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The Best English Actresses Working Today

Updated June 3, 2021 15.3k votes 2.1k voters 46.7k views64 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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  • 1
    476
    197

    Maggie Smith

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 2
    435
    225

    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 3
    357
    179

    Helen Mirren

    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt
  • 4
    460
    247

    Keira Knightley

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • 5
    370
    188

    Emma Thompson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 6
    460
    252

    Kate Winslet

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 7
    466
    255

    Emily Blunt

    Looper, The Muppets
  • 8
    666
    324

    Emma Watson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 9
    410
    221

    Judi Dench

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • 10
    296
    166

    Rachel Weisz

    Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy
  • 11
    355
    184

    Emilia Clarke

    Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway
  • 12
    251
    136

    Rosamund Pike

    Pride & Prejudice, The World's End
  • 13
    214
    144

    Tilda Swinton

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • 14
    248
    169

    Julie Andrews

    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins
  • 15
    220
    164

    Lena Headey

    300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • 16
    217
    153

    Naomi Watts

    King Kong, The Ring
  • 17
    277
    168

    Kate Beckinsale

    Pearl Harbor, Underworld
  • 18
    121
    98

    Julie Walters

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 19
    157
    134

    Carey Mulligan

    The Great Gatsby, Drive
  • 20
    147
    113

    Felicity Jones

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything
  • 21
    154
    145

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Mission: Impossible, Cars 2
  • 22
    98
    81

    Emily Watson

    Corpse Bride, Red Dragon
  • 23
    124
    122

    Kristin Scott Thomas

    The English Patient, Mission: Impossible
  • 24
    93
    89

    Imelda Staunton

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 25
    79
    64

    Ruth Wilson

    The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks
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List Rules: English actresses only, from film or television. Vote based on their recent works and achievements.