Lesbian actresses

by NoCheapThrills | created - 30 Aug 2012 | updated - 13 Apr 2015 | Public

This is a list over lesbian actresses who are openly gay. If you think someone should be on this list, let me know :)

I repeat, lesbian actresses who are openly gay, NOT bisexual or in the closet ;) There are enough lists for all those bisexual women who are all over the place...

1. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster started her career at the age of two. For four years she made commercials and finally gave her debut as an actress in the TV series Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). In 1975 Jodie was offered the role of prostitute Iris Steensma in the movie Taxi Driver (1976). This role, for which she received ...

2. Amanda Bearse

Actress | Fright Night

Amanda Bearse was born on August 9, 1958 in Winter Park, Florida, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Fright Night (1985), Married... with Children (1987) and Nikki (2000). She has been married to Carrie Schenken since 2010. They have two children.

3. Lily Tomlin

Actress | Nashville

Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and ...

4. Jane Lynch

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

Jane Lynch was born on July 14, 1960 in Dolton, Illinois, USA as Jane Marie Lynch. She is an actress and producer, known for Wreck-It Ralph (2012), Glee (2009) and A Mighty Wind (2003). She was previously married to Lara Embry.

5. Portia de Rossi

Actress | Arrested Development

Portia de Rossi was born and raised in Geelong, Australia. Originally born Amanda Rogers, at 15 she changed her name to Portia, saying that it was the most daring thing she had ever done up until that point. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Melbourne, and studied ...

6. Ellen DeGeneres

Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...

7. Rosie O'Donnell

Actress | A League of Their Own

Rosie O'Donnell was born into an Irish-American family in Commack, Long Island. She is the middle of 5 children, and is the daughter of Roseann Teresa (Murtha) and Edward Joseph O'Donnell, an electrical engineer for the defense industry. Her mother died when she was ten. She said that she watched ...

8. Kirsten Vangsness

Actress | Criminal Minds

While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds (2005)(and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior (2011)), she has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include ...

9. Guinevere Turner

Actress | American Psycho

Guinevere Turner was born on May 23, 1968 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Guinevere Jane Turner. She is an actress and writer, known for American Psycho (2000), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005) and Go Fish (1994).

10. Meredith Baxter

Actress | All the President's Men

Meredith Baxter is an American actress from California, better known for television roles. Her most famous roles include Catholic teacher Bridget Fitzgerald in the sitcom "Bridget Loves Bernie" (1972-1973), divorced mother Nancy Lawrence in the family-themed drama "Family" (1976-1980), and ...

11. Cherry Jones

Actress | The Village

Cherry Jones was born on November 21, 1956 in Paris, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress, known for The Village (2004), Signs (2002) and The Perfect Storm (2000). She has been married to Sophie Huber since 2015.

12. Heather Matarazzo

Actress | Welcome to the Dollhouse

Heather Matarazzo was born November 10, 1982, in Oyster Bay, New York. She was adopted by Camille and Ray Matarazzo, an Italian-American couple (she is of Irish descent birth). Heather attended Oyster Bay High School, as well as the Long Island High School for the Arts. In 1997, she made her film ...

13. Leisha Hailey

Actress | The L Word

Born on July 11, 1971 in Okinawa, Japan, she is an American actress and musician, best known for the role of Alice Pieszecki in The L Word (2004) and for being one half of the electropop duo Uh Huh Her. She was born to American parents in the United States Civil Administration of the Ryukyu Islands...

14. Jill Bennett

Actress | And Then Came Lola

Growing up in rural Indiana, Jill didn't start acting until the age of 16. By 18, she had won a state speech title and attended Bradley University on a theatre scholarship. Jill first gained notoriety when she starred in the action flick In Her Line of Fire (2006), alongside Mariel Hemingway. Since...

15. Jessica Clark

Actress | Pocket Listing

Jessica Clark was born in 1985 in London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Pocket Listing (2015), True Blood (2008) and Chemistry (2011). She was previously married to Lacey Stone.

16. Ashleigh Sumner

Actress | And Then Came Lola

Ashleigh Sumner was born on December 22, 1979 in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA as Ashleigh Lauren Sumner. She is known for her work on And Then Came Lola (2009), The Event (2010) and Mother (2006).

17. Cathy DeBuono

Actress | And Then Came Lola

Cathy DeBuono was born on March 20, 1970 in Yonkers, New York, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for And Then Came Lola (2009), Along Came Wanda (2021) and How 'Bout a Cuppa Tea (2020).

18. Daniela Sea

Actor | Shortbus

Daniela Sea is an actor, musician and artist. They work in film, theater and TV series. Daniela played the first recurring transmasculine role in mainstream television, appearing from 2006 - 2009 as Max in Showtime's "The L Word". They acted in John Cameron Mitchell's feature film "Shortbus". They ...

19. Jenny Shimizu

Actress | Foxfire

Born in San Jose, California in June 1967, Jenny grew up in Santa Maria, California and attended California State University, Northridge on a basketball scholarship. She later moved to Los Angeles to open a car garage. Soon after, Jenny was approached by a casting director while saddling her ...

20. Lea DeLaria

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Lea DeLaria was born on May 23, 1958 in Belleville, Illinois, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), Cars 3 (2017) and The Oblongs (2001).

21. Sara Gilbert

Producer | Roseanne

Sara Gilbert was born on January 29, 1975, as Sara Rebecca Abeles at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California, to Barbara Cowan and Harold Abeles. Barbara was previously married to the late Paul Gilbert. At the age of six, when Sara saw her sister Melissa Gilbert get a star...

22. Tammy Lynn Michaels

Actress | Popular

Tammy Lynn Michaels was raised in Lafayette, Indiana, graduating from Lafayette Jefferson High School. She grew up with a keen interest and physical gift in the athletic arena. Later Tammy's interests grew from the sports arena, to include the theatrical arena as well, even performing leads in ...

23. Sandra Bernhard

Actress | The King of Comedy

Love her or hate her, this one-of-a-kind, in-your-face comic diva is a take-no-prisoners artiste. Racy, offensive, cynical, confrontational and angst-driven, this flinty stand-up from Flint, Michigan would become best known for her pungent one-woman shows on both the stage and in TV comedy specials.

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24. 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 received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role...

25. Kristy McNichol

Actress | The Pirate Movie

Actor Kristy McNichol is best known for her role as "Buddy" in the Spelling/Goldberg hit TV series Family (1976), where she won 2 Emmy awards and was nominated for a Golden Globe. McNichol began her career with guest appearances on such popular TV series as Starsky and Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love...

26. Kelly McGillis

Actress | Witness

Kelly Ann McGillis was born in Newport Beach, California, to Virginia Joan (Snell), a homemaker, and Donald Manson McGillis, a general practitioner of medicine. She has English, Welsh, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. McGillis dropped out of high school to pursue a career as an actress, and ...

27. Jasika Nicole

Actress | Fringe

Jasika Nicole grew up in Birmingham, AL and studied musical theatre, dance and studio art at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC before moving to NYC to work in theatre. There she performed in Off and Off-Off Broadway musicals and plays before starting her career in TV and film. Identifying as a queer...

28. Jillian Armenante

Actress | The Sex Lives of College Girls

Jillian Armenante was born on July 5, 1968 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Sex Lives of College Girls (2021), Vice (2018) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012). She has been married to Alice Dodd since June 24, 2000. They have two children.

29. Magda Szubanski

Actress | Kath & Kim

Attended college in Melbourne, Australia. With friends from college, launched an early-80s comedy show on Australian TV called The D Generation (1986). In late 80s/early 90s, appeared in comedy show on Australian TV called Fast Forward (1989).

30. Leanna Creel

Actress | Freeway

Leanna Creel began her television career acting in series such as Parent Trap III (1989) and Perry Mason: The Case of the Fatal Fashion (1991), her most popular role being that of "Tori Scott" in Saved by the Bell (1989). She graduated from UCLA in 1993 with a BA (Honors) in History and, in 1996, ...

31. Linda Hunt

Actress | The Year of Living Dangerously

Linda Hunt is a veteran character actress who only just began acting in motion pictures when director Peter Weir required her peculiarities to animate one of cinema's most esoteric characters, Billy Kwan, the intellectual and virtuous Chinese-Australian dwarf and photographer, in the Australian ...

32. Michelle C. Bonilla

Actress | NCIS: New Orleans

Michelle is a proud Chicana born and raised in Hollywood, California. While no one in her family was "in the business", it certainly helped that she grew up next door to an original munchkin from The Wizard of Oz (1939). It was here where she learned about the magic of filmmaking, television, and ...

33. Bridget McManus

Actress | Wanted

Bridget McManus is known for her work on Wanted (2008), Maybelle (2015) and 9 (2009).

34. Thunderbird Dinwiddie

Actress | The Aerialist

Thunderbird Dinwiddie was born on December 22, 1973 in Anchorage, Alaska, USA. She is known for her work on The Aerialist (2020), Supernatural (2005) and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (1999).

35. Geri Jewell

Actress | Deadwood

Geri Jewell was born on September 13, 1956 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Geraldine Ann Jewell. She is an actress and writer, known for Deadwood (2004), 21 Jump Street (1987) and The Facts of Life (1979). She was previously married to Richard Pimentel.

36. Michelle Wolff

Actress | Evolution

Michelle Wolff was born on May 16, 1969 in Sacramento, California, USA as Michelle Rosemary Binsch. She is an actress, known for Evolution (2001), Dante's Cove (2004) and Chicago Hope (1994).

37. Ann-Marie MacDonald

Actress | Where the Spirit Lives

Ann-Marie MacDonald was born on October 29, 1958 in Baden-Baden, West Germany. She is an actress and writer, known for Where the Spirit Lives (1989), Better Than Chocolate (1999) and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987). She has been married to Alisa Palmer since 2003.

38. Heather Peace

Actress | London's Burning

Heather Peace was born on June 16, 1975 in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England as Heather Mary Peace. She is an actress, known for London's Burning (1988), Lip Service (2010) and Never Let Go (2015). She has been married to Eleanor Dickinson since December 13, 2014. They have three children.

39. Joanna Johnson

Producer | Hope & Faith

Joanna Johnson was born on December 31, 1961 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Joanna is an actress and producer, known for Hope & Faith (2003). Joanna has been married to Michelle Agnew since 2008. They have two children.

40. Megan Cavanagh

Actress | Robin Hood: Men in Tights

Megan Cavanagh is a Chicago native, most recognized as Marla Hooch, from the Penny Marshall movie A League of Their Own. Other film credits include: Mel Brooks' Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It. She starred with Tim Allen and Kirstie Ally in For Richer or Poorer (Levinia ...

41. Michelle Ehlen

Editor | S&M Sally

Michelle Ehlen is an independent filmmaker and actor, best known for creating the first lesbian comedy trilogy - Butch Jamie, Heterosexual Jill, and S&M Sally. Identifying with both the queer and DIY filmmaking movements, much of her work satirizes gender, sexuality, stereotypes, and identity. Her ...

42. Maile Flanagan

Actress | Lab Rats

Maile Flanagan won an Emmy for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program for Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (2003) in 2006.

She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She lived in Bangkok, Nurnberg and Munich, and then attended Boston College. After Boston College, she was in the improv comedy ...

43. Ulrike Folkerts

Actress | Tatort

Ulrike Folkerts was born on May 14, 1961 in Kassel, Hesse, Germany. She is an actress, known for Tatort (1970), Rose (2016) and Drehkreuz Airport (2001).

44. 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. ...

45. Sue Perkins

Actress | Last Christmas

Sue Perkins was born on September 22, 1969 in East Dulwich, London, England as Susan Elizabeth Perkins. She is an actress and writer, known for Last Christmas (2019), The Great British Baking Show (2010) and Dinotopia (2002).

46. Aiza Seguerra

Actress | Okay ka, fairy ko!

Aiza Seguerra is an actress, known for Okay ka, fairy ko! (1991), Okay ka, fairy ko! Part 2 (1992) and Where I Am King (2014).

47. Alexandra Hedison

Actress | Prey

Alexandra Hedison was born on July 10, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Alexandra Mary Hedison. She is an actress and director, known for Prey (1998), The L Word (2004) and The Hard Truth (1994). She has been married to Jodie Foster since April 20, 2014.

48. Wanda Sykes

Actress | Monster-in-Law

Wanda Sykes has been called one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career in many different areas.

She was recently seen in Comedy Central's Wanda Does It (2004), where she tried ...

49. Sophie Ward

Actress | Young Sherlock Holmes

Sophie Ward was born on December 30, 1964 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Young Sherlock Holmes (1985), Book of Blood (2009) and Jane Eyre (2011). She has been married to Rena Brannan since 2000. She was previously married to Paul Hobson.

50. Elliot Page

Actor | Juno

Elliot Page was born 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. They began their career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony (1999), for...

51. Raven-Symoné

Actress | That's So Raven

Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman was born on December 10, 1985 in Atlanta, Georgia to Lydia Louise Gaulden Pearman and Christopher Blaize Pearman; the family moved to Ossining, New York when Raven-Symone was very young. While they lived there, Raven signed with the Ford Modeling Agency, who sent her ...



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