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The Best Living English Actresses  

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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.
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Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park
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Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Foxcatcher, Factory Girl, Layer Cake
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Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Wedding Crashers, Live and Let Die, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger
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Elizabeth Hurley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bedazzled
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Lily Collins is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
OliverDavis added The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction
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Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
AaronYeaton added On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper, The Hospital
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Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love
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Alice Eve is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3, Sex and the City 2
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Claire Foy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Season of the Witch, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, Vivaldi
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Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
SandyQ8 added Beauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
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Jenna Coleman is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
bigcraig added Captain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top
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Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Me and Orson Welles, Jane Eyre, Fright Night
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Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Good Will Hunting, Big Night, Circle of Friends
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Brenda Blethyn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kasir Radojica added Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, A River Runs Through It
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Olivia Colman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Allensfarm added Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady, Locke
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Miranda Richardson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sleepy Hollow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I
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Jacqueline Bisset is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Bullitt, Murder on the Orient Express, Airport
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Samantha Morton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
looksharp added In America, Minority Report, John Carter
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Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
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Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gone with the Wind, Cinema Paradiso, The Adventures of Robin Hood
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Emilia Fox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added The Pianist, Cashback, Dorian Gray
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Joanna Lumley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added The Wolf of Wall Street, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach
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Glenda Jackson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Health, The Maids, Mary
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Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added The Patriot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 101 Dalmatians