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1. Empire (film magazine) – Empire is a British film magazine published monthly by Bauer Consumer Media of Hamburg based Bauer Media Group. From the first issue in July 1989, the magazine was edited by Barry McIlheney, Bauer purchased Emap Consumer Media in early 2008. It is the biggest selling magazine in the United Kingdom and is also published in the United States, Australia, Turkey, Russia, Italy. Empire organises the annual Empire Awards which were sponsored by Sony Ericsson, the awards are voted for by readers of the magazine. Empire is populist in both approach and coverage and it reviews both mainstream films and art films, but feature articles concentrate on the former. As well as news, previews, and reviews, Empire has some other regular features. Each issue features a Classic Scene, a transcript from a film scene. The first such classic scene to be featured was the I could have been a scene from On the Waterfront. The regular Top 10 feature lists Empires choice of the top ten examples of something film-related, for example,10 Best Chase Scenes or 10 Best Movie Gags in The Simpsons. The Re. View section covers Blu-ray and DVD news and releases, Kim Newmans Movie Dungeon is a regular feature in the Re. View section, in which critic Kim Newman reviews the most obscure releases, mostly low budget horror movies. How much Is Pint of Milk presents celebrities answers to silly or unusual questions and this is intended as a guide to the chosen celebritys contact with reality, and as such can be more informative than a direct interview by reporting some surprising responses. Each magazine includes a Spine Quote, in which a relatively challenging quote is printed on the spine of the magazine, there are usually some obvious and obscure links from the quote to the main features of that months edition. Readers are invited to identify the source and the links to win a prize. Celebrity Mastermind is another regular in which a celebrity is given questions about the films they were in or they directed, celebrities range from Quentin Tarantino and Christopher Lee to John Carpenter and Michael Keaton. A regular feature since issue 167, the feature is a two-page essay on a film selected by Empire in the Re. View section. The selection of the films seem to be random and follow no specific pattern. Only a few issues since the first masterpiece feature have not featured one –169,179,196,197,198 and 246, Issue 240 had director Frank Darabont select 223 masterpieces. L. A. Confidential was featured twice, once in issue 191 and this list is as follows, Alien – Dinner chestburster The Omen – Glass decapitation An American Werewolf in London – Wolf transformation The Exorcist – Crucifix abuse Risky Business – Ready Ralph
2. Joan Allen – Joan Allen is an American actress who has worked in theatre, film and television. She won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her Broadway debut in Burn This and she is also a three-time Academy Award nominee, receiving Best Supporting Actress nominations for Nixon and The Crucible, and a Best Actress nomination for The Contender. Allen began her career in 1977 with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Her New York stage credits include And a Nightingale Sang and The Heidi Chronicles and she starred in the ABC drama The Family. Allen, the youngest of four children, was born in Rochelle, Illinois, the daughter of Dorothea Marie, a homemaker, and James Jefferson Allen and she has an older brother, David, and two older sisters, Mary and Lynn. Allen attended Rochelle Township High School, and was voted most likely to succeed, Allen began her performing career as a stage actress and on television before making her film debut in the movie, Compromising Positions. She became a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble in 1977 when John Malkovich asked her to join, shes been a member ever since. In 1984, she won a Clarence Derwent Award for her portrayal of Hellen Stott in And a Nightingale Sang, in 1989, Allen won a Tony Award for her Broadway debut performance in Burn This. She also starred in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Heidi Chronicles and she received Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her roles as Pat Nixon in Nixon and as Elizabeth Proctor, a woman accused of witchcraft, in The Crucible. She was also nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Contender, in which she played a politician who becomes the object of scandal. She had starring roles in the drama The Ice Storm, directed by Ang Lee, in 2001, Allen starred in the mini-series The Mists of Avalon on TNT and earned an Emmy nomination for the role. In 2005, she received positive notices for her leading role in the comedy/drama The Upside of Anger. She played CIA Department Director Pamela Landy in The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Ultimatum, Allen appeared in Death Race, playing a prison warden. In 2009, Allen starred as Georgia OKeeffe in Lifetime Television’s 2009 biopic chronicling the artist’s life, Allen returned to Broadway in March 2009, when she played the role of Katherine Keenan in Michael Jacobs play Impressionism opposite Jeremy Irons at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Allen voiced the character Delphine in Bethesda Softworks 2011 video game The Elder Scrolls V and she also lent her voice talents in the Thomas Nelson audio Bible production known as The Word of Promise. In this dramatized audio, Alexander played the character of Deborah, in 2015, Allen signed for the leading role in the ABC drama series, The Family, playing the role of villainous and manipulative mayor and matriarch of her family. In 1990 Allen married actor Peter Friedman and they divorced in 2002 but live close to each other to share time with their daughter, Sadie, born in 1994
3. Cate Blanchett – Catherine Elise Cate Blanchett is an Australian actress and theatre director. She has received acclaim and many accolades, including six AACTA Awards. In 2013, she starred as Jasmine Francis in Woody Allens Blue Jasmine, Blanchett is one of only six actors, and the only actress, to receive Academy Award nominations for portraying the same role in two films, accomplished in her case by portraying Queen Elizabeth I. She is additionally the only Australian to win two acting Oscars, a seven-time Oscar nominee, she has also received nominations for Notes on a Scandal, Elizabeth, The Golden Age, Im Not There and Carol. Blanchett has also had a career on stage and is a four-time Helpmann Award winner for Best Female Actor in a Play. From 2008 to 2013, she and her husband Andrew Upton were co-CEOs, Blanchett has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Australian Society by the Australian government. She was appointed Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government in 2012, in 2015, she was honoured by the Museum of Modern Art and received the British Film Institute Fellowship in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the industry. Blanchett was born on 14 May 1969 in the Melbourne suburb of Ivanhoe and she is the middle of three children, her older brother is a computer systems engineer, and her younger sister is a theatrical designer. The two met when Blanchetts fathers ship broke down in Melbourne, when Blanchett was 10, her father died of a heart attack, leaving her mother to raise the family on her own. Blanchetts ancestry includes English, some Scottish, and remote French roots, Blanchett has described herself as being part extrovert, part wallflower during childhood. She had a penchant for dressing in traditionally masculine clothing, and went through goth and punk phases during her teenage years and she studied economics and fine arts at the University of Melbourne but dropped out after one year to travel overseas. While in Egypt, Blanchett was asked to play an American cheerleader, as an extra in the Egyptian boxing movie, Kaboria, in need of money, she accepted. Upon her return to Australia, she moved to Sydney and enrolled in the National Institute of Dramatic Art to pursue an acting career and she graduated from NIDA in 1992. Blanchetts first major role was opposite Geoffrey Rush, in the 1992 David Mamet play Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company. That year, she was also cast as Clytemnestra in a production of Sophocles’ Electra, a couple of weeks after rehearsals, the actress playing the title role pulled out, and director Lindy Davies cast Blanchett in the role. Her performance as Electra became one of her most acclaimed at NIDA, Blanchett played the role of Ophelia in an acclaimed 1994–95 Company B production of Hamlet directed by Neil Armfield, starring Rush and Richard Roxburgh, and was nominated for a Green Room Award. She appeared in the 1994 TV miniseries Heartland opposite Ernie Dingo, the miniseries Bordertown with Hugo Weaving and she also appeared in the 50-minute drama short Parklands, which received an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Her first leading role was as Lucinda Leplastrier in Gillian Armstrongs romantic drama Oscar and Lucinda, Blanchett received wide acclaim for her performance, and earned her first AFI Award nomination as Best Leading Actress, she lost to Deborah Mailman in Radiance
4. Helena Bonham Carter – Helena Bonham Carter, CBE is an English actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Kate Croy in The Wings of the Dove. For her role as Queen Elizabeth in The Kings Speech, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and she also won the 2010 International Emmy Award for Best Actress for her role as British author Enid Blyton in the TV film Enid. Bonham Carter began her career playing the title character in Lady Jane. Her other television films include A Pattern of Roses, Live from Baghdad, Toast, Bonham Carter was born in Islington, London. C. Her mother, Elena, is a psychotherapist who is of mostly Jewish background and her paternal grandmother was politician and feminist icon Violet Asquith, daughter of H. H. Asquith, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during the first half of World War I. Bonham Carter is the youngest of three children, with two brothers, Edward and Thomas and they were brought up in Golders Green and she was educated at South Hampstead High School, and completed her A-levels at Westminster School. When Bonham Carter was five, her mother had a nervous breakdown. Five years after her mothers recovery, her father was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma and he suffered complications during an operation to remove the tumour which led to a stroke that left him half-paralysed and using a wheelchair. With her brothers at college, Bonham Carter was left to help her mother cope and she later studied her fathers movements and mannerisms for her role in The Theory of Flight. Bonham Carter, who has no formal acting training, entered the field winning a national writing contest and she made her professional acting début at the age of 16 in a television commercial. She also had a part in a minor TV film, A Pattern of Roses and her first lead film role was as Lady Jane Grey in Lady Jane, which was given mixed reviews by critics. Her breakthrough role was Lucy Honeychurch in A Room with a View, the role went to Emily Watson, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. In 1994, Bonham Carter appeared in a sequence during the second series of the British sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, as Edina Monsoons daughter Saffron. Throughout the series, references were made to Saffrons resemblance to Bonham Carter and her early films led to her being typecast as a corset queen, and English rose, playing pre- and early 20th century characters, particularly in Merchant-Ivory films. She played Olivia in Trevor Nunns film version of Twelfth Night in 1996, Bonham Carter speaks French fluently, and starred in a 1996 French film Portraits chinois. In August 2001, she was featured in Maxim, Bonham Carter was a member of the 2006 Cannes Film Festival jury that unanimously selected The Wind That Shakes the Barley as best film. In May 2006, Bonham Carter launched her own line, The Pantaloonies
5. Olivia Colman – Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman is an English actress. She has won three BAFTA Awards, three BIFA Awards, one Golden Globe Award, and has been nominated twice for an Emmy Award, Colman first came to prominence for her supporting role as Sophie Chapman in the Channel 4 comedy series Peep Show. Her other TV comedy roles include Green Wing, Beautiful People, Rev. and she also played various roles in That Mitchell and Webb Look, alongside her Peep Show co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb. Colmans move to drama saw her receive critical acclaim for her performance in Paddy Considines film Tyrannosaur, Colman was also nominated for the International Emmy Award for Best Actress for Broadchurch. Colman was born in Norwich, Norfolk, to a nurse mother and she was educated at two independent schools, Norwich High School for Girls in Norwich and Greshams School in Holt. Her first role was Jean Brodie in a production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at age 16. She then realised acting was what she wanted to do, Colman went on to spend a term studying primary teaching at Homerton College, Cambridge. During this time, at the age of 20, she auditioned for the Cambridge University Footlights Dramatic Club and first met future co-stars David Mitchell and Robert Webb, as well as Peter Serafinowicz. She regularly features in BBC Radio 4 comedies, such as Concrete Cow, Think the Unthinkable, The House of Milton Jones and Dirk Gentlys Holistic Detective Agency. She is also the voice of Minka, the Polish secretary in the Radio 4 comedy Hut 33, Colman appeared as Bev, alongside Mark Burdis as Kev, in a series of television adverts for AA car insurance. She provided voices for the Andrex be kind to your behind adverts and Glade fragrance adverts and she has worked with the comedians Mitchell and Webb on several projects. Colman met the duo when they were all students at Cambridge University and she has appeared with them in numerous TV and radio series, such as radios That Mitchell and Webb Sound, and the television version That Mitchell and Webb Look. She decided to leave the programme after her agent suggested that she was becoming too closely associated with their work and needed to widen her horizons and she continued to appear on Peep Show until 2015. In October and November 2008, Colman appeared in the BBC sitcom Beautiful People, based on the life of Simon Doonan, as Debbie Doonan and she also made a guest appearance in Skins, in the episode Naomi as Naomis mother Gina. In 2010, Colman took a role as Alex Smallbone. Also in 2010, she guest starred in The Eleventh Hour episode of Doctor Who, in 2011, Colman appeared in the BBC drama Exile, written by Danny Brocklehurst and starring John Simm and Jim Broadbent. From 2011 to 2012, she played Sally Owen, the secretary to Hugh Bonnevilles character Ian Fletcher, in Twenty Twelve. In 2013, Colman began playing DS Ellie Miller in ITVs Broadchurch, the crime drama series is set in the fictional Dorset town of Broadchurch, and follows the residents of a tight-knit community after a young boy is killed under suspicious circumstances
6. Julie Delpy – Julie Delpy is a French-American actress, film director, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter. She has been nominated for three César Awards, two Online Film Critics Society Awards, and two Academy Awards, after moving to the United States in 1990, she became an American citizen in 2001. Julie Delpy was born in Paris to Albert Delpy, a director, and Marie Pillet, an actress in feature films. On the stages of Paris, Delpys parents were involved in underground theatre, at an early age, Julie was exposed to the arts. Delpy has said she has been plagued by problems since childhood and had to wear callipers at age eight. She also occasionally experiences migraines and panic attacks, in 1984, at the age of fourteen, Delpy was discovered by film director Jean-Luc Godard, who cast her in Détective. Two years later, Delpy starred in the role in Bertrand Taverniers La Passion Béatrice. For her performance, Delpy was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress and she used the money she earned to pay for her first trip to New York City. Delpy became a celebrity after starring in the 1990 film Europa Europa directed by Agnieszka Holland. In the film, she plays a young pro-Nazi who falls in love with the hero, Solomon Perel and she did not speak German so she performed her role in English and was later dubbed over. Following the success of Europa Europa, Delpy appeared in several Hollywood and European films, including Voyager, in 1993, she was cast by director Krzysztof Kieślowski to play the female lead in Three Colors, White, the second film of Kieślowskis The Three Colors Trilogy. Delpy also appeared briefly in the two films in the same role. That same year, she appeared opposite Brendan Fraser in the Percy Adlon feature Younger and Younger starring Donald Sutherland, in 1994, she starred opposite Eric Stoltz in Roger Avarys directorial debut Killing Zoe, a cult heist film capturing the Generation X zeitgeist. Delpy is best known for her role with Ethan Hawke in director Richard Linklaters 1995 film Before Sunrise. The film received glowing reviews and was considered one of the most significant films of the 1990s independent film movement and its success led to the casting of Delpy in the 1997 American film An American Werewolf in Paris. In late 2001, she appeared alongside comedian Martin Short in the 30-minute film CinéMagique, CinéMagique won the 2002 Themed Entertainment Association award for outstanding themed attraction. Delpy reprised her Before Sunrise character, Céline, with an animated appearance in Waking Life. The later film was received and earned Delpy, who co-wrote the script
7. Kirsten Dunst – Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress. She made her debut in Woody Allens short film Oedipus Wrecks for the anthology film New York Stories. At the age of twelve, Dunst gained widespread recognition as Claudia in Interview with the Vampire and she appeared in Little Women the same year and in Jumanji the following year. Dunst achieved fame for her portrayal of Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimis Spider-Man trilogy and she played the title role in Sofia Coppolas biographical film Marie Antoinette and starred in the comedy film How to Lose Friends & Alienate People. She won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival and she starred in the second season of the television series Fargo in 2015, playing the role of Peggy Blumquist, a slightly delusional and neurotic hairdresser. In 2001, Dunst made her debut in the film Get Over It. She also sang the jazz song After Youve Gone for the end credits of the film The Cats Meow, Dunst was born in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to Klaus Hermann Dunst and Inez Dunst. She has a brother, Christian. Her father worked as a medical services executive, and her mother worked for Lufthansa as an attendant and was an artist. Dunsts father is German, originally from Hamburg, and Dunsts mother was born in New Jersey, until the age of eleven, Dunst lived in Brick Township, New Jersey, where she attended Ranney School. In 1993, her parents separated, and she moved with her mother and brother to Los Angeles, California. In 1995, her mother filed for divorce, after graduating from Notre Dame in 2000, Dunst continued the acting career that she had begun. As a teenager, she found it difficult to deal with her rising fame, however, she later expressed that her mother always had the best intentions. When asked if she had any regrets about the way she spent her childhood, Dunst said, Well, its not a way to grow up. I have my stuff to work out, I dont think anybody can sit around and say, My life is more screwed up than yours. Dunst began her career when she was three years old as a fashion model in television commercials. She was signed with Ford Models and Elite Model Management, at the age of six, she made her feature film debut in a minor role in Woody Allens short film Oedipus Wrecks that was released as one-third of the anthology film New York Stories. Soon after, she co-starred with Tom Hanks in the comedy-drama The Bonfire of the Vanities, based on Tom Wolfes novel of the same name, where she played the daughter of Hanks character
8. Nicole Kidman – Nicole Mary Kidman, AC is an Australian actress and film producer. Kidmans breakthrough roles were in the 1989 feature film thriller Dead Calm, other successful films followed in the late 1990s. Her performance in the musical Moulin Rouge, earned her a second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her performances in the drama Birth and the thriller The Paperboy earned her Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress and her performance in the 2010 drama Rabbit Hole, which she also produced, earned Kidman further accolades, including a third nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 2012, she earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in the biopic Hemingway & Gellhorn. Kidmans performance in Lion earned her a fourth Academy Award nomination, Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion in the Order of Australia, as a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States. Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films, Kidman was born 20 June 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were temporarily in the United States on educational visas. Her father was Antony Kidman, a biochemist, clinical psychologist and author and her mother, Janelle Ann, is a nursing instructor who edited her husbands books and was a member of the Womens Electoral Lobby. Kidmans ancestry includes Irish, Scottish, and English heritage, being born in Hawaii, she was given the Hawaiian name Hōkūlani. The inspiration for the name came from a baby elephant born around the time at the Honolulu Zoo but the name is also a commonly used Hawaiian name for girls. At the time of Kidmans birth, her father was a student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He became a fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health of the United States. Opposed to the war in Vietnam, Kidmans parents participated in anti-war protests while living in Washington, the family returned to Australia when Kidman was four and her mother now lives on Sydneys North Shore. Kidman has a sister, Antonia Kidman, a journalist. Kidman attended Lane Cove Public School and North Sydney Girls High School and she was enrolled in ballet at three and showed her natural talent for acting in her primary and high school years. She says that she was first inspired to become an actress upon seeing Margaret Hamiltons performance as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz. Kidman has revealed that she was timid as a child, saying, I am very shy – really shy – I even had a stutter as a kid, which I slowly got over, but I still regress into that shyness
9. Keira Knightley – Keira Christina Knightley is an English actress. She began acting as a child on television and made her debut in 1995. She had a role as Sabé in Star Wars, Episode I – The Phantom Menace. In 2014, she was nominated for a Golden Globe, a SAG, a BAFTA Award, in October 2015, Knightley made her Broadway debut in the title role of Thérèse Raquin. Knightley was born in Teddington, London, England, the daughter of Sharman Macdonald, an actress turned playwright, and Will Knightley and her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh descent, while her father is English. She was meant to be named Kiera, after the Russian ice skater, Kira Ivanova and she has an older brother, Caleb. Knightley lived in Richmond, attending Stanley Junior School, Teddington School and she requested an agent at the age of three. Knightley has noted that she was single-minded about acting during her childhood and she performed in a number of local amateur productions, which included After Juliet, written by her mother, and United States, written by her drama teacher, Ian McShane. She focused on art, history, and English literature while at Esher, after getting an agent at six, Knightley worked mostly in commercials and small TV roles. Her first role was Little Girl in Royal Celebration, a 1993 TV film, a year later, she had a small role in the film A Village Affair. She later starred in 1995s Innocent Lies and 1998s Coming Home and she was a princess in the 1996 film The Treasure Seekers. Later in 1999, she appeared as Rose in Oliver Twist, sabés dialogue was dubbed over with Natalie Portmans voice. This was to hide the fact that the handmaiden Padmé was actually disclosed as the real Queen Amidala at the end of the film. Knightley was cast in the role because of her resemblance to Portman. Knightleys first starring role was in 2001, when she played the daughter of Robin Hood in the made-for-television Walt Disney Productions feature Princess of Thieves and she trained for several weeks in archery, fencing and horse riding. During this time, Knightley also appeared in The Hole, a thriller that received a release in the United States. Its director Nick Hamm described her as a version of Julie Christie. She appeared in the adaptation of Doctor Zhivago as Lara, alongside Scottish actor Hans Matheson in the title role
10. Jennifer Lawrence – Jennifer Shrader Lawrence is an American actress. Since 2015, Lawrence has been the actress in the world. She appeared in Times 100 most influential people in the world in 2013 and Forbes Celebrity 100 the following year, during her childhood, Lawrence performed in church plays and school musicals. When she was 14, a talent scout spotted her in New York and she then moved to Los Angeles and began her acting career by playing guest roles in television shows. Her first major role came as a main cast member on the sitcom The Bill Engvall Show, Lawrence made her film debut with a supporting role in Garden Party, and had her breakthrough playing a poverty-stricken teenager in the independent drama Winters Bone. She achieved wider recognition for playing the mutant Mystique in X-Men, First Class, Lawrences fame continued to grow with her starring role as Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games film series, which established her as the highest-grossing action heroine of all time. She went on to earn various accolades from her collaborations with director David O. Russell and her performance as a depressed widow in the romance film Silver Linings Playbook received an Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the second youngest Best Actress Oscar winner. Lawrence subsequently won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for playing a wife in the black comedy American Hustle. She also received Golden Globe Awards for her roles in both of these films and for playing the eponymous inventor in the biopic Joy. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15,1990, in Indian Hills, Kentucky, to Gary, a worker, and Karen. She has two brothers, Ben and Blaine, and her mother brought her up to be tough like them. Lawrences mother did not allow her to play other girls in preschool as she deemed her too rough with them. The actress was educated at the Kammerer Middle School in Louisville and she did not enjoy her childhood due to hyperactivity and social anxiety, and considered herself a misfit among her peers. Lawrence says that her anxieties vanished when she performed on stage, a cheerleader at school, Lawrence also played softball, field hockey and basketball, which she played on a boys team that her father coached. She was fond of riding while growing up and frequently visited a local horse farm. She has a damaged coccyx from being thrown off a horse, the actress has said that she knew she would be famous from an early age. When her father worked from home, she performed for him, for the next few years, she continued to take parts in church plays and school musicals. During a family vacation to New York, when Lawrence was 14, Lawrences mother was not keen on allowing her to pursue an acting career, but briefly moved to the city to let her read for roles
11. Frances McDormand – Frances Louise McDormand is an American actress. McDormand is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, in 1997, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Fargo. She returned to Broadway for the first time in 20 years to star in the 2008 revival of The Country Girl and her work in the films Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous and North Country, earned her Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominations. Her other films include Short Cuts, Primal Fear, Wonder Boys, Somethings Gotta Give, and The Good Dinosaur. McDormand was born in Chicago, Illinois, and was adopted by an originally from Canada – Noreen E. a registered nurse and receptionist, and Vernon W. McDormand. She has said that her mother may have been one of the parishioners at Vernons church. McDormand attended Bethany College in West Virginia, earning a Bachelor of Arts in theater in 1979, in 1982, she earned a Master of Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. She was a roommate of Holly Hunter at the time, mcDormands first professional acting job was in Trinidad and Tobago, performing in a play written by Derek Walcott and funded by the MacArthur Foundation. Her film debut was in the 1984 Coen brothers first film, in 1985, Frances, Holly Hunter and director Sam Raimi shared a house in The Bronx. In 1987, she appeared as the wacky friend Dot in the hit film Raising Arizona, starring Holly Hunter, in addition to her early film roles, McDormand played Connie Chapman in the fifth season of the television police drama Hill Street Blues. In 1988, she played Stella Kowalski in a production of Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire. McDormand is a member of the experimental theater company The Wooster Group. McDormand appeared in theatrical and television roles during the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. She has gained renown and critical acclaim for her dramatic work, in 1988, she was nominated for a Best Actress in a Supporting Role for Mississippi Burning. In 1996, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as police chief Marge Gunderson in Fargo. For her role in Wonder Boys, she won Best Supporting Actress from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the Florida Film Critics Circle, and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. In 2006, McDormand received her nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in 2005s North Country. She also had a role in the film Friends with Money, a dark comedy co-starring Jennifer Aniston, Catherine Keener, and Joan Cusack and she received an Independent Spirit Award for her role in Friends with Money
12. Thandie Newton – Melanie Thandiwe Thandie Newton is an English actress. She also currently portrays DCI Roz Huntley in Series 4 of the BBC One police procedural series Line of Duty, Newton was born in Westminster, London, England, the daughter of Nyasha, a Zimbabwean, and Nick Newton, an English laboratory technician and artist. Her birthplace has been reported to be Zambia in some biographies. The name Thandiwe means beloved in Ndebele, Zulu, Xhosa or siSwati, according to Newton, her mother is a Shona princess. Regarding her childhood, Newton remarked at a TED conference, From about the age of 5, I was aware that I didnt fit, I was the black, atheist kid in the all-white, Catholic school run by nuns. Newton was brought up in London and Penzance, Cornwall and studied dance at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, between 1992 and 1995, Newton attended Downing College, Cambridge, where she studied social anthropology. After the film Flirting, Newton played a house slave Yvette in the Brad Pitt/Tom Cruise film Interview with the Vampire. The film also starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover, Newton then starred as Nyah Hall, again opposite Cruise, in Mission, Impossible II. Her next role was in the low-budget film It Was an Accident, written by her husband, between 2003 and 2005, Newton played Makemba Kem Likasu, love interest and later wife of Dr. John Carter on the American television series ER. She reprised the role for the finale in 2009. In 2004, she appeared in The Chronicles of Riddick. Newton won a BAFTA award for Best Supporting Actress in 2006 for her role in Crash and she played Chris Gardners wife, Linda Gardner, in The Pursuit of Happyness. Also in 2006, Newton performed on radio in a version of Cinderella. In 2007, Newton co-starred with Eddie Murphy in the comedy Norbit as his love interest, Newton next portrayed U. S. National Security Advisor-turned Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in W. Oliver Stones film biography of President George W. Bush. The film was released 17 October 2008, Newton was an introducer at Wembley Stadium on 7 July 2007, for the UK leg of Live Earth. She was due to introduce Al Gore to the concert, but he was delayed, first Daughter Laura Wilson in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released 13 November 2009. In July 2011, Newton delivered a TED Talk on Embracing otherness and she discussed finding her otherness as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and as an actress playing many different selves. In 2012, she starred alongside Tyler Perry in the drama film Good Deeds
13. Connie Nielsen – Her films include Mission to Mars, One Hour Photo, Basic, The Hunted, The Ice Harvest and Nymphomaniac. She starred as Meredith Kane on the Starz TV series Boss and was a character in the second season of The Following. She is set to play Queen Hippolyta in the upcoming 2017 film Wonder Woman, Nielsen was born in Frederikshavn and grew up in the village of Elling, Denmark. Her father, Bent Nielsen, was a bus driver, and her mother was an insurance clerk and she began her acting career working alongside her mother on the local revue and variety scene. She lived in Italy for many years, before moving to the United States, nielsens feature film debut was the Jerry Lewis French film Par où tes rentré. On ta pas vu sortir in 1984, followed by a role in the Italian mini-series Colletti Bianchi in 1988 and she appeared in the Italian film Vacanze di Natale 91 and the French film Le Paradis Absolument. This first minor breakthrough led to roles in the films Permanent Midnight, Rushmore, in 2000, Nielsen became known to worldwide audiences as Lucilla in Scotts Academy Award–winning film Gladiator, starring opposite Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix. Since then, she has starred in American films including Mission to Mars, One Hour Photo, The Hunted and she also starred in the acclaimed French thriller Demonlover, directed by Olivier Assayas. She played the Irish mother to an orphan in A Shine of Rainbows. In 2004, Nielsen made her Danish film debut in the drama, Brødre, for which she won the Danish Best Actress Award and she was also nominated for Best Actress at the European Film Awards. In 2006, Nielsen appeared in episodes of Law & Order. She filled in for Mariska Hargitay, who was on maternity leave at the time of filming, alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jamie Bell and Uma Thurman, Nielsen appeared in the 2014 Lars Von Trier film Nymphomaniac. In 2015 she appeared on the latest TV-2 album Det gode liv where she sang along with Steffen Brandt on the track Brev til Mona, from 2004 to 2012, Nielsen dated Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. They have one son together, Bryce Thadeus Ulrich-Nielsen and she has an older son, hip-hop producer Sebastian Sartor, from a previous relationship. Nielsen is a polyglot who speaks eight languages, Danish, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Connie Nielsen at the Internet Movie Database Connie Nielsen on Twitter
14. Gwyneth Paltrow – Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, singer, comedienne and food writer. She gained early notice for her work in such as the thriller Seven. Paltrow has portrayed supporting, as well as roles, in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Royal Tenenbaums, Shallow Hal. Since 2008, Paltrow has portrayed Pepper Potts, the lead of the Iron Man franchise in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers. She reprised the role several times throughout the series run. Paltrow has been the face of Estée Lauders Pleasures perfume since 2005 and she is also the face of American fashion brand Coach, owner of a lifestyle company, and author of two cookbooks. Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of actress Blythe Danner, Paltrows father is Jewish, while her mother is from a Christian background. She was raised celebrating both Jewish and Christian holidays and her brother had a traditional Bar Mitzvah when he turned 13. Her fathers Ashkenazi Jewish family immigrated from Belarus and Poland, while her mother has Pennsylvania Dutch, Paltrows younger brother is director and screenwriter Jake Paltrow. Her half-cousin is actress Katherine Moennig and she is a second cousin of former U. S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Her uncle is opera singer and actor Harry Danner, Paltrow was raised in Santa Monica, where she attended Crossroads School before enrolling in the Spence School, a private girls school in New York City. Later, she studied anthropology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a daughter of Talavera de la Reina, where at 15 she spent a year as an exchange student. Her film debut followed with Shout, starring John Travolta, Paltrows next roles were in the made-for-television movies Cruel Doubt and Deadly Relations. Her first plum feature film role was in the noir drama Flesh, in 1995, she played Brad Pitts wife in the hit thriller Se7en. Her performance earned her a Satellite Award nomination, also in 1995, she appeared in Moonlight and Valentino and Jefferson in Paris. In 1996, Paltrow played the character in Emma to critical acclaim, particularly in the United Kingdom. She also appeared in two thrillers, Hush, opposite Jessica Lange, and A Perfect Murder, inspired by Alfred Hitchcocks 1954 film, Dial M for Murder
15. Noomi Rapace – Noomi Rapace is a Swedish actress. In 2011, she was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her performance in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Rapace will reprise her role of Elizabeth Shaw in Alien, Covenant. Rapace was born in Hudiksvall, Sweden and her mother, Nina Norén, is a Swedish actress, and her father, Rogelio Durán, was a Spanish Flamenco singer from Badajoz. She has said that her father may have been of part Romani descent, rapaces sister, Særún Norén, is a photographer. Rapace has said she saw her only occasionally before his death. At the age of five, she moved from her native Sweden to Flúðir in Iceland with her mother and stepfather, two years later, she made her film debut in a minor role in the Icelandic film In the Shadow of the Raven. Rapace speaks fluent Icelandic, Danish, Norwegian, and English in addition to her native Swedish, at the age of seven, Rapace was given her first film role, a non-speaking part in the Icelandic film In the Shadow of the Raven by Hrafn Gunnlaugsson. This experience prompted her to be an actress and she left home at age 15 and enrolled in a Stockholm theatre school. In 1996, she made her television debut playing the part of Lucinda Gonzales in the soap series Tre kronor. From 1998 to 1999, Rapace studied at the acting school Skara Skolscen and she has been engaged at Theater Plaza 2000–01, Orionteatern 2001, Teater Galeasen 2002, Stockholms stadsteater in 2003, as well as at the Royal Dramatic Theatre, all in Stockholm. In 2007, she won acclaim for her portrayal of a troubled teen mother in the Danish film Daisy Diamond. She won the two top awards in Denmark for Best Actress for her role in the film, which was also selected for the main competition at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. The film received criticism for the supposed abuse occurring to a baby actor during production. She reprised this role in the sequels The Girl Who Played with Fire and her international fame has earned her leading roles in American cinema. She was cast in Ridley Scotts blockbuster hit Prometheus, where she played the leading role, a scientist named Elizabeth Shaw. She had met Scott for the first time following the release of the Millennium trilogy movies, at which point he expressed a willingness to work with her, Prometheus was released in June 2012. In November 2012, she appeared in a Rolling Stones video for the single Doom and Gloom shot in the studios of the Cité du Cinéma by Luc Besson in Saint-Denis. In 2013, she starred alongside Rachel McAdams in Brian De Palmas erotic thriller Passion and they both appeared in Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows, but did not share scenes
16. Zoe Saldana – Zoe Saldana-Perego, known professionally as Zoe Saldana, is an American actress and dancer. Following her performances with the theater group Faces, Saldana made her debut in an episode of Law & Order. Her film career began a year later with Center Stage, where she played a ballet dancer. Saldanas breakthrough came in 2009 with the roles of Nyota Uhura in Star Trek, the latter film received widespread acclaim, and is the highest-grossing film of all time. Saldana continued her career with such as Colombiana, Guardians of the Galaxy. Saldana was born in Passaic, New Jersey and her father, Aridio Saldaña, was Dominican, while her mother, Asalia Nazario, is Puerto Rican. Saldana also has Lebanese and Haitian roots and she spent the majority of her early childhood growing up in Jackson Heights, New York. She was raised bilingual, speaking English and Spanish and she has two sisters, named Cisely and Mariel. Their father died in a car crash when Zoe was 9 years old, Saldana discovered her love of dance in the Dominican Republic and enrolled in the ECOS Espacio de Danza Academy, she studied various forms of dance but describes ballet as her first passion. She told Vanity Fair that she quit ballet because she did not have the feet and had too much pride, the family returned to New York after her sophomore year in high school. Concurrently, she performed with the New York Youth Theater, her appearance in their production of Joseph and her previous dance training, and her acting experience, helped her land her first film role, playing talented and headstrong ballet student Eva Rodriguez in Center Stage. Saldana was still a member of Faces when she gained exposure in an episode of Law & Order which first aired in 1999 and she left school after Center Stage, subsequently appearing in the Britney Spears vehicle Crossroads. The film was met with reviews from critics, but became somewhat of a box office success. The same year Saldana started in the comedy-drama Drumline, alongside Nick Cannon, as to why she never appeared in any further films in the franchise, Saldana revealed that she almost quit acting following disrespectful treatment on set of the film. She then appeared in The Terminal as Dolores Torres, an officer and Star Trek fan. In 2004 she also made appearances in Haven and Temptation, both of which had little to no box office success, in 2005, Saldana appeared in Constellation, Guess Who with Ashton Kutcher, and Dirty Deeds. She then starred in the romantic comedy-dramas Premium in 2006 and After Sex in 2007, the same year Saldana starred in Blackout, a television film set in New York City during the Northeast Blackout of 2003. The film premiered at the 2007 Zurich Film Festival and debuted on BET in 2008, Saldana also had a small role as Angie Jones in the 2008 box office smash Vantage Point
17. Emma Thompson – Emma Thompson is a British actress, activist, author, comedienne and screenwriter. Born in London to English actor Eric Thompson and Scottish actress Phyllida Law, Thompson was educated at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she became a member of the Footlights troupe. Her first film role was in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy, and in the early 1990s she frequently collaborated with her then husband, the pair became popular in the British media and co-starred in several films, including Dead Again and Much Ado About Nothing. In 1992, Thompson won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for the period drama Howards End. In 1993, she garnered dual Academy Award nominations for her roles in The Remains of the Day as the housekeeper of a grand household and In the Name of the Father as a lawyer. Thompson scripted and starred in Sense and Sensibility, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, in 2013, she received acclaim and several award nominations for her portrayal of P. L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. Thompson is married to actor Greg Wise, with whom she lives in London and they have one daughter and an adopted son. She is an activist in the areas of rights and environmentalism and has received criticism for her outspokenness. She has written two books adapted from The Tale of Peter Rabbit, Thompson was born in Paddington, London, on 15 April 1959. Her godfather was the director and writer Ronald Eyre and she has one sister, Sophie Thompson, who also works as an actress. The family lived in West Hampstead in north London, and Thompson was educated at Camden School for Girls and she spent much time in Scotland during her childhood and often visited Ardentinny, where her grandparents and uncle lived. In her youth, Thompson was intrigued by language and literature, a trait which she attributes to her father, in 1977, she began studying for an English degree at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. Thompson believes that it was inevitable that she would become an actress, commenting that she was surrounded by people and I don’t think it would ever have gone any other way. While there, she had a moment that turned her to feminism. She became a punk rocker, with short red hair and a motorbike. At Cambridge, Thompson was invited into Footlights, the universitys sketch comedy troupe, by its president, Martin Bergman. Also in the troupe were fellow actors Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Fry recalled that there was no doubt that Emma was going the distance. Our nickname for her was Emma Talented, in 1980, Thompson served as the Vice President of Footlights, and co-directed the troupes first all-female revue, Womans Hour
18. Uma Thurman – Uma Karuna Thurman is an American actress and model. She has performed in a variety of films, ranging from romantic comedies, following her appearances on the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue, she starred in Dangerous Liaisons. She starred in more films throughout the 1990s such as Batman & Robin, Gattaca. Thurman was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Television Film for Hysterical Blindness, hailed as Quentin Tarantinos muse, she reunited with the director to play the main role in both Kill Bill films, which brought her two additional Golden Globe Award nominations. Other acting credits in the decade include Be Cool, The Producers, Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Her forename Uma, Sanskrit उमा, literally means splendour, light and her father, Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman, is a professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, an academic and writer, he lived as an ordained Buddhist monk for three years. Her mother, Nena von Schlebrügge, was German nobility and a model, discovered in Stockholm. Thurmans mother was born in Mexico City, Mexico, of Swedish, German and Danish descent, while Thurmans father was born in New York, Thurman received a Buddhist upbringing, and spent altogether around two years in the Indo-Himalayan town of Almora. She now considers herself to be an agnostic and she grew up mostly in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she went to Amherst Regional Middle School, then moved to Woodstock, New York. She has three brothers, Ganden, Dechen, and Mipam, and a half-sister named Taya, from her fathers previous marriage, Thurmans first cousin, once removed, is Swedish football player Max von Schlebrügge. Thurman is described as having been an awkward and introverted girl who was teased for her tall frame, angular bone structure, enormous feet, when Thurman was 10 years old, a friends mother suggested a nose job. As a child, she suffered bouts of body dysmorphic disorder, in the eighth grade she discovered her love for acting. Talent scouts noticed her performance as Abigail in a production of The Crucible, Thurman attended Northfield Mount Hermon School, a preparatory school in Massachusetts, before dropping out to pursue a career in acting. Thurman began her career as a model at age 15. Her early modeling credits included Glamour and the December 1985 and May 1986 covers of British Vogue and she made her movie debut in 1988, appearing in four films that year. Her first two were the school comedy Johnny Be Good and teen thriller Kiss Daddy Goodnight. The most notable of these first four films was Oscar-winning drama Dangerous Liaisons, a commercial success, the picture also garnered Thurman recognition and acclaim from critics and audiences, film critic Roger Ebert found her to be well cast in her tricky key role. At the time, insecure about her appearance, she spent roughly a year in London, during which she often wore loose, malkovich said of her, There is nothing twitchy teenager-ish about her, I haven’t met anyone like her at that age
19. Alicia Vikander – Alicia Amanda Vikander is a Swedish actress and former dancer. Vikander made her film debut in Pure, for which she won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. She went on to star in the 2013 Swedish drama film Hotell, Vikander was born in Gothenburg, the daughter of Maria Fahl Vikander, a stage actor, and Svante Vikander, a psychiatrist. Her parents are from small villages in the north and south of Sweden and they separated when Vikander was two months old, and she was mostly raised by her single mother. She has five half-siblings on her fathers side, Vikander has said that she had the best of both worlds growing up, being an only child to her mother and being surrounded by a big family when she went to her father’s house every second week. Her ancestry is Swedish and one quarter Finnish and she appeared in several musicals at the Opera, such as The Sound of Music and Les Misérables. In 1997 she participated in the TV4 kids singing show Småstjärnorna and she won her episode with praise by the judges for her stage presence. Vikander trained in ballet from the age of nine with the Svenska Balettskolan i Göteborg, at the age of 15, Vikander moved from Gothenburg to train at the ballets upper school in Stockholm, she lived on her own, working to become a principal dancer. She traveled around the world for summer courses, training one summer at the School of American Ballet in New York City. At the age of 16, she almost left school to commit fully to the series she worked on with director Tomas Alfredson. Her dance career was sidelined by injuries in her late teens and she auditioned for drama school but was turned down twice. At one point, Vikander was admitted to law school but she never attended, Vikander began her career by appearing in a number of short films and television roles in her native Sweden. She became well known in Scandinavia for her role in the popular Swedish TV drama Andra Avenyn, Vikander received critical acclaim for her feature film debut, playing the leading role of Katarina in the Swedish film Pure. The film centers around the troubled secretary Katarina, who tries to escape her life. In 2011, she had the role of Fragancia Fernandez. In 2012, Vikander gained international attention for playing the key role of Kitty in the English-language film adaptation of Anna Karenina, the film premiered at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival and received positive reviews. That year, she added Danish to her repertoire while co-starring as Queen Caroline Mathilde in the Nikolaj Arcel feature film A Royal Affair and it had its world premiere at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival and was received with critical acclaim. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards