Best British Actresses


The Top Ten

1 Kate Winslet 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 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

Marla singer

3 Rosamund Pike 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 Kate Beckinsale 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 more.
5 Helen Mirren 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 more.
6 Keira Knightley 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 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 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 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.

I'm a fan!


10 Naomi Watts 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..!

The Contenders

11 Emily Blunt 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.

12 Maggie Smith Maggie Smith Dame Margaret Natalie "Maggie" Smith is an English actress. She has had an extensive, varied career on stage, film, and television, spanning over 66 years. Smith has appeared in over 50 films, and is one of Britain's most recognizable actresses.

No question

13 Emilia Clarke 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 more.

I mean come on she's beautiful and very talented in acting.

14 Tilda Swinton 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 Vanessa Redgrave
16 Felicity Jones Felicity Jones

Very talented beautiful actress but also very underrated.

17 Thandie Newton Thandie Newton
18 Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn, born Audrey Kathleen Ruston (4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Recognized as a film and fashion icon, Hepburn was active during Hollywood's Golden Age. She was ranked by the American Film Institute as the 3rd greatest female screen legend in American more.

Where are all the classic women? - 445956

19 Emily Mortimer
20 Lynn Redgrave
21 Emma Thompson 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.
22 Miranda Richardson Miranda Richardson
23 Glenda Jackson
24 Minnie Driver Minnie Driver
25 Alice Eve Alice Eve
26 Lena Headey
27 Hayley Atwell Hayley Atwell
28 Daisy Ridley Daisy Ridley Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley is an English actress. She began her acting career by appearing in minor television roles, before being cast as the main protagonist, Rey, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy – first appearing in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

I fancy her even when's she's a savvager in the film and a bit hot and sweety in the desert, she's beautiful, nice smile and very down to earth good acting on STAR WARS.

29 Lily James Lily James Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson, known professionally by her stage name Lily James, is an English actress.

WOW! This lady ozzes class of classic actresses. Whether as a lady on Downtown, a sexy minx on "Pride Prejudice and Zombies or innocent beauty on BBC's "War & Peace", she is a beauty, her wonderful smiles, face, eyes and hair whatever style. She is a classy beauty, 5 foot 7inches high and 121 kg weight with small waist and 32B boobs. She dates Matt Smith former Dr Who. Born same year as me, we can all dream.

30 Sienna Miller Sienna Miller Sienna Rose Diana Miller (born 28 December 1981) is an English American actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in New York City but raised in London, she began her career appearing in British films, with a supporting role in 2004's crime thriller Layer Cake, followed by Alfie (also 2004). In 2006, more.
31 Julie Andrews Julie Andrews Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer.
32 Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Taylor Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. more.
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