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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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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kate Winslet The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic

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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy

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+ - 297 139
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Helen Mirren The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday

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+ - 305 154
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End

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+ - 294 130
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Judi Dench Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall

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+ - 301 123
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Maggie Smith A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series

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+ - 324 119
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emily Blunt Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning

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+ - 252 126
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 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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+ - 364 150
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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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emma Watson Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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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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+ - 196 98
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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+ - 242 116
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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+ - 147 132
Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Vanessa Redgrave Coriolanus, Howards End, Atonement

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+ - 141 63
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve

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+ - 144 117
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia

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+ - 101 66
Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 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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+ - 173 98
Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl, The World's End, Pride and Prejudice

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+ - 162 93
Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gemma Arterton The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Voices, Gemma Bovery

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+ - 110 74
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight

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+ - 94 96
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter series

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+ - 138 87
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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Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Sienna Miller Foxcatcher, Factory Girl, Layer Cake

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+ - 112 92
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Carey Mulligan An Education, Drive, Shame

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+ - 110 94
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Thandie Newton Crash, Beloved, Besieged

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+ - 79 61
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra, National Velvet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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+ - 68 83
Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Charlotte Rampling The Verdict, The Damned, Swimming Pool

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+ - 112 91
Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Imogen Poots Me and Orson Welles, Jane Eyre, Fright Night

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Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting, Big Night, Circle of Friends

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+ - 72 58
Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 31 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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+ - 60 55
Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 32 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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+ - 108 96
Alice Eve is listed (or ranked) 33 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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+ - 59 69
Samantha Morton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Samantha Morton In America, Minority Report, John Carter

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+ - 79 66
Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 35 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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+ - 85 79
Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 36 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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+ - 37 44
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Jessica Tandy The Birds, Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes

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Brenda Blethyn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Brenda Blethyn Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, A River Runs Through It

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road

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Elizabeth Hurley is listed (or ranked) 40 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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+ - 49 39
Jenna Coleman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Jenna Coleman Captain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top

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Joanna Lumley is listed (or ranked) 42 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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Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 43 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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+ - 38 53
Catherine McCormack is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Catherine McCormack Braveheart, 28 Weeks Later, Spy Game

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+ - 17 9
Lily Collins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Lily Collins The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction

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+ - 8 4
Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emily Watson Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love

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+ - 17 17
Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Joely Richardson The Patriot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 101 Dalmatians

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+ - 31 36
Pam Ferris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Pam Ferris Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, Death to Smoochy

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+ - 24 29
Miriam Margolyes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Miriam Margolyes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Mulan

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+ - 43 71
Sally Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Sally Hawkins Godzilla, An Education, Layer Cake