British Dames in Waiting

by Sylviastel | created - 27 Dec 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Women who should be awarded British Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire but aren't at the moment. If they haven't been honored at all, now is the time to start the process that takes about two years. Anyway, some have been honored prior in recent years but still that doesn't mean that they can't get damehood. In fact on the honours list, the British dames are the smallest list in comparison to the male knights awarded in the list.

While this list is long and varied by experiences, I think some of these ladies deserve damehood or something whether it's another honor such as an MBE, OBE, or CBE just something to honor and respect their contributions and services to the entertainment world.

Anybody who declines a lesser honor isn't listed here since there are so many possible willing recipients. It's their loss in the first place.

Previously on this list but passed away. Faith Brook; Joyce Redman; Dinah Sheridan;Dora Bryan OBE; Elspet Gray; Edna Dore; Stella Tanner; Lila Kaye; Renee Asherson; Billie Whitelaw CBE; Anne Kirkbride; Cilla Black OBE; Jackie Collins OBE; Meg Mund;y Victoria Wood CBE OBE; Jean Alexander; Liz Smith MBE; Jane Freeman; Jeanne Moreau (Honorary)(Mother was British) Elizabeth Dawn MBE; Rosemary Leach Irene Sutcliffe

Declined Geraldine McEwen (declined OBE & Damehood). Honor Blackman (declined CBE). Vanessa Redgrave CBE (declined Damehood). Dawn French (declined OBE). Jennifer Saunders (declined OBE). Nigella Lawson (declined OBE). Julie Christie (declined a CBE) Caryl Churchill declined an OBE. Pam Gems declined an OBE. Estelle Kohler declined an OBE.

Awarded Damehood since I started the list. Joan Collins OBE; Angela Lansbury CBE; Barbara Windsor MBE; Penelope Keith CBE OBE; Kristin Scott-Thomas OBE; Harriet Walter CBE; Gillian Lynne CBE; Sian Phillips CBE; Penelope Wilton OBE; Patricia Routledge CBE OBE; Anna Wintour OBE; Julie Walters CBE OBE; June Whitfield CBE OBE

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1. Glynis Johns

Actress | Mary Poppins

Musical-voiced Glynis Johns is the daughter of actor Mervyn Johns. Best known for her light comedy roles and often playful flirtation, Glynis was born in South Africa while her parents were on tour there (her mother was a concert pianist) but was always proud of her Welsh roots and took delight in ...

She is definitely worthy of a British honor. In her 80s, now is the time to honor her.

2. June Brown

Actress | EastEnders

June Brown served in the Wrens and was classically trained at the Old Vic Drama School. She has enjoyed a long career in the theatre, television and the cinema. The actor Nigel Hawthorne described her as "one of the most beautiful creatures I've seen on stage" after seeing her performance as ...

MBE recipient;

3. Rosemary Harris

Actress | Spider-Man

Rosemary Harris is an English actress. She has won 4 Drama Desk Awards, and nominated 9 times for Tony Awards. In 1966, she won the "Tony Award for Best Actress" for her role as Eleanor of Aquitaine in "The Lion in Winter". In films, she is better known for portraying May Reilly Parker in the "...

One of the finest British actresses around in her eighties and still working up a storm. She's led a very active career and is a Theatre Hall of Fame inductee.

4. Sheila Ballantine

Actress | Ann Veronica

Sheila Ballantine was born in 1928 in Hackney, London, England as Sheila Mavis Ballantine. She is an actress, known for Ann Veronica (1964), Stage 2 (1971) and A Thousand Kisses Deep (2011).

A British actress in stage, television and film.

5. Jeannie Carson

Actress | As Long as They're Happy

Jeannie Carson was born on May 23, 1928 in Yorkshire, England as Jean Shufflebottom. She is an actress, known for As Long as They're Happy (1955), An Alligator Named Daisy (1955) and Max Liebman Spectaculars (1954). She has been married to Biff McGuire since November 29, 1960. She was previously ...

6. Barbara Bryne

Actress | Amadeus

Barbara Bryne was born on April 1, 1929 in London, England as Barbara Isabel Birkinshaw. She is an actress, known for Amadeus (1984), American Playhouse (1980) and The Bostonians (1984). She was previously married to Denny Spence.

7. Thelma Barlow

Actress | Mrs. Henderson Presents

Thelma Barlow (née Pigott) is an English television actress and writer, most famous for her roles as Mavis Wilton in the long-running ITV soap opera Coronation Street and as Dolly Bellfield in the sitcom Dinnerladies.

Thelma Barlow was born in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, the younger of two ...

A great actress known for her role in "Coronation Street," films, stage, and other television.

8. Maria Charles

Actress | Hot Fuzz

Maria Charles was born on September 22, 1929 in London, England as Maria Zena Schneider. She is an actress, known for Hot Fuzz (2007), Victor Victoria (1982) and Sixty Six (2006). She was previously married to Robin Hunter.

Another great actress of film, stage and television.

9. Mona Hammond

Actress | 10,000 BC

Mona Hammond was born Mavis Chin to a Chinese father and Jamaican mother. She came to Britain in 1959 on a scholarship to work with an architects firm but was soon involved in black theatre productions with contemporaries such as Lloyd and Barry Reckord and Charles Hyatt, under the name Mona Chin. ...

OBE recipient.

10. Claire Bloom

Actress | Clash of the Titans

Age has not taken the flower off this Bloom. The well-known and highly respected stage, screen and television actress Claire Bloom continues to be in demand as an octogenarian actress and looks as beautiful as ever.

She was born Patricia Claire Blume on February 15, 1931, in Finchley, North London, ...

CBE: British actress on stage, film, and television in America and in England as well. Long Overdue for an honor.

11. Josephine Tewson

Actress | Keeping Up Appearances

An English stage and television actress. She is best known for her roles in British television sitcoms, such as Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances (1990) and Miss Davenport in Last of the Summer Wine.

Tewson was born in Hampstead, London, England in 1931. Her father, William, was a professional ...

A great actress on stage, film and television. She's best known for her role as nervous Elizabeth in Keeping Up Appearances.

12. Virginia McKenna

Actress | Born Free

Talented flaxen-blonde British star combined her deep loves for acting and for wildlife throughout most her adult life. Born in London, England on June 7, 1931, her family possessed a sturdy theatrical background. Mother Anne was a jazz pianist, composer and cabaret performer while father Terry, an...

An OBE Recipient. She's an actress and activist as well especially towards animals.

13. Jean Boht

Actress | Bread

Jean Boht was born on March 6, 1932 in Liverpool, England as Jean Dance. She is an actress and producer, known for Bread (1986), Z Cars (1962) and Skins (2007). She has been married to Carl Davis since December 28, 1970. They have two children. She was previously married to William P. Boht.

14. Avril Elgar

Actress | The Stars Look Down

Avril Elgar was born on April 1, 1932 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England as Avril Williams. She is known for her work on The Stars Look Down (1974), Wilde (1997) and Carrie's War (1974). She was previously married to James Maxwell.

15. Phyllida Law

Actress | The Time Machine

Phyllida Law was born on May 8, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland as Phyllida Ann Law. She is an actress and writer, known for The Time Machine (2002), Much Ado About Nothing (1993) and Unleashed (2005). She was previously married to Eric Thompson.

OBE: She's not just Emma and Sophie Thompson's mother. She's also an accomplished stage, film and television actress in her own right.

16. Prunella Scales

Actress | Howards End

Prunella Scales was born on June 22, 1932 in Sutton Abinger, Surrey, England as Prunella Margaret Rumney Illingworth. She is an actress, known for Howards End (1992), Fawlty Towers (1975) and The Boys from Brazil (1978). She has been married to Timothy West since October 1963. They have two ...

She was awarded a CBE in 1992, she is long overdue for Damehood. Especially now with her poor health, this could be her last chance.

17. Toni Palmer

Actress | Target

Toni Palmer was born on September 17, 1932 in London, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Target (1977), Up the Front (1972) and Potter (1979).

18. Petula Clark

Soundtrack | Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Petula Clark was a star at the age of 11. She starred in British concert halls and on BBC radio singing for the troops during WWII. She was a child star in a series of British films from the end of WWII through to the early 1950s,and by 1954 was having hit records. After a move to France in 1960, ...

CBE recipient.

19. Caroline Blakiston

Actress | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Caroline Blakiston was born on February 13, 1933 in Chelsea, London, England as Caroline Georgiana Blakiston. She is an actress, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Scoop (2006) and For Elsie (2011).

20. Barbara Taylor Bradford

Writer | A Woman of Substance

Barbara Taylor Bradford was born on May 5, 1933 in Upper Armley, Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Barbara Taylor. She is a writer and executive, known for A Woman of Substance (1984), Hold the Dream (1986) and Act of Will (1989). She was previously married to Robert Bradford.

An OBE recipient. This British born writer and author has lived in New York City but still writes about her native England and delivers a novel regularly.

21. Sylvia Syms

Actress | The Queen

London-born Sylvia May Laura Syms hit major film appeal at a relatively young age. Born on January 6, 1934, she was educated at convent schools before receiving dramatic training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She made her stage debut in a production of "The Apple Cart" in 1954.

A repertory ...

An OBE Recipient. She was fantastic as the Queen Mother and is always welcome onscreen or stage.

22. Jane Greenwood

Costume_designer | Arthur

Jane Greenwood was born on April 30, 1934 in England. She is known for her work on Arthur (1981), Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) and Great Performances (1971).

23. Annette Crosbie

Actress | The Slipper and the Rose: The Story of Cinderella

Crosbie was born in Gorebridge, Midlothian, Scotland, to Presbyterian parents who disapproved of her becoming an actress. Nevertheless, she joined the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School while still in her teens. Her big break came in 1970 when she was cast as Catherine of Aragon in the BBC television ...

An OBE recipient since 1998, she's still acting on stage, film and television and is passionate about animals.

24. Millicent Martin

Actress | Nothing But the Best

Millicent Martin was born on June 8, 1934 in Romford, Essex, England as Millicent Mary Lillian Martin. She is an actress, known for Nothing But the Best (1964), Theatre Night (1957) and Downtown (1986). She has been married to Marc Alexander since 1978. She was previously married to Norman Eshley ...

She has been a familiar face in Britain and America especially for her role as Daphne's mother in "Frasier" but there's more to her. She's a singer and a gifted stage actress as well.

25. Jean Marsh

Actress | Willow

Born in London, Jean Marsh became interested in show business while taking dancing and mime classes as therapy for a childhood illness. After attending a charm school and working as a model, she started acting in repertory and took voice lessons. Her repertory work was supplemented by a number of ...

OBE: The woman who gave us "Upstairs, Downstairs." She's long overdue for recognition.

26. June Watson

Actress | The Death of Stalin

June Watson was born in 1935 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Agnes June Watson. She is an actress, known for The Death of Stalin (2017), 102 Dalmatians (2000) and William and Mary (2003). She has been married to Christopher Dunham since 1962. They have one child.

27. Christina Pickles

Actress | Masters of the Universe

Hailing from an English theatrical family, Christina Pickles is a beloved stage-trained actress who has enjoyed a rich and varied career that has allowed her to show her incredible range and great depth of character in her performances. She sets the bar for all at an entirely new height with this ...

She finally won an Emmy. I want to see her name on the list!

28. Anne Reid

Actress | Hot Fuzz

After several small roles in the classic 1950s British TV shows 'The Adventures of Robin Hood' and 'Hancock's Half Hour' she found fame as Ken Barlow's wife Valerie in the #1 UK TV show 'Coronation Street' she remained with the show for a decade before leaving to give birth and bring up her son. ...

An MBE recipient: She should have won an Oscar for "The Mother" or at least be nominated.

29. Amanda Barrie

Actress | Carry On Cleo

This feisty and very funny British comedienne and musical revue vet with the trademark 60s brunet page-boy haircut, pronounced jaw, and arguably the largest, Bette Davis-like eyes in London was born Shirley Anne Broadbent in Ashton-under-Lyne, Cheshire on September 14, 1935. The daughter of Hubert ...

She played in Carry On Films, Coronation Street, Stage, film and television. She still looks fabulous!

30. Barbara Leigh-Hunt

Actress | Frenzy

Barbara trained for the theatre at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre school then joined the Old Vic Company in London. After working in provincial repertory theatres she returned to the Bristol Old Vic to play Rosemary in 'The Severed Head' and transferred with the play to the west end. She returned ...

A great British actress from stage, film, and television.

31. Judy Parfitt

Actress | Dolores Claiborne

Of regal bearing and imposing stance, flame-haired British classical actress Judy Parfitt is the possessor of the chilliest blue orbs in all of London and has used them to her advantage over the years with her clever portrayals of haughty, bossy, imperious, deliciously malevolent patricians. Born ...

I just loved her performance in "Dolores Claiborne." She has been a prolific film, television, and stage actress. She's always worth watching.

32. Glenda Jackson

Actress | Women in Love

Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in ...

One of Britain's best known actresses and members of Parliament. A CBE recipient in the late 1970s, she's done a lifetime of acting before turning to politics. We hope she comes back.

33. Meg Johnson

Actress | The Good Companions

Meg Johnson was born on September 30, 1936 in Essex, England. She is an actress, known for The Good Companions (1980), Coronation Street (1960) and Emmerdale Farm (1972).

34. Sheila Reid

Actress | Brazil

Sheila Reid was born on December 21, 1937 in Glasgow, Scotland. She is an actress, known for Brazil (1985), Containment (2015) and The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997). She has been married to Terry Bullen since April 11, 2008. She was previously married to Julian Curry.

A great British film, television and stage actress.

35. Susan Hampshire

Actress | The Forsyte Saga

Susan Hampshire, the English actress who has won three Emmy Awards, was born in Kensington, London on May 12, 1937. Her original ambition was to be a nurse, but she could not pass her O-Level exam in Latin. (She found out when she was 30 years old that she was dyslexic, and her work on dyslexia ...

She was awarded an OBE for her services to dyslexia but she's a great actress on stage, film, and television.

36. Eleanor Bron

Actress | A Little Princess

There is one strange, mesmerizing film scene that easily sums up the disturbing fascination Eleanor Bron brought to her characters on stage, TV and in the cinema. This is the classic fig-eating scene which she shares with Alan Bates in the Oscar-winning drama Women in Love (1969). It is not to be ...

A British actress who has done stage, film and television and keeps working at it.

37. Ann Beach

Actress | Notting Hill

Ann Beach was born on June 7, 1938 in Wolverhampton, West Midlands, England. She was an actress, known for Notting Hill (1999), The City of the Dead (1960) and Under Milk Wood (1971). She was married to Francis Coleman. She died on March 9, 2017 in the UK.

38. Tina Packer

Actress | Doctor Who

Tina Packer was born on September 28, 1938 in Wolverhampton, England as Christina Packer. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (1963), David Copperfield (1966) and Two a Penny (1967).

The RADA trained actress has spent over 30 years in the US in Lenox, Massachusetts in running a Shakespeare Company and Theatre Company from raising money, producing, directing, and acting. She deserves recognition.

39. Anne Perry

Writer | The Cater Street Hangman

Anne Perry was born on October 28, 1938, in London. She was first known as Juliet Marion Hulme, famed co-murderess of friend Pauline Parker's mother in 1954. After serving five years in Mount Eden Prison she moved overseas to be with her mother. In 1979 she published The Cater Street Hangman, the ...

40. Gwen Taylor

Actress | Life of Brian

Gwen Taylor was born on February 19, 1939 in Derby, England. She is an actress, known for Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979), A Bit of a Do (1989) and The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash (1978). She has been married to Graham Reid since 1996.

One of Britain's best comedic actresses on stage, television, and film. Best known for Barbara, one of the best British comedies around.

41. Samantha Eggar

Actress | The Collector

Samantha Eggar was born on March 5, 1939 in Hampstead, London, England as Victoria Louise Samantha Marie Elizabeth Therese Eggar. She is an actress, known for The Collector (1965), The Brood (1979) and Hercules (1997). She was previously married to Tom Stern.

A great British actress who has been in the US for a long time.

42. Lynda Baron

Actress | Scoop

Lilian Baron known professionally as Lynda Baron, is an English actress, best known for playing Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in the BBC comedy series Open All Hours (1976-1985) and its sequel, Still Open All Hours (2013-2016).

From 1993 to 1997, she played Auntie Mabel in BBC children's programme Come ...

43. Polly Adams

Actress | Kisna: The Warrior Poet

Polly Adams was born on August 27, 1939 in Chichester, Sussex, England as Pauline Adams. She is an actress, known for Kisna: The Warrior Poet (2005), Pride and Prejudice (1967) and Theatre Night (1957).

44. Julia McKenzie

Actress | Notes on a Scandal

Julia McKenzie was born on February 17, 1941 in Enfield, Middlesex, England as Julia Kathleen Nancy McKenzie. She is known for her work on Notes on a Scandal (2006), Bright Young Things (2003) and Cranford (2007). She was previously married to Jerry Harte.

A British film, stage, and television actress who sings incredibly to the audiences. Her singing voice is unforgettable with passion, love, and tenderness.

45. Miriam Margolyes

Actress | The Age of Innocence

A veteran of stage and screen, award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence (1993) she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her ...

An OBE recipient and one of the funniest, most unique character actresses of our time.

46. Laura Mulvey

Director | Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti

Laura Mulvey was born on August 15, 1941 in Oxford, England as Laura Mary Alice Mulvey. She is a director and writer, known for Frida Kahlo & Tina Modotti (1983), 23rd August 2008 (2013) and Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (1974). She was previously married to Peter Wollen.

She's best known for her scholarly work on women's role onscreen in film. She's a teacher, professor, writer, and film director as well. Most people don't know about her but she speaks volumes about women in the film and how they are viewed.

47. Stephanie Cole

Actress | Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Stephanie Cole was born in Warwickshire, England, UK. At the age of 15 she auditioned for, and was accepted to, the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She began her career at the age of 17 playing a 90-year-old woman. She went on to play notable television roles, which included appearing in all 30 ...

An OBE recipient: She's played stubborn Diana on Waiting For God. She's a brilliant actress.

48. Juliet Mills

Actress | Passions

An English actress of stage, screen and television, sister to Hayley Mills and daughter of Sir John Mills, Juliet first came to notice in films, actually after her sister Hayley started her career. Juliet, however, was first plucked onto the screen and signing a contract with Warner Brothers and ...

49. Rita Tushingham

Actress | The Knack ...and How to Get It

Rita Tushingham was born in Liverpool on March 14, 1942, and did her professional apprenticeship with the Liverpool Playhouse. In 1961, she made her film debut as a teenager in Tony Richardson's adaption of Shelagh Delaney's kitchen sink drama, A Taste of Honey (1961). For her work in that film, ...

50. Julie Goodyear

Actress | Coronation Street

Julie's father walked out on the family soon after Julie's birth, Julie took stepfather Bill Goodyear's name. Most famous as Bet Lynch, barmaid landlady of Coronation Street (1960), her stepfather was a publican, and she served behind his bar, The Bay House in Haywood, to raise money for her ...

An MBE recipient: She has done a lot more than acting since leaving the Street. She's raised money for cancer.

51. Pam St. Clement

Actress | EastEnders

Pam St. Clement was born on May 11, 1942 in Harrow-on-the-Hill, Middlesex, England as Pamela Ann Clement. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Hedda (1975) and Doctor Who: Dimensions in Time (1993). She was previously married to Andrew Gordon.

She's best known for Pat Butcher on East Enders. With her retirement, she deserves recognition like her peer friends and reward for her activism in gay rights.

52. Louise Purnell

Actress | Clayhanger

Louise Purnell was born on May 29, 1942 in Purley, Surrey, England. She is an actress, known for Clayhanger (1976), Three Sisters (1970) and The Merchant of Venice (1973). She has been married to Andrew Roberston since 1974.

A great stage, film and television actress

53. Gemma Jones

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

Gemma Jones was born on December 4, 1942 in Marylebone, London, England as Jennifer R. Jones. She is an actress, known for Sense and Sensibility (1995), Bridget Jones's Baby (2016) and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010).

One of the best British actresses around. Long worthy and overdue for an honour.

54. Anna Carteret

Actress | Poirot

Anna Carteret was born on December 11, 1942 in Bangalore, India as Annabelle Susan Wilkinson. She is an actress, known for Poirot (1989), Juliet Bravo (1980) and The Plank (1967). She was previously married to Christopher Morahan.

55. Christine McVie

Soundtrack | Triple Frontier

English singer, keyboardist, and songwriter for British-American rock band, Fleetwood Mac, Christine McVie was born Christine Anne Perfect on July 12th, 1943 in the Lake District village of Bouth, England (then Lancashire, now Cumbria), and grew up in the Bearwood area of Smethwick near Birmingham....

56. Sue Nicholls

Actress | Coronation Street

Sue Nicholls was born on November 23, 1943 in Walsall, Staffordshire, England as Susan Frances Harmer Nicholls. She is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin (1976) and Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1983). She was previously married to Mark Eden.

A great actress and longtime veteran of Coronation Street. She was born with a title but she deserves another one too.

57. Marcia Warren

Actress | Leap Year

Marcia was born on 26 November 1943 and trained as an actress at London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 1963. From there on she took the path of many of her performing contemporaries, acting in repertory throughout the country - beginning as a assistant stage manager in 'David ...

58. Sara Kestelman

Actress | Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords

Sara Kestelman was born on May 12, 1944 in London, England as Sara Jane Kestelman. She is an actress and director, known for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (2004), Lisztomania (1975) and Zardoz (1974).

More known for her stage presence, she's a versatile actress on stage, film and television.

59. Frances de la Tour

Actress | The History Boys

Frances de la Tour (born 30 July 1944) is an English actress, known for her role as Miss Ruth Jones in the television sitcom Rising Damp from 1974 until 1978. She is a Tony Award winner and three-time Olivier Award winner.

She performed as Mrs. Lintott in the play The History Boys in London and on ...

That unforgettable deep voice! She's done it all on stage, film and television and keeps doing it.

60. Elizabeth Bennett

Actress | Largo Winch

Elizabeth Bennett was born on July 20, 1944 in Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008), Calendar Girls (2003) and Baby Boom (1987).

61. Jane Lapotaire

Actress | Blind Justice

Jane Lapotaire was born on December 26, 1944 in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. She is an actress, known for Blind Justice (1988), Rebecca (2020) and Marie Curie (1977). She was previously married to Roland Joffé.

A British stage, film and television actress worthy of any honor at this point.

62. Francesca Annis

Actress | Dune

English actress Francesca Annis, who has enjoyed a career spanning seven decades in movies, television and the theater, was born in London six days after V-E Day, on May 14, 1945. Her father, Lester, was English, but her mother, Mariquita (aka Mara Purcell), was of Brazilian-French heritage. From ...

She's one of the best British actresses on stage, film and television. She's played Tuppence and Lillie Langtry among her many roles.

63. Nicola Pagett

Actress | There's a Girl in My Soup

Nicola Pagett was born on June 15, 1945 in Cairo, Egypt as Nicola Mary Pagett Scott. She is an actress, known for There's a Girl in My Soup (1970), An Awfully Big Adventure (1995) and Wicked Women (1970). She was previously married to Graham Swannell.

A great television, film and stage actress

64. Maria Aitken

Actress | A Fish Called Wanda

Maria Aitken was born on September 12, 1945 in Dublin, Ireland as Maria Penelope Katharine Aitken. She is an actress and writer, known for A Fish Called Wanda (1988), Spider (2002) and Asylum (2005). She has been married to Patrick McGrath since December 28, 1991. She was previously married to ...

She has been an actress and stage director. One of the Marias on this list. She's been active for decades in the theatre.

65. Paola Dionisotti

Actress | Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced

Paola Dionisotti was born in 1946 in Turin, Italy. She is an actress, known for Miss Marple: A Murder Is Announced (1985), Les Misérables (1998) and Florence Foster Jenkins (2016).

66. Brenda Blethyn

Actress | Pride & Prejudice

After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved.

Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving ...

A great British actress and OBE recipient as well. She's been working for decades in America and in her native England.

67. Hayley Mills

Actress | Pollyanna

Born Hayley Catherine Rose Vivien Mills in London, England, on Thursday, April 18th, 1946, she is the daughter of the great actor Sir John Mills and the well-known novelist-playwright Mary Hayley Bell. Her sister is the actress Juliet Mills. She grew up in her parents' home, an outgoing, funny ...

68. Alison Steadman

Actress | Life Is Sweet

The acclaimed Alison Steadman was born in 1946 in Liverpool, the daughter of George Percival Steadman and Marjorie Evans. Educated at Childwall Valley High School, she studied at the East-15 Acting School from 1966-1969, then toiled as a secretary at the Liverpool Probation Service before deciding ...

An OBE Recipient: She's a familiar face in film and television and stage as well.

69. Felicity Kendal

Actress | The Good Life

British leading woman best known at one time for "cute" roles but a formidable actress in a wide variety of parts. Born in England, she was raised in India where her parents Geoffrey Kendal and Laura Liddell toured the nation for decades with a traveling classical theatre troupe called ...

She's a cute actress who has done it all on stage, film, and television. She was already awarded the CBE and hasn't stopped working since then.

70. Patricia Hodge

Actress | Miranda

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

71. Maggie Steed

Actress | The Painted Veil

Born Margaret Baker in Plymouth, Devon, in 1946, Maggie Steed studied drama with the Old Vic Theatre School in Bristol, graduating in the late 1960s. However, her first professional engagements were as an assistant stage manager, working behind the scenes in a somewhat lowly capacity, because, she ...

72. Rosalind Ayres

Actress | Titanic

Rosalind Ayres was born on December 7, 1946 in Birmingham, England. She is an actress and producer, known for Titanic (1997), Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception (2011) and Gods and Monsters (1998). She has been married to Martin Jarvis since November 23, 1974. They have two children.

Another great British actress of stage, film and television

73. Marianne Faithfull

Actress | Marie Antoinette

Daughter of Eva, the Baroness Erisso, and Major Glynn Faithfull, a WWII British spy. Recorded the first song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "As Tears Go By" (1964). Involved in a major drug scandal with Jagger, Richards and others, which ultimately turned public opinion favorably ...

She's a British and world icon and figure. She deserves something.

74. Patti Love

Actress | The Long Good Friday

Patti Love was born in 1947 in the UK. She is an actress, known for The Long Good Friday (1980), Mrs. Henderson Presents (2005) and Galavant (2015).

A British stage, television and film actress.

75. Pam Ferris

Actress | Matilda

Pam Ferris was born on May 11, 1948 in Hannover, Lower Saxony, Germany as Pamela E. Ferris. She is an actress, known for Matilda (1996), Children of Men (2006) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004). She has been married to Roger Frost since August 1986.

76. Julie Covington

Actress | Rock Follies

Julie is a stage and screen actress and singer. She is most famous for reaching the top of the U.K. singles chart in 1976 with her definitive version of "Don't Cry for me Argentina" from the musical, "Evita". One year later, she was back in the U.K. charts again with an excellent version of the ...

77. Elaine Paige

Soundtrack | Cats

Elaine Paige, as an actress, recording artist, producer and broadcaster, has made a major contribution to the modern musical that ensures her own chapter in the entertainment world and justifies the title "The First Lady of Musical Theatre".

She has starred in numerous West End productions and on ...

One of Britain's best known singers and actresses to grace the musical stage in both London and Broadway. An OBE Recipient, she's overdue too.

78. Lulu

Soundtrack | To Sir, with Love

Born in Glasgow in 1948. As a teenager, she toured the northern clubs with her band, "the Luvvers". After her initial success with a cover of "Shout" reaching #7 in 1964, Lulu went on to establish herself as one of the biggest-selling British female singers of the 1960s. She made her film début in ...


79. Charlotte Cornwell

Actress | The Saint

Londoner Charlotte Elizabeth Cornwell was born on April 26 1949, the younger half-sister of novelist John le Carré -- whose real name was David Cornwell -- and his novel, 'The Little Drummer Girl', had a leading character based on her, le Carré being disappointed that in the film version the star ...

80. Zoë Wanamaker

Actress | My Week with Marilyn

Zoë Wanamaker was born on May 13, 1949 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for My Week with Marilyn (2011), My Family (2000) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001). She has been married to Gawn Grainger since November 1994.

A CBE recipient. This New York City born and British actress has done it all including a British sitcom and helped her late father Sam Wanamaker CBE in establishing the Shakespeare Globe Theatre on the Banks of the Thames River. She's still in demand for work and still does it all whether on stage, film or television.

81. Cheryl Campbell

Actress | Testament of Youth

Cheryl Campbell is an English actress, probably best known in the United States for her role as Eileen in Dennis Potter's Pennies from Heaven (1978), for which she received a BAFTA nomination as Best Television Actress. The following year, she won the award for her roles in three shows: Testament ...

82. Margot Leicester

Actress | 1408

Margot was born in September 1949. Growing up in Middleton in Lancashire she attended Bury Grammar school, whose theatre trips to Stratford on Avon, the Manchester Exchange and Octagon Theatre, Bolton, led to her interest in acting. On leaving school she read English, aptly enough at the University...

83. Susie Blake

Actress | Coronation Street

Blake trained at the Arts Educational School and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She is the granddaughter of the actress Annette Mills and a grand-niece of the actor Sir John Mills. Actresses Hayley and Juliet Mills are Blake's first cousins once-removed.

Blake has appeared regularly ...

84. Geraldine James

Actress | Sherlock Holmes

Geraldine James, Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) was born on July 6, 1950 in Maidenhead, Berkshire. She was educated at Downe House, a girls' independent school in Newbury, Berkshire, and later, at Drama Centre London. Geraldine has made several film and television appearances, she ...

An OBE recipient: She's a great actress on film, stage and television.

85. Lindsay Duncan

Actress | Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

Lindsay Duncan was born on November 7, 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland as Lindsay Vere Duncan. She is known for her work on Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014), About Time (2013) and Under the Tuscan Sun (2003). She is married to Hilton McRae. They have one child.

A CBE recipient: She's best known for stage, film and television.

86. Helen Worth

Actress | Coronation Street

Helen Worth was born on January 7, 1951 in Ossett, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England as Cathryn Helen Wigglesworth. She is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), Doctor Who (1963) and Children in Need (1980). She has been married to Trevor Dawson since April 6, 2013. She was previously ...

One of the Street's leading ladies since the 1970s and still going strong.

87. Suzanne Bertish

Actress | The 13th Warrior

Suzanne Bertish was born on August 7, 1951 in Hammersmith, London, England as Suzanne C. Bertish. She is known for her work on The 13th Warrior (1999), Rome (2005) and The Wife (2017).

88. Chrissie Hynde

Soundtrack | Happy Feet

Chrissie Hynde was born on September 7, 1951 in Akron, Ohio, USA as Christine Ellen Hynde. She was previously married to Lucho Brieva and Jim Kerr.

She could get an honorary dame hood for her services to music. She has lived in England since the seventies and is based there.

89. Celia Imrie

Actress | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Celia Imrie is an Olivier award-winning and Screen Actors Guild-nominated actress, a Variety magazine 'Icon' and Women in Film and Television 'Lifetime Achievement award' winner. As well as her acclaimed film, television and theatre work, she is also a Sunday Times best-selling author. Celia is ...

A brilliant actress and presence even on the small screen. She's a scene stealer in the sitcom "After You've Gone."

90. Jenny Agutter

Actress | Logan's Run

Jenny Agutter was born on December 20, 1952, in Taunton, Somerset, England, UK. The daughter of an army officer, she spent her childhood traveling and living in different countries. Her film career began at the age of 12 in East of Sudan (1964), which was quickly followed by The Magical World of ...


91. Ruby Wax

Actress | Shock Treatment

Ruby Wax was born on April 19, 1953 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as Ruby Wachs. She is known for her work on Shock Treatment (1981), Girls on Top (1985) and Chariots of Fire (1981). She has been married to Ed Bye since May 16, 1988. They have three children. She was previously married to Trevor ...

Honorary OBE! Hooray!

92. Barb Jungr

Composer | Terry and Julian

Barb Jungr was born on May 9, 1954 in Rochdale, Lancashire, England. She is a composer, known for Terry and Julian (1992), Piers Morgan's Life Stories (2009) and Queens of Jazz: The Joy and Pain of the Jazz Divas (2013). She was previously married to Richard Bowling.

93. 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), Vera Drake (2004) and Shakespeare in Love (1998). She has been married to Jim Carter since October ...

OBE recipient

94. Juliet Stevenson

Actress | Bend It Like Beckham

Juliet Stevenson was born on October 30, 1956 in Essex, England as Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson. She is known for her work on Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Truly Madly Deeply (1990) and Nicholas Nickleby (2002).

A CBE Recipient: She's a great actress, presence on screen or television and theatre as well.

95. Jane Gurnett

Actress | A Touch of Frost

Jane Gurnett was born on March 12, 1957 in Sturminster Newton, Dorset, England as Elizabeth Jane Gurnett. She is an actress, known for A Touch of Frost (1992), Dangerfield (1995) and Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987).

96. Beverley Callard

Actress | Coronation Street

Beverley Callard was born on March 28, 1957 in Leeds, Yorkshire, England as Beverley Jane Moxon. She is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps (2001) and Mile High (2003). She has been married to Jon McEwan since October 30, 2010. She was ...

97. Phyllida Lloyd

Director | Mamma Mia!

Phyllida Lloyd was born on June 17, 1957 in Bristol, England as Phyllida Christian Lloyd. She is known for her work on Mamma Mia! (2008), The Iron Lady (2011) and Herself (2020).

A CBE recipient. She is one of Britain's female directors to ever earn such accolades and honors for her work in the film industry.

98. Kate Burton

Actress | Big Trouble in Little China

Swiss-born Welsh-American actress Kate Burton is the daughter of Welsh actors Richard Burton and Sybil Williams. She graduated Brown University (1979), majoring in Russian studies and European history. She served on the board of 'Production Workshop', the university's student-run theater group. She...

She has British citizenship even though she has been in the US.

99. Miranda Richardson

Actress | The Crying Game

Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, England on March 3, 1958, to Marian Georgina (Townsend) and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed...

One of the great British actresses of our time in drama or playing Queen Elizabeth I in "The Black Adder."

100. Frances Barber

Actress | Goal!

Frances Barber has worked in a string of award-winning productions for the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, taking roles as diverse as Eliza in Pygmalion and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth. Among her film appearances are roles in Stephen Frears' Prick Up Your Ears (1987) and Sammy and ...

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