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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491 153
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

2
303 143
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland

3
301 134
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Looper, The Muppets, The Devil Wears Prada

4
302 164
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Casino Royale, Skyfall, Shakespeare in Love

5
329 147
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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
273 127
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

7
313 130
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

8
249 136
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Brave

9
251 123
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt, Excalibur

10
186 119
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy, The Fountain

11
173 140
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, Shrek 2

12
169 98
Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Dredd

13
225 100
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Pearl Harbor, Underworld, The Aviator

14
189 91
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway, Spike Island

15
196 86
Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
King Kong, The Ring, Mulholland Drive

16
154 109
Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Pride & Prejudice, The World's End, Die Another Day

17
110 115
Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

18
131 93
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Stardust, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, American Sniper

19
124 123
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

20
118 133
Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Mission: Impossible, Cars 2, Deep Impact

21
111 84
Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
V for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later, Fright Night

22
79 41
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything, Like Crazy

23
71 49
Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added 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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103 121
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Great Gatsby, Drive, Pride & Prejudice

25
96 114
Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The English Patient, Mission: Impossible, Four Weddings and a Funeral

26
55 49
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Alice in Wonderland

27
89 127
Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Good Will Hunting, Tarzan, South Park: Bigger

28
54 45
Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love

29
43 55
Penelope Wilton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Shaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice, Match Point

30
38 47
Brenda Blethyn is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, A River Runs Through It

31
65 106
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 2012

32
39 33
Joanne Froggatt is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Filth, See No Evil: The Moors Murders, uwantme2killhim?

33
59 103
Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Angel Heart, The Verdict, Spy Game

34
71 97
Julie Christie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Doctor Zhivago, Troy

35
25 22
Kaya Scodelario is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
black90txd added Moon, Clash of the Titans, The Maze Runner

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53 73
Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

37
25 36
Michelle Dockery is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Maryellen Elizabeth added Hanna, Anna Karenina, Non-Stop

38
46 69
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road

39
19 53
Miranda Hart is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
I Want Candy, Spy, Magicians

40
29 42
Tracey Ullman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Corpse Bride, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, Bullets over Broadway

41
21 48
Marianne Jean-Baptiste is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Edge of Tomorrow, Spy Game, The Cell

42
20 48
Ruth Wilson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks, Locke

43
22 38
Juno Temple is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
The Dark Knight Rises, Maleficent, Atonement

44
20 39
Sally Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Godzilla, An Education, Layer Cake

45
8 18
Kathryn Prescott is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
black90txd added

46
16 51
Geraldine James is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
GeriHL added Alice in Wonderland, Gandhi, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

47
11 32
Lesley Nicol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
East Is East, West Is West, Dead Clever

48
17 39
Sophie Okonedo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Hotel Rwanda, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, After Earth

49
42 84
Glenda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Health, The Maids, Mary

50
31 67
Sarah Miles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
Blowup, Staying Alive, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea