International Emmy Award for Best Actress

The International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress is an award presented annually by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS). The award honors the best performance by an actress in a made for-television fiction program (i.e. movie, mini-series, drama series, Telenovela, or comedy series).[1]

International Emmy Award for Best Actress
Awarded forBest Performance by an Actress
CountryUnited States
Presented byInternational Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
First awardedNovember 21, 2005
Currently held byMarina Gera,
Eternal Winter (2019)
Most awardsJulie Walters, (2)

The first awarded with the trophy was He Lin for her role in Slave Mother, a telefilm produced by CCTV6 channel.[2] Dutch Maryam Hassouni won in 2006 for her performance as Laila al Gatawi in Offers, a drama thriller directed by Dana Nechushtan.[3]

In 2007, the International Emmy for best actress went to French Muriel Robin for her role as Marie Besnard in the Belgian-French telefilm The Poisoner.[4]

Lucy Cohu, Julie Walters and Helena Bonham Carter won in subsequent years, Walters is the only actress to win twice the prize in 2009, as Anne Turner in A Short Stay in Switzerland, repeating the feat in 2011 for her performance in the telefilm Mo, which tells the life story of the parliamentary Labour Party Mo Mowlam.

The first Emmy for best actress for Latin America was won by Argentina's Cristina Banegas for her role in the miniseries Televisión por la inclusión.[5] Followed by Brazil's Fernanda Montenegro in 2013.[6]

In 2015, Dutch Bianca Krijgsman wins for her performance in De Nieuwe Wereld.[7]

Currently, UK's Anna Friel won as best actress for the British show Marcella.


Year Winner Program Country
2005[8] He Lin Slave Mother   China
Anneke von der Lippe Ved kongens bord   Norway
Carolina Oliveira Hoje É Dia de Maria   Brazil
Catherine Tate The Catherine Tate Show   United Kingdom
2006[9] Maryam Hassouni Offers   Netherlands
Heike Makatsch Margarete Steiff – A Story of Courage   Germany
Imelda Staunton My Family and Other Animals   United Kingdom
Lucy Cohu The Queen's Sister   United Kingdom
2007[10] Muriel Robin The Poisoner   France
Lília Cabral Páginas da Vida   Brazil
Brenda Ngxoli Home Affairs   South Africa
Victoria Wood Housewife, 49   United Kingdom
2008[11] Lucy Cohu Forgiven   United Kingdom
Irene Ravache Eterna Magia   Brazil
Sofie Gråbøl The Killing   Denmark
Zhibo Yuan Wait for the Birth of the Husband   China
2009[12] Julie Walters A Short Stay in Switzerland   United Kingdom
Cecilia Suárez Capadocia   Mexico
Angel Locsin Lobo   Philippines
Emma de Caunes Rien dans les poches   France
2010[13] Helena Bonham Carter Enid   United Kingdom
Lília Cabral Viver a Vida   Brazil
Iris Berben Krupp   Germany
Lerato Mvelase Home Affairs   South Africa
2011[14] Julie Walters Mo   United Kingdom
Adriana Esteves Dalva e Herivelto: uma Canção de Amor   Brazil
Noomi Rapace Millennium   Sweden
Athena Chu A Wall-less World   Hong Kong
2012[15] Cristina Banegas Televisión por la inclusión   Argentina
Sidse Babett Knudsen Borgen   Denmark
Rina Sa Zhong guo di   China
Joanna Vanderham The Runaway   United Kingdom
2013[16] Fernanda Montenegro[17] Sweet Mother   Brazil
Sun Li The Legend of Zhen Huan   China
Sheridan Smith Mrs Biggs   United Kingdom
Lotta Tejle 30° i februari   Sweden
2014[18] Bianca Krijgsman De Nieuwe Wereld   Netherlands
Tuba Büyüküstün 20 Dakika   Turkey
Olivia Colman Broadchurch   United Kingdom
Romina Gaetani Televisión por la justicia   Argentina
2015[19] Anneke von der Lippe Eyewitness   Norway
Fernanda Montenegro Sweet Mother   Brazil
Sheridan Smith Cilla   United Kingdom
2016 Christiane Paul Unterm Radar   Germany
Grazi Massafera Hidden Truths   Brazil
Jodi Sta. Maria Pangako Sa 'Yo   Philippines
Judi Dench Roald Dahl's Esio Trot   United Kingdom
2017[20] Anna Friel Marcella   United Kingdom
Adriana Esteves Justiça   Brazil
Sonja Gerhardt Ku'damm 56   Germany
Thuso Mbedu Is'Thunzi   South Africa
2018 Anna Schudt Ein Schnupfen hätte auch gereicht   Germany
Thuso Mbedu Is'Thunzi   South Africa
Emily Watson Apple Tree Yard   United Kingdom
Denise Weinberg Psi   Brazil
2019 Marina Gera Eternal Winter   Hungary
Radhika Apte Lust Stories   India
Jenna Coleman The Cry   United Kingdom
Marjorie Estiano Sob Pressão   Brazil

Multiple winsEdit

Most awards won by a female
Number Actress
2 Julie Walters
Most awards won by a country
Number Country
5   United Kingdom
2   Germany
2   Netherlands


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  5. ^ "Cristina Banegas durante la entrega de los Premios Emmy". Clarín (in Spanish). November 20, 2012. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  6. ^ "Fernanda Montenegro vence Emmy Internacional de melhor atriz". Folha de S.Paulo. November 26, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2015.
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  10. ^ "Brasil na briga pelo Emmy". Diário do Nordeste. November 19, 2007.
  11. ^ "Pedro Cardoso e Irene Ravache concorrem ao Emmy". Folha de S.Paulo. October 13, 2008.
  12. ^ "International Emmy nominees for 2009". Veja. October 5, 2009. Archived from the original on March 2, 2014.
  13. ^ "International Emmy nominees for 2010". Veja. October 4, 2010.
  14. ^ "International Emmy nominees for 2011". Veja. October 3, 2011.
  15. ^ "International Emmy nominees for 2012". Veja. October 8, 2012.
  16. ^ "International Emmy nominees for 2013". Veja. October 7, 2013. Archived from the original on October 7, 2014.
  17. ^ "Sean Bean, Fernanda Montenegro take acting awards at International Emmys; J.J. Abrams honoured". Associated Press. November 25, 2013.
  18. ^ "International Emmy nominees for 2014". International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. October 13, 2014. Archived from the original on December 25, 2011.
  19. ^ "Fernanda Montenegro é indicada ao Emmy por série da TV Globo". El País. October 5, 2015.
  20. ^ "Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Receive International Emmy Nominations". Variety. October 4, 2017.

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