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The Best English Actresses Working Today

Updated June 3, 2021 14.2k votes 2.0k voters 44.1k 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
    438
    187

    Maggie Smith

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 2
    402
    210

    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 3
    430
    233

    Kate Winslet

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 4
    344
    175

    Emma Thompson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 5
    432
    235

    Keira Knightley

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • 6
    643
    308

    Emma Watson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 7
    435
    244

    Emily Blunt

    Looper, The Muppets
  • 8
    383
    211

    Judi Dench

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • 9
    332
    174

    Emilia Clarke

    Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway
  • 10
    324
    171

    Helen Mirren

    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt
  • 11
    280
    157

    Rachel Weisz

    Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy
  • 12
    237
    127

    Rosamund Pike

    Pride & Prejudice, The World's End
  • 13
    203
    141

    Naomi Watts

    King Kong, The Ring
  • 14
    197
    137

    Tilda Swinton

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • 15
    212
    159

    Lena Headey

    300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • 16
    230
    166

    Julie Andrews

    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins
  • 17
    269
    155

    Kate Beckinsale

    Pearl Harbor, Underworld
  • 18
    115
    85

    Julie Walters

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 19
    152
    139

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Mission: Impossible, Cars 2
  • 20
    145
    99

    Felicity Jones

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything
  • 21
    144
    123

    Carey Mulligan

    The Great Gatsby, Drive
  • 22
    94
    72

    Emily Watson

    Corpse Bride, Red Dragon
  • 23
    92
    81

    Imelda Staunton

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 24
    114
    103

    Thandiwe Newton

    Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 25
    71
    57

    Ruth Wilson

    The Lone Ranger, Saving Mr. Banks