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Top 50 Best British Actresses Of All Time

AishwaryaAishwarya-Posted April 30, 2022


British Actresses

 

While browsing through a list of top actors and actresses, it is difficult to ignore the contribution made by the British film community.

 

England has been home to many of the top talents in acting, playwrights, musicians, theater, etc.

 

Bristol Old Vic Theater, The Royal Shakespeare Society, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, and Guildhall School of Acting have boasted many famous proponents.

 

British actresses are in a class of their own, and we are not referring to the ‘Grand Dames, Dames and actresses who have been knighted.

 

They always push the boundaries and take any film to a higher level with their talent.

 

Whether it is drama, comedy, horror, adventure, or action flicks, we can be sure to find a Brit that will astound us with their performance.

 

So, ENTOIN decided to prepare a list of all the British actresses working in Hollywood and give the readers a glimpse of greatness.

 

With difficulty, we were able to cut down the list to just 50 actresses.

 

We have attempted to keep the list limited to actresses who are currently working or have worked till recently.

 

We tried to exclude actresses from the classic Hollywood era.

 

Have a look at the list and tell us if you were surprised to know that any particular actress was a Brit.

 

I was pleasantly surprised by the identity of a few big names.

 

 

50. Rosie Huntington Whiteley

 

Rosie Huntington Whiteley

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 18, 1987
Place of Birth Plymouth, Devon, England, UK
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 2009
Debut Movie/ TV series Love Me Tender... Or Else

 

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley is a former model and actress. She was a Victoria's Secret Angel and walked the ramp for the lingerie giant.

 

Huntington-Whiteley also became the face of the Burberry fragrance called Burberry Body.

 

The denim clothing brand Paige collaborated with her on the clothing line.

 

In 2009, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley ventured into acting and worked in action flicks.

 

She appeared in Transformers: Dark of The Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road, etc.

 

She also worked on a short film for the DT Spain photoshoot.

 

 

49. Ruth Wilson

 

Ruth Wilson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 13, 1982
Place of Birth Ashford, Surrey, UK
Height 1.68 m
Debut year 2006
Debut Movie/ TV series Jane Eyre

 

Ruth Wilson is a stage and television actress who has won critical praise for her work over the years.

 

She won the Laurence Olivier Award twice and was nominated for a Tony Award twice.

 

She also has a Golden Globe nomination and won it for The Affair.

 

Ruth Wilson was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2021 birthday honors.

 

Some of the prominent works of Ruth Wilson are Jane Eyre, The Affair, Luther, Mrs. Wilson, His Dark Materials, The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks, I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, Dark River, etc.

 

 

48. Minnie Driver

 

Minnie Driver

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 31, 1970
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.77 m
Debut year 1990
Debut Movie/ TV series God on the Rocks

 

Amelia Fiona Jessica "Minnie" Driver is a film and television actress.

 

She was nominated for an Academy Award, a SAG Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Golden Globe for her roles.

 

She moved to America And acquired American citizenship in 2017. Minnie Driver has worked in Circle Of Friends, and Grosse Pointe Blank.

 

She also starred in Good Will Hunting, The Phantom of The Opera, Owning Mahowny, Goldeneye, Sleepers, Princess Mononoke, The Riches, About a Boy, Speechless, Will & Grace, The Deep, Web Therapy, SuperMansion, etc.

 

 

47. Miriam Margolyes

 

Miriam Margolyes

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 18, 1941
Place of Birth Oxfordshire, England, UK
Height 1.55 m
Debut year 1965
Debut Movie/ TV series Theatre 625

 

Miriam Margolyes is a comedian and actress who has worked extensively in film, television, and stage productions.

 

She has won several accolades for her work. She has also done voice acting and won the Audiofile’s Earphones Award.

 

In 2002, the British government made her the Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her drama service.

 

A few notable works of Margolyes are the Harry Potter film series, The Age of Innocence, Romeo + Juliet, Babe, Bucket, Words and Pictures, Doctor in Charge, Chalk & Cheese, World of Laughter, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, etc.

 

 

46. Sophie Turner

 

Sophie Turner

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 21, 1996
Place of Birth Northamptonshire, England, UK
Height 1.75 m
Debut year 2011
Debut Movie/ TV series Game of Thrones

 

Sophie Turner is most famous for her role in her debut series, Game of Thrones.

 

She played Sansa Stark and received a Primetime Emmy Nomination for her role.

 

During the filming of this series, she also worked in Another Me, The Thirteenth Tale, Barely Lethal, etc.

 

Sophie Turner appeared in the role of Dr. Jean Gray/Dark Phoenix in X-Men: Apocalypse and reprised the role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

 

She worked in the TV series Survive, The Prince, The Staircase, Broken Soldier, Time Freak, etc.

 

 

45. Maisie Williams

 

Maisie Williams

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 15, 1997
Place of Birth Bristol, England, UK
Height 1.55 m
Debut year 2011
Debut Movie/ TV series Game of Thrones

 

Margaret Constance "Maisie" Williams debuted with the role of Arya Stark in Game of Thrones.

 

She received critical praise and two Primetime Emmy nominations for her role.

 

Maisie Williams has appeared in many more successful TV series and films.

 

A few of her acting credits include Doctor Who, CyberBully, iBoy, Two Weeks To Live, Gen: Lock, The New Mutants, Mary Shelly, Early Man, I And You, Then Came You, The Owners, The Book of Love, The Falling, etc.

 

In the near future, Williams will be back with Pistols and Multiverse.

 

 

44. Miranda Richardson

 

Miranda Richardson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth March 3, 1958
Place of Birth Southport, Lancashire, England, UK
Height 1.65 m
Debut year 1980
Debut Movie/ TV series The First Day

 

Miranda Richardson is an alumnus of the Bristol Old Vic Theater school.

 

With her astounding performances, she has garnered nominations for two Academy Awards, seven BAFTAs, seven Golden Globes, a Laurence Olivier Award, and  Primetime Emmy Award.

 

Her most memorable performances have been in Damage, The Crying Game, Tom & Vic, After Pilkington, Enchanted April, Dance to The Music of Time, Merlin, and The Big Brass Ring.

 

She also starred in Sleepy Hollow, Made in Dagenham, The Lost Prince, Fatherland, The Life and Times of Vivienne Vyle, The Hours, etc.

 

 

43. Michelle Dockery

 

Michelle Dockery

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 15, 1981
Place of Birth Barking, Essex, England, UK
Height 173 m
Debut year 2005
Debut Movie/ TV series Fingersmith

 

Michelle Dockery is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in The Downton Abbey.

 

She was nominated for three Primetime Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for her performance.

 

Dockery debuted in acting with a stage performance in plays like His Dark Material, Pygmalion, Burnt By The Sun, etc.

 

Her film and television roles include Defending Jacob, Hanna, Anna Karenina, Non-Stop, The Gentlemen, and Godless.

 

The Anatomy of a Scandal, Good Behavior, Tuca & Bertie, Amphibia, The Sense of an Ending, etc.

 

 

42. Samantha Morton

 

Samantha Morton

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 13, 1977
Place of Birth Nottinghamshire, England, UK
Height 1.6 m
Debut year 1991
Debut Movie/ TV series Soldier Soldier

 

Samantha Morton began her career with television roles in ITV and BBC productions.

 

She made guest appearances in Soldier Soldier, Cracker, etc., till she got more substantial roles in ITV’s Band of Gold.

 

She also appeared in The History of Tom Jones: A Foundling.

 

The film roles of Mortin are Emma, Jane Eyre, Under The Skin, Sweet and Lowdown, Morven Caller, Control, Minority Report, and Mary Queen of Scots.

 

She also starred in In America, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, Decoding Annie Parker, The Messenger, etc.

 

 

41. Sienna Miller

 

Sienna Miller

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth December 28, 1981
Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA
Height 1.65 m
Debut year 2001
Debut Movie/ TV series South Kensington

 

Sienna Miller was born in New York to a former British model.

 

At 18 months, Sienna and her family moved back to England and stayed there.

 

Initially, Miller followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a model, appearing in the Pirelli calendar.

 

With the money he saved up, Sienna joined the Lee Strasberg School of acting.

 

Sienna appeared in films like Layer Cake, Alfie, Factory Girl, The Edge of Love, G. I. : The Rise of Cobra, The Girl, Foxcatcher, American Sniper, Mississippi Grind, The Lost City of Z, Live By Night, American Woman, The Loudest Voice, etc.

 

 

40. Gemma Arterton

 

Gemma Arterton

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 2, 1986
Place of Birth Gravesend, Kent, England, UK
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 2007
Debut Movie/ TV series Capturing Mary

 

Gemma Christine Arterton is a film and stage actress. She debuted on stage with the play Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost.

 

Arterton worked in other plays like The Duchess of Malfi, Nell Gwynn, Made in Dagenham, etc.

 

Her acting credits have been in The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Quantum of Solace, The Disappearance of Alice Creed, Tamara Drewe, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Clash of The Titans, Vita & Virginia, The Escape, etc.

 

 

39. Natalie Dormer

 

Natalie Dormer

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 11, 1982
Place of Birth Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Height 1.67 m
Debut year 2005
Debut Movie/ TV series Distant Shores

 

Natalie Dormer is an English actress who came to prominence when she played Anne Boleyn in the Showtime series The Tudors.

 

She also worked in several theater plays like Comedy of Errors, Sweet Nothings, After Miss Julie, Venus in Fur, etc.

 

Natalie Dormer worked in the highly-rated HBO epic drama, Game of Thrones and in the final two installments of The Hunger Games films.

 

Her other prominent roles have been in Captain America: The First Avenger, W. E., The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance, Elementary, Penny Dreadful: The City of Angels, etc.

 

 

38. Julie Christie

 

Julie Christie

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 14, 1940
Place of Birth Chabua, Assam Province, British India
Height 1.6 m
Debut year 1961
Debut Movie/ TV series Call Oxbridge 2000

 

Julie Christie is an award-winning actress who was very popular in the 60s.

 

She appeared in many acclaimed films and won accolades for her performances.

 

She garnered international recognition for her role in Darling (won an Oscar for the role) and Doctor Zhivago.

 

Some of Julie Christie’s memorable films are  Fahrenheit 451, Far from the Madding Crowd, Petulia, The Go-Between, McCabe & Mrs. Miller (got an Oscar nomination), Don't Look Now, Shampoo, Heaven Can Wait, Troy, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban etc.

 

 

37. Marianne Jean-Baptiste

 

Marianne Jean-Baptiste

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 26, 1967
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.55 m
Debut year 1995
Debut Movie/ TV series London Kills Me

 

Marianne Jean-Baptiste has received an Academy Award nomination and a Golden Globe for her role in Secret & Lies.

 

This film was her best-known work. She has also appeared in The Cell, 28 Days, Won’t Back Down, Peter Rabbit, Edge of Tomorrow, etc.

 

Marianne also worked in television series, including The Wedding, The Murder of Stephen Lawrence, Without a Trace, Blindspot, Homecoming, How to Get Away with Murder, Training Day, and Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, etc.

 

 

36. Naomie Harris

 

Naomie Harris

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 6, 1976
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1987
Debut Movie/ TV series Simon and the Witch

 

Naomie Harris is the daughter of immigrants from the Caribbean island of Jamaica and Trinidad.

 

Harris studied acting and drama at the Bristol Old Vic school before she started work in TV series.

 

As a child, Naomie Harris had already worked in Simon and The Witch and Erasmus Microman.

 

Naomie appeared in many substantial roles in major studio productions.

 

Harris portrayed Tia Dalma/ Calypso in the second and third installments of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Eve Moneypenny in the James Bond films like Skyfall, Spectre, and No Time To Die.

 

Naomie worked in the critically successful film Moonlight and earned an Academy Award nomination.

 

She was appointed the Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2017.

 

 

35. Hayley Atwell

 

Hayley Atwell

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 5, 1982
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.69 m
Debut year 2005
Debut Movie/ TV series Whatever Love Means

 

Hayley Atwell is a British American actress who studied drama at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

 

She appeared in several plays and West End Productions. Atwell worked on Prometheus Bound, A View From The Bridge, Rosmersholm, The Pride, etc.

 

Some of Hayley Atwell’s prominent roles are in The Duchess, Captain America: The First Avenger, and Captain America: Winter Soldier.

 

She also starred in Ant-man, Ant-man, and the Wasp, What It….?, Pillars of the Earth, Any Human Heart, Falcon, Testament of Youth, Cinderella, Agent Carter, Howard’s End, Christopher Robin, etc.

 

 

34. Felicity Jones

 

Felicity Jones

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 17, 1983
Place of Birth Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
Height 1.6 m
Debut year 1996
Debut Movie/ TV series The Treasure Seekers

 

Felicity Jones is an actress and producer. Jones started work at 12 years old when she was cast in The Worst Witch as Ethel Hallow.

 

She reprised the same role in The Weirdsister College. She also worked on radio shows like BBC Radio 4’s The Archer and The Chalk Garden.

 

In film and television, Felicity Jones appeared in Northanger Abbey, Brideshead Revisited, Chéri, The Tempest, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, True Story, Little Crazy, The Theory of Everything, Inferno, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, A Monster Calls, etc.

 

 

33. Helen McCrory

 

Helen McCrory

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 17, 1968
Place of Birth Paddington, London, England, UK
Height 1.83 m
Debut year 1993
Debut Movie/ TV series Full Stretch

 

Helen McCrory was a British actress with a long list of marvelous performances on stage and on television.

 

She debuted on stage with Importance of Being Earnest and appeared in many Shakespearean plays like Twelfth Night, Macbeth, As You Like It, etc. on the West End.

 

Her television roles are equally enviable. She played Cheri Blair in The Crown and The Special Relationship, Narcissa Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, and Mama Jeanne in Hugo.

 

She also starred in Francoise in Charlotte Gray, Polly Gray in The Peaky Blinders, Clair Dower in Skyfall, Emma Banville in Fearless, etc.

 

 

32. Sally Hawkins

 

Sally Hawkins

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth April 27, 1976
Place of Birth Dulwich, London, England, UK
Height 1.57 m
Debut year 1999
Debut Movie/ TV series Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

 

Sally Hawkins is an accomplished actress who appeared in many films that won critical praise.

 

She has two Oscar nominations, two BAFTA nominations, a SAG nomination and more.

 

She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and worked in stage productions of Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, etc.

 

Sally Hawkins worked in films like All or Nothing, Happy Go Lucky, Cassandra’s Dream, Blue Jasmine, Made In Dagenham, Paddington, Maudie, Godzilla, Shape of Water, etc.

 

 

31. Kate Beckinsale

 

Kate Beckinsale

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 26, 1973
Place of Birth Finsbury Park, London, England, UK
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1975
Debut Movie/ TV series Couples

 

The name of Kate Beckinsale immediately conjures up images of fighting bad guys, vampires, werewolves, etc.

 

This is all thanks to her popular roles in action fantasy films like the Underworld series, Van Helsing, Contraband, Total Recall, etc.

 

Beckinsale also worked in romantic comedies and drama films, some of which are Pearl Harbor, Click, and Whiteout.

 

She also starred in Serendipity, Tiptoes, The Aviator, Brokedown Palace, Snow Angels, Nothing but the Truth, Everybody is Fine, etc.

 

 

30. Imelda Staunton

 

Imelda Staunton

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 9, 1956
Place of Birth Archway, London, England, UK
Height 1.52 m
Debut year 1982
Debut Movie/ TV series BBC2 Playhouse

 

Imelda Staunton is a highly accomplished British actress.

 

Staunton graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and joined repertory theater.

 

She has been nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for 11 performances, and she won the award four times.

 

Imelda Staunton appeared in films and TV series too.

 

Her popular works include Antonia and Jane, Much Ado about Nothing, Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix, Vera Drake, Sense and Sensibility, Shakespeare in Love, Pride, Nanny McPhee, Downton Abbey, etc.

 

 

29. Naomi Watts

 

Naomi Watts

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth September 28, 1968
Place of Birth Shoreham, Kent, England, UK
Height 1.64 m
Debut year 1986
Debut Movie/ TV series Return to Eden

 

Naomi Watts is a British actress who grew up in Australia.

 

She began her career as a model and debuted in Australian soap operas before she moved to Hollywood.

 

Watts appeared in many minor roles before she got her big break in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive.

 

Naomi Watts starred in films including 21 Grams, Birdman, Eastern Promises, I Heart Huckabees, and The Divergent series.

 

She also sttared in The Glass Castle, Twin Peaks, The Loudest Voice, The Ring, The Assassination of Richard Nixon, Ellie Parker, J. Edgar, etc.

 

 

28. Lena Headey

 

Lena Headey

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 3, 1973
Place of Birth Hamilton, Bermuda
Height 1.66 m
Debut year 1992
Debut Movie/ TV series Waterland

 

Lena Headey worked in films since her debut in 1992, and she appeared in Remains of the Day, 300, The Jungle Book, Ripley’s Game, Imagine Me & You, The Brothers Grimm, etc.

 

In 2011, Lena Headey was cast as Cersei Lannister in the HBO epic drama, The Game of Thrones.

 

This was her most famous role. Headey also worked in other memorable films, including Dredd, and The Purge, 300: Rise of An Empire.

 

She also starred in The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, TrollHunters, Fighting With My Family, etc.

 

 

27. Florence Pugh

 

Florence Pugh

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 3, 1996
Place of Birth Oxford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
Height 1.62 m
Debut year 2014
Debut Movie/ TV series The Falling

 

Florence Pugh is a young British actress who gained fame with her role as Yelena Belova/ Black Widow in Marvel’s Black Widow and Disney+ show Hawkeye.

 

Before this, Pugh worked on indie projects Lady Macbeth, The Falling, King Lear, The Outlaw King, Little Drummer Girl, etc.

 

Florence Pugh rose to fame with her work in Midsummer, Fighting With My Family, Little Women, etc.

 

For Her work, Pugh won accolades like Trophée Chopard at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, and she was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA.

 

 

26. Phoebe Waller-Bridge

 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth July 14, 1985
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.77 m
Debut year 2008
Debut Movie/ TV series Intangible

 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge is a British screenwriter, producer, and actress who has created some of the best comedies in recent years.

 

Her work has garnered critical praise, with The Guardian ranking them among the 100 Greatest Television Shows of the 21st Century.

 

She won a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, and three Emmy Awards.

 

Waller-Bridge has created and starred in the shows Fleabag, Killing Eve, Crashing, The Cafe, Broadchurch, Albert Nobbs, The Iron Lady, Goodbye Christopher Robin, Solo: A Star Wars Story, etc.

 

She also contributed to the screenplay of No Time to Die.

 

 

25. Thandiwe Newton

 

Thandiwe Newton

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth November 6, 1972
Place of Birth Westminster, London, England, UK
Height 1.6 m
Debut year 1991
Debut Movie/ TV series Flirting

 

Melanie Thandiwe Newton worked in several prairie-worthy films and television series all through her caterer.

 

For that, she won a Primetime Emmy award, two Critics Choice Awards, a BAFTA, and has been nominated for two Golden Globes, a SAG award, a Saturn award, etc.

 

Newton’s most famous roles have been in Mission Impossible 2, Chronicles of Riddick, In Pursuit of Happiness, Run Fatboy Run, Solo: A Star Wars Story, For Colored Girls, RocknRolla, W, Westworld, etc.

 

In 2019, Thandiwe Newton was appointed an Officer of the Order of The British Empire during the New Year Honors.

 

 

24. Brenda Blethyn

 

Brenda Blethyn

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 20, 1946
Place of Birth Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK
Height 1.57 m
Debut year 1980
Debut Movie/ TV series Play for Today

 

Brenda Blethyn debuted in 1980 after graduating from Guildhall School of Acting.

 

Blethyn joined the Royal National Theater and performed in plays like Troilus And Cressida, Mysteries, Steaming, Benefactors, etc.

 

She was nominated for Laurence Olivier Award for her works.

 

Brenda Blethyn’s acting credits include Grown-Ups, Chance in a Million, The Labours of Erica, Secrets & Lies, The Witches, Girls' Night, and  Music from Another Room.

 

She also starred in Night Train, Saving Grace, Lovely and Amazing, Pumpkin, Plots with a View, Beyond the Sea, A Way of Life, Pride & Prejudice, Clubland, Atonement, etc.

 

 

23. Emilia Clarke

 

Emilia Clarke

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 23, 1986
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.57 m
Debut year 2009
Debut Movie/ TV series Doctors

 

Emilia Clarke debuted with stage productions after graduating from drama school.

 

On TV, she appeared for the first time in the show Doctors and a TV film Triassic Attack.

 

The British media was thoroughly impressed and listed her in the UK Stars of Tomorrow.

 

In 2011, Emilia Clarke was cast as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO epic drama Game of Thrones.

 

With this role, she received immense fame and recognition.

 

Later, she went on to star in Terminator Genisys, Star Wars film Solo: A Star Wars Story, Me Before You, Last Christmas, etc.

 

 

22. Emily Mortimer

 

Emily Mortimer

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth October 6, 1971
Place of Birth Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Height 1.71 m
Debut year 1994
Debut Movie/ TV series Under the Hammer

 

Emily Mortimer is not just an actress but also a screenwriter and director.

 

She appeared in many supporting roles since her debut in 1994 and got her to break in 2001 with Lovely and Amazing.

 

This role garnered her an Independent Spirit Award.

 

Mortimer’s other memorable performances were in Scream 3, Match Point, Hugo, The Pink Panther, Lars and The Real Girl, Chaos Theory, Shutter Island, Relic, Harry Brown, Mary Poppins Returns, Doll & Em, In Pursuit of Love, etc.

 

 

21. Kristin Scott Thomas

 

Kristin Scott Thomas

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 24, 1960
Place of Birth Redruth, Cornwall, England, UK
Height 1.68 m
Debut year 1984
Debut Movie/ TV series Les enquêtes du commissaire Maigret

 

Dame Kristin Scott Thomas is a decorated British French actress.

 

She won a Laurence Olivier Award for The Seagull and a BAFTA for Four Weddings and a Funeral.

 

Thomas was also nominated for an Academy Award and multiple Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and Olivier Awards.

 

In the 2015 New Year Honors, Kristin Scott Thomas was appointed the Dame Commander of The Order of the British Empire.

 

She also received a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by the French Government.

 

Some of her prominent works include English Patient, Mission Impossible, Bitter Moon, The Horse Whisperer, Gosford Park, I’ve Loved You So Long, Sarah’s Key, The Darkest Hour, Tomb Raider, Only God Forgives, etc.

 

 

20. Emily Watson

 

Emily Watson

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 14, 1967
Place of Birth Islington, London, England, UK
Height 1.73 m
Debut year 1994
Debut Movie/ TV series Performance

 

Emily Watson joined the Royal Shakespeare Theater in 1992 after graduating from university.

 

She worked in several stage productions, chiefly in Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya.

 

She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her role.

 

Watson debuted in films with Breaking The Waves in 1996.

 

Emily Watson was nominated for her first Academy Award for her debut performance.

 

She followed it up with Hilary & Jackie, Oranges and Sunshine, The Boxer, Angela's Ashes, Gosford Park, Punch-Drunk Love, etc.

 

She also worked in Red Dragon, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Corpse Bride, Miss Potter, Synecdoche, New York, War Horse, The Theory of Everything, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Happy Prince, etc.

 

 

19. Sophie Okonedo

 

Sophie Okonedo

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth August 11, 1968
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.73 m
Debut year 1991
Debut Movie/ TV series Spatz

 

Sophie Okonedo has given many praise-worthy performances in stage productions and films.

 

She has been nominated for an Academy Award, three BAFTAs, a Golden Globe, a Primetime Emmy, etc., and also won a Tony Award for her work.

 

Okonedo's prominent films are Hotel Rwanda, Tsunami: The Aftermath, Criminal Justice, AEon Flux, Skins, Christopher Robin, Young Soul Rebels, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Things, Secret Lives of Bees, etc.

 

Her Broadway shows Troilus and Cressida, A Raisin in the Sun, won awards.

 

In the 2019 New Year Honors, Sophie Okonedo was appointed the Commander of The Order of the British Empire.

 

 

18. Vanessa Redgrave

 

Vanessa Redgrave

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 30, 1937
Place of Birth Blackheath, London, England, UK
Height 1.81 m
Debut year 1958
Debut Movie/ TV series Behind the Mask

 

Dame Vanessa Redgrave is the daughter of Sir Michael Redgrave and Lady Rachel Redgrave.

 

Vanesa Redgrave was appointed the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2022.

 

She also won an Academy Award, a Tony Award, a BAFTA, two Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmys, two SAGs, and more.

 

Redgrave appeared in iconic roles in Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment, Isadora, Mary, Queen of Scots, The Bostonians, and Howards End, which were nominated for Oscars.

 

She also worked in A Man for All Seasons, Blowup, Camelot, The Devils, Murder on the Orient Express, Prick Up Your Ears, Mission: Impossible, Atonement, Letters to Juliet, Coriolanus, The Butler, etc.

 

 

17. Julie Walters

 

Julie Walters

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth February 22, 1950
Place of Birth Birmingham, West Midlands, England, UK
Height 1.6 m
Debut year 1975
Debut Movie/ TV series Second City Firsts

 

Dame Julie Walters is an esteemed actress, nominated for two Academy Awards, two International Emmys, a Golden Globe, two BAFTA film awards, four BAFTA TV awards, and more.

 

She was appointed the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire during the 2017 Birthday Honor.

 

Julie Walter appeared in the award-nominated films including Billy Elliot, Boys from the Black Stuff, Educating Rita, Personal services, Stepping Out, All my Sons,  My Beautiful Son, The Canterbury Tales, Brooklyn, Wild Rose, etc.

 

Other prominent works are the Harry Potter film series, Paddington, Mary Poppin Returns,  Calendar Girls, Mamma Mia, its sequel, etc.

 

 

16. Rosamund Pike

 

Rosamund Pike

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 1979
Place of Birth Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Height 1.74 m
Debut year 1998
Debut Movie/ TV series A Rather English Marriage

 

Rosamund Pike is a talented actress who worked in Tv, film, and theater with equal success.

 

She appeared in the stage productions of Romeo and Juliet, Gas Light, Madame de Sade, etc.

 

She debuted on the television show, A Rather English Marriage and appeared in shows like Wives and Daughters, Love in Cold Climate, Wheel of Time, etc.

 

She worked in prominent films like Die Another Day, Gone Girl, The Libertine, Pride and Prejudice, An Education, Fugitive Pieces, The World’s End, The Wrath of Titans, Johnny English Reborn, Jack Reacher, etc.

 

 

15. Julie Andrews

 

Julie Andrews

 

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Date of Birth October 1, 1935
Place of Birth Surrey, England, UK
Height 1.73 m
Debut year 1949
Debut Movie/ TV series The Singing Princess

 

Julie Andrews is an actress and singer with over six decades of movie-acting experience.

 

Over those decades, she has earned an Academy Award, a BAFTA film award, six Golden Globes, three Primetime Emmys, three Grammys, and more.

 

Julie Andrews was appointed as the Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire.

 

The most memorable of her performance was in Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, S. O. B., The Americanization of Emily, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Star!, The Tamarind Seed, Darling Lili, The Princess Diaries, Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, etc.

 

 

14. Claire Foy

 

Claire Foy

 

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Date of Birth April 16, 1984
Place of Birth Stockport, England, UK
Height 1.62 m
Debut year 2008
Debut Movie/ TV series Being Human

 

Claire Elizabeth Foy is an actress who appeared recently in the Netflix series, The Crown and portrayed the role of young Queen Elizabeth II.

 

She has won two Primetime Emmys, a Golden Globe, and two SAG awards for her roles.

 

Claire Foy graduated from Oxford School of Drama and began working in TV series and the Royal National Theater.

 

Her most famous works on stage, film, and theater include Little Dorrit, Season of the Witch, Crossbones, The Promise, Wolf Hall, Unsane, First Man, and more.

 

 

13. Tilda Swinton

 

Tilda Swinton

 

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Date of Birth November 5, 1960
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.79 m
Debut year 1986
Debut Movie/ TV series Caravaggio

 

Tilda Swinton is a versatile actress who specializes in experimental films.

 

She debuted in the experimental film Caravaggio and continued with The Last Of England, War Requiem, The Garden, etc.

 

For her contributions, she won an Academy Award, a BAFTA for Film Award, and has been nominated for three Golden Globes.

 

Some of Tilda Swinton's iconic roles include Doctor Strange, Avengers: Endgame, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Michael Clayton, We Need to Talk About Kevin, Vanilla Sky, The Deep End, Constantine, etc.

 

 

12. Judi Dench

 

Judi Dench

 

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Date of Birth December 9, 1934
Place of Birth North Yorkshire, England, UK
Height 1.55 m
Debut year 1959
Debut Movie/ TV series Hilda Lessways

 

Dame Judi Dench is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses from England.

 

She was appointed the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her service to drama and performing arts.

 

She has six Academy Award nominations and one win. She also has a Tony Award, two Golden Globe Awards, four BAFTA Television Awards, six BAFTA Film Awards, and seven Olivier Awards for her performances.

 

Dame Judi Dench has appeared in A Fine Romance, As Time Goes By, A Room With A View, James Bond film franchise, Shakespeare in Love, Mrs.Brown, Chocolat, Iris, Mrs. Henderson Presents, Notes on a Scandal, Philomena, Belfast, etc.

 

 

11. Carey Mulligan

 

Carey Mulligan

 

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Date of Birth May 28, 1985
Place of Birth Westminster, London, England, UK
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 2005
Debut Movie/ TV series Pride & Prejudice

 

Carey Mulligan debuted in acting with the stage production at the Royal Court Theater.

 

Her film debut was in the role of Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice.

 

After this, she worked in Bleak House, Northanger Abbey, An Education, Never Let Me Go, etc.

 

For An Education, Mulligan received her first Academy Award nomination.

 

Her other prominent roles were in Drive, Shame, The Great Gatsby, Inside Llewyn Davis, Far from the Madding Crowd, Suffragette, Mudbound, Wildlife, etc.

 

Carey Mulligan was nominated for two Oscars, three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, three Critics Choice Awards, Four SAG awards, etc.

 

 

10. Emma Thompson

 

Emma Thompson

 

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Date of Birth April 15, 1959
Place of Birth Paddington, London, England, UK
Height 1.72 m
Debut year 1982
Debut Movie/ TV series There's Nothing to Worry About!

 

Dame Emma Thompson graduated from the University of Cambridge and joined the Footlights troupe that presented sketch comedies.

 

She worked in West End plays and musicals too. For her work in films and telly, Emma Thompson won two Oscars, three BAFTAs, two Golden Globes, and a Primetime Emmy award.

 

She worked in highly acclaimed roles in Sense and Sensibility, Howard’s End, Remains of the Day, In The Name of the Father, Saving Mr. Banks,  Love Actually, Angels in America, Nanny McPhee, Stranger than Fiction, Last Chance Harvey, An Education, Men in Black 3, etc.

 

The title Dame Commander of the Order of The British Empire was conferred on Emma Thompson at the 2018 Birthday Honors.

 

 

9. Emma Watson

 

Emma Watson

 

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Date of Birth April 15, 1990
Place of Birth Paris, France
Height 1.65 m
Debut year 2001
Debut Movie/ TV series Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

 

Emma Watson debuted in films with the Harry Potter franchise and starred in all eight movies in the series.

 

Watson is also an activist who fights and advocates for women’s rights.

 

She was appointed the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Emma Watson’s memorable films are Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and The Beast, A Tale of Despereaux, Ballet Shoes, My Week With Marilyn, The Bling Ring, Noah, Little Women, etc.

 

Emma Watson has launched gender equality campaigns like HeforShe, and Time’s Up UK.

 

She was also appointed to the G7 body on Women’s Rights.

 

 

8. Helen Mirren

 

Helen Mirren

 

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Date of Birth July 26, 1945
Place of Birth Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Height 1.63 m
Debut year 1967
Debut Movie/ TV series Herostratus

 

Dame Helen Mirren is the only actor to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting in both the United States of America and Britain.

 

She has won Academy Award, Primetime Emmy Award, Tony Award,  Laurence Olivier Award, BAFTA Film Award, and BAFTA Television Award.

 

She has many more accolades to her credit. Helen Mirren was appointed the Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire in the 2003 Birthday Honors.

 

The filmography of Helen Mirren includes The Queen, Prime Suspect, The Madness of King George, Gosford Park, The Last Station, Red, Red 2, The Fate of the Furious, Hobbs and Shaw, F9, Calendar Girls, Woman In Gold, Hitchcock, etc.

 

 

7. Kate Winslet

 

Kate Winslet

 

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Date of Birth October 5, 1975
Place of Birth Reading, Berkshire, England, UK
Height 1.69 m
Debut year 1991
Debut Movie/ TV series Shrinks

 

Kate Winslet is known for her portrayal in period dramas, often nominated for Oscars.

 

She has seven Academy Award nominations and one win. Winslet was also nominated for 10 BAFTAs, 13 Golden Globes, 13 SAG awards, Four Primetime Emmy awards, etc.

 

Her nominated films include Titanic, Sense and Sensibility, Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind, Little Children, The Reader, Iris, Steve Jobs, Finding Neverland, Revolutionary Road, Mare of Easttown, Extra, Mildred Pierce, Carnage, etc.

 

In 2012, Kate Winslet was appointed the Commander of Order of the British Empire.

 

She was twice listed among the Most Influential Women in the world by Time Magazine.

 

 

6. Emily Blunt

 

Emily Blunt

 

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Date of Birth February 23, 1983
Place of Birth Roehampton, London, England, UK
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 2003
Debut Movie/ TV series Boudica

 

Emily Blunt made her debut in the television film Boudica.

 

Over the years, Blunt has worked in many critically praised films, including Henry VIII, My Summer Love, The Devil Wears Prada, Edge of Tomorrow, Mary Poppins Returns, Into The Wood, Sicario, etc.

 

Emily Blunt has also garnered an enviable list of accolades, including a Golden Globe, a SAG Award, a Saturn Award, a Critics Choice Movie Award, etc.

 

She also has multiple BAFTA nominations. The other recent films by Blunt were A Quiet Place, A Quiet Place 2, Jungle Cruise, etc.

 

She will be back with Oppenheimer in a few months.

 

 

5. Maggie Smith

 

Maggie Smith

 

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Date of Birth December 28, 1934
Place of Birth Essex, England, UK
Height 1.65 m
Debut year 1955
Debut Movie/ TV series BBC Sunday-Night Theatre

 

Dame Maggie Smith is another esteemed member of the British acting community.

 

She has won the Triple Crown of Acting with two Academy Awards, a Tony Award, four Primetime Emmy Awards, seven BAFTAs, five SAG awards, and three Golden Globes.

 

Dame Maggie Smith was appointed the Dame Commander of the order of the British Empire in 1990, and in 2014, she was recognized as the Companion of Honors.

 

Her most recognizable roles have been as Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter franchise and as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in Downton Abbey.

 

Her other prominent roles were in Sister Act and its sequel, The Secret Garden, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, The Lady in the Van, etc.

 

 

4. Keira Knightley

 

Keira Knightley

 

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Date of Birth March 26, 1985
Place of Birth Teddington, England, UK
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 1993
Debut Movie/ TV series Screen One

 

Keira Knightley is considered the most influential celebrity in British pop culture based on a BBC poll.

 

She has two Academy Award nominations, two BAFTA nominations, three Golden Globe nominations, two SAG nominations, etc.

 

Keira got her breakthrough with Bend It Like Beckham and became an international sensation with her role as Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.

 

Her other major films were The Imitation Game, Love Actually, Atonement, The Duchess, Anna Karenina, etc.

 

 

3. Rachel Weisz

 

Rachel Weisz

 

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Date of Birth March 7, 1970
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.68 m
Debut year 1992
Debut Movie/ TV series The Advocates

 

Rachel Weisz is an actress known for her performance on stage and in films.

 

She won the Laurence Olivier Award for her role in A Streetcar Named Desire.

 

She worked in other memorable plays like Design for Living, Suddenly Last Summer, etc.

 

Rachel portrayed memorable roles like Evelyn Carnahan in the Mummy film series, Sarah Churchill in The Favourite, Melina Vostokoff in Black Widow, etc.

 

She also appeared in hits like Constantine, The Lovely Bones, About A Boy, The Deep Blue Sea, The Bourne Legacy, Enemy At The Gates, Constant Gardener, etc.

 

 

2. Helena Bonham Carter

 

Helena Bonham Carter

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth May 26, 1966
Place of Birth London, England, UK
Height 1.57 m
Debut year 1983
Debut Movie/ TV series A Pattern of Roses

 

Helena Bonham Carter has appeared in an equal number of blockbuster films as she has in independent films.

 

Bonham Carter has a knack for picky eccentric characters and portraying them with finesse.

 

She has two Oscar nominations, six BAFTA nominations, nine Golden Globe nominations, four Emmy nominations, five nominations for a SAG Award, etc.

 

Helena Bonham Carter starred in A Room With a View, The Wings of A Dove, The King’s Speech, Great Expectations, Les Misérables, Corpse Bride, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Alice In Wonderland, etc.

 

 

1. Olivia Colman

 

Olivia Colman

 

Entity Detail
Date of Birth January 30, 1974
Place of Birth Norwich, Norfolk, England, UK
Height 1.7 m
Debut year 2000
Debut Movie/ TV series Bruiser

 

Olivia Colman trained at the Bristol Old Vic and started working in television shows.

 

She starred in Peep Show, Green Wing, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Beautiful People, Rev. Flowers, Fleabag, Accused, Night Manager, The Crown, etc.

 

Olivia Coleman has won an Academy Award, a BAFTA film Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, three BAFTA Television Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, etc.

 

Olivia Colman starred in The Favourite, The Iron Lady, Hyde Park on Hudson, Locke, The Lobster, Murder on the Orient Express, The Mitchells vs. the Machines, The Father, The Lost Daughter, etc.

 

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