European Film Awards: Best Actress

by KSTLeo | created - 27 Nov 2012 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

1. Joanna Kulig

Actress | Zimna wojna

Graduate of the Ludwik Solski State Drama School in Krakow, specialization in popular music vocals; actress of the Teatr Stary in Krakow.

PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION The Fryderyk Chopin State Primary Music School in Krynica-Zdroj - piano class, the Mieczyslaw Karlowicz State Secondary Music School in ...

2018: Cold war

2. Alexandra Borbély

Actress | Teströl és lélekröl

Alexandra Borbély was born on September 4, 1986 in Nitra, Czechoslovakia. She is an actress, known for On Body and Soul (2017), Spirál and The Glass Room.

2017: On body and soul

3. Sandra Hüller

Actress | Toni Erdmann

Sandra Hüller was born in Suhl. She studied acting at the Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin. For her performance of Anneliese Michel in Hans-Christian Schmid's drama Requiem she won The Silver Bear for Best Actress. She is internationally known for her starring role in Maren Ade's Toni...

2016: Toni Erdmann

4. Charlotte Rampling

Actress | 45 Years

Tessa Charlotte Rampling was born 5 February 1946 in Sturmer, England, to Isabel Anne (Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Lionel Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist, army officer, and colonel, who became a NATO commander. She was educated at Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles, ...

X2 2015: 45 years 2003: Swimming pool

5. 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 ...

2014: Deux jours, une nuit

6. Veerle Baetens

Actress | The Broken Circle Breakdown

Veerle Baetens studied Musical Theatre at the "Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts" in Brussels. After this she had roles in theatre and then started her TV career for VTM.

In 2005 she won the "John Kraaijkamp Musical Award" for her role in the theatre version of Pippi Longstocking. And in 2008 she ...

2013: The broken circle breakdown (Alabama Monroe)

7. Emmanuelle Riva

Actress | Amour

An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred "Alfredo" Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress ...

2012: Amour

8. 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 ...

2011: We need to talk about Kevin

9. Sylvie Testud

Actress | La môme

Sylvie Testud was born on January 17, 1971 in Lyon, Rhône, France. She is an actress and writer, known for La Vie en Rose (2007), Murderous Maids (2000) and Stupeur et tremblements (2003).

2010: Lourdes

10. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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...

2009: The Reader

11. Kristin Scott Thomas

Actress | The English Patient

The acclaimed Cornish actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather, Lt. Cdr Simon Idiens, was also a pilot, ...

2008: I've loved you so long

12. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

2007: The Queen

13. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

2006: Volver (To return)

14. Julia Jentsch

Actress | Sophie Scholl - Die letzten Tage

Julia Jentsch was born on February 20, 1978 in Berlin, Germany. She is an actress, known for Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (2005), The Edukators (2004) and 24 Wochen (2016). She has been married to Christian Hablützel since 2012. They have one child.

2005: Sophie Scholl - The last days

15. Imelda Staunton

Actress | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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

2004: Vera Drake

16. Fanny Ardant

Actress | 8 femmes

Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her.

When she was 17 her father died and the ...

2002: 8 femmes

17. Emmanuelle Béart

Actress | 8 femmes

Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris. ...

2002: 8 femmes

18. Danielle Darrieux

Actress | 8 femmes

Danielle Darrieux was born in 1917 in Bordeaux, France, to Marie-Louise (Witkowski) and Germain Jean Darrieux, a physician. She was raised in Paris. She was only fourteen when she auditioned for a secondary role in Le bal (1931): she got the part, and the producer offered her a five-year contract. ...

2002: 8 femmes

19. Catherine Deneuve

Actress | 8 femmes

Catherine Fabienne Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Le vice et la vertu (1963). But her ...

2002: 8 femmes

20. Isabelle Huppert

Actress | Elle

Isabelle Huppert was born March 16, 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother Annick Huppert (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then...

X2 2002: 8 femmes 2001: The piano teacher

21. Virginie Ledoyen

Actress | 8 femmes

Virginie Ledoyen was born Virginie Fernandez on 15 November 1976 in Aubervilliers, near Paris. At the age of 2, she was already shooting advertisements for television. At 9, she started going to the École des Enfants du Spectacle, and made her film debut at 10 in What Every Frenchwoman Wants (1986)....

2002: 8 femmes

22. Firmine Richard

Actress | 8 femmes

Firmine Richard was born on September 25, 1947 in Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, France. She is an actress, known for 8 femmes (2002), Ensemble, c'est tout (2007) and La kiné (1998).

2002: 8 femmes

23. Ludivine Sagnier

Actress | 8 femmes

The French actress Ludivine Sagnier was born on July 3, 1979 in La Celle-Saint-Cloud, in France's Yvelines département. Ludivine studied acting as a young girl and had made her movie debut at the age 10 in Les maris, les femmes, les amants (1989). She has established her reputation as one of the ...

2002: 8 femmes

24. Björk

Soundtrack | Dancer in the Dark

Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...

2000: Dancer in the dark

25. Cecilia Roth

Actress | Todo sobre mi madre

She moved to Spain with her father and her brother, Ariel Rot, in 1976 and started acting. Her first major role was in Iván Zulueta's Arrebato (1979). After appearing in Pedro Almodóvar's debut feature _Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón (1980)_ she kept working with him in Labyrinth of ...

1999: All about my mother

26. Élodie Bouchez

Actress | Les roseaux sauvages

Élodie Bouchez was born on April 5, 1973 in Montreuil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France. She is an actress, known for Wild Reeds (1994), The Dreamlife of Angels (1998) and CQ (2001). She is married to Thomas Bangalter. They have two children.

1998: The dreamlife of angels

27. Natacha Régnier

Actress | Les amants criminels

Natacha Régnier was born on April 11, 1974 in Berlin, Germany as Nathalie Régnier. She is an actress, known for Les amants criminels (1999), The Dreamlife of Angels (1998) and Encore (1996).

1998: The dreamlife of angels

28. Juliette Binoche

Actress | The English Patient

Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only...

X2 1997: The English patient 1992: Les amants du Pont-Neuf

29. Emily Watson

Actress | Breaking the Waves

Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and ...

1996: Breaking the waves

30. Maia Morgenstern

Actress | The Passion of the Christ

Maia Morgenstern is a Romanian film and stage actress, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film". In the English-speaking world, she is probably best known for the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. In Romania, she ...

1993: The Oak

31. Clotilde Courau

Actress | La môme

Clotilde Courau was born on April 3, 1969 in Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France as Clotilde Marie Pascale Courau. She is an actress, known for La Vie en Rose (2007), L'ombre des femmes (2015) and Le petit criminel (1990). She has been married to Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia since September 25...

1991: Le petit criminel

32. Carmen Maura

Actress | Mujeres al borde de un ataque de "nervios"

Descendant of the conservative Spanish politician Antonio Maura, Carmen lead an art gallery and appeared in various roles in night- clubs. With Tigres de papel (1977) she had her first successful appearance on the movie screen and thereafter she worked at the theatre, the movies and in TV ...

X2 1990: ¡Ay, Carmela! 1988: Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown

33. Ruth Sheen

Actress | Another Year

Ruth Sheen was born in 1950 in Stepney, London, England as Ruth P Sheen. She is an actress, known for Another Year (2010), Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007) and Vera Drake (2004).

1989: High hopes



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