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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691 329
Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic

2
555 265
Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday

3
637 337
Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy

4
526 239
Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall

5
481 219
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
530 228
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
590 231
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
494 273
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
727 276
Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

10
611 258
Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement

11
544 218
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Brokedown Palace, The Aviator, Underworld series

12
351 198
Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Americanization of Emily

13
326 176
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
329 182
Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Game of Thrones, 300, Aberdeen

15
420 218
Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys

16
232 232
Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Coriolanus, Howards End, Atonement

17
254 210
Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia

18
214 155
Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight

19
286 159
Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Chicago, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve

20
180 163
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
256 179
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
215 161
Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park

23
140 187
Imelda Staunton is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
MatthewGill added Vera Drake, Sense and Sensibility, Harry Potter series

24
205 161
Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Crash, Beloved, Besieged

25
233 196
Sienna Miller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Foxcatcher, Factory Girl, Layer Cake

26
188 175
Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
An Education, Drive, Shame

27
116 166
Charlotte Rampling is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Verdict, The Damned, Swimming Pool

28
156 129
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

29
143 122
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

30
130 92
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

31
162 167
Imogen Poots is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Me and Orson Welles, Jane Eyre, Fright Night

32
187 162
Alice Eve is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3, Sex and the City 2

33
91 66
Lily Collins is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
OliverDavis added The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction

34
88 62
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
105 133
Samantha Morton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
looksharp added In America, Minority Report, John Carter

36
161 173
Minnie Driver is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Good Will Hunting, Big Night, Circle of Friends

37
87 42
Claire Foy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gerri Foudy added Season of the Witch, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, Vivaldi

38
112 95
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
115 122
Naomie Harris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Skyfall, 28 Days Later, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest

40
79 93
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
72 49
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
67 48
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

43
114 130
Diana Rigg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
AaronYeaton added On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper, The Hospital

44
68 62
Emilia Fox is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
johnbamf added The Pianist, Cashback, Dorian Gray

45
122 140
Olivia de Havilland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gone with the Wind, Cinema Paradiso, The Adventures of Robin Hood

46
65 110
Jessica Tandy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added The Birds, Driving Miss Daisy, Fried Green Tomatoes

47
65 98
Joanna Lumley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added The Wolf of Wall Street, Corpse Bride, James and the Giant Peach

48
164 180
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Mad Max: Fury Road

49
61 65
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
45 36
Angela Lansbury is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
SandyQ8 added Beauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks