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.
Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom
Cleopatra (1963)Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman, and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, ...more
Birthplace: Città di Castello, Italy
Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002)Monica Anna Maria Bellucci (Italian pronunciation: [ˈmɔːnika belˈluttʃi]; born 30 September 1964) is an Italian actress and model. Bellucci began her career as a fashion model, modeling for the ...more
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
Cleopatra (1917)Theda Bara ( THEE-də BARR-ə; born Theodosia Burr Goodman; July 29, 1885 – April 7, 1955) was an American silent film and stage actress.Bara was one of the most popular actresses of the silent ...more
Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri
The Story of Mankind (1957)Virginia Mayo (born Virginia Clara Jones; November 30, 1920 – January 17, 2005) was an American actress and dancer. She was in a series of comedy films with Danny Kaye and was Warner Brothers' ...more
Birthplace: Paris, France
A Queen for Caesar (1962)Pascale Petit is an actress.
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Serpent of the Nile (1953)Rhonda Fleming (born Marilyn Louis; August 10, 1923) is a retired American film/television actress and singer. She acted in more than 40 films, mostly in the 1940s and 1950s, and became renowned ...more
Birthplace: Paris, France
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.
Birthplace: Binghamton, New York, United States of America
Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (1912)Helen Louise Gardner (September 2, 1884 – November 20, 1968) was an American stage and film actress, screenwriter, producer, editor and costume designer.
Birthplace: London, England
Antony and Cleopatra (1972)Hildegarde Neil (born 29 July 1939), also credited as Hildegard Neil, is an English actress.
Birthplace: İzmir, Turkey
Totò e Cleopatra (1963)Magali Noëlle Guiffray (27 June 1931 – 23 June 2015), better known as Magali Noël, was a French actress and singer.