Actresses 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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607 288
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday

2
739 361
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic

3
676 365
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy

4
571 260
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall

5
521 234
Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter series

6
575 238
Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series

7
638 246
Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning

8
538 293
Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End

9
660 276
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement

10
774 312
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

11
390 210
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Americanization of Emily

12
587 233
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Brokedown Palace, The Aviator, Underworld series

13
361 187
Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gone Girl, The World's End, Pride and Prejudice

14
359 196
Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Game of Thrones, 300, Aberdeen

15
458 235
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys

16
280 224
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia

17
249 244
Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Coriolanus, Howards End, Atonement

18
308 178
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Chicago, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve

19
242 166
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight

20
203 176
Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

21
271 192
Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Voices, Gemma Bovery

22
153 198
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
MatthewGill added Vera Drake, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter series

23
225 175
Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park

24
222 175
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Crash, Beloved, Besieged

25
207 185
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
An Education, Drive, Shame

26
131 174
Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Verdict, The Damned, Swimming Pool

27
248 210
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Foxcatcher, Factory Girl, Layer Cake

28
148 106
Elizabeth Hurley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Bedazzled

29
172 140
Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron

30
199 176
Alice Eve is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3, Sex and the City 2

31
156 133
Jane Seymour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Wedding Crashers, Live and Let Die, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

32
108 75
Lily Collins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
OliverDavis added The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction

33
173 177
Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Me and Orson Welles, Jane Eyre, Fright Night

34
98 73
Emily Watson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Corpse Bride, Red Dragon, Punch-Drunk Love

35
105 51
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

36
177 184
Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Good Will Hunting, Big Night, Circle of Friends

37
113 146
Samantha Morton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
looksharp added In America, Minority Report, John Carter

38
127 104
Jenna Coleman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
bigcraig added Captain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top

39
133 140
Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
AaronYeaton added On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper, The Hospital

40
90 103
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

41
84 57
Jacqueline Bisset is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Bullitt, Murder on the Orient Express, Airport

42
122 133
Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

43
78 57
Miranda Richardson is listed (or ranked) 43 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

44
65 40
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
SandyQ8 added Beauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks

45
73 118
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added The Birds, Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes

46
75 73
Emilia Fox is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added The Pianist, Cashback, Dorian Gray

47
128 150
Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gone with the Wind, Cinema Paradiso, The Adventures of Robin Hood

48
72 109
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

49
69 70
Joely Richardson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added The Patriot, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, 101 Dalmatians

50
172 191
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road