10 Best English Male Actors

Wednesday, April 6 by Anarch

Who do you think would make the list of the 10 best English male actors?  Can you name some off the top of your head? English actors have won audiences over for years—just look at James Bond or any of the "The Lord of the Rings" films, for example.  Which actors are the cream of the crop?  Let's see how many you recognize on our list of the best English male actors of all time.

  1. Sir Sean Connery: When asked for a list of the best English male actors, it's usually Sean Connery's name that appears at the top of the roster. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, he is perhaps best known as one of the most popular James Bonds to ever grace the silver screen.
  2. Sir Lawrence Olivier: Getting his start as a Shakespearean actor on the London stage, Lawrence Olivier starred in many memorable movies such as "Spartacus" and "Clash of the Titans." Considered to be one of the top English actors of all time, he performed up until he passed away at the age of 82.
  3. Sir Alec Guinness: While he was loved for many wonderful movies such as "Laurence of Arabia" and "The Bridge on the River Kwai," Alec Guinness won over the sci-fi fans with his fantastic portrayal of grizzly Jedi Ben 'Obi-Wan' Kenobi. Considered one of the best English male actors of all time, everyone knows 'the Force is strong in this one.'
  4. Sir Anthony Hopkins: Best known as the man that brought the frightening Hannibal Lecter to life, this talented English actor has starred in numerous award-winning films. One of the best English male actors, as well as one of the most easily recognized, Anthony Hopkins was influenced by the late, great Richard Burton.
  5. Richard Burton: The son of a Welsh coal miner, Richard Burton changed his name and began acting during the early 1940's. While he was equally popular for his numerous marriages and troubled personal life, he also earns his place on our list of the best English male actors for memorable roles such as Mark Antony in the 1963 classic "Cleopatra."
  6. Peter Sellers: Considered by many to be not only one of the best English actors but also one of the greatest comedians of all time, Peter Sellers is perhaps best remembered by his remarkable portrayal of the determined detective, Inspector Jacques Clouseau of "Pink Panther" fame.
  7. Sir Ian McKellen: Most recently known for his roles in "The Lord of the Rings," "Stardust" and the "X-Men" films, Sir Ian McKellen was born in Burnley, Lancashire and began acting almost as soon as he was old enough to attend school. In 1061, he obtained his Bachelor of Arts and is considered one of the best male actors of all time.
  8. Gerard Butler: Scotland-born Gerard Butler also makes our list of best English male actors, for his outstanding performances in movies such as "300," "How to Train Your Dragon" and "The Phantom of the Opera." In addition to being considered one of the best English male actors, he's also considered to be one of the nicest and prefers to be called "Gerry" by his fans.
  9. Sir Michael Caine: Born in London, Maurice Micklewhite would eventually change his name to Michael Caine at the advice of his agent.  Working in more than 100 television dramas as well as acting on the silver screen, it's no wonder that he's earned a place as one of the best English male actors of all time. Most recently, he's become familiar as the character Alfred, in various "Batman" films.
  10. Cary Grant: Leaving school at the age of fourteen and immediately joining a group of comedians, Cary Grant started learning pantomime and acrobatics before he was chosen as one of eight Pender boys who were selected to travel to the US and perform on Broadway.  As they say, the rest is history and Mr. Cary Grant rounds out our list of best English male actors as the man that Ian Flemming admits to having modeled James Bond after.  How's that for smooth? 

COMMENTS

  1. April 6, 2011 4:05 pm

    Tomcap

    OH MY GOD HALF OF THOSE GUYS ARN’T ENGLISH. THEY ARE BRITISH OR IRISH. NOT ENGLISH. SOME ARE SCOTTISH SOME ARE ENGLISH AND SOME ARE WELSH. ENGLAND IS NOT THE UNITED KINGDOM. IT IS MADE OF FOUR KINGDOMS WITH THEIR OWN CULTURES AND IDENTITY’S. IF YOU ARE WELSH OR SCOTTISH YOU ARE NOT ENGLISH. TECHNICALLY ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES AND NORTHERN IRELAND ARENT EVEN COUNTRIES ANYMORE, BUT THIS DOES NOT MAKE SCOTS AND WELSHMEN ENGLISH. WE ARE ALL WELSH, ENGLISH. SCOTISH, BUT WE ARE ALL OF US BRITISH AND THE SOONER THE ENGLISH, SCOTS AND WELSH ACCEPT THAT AND THE SOONER THE REST OF THE WORLD UNDERSTANDS THAT (yes I am looking at you USA and Iceland) THE BETTER. HALF THOSE ACTORS ARE NOT ENGLISH. IT COULD BE A LIST OF THE 10 BEST BRITISH ACTORS BUT IT IS NOT A LIST OF THE BEST MALE ENGLISH ACTORS.


  2. April 6, 2011 4:05 pm

    LenaNorth

    Sir Ian McKellen is older than I thought…. got his BA in 1061?? Really? LOL!


  3. April 6, 2011 4:05 pm

    Elaine

    He would have been old enough to take part in the “Battle of Hastings” as a runner! No wonder he could portray so many different characters!