My List of Ten Most Beautiful Actresses

Posted on February 10, 2011


Okay! Ladies and gentlemen, here’s my list of the ten most beautiful actresses, in no particular order.

Go ahead, feast your eyes!

Monica Bellucci

I can vividly recall the moment I became aware of Monica Bellucci. I was watching Matrix Reloaded and during the resturant scene, I found myself staring open-mouthed at this ridiculously gorgeous woman sitting quietly and looking bored. I had to rewind and watch the entire scene again — I couldn’t believe anyone could be that beautiful — I still can’t. From then on, I have been a loyal member of the Monica Bellucci adoration club.

Favourite role: The eponymous Malena in Malena. As the most beautiful woman in town, Monica was the very embodiment of feminine mystique and beauty of near-mythic proportion. Watch the scene where she is introduced to us [and to the teenage hero] and try stopping your jaw from falling to the ground.

Michelle Pfeiffer

She is simply exquisite. Her bone structure is flawless and her smile can melt anyone who happens to be within one mile radius. She is 50 yrs old and all I can do is hope that I age half as gracefully as her.

Favourite role:I am Catwoman. Hear me roar.” As the ferociously sexy and sly kitty, Pfeiffer gave us an iconic character and set the bar so high for actresses who aspires to play a superhero that they might as well forget about it — just look what happened to Halle Berry.

Aishwarya Rai

There are moments when she is so absurdly beautiful that she literally knocks you off and then, there are moments when her beauty appears so cloyingly sweet that you wish there was some edge to it. Some of her detractors describe her look as “deer in headlights”, which, to be fair, is not entirely incorrect. But I think a gazelle is a better description. And she dances like a springbok.

Okay, I know that’s not a nice thing to say about someone you have put on your list of best looking women but with Aishwarya I find myself in the awkward position of abhorring the image she projects and adoring the face.

Favourite role: I think it is a colossal tribute to her face that I have included her in my list of ten gorgeous “actresses”.

Rachel Weisz

Well, lesbians rated Rachel Weisz as their top sexual fantasy; that should tell you something — about her and not me. I like the red riding hood aura that she has — the wide-eyed, moonface innocence combined with luscious gorgeousness. Now, who in their right mind wouldn’t want that kind of fantasy.

Favourite role: It’s a tie between Evelyn from the Mummy and Tessa from the Constant Gardener. As Eve, the librarian and budding Egyptologist, Rachel was cute and hilarious; as Tessa, Rachel played a fiercely independent and brave woman who stands for what is right and pays a heavy price for it. Both performaces show you the range that Rachel is capable of; of course, Hollywood would not know what to do with a woman like that.

Waheeda Rehman

She has the kind of face that inspires poetic longings and life-time devotion. She is a touchstone of an era gone by — an era of grace and restrain, of ada and tahzeeb. I think she is one of those rare actresses who had a distinct aura that would pierce the screen and reach you straight. In one word, she is sublime.

Favourite role: It is nearly impossible to pick one role but if I were to pick one moment, it would be the song “Waqt ne kiya“; a moment of such rare and anguished beauty that if all the prints of her films were destroyed and only this one survived, it would be all you need to tell people about her.

Audrey Hepburn

She is in an altogether different league of loveliness. Her doe-eyed and intensely fragile beauty reminds one of sylphs and elf queens but her iconic style marks her as a creature of our modern world. I think the word bewitching was invented for her.

Favourite role: Any guess? Of course, Sabrina! She was utterly lovely, charming, and stylish in that film. They don’t make them like her anymore.

Angelina Jolie

Well, she has topped every single beauty poll in the galaxy, so I am not sure what else I can add. Her beauty is something of an impossibility. Her features are so unique and striking that it would be impossible for them to harmonously exist on the same face. But there she is, demolishing men to rubble and inspiring women to murderous jealousy.

Favourite role: I can’t believe I am writing this but it has to be Fox in Wanted. I saw this high-octane absurdity of a film because Angie was in it. I don’t think any actress can do the gun-trotting, kick-ass action like Angie. And did she look spectacular or what? Just go watch the film, okay?

Charlize Theron

She is like a Nordic goddess — intimidating and an absolute knockout. Only a very self-assured man would dare to walk up to her. Her style is a throwback to the old hollywood divas but with a modern twist. Her red carpet appearances are impeccable. She usually puts her hair up and shows off her statuesque figure in great gowns [including the much maligned Dior number she wore to the Oscars].

Favourite role: As strange as it sounds I haven’t seen any of her films. As I am something of a fashion nut, I’ve followed her red carpet appearances and was greatly impressed with her.

Keira Knightley

She is puckish, young, and stunning. She comes across as vivacious and down-to-earth in her interviews and I love that in a girl. And for someone so young, she has a great sense of style [something that will always earn brownie points in my book]; she can go from boho to classic to romantic without letting the clothes overpower her.

Favourite role: Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. While purists can groan over the scene, I was delighted with Keira’s self-mocking, short laugh upon seeing Pemberley for the first time. She simply crackles with fire and wit and that’s how I had always imagined Lizzy to be.

Grace Kelly

Well, she did look like royalty so it’s small wonder that she ended up becoming a princess. I think Cary Grant said it best when asked to name his favorite co-star, “With all due respect to dear Ingrid Bergman, I much preferred Grace. She had serenity.

Favourite role: As the playful and independent Liza in Rear Window. Her entrance in the film wearing that beautiful black and white dress is one of the most recognizable cinematic images.

Do check out the companion piece to this post: My list of 10 most good-looking actors.

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