Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play (2001–2025)

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  1. Helen Mirren

    Helen Mirren


    Helen Lydia Mirren, DBE (née Mironoff; born 26 July 1945), is an English actor. Mirren began her acting career with the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967, and is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting, having won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 2007, after two previous nominations, for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen. In 2015 she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, after two previous nominations, for her performance in The Audience, in which she also portrayed Elizabeth II. The Audience was written by Peter Morgan, who also wrote The Queen. Mirren won her first of several Emmy Awards in 1993 for her performance as police detective Jane Tennison on the acclaimed ITV series Prime Suspect, which ran for a total of seven seasons from 1991 to 2006.

  2. Mary-Louise Parker

    Mary-Louise Parker


    Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress. Best known for her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, RED 2, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is also the recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress for her performance in the Broadway play Proof.

  3. Phylicia Rashad

    Phylicia Rashad


    Phylicia Rashad (born Phylicia Ayers-Allen; June 19, 1948) is an American actress, singer and stage director, best known for her role as Clair Huxtable on the long-running NBC sitcom The Cosby Show. She was nominated for an Emmy Award for this part in 1985 and 1986.

  4. Cynthia Nixon

    Cynthia Nixon


    Cynthia Ellen Nixon (born April 9, 1966) is an American actress, known for her portrayal of Miranda Hobbes in the HBO series Sex and the City (1998–2004), for which she won the 2004 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. She reprised the role in the films Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). Her other film appearances include Amadeus (1984), The Pelican Brief (1993), Baby's Day Out (1994), 5 Flights Up (2014), and Stockholm, Pennsylvania (2015).

  5. Vanessa Redgrave

    Vanessa Redgrave


    Vanessa Redgrave, (born 30 January 1937) is an English actress of stage, screen and television, as well as a political activist. She is a 2003 American Theatre Hall of Fame inductee, and received the 2010 BAFTA Fellowship.

  6. Cicely Tyson

    Cicely Tyson


    Cicely L. Tyson (born December 18, 1924) is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972). For this role she also won the NSFC Best Actress and NBR Best Actress Awards. She starred in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), for which she won two Emmy Awards and was nominated for a BAFTA Award.

  7. Marcia Gay Harden

    Marcia Gay Harden


    Marcia Gay Harden (born August 14, 1959) is an American film, television, and theatre actress.

  8. Audra McDonald

    Audra McDonald


    Audra Ann McDonald (born July 3, 1970) is an American actress and singer. She has appeared on the stage in both musicals and dramas, such as Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and Porgy and Bess. She maintains an active concert and recording career, performing song cycles and operas as well as performing in concert throughout the U.S. She has won six Tony Awards, more than any other actor, and is the only person to win all four acting categories. She also starred in the ABC television drama Private Practice as Dr. Naomi Bennett.

  9. Cherry Jones

    Cherry Jones


    Cherry Jones (born November 21, 1956) is an American actress who is most noted for her work on Broadway. She has won two Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards and an Emmy Award.

  10. Viola Davis

    Viola Davis


    Viola Davis (born August 11, 1965) is an American actress. After graduating from Juilliard, she began her career on the stage, and in 1999 she won an Obie Award for her performance as Ruby McCollum in Everybody's Ruby. She is a three-time Tony Award nominee and has won twice, for her roles as Tonya in the 2001 production of King Hedley II, and for her role as Rose Maxson in the 2010 revival of Fences.

  11. Frances McDormand

    Frances McDormand


    Frances Louise McDormand (born June 23, 1957) is an American actress. She married director and writer Joel Coen in 1984 and has starred in several of the Coen brothers' films, including Blood Simple (1984), Raising Arizona (1987), Fargo (1996), The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) and Burn After Reading (2008). McDormand is one of the few performers who have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting. In 1997, she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for Fargo. In 2011, she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for the original Broadway production of Good People, and in 2015 she won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for Olive Kitteridge.

  12. Lindsay Duncan

    Lindsay Duncan


    Lindsay Vere Duncan, CBE (born 7 November 1950) is a Scottish stage, television and film actress. On stage she has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony Award for her performance in Private Lives, and another Tony Award nomination for her role in Les Liaisons dangereuses. Duncan has starred in several plays by Harold Pinter. Her most famous roles on television include: Barbara Douglas in Alan Bleasdale's G.B.H. (1991), Servilia of the Junii in the HBO/BBC/RAI series Rome (2005–2007), and Adelaide Brooke in the Doctor Who special "The Waters of Mars" (2009). On film she voiced the android TC-14 in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), and she played Alice's mother in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland (2010).

  13. Julie White

    Julie White


    Julie White (born June 4, 1961) is an American actress of film, stage and television. She is a Tony Award winner for the play The Little Dog Laughed. She may be best known for her role as Nadine Swoboda in the television series Grace Under Fire and for her role as Judy Witwicky in the Transformers film series.

  14. Deanna Dunagan

    Deanna Dunagan


    Deanna Dunagan (born May 25, 1940) is a Chicago-based American actress. Although Dunagan has appeared on television and in films, she is most admired for her work as a stage actress. She is best known for her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Violet Weston in Tracy Letts' August: Osage County and for her portrayal of Nana in M. Night Shyamalan's 2015 film The Visit.

  15. Nina Arianda

    Nina Arianda


    Nina Arianda (born Nina Arianda Matijcio; September 18, 1984) is an American film, stage and television actress. She won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play in 2012 for Venus in Fur. She was also nominated for another Tony for her performance in Born Yesterday.

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