British Dames in Waitingby Syl | created - 27 Dec 2011 | updated - 2 months ago | Public
Women who should be awarded British Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire but aren't at the moment. If they haven't been honored at all, now is the time to start the process that takes about two years. Anyway, some have been honored prior in recent years but still that doesn't mean that they can't get damehood. In fact on the honours list, the British dames are the smallest list in comparison to the male knights awarded in the list.
While this list is long and varied by experiences, I think some of these ladies deserve damehood or something whether it's another honor such as an MBE, OBE, or CBE just something to honor and respect their contributions and services to the entertainment world.
Anybody who declines a lesser honor isn't listed here since there are so many possible willing recipients. It's their loss in the first place.
Previously on this list but passed away. Faith Brook; Joyce Redman; Dinah Sheridan;Dora Bryan OBE; Elspet Gray; Edna Dore; Stella Tanner; Lila Kaye; Renee Asherson; Billie Whitelaw CBE; Anne Kirkbride; Cilla Black OBE; Jackie Collins OBE; Meg Mund;y Victoria Wood CBE OBE; Jean Alexander; Liz Smith MBE; Jane Freeman; Jeanne Moreau (Honorary)(Mother was British) Elizabeth Dawn MBE; Rosemary Leach
Declined Geraldine McEwen (declined OBE & Damehood). Honor Blackman (declined CBE). Vanessa Redgrave CBE (declined Damehood). Dawn French (declined OBE). Jennifer Saunders (declined OBE). Nigella Lawson (declined OBE). Julie Christie (declined a CBE) Caryl Churchill declined an OBE. Pam Gems declined an OBE. Estelle Kohler declined an OBE.
Awarded Damehood since I started the list. Joan Collins OBE; Angela Lansbury CBE; Barbara Windsor MBE; Penelope Keith CBE OBE; Kristin Scott-Thomas OBE; Harriet Walter CBE; Gillian Lynne CBE; Sian Phillips CBE; Penelope Wilton OBE; Patricia Routledge CBE OBE; Anna Wintour OBE; Julie Walters CBE OBE; June Whitfield CBE OBE
If you would like to nominate any lady below or anybody else. Please visit https://www.gov.uk/honours
1. Glynis Johns
Actress | Mary Poppins
Husky voiced Glynis is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in playing ...
She is definitely worthy of a British honor. In her 80s, now is the time to honor her.
Actress | Murder She Said
Lovely, delicate-looking actress Muriel Pavlow belongs firmly to the British cinema of the 1950s and often provided a nice counterbalance to the hectic goings-on in many comedies. Born in 1921 in Leigh, Kent, England, she was a dominant stage actress despite her petite frame and made her theatrical...
Actress | Withnail & I
After training at LAMDA, Irene traveled widely with the Bristol Old Vic Company, including Europe, America and the Middle East. She worked in rep at Liverpool, Leatherhead, Worthing and Wolverhampton and did seasons at Stratford-on-Avon and Chichester and toured with a Shakespearean Company. She ...
More known for her stage presence than film and television but still one of the best British actresses in her 80s.
5. June Brown
Actress | EastEnders
June Brown served in the Wrens and was classically trained at the Old Vic Drama School. She has enjoyed a long career in the theatre, television and the cinema. The actor Nigel Hawthorne described her as "one of the most beautiful creatures I've seen on stage" after seeing her performance as ...
Actress | Spider-Man
Rosemary Harris was born on September 19, 1927 in Ashby, Suffolk, England as Rosemary Ann Harris. She is an actress, known for Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). She has been married to John Ehle since October 21, 1967. They have one child. She was previously married to ...
One of the finest British actresses around in her eighties and still working up a storm. She's led a very active career and is a Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.
Actress | As Long as They're Happy
Jeannie Carson was born on May 23, 1928 in Yorkshire, England as Jean Shufflebottom. She is an actress, known for As Long as They're Happy (1955), An Alligator Named Daisy (1955) and Max Liebman Spectaculars (1954). She has been married to Biff McGuire since November 29, 1960. She was previously ...
Actress | Mrs Henderson Presents
Thelma Barlow (née Pigott) is an English television actress and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom Dinnerladies.
Thelma Barlow was born in Middlesbrough, North Riding of Yorkshire, the younger of...
A great actress known for her role in "Coronation Street," films, stage, and other television.
10. Maria Charles
Actress | Hot Fuzz
Maria Charles was born on September 22, 1929 in London, England as Maria Zena Schneider. She is an actress, known for Hot Fuzz (2007), Victor Victoria (1982) and Sixty Six (2006). She was previously married to Robin Hunter.
Another great actress of film, stage and television.
11. Barbara Jefford
Actress | Philomena
Barbara Jefford was born on July 26, 1930 in Plymstock, Devon, England as Barbara Mary Jefford. She is known for her work on Philomena (2013), The Ninth Gate (1999) and The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968). She has been married to John Turner since May 13, 1967. She was previously married to Terence ...
An OBE Recipient in 1965. She has done so much stage, film and television since then.
13. Mona Hammond
Actress | 10,000 BC
Mona Hammond was born Mavis Chin to a Chinese father and Jamaican mother. She came to Britain in 1959 on a scholarship to work with an architects firm but was soon involved in black theatre productions with contemporaries such as Lloyd and Barry Reckord and Charles Hyatt, under the name Mona Chin. ...
15. Claire Bloom
Actress | Limelight
Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom, originally named Patricia Claire Blume, continues to be in demand as a septuagenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.
She was born Patricia Claire Bloom on February 15...
CBE: British actress on stage, film, and television in America and in England as well. Long Overdue for an honor.
16. Josephine Tewson
Actress | Keeping Up Appearances
An English stage and television actress. She is best known for her roles in British television sitcoms, such as Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances (1990-95) and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine (2003-10).
Tewson was born in Hampstead, London, England in 1931. Her father, William, was a ...
A great actress on stage, film and television. She's best known for her role as nervous Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances.
17. Virginia McKenna
Actress | Born Free
Talented flaxen-blonde British star combined her deep loves for acting and for wildlife throughout most her adult life. Born in London, England on June 7, 1931, her family possessed a sturdy theatrical background. Mother Anne was a jazz pianist, composer and cabaret performer while father Terry, an...
An OBE Recipient. She's an actress and activist as well especially towards animals.
18. Jean Boht
Actress | Bread
Jean Boht was born on March 6, 1932 in Liverpool, England as Jean Dance. She is an actress and producer, known for Bread (1986), Scully (1984) and Z Cars (1962). She has been married to Carl Davis since December 28, 1970. They have two children. She was previously married to William P. Boht.
20. Phyllida Law
Actress | Much Ado About Nothing
Phyllida Law was born on May 8, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland as Phyllida Ann Law. She is known for her work on Much Ado About Nothing (1993), The Time Machine (2002) and The Winter Guest (1997). She was previously married to Eric Thompson.
OBE: She's not just Emma and Sophie Thompson's mother. She's also an accomplished stage, film and television actress in her own right.
21. Prunella Scales
Actress | Fawlty Towers
Prunella Scales was born on June 22, 1932 in Sutton Abinger, Surrey, England as Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth. She is an actress, known for Fawlty Towers (1975), Howards End (1992) and An Awfully Big Adventure (1995). She has been married to Timothy West since October 1963. They have two ...
She was awarded a CBE in 1992, she is long overdue for Damehood. Especially now with her poor health, this could be her last chance.
23. Petula Clark
Soundtrack | Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Petula Clark was a star at the age of 11. She starred in British concert halls and on BBC radio singing for the troops during WWII. She was a child star in a series of British films from the end of WWII through to the early 1950s,and by 1954 was having hit records. After a move to France in 1960, ...
25. Sheila Hancock
Actress | The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
Sheila Hancock was born February 22, 1933. on the Isle of Wight. She later moved to King's Cross in London, where her mother and father ran a pub. Sheila went to Dartford Grammar School, and then with a grant she went to RADA. She then went into nine years of weekly repertory around the country. ...
She was awarded an OBE and CBE recently but I can't help but wonder why she didn't get Damehood. She is one of the most prolific actresses and female stage directors in Britain.
Writer | A Woman of Substance
Barbara Taylor Bradford was born on May 5, 1933 in Upper Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Barbara Taylor. She is a writer and actress, known for A Woman of Substance (1984), Everything to Gain (1996) and Act of Will (1989). She has been married to Robert Bradford since December 24, 1963.
An OBE recipient. This British born writer and author has lived in New York City but still writes about her native England and delivers a novel regularly.
27. Zoe Caldwell
Actress | Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
As a testament to her remarkable talent, Broadway has honored esteemed stage actress Zoe Caldwell four times with Tony Awards: for "Slapstick Tragedy" (1966), for her title role in "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" (1968), for her searing performance as "Medea" (1982), and as opera diva Maria Callas ...
An OBE Recipient: This Australian born actress has lived in New York City, London, and Melbourne. She's worked onstage ever since she could. She's most at home on the stage in a theatre wherever. Her dedication to the theatre is paramount in understanding her. Most people are unaware of her brilliance as an actress. We only get her now in some films and television but too bad, audiences don't know her for playing Maria Callas on Broadway in Master Class.
29. Sylvia Syms
Actress | The Queen
London-born Sylvia Syms hit major film appeal at a relatively young age. Born on January 6, 1934, she was educated at convent schools before receiving dramatic training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. A repertory player by the time she was discovered for films by the British star Anna Neagle ...
An OBE Recipient. She was fantastic as the Queen Mother and is always welcome onscreen or stage.
30. Annette Crosbie
Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television ...
An OBE recipient since 1998, she's still acting on stage, film and television and is passionate about animals.
31. Millicent Martin
Actress | Nothing But the Best
Millicent Martin was born on June 8, 1934 in Romford, Essex, England as Millicent Mary Lillian Martin. She is an actress, known for Nothing But the Best (1964), Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont (2005) and Theatre Night (1957). She has been married to Marc Alexander since 1978. She was previously ...
She has been a familiar face in Britain and America especially for her role as Daphne's mother in "Frasier" but there's more to her. She's a singer and a gifted stage actress as well.
32. Jean Marsh
Actress | Willow
Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of ...
OBE: The woman who gave us "Upstairs, Downstairs." She's long overdue for recognition.
Actress | Masters of the Universe
Christina Pickles was born on February 17, 1935 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Christine Pickles. She is an actress and producer, known for Masters of the Universe (1987), Friends (1994) and Romeo + Juliet (1996). She has been married to Ian Masters since 2005. She was previously married to ...
34. Sheila Steafel
Actress | The 10th Kingdom
Sheila Steafel was born on May 26, 1935 in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is an actress, known for The 10th Kingdom (2000), Parting Shots (1998) and Some Will, Some Won't (1970). She was previously married to Harry H. Corbett.
A great stage, film, and television actress
35. Anne Reid
Actress | Hot Fuzz
After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the #1 UK TV show 'Coronation Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. ...
An MBE recipient: She should have won an Oscar for "The Mother" or at least be nominated.
36. Amanda Barrie
Actress | Carry on Cleo
This feisty and very funny British comedienne and musical revue vet with the trademark 60s brunet page-boy haircut, pronounced jaw, and arguably the largest, Bette Davis-like eyes in London was born Shirley Anne Broadbent in Ashton-under-Lyne, Cheshire on September 14, 1935. The daughter of Hubert ...
She played in Carry On Films, Coronation Street, Stage, film and television. She still looks fabulous!
Actress | Pride and Prejudice
Barbara trained for the theatre at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school then joined the Old Vic Company in London. After working in provincial repertory theatres she returned to the Bristol Old Vic to play Rosemary in 'The Severed Head' and transferred with the play to the west end. She returned ...
A great British actress from stage, film, and television.
38. Judy Parfitt
Actress | Dolores Claiborne
Of regal bearing and imposing stance, British classical actress Judy Parfitt is the possessor of the chilliest blue orbs in all of London and has used them to her advantage over the years with her portrayals of haughty, bossy, scheming and deliciously malevolent patricians. Born in Yorkshire, she ...
I just loved her performance in "Dolores Claiborne." She has been a prolific film, television, and stage actress. She's always worth watching.
39. Glenda Jackson
Actress | Women in Love
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in ...
One of Britain's best known actresses and members of Parliament. A CBE recipient in the late 1970s, she's done a lifetime of acting before turning to politics. We hope she comes back.
40. Frances Cuka
Actress | Oliver Twist
Born in London in 1936 to Joseph and Letitia Cuka the family eventually moved to Hove where Frances was educated at Brighton and Hove High School. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama then made her stage debut in 1955 in 'Meet Mr Callaghan' in Warrington. Following work with ...
42. Sheila Reid
Actress | Brazil
Sheila Reid was born on December 21, 1937 in Glasgow, Scotland. She is an actress, known for Brazil (1985), Containment (2015) and The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997). She has been married to Terry Bullen since April 11, 2008. She was previously married to Julian Curry.
A great British film, television and stage actress.
43. Susan Hampshire
Actress | The Forsyte Saga
Susan Hampshire, the English actress who has won three Emmy Awards, was born in Kensington, London on May 12, 1937. Her original ambition was to be a nurse, but she could not pass her O-Level exam in Latin. (She found out when she was 30 years old that she was dyslexic, and her work on dyslexia ...
She was awarded an OBE for her services to dyslexia but she's a great actress on stage, film, and television.
44. Eleanor Bron
Actress | A Little Princess
There is one strange, mesmerizing film scene that easily sums up the disturbing fascination Eleanor Bron brought to her characters on stage, TV and in the cinema. This is the classic fig-eating scene which she shares with Alan Bates in the Oscar-winning drama Women in Love (1969). It is not to be ...
A British actress who has done stage, film and television and keeps working at it.
46. Tina Packer
Actress | Doctor Who
Tina Packer was born on September 28, 1938 in Wolverhampton, England as Christina Packer. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (1963), David Copperfield (1966) and Two a Penny (1967). She is married to Dennis Krausnick. She was previously married to Laurie Asprey.
The RADA trained actress has spent over 30 years in the US in Lenox, Massachusetts in running a Shakespeare Company and Theatre Company from raising money, producing, directing, and acting. She deserves recognition.
47. Anne Perry
Writer | The Cater Street Hangman
Anne Perry was born on October 28, 1938, in London. She was first known as Juliet Marion Hulme, famed co-murderess of friend Pauline Parker's mother in 1954. After serving five years in Mount Eden Prison she moved overseas to be with her mother. In 1979 she published The Cater Street Hangman, the ...
48. Juliette Kaplan
Actress | Last of the Summer Wine
Juliette Kaplan was born on October 2, 1939 in Bournemouth, Dorset, England as Marlene Juliette Kaplan. She is known for her work on Last of the Summer Wine (1973), Don't Let Go (2013) and Coronation Street (1960). She was previously married to Harold Hoser.
Best known as the long-suffering Pearl on "Last of the Summer Wine."
49. Gwen Taylor
Actress | Life of Brian
Gwen Taylor was born on February 19, 1939 in Derby, England. She is an actress, known for Life of Brian (1979), A Bit of a Do (1989) and The Theban Plays by Sophocles (1986). She has been married to Graham Reid since 1996.
One of Britain's best comedic actresses on stage, television, and film. Best known for Barbara, one of the best British comedies around.
50. Bridget Turner
Actress | Under Milk Wood
Bridget Turner was born on February 22, 1939 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England as Bridget Joanna Turner. She was an actress, known for Under Milk Wood (1972), Pride and Prejudice (1995) and The Gathering (2002). She was married to Frank Cox. She died on December 27, 2014 in Dorchester, Dorset, ...
One of England's best beloved stage actresses who has done it all on television and film as well. Her theatre history alone deserves attention.
51. Samantha Eggar
Actress | The Collector
Samantha Eggar was born on March 5, 1939 in Hampstead, London, England as Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar. She is an actress, known for The Collector (1965), Hercules (1997) and Doctor Dolittle (1967). She was previously married to Tom Stern.
A great British actress who has been in the US for a long time.
52. Lynda Baron
Actress | Scoop
Lilian Baron known professionally as Lynda Baron, is an English actress, best known for playing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the BBC comedy series Open All Hours (1976-1985) and its sequel, Still Open All Hours (2013-2016).
From 1993 to 1997, she played Auntie Mabel in BBC children's programme Come ...
53. Carole Shelley
Actress | Robin Hood
Though English-born, Carole Shelley has spent almost her entire award-winning career in the theatre in America, becoming one of Broadway's mainstays and a true pioneer of the American theatre. A naturalized US citizen, Shelley stays busy on all fronts in the entertainment industry in films, ...
She is British born and has done plenty of shows in England and in America. She's the original Madame Morrible in Broadway's Wicked and has acted in plenty of stage productions.
55. Julia McKenzie
Actress | Notes on a Scandal
Julia McKenzie was born on February 17, 1941 in Enfield, Middlesex, England as Julia Kathleen Nancy McKenzie. She is known for her work on Notes on a Scandal (2006), Bright Young Things (2003) and Agatha Christie's Marple (2004). She has been married to Jerry Harte since 1971.
A British film, stage, and television actress who sings incredibly to the audiences. Her singing voice is unforgettable with passion, love, and tenderness.
56. Miriam Margolyes
Actress | The Age of Innocence
A veteran of stage and screen, award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence (1993) she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her ...
An OBE recipient and one of the funniest, most unique character actresses of our time.
57. Laura Mulvey
Director | 23rd August 2008
She's best known for her scholarly work on women's role onscreen in film. She's a teacher, professor, writer, and film director as well. Most people don't know about her but she speaks volumes about women in the film and how they are viewed.
58. Stephanie Cole
Actress | Doc Martin
Born in Warwickshire, England, UK. At age of 15, she auditioned for and was accepted to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Stephanie began her career at age 17 playing a 90-year-old woman. She went on to play beloved characters on the shows Waiting for God (1990) and Doc Martin (2004).
An OBE recipient: She's played stubborn Diana on Waiting For God. She's a brilliant actress.
59. Juliet Mills
Actress | Avanti!
An English actress of stage, screen and television, sister to Hayley Mills and daughter of Sir John Mills, Juliet first came to notice in films, actually after her sister Hayley started her career. Juliet, however, was first plucked onto the screen and signing a contract with Warner Brothers and ...
60. Rita Tushingham
Actress | The Knack ...and How to Get It
Rita Tushingham was born in Liverpool on March 14, 1942, and did her professional apprenticeship with the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1961, she made her film debut as a teenager in Tony Richardson's adaption of Shelagh Delaney's kitchen sink drama, A Taste of Honey (1961). For her work in that film, ...
61. Julie Goodyear
Actress | Coronation Street
Julie's father walked out on the family soon after Julie's birth, Julie took stepfather Bill Goodyear's name. Most famous as Bet Lynch, barmaid landlady of Coronation Street (1960), her stepfather was a publican, and she served behind his bar, The Bay House in Haywood, to raise money for her ...
An MBE recipient: She has done a lot more than acting since leaving the Street. She's raised money for cancer.
62. Pam St. Clement
Actress | EastEnders
Pam St. Clement was born on May 11, 1942 in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England as Pamela Ann Clement. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Hedda (1975) and Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (1993). She was previously married to Andrew Gordon.
She's best known for Pat Butcher on East Enders. With her retirement, she deserves recognition like her peer friends and reward for her activism in gay rights.
63. Louise Purnell
Actress | Clayhanger
Louise Purnell was born on May 29, 1942 in Purley, Surrey, England. She is an actress, known for Clayhanger (1976), Three Sisters (1970) and Brecht and Co (1979). She has been married to Andrew Roberston since 1974.
A great stage, film and television actress
64. Gemma Jones
Actress | Sense and Sensibility
Gemma Jones was born on December 4, 1942 in Marylebone, London, England as Jennifer R. Jones. She is an actress, known for Sense and Sensibility (1995), You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010) and Bridget Jones's Diary (2001).
One of the best British actresses around. Long worthy and overdue for an honour.
67. Sue Nicholls
Actress | Coronation Street
Sue Nicholls was born on November 23, 1943 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England as Susan Frances Harmer Nicholls. She is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) and Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1983). She has been married to Mark Eden since...
A great actress and longtime veteran of Coronation Street. She was born with a title but she deserves another one too.
68. Marcia Warren
Actress | Leap Year
Marcia was born on 26 November 1943 and trained as an actress at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1963. From there on she took the path of many of her performing contemporaries, acting in repertory throughout the country - beginning as a assistant stage manager in 'David ...
69. Sara Kestelman
Sara Kestelman was born on May 12, 1944 in London, England. She is an actress and director, known for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (2004), Lisztomania (1975) and Zardoz (1974).
More known for her stage presence, she's a versatile actress on stage, film and television.
Actress | The History Boys
Frances de la Tour (born 30 July 1944) is an English actress, known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the television sitcom Rising Damp from 1974 until 1978. She is a Tony Award winner and three-time Olivier Award winner.
She performed as Mrs. Lintott in the play The History Boys in London and on ...
That unforgettable deep voice! She's done it all on stage, film and television and keeps doing it.
73. Jane Lapotaire
Actress | Blind Justice
Jane Lapotaire was born on December 26, 1944 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. She is an actress, known for Blind Justice (1988), Surviving Picasso (1996) and Marie Curie (1977). She was previously married to Roland Joffé.
A British stage, film and television actress worthy of any honor at this point.
74. Francesca Annis
Actress | Dune
English actress Francesca Annis, who has enjoyed a 50-plus year career, spanning seven decades in movies, television and the theater, was born in London six days after V-E Day, on May 14, 1945. Her father, Lester, was English, but her mother, Mariquita (aka Mara Purcell), was of Brazilian-French ...
She's one of the best British actresses on stage, film and television. She's played Tuppence and Lillie Langtry among her many roles.
75. Nicola Pagett
Actress | An Awfully Big Adventure
Nicola Pagett was born on June 15, 1945 in Cairo, Egypt as Nicola Scott. She is an actress, known for An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), There's a Girl in My Soup (1970) and Anne of the Thousand Days (1969). She was previously married to Graham Swannell.
A great television, film and stage actress
76. Maria Aitken
Actress | A Fish Called Wanda
Maria Aitken was born on September 12, 1945 in Dublin, Ireland as Maria Penelope Katharine Aitken. She is an actress and writer, known for A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Spider (2002) and Asylum (2005). She has been married to Patrick McGrath since December 28, 1991. She was previously married to ...
She has been an actress and stage director. One of the Marias on this list. She's been active for decades in the theatre.
78. Brenda Blethyn
Actress | Pride & Prejudice
After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved.
Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving ...
A great British actress and OBE recipient as well. She's been working for decades in America and in her native England.
79. Hayley Mills
Actress | Pollyanna
Born Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills in London, England, on Thursday, April 18th, 1946, she is the daughter of the great actor Sir John Mills and the well-known novelist-playwright Mary Hayley Bell. Her sister is the actress Juliet Mills. She grew up in her parents' home, an outgoing, funny ...
80. Maureen Lipman
Actress | The Pianist
Maureen Lipman was born on May 10, 1946 in Hull, Yorkshire, England as Maureen Diane Lipman. She is an actress, known for The Pianist (2002), Educating Rita (1983) and Oklahoma! (1999). She was previously married to Jack Rosenthal.
A CBE recipient in 1998, she still acts consistently and often with a full slate. One of the finest actresses around.
81. Alison Steadman
Actress | Life Is Sweet
Liverpool-born actress Alison Steadman was born in 1946, the daughter of George Percival Steadman and Marjorie Evans. Educated at Childwall Valley High School, she studied at the East-15 Acting School from 1966-1969, then toiled as a secretary at the Liverpool Probation Service before deciding on a...
An OBE Recipient: She's a familiar face in film and television and stage as well.
82. Felicity Kendal
Actress | The Good Life
British leading woman best known at one time for "cute" roles but a formidable actress in a wide variety of parts. Born in England, she was raised in India where her parents Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Liddell toured the nation for decades with a traveling classical theatre troupe called ...
She's a cute actress who has done it all on stage, film, and television. She was already awarded the CBE and hasn't stopped working since then.
83. Patricia Hodge
Actress | The Elephant Man
Patricia Hodge was born on September 29, 1946 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England as Patricia Ann Hodge. She is known for her work on The Elephant Man (1980), Miranda (2009) and The Falklands Play (2002). She was previously married to Peter Douglas Owen.
84. Maggie Steed
Actress | The Painted Veil
Born Margaret Baker in Plymouth, Devon, in 1946, Maggie Steed studied drama with the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, graduating in the late 1960s. However, her first professional engagements were as an assistant stage manager, working behind the scenes in a somewhat lowly capacity, because, she ...
85. Rosalind Ayres
Actress | Titanic
Rosalind Ayres was born on December 7, 1946 in Birmingham, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Titanic (1997), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) and Gods and Monsters (1998). She has been married to Martin Jarvis since November 23, 1974. They have two children.
Another great British actress of stage, film and television
Actress | Marie Antoinette
Daughter of Eva, the Baroness Erisso, and Major Glynn Faithfull, a WWII British spy. Recorded the first song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "As Tears Go By" (1964). Involved in a major drug scandal with Jagger, Richards and others, which ultimately turned public opinion favorably ...
She's a British and world icon and figure. She deserves something.
87. Patti Love
Actress | The Long Good Friday
A British stage, television and film actress.
88. Pam Ferris
Actress | Matilda
Pam Ferris was born on May 11, 1948 in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany as Pamela E. Ferris. She is an actress, known for Matilda (1996), Children of Men (2006) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). She has been married to Roger Frost since August 1986.
89. Julie Covington
Actress | Rock Follies
Julie is a stage and screen actress and singer. She is most famous for reaching the top of the U.K. singles chart in 1976 with her definitive version of "Don't Cry for me Argentina" from the musical, "Evita". One year later, she was back in the U.K. charts again with an excellent version of the ...
90. Elaine Paige
Actress | Agatha Christie's Marple
Elaine Paige, as an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster, has made a major contribution to the modern musical that ensures her own chapter in the entertainment world and justifies the title "The First Lady of Musical Theatre".
She has starred in numerous West End productions and on ...
One of Britain's best known singers and actresses to grace the musical stage in both London and Broadway. An OBE Recipient, she's overdue too.
Soundtrack | Grease
Actress/singer Olivia Newton-John was born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. She lived there until she was five years old, and her family relocated to Australia when her father was offered a job as the dean of a college in Melbourne. When she was a teen she returned to ...
Soundtrack | To Sir, with Love
Born in Glasgow in 1948. As a teenager, she toured the northern clubs with her band, "the Luvvers". After her initial success with a cover of "Shout" reaching #7 in 1964, Lulu went on to establish herself as one of the biggest-selling British female singers of the 1960s. She made her film début in ...
Actress | The Saint
Londoner Charlotte Cornwell was born on April 26 1949. She is the half-sister of novelist John Le Carre - whose real name is David Cornwell - and his novel 'The Little Drummer Girl' had a leading character based on her, Le Carre being disappointed that in the film version the star was not Charlotte...
94. Zoë Wanamaker
Actress | My Family
Zoë Wanamaker was born on May 13, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for My Family (2000), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Prime Suspect (1991). She has been married to Gawn Grainger since November 1994.
A CBE recipient. This New York City born and British actress has done it all including a British sitcom and helped her late father Sam Wanamaker CBE in establishing the Shakespeare Globe Theatre on the Banks of the Thames River. She's still in demand for work and still does it all whether on stage, film or television.
95. Cheryl Campbell
Actress | Testament of Youth
Cheryl Campbell is an English actress of notable accomplishment, probably best known in the United States for her turn as Eileen in Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven (1978), for which she received a BAFTA nomination as Best Television Actress. The following year, she won the award for her roles ...
96. Susie Blake
Actress | Coronation Street
Blake trained at the Arts Educational School and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is the granddaughter of the actress Annette Mills and a grand-niece of the actor Sir John Mills. Actresses Hayley and Juliet Mills are Blake's first cousins once-removed.
Blake has appeared regularly ...
97. Geraldine James
Actress | Sherlock Holmes
Geraldine James, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) was born on July 6, 1950 in Maidenhead, Berkshire. She was educated at Downe House, a girls' independent school in Newbury, Berkshire, and later, at Drama Centre London. Geraldine has made several film and television appearances, she ...
An OBE recipient: She's a great actress on film, stage and television.
98. Lindsay Duncan
Lindsay Duncan was born on November 7, 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Lindsay Vere Duncan. She is known for her work on Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), About Time (2013) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003). She is married to Hilton McRae. They have one child.
A CBE recipient: She's best known for stage, film and television.
99. Helen Worth
Actress | Coronation Street
Helen Worth was born on January 7, 1951 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth. She is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), Doctor Who (1963) and Children in Need (1980). She has been married to Trevor Dawson since April 6, 2013. She was previously married to Michael ...
One of the Street's leading ladies since the 1970s and still going strong.