Best British Actresses
The Top Ten
1 Kate Winslet
Kate Elizabeth Winslet, is an English actress and singer. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and three BAFTA Awards.
Not surprised to see her at #1. I am convinced she will go down as one of the truly great actresses of all time. She has great range, and adds a subtle sincerity to everything I've seen her in... I was surprised to not see Thandie Newton on this list, I'd better add her. - Ned964
2 Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an English actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove, and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King's Speech.
She is an incredible actress. - Britgirl
She really is. I might have thought she was a bit typecast earlier in her career, but she has blown the doors off that misconception. I can sit back and know I'm going to be entertained whenever she is on screen - Ned964
3 Rosamund Pike
Rosamund Mary Ellen Pike is an English actress. She began her acting career by appearing in stage productions such as Romeo and Juliet and Skylight.
Former Bond girl on "Die Another Day", star of "Pride & Prejudice", Love interest on Johnny English Reborn and star of thriller "Gone Girl".
A beautiful classy lady with posh English accent born in January 1979, she oozzes style and sophistication. Talent lady- she speaks fluent German, went to Oxford Uni and can play cello. She HAS 2 SONS AND IS MARRIED STILL WE CAN ALL DREAM!
4 Helen Mirren
Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, is an English actor. Mirren began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, and is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, having won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, after two previous nominations, for her performance ...read more.
5 Kate Beckinsale
Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is a British actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student at the University of Oxford. She then appeared in British costume dramas such as Prince of Jutland (1994), Cold ...read more.
6 Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She began acting as a child on television and made her film debut in 1995. She had a supporting role as Sabé in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and her first significant role came in the psychological horror film The Hole.
7 Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones is a Welsh actress. Born and raised in Swansea, Zeta-Jones aspired to be an actress from a young age.
She may or may not be the best British actress, but with beauty like hers, do you honestly think people notice too much? I loved her role in Entrapment with Sean Connery. Really good film. - Britgirl
8 Rachel Weisz
Rachel Hannah Weisz is an English film and theatre actress as well as a former fashion model who holds both British and American citizenship. V 1 Comment
9 Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is a British actress, model, and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School as a child and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
10 Emily Blunt
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is an English actress who holds both British and American citizenship, she is best known for her roles in The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada.
This list is jammed with great talent, but perhaps Emily Blunt is a bit low on this list, at least for my taste. - Ned964
Yes she is a wonderful.
11 Naomi Watts
Naomi Ellen Watts is a British actress. She made her screen debut in the Australian drama film For Love Alone and then appeared in the Australian television series Hey Dad..!
12 Maggie Smith
13 Emilia Clarke
Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, for which she received two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013 and 2015. Clarke made her Broadway debut ...read more.
I mean come on she's beautiful and very talented in acting.
14 Tilda Swinton
Katherine Matilda "Tilda" Swinton of Kimmerghame is an Anglo-Scottish actress, performance artist, model, and fashion muse, known for both arthouse and mainstream films.
15 Vanessa Redgrave
16 Felicity Jones
Very talented beautiful actress but also very underrated.
17 Emily Mortimer
18 Lynn Redgrave
19 Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson is a British actress, activist, author, comedian and screenwriter. Born in London to English actor, Eric Thompson, and Scottish actress, Phyllida Law, Thompson was educated at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she became a member of the Footlights troupe.
20 Miranda Richardson
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