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The Best Living English Actresses

Updated August 30, 2019 47.5k votes 4.5k voters 109.7k views185 items

List RulesLiving 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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    AaronYeaton addedOn Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper
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    OliverDavis addedThe Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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    Gerri Foudy addedSeason of the Witch, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters
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    ColinBoddy addedWedding Crashers, Live and Let Die
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    The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral
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    Gerri Foudy addedHarry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sleepy Hollow
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    SandyQ8 addedBeauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate
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    Foxcatcher, Factory Girl
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    bigcraig addedCaptain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top
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    Allensfarm addedHot Fuzz, The Iron Lady
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    Gerri Foudy addedBullitt, Murder on the Orient Express
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    Good Will Hunting, Big Night
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    johnbamf addedAustin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
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    Gone with the Wind, Cinema Paradiso
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    Kasir Radojica addedPride & Prejudice, Atonement
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    Skyfall, 28 Days Later
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    Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3
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    Gerri Foudy addedNo Country for Old Men, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
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    Gerri Foudy addedHanna, Anna Karenina
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    MatthewGill addedVera Drake, Sense and Sensibility
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    Gerri Foudy addedShaun of the Dead, Pride & Prejudice
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    Gerri Foudy addedHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
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    Gerri Foudy addedFilth, See No Evil: The Moors Murders
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    The Verdict, The Damned
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    johnbamf addedThe Pianist, Cashback
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List Rules: Living female actors from England only. Vote based on their entire body of work so far.