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Most Successful Actresses of the 2000s
In this article we take a look at the most popular and successful actresses between 2000-2009.
1. Cate Blanchett:
- Full Name: Catherine Elise Blanchett
- Born: 14 May 1969, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- Occupation: Actressproducer
- Years Active: 1992–present
The Australian-American actress Catherine Élise (“Cate”) Blanchett is known to most viewers as the Elven Queen Galadriel from the mighty Lord of the Rings epic and from the multi-award-winning historical film “Aviator”.
Cate Blanchett was born in Australia, where she led an inconspicuous life with her mother and siblings until she graduated from high school. During a vacation in Egypt, she was spontaneously engaged for a supporting role in a dance film and discovered her joy on the stage. She then broke off her business and art studies and instead trained at an acting school in Sydney.
Her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I, for which she received a Golden Globe award, stands out from her first film roles. With the Lord of the Rings trilogy (“The Companions” 2001, “The Two Towers” 2002 and “The Return of the King” 2003) Cate Blanchett was finally able to convince the international audience of her acting talent.
Since then she has played a wide variety of characters in numerous film adaptations (“The Love of Charlotte Gray” 2001, “Heaven” 2002, “Aviator” 2004, “Elisabeth – The Golden Kingdom” (2008) and others). She has received numerous awards and is not only one of the most sought-after film actresses, but also works in the theater.
Cate Blanchett has been married to screenwriter Andrew Upton since 1997. The couple have three sons of their own and an adopted daughter and live in Sydney.
2. Kirsten Dunst:
- Full Name: Kirsten Caroline Dunst
- Born: April 30, 1982, Point Pleasant, New Jersey, U.S.
- Citizenship: AmericanGerman
- Occupation: Actressmodel
- Years Active: 1988–present
Mary Jane from “Spiderman” – that is the American actress Kirsten Dunst. She was already known from the horror comedy “Interview with a Vampire” and other small roles that she had played with flying colors as a child star. But international fame brought her to the Spiderman films (2002, 2004 and 2007), in which she appeared as Peter Parker’s alias Spiderman’s great love Mary Jane.
For her acting performance, she received the Empire Awards film prize twice for best actress. Numerous other engagements followed, for example in 2003 alongside Julia Roberts in the film “Mona Lisa’s Smile” or together with Orlando Bloom in “Elisabethtown” (2005). Opinions were divided about the period film “Marie Antoinette”, which combined the dissolute life of the French queen with elements from the modern age. The critical voices were less about Kirsten Dunst and her portrayal of the heroine, but about the concept of the film.
Since her father comes from Germany, Kirsten Dunst has had both American and German citizenship since 2011. She is in a relationship with actor Jesse Plemons. The two have two young sons.
3. Natalie Portman:
- Full Name: Natalie Portman
- Born: June 9, 1981, Jerusalem
- Nationality : Israeli American
- Occupation: Actress, Director, Producer
- Years Active: 1993–present
Natalie Portman was born in Jerusalem in 1981 and moved to the United States with her parents when she was three years old. The start of her career sounds like a movie: She was discovered as a young girl in a pizzeria and played for famous directors such as Tim Burton and Woody Allen as a teenager. Her most famous role is that of Padmé Amidala in Star Wars episodes I, II and III, in which she plays the Senator of Naboo, the wife of Anakin Skywalker and thus the mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Lea.
In addition to her work as an actress, Natalie Portman is a trained psychologist and a graduate of Harvard University. She married the ballet dancer Benjamin Millepied. The couple have two children.
4. Emma Watson:
- Full Name: Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson
- Born: 15 April 1990, Paris, France
- Occupation: Actress, activist model
- Years Active: 1999–present
British actress Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson became famous around the world for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films. Emma Watson spent the first five years of her childhood in Paris before moving to Oxford, UK with mother and brother.
At the age of 10, she prevailed against 4,000 competitors in the casting for the first Harry Potter film, which was honored with the Golden Screen Film Prize with over 12 million moviegoers in Germany alone. The Harry Potter films are in the list of the most successful films of all time, both in the “box office” category and in terms of visitor numbers.
After the last Harry Potter film was released in 2011, Emma Watson began studying English literature, graduating in 2014. During her studies and in the years that followed, Emma Watson was hired for various other film roles, for example for the female lead of Sam in the drama “Maybe better tomorrow” from 2012 and as the beautiful inventor’s daughter Belle in the remake of the musical “Beauty and das Biest ”from 2017. Emma Watson is committed to women’s equality and has been the UN special envoy for women and girls’ rights since 2014.
5. Nicole Kidman:
- Full Name: Nicole Mary Kidman
- Born: 20 June 1967, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
- Citizenship: Australia United States
- Occupation: Actress Producer
- Years Active: 1983–present
Although the American-Australian actress, born in 1967, was already enjoying great success in Hollywood in the 1990s, Nicole Kidman only achieved international success with the psychological thriller “The Others” (2001) and the film adaptation of the novel “Unterwegs nach Cold Mountain” (2003).
This is often justified by the fact that she was married to the Hollywood star Tom Cruise (“Mission: Impossible” and others) until 2001 and was only able to step out of his shadow after her divorce. But her career was all the more successful in the next few years: Nicole Kidman was the first Australian to win an Oscar for best actress in the film “Moulin Rouge” (2001).
Nicole Kidman has been married to country singer Keith Urban since 2006 and is the mother of two daughters. Nicole Kidman is incredibly hard-working and talented: In addition to her numerous film roles, she herself sang the songs for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack and writes short stories.
6. Kristen Stewart:
- Full Name: Kristen Jaymes Stewart
- Born: April 9, 1990, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
- Occupation: Actressfilmmaker
- Years Active: 1999–present
American actress and director Kristen Stewart seems to have grown right into the film business: her parents, television producer John Stewart and script director Jules Mann-Stewart, often took their daughter to the set. In 1999, the then nine-year-old appeared in front of the camera for the first time and was finally able to prove her acting talent alongside Jodie Foster in the 2002 action film “Panic Room”.
Kirsten Stewart became internationally famous for the film adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s vampire novels, the Twilight saga. In the five films, Kirsten Stewart played the mortal Isabella Swan, who falls in love with the vampire Edward Cullen (played by Robert Pattinson) and has various adventures with him until she finally becomes a vampire woman herself.
Since then, Kirsten Stewart has appeared in countless films, for example as rock guitarist Joan Jett in the band history “The Runaways” (2010) or in the Snow White adaptation “Snow White and the Huntsman” from 2012.
During the making of the Twilight films, Kirsten Stewart and Robert Pattinson became a couple. They separated in 2013. In the following years, Kirsten Stewart confessed to her homosexuality. Today she is in a relationship with the screenwriter Dylan Meyer. She has been working as a screenwriter and director since 2017.
7. Megan Fox:
- Full Name: Megan Denise Fox
- Born: May 16, 1986, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.
- Occupation: Actress model
- Years Active: 2001–present
Megan Denise Fox was born in 1986 in the US state of Tennessee and is best known as the leading female actress in the science fiction film “Transformers”. Megan Fox became famous worldwide with Transformers, the film grossed over 700 million US dollars. In 2009 she was also hired for the sequel “Transformers – Die Rache”.
In 2008 “For-Him-Magazine” voted Megan Fox the Sexiest Woman in the World. She is the mother of three sons, whose father is actor Brian Austen Green. In 2020, the couple finally separated after several arguments and reconciliations.
8. Anne Hathaway:
- Full Name: Anne Jacqueline Hathaway
- Born: November 12, 1982, New York City, U.S.
- Occupation: Actress singer
- Years Active: 1999–present
In 1982 Anne Hathaway was born in New York to a judge and a stage actress. In 2001 she played a shy girl in the comedy “Suddenly Princess”, who suddenly becomes the heir to the throne of a small European kingdom through a surprising succession.
The film was produced extremely lavishly and was a worldwide success. Anne Hathaway was hired for the sequel “Suddenly Princess 2” in 2004 as well. In 2005 she appeared as the wife of homosexual cowboy Jack Twist in the multiple Academy Award-winning drama “Brokeback Mountain”. In 2006 she shone with Meryl Streep in “The Devil Wears Prada”, in 2007 she played the English writer Jane Austen in the biopic “Beloved Jane”.
Anne Hathaway is married to actor Adam Shulman. The couple have two sons and live in New York in the elegant suburb of Manhattan.
9. Scarlett Johansson:
- Full Name: Scarlett Ingrid Johansson
- Born: November 22, 1984, New York City, U.S.
- Occupation: Actress singer
- Years Active: 1994–Present
Scarlett Ingrid Johansson, born in New York in 1984, is also one of the actresses who stood in front of the camera at a young age: At the age of 10, Scarlett Johansson appeared in various supporting roles and finally got her first leading role in the alongside Robert Redford Film “The Horse Whisperer”. She won the “Young Star Award” film prize for her brilliant acting performance.
She finally became internationally famous as the main character Charlotte in the humorous film drama “Lost in Translation” from 2003, in which she strolls through the streets of Tokyo alongside Bill Murray and searches for the meaning of life. “Lost in Translation” received several awards, including the Golden Globe Award, an Oscar and the German Federal Film Prize.
Also in 2003, Scarlett Johansson played the female lead Griet in the historical drama “The Girl with the Pearl Earring”, which was awarded the European Film Prize, among other things. In 2004 she lent her voice to Princess Mindy in Stephen Hillenburg’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” film.
The famous director Woody Allen called Scarlett Johansson his muse and hired her for three films: “Match Point” (2005), the humorous gangster film “Scoop” (2006) and the comedy “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008). Scarlett Johansson experienced the high point of her career in 2010 as the character of the spy “Black Widow” in the comic book adaptation “Iron Man 2”, which grossed over 600 million US dollars worldwide.
In addition to acting, Scarlett Johansson works as a singer and model. She has already worked with the rapper will.i.am and the singer and songwriter Pete Yorn and has appeared in various commercials.
10. Keira Knightley:
- Full Name: Keira Christina Knightley
- Born: 26 March 1985, London, England
- Occupation: Actress
- Years Active: 1993–Present
The British actress Keira Knightley owes her unusual first name to a funny incident: her father adored the figure skater Kira Walentinovna Ivanova and wanted to name his daughter, who was born in 1985, after the Russian celebrity. The mother respected her husband’s wishes, but entered the name in the English spelling – Keira – on the birth certificate.
Not only Keira Knightley’s name is extraordinary, but also her acting talent: at the age of eight she was in front of the camera, she played the servant Sabé in the science fiction film “Star Wars”, who doubled as Queen Padmé Amidala protects, and finally shone in 2002 in the literary film “Doctor Zhivago” as the tragic main heroine Lara Antipowa.
Keira Knightley became internationally famous through the role of Elizabeth Swann in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films with Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom, in which she advanced from the good governor’s daughter to a pirate fighting for freedom. With the portrayal of Guinivere in the epic “King Arthur” (2004) and her portrayal of Elizabeth Bennet in the literary film adaptation of the Jane Austen bestseller “Pride and Prejudice” (2005), Keira Knightley showed what different characters she can mimic convincingly. After numerous nominations, she was finally awarded the 2008 Empire Awards film prize for best actress in the drama “Atonement”.
Keira Knightley is a member of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (OBE), which has been awarded since 1917 by the reigning British king or queen for special services in the fields of art, science and social engagement. Keira Knightley has been married to musician James Righton since 2013 and lives in London with her husband and two daughters.
11. Lindsay Lohan:
- Full Name: Lindsay Dee Lohan
- Born: July 2, 1986, New York City, U.S.
- Occupation: Actress, singer, song writer, producer, entrepreneur
- Years Active: 1989–present
The New York actress and singer Lindsay Lohan is still known to many as the leading actress from the children’s film “A twin seldom comes alone”, in which she achieved the incredible feat of playing both twin girls when she was only 12 years old. Lindsay Lohan achieved worldwide fame in 2003 with the comedies “Freakey Friday” and in 2004 with “Confessions of a High School Diva” and “Girls Club – Beware of Snappy!”, In which she played the leading roles.
In 2004 she released her first single and shortly thereafter her first studio album as a pop singer, with which she reached number 4 in the American charts.
12. Amanda Seyfried:
- Full Name: Amanda Michelle Seyfried
- Born: December 3, 1985, Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
- Occupation: Actress singer model
- Years active: 1996–Present
Amanda Seyfried became particularly famous as the leading actress alongside Meryl Streep in the musical comedy “Mamma Mia!” . The film is named after the ABBA hit Mamma Mia, as the songs by the successful Swedish band from the 1980s provide the soundtrack for the film.
But as with many talented actors, Amanda Seyfried’s career began in her childhood: After initially receiving small roles in various television series, Amanda Seyfried conquered one of the leading roles in the teenage comedy “Girls Club – Caution Bissig!” In the film drama “Nine Lives” (2005) she played one of the nine leading actresses.
In 2010 Amanda Seyfried won over the female lead roles in the romantic films “The Shine of Silence” and “Letters to Julia”. Amanda Seyfreid has been married to actor Thomas Sadoski since 2017. The couple have a son and a daughter.
13. Uma Thurman:
- Full Name: Uma Karuna Thurman
- Born: April 29, 1970, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
- Occupation: Actress writer producer model
- Years Active: 1985–Present
The American actress Uma Thurman, whose family has roots in Sweden and Germany, had her first box office success in 1994 as the leading actress in Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”. However, she was unable to build on this success in the years that followed. It was only as the vengeful “Kiddo” in Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” (Part 1 in 2003, Part 2 in 2004) that Uma Thurman suddenly became world famous.
She has received the Saturn Award and the German Bambi Film Prize, among others. In 2005 she appeared on the side of Meryl Streep in the comedy “Couchgeflüster”, in 2006 she was “Die Super-Ex” Jenny, who as a “G-Girl” uses her superpowers to get revenge on her ex-boyfriend.
Uma Thurman has been married twice in the past. She has two daughters and one son. Uma Thurman is actively involved in environmental protection and supports, among other things, the marine protection organization “Sea Shephard”. In 2006 she was made a knight of the French “Order of the Arts and Literature” (“Ordre des Artes et des Lettres”).
14. Naomi Watts:
- Full Name: Naomi Ellen Watts
- Born: 28 September 1968, Shoreham, Kent, England
- Occupation: Actress film producer
- Years Active: 1986–Present
Born in England in 1968 and partly raised in Australia, actress Naomi Watts had her career breakthrough at the age of 32 when she shone in David Lynch’s horror film “Mulholland Drive”. Before that, she had literally made her way as a model and in various supporting roles and was only stopped from acting by her best friend Nicole Kidman.
After her first major success with “Mulholland Drive”, Naomi Watts played the leading female roles in internationally famous films such as “The Ring” (2002) and Peter Jackson’s “King Kong and the White Woman” (2005). She worked with film director Woody Allen on the tragic comedy “I See the Man of Your Dreams”.
Naomi Watts has received numerous prizes for her acting achievements, for example the Saturn Award for best leading actress in “King Kong” and “The Ring”.
From 2006 to 2016 she was in a relationship with her fellow actor Liev Schreiber. This relationship resulted in two children. Naomi Watts is also involved in the fight against AIDS.