Watchworthy
1.6k voters

The Best English Actresses Working Today

Updated April 21, 2020 12.4k votes 1.6k voters 36.2k 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. 
...more
  • 1
    Maggie Smith
    372
    156

    Maggie Smith

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 2
    Emily Blunt
    395
    202

    Emily Blunt

    Looper, The Muppets
  • 3
    Helena Bonham Carter
    328
    164

    Helena Bonham Carter

    Fight Club, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 4
    Keira Knightley
    394
    209

    Keira Knightley

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • 5
    Kate Winslet
    376
    200

    Kate Winslet

    Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • 6
    Emma Watson
    587
    267

    Emma Watson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 7
    Judi Dench
    353
    187

    Judi Dench

    Casino Royale, Skyfall
  • 8
    Helen Mirren
    284
    139

    Helen Mirren

    Monsters University, The Prince of Egypt
  • 9
    Emma Thompson
    290
    155

    Emma Thompson

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • 10
    Emilia Clarke
    289
    145

    Emilia Clarke

    Voice from the Stone, Dom Hemingway
  • 11
    Rachel Weisz
    245
    142

    Rachel Weisz

    Oz the Great and Powerful, The Mummy
  • 12
    Rosamund Pike
    207
    109

    Rosamund Pike

    Pride & Prejudice, The World's End
  • 13
    Lena Headey
    202
    138

    Lena Headey

    300, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
  • 14
    Naomi Watts
    194
    122

    Naomi Watts

    King Kong, The Ring
  • 15
    Kate Beckinsale
    261
    137

    Kate Beckinsale

    Pearl Harbor, Underworld
  • 16
    Tilda Swinton
    158
    125

    Tilda Swinton

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
  • 17
    Julie Andrews
    201
    164

    Julie Andrews

    The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins
  • 18
    Julie Walters
    101
    69

    Julie Walters

    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
  • 19
    Felicity Jones
    132
    82

    Felicity Jones

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Theory of Everything
  • 20
    Vanessa Redgrave
    134
    138

    Vanessa Redgrave

    Mission: Impossible, Cars 2
  • 21
    Sienna Miller
    128
    117

    Sienna Miller

    Stardust, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
  • 22
    Thandie Newton
    103
    86

    Thandie Newton

    Crash, Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
  • 23
    Gemma Arterton
    122
    125

    Gemma Arterton

    Clash of the Titans, Quantum of Solace
  • 24
    Imelda Staunton
    73
    70

    Imelda Staunton

    Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • 25
    Imogen Poots
    110
    101

    Imogen Poots

    V for Vendetta, 28 Weeks Later