BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role facts for kids

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Best Actress in a Leading Role is a British Academy Film award presented each year by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is to recognise an actress who has delivered an outstanding leading performance in a film.

Winners and nominees

Between 1952 and 1967, two awards were given to the best British and best foreign actress each year. In 1968, the two prizes of British and foreign actress were combined to create a single Best Actress award. Its current title, for Best Actress in a Leading Role, has been used since 1995.


  • 1952
    • Best British ActressVivien LeighA Streetcar Named Desire
      • Phyllis Calvert – Mandy
      • Celia Johnson – I Believe in You
      • Ann ToddThe Sound Barrier
    • Best Foreign ActressSimone SignoretGolden Helmet
  • 1958
    • Best British ActressIrene WorthOrders to Kill
      • Hermione BaddeleyRoom at the Top
      • Virginia McKenna – Carve Her Name with Pride
    • Best Foreign ActressSimone SignoretRoom at the Top


  • 1962
    • Best British ActressLeslie CaronThe L-Shaped Room
      • Virginia Maskell – The Wild and the Willing
      • Janet Munro – Life for Ruth
    • Best Foreign ActressAnne BancroftThe Miracle Worker
    • Anouk Aimee – Lola
  • 1965
    • Best British ActressJulie ChristieDarling
      • Julie AndrewsThe Americanization of Emily and The Sound of Music
      • Maggie SmithYoung Cassidy
      • Rita Tushingham – The Knack …and How to Get It
    • Best Foreign ActressPatricia NealIn Harm's Way
      • Jane FondaCat Ballou
      • Lila Kedrova – Zorba the Greek
      • Simone Signoret – Ship of Fools


  • 1973Stéphane AudranThe Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Just Before Nightfall


  • 1985Peggy AshcroftA Passage to India
    • Mia FarrowThe Purple Rose of Cairo
    • Kelly McGillis – Witness
    • Alexandra Pigg – Letter to Brezhnev
  • 1988Maggie SmithThe Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne
    • Stéphane Audran – Babettes gæstebud
    • CherMoonstruck as Loretta Castorini
    • Jamie Lee CurtisA Fish Called Wanda as Wanda
  • 1989Pauline CollinsShirley Valentine as Shirley Valentine Bradshaw


  • 1991Jodie FosterThe Silence of the Lambs as Clarice Starling
    • Geena DavisThelma & Louise as Thelma Dickinson
    • Susan SarandonThelma & Louise as Louise Sawyer
    • Juliet Stevenson – Truly, Madly, Deeply
  • 1992Emma ThompsonHowards End as Margaret Schlegel
    • Judy Davis – Husbands and Wives
    • Tara Morice – Strictly Ballroom
    • Jessica TandyFried Green Tomatoes as Ninny Threadgoode
  • 1994Susan SarandonThe Client as Reggie Love
    • Linda Fiorentino – The Last Seduction as Bridget Gregory
    • Irène Jacob – Three Colors: Red (Trois couleurs: Rouge)
    • Uma ThurmanPulp Fiction as Mia Wallace



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