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by scott-leslie | created - 20 May 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Christina Hendricks

Actress | Ginger & Rosa

Christina Rene Hendricks was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho. Her father, Robert, originally from England, worked for the U.S. Forest Service, while her mother, Jackie Sue (Raymond), was a psychologist. At the age of 13 her father transferred to the Forest Service ...

2. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987, her love of the theatre took her to ...

3. Kat Foster

Actress | Jean-Claude Van Johnson

Kat Foster was born on May 17, 1978 in Oakland, California, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Jean-Claude Van Johnson (2016), Accommodations (2018) and Your Family or Mine (2015). She has been married to Jim Hustead since 2018. They have one child.

4. Sarah Rafferty

Actress | Tremors

Sarah Rafferty's character Donna on USA network's hit show "Suits" is one of the most formidable minds at their law firm, Pearson Hardman. With her razor sharp wit and knowledge of all the firm's happenings, Donna is admired and feared by everyone there, and she's not afraid to wield that power ...

5. Olivia Williams

Actress | The Ghost Writer

Olivia began her career on the stage at the RSC and The National Theatre, breaking into TV with the Andrew Davies adaptation of Emma (1996).

From a damp basement in Camden Town she won the role of Abby in the $120 million blockbuster The Postman (1997) starring alongside Kevin Costner. In the ...

6. Julianne Moore

Actress | Far from Heaven

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 ...

7. Erin Karpluk

Actress | Being Erica

Erin Karpluk was born on October 17, 1978 in Jasper, Alberta, Canada. She is an actress and producer, known for Being Erica (2009), Reasonable Doubt (2014) and Wyvern (2009).

8. Franka Potente

Actress | Lola rennt

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...

9. Maria Bello

Actress | A History of Violence

Maria Bello was born on 18 April, 1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor. She is of Italian and Polish descent. Maria went to Villanova University, majoring in political science. She had every intention of becoming a lawyer, but she took an ...

10. Robin Weigert

Actress | Deadwood

Robin Weigert is an American actress. She's Jewish and of German descent. She is primarily known for television roles, and was once nominated for a "Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series".

In 1969, Weigert was born in Washington D.C., the capital of the United ...

11. Selma Blair

Actress | Cruel Intentions

Throughout her diverse career, Selma Blair has been one of the most versatile and exciting actresses on screen. Blair's longstanding career began with her comedic roles in pop culture classics in the early 2000s. Blair has worked with an array of acclaimed directors including Guillermo del Toro and...

12. Julianne Nicholson

Actress | August: Osage County

Nicholson was born and raised in Medford, Massachusetts (outside Boston), and is the eldest of four siblings. She is the daughter of Kate (Gilday) and James O. Nicholson, Jr., and is of Irish heritage. Nicholson moved to New York which led to a modeling career in Paris. She attended Hunter College ...

13. 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 ...

14. Kathryn Hahn

Actress | Afternoon Delight

Kathryn Marie Hahn was born in Westchester, Illinois, but her family then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she spent most of her time growing up. She is of German, Irish, and English descent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater from Northwestern University. She later attended Yale, ...

15. Sasha Alexander

Actress | Shameless

Sasha Alexander began acting by the time she was in the seventh grade when she found herself cast as the lead female in her school's production of "Baby". What she didn't know was that her male co-star would chicken out on her only a few hours before opening night. Determined to let the show go on,...

16. Karine Vanasse

Actress | Polytechnique

Award-winning Canadian actress Karine Vanasse is internationally recognized for her dazzling performances in both English and French.

Vanasse stars as Detective Lise Delorme in the critically acclaimed CTV series Cardinal for which she received a 2019 Canadian Screen Award for Best Lead Actress. ...

17. Keeley Hawes

Actress | Bodyguard

Keeley Hawes was born on 10 February 1976 at St Mary's Hospital, London, England as Clare Julia Hawes. She is an actress and producer, known for The Bank Job (2008), High-Rise (2015) and Death at a Funeral (2007). She has been married to Matthew Macfadyen since 8 October 2004. They have two ...

18. 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...

19. Gemma Whelan

Actress | Game of Thrones

Gemma Elizabeth Whelan (born 23 April 1981) is an English actress and comedian, best known for playing Yara Greyjoy in the HBO fantasy-drama series Game of Thrones.

Whelan attended The King's High School for Girls in Warwick. In addition to being an actor and comedian, Whelan is also a professional ...

20. Scarlett Johansson

Actress | Lost in Translation

Scarlett Ingrid Johansson was born on November 22, 1984 in Manhattan, New York City, New York. 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, ...

21. Branka Katic

Actress | The King's Man

Branka Katic was born on January 20, 1970 in Belgrade, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She is an actress, known for The King's Man (2021), Black Cat, White Cat (1998) and Public Enemies (2009). She has been married to Julian Farino since August 31, 2000. They have two children.

22. Michelle Monaghan

Actress | Gone Baby Gone

Michelle Lynn Monaghan was born on March 23, 1976, in Winthrop, Iowa. She is the youngest of three children and the only daughter of Sharon (Hamel), who ran a day care center, and Robert L. Monaghan, a factory worker and farmer. She is of mostly Irish and German descent. After graduating from high ...

23. Kelly Macdonald

Actress | No Country for Old Men

Scottish actress Kelly Macdonald was born and raised in Glasgow. Her parents divorced when she was young, and she was raised by her mother, a sales executive in the garment industry. She has one brother, David. As a hobby, she acted in an amateur theatrical club, which she enjoyed a great deal. ...

24. Jane Adams

Actress | Happiness

Jane Adams has performed theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The plays include "Love Diatribe", "The Nice and the Nasty", and "Greetings From Elsewhere Cabaret". She also performed in "Careless Love" at the Empty Space Theatre, "Candide/Len Jenkin" at the Pioneer Square Theatre", "Talking ...

25. Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Actress | 10 Cloverfield Lane

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is an 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), for which...

26. Chloë Sevigny

Actress | We Are Who We Are

Chloë Sevigny is an Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress and director who is known for her groundbreaking work across film, television and theatre. Sevigny has spent her career working with innovative and revolutionary filmmakers and artists including Lars von Trier, Jim ...

27. Rebecca Hall

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

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

28. Rosamund Pike

Actress | Gone Girl

Born in 1979 in London, England, actress Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike is the only child of a classical violinist mother, Caroline (Friend), and an opera singer father, Julian Pike. Due to her parents' work, she spent her early childhood traveling around Europe. Pike attended Badminton School in ...

29. Mackenzie Davis

Actress | Terminator: Dark Fate

Mackenzie Davis was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and went to McGill University in Montreal. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Shortly thereafter, she was discovered by Drake Doremus, and made her acting debut in his feature film, Breathe In...

30. Sarah Booth

Actress | Three Pines

Sarah Booth is a Canadian born, classically trained actor. She is a regular on the upcoming series Three Pines (Amazon Prime) from the producers of The Crown and appeared as a Guest Star on Law & Order: SVU (NBC), Star Trek: Discovery (Paramount+) and Heartland (CBC).

Sarah trained in Montreal and ...

31. Seána Kerslake

Actress | The Hole in the Ground

Seána Kerslake is an actress, known for The Hole in the Ground (2019), A Date for Mad Mary (2016) and Dollhouse (2012).

32. Margarita Levieva

Actress | Adventureland

Margarita Levieva is an American actress. Born in Leningrad, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation), at age three she began the rigorous training program of a competitive rhythmic gymnast. Levieva continued to train for the next 13 years, winning ...

33. D'Arcy Carden

Actress | The Good Place

D'Arcy Carden was born on January 4, 1980 in Danville, California, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Good Place (2016), Barry (2018) and Broad City (2014). She has been married to Jason Carden since July 31, 2010.

34. Maura Tierney

Actress | ER

On the viewing horizon since the late 1980s, actress Maura Tierney has been a steady product of independent features, some hits and some misses, for close to a decade and a half. An odd and compelling beauty, she came from an upscale Bostonian family and was raised in the Hyde Park district.

Born ...

35. Mireille Enos

Actress | World War Z

Mireille Enos was born in Houston, Texas, to Monique, a teacher, and Jon Goree Enos. Her Texas-born American father, and French mother, met while her father was serving on a Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She is the fourth of five children and grew up in Houston, Texas...

36. Caitríona Balfe

Actress | Belfast

Caitriona Balfe was born in Dublin, Ireland, and grew up in the village of Tydavnet, in County Monaghan. She started modeling at the age of 19 after she was scouted by an agent while she was collecting money for charity at a local mall. She has both walked the runway and been featured in ...

37. Kathrine Thorborg Johansen

Actress | Skjelvet

Kathrine Thorborg Johansen is an actress, known for The Quake (2018) and Post Mortem: No One Dies in Skarnes (2021).

38. Brit Marling

Producer | Another Earth

Brit Heyworth Marling was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Heidi (Johnson) and John Marling, both of whom work in real estate. She graduated from Georgetown University, with a bachelor's in economics, and was offered a job with Goldman Sachs, which she turned down in favour of a career as an artist.

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39. Kate Ashfield

Actress | Shaun of the Dead

Most recognizable to international audiences for her lead role in Shaun of the Dead (2004), Kate Ashfield is a powerful British actress known for superlative and award-winning work in This Little Life (2003) (B.I.F.A. nomination, Best Actress), Late Night Shopping (2001) (B.I.F.A. Best Actress ...

40. Gaby Hoffmann

Actress | Field of Dreams

Gabrielle Mary Hoffmann was born in New York City, New York, to actors Anthony Herrera and Viva (née Janet Susan Mary Hoffmann), who was a Warhol superstar. She began acting in commercials at 4 to help pay the family bills. Gaby's first film role was as young "Maisy Russell" in 1989's Uncle Buck (...

41. Alicia Witt

Actress | Dune

Actor/singer songwriter Alicia Witt has had a nearly three-decade long career, starting with her film debut, in 1984, as "Alia" in David Lynch's science fiction classic, Dune (1984).

Witt was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, to Diane (Pietro), a high school teacher, and Robert Witt, a photographer ...

42. Mary McCormack

Actress | Deep Impact

Mary McCormack began her acting career performing in a stage production of Gian Carlo Menotti's Christmas opera, "Amahl and the Night Visitors". "I was twelve but looked like an eight-year-old boy" she recalls. "As luck would have it, none of the boys in town could sing, so I got the part and wore ...

43. Jenna Stern

Actress | Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Jenna Stern was born in Los Angeles, California, and is the daughter of British-born, Oscar-nominated actress Samantha Eggar and American producer Tom Stern. Her brother, Nicolas Stern, is a Producer for film and television. She graduated U.C. Berkeley in 1990 and then went to NYU's Graduate Acting...

44. Yasmine Akram

Actress | Sherlock

Yasmine Akram (born 1982) is an Irish-Pakistani actress, writer and comedian, best known for playing Janine in the third series of Sherlock. Akram was born in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates but her family settled in Drogheda, Ireland when she was just 18-months old. Her father is originally ...

45. Sarah Goldberg

Actress | The Dark Knight Rises

Sarah Goldberg was born on May 31, 1985 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Report (2019) and Barry (2018).

46. Eva Victor

Actress | Eva vs. Anxiety

Eva Victor is an actress and director, known for Eva vs. Anxiety (2019), Super Pumped (2022) and As of Yet (2021).

47. Heidi Gardner

Actress | Life of the Party

Heidi Gardner was born on July 27, 1983 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Life of the Party (2018), Bratz (2015) and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend (2020). She has been married to Zeb Wells since 2010.

48. Zoey Deutch

Actress | Set It Up

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 ...

49. Eve Lindley

Actress | Dispatches from Elsewhere

Eve Lindley is known for Dispatches from Elsewhere (2020), All We Had (2016) and Play (2022).

50. Eliza Coupe

Actress | Happy Endings

Eliza grew up in Plymouth, New Hampshire and graduated from Plymouth Regional High School.

Coupe first garnered industry attention in 2006 when her hilarious and irreverent one-woman show, The Patriots, performed at UCB/NYC, was selected for HBO's prestigious US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Coupe ...



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