50 Great British actors

British acting talent excels at home and abroad. Here are 50 stars, past and present, who light up the silver screen.

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To celebrate Sky Movies Great Brits season, we have decided to honour some of the best British acting talent – men and women, past and present – ever to have graced our cinema screens. In our '50 Great British actors' list, we’ve included young whippersnappers like Keira Knightley alongside living legends like Sir Ian McKellen. We’ve also dug a little deeper to present ten great British screen villains, ten superb leading ladies and ten brooding action heroes. What’s more, we’re also giving you the chance to rank our choice of 50 actors in your own order. With such great talent so close to home, why look anywhere else?

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Ten Great British leading ladies
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Ten Great British leading ladies

Ten Great British screen villains
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Ten Great British screen villains

Ten Great British action heroes
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Ten Great British action heroes