British Actresses on TV

by glyntreharne-1 | created - 13 Dec 2013 | updated - 19 Apr 2014 | Public

A list of actresses better known for their work on television

1. Freema Agyeman

Actress | Doctor Who

Freema Agyeman was born on March 20, 1979 in London, England as Frema Agyeman. She is an actress, known for Doctor Who (2005), Law & Order: UK (2009) and Sense8 (2015).

2. Caroline Aherne

Actress | The Royle Family

Caroline Aherne was born on December 24, 1963 in Ealing, London, England. She was an actress and writer, known for The Royle Family (1998), The Mrs. Merton Show (1995) and Mrs. Merton and Malcolm (1999). She was married to Peter Hook. She died on July 2, 2016 in Timperley, Greater Manchester, ...

3. Leslie Ash

Actress | Men Behaving Badly

Leslie Ash was born on February 19, 1960 in Clapham, Lambeth, London, England. She is an actress, known for British Men Behaving Badly (1992), Quadrophenia (1979) and C.A.T.S. Eyes (1985). She has been married to Lee Chapman since 1988. They have two children.

4. Jane Asher

Actress | Death at a Funeral

Jane Asher (born 5 April 1946) is an English actress, author and entrepreneur, who achieved early fame as a child actress, and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career.

She has appeared in TV shows and films such as The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Alfie (1966), Deep End (1970)...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. Amanda Burton

Actress | Silent Witness

Amanda Burton was born and raised in Derry, Northern Ireland. Leaving aged 18 to train as an actress at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre. Amanda has since become one of Britain's most respected and admired actresses often taking on leading strong roles in dramas. She is the mother of two ...

8. Stephanie Cole

Actress | Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Born in Warwickshire, England, UK. At age of 15, she auditioned for and was accepted to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. Stephanie began her career at age 17 playing a 90-year-old woman. She went on to play beloved characters on the shows Waiting for God (1990) and Doc Martin (2004).

9. 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.

10. Wendy Craig

Actress | Butterflies

Wendy Craig was born on June 20, 1934 in Sacriston, Durham, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Butterflies (1978), The Nanny (1965) and The Servant (1963). She was previously married to Jack Bentley.

11. 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 ...

12. Amanda Holden

Actress | Wild at Heart

Amanda Holden was born on February 16, 1971 in Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire, England as Amanda Louise Holden. She is an actress, known for Wild at Heart (2006), Marple (2004) and Jonathan Creek (1997). She has been married to Chris Hughes since December 10, 2008. They have three children. She was ...

13. Suranne Jones

Actress | Doctor Foster

Suranne Jones was born on August 27, 1978 in Oldham, Greater Manchester, England as Sarah Anne Jones. She is an actress and writer, known for Doctor Foster: A Woman Scorned (2015), Scott & Bailey (2011) and Coronation Street (1960). She has been married to Laurence Akers since August 4, 2015. ...

14. Lesley Joseph

Actress | Birds of a Feather

Lesley Joseph was born on October 14, 1945 in Finsbury Park, London, England as Lesley Diana Joseph. She is an actress, known for Birds of a Feather (1989), Night & Day (2001) and Celebrity Juice (2008).

15. Yootha Joyce

Actress | Catch Us If You Can

Yootha Joyce was born on August 20, 1927 in Wandsworth, London, England as Yootha Needham. She was an actress, known for Having a Wild Weekend (1965), Man About the House (1973) and George and Mildred (1980). She was married to Glynn Edwards. She died on August 24, 1980 in Westminster, London.

16. Michelle Keegan

Actress | Coronation Street

Michelle Keegan was born on June 3, 1987 in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England as Michelle Elizabeth Keegan. She is an actress, known for Coronation Street (1960), Our Girl (2014) and Drunk History: UK (2015). She has been married to Mark Wright since May 24, 2015.

17. Penelope Keith

Actress | The Good Life

Penelope Keith was born on April 2, 1940 in Sutton, Surrey, England as Penelope Anne Constance Hatfield. She is an actress, known for Good Neighbors (1975), To the Manor Born (1979) and Private Lives (1976). She has been married to Rodney Timson since February 6, 1978. They have two children.

18. Sarah Lancashire

Actress | Happy Valley

Sarah Lancashire was born on October 4, 1964 in Oldham, Lancashire, England as Sarah-Jane Abigail Lancashire. She is an actress and director, known for Happy Valley (2014), Seeing Red (2000) and Clocking Off (2000). She has been married to Peter Salmon since August 22, 2001. They have one child. ...

19. Joanna Lumley

Actress | The Wolf of Wall Street

Joanna Lumley was born on 1 May, 1946 in Kashmir, India, to British parents, Thya Beatrice Rose (Weir) and James Rutherford Lumley. Her father was a major in the Gurkha Rifles, and she spent most of her early childhood in the Far East where her father was posted.

An aspiring actress, she first came ...

20. Julia McKenzie

Actress | Notes on a Scandal

Julia McKenzie was born on February 17, 1938 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.

21. Anna Maxwell Martin

Actress | Becoming Jane

The rather striking Anna Maxwell-Martin is a rising star on both stage and screen. Anna had dreamed all her life of becoming actress even though her family had no background in the arts whatsoever. She starred in school plays and an acclaimed production of "Breezeblock Park" in the role of Betty.

At...

22. Dandy Nichols

Actress | The Alf Garnett Saga

Dandy Nichols was born on May 21, 1907 in Fulham, London, England as Daisy Sander. She was an actress, known for The Alf Garnett Saga (1972), The Deep Blue Sea (1955) and The Fallen Idol (1948). She was married to Stephen Baguley Waters. She died on February 6, 1986 in Whitechapel, London.

23. Sophie Okonedo

Actress | Hotel Rwanda

Sophie Okonedo is a British actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tatiana Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda (2004).

Okonedo was born within London in 1968. Her parents were Henry Okonedo (1939-2009) and Joan Allman. Her father was British Nigerian, ...

24. Tamzin Outhwaite

Actress | EastEnders

Tamzin Outhwaite was born on November 5, 1970 in Ilford, Essex, England as Tamzin Maria Outhwaite. She is an actress, known for EastEnders (1985), Cassandra's Dream (2007) and Hotel Babylon (2006). She was previously married to Tom Ellis.

25. 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.

26. Amanda Redman

Actress | Sexy Beast

Amanda Redman was born on August 12, 1957 in Brighton, East Sussex, England as Amanda Jacqueline Redman. She is an actress, known for Sexy Beast (2000), New Tricks (2003) and Mike Bassett: England Manager (2001). She has been married to Damian Schnabel since September 4, 2010. She was previously ...

27. 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. ...

28. Beryl Reid

Actress | The Killing of Sister George

Beryl Reid was the daughter of Scottish parents and grew up in industrial Manchester, England. She left home at the age of 16 to go and work in a shop. She lasted 6 weeks. She applied for and was accepted in a revue in the Summer season in Bridlington. She had no formal training but joined the ...

29. Linda Robson

Actress | Birds of a Feather

Linda Robson was born on March 13, 1958 in Islington, London, England as Linda Patricia Mary Robson. She is an actress, known for Birds of a Feather (1989), The Likely Lads (1976) and Anuvahood (2011). She has been married to Mark Dunford since September 16, 1990. They have two children.

30. Lesley Sharp

Actress | Naked

Lesley Sharp was born on April 3, 1960 in Manchester, England as Karen Makinson. She is an actress and director, known for Naked (1993), The Full Monty (1997) and Afterlife (2005). She has been married to Nicholas Gleaves since February 1994. They have two children.

31. Una Stubbs

Actress | Sherlock

Una Stubbs was born on May 1, 1937 in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England. She is an actress, known for Sherlock (2010), Worzel Gummidge (1979) and Till Death Us Do Part (1965). She was previously married to Nicky Henson and Peter Gilmore.

32. Eleanor Summerfield

Actress | Department S

Known for her small yet earthy Brit portrayals on film, Eleanor Summerfield was born in London on March 7, 1921, initially trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1937). The hard-looking, blue-eyed blonde began in films in 1947 but created some waves first on stage opposite Cicely Courtneidge...

33. Nicola Walker

Actress | Spooks

Nicola Walker was born on May 15, 1970 in Stepney, London, England as Nicola Jane Walker. She is an actress, known for Spooks (2002), River (2015) and Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). She is married to Barnaby Kay. They have one child.

34. Penelope Wilton

Actress | The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Penelope Wilton was born on June 3, 1946 in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England as Penelope Alice Wilton. She is an actress, known for The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Pride & Prejudice (2005). She was previously married to Ian Holm and Daniel Massey.



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