Sean Connery named America’s favourite British actor over Maggie Smith and Benedict Cumberbatch

The former James Bond actor topped Q Score's influential chart, triumphing over Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig, Anthony Hopkins, Hugh Laurie and Liam Neeson

Oscar-winning former James Bond star Sir Sean Connery has topped a poll of America’s most popular British actors, beating off the likes of Maggie Smith, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Craig and Benedict Cumberbatch. 


The Q chart, a survey measuring the consumer appeal of media personalities, named Connery at the top of their list, despite his recent UK-made animated flick, Sir Billi the Vet, failing to win over cinema-goers earlier this year. The 83-year-old triumphed over Anthony Hopkins and Liam Neeson, who took the second and third spots. 

“Connery ranks among the the top 10 Hollywood actors of all time,” said Henry Shafer, executive vice president of Q Scores. “Awareness of Sean Connery and his appeal was strong across the country and with all ages. He was not working so much but he had already transcended the normal run of actors in the way people felt about him. British men have become more dominant over the past 15 years as they appear in more American movie and TV roles [during] the awards season.”

The Q Score surveys are carried out every six months, asking 1,500 people in the New York area how much they like and trust media personalities. In the past they have been unavailable to the general public, but this year the company have decided to share their British rankings, which they have been compiling since 1998. 

The poll, which is considered to carry influence over Hollywood studios, has NCIS actor David McCallum in fourth position, with three-time Oscar-winner, Daniel Day-Lewis, completing the top five. 

Other notable appearances on this year’s list include British actresses Dame Judi Dench, seen recently as M in the James Bond films, and Dame Maggie Smith, of highly-rated UK import Downton Abbey, as well as current Bond actor Daniel Craig and Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe. 

Benedict Cumberbatch is a surprise omission from the top ten, ranking in eleventh position despite a rising international profile thanks to his role in Sherlock and appearance in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness and numerous other feature films. 

For the full Q Score 2013 top 20, see the list below… 

1. Sean Connery
2. Anthony Hopkins
3. Liam Neeson
4. David McCallum
5. Daniel Day-Lewis
6. Judi Dench
7. Maggie Smith
8. Daniel Craig
9. Hugh Laurie
10. James Purefoy
11. Benedict Cumberbatch
12. Robert Carlyle
13. Eamonn Walker
14. Colin Firth
15. Jonny Lee Miller
16. Jane Leeves
17. Kiefer Sutherland
18. Gerard Butler
19. Lucy Punch
20. Daniel Radcliffe