actresses with classical features

by smoothhoney1265 | created - 24 Nov 2016 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

(young) modern day actresses who can play historical roles thanks to their classical looks

1. Kate Bosworth

Actress | Superman Returns

Kate Bosworth was born in Los Angeles, California, to Patricia (Potter), a homemaker, and Harold Bosworth, who was an executive for Talbots. Unlike the characters Bosworth has portrayed in television and in film, which are known as "townies", Kate spent most of her childhood in different cities and...

2. Schuyler Fisk

Actress | Orange County

The actress and singer-songwriter Schuyler Fisk is the daughter of Academy Award-winning actress Sissy Spacek and production designer Jack Fisk, who met on the set of Badlands (1973), which starred Spacek (Fisk was the art director on the film). Although she was born in Los Angeles, California, she...

3. Liv Lisa Fries

Actress | Und morgen mittag bin ich tot

Liv Lisa Fries (born 1990) is a German actress born in Berlin. In 2017, she gained an international following as the female lead Charlotte Ritter in the German TV series Babylon Berlin.

Born in Berlin, Fries wanted to become an actress when she was 14 years old after watching Léon: The Professional ...

4. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

5. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

6. Elle Fanning

Actress | Super 8

Mary Elle Fanning was born on the 9th of April 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. 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 Channel ...

7. Phoebe Tonkin

Actress | Tomorrow, When the War Began

Tonkin was born in Sydney. When she was four, she attended dance courses in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap dance. At the age of 12, Tonkin began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre. Tonkin attended Loreto Kirribilli and later ...

8. Michelle Dockery

Actress | Downton Abbey

Michelle Suzanne Dockery born 15 December 1981 is an English actress and singer. She is best known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV drama series Downton Abbey (2010-2015), for which she has been nominated for three consecutive Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. She made her ...

9. Amy Nuttall

Actress | Downton Abbey

Amy Nuttall was born on June 7, 1982 in Bolton, Lancashire, England as Amy Abigail Nuttall. She is an actress, known for Downton Abbey (2010), Emmerdale (1972) and Hotel Babylon (2006). She has been married to Andrew Buchan since September 8, 2012. They have one child.

10. Laura Carmichael

Actress | Downton Abbey

Laura Carmichael was born on July 16, 1986 in Southampton, Hampshire, England. She is an actress, known for Downton Abbey (2010), Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and Madame Bovary (2014).

11. Lesley Manville

Actress | Phantom Thread

Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award-winning actress of theatre, film, and television, and has worked extensively with director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), and Secrets & ...

12. Courtney Ford

Actress | Dexter

As an actress on the rise, Courtney Ford shines equally bright in both comedic and dramatic roles. After a memorable arc on Showtime's Dexter, Ford was named one of the "Top Ten Faces to Watch on Television" by Variety. Her ability to take on diverse projects has set her career in motion. Currently...

13. Antonia Bernath

Actress | The Astronaut Wives Club

Antonia was born in England but was raised in Virginia, USA till she was 12. She then lived in Wiltshire. She played leads in National Youth Music Theatre as a child and did Footlights when she studied English at Cambridge University. She left university to go to Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. She...

14. 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.

15. Ekaterina Panasyuk

Actor | Baggage

Ekaterina Panasyuk is an actor, known for Baggage (2015).

16. Cordelia Reynolds

Actress | Damages

Cordelia Reynolds is an actress, known for Damages (2007), The Girl from Monday (2005) and Fractured (2007).

17. Susanne Wuest

Actress | Ich seh ich seh

Susanne Wuest grew up close to Vienna, Austria. Right after high school she started working at the prestigious Volkstheater in Vienna. Soon after, she gained international attention with her leading part in "Antares", directed by Götz Spielmann.

After it premiered in competition of Locarno, "Antares...

18. Ella Hunt

Actress | Anna and the Apocalypse

Ella Hunt (born 29 April 1998) is an English actress, known for Intruders (2011), Les Misérables (2012), Robot Overlords (2014), and Anna and the Apocalypse (2017). From 2016 until 2018, she played the role of Ellie Marsden in the ITV comedy series Cold Feet. In 2017, she appeared as Emma Carr in ...

19. María Valverde

Actress | Exodus: Gods and Kings

She began acting in 2002, when film director Manuel Martin Cuenca chose her from 3000 girls to be the lead actress in his film "The Bolshevik's Weakness". One year later, Maria's work impressed both the audience and the Spanish Film Academy, who awarded her with the Goya for Best Newcomer. Since ...

20. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...

21. Bella Heathcote

Actress | The Neon Demon

Born Isabella, "Bella" Heathcote is an actress from Australia. Her first roles include playing "Amanda Fowler" on the Australian television soap opera, Neighbours (1985), for which she is best known. She was a recipient of a Heath Ledger Scholarship in May 2010. Tim Burton cast Heathcote as "...

22. Lily James

Actress | Cinderella

Lily James was born Lily Chloe Ninette Thomson in Esher, Surrey, to Ninette (Mantle), an actress, and Jamie Thomson, an actor and musician. Her grandmother, Helen Horton, was an American actress. She began her education at Arts Educational School in Tring and subsequently went on to study acting at...

23. Poppy Corby-Tuech

Actress | Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

Poppy Colette Corby-Tuech (pronounced tu-esh) was born in France, spending her first years living in Fontainebleau and relocating to Norfolk aged nine. She is fluent in both French and English. She spent several years playing in post-punk/ electro bands White Rose Movement and Genuflex, recording ...

24. Déborah François

Actress | Populaire

The daughter of a police officer and a social worker and the middle of three siblings, Déborah François was cast by the Dardenne brothers in L'enfant in 2005 while she was in high school. Between the ages of 10 to 16 François had taken acting classes but she did not expect to make acting her career...

25. Sarah Gadon

Actress | Enemy

Sarah Gadon was born in a quiet residential area in Toronto, Ontario, to a teacher mother and a psychologist father. She grew up with the support and encouragement of her parents and older brother, James, and with this was inspired to go headlong into acting and dance alike. Sarah spent much of her...

26. January Jones

Actress | X: First Class

January Jones was born on January 5, 1978 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is the daughter of Karen Sue (née Cox), a sporting goods store manager, and Marvin Roger Jones, a gym teacher and fitness director. She is of Czech, Danish, English, Welsh, and German ancestry. She was named after the ...

27. Sophie McShera

Actress | Cinderella

Sophie McShera was born on May 17, 1985 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. She is an actress, known for Cinderella (2015), Downton Abbey (2010) and Galavant (2015).

28. Rebecca Ferguson

Actress | Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation

Rebecca Ferguson was born Rebecca Louisa Ferguson Sundström in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in its Vasastaden district. Her father is Swedish. Her mother, Rosemary Ferguson, is British, of Scottish and Northern Irish descent, and moved to Sweden at the age of 25. Rebecca attended an ...

29. Lena Headey

Actress | Game of Thrones

Lena Headey is a British actress. Headey is best known for her role as "Cersei Lannister" in Game of Thrones (2011) (2011-present) and The Brothers Grimm (2005), Possession (2002), and The Remains of the Day (1993). Headey stars as "Queen Gorgo", a heroic Spartan woman in the period film, 300 (2006)...

30. Rani Mukerji

Actress | Black

Mukerji comes from a film-oriented family of Bengali origin. Her father, Ram Mukherjee, is a retired director and one of the founders of "Filmalaya Studios". Her mother, Krishna Mukherjee, was a playback singer. Her brother, Raj Mukherjee is a film producer, now turned director. Her maternal aunt, ...

31. Kajol

Actress | Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Kajol was born on August 5, 1974 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India as Kajol Mukherjee. She is an actress, known for Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Fanaa (2006) and My Name Is Khan (2010). She has been married to Ajay Devgn since February 24, 1999. They have two children.

32. Constance Wu

Actress | Crazy Rich Asians

Constance Wu was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother is a computer programmer and her father is a college professor. Both are Taiwanese immigrants. Constance grew up in Richmond performing in the local community theatre scene. At sixteen, she moved to New York to study at the famed ...

33. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

34. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

35. Deepika Padukone

Actress | Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Deepika Padukone, born 5 January 1986 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is an Indian model & Actress. She is the daughter of former badminton Champion Prakash Padukone. Her mother tongue is Konkani. Deepika has a younger sister named Anisha.

She has been modeling appearances in print and television advertising...

36. Pom Klementieff

Actress | Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Pom Klementieff (born 3 May 1986) is a French actress. She was trained at the Cours Florent drama school in Paris and has appeared in such films as Loup (2009), Sleepless Night (2011) and Hacker's Game (2015). She plays the role of Mantis in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the ...

37. Danica McKellar

Actress | The Wonder Years

Together with her younger sister, Crystal McKellar, she began acting at a young age in her mother's dance studio. In 1982 the family moved to Los Angeles and a few years later she appeared in her first commercial. A few guest appearances in The Twilight Zone (1985) was followed by her breakthrough ...

38. Poppy Drayton

Actress | The Shannara Chronicles

Drayton graduated from the Arts Educational School in Chiswick (London, England).

In 2013 Drayton was cast in her first major role in the Hallmark Channel television movie pilot for When Calls the Heart, in which she played Elizabeth Thatcher (a role that was taken over by Erin Krakow in the ...

39. Vera Farmiga

Actress | Up in the Air

Vera Farmiga is an American actress who has received an Academy Award nomination for her role in Up in the Air (2009) and Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her roles in Bates Motel (2013) and When They See Us (2019).

She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children, on August 6, 1973, ...

40. Cara Horgan

Actress | The Death of Stalin

Cara Horgan is an actress, known for The Death of Stalin (2017), Traitors (2019) and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008).

41. Sophie Skelton

Actress | Outlander

Sophie Alexandra Skelton was born and raised in Cheshire, UK. She is the youngest of three, with two older brothers, and the only one in her family to go into acting. Having been a ballet dancer from a young age and starting her acting career on the stage, she moved into screen when she was spotted...

42. Alicia von Rittberg

Actress | Fury

Alicia Gräfin von Rittberg, born on 10 December 1993 in Munich, made her debut in front of the camera at the age of six in the popular TV-show "Dingsda" (2000), in which small children had to explain different everyday concepts. But her real acting career began only a few years later: in 2006 she ...

43. Klara Deutschmann

Actress | Tatort

Klara Deutschmann was born on April 27, 1989 in Hamburg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Tatort (1970), Partners in Justice (2014) and Charité (2017).

44. Michelle Duncan

Actress | Atonement

Michelle Duncan (born 14 April 1978) is a Scottish actress. Known for Driving Lessons (2006), Atonement (2007) and The Broken (2008). She is set to portray Shelley Stern in the upcoming biographical drama film Bohemian Rhapsody (2018). Duncan trained in acting at Queen Margaret University, ...

45. Perdita Weeks

Actress | As Above, So Below

Perdita Weeks was born on December 25, 1985 in Cardiff, Wales as Perdita Rose Annunziata Weeks. She is an actress, known for As Above, So Below (2014), Hamlet (1996) and Spice World (1997).

46. Genevieve Gaunt

Actress | Knightfall

Genevieve Gaunt was born as Genevieve Wilhemina Gaunt. She is an actress, known for Knightfall (2017), The Royals (2015) and Dusty and Me (2016).

47. 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,...

48. 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. ...



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