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The Best English Actresses Working Today

Updated April 21, 2020 12.9k votes 1.8k voters 38.8k views54 items

List RulesEnglish 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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  • Maggie Smith1
    407
    165

    Maggie Smith

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Helena Bonham Carter2
    366
    182

    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Kate Winslet3
    402
    208

    Kate Winslet

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Emily Blunt4
    412
    215

    Emily Blunt

    Looper, The Muppets
  • Judi Dench5
    366
    190

    Judi Dench

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • Emma Thompson6
    319
    156

    Emma Thompson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Emma Watson7
    603
    279

    Emma Watson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Keira Knightley8
    404
    222

    Keira Knightley

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Helen Mirren9
    298
    147

    Helen Mirren

    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt
  • Rachel Weisz10
    262
    146

    Rachel Weisz

    Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy
  • Emilia Clarke11
    301
    157

    Emilia Clarke

    Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway
  • Rosamund Pike12
    215
    119

    Rosamund Pike

    Pride & Prejudice, The World's End
  • Lena Headey13
    202
    145

    Lena Headey

    300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • Naomi Watts14
    192
    127

    Naomi Watts

    King Kong, The Ring
  • Kate Beckinsale15
    261
    142

    Kate Beckinsale

    Pearl Harbor, Underworld
  • Tilda Swinton16
    172
    130

    Tilda Swinton

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • Julie Andrews17
    217
    165

    Julie Andrews

    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins
  • Julie Walters18
    110
    72

    Julie Walters

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • Felicity Jones19
    135
    87

    Felicity Jones

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything
  • Imelda Staunton20
    85
    74

    Imelda Staunton

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Vanessa Redgrave21
    141
    139

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Mission: Impossible, Cars 2
  • Emily Watson22
    75
    61

    Emily Watson

    Corpse Bride, Red Dragon
  • Sienna Miller23
    129
    121

    Sienna Miller

    Stardust, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • Thandie Newton24
    106
    92

    Thandie Newton

    Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • Imogen Poots25
    115
    104

    Imogen Poots

    V for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later