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The Best Actresses Who Played Cleopatra, Ranked

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We’re ranking the best Cleopatra actresses of all time. As one of the most enigmatic and fascinating characters in antiquity, Cleopatra is often portrayed as being powerful, pragmatic, and sensual. Yes, she might have conquered Julius Caesar’s heart, but there’s still so much we don’t know about her. In fact, the mythos of Cleopatra has become so popular that it’s hard to separate fact from fiction.

From the very first films, actresses have portrayed their own unique version of Cleopatra. While Vivien Leigh captured Cleopatra’s charm in 1945’s Caesar and Cleopatra, Sophia Loren brought the heat to the big screen in her breakout performance in 1954’s Due notti con Cleopatra, which translates to Two Nights with Cleopatra. Elizabeth Taylor also turned a few heads with her classic portrayal in 1963’s Cleopatra, and Monica Bellucci played Cleopatra in Asterix & Obelix. Which actress is your favorite?

Vote up the best Cleopatra actresses to see who tops the list.

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  • Elizabeth Taylor1
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    Elizabeth Taylor

    Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)

    BirthplaceHampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

    Cleopatra (1963)

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  • Vivien Leigh2
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    Vivien Leigh

    Dec. at 54 (1913-1967)

    BirthplaceDarjeeling, India

    Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

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  • Monica Bellucci3
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    BirthplaceCittà di Castello, Italy

    Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)

    Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September...  more

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  • Sophia Loren4
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    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Due notti con Cleopatra (1954)

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  • Leonor Varela5
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    BirthplaceSantiago, Chile

    Cleopatra (1999)

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  • Theda Bara6
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    Theda Bara

    Age: Died at 70 (1885-1955)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, USA

    Cleopatra (1917)

    Theda Bara ( THEE-də BARR-ə; born Theodosia Burr Goodman; July 29, 1885 – April 7, 1955) was...  more
  • Claudette Colbert7
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    Claudette Colbert

    Age: Died at 93 (1903-1996)

    BirthplaceSaint-Mandé, France

    Cleopatra (1934)

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  • Virginia Mayo8
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    Virginia Mayo

    Dec. at 85 (1920-2005)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, USA

    The Story of Mankind (1957)

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  • Florence Lawrence9
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    Florence Lawrence

    Dec. at 48 (1890-1938)

    BirthplaceHamilton, Canada

    Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

    Florence Lawrence (born Florence Annie Bridgwood; January 2, 1886 – December 28, 1938) was a...  more
  • Pascale Petit10
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    Pascale Petit

    Age: 77

    BirthplaceParis, France

    A Queen for Caesar (1962)

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  • Rhonda Fleming11
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    BirthplaceHollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Serpent of the Nile (1953)

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  • Jeanne d'Alcy12
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    Jeanne d'Alcy

    Cléopâtre (1899)

  • Micheline Dax13
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    Micheline Dax

    Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)

    BirthplaceParis, France

    Asterix and Cleopatra 

    Micheline Dax was a French film and stage actress. The Paris-born actress was born Micheline...  more
  • Helen Gardner14
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    Helen Gardner

    Dec. at 84 (1884-1968)

    BirthplaceBinghamton, New York, USA

    Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (1912)

    Helen Louise Gardner (September 2, 1884 – November 20, 1968) was an American stage and film...  more
  • Hildegarde Neil15
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    BirthplaceLondon, England

    Antony and Cleopatra (1972)

    Hildegarde Neil (born 29 July 1939), also credited as Hildegard Neil, is an English actress....  more
  • Danielle de Niese16

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Giulio Cesare (2006)

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  • Magali Noël17
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    Birthplaceİzmir, Turkey

    Totò e Cleopatra (1963)

    Magali Noëlle Guiffray (27 June 1931 – 23 June 2015), better known as Magali Noël, was a...  more
  • Amanda Barrie18
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    BirthplaceAshton-under-Lyne, United Kingdom

    Carry On Cleo (1963)

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  • Linda Cristal19
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    BirthplaceBuenos Aires, Argentina

    Linda Cristal (Spanish: [kɾisˈtal]; born Marta Victoria Moya Peggo Burges, February 23, 1934)...  more
  • Amy Stiller20
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    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Highway to Hell (1992)

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