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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





  • 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 MoriceStrictly 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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