Actresses (British Isles)

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Aisling Bea
Aisling Bea is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer from Ireland. She won the 2014 British Comedy Award for Best Female TV Comedian. She trained at LAMDA (The London Academy for Music and Dramatic Art). In 2012 she won the Gilded Balloon So You Think You're Funny? stand-up competition, the first woman to win it in twenty years. She lives in London.
 
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Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace
Actress, Anuvahood
Some people only know Aisleyne Horgan-Wallace in the context of Big Brother and her achievements since then. However, her real-life story surpasses any reality-show plot line. Aisleyne was born into a crazy North London punk household, where Boy George was a regular visitor. Hospitalized after a serious assault in her early teens...
 
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Adele
Soundtrack, Skyfall
 
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Adele Silva
Actress, Emmerdale
Adele Silva has been one of the most popular faces on British screens for two decades. A graduate of the world famous Sylvia Young theatre school, Adele is best known for her long running role as Kelly Windsor in top-rated British television drama Emmerdale, in which the Daily Express described her...
 
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Alexandra Roach
Actress, The Iron Lady
Alexandra Roach was born in Ammanford, Carmarthenshire in Wales and was already a veteran of the Welsh television soap 'Pobol Y Cwm' by her early teens. In 2003 whilst studying for her GCSE exams at the local comprehensive school she learned that she had beaten out players in national soaps to win the award for the best juvenile actor in a soap at the Children in Entertainment Awards...
 
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Alice Eve
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 the American market. However, they returned to the United Kingdom when she was age 13...
 
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Alison King
An actress, known for Coronation Street, Shanghai Knights and Double Team, Alison King was born on March 3, 1973 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. at Leicester Royal Infirmary to Alex and June King, who were both nurses at the hospital. She was their fifth child and third daughter. She went to Markfield Mercenfeld Primary School and South Charnwood High School...
 
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Amy Willerton
Amy Willerton is a British Model and TV Presenter. Born in Bristol, Amy quickly became a star in her hometown. She was scouted as a model at age 15 and became a recognized face on the catwalks for brands such as Karen Millen and Guess. By 17 she was crowned Miss Bristol, and before 18 she had a won every title in South West England...
 
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Amy Winehouse
Soundtrack, About Time
Amy Winehouse was a five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for such hits as 'Rehab' and 'You Know I'm No Good' among her other works. She was born Amy Jade Winehouse, on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, England to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry on her mother's side...
 
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Andi Osho
Actress, Lights Out
Andi was born in Stratford, East London and attended Sarah Bonnell Comprehensive School. She studied drama at Barking College of Technology where peers included Razaaq Adoti (Amistad, Black Hawk Down), Sarah Webb, lead singer of acid jazz group D Influence and Idris Elba (Pacific Rim, The Wire)...
 
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Andrea Corr
Andrea Jane Corr is a member of the Irish pop/rock/Celtic musical group The Corrs. In her younger years, Andrea was the best student among all her siblings. She began her life with the band as soon as she graduated from secondary school. The Corrs' parents were musicians who strongly encouraged each of their children to pursue music...
 
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Anna Friel
Actress, Limitless
Anna Friel is an English actress, born in Rochdale. She has been acting since the age of 13, appearing in a number of British television programmes. She made her West End stage debut in London in 2001, and has subsequently appeared on stage in several productions, including an adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's and as Yelena in a 2012 production of Chekhov's Uncle Van-ya...
 
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Ashley Jensen
Ashley Jensen (born on 11 August 1969) is a Scottish actress and narrator. She was nominated for an Emmy for her role on the television series Extras, on which she appeared from 2005-2007. She was also a cast member on the ABC show Ugly Betty and the brief-lived CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose.
 
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Belinda Stewart-Wilson
Belinda Stewart-Wilson is an English actress, born in London, England, U.K. She is best known for her role in the popular TV sitcom The Inbetweeners as Polly McKenzie. Her father is a British Army officer Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson.During childhood she grew up on various military postings in the UK, Germany...
 
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Beth Cordingly
Actress, The Bill
Beth Cordingly is an English actress originally born Rebecca Cordingly. She attended Brighton and Hove High School and later attended Birmingham University leaving with a double first in English and Drama. Besides her acting career, Beth Cordingly has worked with charities such as the NSPCC and was awarded at the House of Commons because of her work...
 
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Amy Jackson
Actress, i
 
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Anna Popplewell
Anna Popplewell was born on December 16, 1988 in London, England as Anna Katherine Popplewell. She is an actress, known for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian and Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn. She is also known for her role as "Lola" on the popular CW show, Reign.
 
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Archie Panjabi
Actress, The Good Wife
Archie made her film debut in the British hit East Is East. Since then, she has continued to work on international blockbuster films, from Bend It Like Beckham and The Constant Gardener to critically acclaimed films like A Mighty Heart (starring opposite Angelina Jolie Pitt) and Yasmin (written by Simon Beaufoy)...
 
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Abi Phillips
Soundtrack, Backtrack
 
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Afshan Azad
Afshan Azad, who is of Bangladeshi descendant, was born on February 12, 1988 in Manchester, England. She is an actress who is mostly known for her play in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) and Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).
 
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Amanda Tapping
Actress, Stargate SG-1
Born In England, raised in Canada. BFA Acting University of Windsor. Amanda spent 12 seasons on Stargate SG-1 and its spin-offs, Stargate: Atlantis and SGU Stargate Universe, as "Samantha Carter". She then took on the lead role of "Dr. Helen Magnus" on the television series Sanctuary, a project she had been nurturing from its inception on the internet...
 
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Alex Polizzi
Alessandra Maria-Luigia O Polizzi Di Sorrentino (born 28 August 1971) is a British hotelier, and the presenter of the British TV series The Hotel Inspector[3] on Channel 5, taking over from Ruth Watson. Polizzi comes from a long line of hoteliers, her grandfather being Lord Forte. Her mother, the hotel designer Hon...
 
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Anjali Jay
Anjali Jay is an English actress of Indian descent, mostly known for her roles in Robin Hood and Blind Dating, starring opposite Chris Pine. She currently lives in Vancouver, BC. Anjali come from a strong theatre and dance background. She played Juliet in a national UK tour of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet...
 
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Anne-Marie Duff
Actress, Suffragette
Anne-Marie Duff is an English actress, born on 8 October 1970 in Southall, London. Her parents, Brendan and Mary (née Doherty), are from Donegal, Ireland. She first came to the attention of the British public for her role as Margaret in The Magdalene Sisters and as Fiona Gallagher in the successful TV series Shameless...
 
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Alex Kingston
Actress, ER
 
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Barbara Windsor
Actress, EastEnders
Barbara Windsor got a glimpse of theatrical life at an early age when her grandmother took her backstage at a theatre and she decided that was what she wanted to do. She attended several professional schools before making her stage debut at age 12. At 15 she got a job in the chorus line of a London musical and stayed with the show for the next two years...
 
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Anna Maxwell Martin
Actress, Philomena
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 the age of 20 she auditioned for the prestigious Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art...
 
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Amelia Warner
Actress, Quills
Amelia Warner was born Amelia Catherine Bennett in Liverpool, England, the only child of English actress Annette Ekblom and Welsh actor Alun Lewis. Her uncle is Welsh actor Hywel Bennett. Relocating to London when she was 4 years old, she studied at the Royal Masonic School for Girls, and then (at 16) the College of Fine Arts...
 
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Amanda Drew
Actress, EastEnders
Amanda trained at R.A.D.A. She has appeared in many plays at the Royal Court, the RNT, the RSC and in the West End. Her television work includes Silent Witness, Switch, New Tricks and Broadchurch. She was nominated for Outstanding Newcomer in 2003 at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards for her performance in "Eastward Ho!" for the RSC at the Gielgud Theatre.
 
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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 full-time acting career...
 
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Billie Piper
Actress, Doctor Who
Billie Piper studied at the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. She caught the eyes of record producers who were interested in signing a young vocalist when she was the poster girl for the ad campaign of a British pop music magazine, "Smash Hits". She released her first single, "Because We Want To"...