My Top Favorite Female Lead Performances of 2017

by tlev-38675 | created - 07 Jul 2017 | updated - 16 Jan 2018 | Public

1. 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 ...

Lady Bird

2. Margot Robbie

Actress | Suicide Squad

Margot Elise Robbie was born on July 2, 1990 in Dalby, Queensland, Australia to Scottish parents. 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 ...

I, Tonya

3. Frances McDormand

Actress | Fargo

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

4. Sally Hawkins

Actress | The Shape of Water

Sally Cecilia Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich...

The Shape of Water

5. Aubrey Plaza

Actress | Safety Not Guaranteed

Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation (2009), and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (...

Ingrid Goes West

6. 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...

The Glass Castle

7. Brooklynn Prince

Actress | The Florida Project

Brooklynn Prince is an actress and director, known for The Florida Project (2017), Home Before Dark and The Turning (2020).

The Florida Project

8. 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, German, and British Isles descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona...

Battle of the Sexes

9. Zoey Deutch

Actress | Flower

Zoey Deutch was born in Los Angeles, California. She starred in Everybody Wants Some (2016), Before I Fall (2017), Why Him? (2016), Flower (2017) and Set It Up (2018).

She recently wrapped production on Buffaloed (2019) which she produced as well, and is currently shooting the series The Politician ...

Before I Fall

10. Danielle Macdonald

Actress | Patti Cake$

Danielle is an Australian actress who originally booked the role of Becca on the ABC family show Huge (2010), which she was unable to do after her visa came in too late. She later moved to Los Angeles where she first appeared in the short film for Glamour Reel Moments with Joel Edgerton and ...

Patti Cake$

11. 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...

Wonder Wheel

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...

Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman

13. Tatiana Maslany

Actress | Stronger

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...

Stronger

14. Jenny Slate

Actress | Zootopia

Jenny Slate was born on March 25, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts, USA as Jenny Sarah Slate. She is an actress and writer, known for Zootopia (2016), Obvious Child (2014) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016). She was previously married to Dean Fleischer-Camp.

Landline

15. Talitha Eliana Bateman

Actress | Annabelle: Creation

Talitha is the youngest girl of eight. Like her older sister, Leah Bateman, she loves being goofy and enjoying life. She has four older brothers, Justin, Aleq, Noah E. Bateman, and Judah Bateman, a little brother, Gabriel Bateman, and two older sisters, Hannah Rochelle Bateman and Leah.

Among her ...

So B. It

16. 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 ...

Mother!

17. Margaret Qualley

Actress | Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood

Sarah Margaret Qualley, known as Margaret Qualley, is an American actress. Qualley was born in Montana and is the daughter of actress Andie MacDowell and former model, Paul Qualley. Margaret grew up in Asheville, North Carolina. She trained as a ballerina and at sixteen she earned an apprenticeship...

Novitiate

18. 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 ...

Colossal

19. 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 ...

The Last Word

20. Meryl Streep

Actress | The Devil Wears Prada

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 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 ...

The Post

21. 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 ...

Molly's Game

22. Kate Mara

Actress | Fantastic Four

Kate Mara is an American actress. She starred in the Netflix political drama House of Cards (2013) as Zoe Barnes and appeared in the Fox TV series 24 (2001) as computer analyst Shari Rothenberg. She appeared in Brokeback Mountain (2005), We Are Marshall (2006), Shooter (2007), Transsiberian (2008), ...

Megan Leavy

23. 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 ...

All The Money in the World

24. Lily Collins

Actress | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Lily Jane Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father is English musician Phil Collins, while her mother, Jill Tavelman, who is from Los Angeles, California, was president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club for three terms. Lily moved with her mother to LA at the age of five, after ...

To The Bone

25. Riley Keough

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Actress and model Danielle Riley Keough was born in Santa Monica, California, to musicians Lisa Marie Presley and Danny Keough. She is the eldest grandchild of legendary singer Elvis Presley and actress Priscilla Presley. Keough started modeling as a teenager. Her first appearance was on a runway ...

Lovesong

26. Bel Powley

Actress | The Diary of a Teenage Girl

Bel Powley was born on March 7, 1992 in London, England. She is an actress, known for The Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), A Royal Night Out (2015) and Carrie Pilby (2016).

Carrie Pilby

27. Jessica Williams

Actress | The Incredible Jessica James

Jessica Williams was born on July 31, 1989 in California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Incredible Jessica James (2017), Booksmart (2019) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015).

The Incredible Jessica James

28. 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 ...

Wind River

29. Alicia Vikander

Actress | Ex Machina

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress, dancer and producer. She was born and raised in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Maria Fahl-Vikander, an actress of stage and screen, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. She is of Swedish and one quarter Finnish descent. Alicia began acting as a ...

Tulip Fever

30. Vicky Krieps

Actress | Phantom Thread

Vicky Krieps is a Luxembourgian actress best known for the film Phantom Thread (2017).

She also had minor roles in Hanna (2011), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Colonia (2015).

Her film debut was House of Boys (2009).

Krieps is the granddaughter of Luxembourg politician and war-time member of the ...

31. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

Victoria and Abdul

32. 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 ...

The Big Sick

33. Emma Bell

Actress | The Walking Dead

Emma Jean Bell (born December 17, 1986) was born in Woodstown, New Jersey, grew up in Flemington and the Stanton section of Readington Township and attended Hunterdon Central Regional High School. She moved to New York City at the age of 16. She attended Talent Unlimited High School Performing Arts...

Different Flowers

34. Florence Pugh

Actress | The Falling

Florence Pugh is an English actress. She is known for The Falling (2014), her film debut, Lady Macbeth (2016), Outlaw King (2018), Fighting with My Family (2019), and Midsommar (2019).

Pugh also appear in the ITV detective series Marcella and starred in the AMC Mini-Series The Little Drummer Girl.

In...

Lady Macbeth

35. Azealia Banks

Soundtrack | Pitch Perfect

Azealia Banks was born on May 31, 1991 in Harlem, New York City, New York, USA as Azealia Amanda Banks. She is an actress and composer, known for Pitch Perfect (2012), Love Beats Rhymes (2017) and The Heat (2013).

Love Beats Rhymes

36. Virginia Kull

Actress | Big Little Lies

Virginia Kull was born on October 5, 1981 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Virginia Erin Kull. She is an actress, known for Big Little Lies (2017), The Looming Tower (2018) and Boardwalk Empire (2010). She has been married to Ryan Howard Young since May 2, 2009.

Imperfections

37. Holly Hunter

Actress | The Piano

Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Opal Marguerite (Catledge), a homemaker, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a part-time sporting goods company representative and farmer with a 250 acre farm. She is the youngest of seven children. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, and her first...

Strange Weather

38. Claire Foy

Actress | First Man

Claire Elizabeth Foy (born 16 April 1984) is an English actress. She studied acting at the Liverpool John Moores University and the Oxford School of Drama and made her screen debut in the pilot of the supernatural comedy series Being Human, in 2008. Following her professional stage debut at the ...

Breathe

39. Annette Bening

Actress | American Beauty

Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she ...

20th Century Women

40. Katherine Waterston

Actress | Inherent Vice

Katherine Waterston is an American actress. She is best known for Inherent Vice (2014), Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and Alien: Covenant (2017).

Waterston made her feature film debut in Michael Clayton (2007). She also had supporting roles in films including Robot & Frank (2012), ...

Alien: Covenant

41. Francesca Eastwood

Actress | True Crime

Francesca Eastwood was born on August 7, 1993 in Redding, California, USA as Francesca Ruth Fisher-Eastwood. She is an actress, known for True Crime (1999), Outlaws and Angels (2016) and Jersey Boys (2014). She has been married to Clifton Collins Jr. since January 1, 2017. She was previously ...

M.F.A.

42. Alexi Pappas

Writer | Tracktown

Alexi Pappas is a writer and actress, known for Tracktown (2016), Olympic Dreams (2019) and Tall as the Baobab Tree (2012).

Tracktown

43. Garance Marillier

Actress | Grave

Garance Marillier is a French actress, she is best known for her lead role in Raw (2016). Marillier began her acting career in 2011 in the short movie Junior (2011) by Julia Ducournau. She also appeared in the short movie It's Not a Cowboy Movie (2012). She was a musician before turning to acting, ...

Raw

44. Charlize Theron

Producer | Monster

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

Atomic Blonde

45. 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...

Book of Henry

46. Kristen Stewart

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

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 ...

Personal Shopper

47. Debra Winger

Actress | Terms of Endearment

Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her ...

The Lovers

48. 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. ...

Split

49. Allison Williams

Actress | Girls

Allison Howell Williams, born April 13, 1988, is an American actress, comedian, and singer. She is best known for her role as "Marnie Michaels" on the HBO comedy-drama series, Girls (2012). Williams was born and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut, and is the daughter of former NBC Nightly News ...

Get Out

50. 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 ...

The Beguiled/The Killing of a Sacred Deer

51. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...

Beatriz at Dinner

52. Amandla Stenberg

Actress | The Hate U Give

Named for the Zulu and Xhosa word for "power," Amandla was born in Los Angeles, California, to Karen Brailsford, a writer, and Tom Stenberg, a businessman. Her mother is African-American and her father is Danish (and of part Inuit-Greenlandic ancestry).

In the summer and fall of 2010, she shot her ...

Everything, Everything

53. Anna Kendrick

Actress | Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.

For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was...

Table 19

54. Isabella Blake-Thomas

Actress | Secret Society of Second Born Royals

Isabella Blake-Thomas is an actress and producer, known for Secret Society of Second Born Royals (2020), Once Upon a Time (2011) and Shameless (2011).

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