BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Best Actress in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film Award presented annually by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.
- From 1952 to 1967, there were two Best Actress awards presented, Best British Actress and Best Foreign Actress.
- From 1968 onwards, the two awards merged into one award, which from 1968 to 1984 was known as Best Actress.
- From 1985 to present, the award has been known by its current name of Best Actress in a Leading Role.
|BAFTA Award for Best Actress|
The 2018 recipient: Olivia Colman
|Awarded for||Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role|
|Presented by||British Academy of Film and Television Arts|
|First awarded||Vivien Leigh for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)|
|Currently held by||Olivia Colman for The Favourite (2018)|
Winners and nomineesEdit
Best British Actress (1952–1967)Edit
Best Foreign Actress (1952–1967)Edit
Best Actress in a Leading Role (1968–present)Edit
Note: Between 1964–1973, several actresses were nominated for multiple performances in a single year, these each count as one nomination. Scarlett Johansson's two mentions in 2003 count as two separate nominations. The two mentions received by Kate Winslet in both 2004 and 2008, count as two separate nominations each time.
Note: The 2013 ceremony was the first time in the history of BAFTA that two French actress were nominated for French-language performances in the Best Leading Actress category. Marion Cotillard for Rust and Bone and Emmanuelle Riva for Amour.
|Superlative||Best Actress/Best Actress in a Leading Role||Best Supporting Actress||Overall|
|Actress with most awards||Maggie Smith||4||Judi Dench||3||Judi Dench
|Actress with most British Actress Awards (until 1967)||Audrey Hepburn||3||—||—||Audrey Hepburn||3|
|Actress with most Foreign Actress Awards (until 1967)||Simone Signoret||3||—||—||Simone Signoret||3|
|Actress with most nominations||Meryl Streep||12||Judi Dench||9||Meryl Streep||15|
|Actress with most British Actress Award nominations (until 1967)||Audrey Hepburn||5||—||—||Audrey Hepburn||5|
|Actress with most Foreign Actress Award nominations (until 1967)||Shirley MacLaine||5||—||—||Shirley MacLaine||5|
Note: Meryl Streep and Judi Dench tie for the record of a total of 15 BAFTA film nominations, with Streep having 12 Best Actress nominations and 3 Best Supporting Actress nominations. Dench has 5 Best Actress nominations and 9 Best Supporting Actress nominations. Dench's 15th nomination is for Best Newcomer in 1966 (which she won). This gives her 6 BAFTA film wins. In addition, she has won 4 BAFTA television awards (from 12 nominations). In total she has received 27 BAFTA film & TV nominations with 10 wins. Dench also received an honorary BAFTA, the BAFTA Fellowship, in 2001.
Note: Maggie Smith has a total of 13 BAFTA film nominations, for Best Actress (8), Best Supporting Actress (4) and Best Newcomer (1), winning 5. She also has 5 BAFTA television nominations. This gives her a total of 18 BAFTA film & TV nominations. In addition, Smith has received two honorary awards, the BAFTA special award (1993) and the BAFTA Fellowship (1996).
- 12 nominations
- 8 nominations
- 7 nominations
- 6 nominations
- 5 nominations
- 4 nominations
- 3 nominations
- 2 nominations
- Anouk Aimée
- Julie Andrews
- Peggy Ashcroft
- Leslie Caron
- Glenn Close
- Marion Cotillard
- Judy Davis
- Viola Davis
- Faye Dunaway
- Jodie Foster
- Goldie Hawn
- Susan Hayward
- Judy Holliday
- Scarlett Johansson
- Celia Johnson
- Grace Kelly
- Anna Magnani
- Giulietta Masina
- Frances McDormand
- Virginia McKenna
- Melina Mercouri
- Hayley Mills
- Yvonne Mitchell
- Marilyn Monroe
- Jeanne Moreau
- Patricia Neal
- Natalie Portman
- Emmanuelle Riva
- Julia Roberts
- Rachel Roberts
- Susan Sarandon
- Maria Schell
- Kristin Scott Thomas
- Jean Simmons
- Barbra Streisand
- Sylvia Syms
- Jessica Tandy
- Audrey Tautou
- Charlize Theron
- Uma Thurman
- Rita Tushingham
- Liv Ullmann
- Julie Walters
- Reese Witherspoon
- Renée Zellweger
- Ziyi Zhang
- 4 wins
- Maggie Smith
- 3 wins
- Anne Bancroft
- Audrey Hepburn
- Simone Signoret
- 2 wins
- Cate Blanchett
- Leslie Caron
- Judi Dench
- Jane Fonda
- Katharine Hepburn
- Shirley MacLaine
- Patricia Neal
- Rachel Roberts
- Meryl Streep
- Emma Thompson
- Wendy Hiller won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Lila Kedrova won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Goldie Hawn won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Maggie Smith won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Meryl Streep won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Jessica Lange won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Peggy Ashcroft won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Kim Basinger won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Rachel Weisz won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Alicia Vikander won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Academy Award for Best Actress
- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Actress
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama
- Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical
- BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film
- Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
- Dixon, Marcus James (10 January 2017). "BAFTA Awards 2017: Full list of nominations led by 'La La Land,' 'Arrival,' 'Nocturnal Animals'". Goldderby.