Beautiful British Actresses

by CemeteryRain | created - 16 Oct 2012 | updated - 29 May 2014 | Public

A list of actresses (mostly from period dramas) I find exceptionally talented and beautiful.

1. Rachael Stirling

Actress | Snow White and the Huntsman

Rachael Stirling was born on May 30, 1977 in London, England as Rachael Atlanta Stirling. She is known for her work on Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), The Young Victoria (2009) and Tipping the Velvet (2002). She has been married to Guy Garvey since June 3, 2016. They have one child.

2. Sophie Turner

Actress | Game of Thrones

Sophie Turner (born 21 February 1996) is an English actress. Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present), which brought her international recognition and critical praise. For her performance, she has received ...

3. Kelly Reilly

Actress | Flight

Kelly Reilly was born on July 18, 1977 in Surrey, England as Jessica Kelly Siobhán Reilly. She is an actress and producer, known for Flight (2012), Eden Lake (2008) and Pride & Prejudice (2005). She has been married to Kyle Baugher since 2012.

4. Olivia Hallinan

Actress | Sugar Rush

Olivia has appeared in over 100 productions since the age of seven. She is the youngest of four sisters and grew up in Hounslow, London. Her first ever big role, was playing alongside Cilla Black in the 1991 production of Robin Prince of Sherwood. Since then, she has starred in five stage ...

5. Elisabeth Dermot Walsh

Actress | Doctors

Elisabeth Dermot Walsh was born on September 15, 1974 in Merton, Surrey, England as Elisabeth Clare L. Walsh. She is an actress and director, known for Doctors (2000), Cleopatra (1999) and Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (2005).

Irish not English, an important distinction.

6. Romola Garai

Actress | I Capture the Castle

Born in Hong Kong to father Adrian (banker) and mother Janet (journalist), Romola Garai's unusual name is the female version of Romolo, an Italian name for boys (from Latin Romulus, the founder of Rome). She grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong until she was eight when her family returned to lay ...

7. Karen Gillan

Actress | Selfie

Karen Sheila Gillan 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,...

8. Natalie Dormer

Actress | Game of Thrones

Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-14), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the ...

9. Helen George

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Helen George was born on June 19, 1984 in Winchester, Hampshire, England as Helen Elizabeth George. She is an actress, known for The Three Musketeers (2011), Call the Midwife (2012) and The Monster (2015). She has been married to Oliver Boot since December 2011.

10. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

11. Joanne Froggatt

Actress | Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt was born in 1979 in the village of Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, UK. She started going to a drama school in Maidenhead at the age of 13 and was also a member of the "Rounders" youth theatre group at Alan Ayckbourne's Stephen Joseph Theatre, In The Round. Eventually, she was cast in ...

12. Jessica Brown Findlay

Actress | Winter's Tale

Jessica Brown Findlay is an English actress. She was born in Cookham, Berkshire, to Beverley, a teacher's aid and nurse, and Christopher Brown-Findlay, who works in finance. She is of Scottish and English descent.

Jessica trained with the National Youth Ballet and the Associates of the Royal Ballet....

13. Anna Maxwell Martin

Actress | Becoming Jane

The rather striking Anna Maxwell-Martin is a rising star on both stage and screen. Anna had dreamed all her life of becoming actress even though her family had no background in the arts whatsoever. She starred in school plays and an acclaimed production of "Breezeblock Park" in the role of Betty.

At...

14. Hattie Morahan

Actress | Beauty and the Beast

Hattie Morahan was born in London in 1978. Her father, Christopher Morahan, is a television and stage director, who is perhaps best known for his television adaptation of The Jewel in the Crown (1984). Her mother, Anna Carteret, is an actress whose most high profile role was that of Inspector Kate ...

15. Charity Wakefield

Actress | Wolf Hall

Charity Wakefield was born in September 1980 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England as Charity Rose Wakefield. She is an actress and producer, known for Wolf Hall (2015), The Player (2015) and Sense & Sensibility (2008).

Introducing Nurse #1 Miss Ethel Bennett in my line up of the wonderful actresses from the Casualty 1900's series.

16. Lydia Leonard

Actress | The Fifth Estate

Lydia Leonard was born on December 5, 1980. She is an actress, known for The Fifth Estate (2013), Archipelago (2010) and Ashes to Ashes (2008).

Introducing Nurse #2 Miss Laura Goodley from Casualty 1900's.

17. Sarah Smart

Actress | Wallander

Sarah Smart was born on March 3, 1977 in Birmingham, England. She is an actress, known for Wallander (2008), Doctor Who (2005) and Five Days (2007).

And last but not least in the Casualty 1900's line up Nurse #3 Sister Ada Russell.

18. Daniela Denby-Ashe

Actress | North & South

Daniela Denby-Ashe was born on August 9, 1978 in London, England as Daniela Jolanta Denby-Ashe. She is an actress, known for North & South (2004), My Family (2000) and Waterloo Road (2006).

19. Talulah Riley

Actress | Westworld

Talulah Riley is an English actress. She has appeared in films such as Pride & Prejudice (2005) (2005), St. Trinian's (2007) (2007), Pirate Radio (2009) (2009), and Inception (2010) (2010).

She made her stage debut in The Philadelphia Story at the Old Vic in 2005. Her television credits include ...

20. Jaime Murray

Actress | The Deaths of Ian Stone

Jaime Murray was born on July 21, 1976 in Hammersmith, London, England. She is an actress, known for The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007), Dexter (2006) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011). She has been married to Bernie Cahill since May 26, 2014.

21. Maisie Williams

Actress | Game of Thrones

Margaret Constance "Maisie" Williams (born 15 April 1997) is an English actress. She made her professional acting debut as Arya Stark in the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones, for which she won the EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama, the Portal Award for Best Supporting ...

22. Louise Dylan

Actress | Emma

Louise Dylan is an actress and producer, known for Emma (2009), Vampire Killers (2009) and Trust Fund (2017).

23. Alex Kingston

Actress | ER

Alex Kingston was born on March 11, 1963 in London, England as Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston. She is an actress, known for ER (1994), Doctor Who (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006). She has been married to Jonathan Stamp since July 18, 2015. She was previously married to Florian Haertel and Ralph Fiennes.

24. Jodhi May

Actress | The Last of the Mohicans

Jodhi was born in 1975. She was born and brought up in London, England, UK. She went to Wadham College, Oxford University 1994-1997. She studied and received a Masters in English. During her time at Wadham she read a lot of literature. She has been acting since she was twelve.

25. Georgina Rylance

Actress | War Machine

Georgina was born in London, went to St Pauls School before attending boarding school at Downe House. Her A-Levels were completed at St. Edwards School, Oxford where she also went to University. She obtained a BA Honours degree in Politics at Oxford Brookes University.

26. Victoria Hamilton

Actress | Scoop

Victoria Hamilton was born on April 5, 1971 in Wimbledon, South London, England as Victoria Sharp. She is an actress, known for Scoop (2006), The Crown (2016) and Mansfield Park (1999). She has been married to Mark Bazeley since January 22, 2008.

27. Michelle Dockery

Actress | Downton Abbey

Michelle Suzanne Dockery born 15 December 1981 is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey (2010-2015), for which she has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She made her ...

28. Georgia King

Actress | Wild Child

Georgia King was born on November 18, 1986 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is an actress and director, known for Wild Child (2008), The Duchess (2008) and One Day (2011).

29. Olivia Grant

Actress | Stardust

Olivia Grant was born on September 20, 1983 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Stardust (2007), Indian Summers (2015) and Lark Rise to Candleford (2008).

30. Alice Eve

Actress | Before We Go

Alice Sophia Eve was born in London, England. Her father is Trevor Eve and her mother is Sharon Maughan, both fellow actors. She is the eldest of three children. Eve has English, Irish and Welsh ancestry. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California when she was young as her father tried to crack ...

31. Perdita Weeks

Actress | As Above, So Below

Perdita Weeks was born on December 25, 1985 in Cardiff, Wales as Perdita Rose Annunziata Weeks. She is an actress, known for As Above, So Below (2014), Hamlet (1996) and Spice World (1997).

32. Honeysuckle Weeks

Actress | Foyle's War

Honeysuckle Weeks was born on August 1, 1979 in Cardiff, Wales as Honeysuckle Susan Weeks. She is an actress, known for Foyle's War (2002), The Wicker Tree (2011) and The Five (2016). She has been married to Lorne Stormonth-Darling since July 2007. They have one child.

33. Tamzin Merchant

Actress | Pride & Prejudice

Tamzin Merchant was born in the UK, but spent part of her childhood in Dubai. She attended Windlesham School and Brighton College, and had been planning to study at Nottingham University, when she was cast in Pride & Prejudice (2005) a year before finishing her A-levels.

She deferred entry to ...

34. Laura Carmichael

Actress | Downton Abbey

Laura Carmichael was born on July 16, 1986 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. She is an actress, known for Downton Abbey (2010), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Madame Bovary (2014).

For anyone who says she's plain looking... she absolutely sparkled in Downton series three.

35. Felicity Jones

Actress | Rogue One

Felicity Rose Hadley Jones is an English actress. Jones was born in Birmingham, West Midlands, and grew up in Bournville. Her parents met while working at the Wolverhampton Express and Star. Her father was a journalist while her mother was in advertising. They divorced when she was three, and she ...

36. Christina Cole

Actress | What a Girl Wants

Christina Cole was born on May 8, 1982 in London, England. She is an actress, known for What a Girl Wants (2003), Casino Royale (2006) and Jupiter Ascending (2015).

37. Zoe Telford

Actress | Genius

Zoe Telford was born in 1973 in Norwich, England. She is an actress, known for Genius (2017), Greyhawk (2014) and Jo (2013).

38. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. She has English, German, and Irish ancestry.

Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. ...

39. Ruth Wilson

Actress | Locke

Ruth Wilson, born on 13 January 1982, is an English actress. She is known for her performances in Suburban Shootout (2006), Jane Eyre (2006), and as "Alice Morgan" in the BBC-TV psychological crime drama, Luther (2010), since 2010. She has also appeared in Anna Karenina (2012), The Lone Ranger (...

40. Georgia Moffett

Actress | Bonkers

Georgia Moffett was born on December 25, 1984 in London, England as Georgia Elizabeth Moffett. She is an actress and producer, known for Bonkers (2007), Doctor Who: Dreamland (2009) and Doctor Who (2005). She has been married to David Tennant since December 30, 2011. They have four children.

41. Sarah Bolger

Actress | In America

Sarah Lee Bolger (born 28 February 1991) is an Irish actress. She is best known for her roles in the films In America (2002), Stormbreaker, and The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008), as well as her award winning role as Lady Mary Tudor in the TV series The Tudors (2007), and for guest starring as ...