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Who is greatest stage actor of all?


McKellenSo who is the greatest stage actor of them all?

Britain’s “The Stage” theatrical publication is holding a poll to ask visitors to its website to choose who is the best stage actor of all time. Six of the 10 shortlisted artists are still alive, and include legends not only of the stage, but also the screen, including Judi Dench and Ian McKellen (pictured at right). The Stage will keep the voting lines open for the next 10 weeks and publish the winner in a special Christmas edition.

Here is the full list. How about giving us your opinion as well? And if you think the best ever to walk the boards is not on the list, let us know.

Ralph Richardson (1902-1983)

John Gielgud (1904-2000)

Laurence Olivier (1907-1989)

Paul Scofield (1922 -2008)

Judi Dench (1934- )

Maggie Smith (1934- )

Vanessa Redgrave (1937- )

Ian McKellen (1939- )

Michael Gambon (1940- )

Mark Rylance (1960- )