attenborough Richard Attenborough Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough was an English actor, film director, film producer, entrepreneur, and politician.
12 Michael Gambon Michael Gambon Sir Michael John Gambon is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film.
13 Hugh Grant Hugh Grant
14 Daniel Day-Lewis Daniel Day-Lewis Sir Daniel Michael Blake Day-Lewis is an English actor. He holds both British and Irish citizenship. He has won 3 Academy Awards for Best Actor for My Left Foot, There Will be Blood, and Lincoln.

Okay. DDL not being number 1 on the greatest actor list I can tolerate. But this? Behind Daniel Radcliffe?!
Daniel Day-Lewis is undeniably the greatest living actor on earth right now. His legacy might not be on par with legends like Marlon Brando or Robert de Niro yet, but his transformations as Daniel Plainview in "There Will Be Blood", Christy Brown in "My Left Foot", Bill the Butcher in "Gangs of New York" and Abraham Lincoln in "Lincoln" are simply among the best in cinema history. His ability to bring any character alive is out of this world.
He deserves wider recognition among general moviegoers.

15 Jason Statham Jason Statham Jason Statham is an English actor. He is known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and Revolver.
16 Alan Rickman Alan Rickman Alan Sidney Patrick Rickman (February 21st 1946 - Janurary 14th 2016) was an English actor and director known for playing a variety of roles on stage and screen, most notably Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and Hans Gruber in Die Hard. He passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2016 V 1 Comment
17 David Tennant David Tennant David Tennant is a Scottish actor known for his roles as the Tenth Doctor in the British television series Doctor Who, Alec Hardy in Broadchurch, Giacomo Casanova in the TV serial Casanova, Kilgrave in Jessica Jones, and Barty Crouch, Jr. in the Harry Potter movie series.

Why is he the least ranked on the list? he's great.

18 Jude Law Jude Law
19 Tim Curry Tim Curry Timothy James "Tim" Curry is an English actor, voice actor and singer, known for his work in a diverse range of theatre, film and television productions, often portraying villainous roles or character parts.
20 John Cleese John Cleese
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