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The Best English Actresses Working Today

Updated April 21, 2020 12.2k votes 1.6k voters 35.5k 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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  • 1
    Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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    Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    155

    Maggie Smith

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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    Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    Emily Blunt

    Looper, The Muppets
  • 4
    Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    Keira Knightley

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
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    Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    Kate Winslet

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
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    Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    Emma Watson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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    Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    Judi Dench

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • 8
    Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    139

    Helen Mirren

    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt
  • 9
    Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    155

    Emma Thompson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 10
    Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    142

    Emilia Clarke

    Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway
  • 11
    Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    140

    Rachel Weisz

    Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy
  • 12
    Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    109

    Rosamund Pike

    Pride & Prejudice, The World's End
  • 13
    Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    138

    Lena Headey

    300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • 14
    Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    Naomi Watts

    King Kong, The Ring
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    Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    137

    Kate Beckinsale

    Pearl Harbor, Underworld
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    Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    125

    Tilda Swinton

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
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    Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    68

    Julie Walters

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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    Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    164

    Julie Andrews

    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins
  • 19
    Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    82

    Felicity Jones

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything
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    Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    138

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Mission: Impossible, Cars 2
  • 21
    Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    117

    Sienna Miller

    Stardust, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • 22
    Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    125

    Gemma Arterton

    Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace
  • 23
    Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    86

    Thandie Newton

    Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
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    Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    101

    Imogen Poots

    V for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later
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    Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best English Actresses Working Today
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    109

    Kristin Scott Thomas

    The English Patient, Mission: Impossible
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