British Women Theater Personalities

Throughout history, there have been many British women theater personalities who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great British female theater personalities such as Indira Varma, Deborah Kerr, Luise Rainer, Wendy Hiller, Lynn Fontanne.

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 1 Alice Eve

Alice Eve.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

Alice Eve is best known as Molly McCleish from She's Out of My League and as Sophia from the series Entourage. She has also been seen in the series Black Mirror and The Raven. Due to a rare condition, her right eye is green and her left eye is blue.

 2 Anna Friel

Anna Friel.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Anna Friel is a British actress who gained international recognition after portraying Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the popular American fantasy mystery TV series Pushing Daisies. After starting her professional acting career at the age of 13, Friel went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Friel also serves as an ambassador for The World Wide Fund for Nature.

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 3 Indira Varma

Indira Varma.
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Famous As: British Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bath, Somerset, England

British actress and narrator Indira Varma became a sensation with her debut film, Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love. An alumnus of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, she is a trained method actress. Besides films and TV shows, she has acted in many theater productions and is the winner of an Olivier Award.

 4 Emily Mortimer

Emily Mortimer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith

Emily Mortimer is an English-American screenwriter and actress. Mortimer, who started her acting career in stage productions, went on to establish herself as a bankable actress in the British film and TV industry. In 2010, she became an American citizen and has since been playing important roles in American films.

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 5 Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milford on Sea, Hampshire, England
Frances Fisher began as a theater actor before gaining fame with her portrayal of Deborah 'Red' Saxon in the soap The Edge of Night. She has played significant roles in movies such as Titanic, The Host, and True Crime, and has also starred in the series Resurrection and Watchmen.

 6 Brenda Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ramsgate

Brenda Blethyn is best known for her Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning role in Secrets & Lies. She was also appreciated for her performances in the films Little Voice and Saving Grace, and the mini-series Anne Frank: The Whole Story. She has also performed on stage in Manchester. 

 7 Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plaistow, Essex, London, England
Died: April 5, 2020
Honor Blackman became one of the oldest actors to play the "Bond Girl," with the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Fans also loved her as Cathy Gale in the series The Avengers and as Laura West in The Upper Hand. Blackman was also active in British politics.
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 8 Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 16, 2007

Deborah Kerr was a Scottish actress who holds the record for having the most Academy Award nominations under the Best Actress category without a win. However, she received an Academy Honorary Award in 1994 for her contribution to the entertainment industry. Deborah Kerr was made a CBE in 1998 and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 9 Natalia Tena

Natalia Tena.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Natalia Tena is an English actress and musician,  best known for playing Nymphadora Tonks in the Harry Potter film series. She was interested in the performing arts since childhood. She began her career as a street musician, working as a busker on the London Underground. She then joined a theater group and soon branched out into acting.

 10 Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne ,England
Janet McTeer soared to fame with her Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Olivier Award-winning performance as Nora in the play A Doll's House. Fans also loved her Academy Award-nominated performances as Mary Jo Walker in Tumbleweeds and Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs, and her Emmy-nominated role in Into the Storm.

 11 Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Penelope Wilton is an English actress known for her work in theatre, film, and TV. The winner of several prestigious awards, such as the Olivier Award, Penelope Wilton was appointed an OBE for services to drama in the 2004 New Year Honours. In the 2016 Birthday Honours, she was elevated to become a DBE.

 12 Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Coleraine, United Kingdom
Northern Irish actor Michelle Fairley soared to fame as Catelyn Stark in the iconic series Game of Thrones. She is also known for her roles in Suits and 24: Live Another Day. She is an Olivier Award-nominated theater actor, too, and has appeared in films such as The Others.

 13 Polly Walker

Polly Walker.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warrington, United Kingdom
Polly Walker is best for her Golden Globe- and Satellite Award-nominated role of Atia of the Julii in the historical series Rome and her Genie Award-nominated performance as Paula Jackson in the movie Savage Messiah. Fans also loved her in the series Caprica and Pennyworth, and the film John Carter.

 14 Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Lashana Lynch is best known for her roles of Rosaline Capulet in the series Still Star-Crossed and Maria Rambeau in the film Captain Marvel. She received the Laurence Olivier bursary in drama school. Lynch will be seen as Nomi in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die

 15 Jessica Hynes

Jessica Hynes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London,England, United Kingdom
BAFTA-winning actor Jessica Hynes, also known as Jessica Stevenson, created, wrote, and appeared in the British sitcom Spaced. She began her career with theater and was nominated for a Tony for The Norman Conquests. Fans also loved her in the series Twenty Twelve and the film Tomorrow La Scala!

 16 Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom

Sophie Thompson is a British actress known for her portrayal of the Baker's Wife in the London revival of Into the Woods, for which she received the Olivier Award under the Best Actress in a Musical category. She has received six other nominations at the Olivier Awards. Also a writer, Thompson has authored a recipe book and a children's book.

 17 Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Alison Steadman is best known for her BAFTA-nominated roles in the series The Singing Detective and Fat Friends and for the film Life Is Sweet. A seasoned theater actor, she made it to Channel 4’s 50 Greatest Actors list. She is also an ambassador for the London Wildlife Trust.

 18 Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London

Gemma Jones is an English actress best known for playing Madam Poppy Pomfrey in the popular Harry Potter film series. A talented actress, Jones won the prestigious British Academy Television Award for playing Mary in the critically acclaimed television film, Marvellous.

 19 Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet

 20 Susannah Fielding

Susannah Fielding.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poole, United Kingdom

 21 Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Samantha Bond, daughter of actor Philip Bond, gained fame as Miss Moneypenny in four James Bond movies, including Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, all of them with Pierce Brosnan in the lead role. She also appeared in Downton Abbey and is an eminent Royal Shakespeare Company stage actor.

 22 Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

 23 Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom

Rosemary Harris is an English actress known for playing Aunt May in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film series. The winner of several awards, including a Golden Globe Award and Tony Award, Harris was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1994, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1994 film Tom & Viv.

 24 Saskia Reeves

Saskia Reeves.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paddington, London

Saskia Reeves is an English actress known for playing important roles in films like Close My Eyes and I.D. She has also contributed to the success of TV movies, such as The Perfect Match and A Christmas Carol. Over the years, Saskia Reeves has also contributed as a voice artist, lending her voice for book readings, narration, and commercials.

 25 Judy Loe

Judy Loe.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Urmston, Lancashire, England

 26 Miranda Raison

Miranda Raison.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England, United Kingdom

Miranda Raison gained fame playing Jo Portman in the series Spooks and Abbey in Married Single Other. She has also portrayed Anne Boleyn in Howard Brenton’s play of the same name and in Henry VIII. Raison has also voiced Millie in King of the Railway and Thomas & Friends.

 27 Anne Reid

Anne Reid.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 28, 1935
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

 28 Ruta Gedmintas

Ruta Gedmintas.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Canterbury, United Kingdom

Ruta Gedmintas is a British actress best known for playing Kirsten Velders in the American horror drama TV series, The Strain. Before establishing herself as an actress, Gedmintas studied acting under Reuven Adiv at the Drama Centre London.  Although Gedmintas predominantly works in TV, she has played supporting roles in films like You Instead and A Street Cat Named Bob.

 29 Jill Gascoine

Jill Gascoine.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London

Actor and novelist Jill Gascoine is best remembered for her role as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the series The Gentle Touch and its spin-off, C.A.T.S. Eyes. She wrote three novels and also appeared in films such as King of the Wind. She was also a kidney cancer survivor.

 30 Mollie Sugden

Mollie Sugden.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Keighley, United Kingdom
Died: July 1, 2009
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 31 Carrie Hope Fletcher

Carrie Hope Fletcher.
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Carrie Hope Fletcher is best known for her performances as Éponine and Fantine in different productions of the play Les Misérables. She also experimented with music and manages a popular YouTube vlogging channel. She has also authored a bestselling memoir, and several novels, including a children’s book.

 32 Mickey Sumner

Mickey Sumner.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

 33 Sylvia Syms

Sylvia Syms.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 6, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woolwich, London, England, UK

 34 Cherie Lunghi

Cherie Lunghi.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

 35 Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: December 30, 2014

Luise Rainer, the first actor to win consecutive Academy Awards, had decided to make a career as an actor after watching a circus performance at age 6. A prominent stage actor in Germany, she secured an MGM movie deal and move to the U.S. during the Nazi regime.

 36 Wendy Hiller

Wendy Hiller.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bramhall, Cheshire, England, UK
Died: May 14, 2003

 37 Lynn Fontanne

Lynn Fontanne.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 6, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Woodford, London, England, UK
Died: July 30, 1983

 38 Elisabeth Bergner

Elisabeth Bergner.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Drohobych, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Drohobych, Ukraine)
Died: May 12, 1986

 39 Julia Trevelyan Oman

Julia Trevelyan Oman
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Famous As: Theatre designer
Birthdate: July 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: October 10, 2003

 40 Annie Horniman

Annie Horniman
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Famous As: Theatre manager
Birthdate: October 3, 1860
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Forest Hill, England
Died: August 6, 1937

 41 Lena Ashwell

Lena Ashwell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: River Tyne, England
Died: March 13, 1957