My Favourite Actresses

by Fran1211 | created - 30 Oct 2012 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

List is in alphabetical order. My Top Twelve (Not in Order): Amy Adams, Kate Winslet, Emma Stone, Jennifer Connelly, Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Emily Blunt, Elizabeth Olsen, Charlize Theron and Shailene Woodley.

My favourite performances by each actress are in their description in chronological order from top to bottom.

Note: My favourite performance by each actress is bolded.

1. Amy Adams

Actress | Arrival

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Junebug 2. Enchanted 3. Sunshine Cleaning 4. The Fighter 5. The Master 6. American Hustle 7. Nocturnal Animals 8. Arrival

2. Lake Bell

Actress | In a World...

Lake Bell was born on March 24, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA as Lake Caroline Siegel Bell. She is an actress and director, known for In a World... (2013), No Strings Attached (2011) and It's Complicated (2009). She has been married to Scott Campbell since June 1, 2013. They have two ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. In a World 2. Man Up

3. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

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 ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Aviator 2. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button 3. Blue Jasmine 4. Truth 5. Carol

4. 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 ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. My Summer Of Love 2. The Devil Wears Prada 3. Sunshine Cleaning 4. Your Sister's Sister 5. The Five Year Engagement 6. Edge Of Tomorrow 7. Sicario

5. Jessica Chastain

Actress | Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Take Shelter 2. The Help 3. The Tree Of Life 4. Zero Dark Thirty

6. Jennifer Connelly

Actress | A Beautiful Mind

Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Requiem For A Dream 2. A Beautiful Mind 3. House Of Sand And Fog 4. Blood Diamond 5. Stuck In Love

7. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La môme

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.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Rust and Bone 2. Two Days, One Night 3. Macbeth 4. It's Only the End of the World

8. Vera Farmiga

Actress | The Departed

Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air (2009) and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Bates Motel (2013).

She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Departed 2. Up In The Air 3. Bates Motel (TV Show) 4. The Conjuring 1 & 2

9. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of half Russian Jewish and half Hungarian Jewish descent.

Eating in a local ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer 2. Scream 2 3. Cruel Intentions 4. Veronika Decides To Die

10. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Nights and Weekends 2. Greenberg 3. Damsels In Distress 4. Frances Ha 5. Mistress in America 6. Maggie's Plan 7. 20th Century Women

11. 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 ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Dreamers 2. Casino Royale 3. 300: Rise Of An Empire 4. Womb

12. Rebecca Hall

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Rebecca Hall was born in London, UK, the daughter of Peter Hall, a stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Maria Ewing, an opera singer. Her father is English. Her mother, who is American, is of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin. Her parents separated when...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Starter For 10 2. Vicky Cristina Barcelona 3. The Gift 4. Christine

13. Anne Hathaway

Actress | Les Misérables

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Devil Wears Prada 2. Rachel Getting Married 3. Love And Other Drugs 4. Les Miserables

14. Scarlett Johansson

Actress | Her

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Lost In Translation 2. A Love Song For Bobby Long 3. Match Point 4. Vicky Cristina Barcelona 5. Don Jon 6. Under The Skin

15. 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 ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Like Crazy 2. The Theory Of Everything 3. Rogue One 4. A Monster Calls

16. Zoe Kazan

Actress | Ruby Sparks

Zoe Swicord Kazan was born in Los Angeles, California, to screenwriters Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord. She is the granddaughter of director Elia Kazan. She is of Greek (from her paternal grandfather), English, and German descent.

Kazan received her BA in Theater from Yale University. In the fall ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Exploding Girl 2. Ruby Sparks 3. The F Word 4. In Your Eyes 5. The Monster 6. The Big Sick

17. Brie Larson

Actress | Room

Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Spectacular Now 2. Short Term 12 3. Trainwreck 4. Room 5. Free Fire

18. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

Was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is also thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Winter's Bone 2. The Hunger Games Series 3. Silver Linings Playbook 4. American Hustle 5. X-Men: Days Of Future Past 6. Mother!

19. Laura Linney

Actress | The Big C

Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Truman Show 2. The Squid And The Whale 3. The Savages

20. Rooney Mara

Actress | The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (2005), went on to have a supporting role in the independent coming-of-age drama Tanner Hall (2009), and has since starred in the horror ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo 2. Side Effects 3. Carol 4. The Discovery

21. Tatiana Maslany

Actress | Orphan Black

Tatiana Gabrielle Maslany was born September 22, 1985 in Regina, Saskatchewan, to Renate, a translator, and Dan, a woodworker. She graduated from Dr. Martin LeBoldus High school in 2003. She was a well respected student, and participated as often as possible in school productions. She is well known...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Picture Day 2. Orphan Black 3. Two Lovers and a Bear 4. The Other Half 5. Stronger

22. Rachel McAdams

Actress | The Notebook

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 ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Notebook 2. Mean Girls 3. Red Eye 4. About Time 5. Southpaw 6. Spotlight

23. Maika Monroe

Actress | Independence Day: Resurgence

Santa Barbara-born Maika Monroe's initial desire was to pursue a career in professional freestyle kiteboarding (kite surfer). Following in her father's footsteps, she started the sport at the age of 13. She moved to the Dominican Republic's north coast of Cabarete in her senior year of high school ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Guest 2. It Follows

24. Julianne Moore

Actress | The Hours

Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Boogie Nights 2. The Big Lebowski 3. Magnolia 4. The Kids Are All Right 5. What Maisie Knew 6. Maps To The Stars 7. Still Alice

25. Elizabeth Olsen

Actress | Martha Marcy May Marlene

Elizabeth Chase "Lizzie" Olsen (born February 16, 1989) is an American actress. She is known for her roles in the films, Silent House (2011), Liberal Arts (2012), Godzilla (2014), Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). For her role in the critically-acclaimed Martha ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Liberal Arts 2. Martha Marcy May Marlene 3. Silent House 4. Oldboy 5. Wind River

26. Teresa Palmer

Actress | I Am Number Four

Actress and model Teresa Palmer has gathered some impressive film credits. She was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Kevin Palmer, an investor, and Paula Sanders, a former missionary and nurse. She completed high school at Mercedes College in 2003, where she was a popular student who was ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. 2:37 2. Restraint 3. Warm Bodies 4. Hacksaw Ridge 5. Berlin Syndrome

27. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Leon: The Professional 2. Garden State 3. V For Vendetta 4. Black Swan

28. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia. Her mother, Sarie Kessler, is a physiotherapist, and her father, is Doug Robbie. She comes from a family of four children, having two brothers and one sister. She graduated from Somerset College in Mudgeeraba, Queensland,...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Wolf of Wall Street 2. Suicide Squad

29. Saoirse Ronan

Actress | Hanna

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved back to Dublin, Ireland. Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Lovely Bones 2. Hanna 3. Brooklyn 4. Lady Bird

30. Sarah Snook

Actress | Predestination

Sarah Snook was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. Showing promise in performing arts at a young age, Sarah was awarded a scholarship to study drama at Scotch College, Adelaide. After high school, she was accepted in to the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Predestination

31. Hailee Steinfeld

Actress | True Grit

Hailee Steinfeld was born on December 11, 1996 in Tarzana, California, to Cheri (Domasin), an interior designer, and Peter Steinfeld, a personal fitness trainer. She has a brother, Griffin. Her uncle is Jake Steinfeld, a fitness trainer, and her great-uncle is actor Larry Domasin. Her father is of ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. True Grit 2. Edge Of Seventeen

32. Kristen Stewart

Actress | Snow White and the Huntsman

Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight (2008) Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Panic Room 2. Speak 3. The Runaways 4. Clouds Of Sils Maria 5. Still Alice 6. Personal Shopper

33. Emma Stone

Actress | La La Land

Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Paper Man 2. Zombieland 3. Easy A 4. Crazy, Stupid, Love 5. The Help 6. The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2 7. Birdman 8. La La Land

34. Hilary Swank

Actress | Boys Don't Cry

Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Boys Don't Cry 2. Million Dollar Baby 3. Conviction

35. Anya Taylor-Joy

Actress | The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

Anya Josephine Marie Taylor-Joy was born in Miami, Florida, the youngest of six children. Her mother is African-Spanish-English and her father is Scottish-Argentinian. She lived her whole life between Argentina and England. Her dad was an international banker but gave it all up to race motorboats. ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Witch 2. Split 3. Thoroughbreds

36. Charlize Theron

Actress | Monster

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Devil's Advocate 2. Monster 3. Arrested Development (TV Show) 4. Young Adult 5. Mad Max Fury Road

37. Marisa Tomei

Actress | My Cousin Vinny

Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. My Cousin Vinny 2. Happy Accidents 3. The Wrestler 4. Cyrus

38. Naomi Watts

Actress | Mulholland Dr.

Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Mulholland Drive 2. King Kong 3. Eastern Promises 4. Funny Games US 5. The Impossible 6. Birdman

39. Kristen Wiig

Actress | Bridesmaids

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Bridesmaids 2. Girl Most Likely 3. The Skeleton Twins 4. Welcome To Me 5. The Diary Of A Teenage Girl

40. Kate Winslet

Actress | Titanic

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...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Heavenly Creatures 2. Titanic 3. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind 4. Little Children 5. Revolutionary Road 6. Steve Jobs

41. Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Actress | 10 Cloverfield Lane

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a gifted actress, known for her versatile work in a variety of film and television projects. Possibly most known for her role as Ramona Flowers in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010), she has also starred in critically acclaimed independent films such as Smashed (2012), ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World 2. Smashed 3. Faults 4. 10 Cloverfield Lane

42. Evan Rachel Wood

Actress | Thirteen

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. ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. Thirteen 2. Pretty Persuasion 3. Across The Universe 4. The Wrestler

43. Shailene Woodley

Actress | Divergent

Actress Shailene Woodley was born in Simi Valley, California, to Lori (Victor), a middle school counselor, and Lonnie Woodley, a school principal. She has one brother, Tanner. She was educated at Simi Valley High School in California. When Woodley was four years old she began commercial modeling. ...

My Favourite Performances: 1. The Descendants 2. The Spectacular Now 3. Divergent 4. The Fault In Our Stars