British Actresses You Should Know

British Actresses You Should Know: Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh with Timothee Chalamet in the 2019 film Little Women (Photo credit courtesy of Columbia Pictures)

Florence Pugh is one of those buzzy, up and coming young actresses whose work you’ll likely be watching for years to come.

At just 24 years of age, this Oxford-born actress with the self-professed "weirdly low voice" has been showered with accolades. Since 2017, the awards she’s been nominated for and won tell the story of her work.  From her 2018 BAFTA EE Rising Star nomination to being named 2019’s Chopard Trophy winner at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Pugh's performances have been described as brave, breakthrough and revelatory. Here's why. 

British Actresses You Should Know: Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory in the greatest "Peaky Blinders" look ever (Photo: Netflix/Caryn Mandabach Productions)

We all have those actors whose work we’d watch, no matter what it was. Powerful prestige drama? Scary supernatural tale? Super dated period piece? Random episode of some show you’ve never heard of before, just because they have a bit part in it? Check, check and check. We’ve all been there.

British actress Helen McCrory is one of those performers. (At least for me, at any rate.) I will honestly watch this woman do anything, and not feel bad about it for a single second. Luckily, McCrory is not only ridiculously talented, but one of those actors who’s been in the entertainment business long enough to have a rather significant back log of both mainstream and niche sorts of roles. You’d be surprised how many things you’ve probably seen her in without realizing it. Let's talk about a few of them. 

British Actresses You Should Know: Dame Diana Rigg

 Diana Rigg as the Duchess of Buccleuch and Bebe Cave as Wilhelmina Coke  (Image courtesy of ©ITVStudios2017 for MASTERPIECE)

When you hear the name Dame Diana Rigg, what comes to mind? The talented lady spy Emma Peel from The Avengers? The one and only Bond girl to marry 007 himself from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service? Or perhaps famous British fashion designer and jewel heist victim, Lady Holiday, from The Great Muppet Caper?

Well, Dame Diana has been in the acting game for over six decades and, in my opinion anyhow, her most recent roles have more entertaining and more badass than any martial arts master/genius clad in a leather catsuit. Her new gig as Victoria’s new Mistress of the Robes is just the latest in a growing list of “tough as old boots” roles that have earned Ms. Rigg a whole new generation of fans.

Here are just a sampling of her more mature roles from the past twenty years.