Empire Award for Best British Actress

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Empire Award for British Best Actress
Awarded for Best performance by a British actress in a leading role
Country United Kingdom
Presented by Empire magazine
First awarded 1996
Last awarded 2005
Currently held by Kate Winslet - Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2005)

The Empire Award for Best British Actress was an Empire Award presented annually by the British film magazine Empire to honor a British actress who has delivered an outstanding performance in a leading role while working within the film industry. The Empire Award for Best British Actress was first introduced at the 1st Empire Awards ceremony in 1996 with Kate Winslet receiving the award for her role in Heavenly Creatures and last presented at the 10th Empire Awards ceremony in 2005. It was one of three Best British awards retired that year (the others being Best British Actor and Best British Director). Winners were voted by the readers of Empire magazine.

Since its inception, the award has been given to six actress. Kate Winslet had received the most awards in this category with five awards and was nominated on six occasions, more than any other actress. Kate Winslet was the last winner in this category for her role in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Winners and nominees[edit]

In the list below, winners are listed first in bold, followed by the other nominees. The number of the ceremony (1st, 2nd, etc.) appears in parentheses after the awards year, linked to the article (if any) on that ceremony.

1990s[edit]

Year Actress Film Ref.
1996
(1st)
Kate Winslet Heavenly Creatures [1]
1997
(2nd)
Brenda Blethyn Secrets & Lies [2]
1998
(3rd)
Kate Winslet Hamlet [3]
1999
(4th)
Kate Winslet Titanic [4]
Anna Friel The Land Girls
Catherine Zeta-Jones The Mask of Zorro
Emily Watson The Boxer
Minnie Driver Good Will Hunting

2000s[edit]

Year Actress Film Ref.
2000
(5th)
Helena Bonham Carter Fight Club [5]
Brenda Blethyn Little Voice
Kate Winslet Hideous Kinky
Minnie Driver An Ideal Husband
Olivia Williams Rushmore and The Sixth Sense
2001
(6th)
Julie Walters Billy Elliot [6]
Brenda Blethyn Saving Grace
Kathy Burke Kevin & Perry Go Large
Samantha Morton Sweet and Lowdown
Thandie Newton Mission: Impossible II
2002
(7th)
Kate Winslet Enigma [7]
Catherine Zeta-Jones Traffic
Helena Bonham Carter Planet of the Apes
Olivia Williams Lucky Break
Rachel Weisz The Mummy Returns
2003
(8th)
Samantha Morton Minority Report [8]
Emily Watson Red Dragon
Helen Mirren Gosford Park
Keira Knightley Bend It Like Beckham
Kelly Macdonald Gosford Park
2004
(9th)
Emma Thompson Love Actually [9]
Emily Mortimer Young Adam
Helen Mirren Calendar Girls
Julie Walters Calendar Girls
Keira Knightley Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
2005
(10th)
Kate Winslet Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [10]
Imelda Staunton Vera Drake
Kate Ashfield Shaun of the Dead
Keira Knightley King Arthur
Samantha Morton Enduring Love

Multiple awards and nominations[edit]

Multiple awards[edit]

The following individual received two or more Best British Actress awards:

Awards Film
5 Kate Winslet

Multiple nominations[edit]

The following individuals received two or more Best British Actress nominations:

Nominations Film
6 Kate Winslet
3 Brenda Blethyn
Keira Knightley
Samantha Morton
2 Catherine Zeta-Jones
Emily Watson
Helen Mirren
Helena Bonham Carter
Julie Walters
Minnie Driver
Olivia Williams

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Past Winners - 1996". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Past Winners - 1997". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Past Winners - 1998". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Past Winners - 1999". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Past Winners - 2000". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Empire Awards 2001". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Empire Awards 2002: Best British Actress". Empire. Bauer Consumer Media (#154): 56. April 2002. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Best British Actress". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2003. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Best British Actress". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2004. Retrieved October 11, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Best British Actress". Empireonline.com. Bauer Consumer Media. 2005. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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