Top Ten Most Underrated Actresses


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Robin Tunney
Robin Tunney is without question one of the best actresses on T.V.. I have not seen her movies, but I gather they did not do well at the box office. She deserves someone to write a script for her as the star of a great film. I'm amazed that some of the indie film directors haven't cast her in a really good film. Not only does she act beautifully and created the character of Lisbon on The Mentalist, she also loves the camera and it loves her back. The most beautiful and ageless actress on T.V. with subdued sexuality, who doesn't have to dress sexy to be the sexiest woman in the room.
I had never heard of her before Prison Break and I loved her in that, then saw her in the Mentalist episode "Red Badge" and wow, that Woman can act. She may be small in stature but she dominates the screen whenever she is on and is undoubtedly one of the most gifted actresses on television today. She deserves to be a big movie star but I get the impression that Robin is too down to earth and self effacing to be concerned about fame and money and is just happy being a hard working well respected actress. Good luck to her.
Robin is a fantastic actress! I first found out about her on The Mentalist, then realized I'd seen her in a few other things, then went hunting for more! She never disappoints. Has a huge range, just huge. She is so strong, she can act next to Simon Baker and pull her own huge fan base and following. Nobody can handle Jane like Lisbon. And he only lets her handle him because he respects and admires her. And well he might!
[Newest]Her face and eyes can express so much and I love her voice

2Alicia Silverstone
Alicia is beautiful, talented and very hot actress. What else do you need?
The New World, Hideaway, The Babysitter, Batman & Robin, Excess Baggage, Blast from the Past, Beauty Shop, Miss Match...


3Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts has proved herself as a great actress many times from "Mulholland Drive” to “21 Grams”, “Eastern Promises”, “King Kong” and now "The Impossible". She's a regular nominee during awards season but hardly gets the credit for it.

4Debra Messing
She is equally great at drama as in comedy. Often in Will&Grace she displayed dramatic intensity in her funniest moments. In the Starter Wife, she shows her incredible acting range in her character Molly Kagan's dream sequences: spoofs of Dirty Harry, Hello Dolly, Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct, etc. Debra has a great singing voice, even when kidding around in Will&Grace. I loved her in movie roles: The Wedding Date, Along Came Polly, A Walk in The Clouds, etc. (even if the movies weren't always great. She's beautiful, as well. I think she's extremely underrated.
I see her compared to other actresses active today and she stands out. There's a lot of nuance and subtlety to her performances. I think Debra is closer to Meryl Streep in talent.


She is so versatile as an actress. Loved all her films and T.V. shows. Totally underrated!

5Jasmine Guy
She should be starring in TV or movies. I understand she may be reprising her role in a big screen version of Dead Like Me. I loved her as Whitley Gilbert in a Different World...she was a magnetic presence. Also, she guested briefly as Caitlin on Melrose Amanda (Heather Locklear) trouble in the corporate world. Other roles I've seen her in: as a fallen angel Kathleen in Touched By An Angel, in the miniseries Queen, etc. She is multitalented: great in comedy and drama, musically: singing and dancing. She and Debra Messing are two of my favorites. I'd love to see them work together someday.

6Cate Blanchett

7Peta Wilson
Peta Wilson is in a stratosphere of her own. She is THE Goddess among actresses. No actress in the World has ever matched her talent, charisma, screen presence and beauty. Look at her eyes, they can totally burn thru and melt anything and send a message like laser beams, and they are so full of goodness, compassion, honesty, sense of justice, ethics, intelligence and raw beauty that she totally owns the silver screen by just being there. Hollywood is scared of her. Her raw talent and charisma is in a class of her own, unmatched by any other actress and in the size of Mount Ayers. Her Charisma and screen presence is so great that it's probably difficult for any other Hollywood actresses to keep their popularity in comparison. The acting in LFN was a masterpiece. that's why LFN is the best Nikita ever, the extraordinary acting from the cast is the best with LFN. In every scene Peta totally owns the screen. that's maybe why Hollywood has never given her the chance of star roles her exceptional talent, charisma and beauty deserves. She is too good and to talented. The other established actresses in Hollywood would probably have felt too challenged. They are probably scared of her. They felt the need to protect their space. Peta would steal the show. They can not match her level in any way. It's a powerplay and they haven too much power and a lot to say not to let anyone in that would overshine them with light years of greater talent, charisma and beauty than they have. Peta Wilson is in a unchallenged class of her own as the queen of all actresses and will always be.
Thought many times about it, why? I don't know but I suspect some 'smart' play within the Hollywood to crush her? Maybe she couldn't find good films? Anyway, all I could say she's awesome and and incredible actress. I've rarely seen people saying almost everything just with a pair of Eyes!
She was great basket-ball player
She was supermodel in Europe
She is unique but very underrated actress


[Newest]Peta Wilson is definitely an icon. Nikita was then for me, what Lisbon is now...
I adore them both. And, honestly, there are no other actresses, I ever got addicted to. And they are both totally underrated. Unbelievable.

8Sherilyn Fenn
Just one thing - Audrey Horne in Twin Peaks.
Sherilyn deserved more interesting roles than she had


9Amy Adams

10Erika Eleniak
Still hottest woman in Baywatch.
Erika was great in Under Siege, Girl in the Cadillac, A Pyromaniac's Love Story, Bordello of Blood, Vegas, City of Dreams, He Sees You When You're Sleeping and many others.


The Contenders

11Michelle Williams

12Marisa Tomei

13Vera Farmiga

14Courtney Cox
She is an amazing comedy actress. She really should of stuck with comedy. Friends and cougar town she is hilarious
I really liked her in friends as Monica Gellar

15Lindsay Lohan

16Bridget Fonda
The Godfather: Part III, Single White Female, Point of No Return, It Could Happen to You, City Hall, Jackie Brown...


I love this smail, I love this eyes, I love this hair, it's so beautiful end sweet woman, I love you Bridget Fonda... !
The best, she is so beautiful.

17Janet Leigh

18Jennifer Jones

19Rachel McAdams
She's so pretty and an amazing person! Her acting is brilliant. She should be more recognized

20Sally Hawkins

21Jennifer Lopez
Beautiful actress exploding talent can fit into ANY role imaginable but never gets the chance to shine in emotional film

22Laura Linney

23Helena Bonham Carter

24Julia Stiles

25Heather Graham

26Zooey Deschanel

27Jenna Dewan

28Kim Novak

29Maggie Gyllenhaal

30Tara Strong

31Natalie Wood

32Lee Remick

33Kristy Swanson
very underrated as an actress


34Neve Campbell

35Thandie Newton

36Courtney Thorne-Smith
In "According to Jim" I like her even better than in Melrose Place


37Keira Knightley
Very sad how underrated she is after a string of great performances. She is a very subtle and effective actress who can emote just through her eyes. She showed that ability in Atonement. The Duchess showed a new level of maturity in her acting.


38Grey DeLisle


40Gillian Anderson
She brings a lot of gravity to a role and so much emotion can be seen under the surface in the characters she brings to life. Always interesting and watchable.

41Ann Blythe

42Geena Davis

43Juliet Stevenson

44Leslie Caron

45Zoe Saldana

46Dina Meyer

47Tia Carrere
She's a hottie way back, Hey! Didn't you notice she posed for Playboy somewhere in late 90's or early 2000's?
She was amazing in Showdown in Little Tokyo, Wayne's World, Top of the World, Scar City...


48Jennifer Connelly

49Lana Turner

50Bridgette Wilson

51Jessica Biel

52Kirsten Dunst

53Alyssa Milano

54Daphne Zuniga

55Maria Bello

56E.G. Daily

57Catherine Cavadini

58Leah Remini
She plays the ultimate bitch!

59Julia Louis-Dreyfus
She has won three Emmys and yet hardly anyone knows who she is.

60Alexa Vega

61Jennette McCurdy

62Jorja Fox

63Natalie Portman

64Eleanor Parker

65Megan Fox

66Fox Stevenson

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Updated Friday, December 19, 2014

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