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List Rules English actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.

There have been plenty of great English actresses throughout film history, but which female ones are the greatest working right now? This list ranks today's best Hollywood female actors hailing from England, both from the big screen and on television. From Oscar winners to Emmy nominees, these great actresses are killing it these days, turning in great performances in recent years.

This list ranks the highest-rated English actresses working today from best to worst. These great actresses are all from somewhere in England, but are popular actors all over the world. Today's top English actors go deep into their roles, perfecting their performances, whether comedic or dramatic, and many are gorgeous to boot!

The greatest English actresses working today who are ranked on this list include Judi Dench, Kate Winslet, Helen Mirren, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson, Vanessa Redgrave, Julie Andrews, Tilda Swinton, Kate Beckinsale, and Emma Watson. If there’s an actresses listed here that you think is the absolute best in the movie industry today, vote her up. If the actresses you think have been nailing it in theaters recently aren't listed, feel free to add them for a comprehensive list of the truly best actresses from England who are currently working. 
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416 121
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Emma Watson Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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2
279 146
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Judi Dench Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

3
267 117
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Emily Blunt Looper, The Muppets, The Devil Wears Prada

4
261 124
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Kate Winslet Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

5
297 128
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Keira Knightley Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

6
285 117
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Maggie Smith Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

7
242 116
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

8
219 123
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Emma Thompson Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Brave

9
230 114
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Helen Mirren Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

10
169 108
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Rachel Weisz Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy, The Fountain

11
163 88
Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Lena Headey 300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Dredd

12
209 90
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Kate Beckinsale Pearl Harbor, Underworld, The Aviator

13
155 132
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Julie Andrews The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

14
184 80
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Naomi Watts King Kong, The Ring, Mulholland Drive

15
161 85
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Emilia Clarke Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway, Spike Island

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16
140 104
Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Rosamund Pike Pride & Prejudice, The World's End, Die Another Day

17
125 84
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Sienna Miller Stardust, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, American Sniper

18
102 107
Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Gemma Arterton Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

19
108 77
Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Imogen Poots V for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later, Fright Night

20
104 127
Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Vanessa Redgrave Mission: Impossible, Cars 2, Deep Impact

21
108 119
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Tilda Swinton The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

22
63 45
Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Julie Walters Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

23
64 36
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Felicity Jones The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy

24
60 48
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Angela Lansbury Beauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

25
111 109
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve

26
90 114
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby, Drive, Pride & Prejudice

27
90 109
Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient, Mission: Impossible, Four Weddings and a Funeral

28
49 45
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Imelda Staunton Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Alice in Wonderland

29
83 118
Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting, Tarzan, South Park: Bigger

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30
48 41
Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Emily Watson Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love

31
37 52
Penelope Wilton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Penelope Wilton Shaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice, Match Point

32
32 43
Brenda Blethyn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Brenda Blethyn Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, A River Runs Through It

33
35 28
Joanne Froggatt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Joanne Froggatt Filth, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, uwantme2killhim?

34
58 100
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Thandie Newton Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 2012

35
53 97
Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Charlotte Rampling Angel Heart, The Verdict, Spy Game

36
61 80
Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Cinema Paradiso

37
61 93
Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Julie Christie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Doctor Zhivago, Troy

38
45 62
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road

39
17 15
Kaya Scodelario is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
black90txd added Kaya Scodelario Moon, Clash of the Titans, The Maze Runner

40
47 68
Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Naomie Harris Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

41
21 31
Michelle Dockery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Michelle Dockery Hanna, Anna Karenina, Non-Stop

42
18 48
Miranda Hart is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Miranda Hart I Want Candy, Spy, Magicians

43
18 43
Ruth Wilson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Ruth Wilson The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks, Locke

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24 40
Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Tracey Ullman Corpse Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bullets over Broadway

45
17 45
Marianne Jean-Baptiste is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Edge of Tomorrow, Spy Game, The Cell

46
16 46
Geraldine James is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Geraldine James Alice in Wonderland, Gandhi, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

47
17 34
Juno Temple is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Juno Temple The Dark Knight Rises, Maleficent, Atonement

48
15 35
Sally Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Sally Hawkins Godzilla, An Education, Layer Cake

49
11 30
Lesley Nicol is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Lesley Nicol East Is East, West Is West, Dead Clever

50
5 14
Megan Prescott is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
black90txd added Megan Prescott