Macbeth is one of William Shakespeare's darkest tragedies. It tackles political themes and the lengths men will go to in order to achieve power. Several famous actresses have taken on the role of Lady Macbeth. 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 played Lady Macbeth in a 2015 film adaption simply titled Macbeth, directed by Justin Kurzel. Most recently, English actress Florence Pugh took on the leading role in William Oldroyd's 2016 independent drama Lady Macbeth. Her performance won her the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress.
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Marion Cotillard played Lady Macbeth in a 2015 film adaption directed by Justin Kurzel.
- Age: 40
- Birthplace: Paris, France
Helen Mirren portrayed Lady Macbeth in productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1974 and 1975.
- Age: 76
- Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England, UK
- Alternative Name: Helen Mirren
- Vivien Leigh played Lady Macbeth in a 1955 production with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She played opposite her then-husband, Laurence Olivier.
- Age: Dec. at 54 (1913-1967)
- Birthplace: Darjeeling, India
Judi Dench played Lady Macbeth in a 1979 production of Macbeth that was filmed as a TV movie.
- Age: 86
- Birthplace: Heworth, United Kingdom