The character of Lady Macbeth is incredibly challenging for actresses to take on. She is the wife of the title character Macbeth and becomes Queen of Scotland. Lady Macbeth is a powerful presence in the first two acts of the play and is often seen as a personification of the conflict between femininity and masculinity in cultural norms.
Who is the most famous actress who has played Lady Macbeth? Marion Cotillard tops our list. Cotillard is playing Lady Macbeth in a 2015 film adaption directed by Justin Kurzel. She took on the role after Natalie Portman, who was originally slated to play Lady Macbeth, dropped out.
Which actress do you think did the best job portraying Lady Macbeth? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Marion Cotillard is playing Lady Macbeth in a 2015 film adaption directed by Justin Kurzel.
Birthplace: Paris, France
Profession: Model, Actor, Singer
Credits: The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, La Vie en Rose, Rust and Bone
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Helen Mirren portrayed Lady Macbeth in productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1974 to 1975.
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
Credits: The Queen, Monsters University, The Debt, The Hundred-Foot Journey
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Vivien Leigh played Lady Macbeth in a 1955 production with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She played opposite her then-husband, Laurence Olivier.
Age: Died at 54 (1913-1967)
Birthplace: Darjeeling, India
Profession: Actor, Singer
Credits: Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ship of Fools, Waterloo Bridge
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Judi Dench played Lady Macbeth in a 1979 production of Macbeth that was filmed as a TV movie.
Birthplace: Heworth, United Kingdom
Profession: Theatre Director, Musician, Author, Actor, Voice acting
Credits: Skyfall, Casino Royale, Philomena, Quantum of Solace
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