Best British Actors

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The Top Ten

1 Tom Hiddleston Tom Hiddleston Thomas William Hiddleston is an English actor. He is best known for his role as Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in Thor, The Avengers, and Thor: The Dark World.

Cute,sweet,and an amazing actor sounds like the right fit for #1

HELL YEH! LOKI!

All of the roles he plays are filled with passion and emotion, and he's perfect!

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

He puts so much emotion in his performance I can feel a connection between myself and the character. He can literally play any role (from an apparently apathetic detective with a really complicated personality to fecking Patrick Melrose, which let's remember it's super hard to play as he struggles with alcohol and drug addiction).

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

Not #1? Whut? "Sherlock Holmes"? "Smaug"?

I knew years ago that this man, Benedict Cumberbatch would be great. And he is! Great Actor, intelligent, compassionate. And let's not forget, he does the best imitations around!

3 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.

Totally...DUH! He's also really hot.

4 Tom Holland Tom Holland Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland is an English actor and dancer. Holland is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical at the Victoria Palace Theatre, London, and for starring in the 2012 film The Impossible.

Tom Holland is a 21 year old British actor who started off his show-biz career in the musical "Billy Elliot". He is known for his roles in "The Impossible", "Heart of the Sea", "How I Live Now", and most recently, his role as Spiderman/Peter Parker in Spiderman: Homecoming. I think he was awesome in Spiderman:Homecoming. Can't wait for Infinity War!

5 Anthony Hopkins Anthony Hopkins
6 Martin Freeman Martin Freeman Martin John Christopher Freeman is an English actor, who became known for portraying Tim Canterbury in the original UK version of sitcom mockumentary The Office, Dr. John Watson in the British crime drama Sherlock, Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit film trilogy, and Lester Nygaard in the dark ...read more.

Sherlock, The Hobbit, The Office..

7 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

Totally agree with the #1 vote for Hugh! Love the accent, Love To know you sunshine! Tommie Kay Y. 😘

8 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!

9 Liam Neeson Liam Neeson Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film, Excalibur.

He has a particular set of skills!

10 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...

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11 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.

He's like DC comics imagination Bruce Wayne

He is cool and a great actor.

12 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

Alan Rickman should be no. 1

Alan Rickman at 20? Got to be a joke..Should be in the Top 5.. My top 10:
1. Alan Rickman
2. Liam Neeson
3. Daniel Day Lewis
4. Anthony Hopkins
5. Gary Oldman
6. Michael Gambon
7. Christian Bale
8. Rowan Atkinson
9. Daniel Radcliffe
10. Benedict Cumberbatch
And why the hell is Anthony Hopkins not on the list.. He is also great
7. Rowan Atkinson
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13 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.

Gary Oldman is without a single doubt the greatest British actor of all time

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15 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.Bean

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.

16 Hugh Grant Hugh Grant
17 Richard Attenborough Richard Attenborough Richard Samuel Attenborough, Baron Attenborough was an English actor, film director, film producer, entrepreneur, and politician.
18 Michael Gambon Michael Gambon Sir Michael John Gambon is an Irish-born English actor who has worked in theatre, television and film.
19 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.

The doctor

20 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.

21 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.
22 Tom Hardy Tom Hardy Edward Thomas Hardy, CBE is an English actor and film producer. Originally a model, Hardy made his film debut in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down.
23 Jude Law Jude Law David Jude Heyworth Law (born 29 December 1972), is an English actor. He has received nominations for two Academy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two British Academy Awards, winning one. In 2007, he received an Honorary César and was named a knight of the Order ...read more.
24 Eddie Redmayne Eddie Redmayne
25 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.
26 John Cleese John Cleese John Marwood Cleese is an English actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He achieved success at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and as a scriptwriter and performer on The Frost Report.
27 Idris Elba Idris Elba

Idris should be top 5, most def.

He was amazing in Zootopia.

28 Colin Firth Colin Firth Colin Andrew Firth is an English actor. Firth's films have grossed more than $3 billion from 42 releases worldwide.

I find it funny how Colin Furth is ranked above Colin Firth �"

29 Estelle Estelle Estelle Fanta Swaray, simply known as Estelle, is a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress from West London, England.

I absolutely LOVE her as Garnet in Steven Universe!

30 Tom Felton Tom Felton

Amazing in his role as Draco Malfoy, played the part very well. Especially the conflicted and split personalities that rarely showed in books and movies

31 Jeremy Irons Jeremy Irons Jeremy John Irons is an English actor. After receiving classical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Irons began his acting career on stage in 1969, and has since appeared in many West End theatre productions including The Winter's Tale, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, The Taming of the ...read more.
32 Graeme Garden

Goodies, Goody Goody Yum-Yum - Clayttles

33 Sean Bean Sean Bean Shaun Mark Bean, known professionally as Sean Bean, is an English actor. After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, he made his professional debut in a theatre production of Romeo and Juliet in 1983. Retaining his distinctive Yorkshire accent, he first found mainstream success for his ...read more.
34 Robbie Kay

He's so hot and I love his accent!

35 Malcolm McDowell Malcolm McDowell
36 James Norton James Norton James Geoffrey Ian Norton is an English actor best known for playing Reverend Sydney Chambers in the ITV period crime series Grantchester and Prince Andrei Bolkonsky in the 2016 BBC mini series adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace.
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39 Sam Claflin Sam Claflin

He is handsome without any doubts
but this is not main reason to choose best actor
right?!
but he shows the best of his playing in me before you movie
very touching movie and modern romance and near to reality
he was best he shows he can play as a wealthy man with pride but so smart and kind and also reasonable and a real sweat heart and so strong
the character was so effective with his playing
he was also best in love rosie and
Their Finest
i love you sam and I hope to watch more works of you in future

40 Simon Pegg Simon Pegg Simon John Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. Pegg came to public prominence in Britain as the co-creator of the Channel 4 sitcom Spaced, directed by Edgar Wright.
41 James Corden James Corden James Kimberley Corden OBE is an English actor, comedian, and television host. He hosts The Late Late Show with James Corden, a late-night television talk show on CBS.
42 Karen Gillan Karen Gillan

Prettiest British actor ever!

43 John Simm John Simm
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