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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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Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Charlie Wilson's War, The Devil Wears Prada, Sunshine Cleaning
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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Harry Potter series, Noah, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Reader, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Titanic
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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
A Room with a View, Gosford Park, Harry Potter series
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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Philomena, Shakespeare in Love, Skyfall
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Keira Knightley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Imitation Game, Pride and Prejudice, Atonement
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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Sense and Sensibility, The Remains of the Day, Harry Potter series
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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Queen, Gosford Park, The Long Good Friday
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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Constant Gardener, Sunshine, About a Boy
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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Fight Club, The King's Speech, Howards End
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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Brokedown Palace, The Aviator, Underworld series
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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Americanization of Emily
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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys
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Tilda Swinton is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Michael Clayton, Snowpiercer, The Chronicles of Narnia
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Rosamund Pike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Gone Girl, The World's End, Pride and Prejudice
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Lena Headey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Game of Thrones, 300, Aberdeen
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Catherine Zeta-Jones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
ColinBoddy added Chicago, Traffic, Ocean's Twelve
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Julie Walters is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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Thandie Newton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Crash, Beloved, Besieged
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Gemma Arterton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Disappearance of Alice Creed, The Voices, Gemma Bovery
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Felicity Jones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The Theory of Everything, Brideshead Revisited, Page Eight
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Vanessa Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Coriolanus, Howards End, Atonement
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Hayley Atwell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Kristin Scott Thomas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
The English Patient, Four Weddings and a Funeral, Gosford Park
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Carey Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Living English Actresses
An Education, Drive, Shame