Favourite actresses

by acobjay | created - 13 Aug 2014 | updated - 30 Jul 2015 | Public

In no particular order

1. Kaya Scodelario

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Kaya Rose Scodelario was born in Haywards Heath, Sussex, England, to Katia (Scodelario) and Roger Humphrey. Her father was English and her mother is Brazilian, of Italian and Portuguese descent. Her surname comes from her mother's Italian grandfather. Thanks to her mother, Kaya grew up fluent in ...

2. Hannah Murray

Actress | God Help the Girl

Hannah Murray is an English actress known for portraying Gilly in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011) and Cassie Ainsworth in the E4 teen drama series Skins (2007), from 2007 to 2008 (and again in 2013). In 2014, Murray starred in God Help the Girl (2014). In 2015, she played Sara in the Danish ...

3. Jessica Lange

Actress | Tootsie

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis...

4. Jessica Biel

Actress | The Illusionist

Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. Biel was raised in Boulder, Colorado. She is of Hungarian Jewish, Danish,...

5. Kathryn Prescott

Actress | Skins

Kathryn Prescott (born 4 June 1991 in London, England) is an English actress best known for her role as Emily Fitch in the double BAFTA-winning teen drama Skins (2007). Prescott was born in Palmers Green, London, and is six minutes older than her twin sister Megan Prescott. Prior to professional ...

6. Lily Loveless

Actress | Skins

Lily Loveless was born on April 16, 1990 in London, England as Lily May Loveless. She is an actress, known for Skins (2007), The Fades (2011) and The Stranger (2020).

7. Freya Mavor

Actress | La dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil

Freya Mavor was born in Glasgow but grew up in Canonmills, Edinburgh, after moving there with her family. She also spent four years of her early adolescence in La Rochelle, France, before moving back to Scotland.

Mavor declared she first became interested in acting after watching The Shining when ...

8. Dakota Blue Richards

Actress | The Golden Compass

Dakota Blue Richards, was born at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in South Kensington, London but grew up in Brighton with her mother. She is of Prussian heritage on her Grandmother's side, and Irish on her father's. The name Dakota Blue was inspired by her mother's time spent with Native ...

9. April Pearson

Actress | Skins

April Pearson is best known for her performance as Michelle Richardson in the British drama "Skins" (2007). April appeared in the first two series of the successful E4 show. Her film debut was in Tormented (2009/I) alongside her "Skins" co-star 'Larissa Wilson (I)' and star Alex Pettyfer, in which ...

10. Taissa Farmiga

Actress | The Final Girls

Taissa Farmiga is an American actress, and the younger sister of Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga, who is 21 years her senior. She was born in Readington Township, New Jersey, USA, to Ukrainian-born parents Michael and Lubomyra (Spas) Farmiga.

Unlike her older sister, Taissa initially had no ...

11. Lauren Socha

Actress | Misfits

Lauren Marie Socha is an actress, known for her role in Misfits (2009).

She born June 9, 1990 in Derby, Derbyshire, England, to Kathleen (Lyons) and Robert Socha, and has Polish, English, Irish, and Italian ancestry. In 2010, Socha starred alongside Tim McInnerny in the short film Missing. She also ...

12. Robyn Malcolm

Actress | Outrageous Fortune

Robyn Malcolm is a New Zealander actress known for her work in New Zealand, Australia, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She has worked in film, television and theatre, in a wide range of roles in both comedies and dramas.

Malcolm became widely known and loved as the tough matriarch Cheryl ...

13. Lily Rabe

Actress | No Reservations

Lily Rabe was born on June 29, 1982 in New York, New York, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for No Reservations (2007), Miss Stevens (2016) and Fractured (2019).

14. Alexandra Breckenridge

Actress | American Horror Story

Alex Breckenridge was born on May 15 1982 in Darien, Connecticut before moving to California when she was 12. Breckenridge first got an interest in acting at 13 when she performed in local theater productions and soon moved to Los Angeles to pursue her acting career. Her first film was the ...

15. Frances Conroy

Actress | Joker

Award-winning veteran stage actress Frances Conroy was introduced and encouraged by her parents to explore the elements of theater. Born Frances Hardman Conroy in Monroe, Georgia on November 13, 1953, she attended high school in Long Island and experienced classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse as a...

16. Emma Roberts

Actress | We're the Millers

Emma Roberts was born in Rhinebeck, New York. She was a baby when her parents separated, and she grew up living with her mother, Kelly Cunningham. She was educated at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California.

Emma is the daughter of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts, and the niece of ...

17. Emma Watson

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years,...

18. Lizzie Brocheré

Actress | Rings

Lizzie Brocheré was born on March 22, 1985 in Paris, France. She is an actress and director, known for Rings (2017), Full Contact (2015) and The Strain (2014).

19. Chloë Sevigny

Actress | Boys Don't Cry

Known in the mid to late nineties for her status as a fashion impresario and "it girl," with over two dozen art house films to her credit, Chloë Sevigny also stands out as one of the most prominent queens of independent cinema.

Originally hailing from Darien, Connecticut, Sevigny attributes weekend ...

20. 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 ...

21. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor ...

22. Mila Kunis

Actress | Black Swan

Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, ...

23. 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. ...

24. Agata Kulesza

Actress | Ida

Agata Kulesza was born on September 27, 1971 in Szczecin, Zachodniopomorskie, Poland. She is an actress and writer, known for Ida (2013), Cold War (2018) and The Witcher (2007). She has been married to Marcin Figurski since 2006. They have one child.

25. Connie Britton

Actress | Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

Connie Britton began playing country music fading sensation Rayna Jaymes in Nashville (2012) after having wrapped production for the five season long Friday Night Lights (2006) alongside Kyle Chandler. She previously appeared in Universal's Friday Night Lights (2004) -the movie- directed by Peter ...

26. 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, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

27. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999), playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become ...

28. Anna Faris

Actress | The House Bunny

Anna Kay Faris was born on November 29, 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Karen (Bathurst), a special education teacher, and Jack Faris, a sociologist. She was raised in Edmonds, Washington. Her ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, French, Dutch, and Welsh.

Anna started acting very young but ...

29. Dakota Fanning

Actress | War of the Worlds

Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and ...

30. Whoopi Goldberg

Actress | Ghost

Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in...

31. 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 ...

32. Amanda Seyfried

Actress | Les Misérables

Amanda Seyfried was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and Scottish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in high school productions as well as taking ...

33. Brittany Snow

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Brittany Anne Snow (born March 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as Susan "Daisy" Lemay on the CBS series Guiding Light (1952) for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress and was nominated for two other Young Artist Awards and a Soap Opera Digest ...

34. 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. ...

35. 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), ...

36. Jamie Brewer

Actress | American Horror Story

Jamie Brewer is best known for her breakthrough dimensional role as Adelaide 'Addie' Langdon in American Horror Story (2011). She has a theatre background which started in 1999. She has continued her theatre and improvisation training at the 'Ruskin School of Acting', and at the 'Howard Fine Acting...

37. Gabourey Sidibe

Actress | Precious

Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious (2009), was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver....

38. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a ...

39. Kathy Bates

Actress | Misery

Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as...

40. Morwenna Banks

Actress | Damned

Morwenna Banks was born in September 1961 in Flushing, Cornwall, England as Morwenna Tamsin Banks. She is an actress and writer, known for Damned (2016), Miss You Already (2015) and Saxondale (2006).

41. Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress | Let Me In

Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English.

Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the ...

42. Sofía Vergara

Actress | Hot Pursuit

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her mother, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, is a housewife. Her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, provides cattle to the meat industry. She has five siblings. She was educated at a private bilingual Spanish/...

43. Megan Prescott

Actress | Skins

Megan "Meg" Prescott (born 4 June 1991 in London, England) is an English actress and bodybuilder who is best known for her role as Katie Fitch in the double BAFTA-winning teen drama Skins (2007). Prescott was born in Palmers Green, London, and is six minutes younger than her twin sister Kathryn ...

44. Anna Paquin

Actress | The Piano

Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win.

She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her ...

45. Cameron Diaz

Actress | There's Something About Mary

A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and a German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied ...

46. 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 ...

47. Lindsay Lohan

Actress | The Parent Trap

Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City, on 2 July 1986, to Dina Lohan and Michael Lohan. She began her career at age three as a Ford model, and also made appearances in over sixty television commercials, including spots for The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jell-O (opposite Bill Cosby). Lohan ...

48. Kat Dennings

Actress | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

Kat Dennings was born Katherine Victoria Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, to Ellen (Schatz), a speech therapist and poet, and Gerald Litwack, a molecular pharmacologist. She is the youngest of five children. Her family is of Russian Jewish descent. Kat was predominantly ...

49. Kaley Cuoco

Actress | The Big Bang Theory

Kaley Christine Cuoco was born in Camarillo, California, to Layne Ann (Wingate) and Gary Carmine Cuoco, a realtor. She is of Italian (father) and German and English (mother) descent. A model and commercial actress from the age of 6, Cuoco's first major role was in the TV movie Quicksand: No Escape ...

50. Beth Behrs

Actress | 2 Broke Girls

Beth Behrs was born on December 26, 1985 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA as Elizabeth Ann Behrs. Beth spent her early years on the East Coast, first in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, then in Lynchburg, Virginia, before moving with her family at the age of 15 to Marin County, just outside San Francisco. ...

51. Georgina Moffat

Actress | Skins

Georgina Moffat is a composer, singer, songwriter and actress. She is a member of the Beerbohm family and is of Australian, English, Dutch and Russian ancestry.

As a child, Georgina grew up in Budapest, then Paris with her parents and sister. The family moved to Amsterdam in her teens where she was ...

52. Naomi Grossman

Actress | American Horror Story

Naomi Grossman was a 2018 Primetime Emmy nominee for "Outstanding Actress in a Short Form Comedy or Drama" for her role in Ctrl Alt Delete. Best known as the first crossover character, the fan-favorite "Pepper" on FX's American Horror Story: Asylum & Freak Show, Naomi also appeared as a new ...

53. Laura Prepon

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Laura Helene Prepon was born on March 7, 1980, in Watchung, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Coll) and Michael Prepon. Her father died in 1993, when she was 13 years old. Laura is the youngest of five children--she has a brother named Brad and three sisters: Danielle, Jocelyn, and ...

54. June Squibb

Actress | Nebraska

June Squibb is an American actress, once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Squibb was born in 1929 in Vandalia, Illinois. Vandalia had served as the state capital of Illinois for two decades (1819-1839), but it has remained a small city since the capital was transferred ...

55. Mayim Bialik

Actress | Beaches

Mayim Bialik grew up in San Diego and got her first acting job (Pumpkinhead (1988)) when she was just 12 years old. A number of TV roles followed until in 1990 she was cast in Blossom (1990), the role which made her famous.

By 1993, while Blossom was still airing, she had already won a deferred ...

56. Kinga Preis

Actress | Cisza

Kinga Preis was born on August 31, 1971 in Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland. She is an actress, known for Silence (2001), Poniedzialek (1998) and The Collector (2005).

57. Rose McIver

Actress | The Lovely Bones

Rose McIver is an actress from New Zealand. She is the daughter of John George Whitfield "Mac" McIver and Ann "Annie" Coney. Her father is a professional photographer, while her mother is an artist. Rose has an older brother, musician Paul McIver.

When only 2-years-old, McIver started appearing in ...

58. Yael Stone

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

In 2013, Australian New York City resident Yael Stone portrayed inmate 'Lorna Morello' in Orange Is the New Black.

Yael graduated from NIDA. From a young age, Yael has been lucky enough to work with Australia's premiere storytellers, luminaries of performance and visionaries behind the scenes in ...

59. Taylor Schilling

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Taylor Schilling (born July 27, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her role as "Piper Chapman" on the Netflix original comedy-drama series, Orange Is the New Black (2013) (2013-present), for which she won the 2013 Satellite Award for Best Actress in a Television Series - Musical or ...

60. Miranda Hart

Actress | Spy

Miranda Hart was born on December 14, 1972 in Torquay, Devon, England as Miranda Katherine Hart Dyke. She is an actress and writer, known for Spy (2015), Miranda (2009) and Call the Midwife (2012).

61. Patricia Hodge

Actress | The Elephant Man

Patricia Hodge was born on September 29, 1946 in Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England as Patricia Ann Hodge. She is known for her work on The Elephant Man (1980), Miranda (2009) and The Falklands Play (2002). She was previously married to Peter Douglas Owen.

62. Sarah Hadland

Actress | Quantum of Solace

Sarah Hadland was born in 1971 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Quantum of Solace (2008), Magicians (2007) and Leap Year (2010). Sarah Hadland began her career in the performing arts at an early age, being trained in dance from the age of three. She was educated at Wimslow High ...

63. Sally Phillips

Actress | Bridget Jones's Diary

Sally Phillips was born on May 10, 1970 in Hong Kong. She is an actress and writer, known for Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004). She has been married to Andrew Bermejo since January 17, 2003. They have three children.

64. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

65. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

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 ...

66. Rena Owen

Actress | Siren

Rena is an international award-winning actor and is one of only 6 actors in the world to have worked with both George Lucas and Steven Spielberg during her illustrious career that spans 3 decades.

One of 9 children, she was born and bred in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand to a Maori/Welsh father and...

67. Asher Keddie

Actress | X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Asher Keddie was born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. She is an actress, known for X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), Offspring (2010) and Love My Way (2004). She has been married to Vincent Fantauzzo since April 9, 2014. They have one child. She was previously married to Jay Bowen.

68. Mia Wasikowska

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight,...

69. Heather Graham

Actress | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's ...

70. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

71. Zooey Deschanel

Actress | New Girl

Zooey Deschanel was born in 1980 into a showbiz family. Her father, Caleb Deschanel, is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (perhaps most notably for The Passion of the Christ (2004)) and her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir), is an actress who appeared in Twin Peaks (1990). Her paternal ...

72. Jane Lynch

Actress | Glee

Jane Lynch was born on July 14, 1960 in Dolton, Illinois, USA as Jane Marie Lynch. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Role Models (2008). She was previously married to Lara Embry.

73. Olivia Colman

Actress | The Favourite

Olivia Colman was born on January 30, 1974 in Norwich, Norfolk, England as Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman. She is an actress, known for The Favourite (2018), Tyrannosaur (2011) and The Lobster (2015). She has been married to Ed Sinclair since August 2001. They have three children.

74. Pauline Quirke

Actress | Birds of a Feather

Pauline Quirke was born on July 8, 1959 in Hackney, London, England as Pauline Perpetua Quirke. She is an actress and writer, known for Birds of a Feather (1989), Broadchurch (2013) and Emmerdale (1972). She has been married to Steve Sheen since August 1996. They have two children.

75. Kristen Stewart

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

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 ...

76. Gisele Bündchen

Actress | Taxi

It was in 1994 when Gisele Bundchen was discovered at age 14 in a Brazilian fashion mall, and now she is "the" most famous face in the business. Since then, Gisele has graced the covers of countless magazines as any other model in the history, including Rolling Stone, Time, Forbes, Newsweek and all...

77. Melissa McCarthy

Actress | The Heat

Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, and was raised on her family's corn and soybean farm. She began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her ...

78. Queen Latifah

Actress | Hairspray

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens Sr. She came from a ...

79. Julianne Moore

Actress | The Kids Are All Right

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 ...

80. Jane Leeves

Actress | Frasier

Jane Leeves has made her mark in the entertainment world, acting in television, theater and film over the past 20 years.

She is most famous for her role as "Daphne" in the award-winning show "Frasier" (1993-2004). Leeves played one of the five main characters of the sitcom, a live-in caretaker hired...

81. Wendie Malick

Actress | Waiting...

The actress Wendie Malick was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1950 and attended Ohio Wesleyan University, from which she graduated in 1972. The 5-foot, 10-inch beauty was a Wilhelmina model in the 1970s, giving it up to go to work for Buffalo-area Congressman Jack Kemp. She quickly left Washington, ...

82. Laura San Giacomo

Actress | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Laura San Giacomo was born November 14, 1962 in West Orange, New Jersey, to MaryJo and John San Giacomo. She was raised in the nearby city of Denville. She went to Morris Knolls High School in Denville, where she got the acting bug and had the lead in several school plays. Laura got a Fine Arts ...

83. Kate Mulgrew

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Katherine Kiernan Mulgrew, or Kate Mulgrew, was born on April 29, 1955. She grew up in Dubuque, Iowa, the second oldest child (and oldest girl) in a large Irish Catholic family. When Kate expressed an interest in acting as a child, her mother, Joan, encouraged her to audition for local theater ...

84. Natasha Lyonne

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Natasha Lyonne is an American stage, film, and television actress.

As a young child, she was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency and, at the age of six, she was cast as "Opal" on Pee-wee's Playhouse (1986), which was quickly followed by film appearances in Heartburn (1986), written by Nora Ephron, ...

85. Uzo Aduba

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Aduba began earning recognition for her work in 2003, with a performance in "Translations of Xhosa" at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts that won her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play. Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in "Coram Boy". She was...

86. Danielle Brooks

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Danielle Brooks was born on September 17, 1989 in Augusta, Georgia, USA. She is an actress, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Angry Birds Movie (2016) and Eat Wheaties!.

87. Samira Wiley

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Samira Wiley was born as Samira Denise Wiley. She is an actress and producer, known for Orange Is the New Black (2013), The Sitter (2011) and The Handmaid's Tale (2017). She has been married to Lauren Morelli since March 25, 2017.

88. Laverne Cox

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

With various 'firsts' in her already impressive career, Laverne Cox is a three time Emmy-nominated actress, Emmy winning documentary film producer and a prominent equal rights advocate. Laverne's groundbreaking role of Sophia Burset in the critically acclaimed Netflix original series "Orange is The...

89. Aimee-Ffion Edwards

Actress | Luther

Aimee-Ffion Edwards (born 21 November 1987) is a Welsh actress from Newport, Wales. She is known for playing Sketch in Skins, Esme in Peaky Blinders, Sophie in Detectorists and Abi in Loaded.

Aimee-Ffion Edwards was born in Newport, Wales. She attended Ysgol Gymraeg Casnewydd (Newport Welsh medium ...

90. Klariza Clayton

Actress | Harry Brown

Klariza Clayton is an English actress best known for her roles in Dani's House (2008) as "Sam" and in the highly acclaimed teen drama series Skins (2007) as "Karen Mclair" She also appears in the Belgian / American / British teen drama House of Anubis (2011) as Joy Mercer.

Klariza was born in Hong ...

91. Victoria Wicks

Actress | High-Rise

Born in Chippenham in Wiltshire in 1959, Victoria Wicks is the grand-daughter of writer H.E. Bates on her mother's side and, along with several other family members, she is a director of Evensford Productions, a company established to promote her grand-father's work. Having graduated from the Royal...

92. Clare Grogan

Actress | Gregory's Girl

Clare Grogan was born on March 17, 1962 in Glasgow, Scotland as Clare Patricia Grogan. She is an actress, known for Gregory's Girl (1980), The House Bunny (2008) and Red Dwarf (1988). She has been married to Stephen Lironi since 1994. They have one child.

93. Ronni Ancona

Actress | Penelope

Ronni Ancona was born on July 4, 1968 in Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland. She is an actress and writer, known for Penelope (2006), The Big Impression (1999) and The Trip to Italy (2014). She has been married to Gerard Hall since 2004. They have three children.

94. Olga Fedori

Actress | The Wolfman

Olga Fedori was born on March 17, 1984 in Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Olga Victorovna Fedorishcheva. She is an actress and producer, known for The Wolfman (2010), Holby City (1999) and Of Their Own.

95. Sarah Solemani

Actress | Bridget Jones's Baby

Sarah Solemani was born on September 4, 1986 in England. She is an actress and writer, known for Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Barry (2018). She has been married to Daniel Ingram since June 3, 2012. They have one child.

96. Drea de Matteo

Actress | The Sopranos

Andrea Donna de Matteo, called Drea (pronounced "dray"), was born on January 19, 1972 in Queens, New York, into an affluent family, the youngest of three children and the only girl. She is the daughter of Donna, a playwright and playwriting teacher at HB Studio in New York, and Albert A. De Matteo,...

97. Jodie Whittaker

Actress | Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker is an accomplished English actress who came to prominence after her breakout performance in Venus (2006), which was met with a string of nominations, including British Independent Film Award and Satellite Award nominations for "Most Promising Newcomer" and "Best Actress in a Motion ...

98. Charlotte Beaumont

Actress | Jupiter Ascending

Charlotte was born in 1995 in Watford, Hertfordshire, UK. Charlotte's first on screen role was playing Jemima Dury in Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (2010). Since then she has had roles in the UK drama Broadchurch (2013), the biopic Tommy Cooper: Not Like That, Like This (2014), Jupiter ...

99. Tina Fey

Writer | 30 Rock

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

100. Amy Poehler

Actress | Inside Out

Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, Irish, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first ...



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