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Since before the British Invasion, our mates across the pond have been ace at dominating English-speaking media. Lads and lasses like Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Blunt are just a snippet of what Great Britain currently has to offer.

With that in mind, the experts at PrettyFamous, an entertainment research site powered by Graphiq, have amassed a list of the most famous actors who call the United Kingdom home.

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To make the list, actors must have been born in the U.K., completed their studies there or spent most of their life there – this means English, Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh stars comprise the ranking. Irish chaps, such as Colin Farrell, are not included.


The actors are ranked from least to most famous. In order to judge an actor’s relative popularity, PrettyFamous compiled an “Actor Score” for each actor. The score takes into account the number of awards an actor has been nominated for, the amount of views his or her Wikipedia page has had over the last 30 days and the IMDb rating of the TV shows and movies they have appeared in. In the case of a tie, the actor who won more awards was favored.

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Are you ready to find out which Brit tops the ranking? Grab some tea and crumpets, crack open a bag of crisps and find out.

Note: Only actors with at least 30,000 views on their Wikipedia page are included, meaning current actors are favored.

100. Natalie Dormer

  • Birthplace: Reading, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 11, 1982
  • Known for: Game of Thrones
  • Actor Score: 70.9

99. Albert Finney

  • Birthplace: Salford, England
  • Birthday: May 9, 1936
  • Known for: Big Fish
  • Actor Score: 71.11

98. Eddie Marsan

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: June 9, 1968
  • Known for: Happy-Go-Lucky
  • Actor Score: 71.26

97. Rupert Friend

  • Birthplace: Stonesfield, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 1, 1981
  • Known for: Homeland
  • Actor Score: 71.79

96. Alfred Molina

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 24, 1953
  • Known for: Spider-Man 2
  • Actor Score: 71.96

95. Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

  • Birthplace: Islington, England
  • Birthday: Aug. 22, 1967
  • Known for: Lost
  • Actor Score: 72.07

94. Jason Statham

  • Birthplace: Shirebrook, England
  • Birthday: July 26, 1967
  • Known for: The Transporter
  • Actor Score: 72.2

93. Paul Bettany

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 27, 1971
  • Known for: A Beautiful Mind
  • Actor Score: 72.58

92. Rebecca Hall

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 3, 1982
  • Known for: Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Actor Score: 72.66

91. Clive Owen

  • Birthplace: Coventry, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 3, 1964
  • Known for: Children of Men
  • Actor Score: 72.95

90. Stephen Merchant

  • Birthplace: Bristol, England
  • Birthday: Nov. 24, 1974
  • Known for: The Office (U.K.)
  • Actor Score: 73.31

89. Charles Dance

  • Birthplace: Redditch, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 10, 1946
  • Known for: Game of Thrones
  • Actor Score: 73.41

88. Jean Simmons

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 31, 1929 (died Jan. 22, 2010)
  • Known for: Guys and Dolls
  • Actor Score: 73.44

87. Tom Wilkinson

  • Birthplace: Wharfedale, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 5, 1948
  • Known for: Michael Clayton
  • Actor Score: 73.89

86. Elizabeth Taylor

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 27, 1932 (died Mar. 23, 2011)
  • Known for: Cleopatra
  • Actor Score: 74.01

85. Felicity Jones

  • Birthplace: Bournville, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 17, 1983
  • Known for: The Theory of Everything
  • Actor Score: 74.3

84. Jamie Bell

  • Birthplace: Billingham, England
  • Birthday: Mar. 14, 1986
  • Known for: Billy Elliott
  • Actor Score: 74.39

83. Kelly Macdonald

  • Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Birthday: Feb. 23, 1976
  • Known for: Boardwalk Empire
  • Actor Score: 74.7

82. Richard Attenborough

  • Birthplace: Cambridge, England
  • Birthday: Aug. 29, 1923 (died Aug. 24, 2014)
  • Known for: Jurassic Park
  • Actor Score: 74.93

81. Emily Watson

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 14, 1967
  • Known for: Breaking the Waves
  • Actor Score: 75.53

80. Ian McShane

  • Birthplace: Blackburn, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 29, 1942
  • Known for: Deadwood
  • Actor Score: 75.55

79. Jane Seymour

  • Birthplace: Hayes, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 15, 1951
  • Known for: Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman
  • Actor Score: 75.7

78. Steve Coogan

  • Birthplace: Middleton, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 14, 1965
  • Known for: Philomena
  • Actor Score: 75.92

77. Laurence Olivier

  • Birthplace: Dorking, England
  • Birthday: May 22, 1907 (died July 11, 1989)
  • Known for: Wuthering Heights
  • Actor Score: 76.2

76. Dev Patel

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Apr. 23, 1990
  • Known for: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Actor Score: 76.21

75. Andrew Garfield

  • Birthplace: Los Angeles, Calif. (raised in Epsom, England)
  • Birthday: Aug. 20, 1983
  • Known for: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Actor Score: 76.29

74. Sean Bean

  • Birthplace: Handsworth, England
  • Birthday: Apr. 17, 1959
  • Known for: Game of Thrones
  • Actor Score: 76.83

73. Andy Serkis

  • Birthplace: Ruislip, England
  • Birthday: Apr. 20, 1964
  • Known for: The Hobbit
  • Actor Score: 77.28

72. Tim Roth

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 14, 1961
  • Known for: Pulp Fiction
  • Actor Score: 77.49

71. Julie Walters

  • Birthplace: Birmingham, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 22, 1950
  • Known for: Mamma Mia!
  • Actor Score: 77.49

70. Kate Beckinsale

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: July 26, 1973
  • Known for: Underworld
  • Actor Score: 77.68

69. Robert Pattinson

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 13, 1986
  • Known for: Twilight
  • Actor Score: 77.87

68. Richard Harris

  • Birthplace: Limerick, Ireland
  • Birthday: Oct. 1, 1930 (died Oct. 25, 2002)
  • Known for: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Actor Score: 78.16

67. Brian Cox

  • Birthplace: Dundee, Scotland
  • Birthday: June 1, 1946
  • Known for: Nuremberg
  • Actor Score: 78.22

66. Carey Mulligan

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 28, 1985
  • Known for: The Great Gatsby
  • Actor Score: 78.48

65. Kit Harington

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 26, 1986
  • Known for: Game of Thrones
  • Actor Score: 78.51

64. Guy Pearce

  • Birthplace: Ely, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 5, 1967
  • Known for: Prometheus
  • Actor Score: 78.84

63. James McAvoy

  • Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
  • Birthday: Apr. 21, 1979
  • Known for: X-Men
  • Actor Score: 79.28

62. Christopher Lee

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 27, 1922 (died June 7, 2015)
  • Known for: The Lord of the Rings
  • Actor Score: 79.52

61. Stephen Fry

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Aug. 24, 1957
  • Known for: A Bit of Fry & Laurie
  • Actor Score: 79.68

60. Kim Cattrall

  • Birthplace: Liverpool, England
  • Birthday: Aug. 21, 1956
  • Known for: Sex and the City
  • Actor Score: 79.76

59. Minnie Driver

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 31, 1970
  • Known for: Good Will Hunting
  • Actor Score: 79.87

58. John Hurt

  • Birthplace: Chesterfield, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 22, 1940
  • Known for: The Elephant Man
  • Actor Score: 80.35

57. Martin Freeman

  • Birthplace: Aldershot, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 8, 1971
  • Known for: The Hobbit
  • Actor Score: 80.41

56. John Cleese

  • Birthplace: Weston-super-Mare, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 27, 1939
  • Known for: Monty Python
  • Actor Score: 80.62

55. Diana Rigg

  • Birthplace: Doncaster, England
  • Birthday: July 20, 1938
  • Known for: Game of Thrones
  • Actor Score: 80.64

54. Tom Hiddleston

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 9, 1981
  • Known for: The Avengers
  • Actor Score: 80.75

53. Bill Nighy

  • Birthplace: Caterham, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 12, 1949
  • Known for: Love Actually
  • Actor Score: 81.35

52. Emilia Clarke

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 23, 1986
  • Known for: Game of Thrones
  • Actor Score: 81.58

51. Rosamund Pike

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 27, 1979
  • Known for: Gone Girl
  • Actor Score: 81.63

50. Hugh Grant

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 9, 1960
  • Known for: Notting Hill
  • Actor Score: 81.95

49. Daniel Day-Lewis

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Apr. 29, 1957
  • Known for: Lincoln
  • Actor Score: 82.18

48. Emma Watson

  • Birthplace: Paris, France (raised in Oxfordshire, England)
  • Birthday: Apr. 15, 1990
  • Known for: Harry Potter
  • Actor Score: 82.62

47. Rachel Weisz

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Mar. 7, 1970
  • Known for: The Constant Gardener
  • Actor Score: 82.9

46. Keira Knightley

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Mar. 26, 1985
  • Known for: Pride & Prejudice
  • Actor Score: 82.98

45. Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: July 10, 1977
  • Known for: 12 Years a Slave
  • Actor Score: 83.18

44. Eddie Redmayne

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 6, 1982
  • Known for: The Theory of Everything
  • Actor Score: 83.43

43. Vanessa Redgrave

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 30, 1937
  • Known for: Julia
  • Actor Score: 84.12

42. Jude Law

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 29, 1972
  • Known for: The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Actor Score: 84.82

41. Orlando Bloom

  • Birthplace: Canterbury, England
  • Birthday: Jan. 13, 1977
  • Known for: Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Actor Score: 84.85

40. Charlie Chaplin

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Apr. 16, 1889 (died Dec. 25, 1977)
  • Known for: The Great Dictator
  • Actor Score: 84.9

39. Michael Sheen

  • Birthplace: Newport, Wales
  • Birthday: Feb. 5, 1969
  • Known for: Masters of Sex
  • Actor Score: 84.98

38. Sacha Baron Cohen

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 13, 1971
  • Known for: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
  • Actor Score: 85.04

37. Catherine Zeta-Jones

  • Birthplace: Swansea, Wales
  • Birthday: Sept. 25, 1969
  • Known for: Chicago
  • Actor Score: 85.29

36. Tilda Swinton

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Nov. 5, 1960
  • Known for: Michael Clayton
  • Actor Score: 85.51

35. Jim Broadbent

  • Birthplace: West Lindsey, England
  • Birthday: May 24, 1949
  • Known for: Moulin Rouge!
  • Actor Score: 85.58

34. Ian McKellen

  • Birthplace: Burnley, England
  • Birthday: May 25, 1939
  • Known for: The Lord of the Rings
  • Actor Score: 85.7

33. Julie Andrews

  • Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 1, 1935
  • Known for: The Sound of Music
  • Actor Score: 86.62

32. Lena Headey

  • Birthplace: Hamilton, Bermuda (raised in Somerset, England)
  • Birthday: Oct. 3, 1973
  • Known for: Game of Thrones
  • Actor Score: 87

31. Patrick Stewart

  • Birthplace: Mirfield, England
  • Birthday: July 13, 1940
  • Known for: Star Trek: The Next Generation
  • Actor Score: 87.13

30. Naomi Watts

  • Birthplace: Shoreham, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 28, 1968
  • Known for: Mulholland Drive
  • Actor Score: 87.22

29. Ricky Gervais

  • Birthplace: Whitley, England
  • Birthday: June 25, 1961
  • Known for: The Office (U.K.)
  • Actor Score: 87.33

28. Kenneth Branagh

  • Birthplace: Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Birthday: Dec. 10, 1960
  • Known for: Hamlet
  • Actor Score: 87.33

27. Daniel Radcliffe

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: July 23, 1989
  • Known for: Harry Potter
  • Actor Score: 87.76

26. Sean Connery

  • Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Birthday: Aug. 25, 1930
  • Known for: James Bond
  • Actor Score: 87.81

25. Hugh Laurie

  • Birthplace: Oxford, England
  • Birthday: June 11, 1959
  • Known for: House M.D.
  • Actor Score: 88.04

24. Daniel Craig

  • Birthplace: Chester, England
  • Birthday: Mar. 2, 1968
  • Known for: James Bond
  • Actor Score: 88.21

23. Ewan McGregor

  • Birthplace: Perth, Scotland
  • Birthday: Mar. 31, 1971
  • Known for: Star Wars
  • Actor Score: 88.81

22. Jeremy Irons

  • Birthplace: Cowes, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 19, 1948
  • Known for: Reversal of Fortune
  • Actor Score: 88.86

21. Gary Oldman

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Mar. 21, 1958
  • Known for: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
  • Actor Score: 89.61

20. Alan Rickman

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 21, 1946 (died Jan. 14, 2016)
  • Known for: Harry Potter
  • Actor Score: 89.66

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19. Angela Lansbury

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 15, 1925
  • Known for: Murder, She Wrote
  • Actor Score: 89.87

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18. Tom Hardy

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 15, 1977
  • Known for: Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Actor Score: 90.15

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17. Liam Neeson

  • Birthplace: Ballymena, Northern Ireland
  • Birthday: June 7, 1952
  • Known for: Schindler’s List
  • Actor Score: 90.36

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16. Judi Dench

  • Birthplace: York, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 9, 1934
  • Known for: Shakespeare in Love
  • Actor Score: 90.67

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15. Maggie Smith

  • Birthplace: Ilford, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 28, 1934
  • Known for: Downton Abbey
  • Actor Score: 90.78

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14. Emily Blunt

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Feb. 23, 1983
  • Known for: The Devil Wears Prada
  • Actor Score: 90.92

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13. Colin Firth

  • Birthplace: Grayshott, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 10, 1960
  • Known for: The King’s Speech
  • Actor Score: 91.42

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12. Ralph Fiennes

  • Birthplace: Ipswich, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 22, 1962
  • Known for: The English Patient
  • Actor Score: 92.57

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11. Emma Thompson

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Apr. 15, 1959
  • Known for: Sense and Sensibility
  • Actor Score: 92.67

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10. Ben Kingsley

  • Birthplace: Scarborough, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 31, 1943
  • Known for: Gandhi
  • Actor Score: 92.71

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9. Kate Winslet

  • Birthplace: Reading, England
  • Birthday: Oct. 5, 1975
  • Known for: Titanic
  • Actor Score: 92.79

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8. Anthony Hopkins

  • Birthplace: Port Talbot, Wales
  • Birthday: Dec. 31, 1937
  • Known for: The Silence of the Lambs
  • Actor Score: 92.98

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7. Benedict Cumberbatch

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: July 19, 1976
  • Known for: Sherlock
  • Actor Score: 93.42

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6. Michael Caine

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Mar. 14, 1933
  • Known for: The Dark Knight
  • Actor Score: 93.97

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5. Kiefer Sutherland

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Dec. 21, 1966
  • Known for: 24
  • Actor Score: 94.07

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4. Idris Elba

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: Sept. 6, 1972
  • Known for: Luther
  • Actor Score: 94.15

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3. Helen Mirren

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: July 26, 1945
  • Known for: The Queen
  • Actor Score: 94.53

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2. Helena Bonham Carter

  • Birthplace: London, England
  • Birthday: May 26, 1966
  • Known for: Alice in Wonderland
  • Actor Score: 94.74

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1. Christian Bale

  • Birthplace: Haverfordwest, Wales
  • Birthday: Jan. 30, 1974
  • Known for: The Dark Knight
  • Actor Score: 95.76

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