Almost every time I see a TV show, series, or movie based and produced in England, or to be proper, GB, I notice an actress I have never seen before and say, "WOW". There are many great and beautiful British actresses, so this list is no way conclusive. Just the ones I have noticed over the years.
More to come...yes..I have to start thinking about the Hammer babes I've noticed.
I appreciate the suggestions, but this list is for actresses that are new to me and I have never seen before. Hurley, Seymour, et. al. I am already familiar with. My 'Who is that?' reaction is required for this list. Thank you for the suggestions, though.
“ Beautiful screen presence, and great legs. First noticed her in 'The Survivors', circa 1975. ” - UberTrekkie
“ A brief tour as Moneypenny in the Bond movies, but just beautiful. ” - UberTrekkie
“ Watch the original "Clash of the Titans" and you'll see why. ” - UberTrekkie
Born and raised in London to a Dutch mother and English father, who is himself an accomplished actor, Saskia took an early interest in drama and continues to do so, first studying at the London Guildhall School of Speech and Drama and since working with the likes of Mike Leigh, Stephen Poliakoff and Nicholas Hytner.
“ Dune (the miniseries), Waking the Dead and Luther. ” - UberTrekkie
Born in Nottingham, England and trained at the Central Junior Television Workshop, Samantha's first television work came at the age of 13. Since then, she has played many minor TV roles in such dramas as Cracker
, Peak Practice
, Soldier Soldier
, before reaching the big time with major roles in such TV movies and mini-series as Band of Gold
“ Second list of mine which she is included, deservingly. ” - UberTrekkie
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
“ I knew from the first Harry Potter movie that she would develop into a remarkable beauty. ” - UberTrekkie
Nicola Bryant was born the daughter of a heating engineer, in 1960, in Surrey, England. She began her training in dance and music at the age of three, studying classical ballet, then jazz and tap dance, the piano, flute and guitar, and finally acting at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Here...
“ Most beautiful Doctor Who companion after....(next entry). ” - UberTrekkie
Karen was born and raised in Inverness, Scotland, the daughter of Marie (Paterson) and John Gillan, who is a singer and recording artist. She developed a love for acting very early on, attending several youth theatre groups and taking part in a wide range of productions at her school, Charleston Academy...
“ There are no words.... ” - UberTrekkie
“ A sudden sense of loss...I didn't know she had passed away. ” - UberTrekkie
Lesley-Anne Down was born on March 17, 1954 and raised in London, England. With the help of her father, she began modeling at age 10, acting in commercials, and winning several beauty contests. By the time she was 15, Down had completed four films and was voted "Britain's Most Beautiful Teenager". Lesley-Anne...
“ The Pink Panther Russian assassin and seductress but Cato interferes. ” - UberTrekkie
“ A wonderful screen presence for a young actress but sadly she died in a traffic accident when her career was just beginning. Check out "The Tripods". ” - UberTrekkie
“ First saw her in Star Trek:TNG (of course) and was just mesmerised. ” - UberTrekkie
Tessa Charlotte Rampling was born 5 February 1946 in Sturmer, England, to Isabel Anne (Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Lionel Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist, army officer, and colonel, who became a NATO commander. She was educated at Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles, France and at the exclusive St...
“ Even made Zardoz watchable. "The Night Porter" is burned into my mind. ” - UberTrekkie
“ Just saw the short "Cashback". Ok movie, but another 'Who is she?' moment. ” - UberTrekkie
Jenny Agutter was born on December 20, 1952, in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK. The daughter of an army officer, she spent her childhood traveling and living in different countries. Her film career began at the age of 12 in East of Sudan
, which was quickly followed by Ballerina: Part 1
and Ballerina: Part 2
“ A suggested addition. How could I've forgotten Logan's Run? ” - UberTrekkie
“ Just can't get the image of her out of my mind. Re: The Doctor's Wife. ” - UberTrekkie
“ Time just stands still when she is on the screen. ” - UberTrekkie
“ And another Doctor Who companion. ” - UberTrekkie
As both a writer and performer, Jessica Hynes has worked prolifically in television, film and theatre. Born in Lewisham, South London in 1972, she was brought up in Brighton, Sussex. At school, she would write bizarre sci-fi stories. At age 15, she joined the National Youth Theatre and left home at age 18...
“ Noticed her in 3 Doctor Who episodes. Just mesmerized. ” - UberTrekkie
Paris Jefferson was born in London and raised in Sydney, Australia. She trained as a dancer before becoming an actress. Since her move back to London she has played both English and American leading roles in the UK, USA and Ireland. She is best known for her role in Xena: Warrior Princess, A Will of Their Own, The Diamond of Jeru and Valentine's Again...
“ Played Athena in the Xena series. Starstruck. ” - UberTrekkie
Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe
, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard Beckinsale
“ First saw her in Underworld or was it Pearl Harbor? ” - UberTrekkie
Tracey Ullman (born Trace Ullman) is a multiple award-winning television, stage and film actress who performs as a comedian, singer, dancer, as well as works as a screenwriter, producer, director, author, and businesswoman. She holds dual British and American citizenship. Ullman's early appearances...
“ I remember her variety show. Incredibly sexy. ” - UberTrekkie
“ Tribute to Benny Hill. I remember seeing her and staring in awe. Of course the rest of the Hill's Angels weren't bad either. ” - UberTrekkie
Not just another tall, beautiful brunette, Valerie Leon had extensive experience in the British theater and in television and films - and not just as a sexpot - before she became a fixture in the "Carry On" series, appearing in seven of them. In addition to comedy, she also excelled in horror pictures...
“ Clouseau was a lucky guy, and a Hammer and Bond babe too! ” - UberTrekkie
Sienna Guillory is the daughter of American folk guitarist Isaac Guillory and Tina Thompson, an English model. Guillory's parents encouraged her to express herself artistically as she was growing up and this led to her decision to become an actor. She was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, Norfolk, England and appeared in school plays...
“ After Resident Evil, I thought she was really hot. Prefer her as a brunette though. ” - UberTrekkie
Olivia Williams was born July 26, 1968 in Camden Town, London. She was educated at South Hampstead High School, an independent school for girls in Hampstead, North London, followed by Newnham College at the University of Cambridge. She graduated with a degree in English literature. She went on to study...
“ Spotted her in 'The Sixth Sense'. ” - UberTrekkie
“ Speechless, just speechless. ” - UberTrekkie
“ Watching a British murder mystery series. 'Who is she?' moment. ” - UberTrekkie
Leggy, brunette-maned pin-up actress Caroline Munro was born in Windsor and lived in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Catholic Convent School. By chance, her mother and a photographer entered her picture in a "Face of the Year" competition for the British newspaper The Evening News and won...
“ Hammer babe and Bond girl. OMG. ” - UberTrekkie
British actress Dame Diana Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She has had an extensive career in film and theatre, including playing the title role in "Medea", both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Rigg made her professional stage debut in 1957 in the Caucasian Chalk Circle...
“ The classic "The Avengers". ” - UberTrekkie
British-born Vanessa Angel began her career at age 14 as a model, when she was discovered by world-renowned agent, Eileen Ford
. She gained much life experience by traveling the world, relocating to New York and appearing on many magazine covers, including "Vogue" and "Cosmopolitan". Her transition from modeling to acting came in 1985...
“ She is beyond attractive. ” - UberTrekkie
Polly Alexandra Walker was born on May 19, 1966 in Warrington, Cheshire, England. She graduated from Ballet Rambert School in Twickenham, began her career as a dancer, but an injury at age 18 forced her to change direction. She started at London's Drama Centre to the Royal Shakespeare Company, where she portrayed small parts before graduating to small roles on television...
“ Every time I see her.... ” - UberTrekkie
“ Every time I watch a Torchwood trailer, I would notice her, causing me to check out the episode. ” - UberTrekkie
Claudia Lee Black was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Her parents Jules and Judy Black are both Australian Medical Academics Doctors. She has lived in Australia, New Zealand, England and the US. Throughout her career Black has played in many Australian and New Zealand films and guested on such Australian series as Police Rescue
and Water Rats
“ Nature's cure for ED. ” - UberTrekkie
Rosalyn Landor was born in Hampstead, London, in October 1958; and was sought- after as a child actress. During her teens, she attended the Royal Ballet School for two years before completing her education at Tolworth Girls School, near Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, where she studied to A-level. After leaving school at the age of nineteen...
“ Star Trek:TNG 'Up the Long Ladder'. Wow. ” - UberTrekkie
“ Ever hear of "The Champions"? ” - UberTrekkie