Actresses The Best English Actresses Working Today  

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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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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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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Kate Winslet Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

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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

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Judi Dench Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

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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

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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 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

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

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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

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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Emilia Clarke Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway, Spike Island

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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Naomi Watts King Kong, The Ring, Mulholland Drive

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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

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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

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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

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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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

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Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Imogen Poots V for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later, Fright Night

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Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Felicity Jones The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy

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Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 23 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

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Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Carey Mulligan The Great Gatsby, Drive, Pride & Prejudice

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Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient, Mission: Impossible, Four Weddings and a Funeral

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Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 26 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

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Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting, Tarzan, South Park: Bigger

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Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Emily Watson Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love

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Penelope Wilton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Penelope Wilton Shaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice, Match Point

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Brenda Blethyn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Brenda Blethyn Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, A River Runs Through It

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Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Thandie Newton Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 2012

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Joanne Froggatt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Joanne Froggatt Filth, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, uwantme2killhim?

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Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Charlotte Rampling Angel Heart, The Verdict, Spy Game

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Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Julie Christie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Doctor Zhivago, Troy

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Kaya Scodelario is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
black90txd added Kaya Scodelario Moon, Clash of the Titans, The Maze Runner

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Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Naomie Harris Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

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Michelle Dockery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Michelle Dockery Hanna, Anna Karenina, Non-Stop

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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

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Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Tracey Ullman Corpse Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bullets over Broadway

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Miranda Hart is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Miranda Hart I Want Candy, Spy, Magicians

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Marianne Jean-Baptiste is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Marianne Jean-Baptiste Edge of Tomorrow, Spy Game, The Cell

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Ruth Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Ruth Wilson The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks, Locke

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Juno Temple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Juno Temple The Dark Knight Rises, Maleficent, Atonement

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Sally Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Sally Hawkins Godzilla, An Education, Layer Cake

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Kathryn Prescott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
black90txd added Kathryn Prescott

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Sophie Okonedo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Sophie Okonedo Hotel Rwanda, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, After Earth

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Geraldine James is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Geraldine James Alice in Wonderland, Gandhi, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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Lesley Nicol is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Lesley Nicol East Is East, West Is West, Dead Clever

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Glenda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Glenda Jackson Health, The Maids, Mary

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Sarah Miles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Sarah Miles Blowup, Staying Alive, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea