Hollywood A-Listers: Famous English Actresses

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April 8th, 2012

Hollywood's A-list is filled with a variety of celebrity types, including actresses, singers, reality show stars, comedians and even personalities who are famous for no particular reason at all, like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. The A-list has even gone international throughout the years with a number of English actresses who have reached top celebrity status in Hollywood.

Julie Andrews

Born in Surrey, England, Julie Andrews became an instant sensation in the United States with her roles in the classic movies "The Sound of Music" and "Mary Poppins." Starting in 1965, she starred or played a supporting role in 43 American films, stage plays and television shows, was nominated for 23 awards and won 25. Her awards included an Oscar and BAFTA award for "Mary Poppins," an Emmy for "Broadway: The American Musical" and her own television variety music show and Golden Globes for "Victor Victoria" and "Sound of Music."

Jacqueline Bissett

Jacqueline Bissett's film career began in the late 1960s with a small role in Roman Polanski's "Cul de Sac." Her fame peaked in the 1970s with her roles in "Day is Night," "Deep" and "Murder on the Orient Express." Her acting career continued with roles in over 85 film and television roles, including "Nip and Tuck" in 2006 and "Rizzoli & Isles" in 2011.

Joan Collins

London-born Joan Collins is an American television and film legend. Starting in the 1950s, she played roles in roughly 120 movies and television shows, including the roles and appearances in the 1960's "Star Trek," "Mission Impossible," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Batman" television series. Her fame peaked again in the 1980s with her infamous role as Alexis on "Dynasty," winning her both a Golden Globe and People's Choice award and cementing her place in the hearts of Americans.

Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall, a Liverpool native, has starred in more than 85 television series and films beginning in the mid-1970s. She is best known for her sexy role as Samantha Jones on "Sex in the City," which won her a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award.

Kate Beckinsale

Born in London in 1973, Kate Beckinsale is one of the few English actresses who never lost her native accent. Her acting career began early, with a bit part in the 1975 television series "Couples." She became a legitimate part of Hollywood's A-list with her role as Barbie Lindell in the 1991 television movie "Against the Wind," following that up with "Much Ado about Nothing" and "Alice Through the Looking Glass." Although best known for dramatic roles, she became a huge success with her first foray into romantic comedies, playing John Cusack's love interest in "Serendipity."

Elizabeth Hurley

During her childhood in Hampshire, England, Elizabeth Hurley dreamed of becoming a ballerina, and American audiences are glad she changed her mind. Hurley has starred in a total of 34 television shows and films as of 2012, and continues to be a top Hollywood name. After a series of B movies, she was catapulted to celebrity status with her portrayal of Vanessa Kensington in "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" and "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." She continued on with starring roles in "EdTV," "Bedazzled" and "Gossip Girl."

Keira Knightly

By the age of 30, London native Keira Knightly had starred in over 40 films and television shows, becoming one of America's most beloved contemporary English actresses. She is most known for her roles in "Bend it Like Beckham," the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series and "Neverland."

England has also given us A-list personalities Juliet Mills, Nicolette Sheridan, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Emma Thompson and Miranda Richardson. These actresses from across the pond have played some of the most iconic roles in America's film history, and the trend continues.