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Actresses

I’ve long been a fan of film and television and my appreciation for actresses goes beyond the skills that some possess in making us fully believe in a character.

Collected on this page are my favourite actresses, some well known, others not so. Not just because they have all consistently turned in stunning performances but also because in a way, I would happily marry any one of them in a heartbeat.

Clicking on each image will take you to a gallery of photos, enjoy.

Audrey Hepburn
“Born in Ixelles, Belgium, Hepburn spent her childhood chiefly in the Netherlands, including German-occupied Arnhem, Netherlands, during the Second World War. She studied ballet in Arnhem and then moved to London in 1948, where she continued to train in ballet and worked as a photographer’s model.

Hepburn became one of the most successful film actresses in the world and performed with such notable leading men as Gregory Peck, Rex Harrison, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Henry Fonda, William Holden, Fred Astaire, Peter O’Toole, and Albert Finney.

Her war-time experiences inspired her passion for humanitarian work, and although she had worked for UNICEF since the 1950s, during her later life she dedicated much of her time and energy to the organization.

Hepburn died of cancer on 20 January 1993, in Tolochenaz, Vaud, Switzerland.”

Career Highlights:
Roman Holida, Sabrina, The Nun’s Story, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Charade, Wait Until Dark, My Fair Lady and The Lavender Hill Mob (albeit in a very minor role, but it’s a great movie!)


Carey Mulligan
“She made her acting debut as Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005). Following Pride & Prejudice, she had television roles in the BBC Charles Dickens adaptation Bleak House (2005) and the following year she appeared in The Amazing Mrs Pritchard. In 2007, she began with roles in the one-off television dramas My Boy Jack and Northanger Abbey. The same year, she made her Broadway debut in The Seagull to critical acclaim. At age 24, she gained widespread recognition for playing the lead role of Jenny in An Education (2009), winning a BAFTA Award and earning nominations for Golden Globe Award and Academy Award. She is currently slated to appear in five films, all of which are in pre-production.”

Career Highlights (so far):
An Education, Doctor Who (Blink), And When Did You Last See Your Father, Public Enemies, Bleak House and Pride and Prejudice.


Maggie Gyllenhaal
Is the daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner Gyllenhaal (née Achs) and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She made her screen debut when she began to appear in her father’s films. Gyllenhaal later achieved recognition in a supporting role in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001). She made her break-through role in the 2002 sadomasochistic comedy Secretary, for which she received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination.

She is a politically active Democrat and, like her brother and parents, supports the American Civil Liberties Union. Prior to the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq she participated in anti-war demonstrations. Gyllenhaal drew criticism in 2005 for her opinion that America was “responsible in some way” for the 9/11 attacks. She is actively involved in human rights, civil liberty, and anti-poverty campaigns.

Career Highlights (so far):
Secretary, The Dark Knight, Sherry Baby, World Trade Center, Crazy Heart, Happy Endings, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Monster House and Stranger Than Fiction.


Mary Louise Parker
Is an American actress. Some of her most famous roles were in Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, Proof, The West Wing, Angels in America, and her current lead role on the television series Weeds.

Career Highlights (so far):
Weeds, The West Wing, Bullets Over Broadway, Red Dragon, The Spiderwick Chronicles and Angels in America.


Toni Pearen
“Is an Australian actress, singer, songwriter and TV presenter born in Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on June 5, 1972. Known earlier in her career for her role on the soap opera E Street from 1989 until 1992 and for her music career in the early 1990s which included the release of an album and a number of ARIA certified gold singles, she also served as the host of Australia’s Funniest Home Video Show for five years.”

I have also had a crush on her for almost as long as I can remember and spent my first months in Australia actively tracking down a copy of her album which had been unavailable in the UK whilst I was growing up. In fact, the only episodes of Dancing With the Stars I have ever watched featured her and will never forgive Australia for voting her out!

Career Highlights (so far):
Home and Away, JAG, Dancing with the Stars, Australia’s Funniest Home Videos and (of course) All Men are Liars and E-Street.

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