The Best Living English Actresses

List Rules
Living female actors from England only. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.

Hailing from England, these women in film are acting circles around some of their male counterparts. These actresses from England included established, household names like Judi Dench and Helen Mirren, as well as younger English actresses like Emma Watson and Carey Mulligan. Who are the best living English actresses? They're all listed here, and your votes can help determine who is ranked as the best!

The top living actresses from England ranked on this list have decorated careers that have spanned decades and many are still working today. Their long lists of credits include movies and TV shows from all over the world, namely the United States and Great Britain. From Oscar winners to consistently great English actresses, these women are changing film and turning in amazing performances time and time again.

This list features the greatest English actresses alive today including Julie Andrews, Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Redgrave, Kate Winslet, Kate Beckinsale, Judi Dench, Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, and Emily Blunt. Don't see your favorite living actress from England? Add her below so other film fans can vote. Then, be sure to vote and rerank the list according to who you think are the best English actresses still alive today.
Ranked by
  • Maggie Smith
    A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series
  • Emma Thompson
    Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter series
  • Judi Dench
    Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End
  • Helen Mirren
    The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday
  • Emily Blunt
    Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning
  • Kate Winslet
    The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic
  • Keira Knightley
    The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement
  • Emma Watson
    Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Julie Andrews
    Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Americanization of Emily
  • Rachel Weisz
    The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy
  • Olivia Colman
    Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady, Locke
  • Kate Beckinsale
    Brokedown Palace, The Aviator, Underworld series
  • Emilia Clarke
    Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys
  • Rosamund Pike
    Gone Girl, The World's End, Pride and Prejudice
  • Claire Foy
    Season of the Witch, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, Vivaldi
  • Angela Lansbury
    Murder, She Wrote, Beauty and the Beast
  • Julie Walters
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Felicity Jones
    The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight
  • Lena Headey
    Game of Thrones, 300, Aberdeen
  • Tilda Swinton
    Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Lily Collins
    The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction
  • Jenna Coleman
    Captain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top
  • Diana Rigg
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper, The Hospital
  • Fiona Shaw
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets