The Best of 2018 Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?  

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List Rules Vote up who you think are the most famous actresses in the world right now, from both TV and film.

When it comes to Hollywood, the most famous actresses out can change like the seasons. With so many films and TV shows coming out one after another, there's always room for both emerging actresses and those at the peak of their careers. However, some of the most popular and best actresses today have remained in the spotlight for years, and may stay there for years to come. On the other hand, this is all up to you to decide—as fans play a large role in just who makes the headlines and even who gets cast for the next lead role. So, who do you think is the most famous actress right now?

Top actresses like Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson have spent most of their careers in the top of their class, starring in numerous roles for some of the biggest movies. Then you have the absolute greats, such as Meryl Streep, Cate Blanchett, and Helen Mirren—who all will go down as the greatest actresses of all time. Of course, we can't forget the stars of the 2010s, including Emma Stone, Margot Robbie, and Jennifer Lawrence, among many others. 

Who tops your list of the most famous actresses in the world right now? Share your opinion and vote up your favorites from the list below. Also feel free to add any actresses you think are missing from the list. 

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films ...more

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Lost in Translation, The Avengers, The Prestige Scarlett Johansson is an American actress, model, and singer. She made her film debut in North. In 1996, she was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her ...more

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Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Neighbours, About Time, The Wolf of Wall Street Margot Elise Robbie is an Australian actress. Robbie started her career by appearing in Australian independent films. She was later cast in the popular soap opera Neighbours, which earned her ...more

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Jennifer Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Silver Linings Playbook Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Her first major role was as a lead cast member on the TBS sitcom The Bill Engvall Show. She appeared in the independent dramas The Burning Plain ...more

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Les Misérables, Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises Anne Jacqueline Hathaway is an American actress, singer, and producer. After several stage roles, Hathaway appeared in the 1999 television series Get Real. She came to prominence after playing ...more

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Gravity, The Proposal, Crash Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and film producer. She is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, and is the recipient of one Academy Award from two nominations, and one Golden ...more

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Fantastic Mr. Fox Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...more

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Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Friends, We're the Millers, The Iron Giant Jennifer Joanna Aniston is an American actress, director, producer, and businesswoman. She is the daughter of actor John Aniston and actress Nancy Dow. Aniston gained worldwide recognition for ...more

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Help, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Easy A Emily Jean "Emma" Stone (born November 6, 1988) is an American actress best known for her performances in La La Land, for which she won an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, and a Golden ...more

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Notting Hill, Closer, Erin Brockovich Julia Fiona Roberts is an American actress and producer. She became a Hollywood star after headlining the romantic comedy Pretty Woman, which grossed $464 million worldwide. After winning two ...more

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Maleficent, Changeling, Mr. & Mrs. Smith Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as ...more

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more

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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, Furious 7 Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and fashion model. She won the Miss Israel title in 2004 and went on to represent Israel at the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant. She is the leading fashion ...more

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Man of Steel, American Hustle, Enchanted Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress. Known for both her comedic and dramatic performances, Adams has featured in listings of the highest-paid actresses in the world. Her ...more

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, Monster Charlize Theron (born 7 August 1975) is a South African-American actress and film producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and the ...more

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the USSR to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an ...more

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Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow, Looper Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is an English actress. She has appeared in The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, The Adjustment Bureau, Looper, Edge of Tomorrow, and Into the Woods. She has been ...more

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods Anna Kendrick is an American actress and singer. She rose to international fame after her performance as Natalie Keener in Up in the Air, for which she received Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden ...more

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road Kate Elizabeth Winslet, CBE, is an English actress and singer. She is the recipient of an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a Grammy Award. She is the youngest person ...more

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Helena Bonham Carter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Fight Club, The King's Speech, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Helena Bonham Carter CBE is an English actress. She made her acting debut in a television adaptation of K. M. Peyton's A Pattern of Roses before her debut film role as the titular character in ...more

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Melissa McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Gilmore Girls, Mike & Molly, Spy Melissa Ann McCarthy is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer. McCarthy first gained recognition for her role as Sookie St. James on the television series Gilmore Girls. On the ABC ...more

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Moulin Rouge, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut Nicole Mary Kidman AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian actress and producer. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, five Golden Globe ...more

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Blake Lively is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Gossip Girl, Green Lantern, The Age of Adaline Blake Lively is an American actress, model and celebrity homemaker. She starred as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW drama Gossip Girl, and has co-starred in such films as The Sisterhood of the ...more

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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Frozen, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Veronica Mars Kristen Anne Bell is an American actress and singer. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She gained critical acclaim as the title character on ...more

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Amanda Seyfried is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Dear John Amanda Michelle Seyfried is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a model when she was 11, then at 15 began an acting career, starting off with uncredited roles and moving on ...more

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Catherine Élise "Cate" Blanchett is an Australian actress of screen and stage. She has received critical acclaim and many accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Screen ...more

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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys, Dom Hemingway Emilia Clarke is an English actress, best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO series Game of Thrones, for which she received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting ...more

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Maggie Smith is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Downton Abbey, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Dame Margaret Natalie Smith, CH, DBE is an English actress. She made her stage debut in 1952 and has had an extensive, varied career in stage, film and television spanning over sixty years. ...more

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Jessica Alba is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Sin City, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Jessica Marie Alba is an American actress, model, and businesswoman. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack. Alba rose to ...more

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Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Big Lebowski, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Crazy Julianne Moore is an American-British actress and children's author. Prolific in cinema since the early 1990s, Moore is active in both art house and Hollywood films. She is particularly known ...more

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Judi Dench is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Skyfall, Casino Royale, Philomena Dame Judith Olivia "Judi" Dench, CH, DBE, FRSA is an English actress and author. Dench made her professional debut in 1957 with the Old Vic Company. Over the following few years she ...more

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Helen Mirren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Queen, Monsters University, The Debt Dame Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE, is an English actor. Mirren has won an Academy Award for Best Actress, four BAFTAs, three Golden Globes, four Emmy Awards, and two Cannes Film Festival Best Actress ...more

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Ariana Grande is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
MilaPedersen added Victorious, Sam & Cat, Pitch Perfect 2 Ariana Grande-Butera, known professionally as Ariana Grande, is an American singer and actress. She began her career in the Broadway musical 13, before landing the role of Cat Valentine on the ...more

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Emma Thompson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedienne, screenwriter and author. Cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation, she is known for her portrayals of reticent women in ...more

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Kathy Bates is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Titanic, Misery, About Schmidt Kathleen Doyle "Kathy" Bates is an American actress and film director. After appearing in several minor roles in film and television during the 1970s and the 1980s, Bates rose to ...more

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Kristen Stewart is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Twilight, Snow White and the Huntsman, The Twilight Saga: New Moon Kristen Jaymes Stewart (born April 9, 1990) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga. She has also starred in films such as Panic Room (2002), ...more

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Rachel Weisz is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, Constantine Rachel Hannah Craig, professionally known as Rachel Weisz, is an English film and theatre actress as well as a former fashion model. Weisz began her acting career at Trinity Hall, Cambridge in ...more

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Lucy Hale is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
MilaPedersen added Pretty Little Liars, Scream 4, Secret of the Wings Lucy Hale is an American actress and singer. Hale was one of five winners of the reality show American Juniors. She is best known for her role as Aria Montgomery on the ABC Family series Pretty ...more

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Nina Dobrev is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
MilaPedersen added The Vampire Diaries, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Let's Be Cops Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season. Since ...more

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Ashley Benson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
MilaPedersen added Pretty Little Liars, Spring Breakers, Pixels Ashley Victoria Benson is an American actress and model, known for her role as Hanna Marin on the mystery-thriller television series Pretty Little Liars. She has also portrayed Abigail Deveraux ...more

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Naomi Watts is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
King Kong, Mulholland Drive, The Ring Naomi Ellen Watts is a British actress. She made her screen debut in the Australian drama film For Love Alone and then appeared in the television series Hey Dad..!, Brides of Christ and Home and ...more

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Shay Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
MilaPedersen added Pretty Little Liars, Mother's Day, Immediately Afterlife Shannon Ashley "Shay" Mitchell is a Canadian actress and model. She is best known for her role as Emily Fields in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.

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Sophie Turner is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Game of Thrones, Barely Lethal, Alone Sophie Turner is an English actress. Turner is best known for her role as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, which earned her a Young Artist Award nomination for ...more

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Sasha Pieterse is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
MilaPedersen added Pretty Little Liars, Good Luck Chuck, X-Men: First Class Sasha Pieterse is a South African-born American actress and singer-songwriter. She landed her first major role at the age of thirteen, as Alison DiLaurentis on ABC Family's series Pretty Little ...more

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Rebecca Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
BeastMaster1 added Hercules, Mission: Impossible 5, The White Queen Rebecca Louisa Ferguson is a Swedish actress.

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Kat Graham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
MilaPedersen added The Vampire Diaries, 17 Again, The Parent Trap Katerina Alexandre Hartford "Kat" Graham is a Swiss-born American actress, model, singer and dancer. She is known for her role of Bonnie Bennett on The CW supernatural drama The

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Deepika Padukone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Chennai Express, Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani Deepika Padukone is an Indian film actress and model. She has established a career in Bollywood films, and is cited in the media as one of the most popular Indian celebrities. Padukone, the ...more

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Bae Suzy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
khaliunenkhbold3 added Architecture 101, Gu Family Book, Show! Music Core Bae Su-ji, commonly known by her stage name Suzy, is a South Korean singer and actress. She is best known for her roles as Go Hye-mi in the KBS2 TV series' Dream High, Jang Ma-ri in Big, young ...more

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Christina Ricci is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
christianetfs05 added Sleepy Hollow, Monster, The Opposite of Sex Christina Ricci is an American actress, who began her acting career appearing in commercials and received early recognition as a child star. Her debut performance in Mermaids was followed by a ...more

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Jodhaa Akbar, Devdas, Bride & Prejudice Aishwarya Rai, known as Aishwarya Rai Bachchan after her marriage, is an Indian actress and the winner of the Miss World pageant of 1994. Through her successful Bollywood career, she has ...more