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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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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rachel Weisz The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy

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2
479 221
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kate Winslet The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic

3
376 194
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Helen Mirren The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday

4
422 161
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emily Blunt Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning

5
510 168
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emma Watson Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

6
362 183
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Judi Dench Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall

7
363 217
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End

8
371 178
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Maggie Smith A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series

9
449 186
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Keira Knightley The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement

10
317 174
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emma Thompson Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter series

11
413 155
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kate Beckinsale Brokedown Palace, The Aviator, Underworld series

12
249 149
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Julie Andrews Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Americanization of Emily

13
240 130
Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Lena Headey Game of Thrones, 300, Aberdeen

14
233 126
Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rosamund Pike Gone Girl, The World's End, Pride and Prejudice

15
293 156
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys

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201 99
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Catherine Zeta-Jones Chicago, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve

17
169 181
Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Vanessa Redgrave Coriolanus, Howards End, Atonement

18
178 161
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Tilda Swinton Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia

19
145 105
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight

20
120 117
Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Julie Walters Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

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190 133
Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gemma Arterton The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Voices, Gemma Bovery

22
183 142
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Sienna Miller Foxcatcher, Factory Girl, Layer Cake

23
167 120
Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kristin Scott Thomas The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park

24
149 124
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Thandie Newton Crash, Beloved, Besieged

25
102 144
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
MatthewGill added Imelda Staunton Vera Drake, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter series

26
102 88
Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
vida-so added Elizabeth Taylor Cleopatra, National Velvet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

27
98 76
Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Jane Seymour Wedding Crashers, Live and Let Die, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

28
134 134
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Carey Mulligan An Education, Drive, Shame

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77 46
Elizabeth Hurley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added Elizabeth Hurley Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bedazzled

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79 125
Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Charlotte Rampling The Verdict, The Damned, Swimming Pool

31
143 117
Alice Eve is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Alice Eve Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3, Sex and the City 2

32
45 22
Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Emily Watson Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love

33
117 128
Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting, Big Night, Circle of Friends

34
78 95
Samantha Morton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
looksharp added Samantha Morton In America, Minority Report, John Carter

35
125 128
Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Imogen Poots Me and Orson Welles, Jane Eyre, Fright Night

36
41 18
Miranda Richardson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Miranda Richardson Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sleepy Hollow, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I

37
85 87
Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Naomie Harris Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

38
98 94
Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Hayley Atwell Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron

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42 21
Jacqueline Bisset is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Jacqueline Bisset Bullitt, Murder on the Orient Express, Airport

40
47 32
Emilia Fox is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added Emilia Fox The Pianist, Cashback, Dorian Gray

41
46 77
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Jessica Tandy The Birds, Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes

42
48 62
Brenda Blethyn is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Kasir Radojica added Brenda Blethyn Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, A River Runs Through It

43
82 99
Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
AaronYeaton added Diana Rigg On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper, The Hospital

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68 68
Jenna Coleman is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
bigcraig added Jenna Coleman Captain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top

45
42 36
Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added Joely Richardson The Patriot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 101 Dalmatians

46
36 16
Claire Foy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Claire Foy Season of the Witch, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, Vivaldi

47
40 33
Lily Collins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
OliverDavis added Lily Collins The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction

48
95 113
Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Olivia de Havilland Gone with the Wind, Cinema Paradiso, The Adventures of Robin Hood

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33 23
Greta Scacchi is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Greta Scacchi The Player, The Red Violin, Emma

50
127 138
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road