Top 10 Best British Actors

The Top Ten
1 Michael Caine Sir Michael Caine, CBE (born Maurice Joseph Micklewhite, 14 March 1933) is an English actor, producer and author. He has appeared in more than 130 films in a career spanning 70 years and is considered a British film icon. Known for his cockney accent, Caine was born in South London, where during his... read more
2 Anthony Hopkins Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins CBE is a Welsh actor, director, and producer. He was born on December 31, 1937 in Margam, Wales. He is known for winning the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1992, and was nominated three additional times. Hopkins has also won three BAFTAs, two Emmys, and the Cecil B. DeMille... read more
3 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
4 Sean Connery Sir Thomas Sean Connery (August 25, 1930 - October 31, 2020) was a Scottish actor and producer. He won an Academy Award, two BAFTA Awards, and three Golden Globes... read more
5 Ian McKellen Sir Ian Murray McKellen is an English actor. He is the recipient of six Laurence Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a BIF Award, two Saturn Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards.
6 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 into his performances that 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 Patrick Melrose, which let's remember, is super hard to play as he struggles with alcohol and drug addiction.

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!

7 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. He has received a Golden Globe award and an Academy Award:... read more

He's had roles in Sid and Nancy, the Dark Knight trilogy, Darkest Hour, the Harry Potter series, Dracula, and voiced Shen in Kung Fu Panda 2. He's clearly the best! I love Sid and Nancy, by the way. Total Sid Vicious fan.

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

8 Laurence Olivier Laurence Kerr Olivier, Baron Olivier was an English actor who, along with his contemporaries Ralph Richardson and John Gielgud, dominated the British stage of the mid-20th century... read more
9 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.

His performances, not just as Loki, but all of them, were filled with emotion and passion. He's just perfect!

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

10 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 one 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.

The Contenders
11 Idris Elba Idrissa Akuna "Idris" Elba OBE is an English actor, producer, musician and DJ known for playing drug trafficker Stringer Bell on the HBO series The Wire, DCI John Luther on the BBC One series Luther and Nelson Mandela in the biographical film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
12 Hugh Laurie James Hugh Calum Laurie, is an English actor, writer, director, musician, singer, comedian, and author.

Hugh Laurie is really one of the best actors alive and he so deserves the first spot.

13 Christian Bale Christian Charles Philip Bale (born 30 January 1974) is an English actor. Known for his versatility and physical transformations for his roles, he has been a leading man in films of several genres. He has received various accolades, including an Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. Forbes magazine... read more

One of the most versatile actors of all time. His portrayal in many biopic films is what makes him a great actor.

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

Hugh Laurie doesn't even begin to compare to Colin. He is the master! A sensitive genius who deserves recognition.

Love this guy. He can play any part!

15 Alec Guinness Sir Alec Guinness was an English actor. After an early career on the stage, he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in which he played eight different characters.
16 Daniel Radcliffe Daniel Jacob Radcliffe is an English actor who rose to prominence as the title character in the Harry Potter film series.
17 Tom Holland Thomas Stanley "Tom" Holland is an English actor and dancer. Holland is known for playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and starring in the 2012 film The Impossible. He started his career in 2008 when he played the lead role named Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot The Musical on Broadway in... read more

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!"

18 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!

19 Rowan Atkinson Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean.

Hilarious! Best known for Mr. Bean and Johnny English!

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

Mr. Bean? Blackadder? Come on, how is he not number one?

20 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.

Entertaining man. I really liked him as the Doctor and Kilgrave. He should at least be in the top five!

21 Hugh Grant

Hugh Grant should have been rated higher!

22 Tim Roth Timothy Simon Roth (born 14 May 1961) is an English actor and producer. He began acting on films and television series in the 1980s. He was among a group of prominent British actors of the era, the "Brit Pack".

Finally! Tim Roth is such a brilliant actor, capable of playing the good guy or a despicable bad guy. With an array of accents, he should be in the top three of any best British actors list.

23 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
24 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.

Actually, he is the only one to act as naturally as he does in real life. He should be number one!

25 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.
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