These top 15 actresses are based from their no. of films that I have seen and enjoyed immensely.
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens
and to playwright Beverley Cross
“ There is no doubt that Maggie Smith is my Top 1 actress. She was in the Harry Potter Series, she is in Downton Abbey and I applaud Gosford Park. She has class and she's quite sharp. Just your regular British old soul who continues to liven up spiky characters in phenomenal movies. ” - bum-life
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith
. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ I grew up watching Angelina Jolie films. Hackers, Girl, Interrupted, Lara Croft and then comes Kung Fu Panda, Salt and a lot more major movies. She's a very talented actress and she's the sexiest woman alive. She has it all and I think she is one of the coolest actresses ever and I would love to hangout with her anytime. ” - bum-life
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
“ God, I love this woman. Most of the characters she portrays are weird and eccentric and she's really good at playing each one of them like her characters in most of Tim Burton's films and especially Bellatrix from the Harry Potter Series. She's so convincing I wanted to rip her head off for killing Dobby. She's brilliantly different and that's what makes her an excellent actress. ” - bum-life
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Titanic, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Finding Neverland, The Reader and the Revolutionary Road are the movies that I've seen with her in it and they are all superb. I have to watch more films of hers because I bet her performance is just stellar in each one of them. ” - bum-life
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Trilogy. Hands down. She's so ethereal and dreamy. She really is the perfect actress to portray the perfect elf. I also loved her in the Talented Mr. Ripley, The Aviator, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Hanna. I should watch more films of hers. ” - bum-life
The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late. She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was Australian...
“ She is my Top 6 because she is the sneaky angel Gabriel, the cold White Witch, and the miserable mother of a teenage murderer. She played the parts exceptionally well and I personally think that she is a powerful actress. ” - bum-life
Academy Award-winning Actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard
, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud
, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ Her performance in La vie en rose was extraordinary. I cried a river watching that film. I also loved her in Big Fish, A Very Long Engagement, Nine, Inception, Midnight in Paris and The Dark Knight Rises. She's an incredible actress and I would love to see more of her. ” - bum-life
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ I probably watched most of her movies and the ones that I really like are Léon: The Professional, Star Wars, Garden State, V for Vendetta, Paris, je t'aime, Black Swan and Thor. She started at a young age and she already killed it. ” - bum-life
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson
, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law
, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson
, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born...
“ I love Professor Sybil, Harry Potter Series. She's so meek and sensitive. Emma portrayed her really well and then she portrayed Nanny McPhee, an authoritative character. This tells me that she is an acclaimed actress worthy of her Oscar wins. ” - bum-life
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley
and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald
. An older brother, Caleb Knightley
, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ Atonement and Pride & Prejudice are my favorite of hers. I also loved Never Let me Go and of course, The Pirates of the Caribbean. Her performance in A Dangerous Method was effective given that her character was eccentric. She's a very remarkable actress. ” - bum-life
Evan Rachel Wood
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III
, is a theatre actor, writer and director, and her mother, Sara Wood
, is an actress and acting coach. She has two older brothers--Dana Wood
, a musician, and Ira David Wood IV
, who has also acted...
“ She's my Top 11 because she was in True Blood, one of my favorite TV series. She didn't have to die. She was great in it. And I've watched her grow as an actress. From Practical Magic, S1m0ne, Thirteen, Running With Scissors, Across the Universe to The Wrestler and The Ides of March. She's a very promising actress and sooner or later, she might get an Academy Award. ” - bum-life
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst
, born in 1987...
“ She is my Top 12 because Kirsten Dunst was born to be Mary Jane and I also watched her grow as an actress from Interview with the Vampire, Little Women, Jumanji, The Virgin Suicides, Bring It On, Spider-Man, Marie Antoinette, Melancholia, Bachelorette and many more to come. ” - bum-life
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
“ Rachel McAdams is just stunning and a fantastic actress too. She was great in Mean Girls, The Notebook, Sherlock Holmes, Midnight in Paris and she was really beautiful in The Time Traveler's Wife. ” - bum-life
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony
“ Ellen Page was really badass in Hard Candy. I mean, who is she? It's a mystery. I really love her in Juno. Deadpan comedy is the best. She also did a good job in Whip It and even a greater job in Inception. She was unbelievable in that movie. Great acting skills unleashed. ” - bum-life
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, as well as some German, Irish, and Scottish, ancestry. Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of 14...
“ I had a really tough time who my Top 15 would be. I had the most difficult time between J-Law and Emma Stone. I love them both but Hunger Games and X-Men made my decision for me. Jennifer Lawrence is an outstanding actress. I've watched most of her films and most of them were very realistic especially Winter's Bone and Like Crazy. Can't wait to watch Silver Linings Playbook.
The Top 15 nominees are: Jennifer Connelly, Amy Adams, Julie Andrews, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Olsen, Rachel Weisz, Audrey Tautou, Saoirse Ronan, Elle Fanning, Mila Kunis, Emma Watson, Halle Berry, Milla Jovovich, Melanie Laurent and Chloe Grace Moretz ” - bum-life