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The Best English Actresses of All Time

Updated March 26, 2021 19.7k votes 2.9k voters 61.3k views77 items

List RulesVote up your favorite female actors from England (dead or alive), based on their entire body of work.

When it comes to the best English actresses of all time, there will likely be a heated debate. Helen Mirren, Judi Dench, and Audrey Hepburn immediately come to mind, but when you really start thinking, there are tons of fantastic actresses from England who have, throughout film history, made their marks as truly some of the greats. 

Who are the all-time top English actresses in history? Dames like Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are certainly great English actresses, but so are some of the women on this list who have passed on. Fantastic actresses like Vivien Leigh and Deborah Kerr earned their rightful spots in film history by turning in classic film performances and making many great movies.

Emily Blunt and Helena Bonham Carter are a few more of the famous British actresses you will find on this list. There are also great older British actresses, like Angela Lansbury of Murder, She Wrote and Beauty and the Beast. Julie Walters is another of the beloved old English actresses. Who could forget her appearances in Mamma Mia!Paddington, the Harry Potter series, and Calendar Girls?

Now, who, of the greatest English actresses of all time is truly the best? Below you'll find the wonderful actresses as well as their major film and television award wins and nominations. Vote up your favorite English actresses below, and then check back to see if they topped our list! 

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