This is our list of some of the richest and most successful actresses in the world right now. Again, while we have not listed them in any order of wealth, they have been selected based on our criteria of success, talent, renown, and, of course, net worth, with a couple of special mentions.
Jennifer Aniston was paid $1 million per episode of Friends in seasons 9 and 10. This made her at one time one of the highest paid actresses of all time.
Aniston became internationally well-known for playing Rachel Green in the hit television sitcom Friends for ten years. She won a Primetime Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild awards for her role. After Friends, Jennifer went on to star in quite a few really successful films at the box-office: Bruce Almighty (2003), The Break-Up (2006), Marley & Me (2008), Just Go with It (2011), Horrible Bosses (2011) and We’re the Millers (2013). Each of these films grossed over $200 million in worldwide box-office. And if you think that Aniston’s strong suit is only in romantic-comedy, her role in Friends with Money (2006) should put you in no doubt that while she can tickle your funny-bone, she is also a A-class actress. This film along with Office Space (1999), The Good Girl (2002), Cake (2014), and Dumplin’ (2018) were her most acclaimed roles. Further, in The Yellow Birds (2018), Aniston starred alongside Toni Collette as mothers of deceased soldiers in a war film, each of them giving a performance which The Los Angeles Times commented was a uniformly naturalistic performance.
Outside of her work, her five year marriage to and subsequent divorce from Brad Pitt was widely publicized. At the time of her break-up with Brad Pitt, fans took sides, with some wearing t-shirts that said Team Aniston and others, Team Jolie.
Born on February 11, 1969, Jennifer Aniston has also been named by numerous magazines as one of the world’s most beautiful women. In 2020, her net worth is estimated to be US$200 million.
“I had a farm in Africa at the foot of the Ngong Hills” is etched in the memories of those who have been moved by Streep’s portrayal of Karen Blixen in Out of Africa (1985). This was a role that also brought in the fourth Academy Award nomination for Streep as Best Actress.
Meryl Streep is perhaps the best actress of her generation, her ability to adopt the accent and the characteristics of the roles she is portraying down to the last detail is unmatched. To date, she has been nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards, and won 3 of them. In total, she has been nominated for a mind boggling 407 awards, winning an impressive 109 of them.
Streep was trained as a stage actress, having started her career on the stage in a variety of different plays, including Shakespeareans ones. Although at the time she had no plan to become a film actor, but having seen Robert De Niro’s performance in Taxi Driver in 1976, she reportedly told herself that that was the kind of actor she wanted to. Although she auditioned for a few roles, her early efforts at films were not successful, and she went back to Broadway for a while. Her Broadway roles were, however, successful, winning her a Tony Award for the double bill of a Tennessee William’s and Arthur Miller’s play, and also a Drama Desk Award for two other stage productions she starred in. Then came Julia (1977) where she was cast for a small part opposite Jane Fonda, and her breakthrough role in The Deer Hunter (1978) opposite Robert De Niro, which went on to win for Streep an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. This film exposed Streep to a wider audience, and as they say, the rest is history.
Starting with The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981) to Sophie’s Choice (1982), which won an Academy Award for Best Actress for Streep to Out of Africa (1985) to Heartburn (1986) to She Devil (1989) to Postcards from the Edge (1990) to The Bridges of Madison County (1995) to Marvin’s Room (1996) to Adaptation (2002) to Angels of America (2003) to Mama Mia (2008) to Doubt (2008) to The Iron Lady (2011) and beyond, Streep has done it all.
Born in June 22, 1949, Meryl Streep is estimated to have a net worth of $150 million.
Zhang Ziyi is best remembered for her role in Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) and as Sayuri in Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). Geisha won her nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama, the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role. For her role in The Grandmaster (2013), she won 12 different Best Actress awards and became the most awarded Asian actress for one film.
Zhang most recent films were The Cloverfield Paradox (2018), Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) and she will also star in the upcoming Godzilla vs. Kong which is expected to be released in 2021.
Zhang was born in Beijing on February 9, 1979. She first gained attention for her leading role in Zhang YiMou’s The Road Home (1999). Although Crouching Tiger exposed international audience to Zhang, and could perhaps have type-cast her as a sword-fighting actress, her role as Sayuri in Geisha showed Zhang’s acting ability to its fullest. Fans of Zhang have also been enthralled by her role in Wong Kar-wai’s romantic drama, 2046 where Zhang portrayed a struggling prostitute.
On 27 June 2005, Zhang accepted an invitation to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, installing her among the ranks of those who are able to vote on the Academy Awards.
As of 2020, Zhang Ziyi is estimated to be worth $100 million.
The daughter of Academy Award winning actor, Jon Voight, one would have thought that Angelina Jolie would have been around filming making and movie sets. However, Jolie lived with her mother Marcheline Betrand who had given up her acting career to raise her two kids, Jolie and brother, actor James Haven.
Jolie starred in a few movies, like George Wallace (1997) and Gia (1998) which were critically acclaimed films, but it was not until her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999) alongside Winona Ryder that she had her first big win – an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. But it wasn’t until Jolie to played Lara Croft in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), a character based on a video game, that her acting career brought her mainstream success. From there on, she would continue as an action heroine in films like Mr. & Mrs Smith (2005), Wanted (2008) and Salt (2010). In Changeling (2008), she earned a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Actress.
In the 2010s, Jolie went into directing, screenwriting, and producing. Her films, the war dramas In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011), Unbroken (2014) and First They Killed My Father (2017) showed just how good a filmmaker she is, although Maleficient (2014) is her biggest commercial success. The film went on to gross $757.8 million worldwide, becoming the fourth-highest-grossing film of the year and Jolie’s highest-grossing film ever.
Born on June 4, 1975, Angelina Jolie has accumulated a total wealth of approximately $160 million. Her films have grossed an incredible $5.99 billion worldwide.
She might have had a rather public marriage to Brad Pitt, Jolie is actually a notable public figure owing to her humanitarian efforts for which she has been bestowed a Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and made an honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George. She is most vocal and noted for her advocacy for refugees for which she is also Special Envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Famous the world over as Mystique in the X-Men series and Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence is young actress whose popularity is such that her films have grossed over $6 billion worldwide. The Hunger Games alone made her the highest-grossing action-heroine of all time.
While it was certainly her roles as Mystique and Katniss Everdeen that launched her onto the world’s stage, Lawrence is a very capable actress, winning an Academy Award for Best Actress in Silver Linings Playbook (2012) and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her role in American Hustle (2013).
Since then, she has starred in the sci-fi romance Passengers (2016), the psychological horror film Mother! (2017) and as a spy in Red Sparrow (2018).
Born August 15, 1990, Jennifer Lawrence has already starred in over 25 films, starting in 2008 with Garden Party. However, it’s widely thought that Winter’s Bone (2010) was her breakthrough role, when she played a poor struggling teenager living in the Ozark Mountains who had to look after her mentally ill mom and younger siblings while searching for her missing father.
As of 2020, this young and talented actress has built up a net worth of approximately $120 million.
Tilda Swinton is comfortable in arthouse films as well as big-budget films. She has starred in some unusual but lovely arthouse films like Okja (2017) about the adventures of a genetically modified pig who was the size of a baby elephant. In big budget productions, Swinton is equally adroit, playing villains and superheroes with ease.
Her role in Michael Clayton (2007) starring George Clooney won her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also won a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Actress for Young Adam (2003) and has also received three Golden Globe Award nominations The Deep End (2001), Michael Clayton (2007) and We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011).
Swinton has played a wide range of roles from Vanilla Sky (2001), Adaptation (2002), Constantine (2005), Julia (2008), to name but a few. She is also fondly remembered for her roles as the Ancient One in the Marvel comics’ film franchise, and also her role as the White Witch in The Chronicles of Narnia series (2005 – 2010).
Born Katherine Matilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, this British actress has a net worth of over $15 million, although her films have grossed over $6 billion.
From Pretty Woman (1990) to Erin Brochovich (2000), Julia Roberts has gone from successful Hollywood leading actress to an Academy Award winning actress, putting to rest any doubts that she could only play herself. Prior to Erin Brochovich, Roberts has already shown her acting chops in films like Sleeping with the Enemy (1991) and The Pelican Brief (1993) where she did not play “herself”.
Born October 28, 1967, Julia Fiona Roberts is a three-time Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award winner. Her Pretty Woman (1990) grossed over $460 million worldwide, launching her as a very bankable leading actress in Hollywood. Her films in total have grossed over $3 billion worldwide. In the 90s and 2000s, Roberts was consistently one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood. In between commercially successful films, Roberts has also shown her pure acting abilities in films like Erin Brochovich and more recently in Wonder (2017), the film adaptations of the novel by R.J. Palacio where Roberts played the mother of a boy with Treacher Collins Syndrome. The Times praised Roberts’ acting. Wonder finished its run with $305 million in worldwide receipts, making it one of the most-watched films by Julia Roberts. As of 2020, Julia Roberts has built a nest egg of approximately $180 million, noting that with Pretty Woman, Roberts was paid $300 thousands, but for her role in Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Roberts commanded $25 million.
Those who had not heard of Halle Berry would have seen and heard of her by now as Storm in the X-Men Series. Halle Maria Berry was a model before she became an actress, having taken part in Miss USA and the Miss World contests. She received her first role in Boomerang in 1992, starring alongside Eddie Murphy. After that, she was in films like the Flintstones before she portrayed Dorothy Dandridge which led to her winning a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. In the 2001 Monster Ball, Berry became the first woman of color to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Berry has starred in over 38 movies and 16 television films; Although she is extremely popular and commercially successful in fantasy, action and thriller roles like Storm in the X-Men series, including being a Bond girl, in Die Another Day, Berry has also shown that she is also a serious actress with her roles in Monster Ball, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, Their Eyes Were Watching God(2005), Frankie and Alice (2010), and Kings (2017).
Halle Berry was one of the highest-paid actresses in the 2000s and will continue to delight and entertain her fans with her films. In 2019, Berry directed Bruised in which she played an ostracized MMA fighter trying to reconnect with her son. This would be Berry’s first directorial effort.
Susan Alexandra “Sigourney” Weaver went to a prestigious school, The Sarah Lawrence College, Ivy League universities, such as Stanford University where she graduated with a BA and Yale University where she did her graduate work, finishing with a Master of Fine Arts. On screen, this highly intelligent actress is perhaps best known for her role as Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise. However, Weaver is also a consummate actress, swooping a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Drama for her role as Dian Fossey in Gorillas in the Mist (1988) and one for Best Supporting Actress as Katherine Parker in Working Girl (also 1988). Prior to these two award winning roles, Weaver starred opposite Mel Gibson in The Year Of Living Dangerously (1982) which was released to high praise from critics, generally.
Over the course of her career so far, Sigourney has starred in over 60 movies, 15 television shows where she starred in or voiced for. In 2009 Weaver teamed up with James Cameron again in Avatar which to date remains the highest grossing film of all time. Weaver will be appearing the several sequels of Avatar which are at the time of writing being filmed and scheduled for release soon.
Outside of Hollywood, in 2006, Sigourney Weaver was the narrator of the American version of Planet Earth, which was narrated by David Attenborough in the original British version.
Born on October 8, 1949, Sigourney Weaver has built herself a fortune of some $50 million.
Kirsten Dunst, born April 30, 1982, played the child-vampire Claudia in the vampire film, Interview with a Vampire (1994), to great reviews and for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress. This child star went on to star in a few teen movies, like the satirical comedy Dick (1999), The Virgin Suicides (1999), and the comedy Bring It On (2000). But it wasn’t until she played Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man series in 2002 that she gained commercial success and widespread fame.
From 2010 to about 2016, Dunst appeared in independent films on more serious subject matter like the drama Melancholia (2011) about a woman suffering from abject depression as the world came to an end. Dunst received positive reviews for her portrayal in Melancholia. After Melancholia, she was in On the Road (2012) an adaptation of a Jack Kerouac novel. She was also in The Two Faces of January (2014) and then as Peggy Blumquist in the second season of the television series Fargo (2015). Dunst’s performance in Fargo won her a second Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Series.
In the recent few years, Dunst was in The Beguiled (2017) a film by Sofia Coppola. This was her third collaboration with Coppola, and she starred alongside big names like Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman. The performance by Dunst was hailed by The London Evening Standard with the comment that: “Dunst lends the ideal measure of coiled physical longing to her prim spinster”.
In 2019, Kirsten Dunst starred in Showtime’s comedy series On Becoming a God in Central Florida, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress and a Critics Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Clearly, from Dunst’s choice of movies to star in recent years, she appears to be going for critical reviews, as she’s assured that after Spider-Man, big box-office roles will be there when she returns to them.
As of 2020, Kirsten Dunst has an estimated net worth of some $25 million.
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o
Lupita Amondi Nyong’o only appeared in eight films; however, seven of the eight films were huge commercial successes. They were Black Panther, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens,12 Years a Slave, US and The Jungle Book (2016). These seven films collectively grossed over $6 billion in box-office takings. Her one film that wasn’t a box-office success was an independent film that had a limited distribution.
Born March 1, 1983 in Mexico to a Keyan father, Lupita studied film and theatre at the Hampshire College in the US. She began her career in Hollywood as a production assistant, but in 2008, she landed her first role in a short film called East River. After that debut role, Lupita returned to Kenya to star in a television series for three years before going back to the US to study at the Yale School of Drama. Not long after graduation, she was picked to play Patsey in the biographical drama, 12 Years a Slave, directed by Steve McQueen. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, becoming the first Keyan-Mexican actress to win an Academy Award.
Lupita’s career started in the US when she starred as a teenage orphan in the Broadway play Eclipsed(2015) for which she was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. She then went on to star in the Star Wars trilogy playing Maz Kanata, the humanoid female, Raksha in The Jungle Book and as Nakia in Black Panther, the Marvel superhero film, before leading in Us (2019).
In 2019, Lupita was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Narrator for narrating Discovery Channel’s docu-series Serengeti.
In 2020, newcomer Lupita Amondi Nyong’o, but certainly one talented new star to watch has an estimated net worth of $8 million.
To many, Anne Hathaway is referred to as that girl in The Devil Wears Prada. However, Anne Jacqueline Hathaway, born November 12, 1982, in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. is an American actress known for her ability to take on different roles, having appeared in films from fairy tales to adult-oriented dramas and comedies. And what a singer she is to boot as well.
Hathaway’s big-screen debut came when she played Mia Thermapolis in The Princess Diaries (2001), a teenager who discovered that she was the heir to a royal throne. In 2004, she reprised the role in the movie’s sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, and she then starred in another fairy-tale Ella Enchanted. Three fairy tales later, her next major part was in Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed Brokeback Mountain (2005). The drama, in which Hathaway played the wife of a cowboy (Jake Gyllenhaal) who is secretly in love with another man played by Heath Ledger was nominated for an Academy Award for best picture.
In 2006, she starred alongside Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada which established Hathaway as a bankable Hollywood actress. Anne’s other notable performances included Becoming Jane (2007) a fictional account of the life of Jane Austen and in the romantic comedy Bride Wars (2009). Her next big role was as Fantine in the 2012 film adaptation of Les Miserables in which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Since then, she has starred alongside many of Hollywood’s greats, like Robert De Niro in the 2015 comedy The Intern.
Hathaway’s latest film credits included Serenity a 2019 thriller in which she starred alongside Matthew McConaughey, and in Dark Waters, a factual drama about a legal case against a chemical company’s alleged pollution of a community.
As of 2020, Anne Hathaway has built a fortune of about $35 million.
Alicia Christian “Jodie” Foster was a child actress who struggled to land adult roles after initial successful roles in Martin Scorsese’s Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore (1974) and in Taxi Driver (1976) in which she played a child prostitute for which she received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She also starred in few films such as the Alan Parker musical comedy film 1976 Bugsy Malone during her teen years before attending Yale University.
Foster landed a role in the legal drama The Accused (1988) where she played a rape survivor. She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for this role, and a second Academy Award three years later as Clarice Starling in the psychological horror The Silence of the Lambs (1991) opposite Anthony Hopkins. In the 90s, she made directorial debut with her film Little Man Tate (1992), the same year she established her production company Egg Pictures. In the 90s, Jodie starred in a few successful films such as Sommersby (1993), Contact (1997), and Anna and the King (1999). In the 2000s, she suffered some setbacks including the closing down of Egg Pictures, until she landed four commercially successful thrillers, Panic Room (2002), Flightplan (2005), Inside Man (2006) and The Brave One (2007). Since then, she has concentrated in her directorial efforts as she wanted a more regular schedule to look after her two sons with then-partner Cydney Bernard.
Her recent starring roles have been in Carnage (2011), Elysium (2013), and Hotel Artemis (2018).
As of 2020, Jodie Foster has an estimated net worth of $100 million.
Penelope Cruz first emerged in films like Jamon Jamon and Belle Epoque (both released in 1992), and went on to take lead roles in films like Vanilla Sky (2001), All the Pretty Horses (2000), Captain Corelli’s Mandolin (2001) and Blow (2001). Back in her native Spain, she would quickly become Pedro Almodóvar’s muse in films like Live Flesh (1997), Volver (2006) for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress, All About My Mother (1999), and Broken Embraces (2009). She received critical praise for her role in Volver, and she went on to win an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristine Barcelona (2008). In 2009, Cruz played Carla (the lead character’s mistress) in the film version of the musical Nine and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
With one win and three nominations for Academy Awards, including other nominations and wins, Penelope Cruz achieved international fame in the late 2000s.
In 2011, Cruz would appear in her biggest film as Angelica, a former love interest of Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. Since then, Cruz has starred in various films of varied genres, from the 2013 Ridley Scott’s crime thriller, The Counselor featuring an ensemble cast of Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt and Cruz’s husband Javier Bardem to the upcoming spy film 355 due for release in 2021, Cruz has been blazing a trail in Hollywood.
In 2020, Penelope Cruz has accumulated a net wealth of some $60 million.
Charlize Theron is not afraid to look ugly on screen. In Monster (2003), she played Aileen Wuornos to great critical acclaim, winning the Silver Bear and Academy Award for Best Actress. She received another Academy Award nomination for her role as a sexually abused woman seeking justice in North Country (2005). These very powerful roles have come to define Charlize Theron for her very fine acting skills.
Theron has also had her fair share of commercially successful films such as Hancock (2008), Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Prometheus (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Fate of the Furious (2017) and Atomic Blond (2017). In between these box-office successes, she was in Jason Reitman’s comedy-drama Young Adult (2011) and Tully (2018) and in Bombshell (2019) for which she received a third Academy Award nomination.
Theron also owns her own film production company Denver and Delilah Productions, having produced many films in which she had a starring role, like The Burning Plain (2008) and Long Shot (2019).
As of 2020, Charlize Theron is worth about $150 million.
Helena Bonham Carter is often associated with fairy-tale characters in Tim Burton’s films, like Big Fish (2003), Corpse Bride (2005), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice In Wonderland (2010) and Dark Shadows (2012). However, this multi-talented actress is also extremely capable of playing Shakespearean and other literary parts like Hamlet (1990), Howards End (1992) and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994). Indeed, she started her career playing Luch Honeychurch in A Room With a View (1985).
Art and independent films aside, Carter has also been in big Hollywood productions like her role as Ari in the 2001 Planet of the Apes, alongside Mark Wahlberg and as Bellatrix Lestrange in the final four Harry Potter films.
Carter was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech (2010) and a nomination for an Academy Award Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove (1997). For her role as the popular 50s English children’s book write Enid Blyton, she won the International Emmy Award for Best Actress in 2010, and was nominated for the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.
Born on May 25, 1966, Helena Bonham Carter has built for herself a fortune of some $60 million. She was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honors’ list for services to drama.
Born in the UK on February 23, 1983, Emily Olivia Leah Blunt first hit the big screens in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), although she had already garnered attention for her starring role in the Television film Gideon’s Daughter also released in 2006.
Since then, Blunt has been in quite a few box-office smashes like the science fiction films The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Looper (2012), Edge of Tomorrow (2014) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018).
In the 2015 Sicario, she played a principled FBI agent bent on bringing down a powerful and brutal Mexican drug lord to critical acclaim and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her role as an alcoholic in the thriller The Girl on the Train (2016). In the 2018 horror flick directed by her husband John Krasinski – A Quiet Place (2018) – where she played the protective mother, she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress.
For some of her fans, Laura Linney will always be Mary Ann Singleton of 28 Barbary Lane, the naïve but plucky young girl originally from Cleveland, Ohio in Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City. Linney starred not only in the original series released in 1993, she reprised her role in the 1998 More Tales of the City, the 2001 Further Tales of the City and the 2019 Netflix miniseries, Tales of the City.
On Television, Linney won an Emmy Award for the television film Wild Iris (2001) and also in the sitcom Frasier (2003-2004) and John Adams (2008), and recently she was in the Netflix crime series Ozark (2017).
In films, Linney has starred in quite a few well-received films like Primal Fear (1996), The Truman Show (1998), Mystic River (2003) and Love Actually (2003), Sully and Nocturnal Animals (2016).
In 2020, Linney was in Falling, playing opposite Viggo Mortensen, who directed the film. She also starred in the 2020 The Roads Not Taken, directed by Sally Potter, alongside Javier Bardem and Elle Fanning which had its world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2020. The film was released in March 2020 but was pulled from the theaters after the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world. It was subsequently released in a video-on-demand format in April 2020.
As of 2020, Laura Linney has a net worth of some $10 million.
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress born on April 15, 1990, know the world over as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. The release of the first of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter movie adaptions, the Philosopher’s Stone, in 2001 exposed Watson to the world, as the film broke records for opening-day box-office sales worldwide, going on to record the highest-grossing film of 2001. Watson was nominated for five awards for her role in this first installment of Harry Potter, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.
Watson’s first role outside of the Harry Potter franchise was the 2007 BBC film Ballet Shoes where film’s director, Sandra Goldbacher gave Watson positive reviews, saying she was “perfect” for the starring role of aspiring actress Pauline Fossil: “She has a piercing, delicate aura that makes you want to gaze and gaze at her.” Ballet Shoes was broadcast in the UK over the Christmas holidays to some 5.7 million viewers.
Watson has since Harry Potter starred in films like Little Women (2019) which own her a nomination for the Academy Award Best Picture. She was also in other films like Regression (2015), Colonia (2015), The Circle (2017) and her role as Belle in Beauty and the Beast in 2017.
Between 2011 and 2014, Watson took time off from professional acting to continue her education. She graduated from the prestigious Brown University with a degree in English Literature in 2014. She was honored by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014 as the British Artist of the Year. That same year, she was appointed the UN Women Goodwill ambassador, helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, a campaign which advocates gender equality.
Reese Witherspoon became famous for her role as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (2001). However, she had already caught the eyes of critics and audiences when she starred in a supporting role in Cruel Intentions in 1999. But it was her 2005 portrayal as June Carter Cash in Walk the Line, a biographical musical film, that won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Prior to Legally Blonde, Witherspoon had had major roles, although not commercially successful ones in films like Overnight Delivery, Pleasantville and Twilight, all released in 1998. In Pleasantville, her performance as Tobey Maguire’s sister who was overly concerned with appearances relationship and popularity was lauded by critics. For that role, she won the Young Hollywood Award for Best Female Breakthrough Performance. Pleasantville was a fantasy film about a pair of siblings being magically transported to a 50s television series.
Water for Elephants, a motion picture released in 2011, was one of few commercial successes for Witherspoon, even though Witherspoon is often praised for her acting ability. In Wild (2014), she won a second nomination for Best Actress at the Academy Awards.
Of late, Witherspoon has been producing and starring in well-received television series like Big Little Lies (2017-2019), The Morning show(2019-), and Little Fires Everywhere (2020) where again, she received high praise for her roles and for which she received the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Limited Series.
Born as Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon on March 22, 1976, Reese Witherspoon is one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood and who has made a personal fortune of some $240 million.