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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
    A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series
  • Emma Thompson
    2
    Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter series
  • Judi Dench
    3
    Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall
  • Helena Bonham Carter
    4
    Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End
  • Helen Mirren
    5
    The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday
  • Emily Blunt
    6
    Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning
  • Kate Winslet
    7
    The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic
  • Emma Watson
    8
    Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Julie Andrews
    9
    Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Americanization of Emily
  • Rachel Weisz
    10
    The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy
  • Olivia Colman
    11
    Hot Fuzz, The Iron Lady, Locke
  • Keira Knightley
    12
    The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement
  • Emilia Clarke
    13
    Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys
  • Kate Beckinsale
    14
    Brokedown Palace, The Aviator, Underworld series
  • Rosamund Pike
    15
    Gone Girl, The World's End, Pride and Prejudice
  • Claire Foy
    16
    Season of the Witch, Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, Vivaldi
  • Angela Lansbury
    17
    Beauty and the Beast, The Manchurian Candidate, Bedknobs and Broomsticks
  • Felicity Jones
    18
    The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight
  • Julie Walters
    19
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
  • Lena Headey
    20
    Game of Thrones, 300, Aberdeen
  • Tilda Swinton
    21
    Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia
  • Lily Collins
    22
    The Blind Side, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Abduction
  • Jenna Coleman
    23
    Captain America: The First Avenger, Room at the Top
  • Diana Rigg
    24
    On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Great Muppet Caper, The Hospital
  • Fiona Shaw
    25
    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets