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?
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Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)Monica Bellucci is an Italian actress and fashion model.
Cleopatra (1999)Leonor Varela Pilme is a Chilean actress and model. She played the title role in the 1999 television film Cleopatra, and vampire princess Nyssa Damaskinos in the 2002 film Blade II.
A Queen for Caesar (1962)Pascale Petit is an actress.
Antony and Cleopatra (1972)Hildegarde Neil, also credited as Hildegard Neil, is an English actress.
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (1912)Helen Louise Gardner was an American stage and film actress, screenwriter, producer, editor and costume designer.
Asterix and CleopatraMicheline Dax was a French film and stage actress. The Paris-born actress was born Micheline Josette Renée Etevenon. She died on 27 April 2014, aged 90, near Paris.
Carry On Cleo (1963)Amanda Barrie is an English actress.