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BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film

The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film is an annual award given to the Best Actress who starred in a British independent film. The award was introduced in 1998.




Year Actress Film Role
2008 Vera Farmiga The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas Elsa (Mother)
Sally Hawkins Happy-Go-Lucky Pauline "Poppy" Cross
Keira Knightley The Duchess Duchess Georgiana
Samantha Morton The Daisy Chain Martha Conroy
Kelly Reilly Eden Lake Jenny
2009 Carey Mulligan An Education Jenny Mellor
Emily Blunt The Young Victoria Queen Victoria
Abbie Cornish Bright Star Fanny Brawne
Katie Jarvis Fish Tank Mia Williams
Sophie Okonedo Skin Sandra Laing


Year Actress Film Role
2010 Carey Mulligan Never Let Me Go Kathy H
Sally Hawkins Made in Dagenham Rita O'Grady
Andrea Riseborough Brighton Rock Rose
Ruth Sheen Another Year Gerri Hepple
Manjinder Virk The Arbor Lorraine Dunbar
2011 Olivia Colman Tyrannosaur Hannah
MyAnna Buring Kill List Shel
Rebecca Hall The Awakening Florence Cathcart
Tilda Swinton We Need to Talk About Kevin Eva Khatchadourian
Mia Wasikowska Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
2012 Andrea Riseborough Shadow Dancer Colette McVeigh
Judi Dench The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Evelyn Greenslade
Elle Fanning Ginger & Rosa Ginger
Alice Lowe Sightseers Tina
Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
2013 Lindsay Duncan Le Week-End Meg Burrows
Judi Dench Philomena Philomena Lee
Saoirse Ronan How I Live Now Daisy
Felicity Jones The Invisible Woman Nelly Ternan
Scarlett Johansson Under the Skin The Alien
2014 Gugu Mbatha-Raw Belle Dido Elizabeth Belle
Sameena Jabeen Ahmed Catch Me Daddy Laila
Cheng Pei-pei Lilting Junn
Keira Knightley The Imitation Game Joan Clarke
Alicia Vikander Testament of Youth Vera Brittain
2015 Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn Eilis Lacey
Marion Cotillard Macbeth Lady Macbeth
Carey Mulligan Suffragette Maud Watts
Charlotte Rampling 45 Years Kate Mercer
Alicia Vikander The Danish Girl Gerda Wegener
2016 Sasha Lane American Honey Star
Kate Dickie Couple in a Hole Karen
Narges Rashidi Under the Shadow Shideh
Hayley Squires I, Daniel Blake Katie Morgan
Jodie Whittaker Adult Life Skills Anna
2017 Florence Pugh Lady Macbeth Katherine Lester
Emily Beecham Daphne Daphne
Frances McDormand Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Mildred Hayes
Maggie Mulubwa I Am Not a Witch Shula
Ruth Wilson Dark River Alice
2018 Olivia Colman The Favourite Anne, Queen of Great Britain
Gemma Arterton The Escape Tara
Jessie Buckley Beast Moll
Maxine Peake Funny Cow Funny Cow
Rachel Weisz Disobedience Ronit Krushka
2019 Renée Zellweger Judy Judy Garland
Jessie Buckley Wild Rose Rose-Lynn Harlan
Holliday Grainger Animals Laura
Sally Hawkins Eternal Beauty June
Vicky Knight Dirty God Jade

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