The Best Living English Actresses

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.
Ranked by
  • Maggie Smith
    1
    1,529 votes
    A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series
  • Emma Thompson
    2
    1,441 votes
    Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter series
  • Judi Dench
    3
    1,497 votes
    Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    4
    1,451 votes
    Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End
  • Helen Mirren
    5
    1,553 votes
    The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday
  • Emily Blunt
    6
    1,524 votes
    Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning