6 inspirational and motivational female actors

A lot has been said recently about women in film, and not all of it has been positive.

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Female Actor – Via Shutterstock

We’ve seen it with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and then we’ve seen the same thing magnified a hundredfold with Paul Feig’s new Ghostbusters movie.

Let people think what they think. It’s important that women are well represented in film, whether they’re a spy, a rebel in a galaxy far far away, or, indeed, someone you’re gonna call. Women in film should be celebrated. Here are eight of our favourite inspirational and motivational actors.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren’s played everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to the best wetworks operative in the business (It means she kills people, darling). We love and admire Helen Mirren, from afar, because you do not want to get on her bad side.

Emma Watson

From a young age Emma Watson became a patron saint of brainboxes everywhere in the Harry Potter movies, and people still make pilgrimages to Harry Potter Studio Tour in her honour. But since then she’s gone from strength to strength as arguably the most successful Hogwarts alumni while making a name for herself as an outspoken feminist.

Melissa McCarthy

If an actress has a gift for comic delivery and happens to be on the large side, Hollywood is keen to offer them a long career in the “fat best friend” department. But when Melissa McCartythy left behind the part of Sookie in Gilmore Girls she took another path. She’s been the maverick Mel Gibson-esque buddy-cop. She’s been a secret agent. And of course, she’s been a Ghostbuster.

Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton is an alien from the same planet as David Bowie (she appeared in the video for Bowie’s “The Stars Are Out Tonight” and delivered a moving tribute at his funeral). Another outspoken activist, Swinton has been photographed in front of Moscow’s Kremlin with a rainbow flag in solidarity with Russia’s LGBT community. She’s next going to be on our screens as The Ancient One in the new Doctor Strange movie, although she’s a common favourite for the next actor to take on Doctor Who.

Leslie Jones

Another Ghostbuster, Leslie Jones has taken a large part of the brunt for the bizarre anti-Ghostbusters campaign that has dogged the remake. However, she is an inspiration way beyond that. At 48 years old, her inspiring tirade on ageing is worth listening to for anyone who feels they missed their chance.

Hedy Lamarr

Going back in time a little bit, we have Hedy Lamarr, a total bombshell in her time, she appeared with the likes of Clark Gable and James Stewart, co-starring in Cecil B. DeMille’s Sampson and Delilah, the highest grossing film of 1949. It’s a career any actor would be pleased with, so perhaps it’s not surprising that it overshadows her other work designing a jam-proof radio guidance system for torpedoes. The descendents of her work can be found today in your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth systems.

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