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?