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Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's darkest tragedies. It tackles political themes and the lengths that men will go to in order to achieve power. Several famous actresses have taken on the role of Lady Macbeth. One famous actress is appearing in a 2015 film adaption of the classic play. This list of actresses who have played Lady Macbeth is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. 

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 listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Actors Who Have Played Lady Macbeth
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Marion Cotillard is playing Lady Macbeth in a 2015 film adaption directed by Justin Kurzel.

Age: 41

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Actors Who Have Played Lady Macbeth
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Helen Mirren portrayed Lady Macbeth in productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1974 to 1975.

Age: 71

Birthplace: England, London

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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Actors Who Have Played Lady Macbeth
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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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Actors Who Have Played Lady Macbeth
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Judi Dench played Lady Macbeth in a 1979 production of Macbeth that was filmed as a TV movie.

Age: 82

Birthplace: Heworth, United Kingdom

Profession: Theatre Director, Musician, Author, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Skyfall, Casino Royale, Philomena, Quantum of Solace

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