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Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now? 

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Updated July 30, 2020 154k votes 12.2k voters 210.2k views 142 items

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 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 female 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 and Margot Robbie among many others. They're certainly some of the most popular actresses.

Famous female actors include stars like Jennifer Lawrence, who have become household names. Sometimes they're the most popular actresses or most famous actresses because of their amazing style or personalities, but other times it's because they're genuinely the top actresses in their field. 

On this list, check out the top 10 female actresses - does the order seem right to you? It's always a debate to see which are the most popular female actresses. All of the top women actresses should be on this list of famous actresses. Who tops your list of the most famous actresses in the world right now? Share your opinion and vote up your favorite famous women actors from the list below. Also feel free to add any actresses you think are missing from the list. 

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Scarlett Johansson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Lost in Translation, The Avengers, The Prestige

Age: 34

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson (; born November 22, 1984) is an American actress and singer. She is the world's highest-paid actress, has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, has made multiple ...more

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Margot Robbie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Neighbours, About Time, The Wolf of Wall Street

Age: 28

Birthplace: Gold Coast, Australia

Margot Elise Robbie (born 2 July 1990) is an Australian actress and film producer. She has received nominations for an Academy Award and three BAFTA Awards. In 2017, Time magazine named her one ...more

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Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 3 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

Age: 28

Birthplace: Paris, France

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist. Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an ...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

Age: 28

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence (born August 15, 1990) is an American actress. Her films have grossed over $6 billion worldwide, and she was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. ...more

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Jennifer Aniston is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Friends, We're the Millers, The Iron Giant

Age: 50

Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Jennifer Joanna Aniston (born February 11, 1969) is an American actress, film producer, and businesswoman. The daughter of actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow, she began working as an actress at ...more

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Anne Hathaway is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Les Misérables, Rachel Getting Married, The Dark Knight Rises

Age: 36

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway (born November 12, 1982) is an American actress. One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015, she has received multiple awards, including an Academy Award, a ...more

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
V for Vendetta, Black Swan, Léon: The Professional

Age: 37

Birthplace: Jerusalem, Mandatory Palestine

Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy ...more

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Maleficent, Changeling, Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Age: 43

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Angelina Jolie (; née Voight, formerly Jolie Pitt, born June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. The recipient of such accolades as an Academy Award and three ...more

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Age: 69

Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her ...more

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Emma Stone is listed (or ranked) 10 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

Age: 30

Birthplace: Scottsdale, Phoenix, Arizona, United States of America

Emily Jean "Emma" Stone (born November 6, 1988) is an American actress. The recipient of numerous accolades, including an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award, she was the ...more

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Gal Gadot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, Furious 7

Age: 33

Birthplace: Rosh HaAyin, Israel

Gal Gadot Varsano (Hebrew: גל גדות‎, [ˈɡal ɡaˈdot]; born 30 April 1985) is an Israeli actress and model. At age 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. She then served two years in the Israel ...more

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Sandra Bullock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Gravity, The Proposal, Crash

Age: 54

Birthplace: USA, Virginia

Sandra Annette Bullock (; born July 26, 1964) is an American actress, producer, and philanthropist. She was the highest paid actress in the world in 2010 and 2014. In 2015, Bullock was chosen as ...more

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Julia Roberts is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Notting Hill, Closer, Erin Brockovich

Age: 51

Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia, United States of America

Julia Fiona Roberts (born October 28, 1967) is an American actress and producer. She established herself as a leading lady in Hollywood after headlining the romantic comedy film Pretty Woman ...more

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Emilia Clarke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Game of Thrones, Terminator Genisys, Dom Hemingway

Age: 28

Birthplace: London, England

Emilia Isobel Euphemia Rose Clarke (born 23 October 1986) is an English actress. She studied at the Drama Centre London, appearing in a number of stage productions, including one by the Company ...more

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Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Sicario, Edge of Tomorrow, Looper

Age: 35

Birthplace: Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English-American actress. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and ...more

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Revolutionary Road

Age: 43

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

Kate Elizabeth Winslet, (born 5 October 1975) is an English actress. She is particularly known for her work in period dramas and tragedies, and is often drawn to portraying troubled women. ...more

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Mila Kunis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Black Swan, That '70s Show, Ted

Age: 35

Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis (; Ukrainian: Мілена Марківна Куніс; born August 14, 1983) is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from Soviet Ukraine to the ...more

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
horstjulia0 added Walk the Line, Wild, Legally Blonde

Age: 42

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Zendaya is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
horstjulia0 added Shake It Up!, Zapped, Frenemies

Age: 22

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman (; born September 1, 1996) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child model and backup dancer, before gaining prominence for her role as ...more

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Anna Kendrick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect, Into the Woods

Age: 33

Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States of America

Anna Cooke Kendrick (born August 9, 1985) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as a child actress in theater productions. Her first starring role was in the 1998 Broadway ...more

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Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, Monster

Age: 43

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Charlize Theron ( shar-LEEZ THERR-ən; Afrikaans: [ʃarˈlis trɔn]; born 7 August 1975) is a South African and American actress and producer. She is the recipient of several accolades, including an ...more

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Kristen Bell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Frozen, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Veronica Mars

Age: 35

Birthplace: Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA

Kristen Anne Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress. She began her acting career by starring in stage productions while attending the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. ...more

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Nicole Kidman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
Moulin Rouge, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut

Age: 51

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Nicole Mary Kidman (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian-American actress and producer. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including an Academy Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five ...more

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Amanda Seyfried is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Famous Actress In The World Right Now?
PurpleRoses16 added Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, Dear John

Age: 33

Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Amanda Michelle Seyfried (born December 3, 1985) is an American actress, model, and singer-songwriter. She began her career as a model when she was 11 and her acting career at 15 with recurring ...more

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Cate Blanchett is listed (or ranked) 25 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

Age: 49

Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Australia

Catherine Elise Blanchett (; born 14 May 1969) is an Australian-American actress and theatre director. She is the recipient of various accolades, including two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe ...more

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