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List Rules Living female actors from England only. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.

Hailing from England, these women in film are acting circles around some of their male counterparts. These actresses from England included established, household names like Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, as well as younger English actresses like Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan. Who are the best living English actresses? They're all listed here, and your votes can help determine who is ranked as the best!

The top living actresses from England ranked on this list have decorated careers that have spanned decades and many are still working today. Their long lists of credits include movies and TV shows from all over the world, namely the United States and Great Britain. From Oscar winners to consistently great English actresses, these women are changing film and turning in amazing performances time and time again.

This list features the greatest English actresses alive today including Julie Andrews, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Redgrave, Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Judi Dench, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, and Emily Blunt. Don't see your favorite living actress from England? Add her below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best English actresses still alive today.
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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy

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+ - 398 180
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kate Winslet The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic

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+ - 364 128
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emily Blunt Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning

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+ - 315 163
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Helen Mirren The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday

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+ - 320 180
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End

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+ - 308 156
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Judi Dench Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall

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+ - 316 151
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Maggie Smith A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series

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+ - 419 145
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emma Watson Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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+ - 387 161
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Keira Knightley The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement

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+ - 265 152
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter series

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+ - 358 137
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kate Beckinsale Brokedown Palace, The Aviator, Underworld series

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Americanization of Emily

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+ - 213 110
Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Lena Headey Game of Thrones, 300, Aberdeen

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+ - 258 134
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys

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+ - 162 74
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve

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+ - 154 160
Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Vanessa Redgrave Coriolanus, Howards End, Atonement

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+ - 197 110
Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl, The World's End, Pride and Prejudice

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+ - 153 143
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia

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+ - 107 95
Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Julie Walters Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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+ - 119 90
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight

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+ - 167 116
Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gemma Arterton The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Voices, Gemma Bovery

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+ - 162 123
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Sienna Miller Foxcatcher, Factory Girl, Layer Cake

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+ - 147 105
Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park

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+ - 128 102
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Thandie Newton Crash, Beloved, Besieged

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+ - 96 123
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter series

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+ - 87 71
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra, National Velvet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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+ - 80 60
Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Jane Seymour Wedding Crashers, Live and Let Die, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

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+ - 117 115
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Carey Mulligan An Education, Drive, Shame

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+ - 71 105
Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Charlotte Rampling The Verdict, The Damned, Swimming Pool

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+ - 127 101
Alice Eve is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Alice Eve Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3, Sex and the City 2

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+ - 50 28
Elizabeth Hurley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Elizabeth Hurley Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bedazzled

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+ - 118 111
Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Imogen Poots Me and Orson Welles, Jane Eyre, Fright Night

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+ - 101 113
Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting, Big Night, Circle of Friends

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+ - 71 69
Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Naomie Harris Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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+ - 26 11
Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emily Watson Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love

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+ - 67 82
Samantha Morton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Samantha Morton In America, Minority Report, John Carter

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+ - 25 6
Miranda Richardson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Miranda Richardson Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sleepy Hollow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

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+ - 26 7
Jacqueline Bisset is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Jacqueline Bisset Bullitt, Murder on the Orient Express, Airport

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+ - 76 79
Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Diana Rigg On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper, The Hospital

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+ - 85 83
Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Hayley Atwell Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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+ - 36 22
Emilia Fox is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emilia Fox The Pianist, Cashback, Dorian Gray

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+ - 40 62
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Jessica Tandy The Birds, Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes

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+ - 23 9
Greta Scacchi is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Greta Scacchi The Player, The Red Violin, Emma

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+ - 34 24
Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Joely Richardson The Patriot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 101 Dalmatians

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+ - 87 97
Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind, Cinema Paradiso, The Adventures of Robin Hood

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+ - 39 49
Brenda Blethyn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Brenda Blethyn Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, A River Runs Through It

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+ - 55 56
Jenna Coleman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Jenna Coleman Captain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top

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+ - 116 125
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road

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+ - 41 61
Joanna Lumley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Joanna Lumley The Wolf of Wall Street, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach

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+ - 26 21
Amanda Donohoe is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Amanda Donohoe Liar Liar, The Madness of King George, Starship Troopers 3: Marauder