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Top 10 UK Actors Of All Time

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There are reasons why it’s called Great Britain, and the following are ten of the very best. Join http://www.WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the top 10 actors from the United Kingdom.Check us out at http://www.Twitter.com/WatchMojo, http://instagram.com/watchmojo and http://www.Facebook.com/WatchMojo Check out the voting page here, http://watchmojo.com/suggest/Top%2010%20British%20Actors If you want to suggest an idea for a WatchMojo video, check out our interactive Suggestion Tool at http://www.WatchMojo.com/suggest :) Special thanks to our users [email protected], Damien R Jones, Dylan Tyrer,Michael Woodson, Jennifer Leeann Graham, moviemania, dj10041 and prnoflin for submitting the idea through our suggestions tool at http://www.WatchMojo.com/Suggest We have T-Shirts! Be sure to check out http://www.WatchMojo.com/store for more info. WatchMojo is a leading producer of reference online video content, covering the People, Places and Trends you care about. We update DAILY with 2-3 Top 10 lists, Origins, Biographies, Versus clips on movies, video games, music, pop culture and more!
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Sharlyn 44036359 (8 hours ago)
Alan Rickman is a best actor of UK ❤ R.I.P Alan "Always...💜"
Paul J (9 hours ago)
Richard Burton, Michael Sheen,Peter Sellers, Timothy Spall, john Hurt, Robert Carlyle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alistair Sim, Michael Gambon, Stan Laurel, Tim Roth, Richard Attenborough, John Mills, Hugh Laurie, Michael Kitchen, Richard Griffiths, John Thaw, David Suchet, Bob Hope, Billy Connolly, Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Bob Hoskins,
Wrong list.... Charlie Chaplin is 7, Alan Rickman is 9, no Jeremy Irons, no Benedict Cumberbatch, no Tom Hardy and so on.
Marcin Mrozowski (1 day ago)
Day Lewis i probably the best actor of all time, but sir Christopher Lee should be higher
Morariu Maria (3 days ago)
Alan Rickman at 9? No way! Where is Patrick Stewart??? Colin Firth just a mention? For Peter O'Toole the role from "Man of La Mancha" means nothing to you? Hilarious! Dislike!
mallaka8 (3 days ago)
I can't take any best British actor list seriously that omits Ben Kingsley, Derek Jacobi and Oliver Reed whilst including Ewen McGregor.
Trevor Shepherd (4 days ago)
No Richard Attenborough or Burton either!
lange darm (4 days ago)
Reminds me why I stopped looking at watchmojo. Christian bale isn't in the top 10? First place winner is the Bert actor because of the method acting? Did you guys watch 'the machinist'. And you already stated the obvious by puting a little clip of 'American psycho' in this video. And where is Sean connery, the original James bond? That's easily one of the most recognisable, and charismatic british actors ever. This top ten sucks!
lange darm (4 days ago)
Rubbish!!!
Christopher Eccleston is the greatest actor in the UK !!!
TheMoonlight2887 (5 days ago)
"Honorable mentions" should include every single British actor there was left! XD
KobraKai (5 days ago)
What an absolute shite list... No Rowan Atkinson, no David Tennent, no Sir Roger Moore?????!!!!!!!!
shitpostistan tv (6 days ago)
funny how these brits can only become famous in America.
寝不足 (6 days ago)
アラン・リックマンが9位なのは納得いかな~い!!でもやっぱり英国俳優はかっこいい💓💓💓
Rhonda Bradburn (7 days ago)
This list is screwy! No mention of Richard Burton whatsoever!
Ray Fridley (7 days ago)
Left out Rex Harrison In My Fair Lady, Dr Dolittle, Clepatrica, Yellow Rolls Royce, and others.
Denis Daly (9 days ago)
Peter O'Toole, number 1. His performance as Lawrence is unmatched in cinema history.  Daniel Day Lewis, Charlie Chaplin, Lawrence Oliver, Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt Alec Guiness, Richard Burton, Jeremy Irons Peter Ustinov Ralph Finnes Christian Bale Oliver Reed hon mention, Richard Atenborough, Sir Christopher Lee,Tom Hardy is moving up,
민돌이• (9 days ago)
Well, Where the heck is Eddie Redmayne!?
Spike Spillane (9 days ago)
Yes, I agree the list leaves off just so many. But then, we British and Irish have produced so many great actors it is silly to have a top 10 or even a top 20. I hadn't thought of Charles Lawton because he was before my time and maybe Chaplin because he was not really a 'classical' actor. A great actor is one who can play a light comedy role one evening and then Macbeth or King Lear the next. Just how many American actors could do that? There are a few but not many.
Moggy (11 days ago)
Did I blink and miss Richard Burton? Not my personal favorite but a good actor- I am more a Robert Donat fan- also not mentioned.
Lizzie BENNET (12 days ago)
You could have mentioned David Niven, John Hurt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kenneth Brannagh, Jude Law, Ben Kingsley, and, last but not least, James Bond himself : Sean Connery !
METerrell (13 days ago)
Richard Harris? Patrick Stewart? Sean Connery?
Isula Gunawardena (13 days ago)
Where is rowan Atkinson?
diego alonso (13 days ago)
Malcolm McDowell???
jolymac (13 days ago)
Laurence Olivier should have been number 1 on this list.
Trevor Thompson (13 days ago)
King McKellen
Jacob Wrigglesworth (13 days ago)
Sir Patrick Stewart, not even an honourable mention. Mageneto was made even better by the performance of a skilled co-star.
Dan Curic (14 days ago)
You forgot Richard Burton
Luna Black (14 days ago)
Alan deserves to be at number one duh
Kshama Rathour (15 days ago)
Alan Rickman a.k.a. Severus Snape- #1, Gary Oldman a.k.a. Sirius Black- #2.
JK Ryu (16 days ago)
Where is Jim Brodbent?
Ngọc Anh Trần (16 days ago)
Alan Rickman should be no.1 in this list.
oilersridersbluejays (17 days ago)
Where the hell is James Mason or Ralph Fiennes? Alan Rickman only at 9? This list is a joke.
Mebrice Depace (19 days ago)
Another useless clickbaity piece of "top10" nonsense by millenial Americans about British actors. No wonder its so crap.
StrasbergProtégé (5 days ago)
WatchMojo are not American
Jek_si (19 days ago)
When you show Ewan McGregor in a role other than Kenobi shm Watch mojo smh
UFackinwot 1 (20 days ago)
ben Kingsley? ???
fireinureeyes (21 days ago)
Should've made sure the actors were from the UK on a UK list
Vanilla Icena (21 days ago)
RIP Alan Rickman 1946-2016
Ingrid Dubbel (22 days ago)
Cary Grant could just stand and people would flock to see him having perfect comedic timing is a bonus. Ian McKellen needs to be seen on stage. There is no comparison between his film work and stage work. Olivier was a envious swine of his wife, Vivian Leigh, having a better movie career. Katherine Hepburn wrote "first rate actor, second rate human being". She wrote it in defense of Leigh. Daniel Day Lewis is beyond gifted, nobody else could top this list.
Johannes G. F. Bruhn (22 days ago)
Seriously? Where is Sean Connery?!?
British Randoms Studio (22 days ago)
Where the hell is tim curry
LostLife (22 days ago)
WHY IS ALAN RICKMAN #9
Emanuel Dor-chay (26 days ago)
WHAT ABOUT ROWAN ATKINSON? WHY IS HE NOT HONORABLY MENTIONED??
Graham Quinton (28 days ago)
Why no Richard Burton?
Inc0mpleteDean (1 month ago)
David Tennant Tom hardy??!!
merrilyn wasson (1 month ago)
Appalling choice of Michael Caine and the old ham Laurence Olivier. Colin Firth should have been on the list and Alan Rickman should have been much higher.
diana lynn ward (1 month ago)
the best..a ctors
Cheryl Smith (1 month ago)
The fact you have Alan Rickman outside the top 3 shows you know nothing!
PR Gunnels (1 month ago)
I think Patrick McGoohan should have at least have gotten an honorable mention.
A L (1 month ago)
RIP Alan Rickman
Donnie Blanko (1 month ago)
Richard Harris?
davyt0247 (1 month ago)
No Sean Bean or Sir Patrick Stewart???
Scott Harbison (1 month ago)
Stephen Fry. Michael Sheen. Patrick Stewart. Paul Bettany. Paddy Considine. Idris Elba.Richard Attenborough.Brian Blessed.Chiwetel Ejiofor. Top of my head. "Oh to suffer the shame of riches, such is is my lot to be British."
920mario (1 month ago)
Patrick Stewart ???
Morningstar (1 month ago)
Liam Neeson is IRISH
flip inheck (1 month ago)
+Morningstar LOL, I would need to be British to be unbritish but touche to you sir. I never claimed he was an Englishman by the way.
Morningstar (1 month ago)
+flip inheck bad language sir how very unbritish of you. but Liam is too handsome to be an english man
flip inheck (1 month ago)
+Morningstar I am very aware that the Island of Ireland is an Island, the secret is in the name. James Joyce is most certainly Irish being born in Dublin to Irish parents, no-one wants to take credit for Geldoff, you are are welcome to that arsehole.
Morningstar (1 month ago)
+flip inheck bob geldoff is irish for Gods sake he was born in dublin, he has am irish accent, you're a bit obsessed next you'll be saying james joyce was english. are you afraid that britain will lose out on credit if bob is irish. Did you look at the map of ireland its an island surrounded by water and antrim is on OUR island.
flip inheck (1 month ago)
+Morningstar Both Terry Wogan and Bob Geldoff are British citizens, both have spent most of their lives in the UK. Geldoffs paternal G parents were British and Belgian not Irish and he only received an honorary knighthood meaning he cannot be called Sir. Sir Michael Terence Wogan KBE DL (/ˈwoʊɡən/; 3 August 1938 – 31 January 2016), better known as Terry Wogan, was a British and Irish radio and television broadcaster who worked for the BBC in the UK for most of his career. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terry_Wogan Liam John Neeson, OBE is an actor from Northern Ireland who holds British and American citizenship. In 1976, he joined the Lyric Players' Theatre in Belfast for two years. He then acted in the Arthurian film,... wikipedia.org Born: June 7, 1952 (age 66), Ballymena, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, UK Nationality: American, British" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liam_Neeson
theresaI wright (1 month ago)
Allan Rickman should have been in the top 3 not at number 9.
Haylee Johnson (1 month ago)
I thought Sir Ian McKellen was Dumbledore for a minute lol.
Haylee Johnson (1 month ago)
Alan Rickman is at #9? No, that is just plain wrong. His acting is the best I've ever seen.
Bethany Howe (1 month ago)
Alan Rickman was waaay too far down this list! 😔 Christopher Lee and Ralph Fiennes should’ve made it also, Fiennes was (in my opinion) incredibly underrated as Voldemort in HP
Jacob North (1 month ago)
Alan Rickman should be far higher, and Michael Caine topping the list, can play any role, and is the most iconic Englishman in film imo Where’s Rowan Atkinson??
David Conrad (1 month ago)
Sean Connery? Seriously? Not even an honorable mention?
Dott Teo (1 month ago)
Where is Eddie redmayne
Kim Mahmood (1 month ago)
No Sean Connery?
What about TOP Czech and Slovák actors of all time? 😁😉😍
What about Czech and Slovak Top actors? 😁
tharealamelia (1 month ago)
STUPID PEOPLE ALAN SHOULD BE NO. ONE. HE WILL ALWAYS BE NO. ONE IN MY EYES!!!! I TRULY MADLY DEEPLY MISS THE MAN
wakeupnow (1 month ago)
Who the hell is the first one? Where is Mr Rowan Atkinson?!?!?!
Elizabeth (1 month ago)
You forgot Peter Cushing, and Patrick Stewart Also am I the only who dosent like Daniel Lewis?
Gary Summers (1 month ago)
To overlook Ian McKellen for Michael Caine doesn't sit well. Who choose this group of actors ... Michael Caine plays Michael Caine
Erik Mathisen (1 month ago)
Peter Sellers??
Gary Gilkes (1 month ago)
Daniel Day Lewis is the greatest actor ever. UK, USA, ASIA. Sean Connery should get an honourable mention.
Donna Hilton (1 month ago)
Michael Caine was even good as Scrooge in "The Muppets' Christmas Carol" .
Donna Hilton (1 month ago)
R.I.P. Alan Rickman.
Nancy Aylward (1 month ago)
Enough said
Greg Wise (2 months ago)
What about Sean Connery?
angela roe (2 months ago)
really ?? ummmm Richard Harris isnt on your list ? seriously ?
Dr. FunkBuzzer (2 months ago)
Bennedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman and Rowan Atkinson should at least have an honerable mention
Olanrewaju Henry (2 months ago)
NO PATRICK STEWART, JEREMY IRONS, SEAN CONNERY?????
Laura Falls (2 months ago)
1.5k disliked because Alan is not no. 1
Hannah Stevenson (2 months ago)
Sean Pertwee...
anmol joshi (2 months ago)
Hugh Grant atleast deserves the honorable mention
Fatma Ali (2 months ago)
Christine bale is in honourable mentions ?????how on earth ???? He must be in that list.... definitely not agree ...and where a hell is Michael Fassbinder????
Ciara Haase (2 months ago)
Alan Rickman #9? No!!! And what about Sean Connery and Daniel Craig?? I haven't heard of half of these people!! This is wrong!! Fix it!
StrasbergProtégé (2 months ago)
Harrison Ford is as American as you can get, and if you haven't heard about half of these actors, then you're both uncultured and ignorant as hell!
Hithwen Tinuviel (2 months ago)
Never heard of no1 person
StrasbergProtégé (2 months ago)
You can't be serious!
Chathura Madumadawa (2 months ago)
Christian Bale deserved more than this
Suat Özmen (2 months ago)
Charlie Chaplin number 1.
Gonzo 1o (2 months ago)
Daniel day fucking Lewis? He's at number 1?
Gonzo 1o (2 months ago)
My top 5 5. Colin Firth 4. Patrick Stewart 3. Martin Freeman 2. Ian Mckellen 1. Michael Caine
No Mauvaise Foi (2 months ago)
FFS! O'TOOLE WAS IRISH! AS IS LIAM NEESON.
flip inheck (1 month ago)
O,toole was born in Leeds England to a Scottish mother therefore British, Neeson was born in Ballymena NI UK, he was knighted therefore he is British.
StrasbergProtégé (2 months ago)
O'Toole grew up in Leeds and Neeson is from Northern-Ireland
Yuriel Astillero (2 months ago)
A good acting in Lincoln
Fernando Arteaga Ros (2 months ago)
And Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hiddleston ? I've missed them in this top
Tomos Prendy (2 months ago)
Where is Sean Connery?????
Christy Dolan (2 months ago)
Liam Neeson British? Hmm, funny, doesn't claim to be a Brit despite being from Belfast Fuck sake, the fact that his parents called him "LIAM" rather than "WILLIAM" (Irish for William) ought to fucking make his nationality pretty clear
Dhirendra Nath Biswas (2 months ago)
Sir Charlie chaplin shouldn't be in 7!!! My most favorite British actor is Benedict Cumberbatch btw.
Thomas Lombardo (2 months ago)
Sir Laurence Olivier deserve the number one spot. Thanks for giving Christopher Lee an Honorable mention
Mo Weems (2 months ago)
What, no John Hurt? No Robert Shaw? Come on, now.
Paula G Whyte (2 months ago)
No Cillian Murphy? You guys are crazy!! Do you not MOVIE??! Breakfast on Pluto? 28 Days Later? Sunshine? Red Eye? Dunkirk? "The Wind that Shakes the Barley? Anthropoid? Red Lights? Retreat? In Time? Inception? Peacock? Disco Pigs? Perrier's Bounty? And so many, many more!!!
Marjan Podlogar (2 months ago)
Daniel Day Lewis apsolutno, pogrešam Richard Burton?
Barraq Ali (2 months ago)
Daniel Day Lewis should have been at the top of your list!
Mac T (2 months ago)
BEN KINGSLEY AND SEAN CONNERY!

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