My Favorite Character Actresses

by TopDragon | created - 13 Jan 2016 | updated - 4 days ago | Public

A collection of actresses I've watched in television and film that seem to have it all: brains, beauty, and talent.

1. Nina Dobrev

Actress | The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian born-Canadian actress. Her best known television roles are as Mia Jones in Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001), and Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce on The Vampire Diaries (2009). Her film work includes The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), Let's Be Cops (2014), The ...

From Vampire Diaries, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

2. Morena Baccarin

Actress | Deadpool

Morena Baccarin was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to actress Vera Setta and journalist Fernando Baccarin. Her uncle was actor Ivan Setta. Morena has Italian and Brazilian Portuguese ancestry. She moved to New York at the age of 10, when her father was transferred there. She attended the LaGuardia...

From Firefly, Stargate, Homeland, V, and Deadpool

3. Jewel Staite

Actress | Firefly

Born in White Rock, BC, Canada. Spent first three years of life in Maui. Started out modeling, was recommened to act at age 6. Won best actor in "Meeting Dad", a Vancouver Film School short.

From Firefly, Stargate, The Killing, etc.

4. Jessica Stroup

Actress | The Hills Have Eyes II

Jessica Stroup was born October 23rd 1986, in Anderson, South Carolina, USA. At the age of 17, she received a scholarship to attend the University of Georgia, but turned it down to pursue acting. At only 17, she moved to Los Angeles and immediately took acting classes and received both modeling and...

From The Following, Iron Fist.

5. Annet Mahendru

Actress | The Americans

Actress Annet Mahendru was born to an Indian father (a journalist and professor) and a Russian mother (a businesswoman and artist). Annet spent her early years learning six languages while living in Afghanistan, Russia, and Europe. She put her curious mind to use playing competitive chess and ...

From The Americans, The Following

6. Grace Park

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Grace Park (born March 14, 1974) is an American-Canadian actress. She gained recognition as Lt. Sharon 'Boomer' Valerii and Lt. Sharon 'Athena' Agathon on Battlestar Galactica (2004), as well as Shannon Ng in the Canadian television series teen soap Edgemont (2000). From 2010 to 2017, Park starred ...

From Battlestar Galactica, Hawaii 5-0

7. Elizabeth Tulloch

Actress | The Artist

Elizabeth "Bitsie" Tulloch is an American actress. She is known for her role as Juliette Silverton/Eve in the NBC television series Grimm.

Tulloch was born in San Diego, California, but grew up in Spain, Uruguay, and Argentina. "Bitsie" is not a contraction of Tulloch's given name, Elizabeth, but an...

From Grimm

8. Alexandra Daddario

Actress | Baywatch

Alexandra Anna Daddario was born on March 16, 1986 in New York City, New York, to Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor. Her brother is actor Matthew Daddario, her cousin is actor Etienne Vallée and her grandfather was congressman Emilio Daddario (Emilio Q. Daddario), of ...

From San Andreas

9. Sarah Clarke

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Actress Sarah Clarke was born and raised in Missouri, the middle child of Carolyn and Ernest Clarke, an engineer. She has an older and younger brother. She was educated at John Burroughs School in St. Louis, Missouri, and went on to Indiana University to study Fine Arts and Italian. During Clarke's...

From 24, Bosch

10. Julianne Hough

Actress | Rock of Ages

A true triple-threat, Emmy Award-winner Julianne Hough is known to audiences around the world for her success in the worlds of film, television and music. She became a household name virtually overnight as a two-time professional champion on ABC's top-rated "Dancing With the Stars," before making a...

From Paradise

11. Karolina Wydra

Actress | Europa Report

Karolina Wydra was born on March 5, 1981 in Opole, Opolskie, Poland as Karolina I. Wydra. She is an actress, known for Europa Report (2013), After (2012) and Be Kind Rewind (2008).

From True Blood, Justified

12. Lyndsy Fonseca

Actress | Kick-Ass

Lyndsy Marie Fonseca was born in Oakland, California, and was raised first in Alameda and then Moraga, California. Lyndsy competed in the International Modeling & Talent Association, where she was recognized as the second runner-up for "Young Miss Dancer of the Year" and was the first runner-up for...

From Nikita

13. Minka Kelly

Actress | (500) Days of Summer

Minka Kelly was born in Los Angeles, California and she is the only child of former Aerosmith guitarist, Rick Dufay, and Maureen Kelly, an exotic dancer and single mother, who often moved with her daughter to different communities before settling in Albuquerque, New Mexico, by the time Minka was in...

From Friday Night Lights

14. Ksenia Solo

Actress | Black Swan

Ksenia Solo is a Latvian-Canadian actress. She was born in Riga, Latvia in to an artistic family. She is a recipient of many prestigious Canadian awards, including 3 Gemini Awards and a nominee of the first ever Canadian Screen Awards. Ksenia was the youngest actor in Canadian television history to...

From Lost Girl, Turn, Orphan Black

15. Allison Scagliotti

Actress | Warehouse 13

Allison Scagliotti was born on September 21, 1990 in Monterey, California, USA as Allison Glenn Scagliotti. She is an actress, known as Claudia Donovan on Warehouse 13 (2009), as Maddie Clifford on Redemption Maddie (2007) and as Sawyer on Read It and Weep (2006). Her most recent television series ...

From Warehouse 13, Vampire Diaries, and Tabletop.

16. 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...

From Downton Abby, Cinderella, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

17. Jaime Murray

Actress | Dexter

Jaime Murray was born on July 21, 1976 in Hammersmith, London, England. She is an actress, known for Dexter (2006), The Deaths of Ian Stone (2007) and Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011). She has been married to Bernie Cahill since May 26, 2014.

From Dexter, Warehouse 13

18. Ciara Hanna

Actress | Pernicious

Ciara Chantel Hanna got started in the entertainment world when she was at the young age of 8. She traveled around Southern California singing with a local singing group, which entertained at such places as Knott's Berry Farm, Royal Caribbean Cruise liner, and Universal Studios. She then pursued an...

From Hawaii 5-0

19. 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 ...

From Midsommer Murders, Downton Abby, Shannara Chronicles

20. Yvonne Strahovski

Actress | Dexter

Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. ...

From Chuck, Dexter

21. Alicia Vikander

Actress | Ex Machina

Alicia Vikander is a Swedish actress, dancer and producer. She was born and raised in Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden, to Maria Fahl-Vikander, an actress of stage and screen, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. She is of Swedish and one quarter Finnish descent. Alicia began acting as a ...

From Man From Uncle, Ex Machina, Tomb Raider

22. Stephanie Leonidas

Actress | Mirrormask

Stephanie Leonidas was born on February 14, 1984 in London, England. She is an actress, known for Mirrormask (2005), American Gothic (2016) and Defiance (2013).

Just saw her on an episode of Midsumer Murders.

23. Janina Gavankar

Actress | Blindspotting

Janina Zione Gavankar (born November 29, 1980) is an American actress and musician. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist. She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Gavankar's roles include Papi, a lesbian lothario in The L ...

From True Blood, Sleepy Hollow, Vampire Diaries, Arrow

24. 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).

From Penny Dreadful

25. Eva Marie Saint

Actress | On the Waterfront

Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Her film career also includes ...

From North by Northwest

26. Jordana Brewster

Actress | Furious Seven

Raven-haired beauty Jordana Brewster was born on April 26, 1980 in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João Leal de Sousa, is a Brazilian-born model who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978 . Her father, Alden Brewster, is an American-born investment banker, who has English, ...

From Fast & Furious franchise

27. Jessica Clark

Actress | Pocket Listing

Jessica Clark was born in 1985 in London, England. She is an actress and writer, known for Pocket Listing (2015), True Blood (2008) and Chemistry (2011). She was previously married to Lacey Stone.

From True Blood

28. Julie Adams

Actress | Creature from the Black Lagoon

Betty May Adams was the daughter of a travelling Iowa cotton buyer with a penchant for alcohol. Growing up in Arkansas, Betty expressed an early interest in acting and made her performing debut in a third grade play of "Hansel and Gretel". Beautiful, talented and determined, the freshly minted '...

From "Creature From the Black Lagoon"

29. Laura Vandervoort

Actress | Jigsaw

Laura Vandervoort is a versatile actress who not only crosses over genres, but also changes from character to character flawlessly embracing the essence of every role she plays. Laura has built an international fan from her extensive resume and has been consistently working as an actress since she ...

From Smallville, Supergirl, Bitten

30. Willa Holland

Actress | Legion

Willa Joanna Chance Holland (born June 18, 1991) is an American actress, voice actress and model. She is known for her role as Kaitlin Cooper in the FOX teen drama The O.C., Agnes Andrews in The CW series Gossip Girl and, most recently, Thea Queen / Speedy in Arrow. Holland was born in Los Angeles,...

From Arrow

31. Winter Ave Zoli

Actress | Hellboy

Winter Ave Zoli was born in New Hope, Pennsylvania. At the age of 11, she moved with her family to Prague, Czech Republic, where she was able to fully plant her Czech roots from her fathers side of the family. She studied middle school and high school at the International School of Prague. She ...

From Sons of Anarchy, Bosche

32. Anna Kendrick

Actress | Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.

For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was...

From The Accountant and Into the Woods

33. Mallory Jansen

Actress | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Mallory Jansen is an Australian actress, born and raised in Melbourne.

Mallory studied drama in New York in 2011, being coached by some of the world's best acting, accent, analysis, method and film teachers at some of the most renowned schools such as Stella Adler and T. Schreiber Studios.

After ...

From Marvel Agents of SHIELD

34. 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...

From Kong: Skull Island and Captain Marvel

35. Elizabeth Blackmore

Actress | Evil Dead

Elizabeth Blackmore is an Australian actress who portrays Valerie Tulle in the seventh season of The Vampire Diaries. She was born in Perth, Australia and is a graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. In 2013, Blackmore was a finalist for the Heath Ledger Scholarship award ...

From Vampire Diaries and TURN and Legend of the Seeker and Once Upon a Time

36. Nazanin Boniadi

Actress | Hotel Mumbai

Nazanin Boniadi is rapidly making her mark in both film and television. She co-starred as CIA analyst Fara Sherazi on seasons three and four of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama Homeland (2011), for which she shared a 2015 SAG Award nomination in the Outstanding Performance by an ...

From Homeland and Ben-Hur

37. Maureen O'Sullivan

Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters

Maureen Paula O'Sullivan was born on May 17, 1911 in County Roscommon, Ireland, to Evangeline "Mary Eva" Lovatt (Frazer) and Charles Joseph O'Sullivan, an officer in the Connaught Rangers. She was of Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The future mother of Mia Farrow was educated in private ...

Best Jane ever. From 5 Tarzan Films.

38. Celina Jade

Actress | The Man with the Iron Fists

Celina Horan, professionally known as Celina Jade, is a Chinese American actress, model, singer/songwriter and martial artist most known for her work as "Shado" in the CW series Arrow. Jade's acting career started in Hong Kong in 2007. She was cast as the leading lady in her first film, Legendary ...

From Arrow (Shado)

39. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, and of an English and Austrian ...

From Breakfast at Tiffany's, How to Catch a Thief, My Fair Lady.

40. Bex Taylor-Klaus

Actress | Voltron: Legendary Defender

Bex Taylor-Klaus was born in August, 1994, a fourth generation Atlantan. She moved to LA to start her professional acting career while still in High School, and quickly landed her first role as a tough street kid named Bullet in season 3 of AMC's The Killing. Her performance was immediately met ...

From The Killing and Arrow.

41. Jewel Staite

Actress | Firefly

Born in White Rock, BC, Canada. Spent first three years of life in Maui. Started out modeling, was recommened to act at age 6. Won best actor in "Meeting Dad", a Vancouver Film School short.

From Firefly, Stargate Atlantis, The Killing, and several guest appearances.

42. Joanne Froggatt

Actress | Downton Abbey

Joanne Froggatt was born in 1980 in the village of Littlebeck, North Yorkshire, UK. She started going to a drama school in Maidenhead at the age of 13 and was also a member of the "Rounders" youth theatre group at Alan Ayckbourne's Stephen Joseph Theatre, In The Round. Eventually, she was cast in ...

From Downton Abbey, and Robin Hood.

43. Yvonne Strahovski

Actress | Dexter

Yvonne Jaqueline Strzechowski was born and raised in Australia. Her parents were Polish immigrants. She attended the Santa Sabina College for her high school education. She then went on to study Performance at the University of Western Sydney's School of Contemporary Arts, graduating in 2003. ...

From Chuck, Dexter, 24: Live Another Day.

44. Krysten Ritter

Actress | Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter stars as Jessica Jones in the Peabody, Hugo, and Emmy Award winning Netflix original series, Marvel's Jessica Jones (2015). Her performance, which earned her a prestigious Critics Choice nomination, a Saturn nomination, a Webby Award and a Glamour Best International TV Actress Award,...

From Breaking Bad, Jessica Jones, and The Defenders. I also read her first thriller novel.

45. Ksenia Solo

Actress | Black Swan

Ksenia Solo is a Latvian-Canadian actress. She was born in Riga, Latvia in to an artistic family. She is a recipient of many prestigious Canadian awards, including 3 Gemini Awards and a nominee of the first ever Canadian Screen Awards. Ksenia was the youngest actor in Canadian television history to...

From Lost Girl, Turn.

46. Amy Acker

Actress | Angel

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during ...

From Angel, Dollhouse, Alias, Much Ado About Nothing, and several guest appearances.

47. Rose Leslie

Actress | The Last Witch Hunter

Rose Leslie is a Scottish actress. Her leading on screen debut was at age 21 in the television film New Town (2009). She is famous for playing Ygritte in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones (2011). Leslie also appeared in the films Now Is Good (2012) and The Last Witch Hunter (2015).

Leslie was ...

From Downton Abbey, and Game of Thrones.

48. Natalie Dormer

Actress | Game of Thrones

Natalie Dormer born 11 February 1982 is an English actress. She is best known for her roles as Anne Boleyn on the Showtime series The Tudors (2007-10), as Margaery Tyrell on the HBO series Game of Thrones (2012-14), Irene Adler on the CBS series Elementary (2013-15), and as Cressida in the ...

From The Tudors, Game of Thrones, Elementary, Picnic at Hanging Rock.

49. Felicia Day

Producer | The Guild

Felicia Day was born on June 28, 1979 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA as Kathryn Felicia Day. She is an actress and producer, known for her work on TV and the web video world. She has appeared in mainstream television shows and films, including "Supernatural", and a two-season arc on the SyFy series "...

From The Guild, Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, Supernatural, Tabletop, and general geekdom appearances.

50. 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. ...

From Boardwalk Empire, Black Mirror, and other guest appearances.

51. Jaime Ray Newman

Actress | Catch Me If You Can

Jaime Ray Newman originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

She has held major roles in several shows, including Netflix/Marvel series The Punisher (2017), A&E's Bates Motel (2013), ABC's Wicked City (2015), Mind Games (2014), Red ...

From Bosch, Bones, The Punisher, The Magicians, Eureka, NCIS, Castle, Nip/Tuck, Heroes, Catch Me if You Can.

52. Maggie Siff

Actress | Push

Maggie Siff (born June 21, 1974) is an American actress. Her television roles have included department store heiress Rachel Menken Katz on the AMC drama Mad Men, Tara Knowles on the FX drama Sons of Anarchy, and psychiatrist Wendy Rhoades on the Showtime series Billions. She has had roles in the ...

From Sons of Anarchy, Billions

53. Tamzin Merchant

Actress | Pride & Prejudice

Tamzin Merchant is a British born actress, writer and director. She grew up in Dubai and was cast in her first professional role as Georgiana Darcy in Joe Wright's Pride and Prejudice. She attended The University of Cambridge to read English Literature and continued to develop her career as an ...



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