Favourite Actresses Who Have Portrayed Witches

by judas1982 | created - 01 Jul 2014 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

In No Particular Order

1. Susan Sarandon

Actress | Thelma & Louise

Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to Lenora Marie (Criscione), no profession, and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention, there ...

Role : Jane Spofford in The Witches Of Eastwick (1987 Film)

2. Dianne Wiest

Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters

One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of ...

Role : Aunt Jet in Practical Magic (1998 Film)

3. Anjelica Huston

Actress | The Witches

Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her ...

Role : Miss Eva Ernst / Grand High Witch in The Witches (1990 Film)

4. Sarah Jessica Parker

Actress | Sex and the City

Sarah Jessica Parker was born March 25, 1965, in Nelsonville, Ohio, to Barbra Forste (née Keck), a teacher who ran a nursery school, and Stephen Parker, a journalist. Her parents divorced, and her mother later remarried to Paul Forste and had four more children, bringing the total to eight. Sarah ...

Role : Sarah Sanderson in Hocus Pocus (1993 Film)

5. Stockard Channing

Actress | Grease

One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944, in New York City, to a Catholic family, with English and Irish ancestry. The daughter of Lester Napier ...

Role : Aunt Frances in Practical Magic (1998 Film)

6. Elizabeth Montgomery

Actress | Bewitched

Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years' intensive training, she made ...

Role : Samantha Stephens in Bewitched (1964-1972 TV Series)

7. Tilda Swinton

Actress | We Need to Talk About Kevin

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 ...

Role : White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005 Film) and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010 Film).

8. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

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 ...

Role : Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone (2001 Film) , Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets (2002 Film) , Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004 Film) , Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire (2005 Film) , Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix (2007 Film) , Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011 Film).

9. Geraldine McEwan

Actress | Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

Geraldine McEwan was born in Old Windsor, England and made her theatre debut at the age of 14 at the Theatre Royal in Windsor. By the age of 18 she was starring in London's West End in several long-running popular productions. During the 1950s she acted with the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre in ...

Role : Mortianna in Robin Hood : Prince Of Thieves (1991 Film)

10. Kathy Najimy

Actress | Sister Act

Kathy Najimy was born and raised in San Diego, California. She is the daughter of Samia (Massery) and Fred Najimy, a postal worker, both of Lebanese ancestry. Kathy attended Crawford High School, and began her film career in the early 1990s, with several minor roles. Kathy got her breakthrough ...

Role : Mary Sanderson in Hocus Pocus (1993 Film)

11. Shirley MacLaine

Actress | Terms of Endearment

Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on ...

Role : Iris Smythson / Endora in Bewitched (2005 Film)

12. Julie Walters

Actress | Billy Elliot

For decades, British actress and comedienne Dame Julie Walters has served as a sturdy representation of the working class with her passionate, earthy portrayals on England's stage, screen and television. A bona fide talent, her infectious spirit and self-deprecating sense of humor eventually ...

Roles : Mrs. Molly Weasley in Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone (2001 Film) , Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets (2002 Film) , Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004 Film) , Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix (2007 Film) , Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009 Film) , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011 Film). AND The Witch in Brave (2012 Film)

13. Neve Campbell

Actress | Scream 2

Neve Campbell was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, to Marnie (Neve), a Dutch-born psychologist and yoga instructor (from Amsterdam), and Gerry Campbell, a Scottish-born teacher (from Glasgow). Campbell first came to our TV screens in the hit Drama series Party of Five (1994). Described as TV's ...

Role : Bonnie in The Craft (1996 Film)

14. Sandra Bullock

Producer | Miss Congeniality

Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of Irish, English, French, and German descent. ...

Role : Sally Owens in Practical Magic (1998 Film)

15. Emma Watson

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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,...

Role : Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Philospher's Stone (2001 Film) , Harry Potter and the Chamber Of Secrets (2002 Film) , Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004 Film) , Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire (2005 Film) , Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix (2007 Film) , Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009 Film) , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011 Film).

16. Nicole Kidman

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...

Roles : Gillian Owens in Practical Magic (1998 Film) AND Isabel Bigelow / Samantha in Bewitched (2005 Film)

17. Imelda Staunton

Actress | Pride

Imelda Staunton was born on January 9, 1956 in Archway, London, England as Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton. She is an actress, known for Pride (2014), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and Shakespeare in Love (1998). She has been married to Jim Carter since October 1983. ...

Role : Dolores Umbridge in Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix (2007 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010 Film).

18. Fairuza Balk

Actress | The Craft

"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, and her mother, Cathryn Balk, was a belly dancer. Her...

Role : Nancy Downs in The Craft (1996 Film)

19. Eva Green

Actress | Casino Royale

French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of ...

Role : Angelique Bouchard in Dark Shadows (2012 Film)

20. 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 ...

Role : Professor Pomona Sprout in Harry Potter and The Chamber Of Secrets (2002 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011 Film).

21. Michelle Williams

Actress | Blue Valentine

A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was ...

Role : Annie / Glinda in Oz the Great and Powerful (2013 Film)

22. Famke Janssen

Actress | X-Men: The Last Stand

Famke was born in Holland, where she began her professional career as a model. She later moved to the United States, where she has made her home since 1984. Initially settling in New York, she majored in writing and literature at Columbia University and studied acting with Harold Guskin. She then ...

Role : Muriel in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013 Film)

23. Miranda Richardson

Actress | The Crying Game

Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, England on March 3, 1958, to Marian Georgina (Townsend) and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed...

Role : Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and The Goblet Of Fire (2005 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deatly Hallows Part 1 (2010 Film).

24. Robin Tunney

Actress | The Craft

Robin Tunney studied acting at the Chicago Academy for the Arts, spending her summer performing in such plays as "Bus Stop" and "Agnes of God". She moved to Los Angeles at the age of eighteen and shortly landed roles in such television shows as Life Goes On (1989), Class of '96 (1993) (recurring), ...

Role : Sarah Bailey in The Craft (1996 Film)

25. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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 ...

Role : Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix (2007 Film) , Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009 Film) , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011 Film).

26. Rachel Weisz

Actress | The Constant Gardener

Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. ...

Role : Evanora in Oz The Great And Powerful (2013 Film)

27. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

Role : Miss Price in Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971 Film)

28. Frances de la Tour

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 ...

Role : Madame Olympe Maxime in Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire (2005 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010 Film).

29. Alyson Hannigan

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress ...

Role : Willow Rosenberg in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997 - 2003 TV Series) and Angel (TV Series - 2001 , 2003.).

30. Michelle Pfeiffer

Actress | What Lies Beneath

Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it ...

Roles : Sukie Ridgemont in The Witches Of Eastwick (1987 Film) AND Lamia in Stardust (2007 Film)

31. Bette Midler

Soundtrack | The First Wives Club

Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a ...

Role : Winifred Sanderson in Hocus Pocus (1993 Film)

32. Helen McCrory

Actress | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

Award-winning actress Helen Elizabeth McCrory was born in London, England, to Welsh-born Anne (Morgans) and Scottish-born Iain McCrory, a diplomat (from Glasgow). She trained at the Drama Centre London. She began her career on stage in the UK. She won the Manchester Evening News' Best Actress Award...

Role : Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince (2009 Film) , Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 (2010 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011 Film).

33. Rachel True

Actress | The Craft

Rachel True has been working for most of the 1990s. She broke into the business with a pair of guest roles on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show (1984) In 1993, Rachel moved to L.A.; she then appeared in the rap parody CB4 (1993) with Chris Rock. She also landed another pair of guest spots on the HBO ...

Role : Rochelle in The Craft (1996 Film)

34. Amber Benson

Actress | Chance

Amber Benson was born on January 8, 1977 in Birmingham, Alabama. As a young girl, she studied singing, dancing as well as acting. While still in her teens, she was involved in productions at the local community theatre. Her family moved to Los Angeles soon afterwards in 1992 so she could pursue a ...

Role : Tara Maclay in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Series - 1999-2002)

35. Melanie Hill

Actress | Stardust

Melanie attended RADA in London where she won the Vanburgh Award. Her stage plays have included Women Beware Women (Royal Court), Under Milk Wood, Selfish Shellfish, Twelfth Night, Deathtrap, Dirty Linen, Breezeblock Park, Who Killed Hilda Murrell?, Fire in the Lake, and the stage version of Bread ...

Role : Ditchwater Sal in Stardust (2007 Film)

36. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

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...

Role : Sybil Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner Of Azkaban (2004 Film) , Harry Potter and the Order Of The Phoenix (2007 Film) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (2011 Film).

37. Cher

Actress | Moonstruck

The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups ...

Role : Alexandra Medford in The Witches Of Eastwick (1987 Film)

38. Elizabeth Anne Allen

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Elizabeth Anne Allen was born on November 18, 1970. She is an actress, known for Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997), JAG (1995) and The Tower of Babble (2002).

Role : Amy Madison in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Series - 1997-2003)

39. Jessica Lange

Actress | Tootsie

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis...

Role : Fiona Goode in American Horror Story Coven (TV Series - 2013 - 2014)

40. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...

Role : The Witch in Into The Woods (2014 Film)

41. Rose McGowan

Actress | Planet Terror

Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut Dawn (2014) was ...

Roles : Paige Matthews in Charmed (TV Series - 2001-2006) AND Marique in Conan the Barbarian (2011 Film)

42. Sarah Paulson

Actress | 12 Years a Slave

Sarah Paulson was born on December 17, 1974 in Tampa, Florida, to Catharine Gordon (Dolcater) and Douglas Lyle Paulson II. She spent most of her early years in New York and Maine, before settling in Manhattan to attend the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the High School for Performing Arts. ...

Role : Cordelia Foxx in American Horror Story Coven (TV Series - 2013-2014)

43. Robia LaMorte

Actress | Spawn

Born on July 7, 1970, in Queens, New York, Robia LaMorte was taking dance instruction before she was ten years old. From that moment on she became a workaholic, practicing every day for hours, even in the backyard. Her big break could have come with her role as a young Victoria Principal in Mistress...

Role : Jenny Calendar in Buffy The Vampire Slayer (TV Series - 1997-1998)

44. Frances Conroy

Actress | Six Feet Under

Veteran stage actress Frances Conroy was introduced and encouraged by her parents to explore the elements of theater. Born in 1953 in Monroe, Georgia, she attended high school in Long Island and experienced classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse as a teenager. The pale, blue-eyed redhead also ...

Role : Myrtle Snow in American Horror Story Coven (TV Series - 2013-2014)

45. Emma Caulfield Ford

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Born and raised in San Diego, Emma Caulfield began studying drama in at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre where she won the distinguished honor of "Excellence in Theatre Arts." She picked up her drama studies once again at The American School in Switzerland (TASIS) in London, all ...

Role : Blind Witch in Once Upon A Time (TV Series - 2012, 2016)

46. Emma Roberts

Actress | We're the Millers

Emma Roberts is the daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts, and the niece of Oscar-winner Julia Roberts. She was born in Rhinebeck, New York. Emma was a baby when her parents separated, and she grew up living with her mother, Kelly Cunningham. She was educated at Archer School for Girls in ...

Role : Madison Montgomery in American Horror Story Coven (TV Series - 2013-2014)

47. Mila Kunis

Actress | Black Swan

Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, ...

Role : Theodora in Oz The Great And Powerful (2013 Film)

48. Reta Shaw

Actress | Mary Poppins

Reta Shaw is best known to television audiences as Hope Lange's housekeeper in the TV series The Ghost & Mrs. Muir (1968). Disney fans will remember her as one of the singing domestics in the Oscar-winning masterpiece Mary Poppins (1964). While she never achieved stardom as a leading lady, she ...

Role : Aunt Hagatha in Bewitched (TV Series - 1966, 1972)

49. Lily Rabe

Actress | No Reservations

Lily Rabe was born on June 29, 1982 in New York, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for No Reservations (2007), All Good Things (2010) and Miss Stevens (2016).

Role : Misty Day in American Horror Story Coven (TV Series - 2013-2014)

50. Fiona Shaw

Actress | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Fiona Shaw was born July 10, 1958 in County Cork, Ireland. She attended secondary school at Scoil Mhuire in Cork City, and later received a degree in University College Cork. She was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London and was part of a contingent of actors to emerge from ...

Role : Marnie Stonebrook in True Blood (TV Series - 2011)

51. Robyn Lively

Actress | The Karate Kid Part III

Robyn Lively was born on February 7, 1972 in Powder Springs, Georgia, USA as Robyn Elaine Lively. She is an actress, known for The Karate Kid Part III (1989), Teen Witch (1989) and Wildcats (1986). She has been married to Bart Johnson since September 25, 1999. They have three children.

Role : Louise Miller in Teen Witch (1989 Film)