Top 10 Favourite Hottest & Prettiest Actresses of 2019 | Beautiful & Sexiest Women on Earth

Awards season will be here before you know it, and while some will be at home gleefully watching their favorite thespians accept top honors in their categories nominated, other will be left wondering why the person they were rooting for walked away empty handed.

The conversation regarding the best actresses continues from year to year. With the legendary talent that continues to entertain audiences for decades, for some it's easy to determine whose legacy will extend far beyond their lifespan.

Thankfully, researchers have done the heavy lifting for us.

Using the longevity of their careers along with the total numbers of movies starred in, a new search trends came up with an arguably definitive list of the top 10 actresses in current decade.

Did your favorite make the cut? Check below.

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10- Emma Watson
9- Rachel McAdams
8- Gemma Arterton
7- Charlize Theron
6- Kay Panabaker
5- Sophie Turner
4- Zoey Deutch
3- Willa Holland
2- Dianna Agron
1- Natalie Portman

10- Emma Watson
Birth Name: Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson
Age: 29, born 15 April 1990
Country of origin:  France
Currently Residing In:  United Kingdom
Height: 5' 5"
Relationship Status: In a relationship
Partner: Brendan Wallace
Emma Watson was born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson on April 15, 1990 in Paris France to English parents. Watson is an English actress and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, previously having acted only in school plays. The franchise earned Watson worldwide fame, critical accolades, and more than £10 million. She continued to work outside of the Harry Potter films, first lending her voice to The Tale of Despereaux and appearing in the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes (she wears size 7). Since then, she has taken on starring roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, made a brief appearance as an "exaggerated" version of herself in This Is the End, and portrayed the title character's adopted daughter in Noah.

From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on film projects and continuing her education, studying at Brown University and Oxford University and graduating from Brown with a bachelor's degree in English literature in May 2014. Her modelling work has included campaigns for Burberry and Lancôme. As a fashion consultant, she helped create a line of clothing for People Tree. She was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014, winning for British Artist of the Year. That same year, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality.

9- Rachel McAdams
Birth Name: Rachel Anne McAdams
Age: 40, born 17 November 1978
Country of origin:  Canada
Currently Residing In:  United States
Height: 5' 4"
Relationship Status: In a relationship
Partner: Jamie Linden
Rachel McAdams [ born: Rachel Anne McAdams on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada ] is a Canadian actress.

McAdams parents are Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. McAdams is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. McAdams became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was performing in Shakespearean productions in summer theater camp; she went on to graduate with honors with a BFA degree in Theater from York University. After her debut in an episode of Disney's The Famous Jett Jackson (1998), She co-starred in the Canadian TV series Slings and Arrows (2003), a comedy-drama about the trials and travails of a Shakespearean theater group, and won a Gemini award for her performance in 2003.

Her breakout role as Regina George in the hit comedy Mean Girls (2004) instantly catapulted her onto the short list of Hollywood's hottest young actresses. She followed that film with a star turn opposite Ryan Gosling in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller The Notebook (2004), which was a surprise box office success and became the predominant romantic drama for a new, young generation of moviegoers. After filming, McAdams and Gosling became romantically involved and dated through mid-2007. McAdams next showcased her versatility onscreen with the manic comedy Wedding Crashers (2005), the thriller Red Eye (2005), and the holiday drama The Family Stone (2005).

McAdams then explored the independent film world with Married Life (2007), which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and also starred Pierce Brosnan, Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson. Starring roles in the military drama The Lucky Ones (2008), the newspaper thriller State of Play (2009), and the romance The Time Traveler's Wife (2009) followed before she starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Guy Ritchie's international blockbuster Sherlock Holmes (2009). McAdams played the plucky producer of a failing morning TV show in Morning Glory (2010), the materialistic fiancée of Owen Wilson in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris (2011), and returned to romantic drama territory with the hit film The Vow (2012) opposite Channing Tatum. The actress also stars with Ben Affleck in Terrence Malick's To the Wonder (2012) and alongside Noomi Rapace in Brian De Palma's thriller Passion (2012).

In 2005, McAdams received ShoWest's "Supporting Actress of the Year" Award as well as the "Breakthrough Actress of the Year" at the Hollywood Film Awards. In 2009, she was awarded with ShoWest's "Female Star of the Year." As of 2011, she has been romantically linked with her Midnight in Paris (2011) co-star Michael Sheen.

Her breakout role was for portraying the "Queen Bee" Regina George in the 2004 hit film Mean Girls. She then starred in the film adaptation of The Notebook and the hit comedy Wedding Crashers. Her other film credits include The Family Stone, Red Eye and The Time Traveler's Wife. More recently she starred in Guy Ritchie's 2009 adaptation of Sherlock Holmes as Irene Adler and in 2010's Morning Glory as Becky Fuller.

8- Gemma Arterton
Birth Name: Gemma Christina Arterton
Age: 33, born 2 February 1986
Born and residing in:  United Kingdom
Height: 5' 7"
Relationship Status: Single
Gemma Arterton [ born: Gemma Christina Arterton on February 2, 1986 in Gravesend, Kent, England ] is an English actress. She is best known for her roles in St Trinian's (2007), Quantum of Solace (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) and Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013). Arterton has upcoming roles in the crime thriller film Runner, Runner with Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake and Byzantium with Saoirse Ronan.

Arterton was born in Gravesend and North Kent Hospital, Gravesend, Kent,the daughter of Sally-Anne Heap, a cleaner, and Barry Arterton, a welder. Her matrilineal great-grandmother was Jewish, and her other ancestry is English, with more distant German and Scottish. Arterton was born with polydactyly, and at her birth a doctor tied off the boneless sixth digits to remove them.She attended Gravesend Grammar School for Girls, in Kent, and made her stage debut there in an amateur production of Alan Ayckbourn's The Boy Who Fell Into a Book; it was entered into a competition at a local festival, where she won the best actress prize.At the age of 16, Arterton left school to attend the Miskin Theatre School in Dartford. She then received a full government grant to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, although, she said in 2008, she "got up to my eyes in debt with a student loan".She graduated from RADA in 2008.

7- Charlize Theron
Birth Name: Charlize Theron
Age: 43, born 7 August 1975
Country of origin:  South Africa
Currently Residing In:  United States
Height: 5' 10"
Relationship Status: Single
As legend has it, Charlize Theron was discovered by an agent while fighting with a bank manager on Hollywood Boulevard. Eighteen and starving, Theron purportedly got into the argument after the manager refused to cash her check. The outburst caught the agent's attention, and eight months later Theron got her first acting job. She subsequently went on to become one of the hottest young actors in Hollywood, thanks to a fortuitous combination of talent and the blonde, statuesque good looks so fervently adored by the camera.

Born August 7, 1975, Theron was raised on a farm in Benoni, South Africa. Trained as a ballet dancer, she was sent to Milan at 16 to become a model following the death of her father (which, it was later revealed, occurred after he was shot by Theron's mother, who was defending herself from his drunken abuse). After tiring of modeling, Theron returned to her first love, dancing, which resulted in a move to New York to dance with the Joffrey Ballet. Unfortunately, her career was halted by a knee injury, which led Theron -- at her mother's behest -- to travel to Los Angeles to try her luck with acting. After a long, unprofitable struggle, fate smiled upon Theron in the form of the aforementioned bank encounter.

Following an inauspicious bit part in 1994's Children of the Corn III, Theron won her first dose of recognition with 2 Days in the Valley (1996). The film wasn't particularly successful, but it did give her both much-needed exposure and critical praise. The film also served as the stepping stone to her first leading role, that of Keanu Reeves' embattled wife in The Devil's Advocate (1997). The film drew poor reviews, but Theron managed to win widespread praise for her performance. Her next project, Trial and Error (1997), surfaced briefly before disappearing with nary a trace, but the subsequent Mighty Joe Young (1998) netted Theron more positive notices. Her ascent was confirmed with her casting in Celebrity, Woody Allen's 1998 cameo-fest that also featured turns from everyone from Kenneth Branagh to Winona Ryder to Leonardo DiCaprio to Isaac Mizrahi. In her portrayal of a perpetually aroused supermodel, Theron shone in a role seemingly designed to allow her to flaunt her natural attributes and little else. She was rewarded with more substantial -- not to mention multilayered -- work in The Cider House Rules (1999), Lasse Hallström's Oscar-winning adaptation of John Irving's novel. As a troubled young woman with secrets to hide, Theron received star billing alongside Michael Caine and Tobey Maguire.

In the wake of The Cider House Rules came a few highly publicized but ultimately disappointing projects, including John Frankenheimer's Reindeer Games (2000), Robert Redford's The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000), and Sweet November (2001), the last of which reunited her with erstwhile co-star Keanu Reeves. Theron was also reunited with Woody Allen in his The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001), another widely anticipated film that, despite a high-profile cast and stylish period design, was both a critical and commercial underachiever.

None of this, however, nudged Theron from her A-list status, something that was confirmed by her casting in the flashy, star-studded 2003 remake of The Italian Job, a much-beloved 1969 comedy caper starring Michael Caine. The 2003 version featured Mark Wahlberg in the starring role, with Theron, Edward Norton, Seth Green, and Mos Def, among others, backing him up. That same year, Theron switched gears and dove headfirst into the "serious actress" category with her starring role in Monster, the crime drama based upon the real-life story of serial killer Aileen Wuornos, a prostitute who, in the late '80s, murdered seven men in Florida. Co-starring Christina Ricci as Wuornos' lover, the film promised to show audiences a side of Theron that certainly hadn't been hinted at in her previous portrayals of models, girlfriends, and Southern debutantes. It was evidently successful as Theron was showered with more than a dozen awards including an Oscar following her first-ever Academy Award nomination.

2005 would be a decidedly mixed year for Theron. She first appeared in the live-action adaptation of the cult animated series Aeon Flux, a film that was nearly unanimously maligned by critics and largely avoided by audiences. Luckily, she also starred in the well-received docudrama North Country. Playing a woman who successfully battled sexual harassment, Theron was honored with her second Oscar nomination for the performance.

In 2007 Theron earned critical praise for her supporting role as a detective in In the Valley of Elah, and joined the star-studded cast of The Road in 2008. Theron took a lead role the following year in Young Adult (penned by Juno collaborators Diablo Cody and Jason Reitman) as a recently divorced author who returns to her hometown with her sights set on winning back her high school sweet heart. Young Adult was received well by both box office and critical standards. 2012's Snow White and the Huntsman featured Theron as the diabolical queen, while Prometheus (2012) found the actress playing the cold but complex character of corporate representative Meredith Vickers. In 2014, she took on a out-of-character comic role, playing the romantic lead in Seth Macfarlane's A Million Ways to Die in the West, before returning to top form in Mad Max: Fury Road the following year.

6- Kay Panabaker
Birth Name: Stephanie Kay Panabaker
Age: 28, born 2 May 1990
Born and residing in:  United States
Height: 5' 0"
Stephanie Kay Panabaker (born May 2 of 1990 in Orange , Texas , United States ), better known as Kay Panabaker is an actress American film and television. She is younger sister of actress Danielle Panabaker.

Panabaker was born in Orange , Texas , the daughter of Donna and Harold Panabaker. Following in the footsteps of her sister Danielle Panabaker , she began acting in community theaters in various places like Chicago , Illinois , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , and Atlanta , Georgia . In Naperville, Illinois, Kay attended Crone Middle School until sixth grade, and moved to Los Angeles , California , at the beginning of seventh grade.

Among the projects, Kay focuses on their academic studies. He graduated from high school as valedictorian when he was 13 years old and received her associate's degree at age 15. Kay received two academic scholarships from Glendale Community College, where he attended, to study acting, and which was on the Dean's List, graduating with honors. She was accepted to UCLA as a junior student in third year history when he was 15 and completed his Bachelor of Arts ( Bachelor of Arts ) in History at UCLA before she turned 18.

In 2007, she appeared as Georgie in the movie Nancy Drew with Emma Roberts and Amy Bruckner.
Panabaker had a recurring role on the Disney Channel series , Phil of the Future as Debbie Berwick, a friend of Diffy Pim (Amy Bruckner). He starred in the Disney Channel movie , Life Is Ruff as Emily Watson, along with Kyle Massey and Mitchel Musso.

Kay was inspired by an elementary school teacher to make the learning exciting and wants to do the same for others, hoping to teach 4 th or 5 th once you finish his teaching degree.

Panabaker has appeared as guest star in several television series. Brand played Alice on 7th Heaven, Melissa Rue in ER , Sara in Port Charles, Carrie Bauer in The Brothers Garcia, Ellisha in Medium , Lindsey Willows in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation , to name a few. In film, she appeared in Dead Heat as Sam LaRoche, and did some voice in the film by Disney • Pixar , Monsters, Inc. . His first starring role came when she starred in the series of the television network The WB , Summerland as Nikki Westerly, in the 2004-2005 season.

In July 2006 she starred in the Disney Channel movie , Read It and Weep (based on the book How My Private Personal Journal Became a Bestseller), in which his sister Danielle Panabaker also involved.
In 2006 participated in the Disney Channel Games and was on the red team with Moises Arias , Anneliese van der Pol , Zac Efron , Dylan Sprouse , and Shin Koyamada.

In 2007, Amanda made ​​the character in the Lifetime Television movie, which premiered in Custody in September of 2007 . She's also starred in Happy Campers, a pilot for ABC Family . His films include Moondance Alexander and A Modern Twain Story: The Prince and the Pauper with Dylan and Cole Sprouse . Panabaker starred in the remake of Fame as Jenny, an actress, the film was released in theaters on September 25th of 2009 . He also starred as the teen Kitty Walker on Brothers and Sisters .

Panabaker recently starred in the sci-fi drama series for ABC , No Ordinary Family . Panabaker landed a role in the film Cyberbully of ABC Family .

5- Sophie Turner
Birth Name: Sophie Turner
Age: 23, born 21 February 1996
Country of origin:  United Kingdom
Currently Residing In:  United States
Height: 5' 9"
Relationship Status: In a relationship
Partner: Joe Jonas
Sophie Turner (born: February 21, 1996 in Northampton, Northamptonshire, England) is an English actress. Turner made her professional acting debut as Sansa Stark on the HBO fantasy television series Game of Thrones , which brought her international recognition and critical praise. For her performance, she has received four nominations for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, as well as a Young Artist Award nomination for Best Supporting Young Actress in a TV Series.

Turner has also starred in the television film The Thirteenth Tale (2013) and she made her feature film debut in Another Me (2013). She has also starred in the action comedy Barely Lethal (2015) and played Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016).

Although she is well known for her auburn hair, Sophie is a natural blonde but dyes her hair red in order to portray her character on Game of Thrones.

Best friends with Game of Thrones (2011) co-stars Natalie Dormer and onscreen siblings Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead-Wright. Close friends with Barely Lethal co-star Hailee Steinfeld.

She starred in Bastille's music video Oblivion.

Besides being an actress, she's also a model. She modeled for Karen Millen's Fall 2014 Campaign.

4- Zoey Deutch
Birth Name: Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch
Age: 24, born 10 November 1994
Born and residing in:  United States
Height: 5' 4"
Relationship Status: Single
Zoey Deutch (born Zoey Francis Thompson Deutch on November 10, 1994 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress known for portraying Juliet Martin in The CW television series Ringer, Maya Bennett in the Disney Channel television series The Suite Life on Deck, and Emily Asher in the 2013 film Beautiful Creatures.

Deutch was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of actress Lea Thompson and director Howard Deutch.Her great-uncle is actor Robert Walden (who is her paternal grandmother's brother). She was raised in her father's Jewish religion, and had a Bat Mitzvah.

Deutch began her career in 2010 on the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life on Deck as Maya, Zack Martin's love interest. From 2011 to 2012, she had a recurring role as Juliet Martin on The CW series Ringer.

In 2011, she appeared in an episode of the television series NCIS titled "One Last Score". She also appeared in an episode of the television series Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior titled "The Girl In The Blue Mask" and she landed a role in Marc Cherry's television film Hallelujah. She appeared alongside her mother and sister on the big screen in film Mayor Cupcake, and played supporting character Emily Asher in the 2013 fantasy-romance-drama Beautiful Creatures. She is also scheduled to play the part of Rosemarie Hathaway in Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters, based off the book series written by Richelle Mead.

3- Willa Holland
Birth Name: Willa Joanna Chance Holland
Age: 27, born 18 June 1991
Born and residing in:  United States
Height: 5' 6"
Relationship Status: In a relationship
Partner: Nate Walton
Willa Joannachance Holland is an American actress, voice actress and model. She is best known for her role as Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa Cooper's younger sister in the television series The O.C., Agnes Andrews in The CW series Gossip Girl and Thea Queen / Speedy in Arrow.

Thanks to Steven Spielberg, who encouraged Darnell Gregorio-De Palma to put her daughter in front of the camera. Willa Holland signed with Ford Modeling Agency at age seven. Since then, she has booked numerous national commercials, and has even launched a career in both the big screen and the small screen. Though Holland made her on-screen debut in 2001 in the film Ordinary Madness, she became known for her role as Kaitlin Cooper, the younger sister of Marissa Cooper on "The O.C.". In 2008, she landed a recurring role on Gossip Girl as Agnes Andrews, and at the same time, appeared in movies such as Garden Party, Middle of Nowhere, A Summer in Genoa and Legion. She also provided the voice of Aqua in the Kingdom Hearts video game franchise. In 2012, Holland joined the cast of the CW series Arrow as Thea Queen.

2- Dianna Agron
Birth Name: Dianna Elise Agron
Age: 32, born 30 April 1986
Born and residing in:  United States
Height: 5' 6"
Relationship Status: Married
Partner: Winston Marshall
Dianna Agron (born: Dianna Elise Agron on April 30, 1986 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and a occasionally producer, writer and director. Agron first made her debut appearing as Jessica Grant in CSI: NY in 2006. Following this, Agron had minor appearances in films and TV series such as Drake & Josh, Shark, T.K.O., Skid Marks, Dinner with Raphael, and Celebrities Anonymous. From 2006 to 2007, Agron had recurring roles in Veronica Mars as Jenny Budosh, and Heroes as Debbie Marshall. In 2009, Agron was cast as Quinn Fabray on the Fox musical comedy-drama series, Glee.Quinn was introduced as "terrible, the meanest girl", as Agron said. Thanks to this role, Agron has won many awards and nominations. Also that year, she branched out into writing and directing with the result being the short film A Fuchsia Elephant, the story about an 18-year-old girl played by Agron who creates an ideal birthday party, however, it was never released.

In 2011, Agron co-starred in the films The Hunters and I Am Number Four. Later that year, a concert documentary film of Glee was released, titled Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. In 2013, Agron co-starred alongside Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Tommy Lee Jones in the crime-comedy film The Family.

Agron was born in Savannah, Georgia, and was raised in San Antonio, Texas and San Francisco, California. She is the daughter of Mary and Ronald S. Agron, a general manager of Hyatt hotels. She has a younger brother, Jason. Agron's father's family is originally from Russia, and their original surname, Agronsky, was altered by Ellis Island officials. Her father was born to a Jewish family, while her mother converted to Judaism. Agron attended Hebrew school and had a bat mitzvah.

When she was 15, she found out that her father had multiple sclerosis. In an interview for Cosmopolitan Magazine, she revealed: "Quite a bit changed after that,” she says. "At that age, you don't see mortality in your parents." The disease caused her parents' relationship to fall apart, and they decided to separate, which was devastating for her and her younger brother. "I had to play therapist to my family... be the glue." She pauses, then says, "Those kinds of things I'm not ready to speak about yet."

Agron attended Burlingame Intermediate School and Burlingame High School,where she was in the Homecoming Court,and played in Grease as Marty, and also involved in the set design, the costumes, painting and the whole process. She has been dancing since the age of three, focusing mainly on jazz and ballet, and she later began hip-hop dancing and fell in love with musical theater as a child, often performing in local and school productions, and played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in fifth grade,and began teaching dance as a teenager. She says she was not "popular" in the stereotypical sense in high school, though she had many friends from different cliques around the school.

1- Natalie Portman
Birth Name: Natalie Hershlag
Age: 37, born 9 June 1981
Country of origin:  Israel
Currently Residing In:  France
Height: 5' 3"
Relationship Status: Married
Partner: Benjamin Millepied
With an Oscar before the age of 30, repeated comparisons to Audrey Hepburn, and the drool of a thousand critics at her feet, Natalie Portman has emerged as one of the most promising actresses of her generation.

Born in Jerusalem on June 9, 1981, to an artist mother and doctor father, Portman moved to New York when she was three. Raised on Long Island, she was discovered by a modeling agent who signed her on the spot. Her modeling stint led to an audition for Luc Besson's Leon (or The Professional, as it was called in the United States). Due to her age (she was 12 when the film was cast), Portman was initially turned down for the lead role of Mathilda, a girl who asks a hit man (Jean Reno) to train her as an assassin to avenge her brother's death and falls innocently in love with him in the process. However, she ultimately won the part and her 1994 film debut earned a number of positive notices. In interviews, Portman allowed that making her first film in the toughest sections of Spanish Harlem was frightening, but not quite so frightening, she claimed, as going back to school once shooting wrapped.

Portman then took on the role of Al Pacino's step-daughter in another demanding film, Michael Mann's Heat (1995). She followed this up with lighter fare, like Mars Attacks! (1996), Everyone Says I Love You, and Beautiful Girls. After turning down title roles in both Lolita and William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, Portman took on another title role with her 1997 Broadway debut in The Diary of Anne Frank. She stayed with the show until May 1998, during which time she received positive notices for her performance. After lending her voice to The Prince of Egypt (1998), Portman took on her most talked-about role to date, that of Queen Amidala in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999). Despite very mixed reviews, the film went into box-office hyperdrive, further propelling Portman toward her status as a rapidly emerging talent for the new millennium. She would end the 20th century with projects like Wayne Wang's Anywhere But Here and Where the Heart Is.

Offscreen, Portman also did some growing up, enrolling for her college education at Harvard University. A psychology major, she made it clear upon her enrollment that, aside from her role as Queen Amidala in the Star Wars films, she would not accept any film roles for the duration of her education. Perhaps to the disappointment of fans, she stuck to her word, remaining absent from the screen (save Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones) until she received her degree in 2003. Luckily, upon her return to acting, it was immediately evident that it had been worth the wait.

Portman's first foray following graduation was the 2003 Civil War ensemble drama Cold Mountain, alongside Renee Zellweger and Nicole Kidman. But in 2004, Portman was at the forefront of both Garden State, a moody dramedy that endeared her to fans, and Closer, a taught, intimate drama that earned her massive critical accolades, as well as her first Oscar nomination.

In 2005, as the curtain finally closed on the Star Wars franchise with the release of Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Portman could be seen with a now iconic pixie haircut after shaving her head for a role in the graphic-novel adaptation V for Vendetta. The dystopic action thriller received mixed reviews, but Portman's performance, as usual, earned accolades. Per her usual M.O. as an actress, she would complete a number of independent, arthouse, or otherwise challenging projects for every blockbuster under her belt, like the 2006 Milos Forman directed period drama Goya's Ghosts, and the Wes Anderson 2007 road (or rather, train) movie The Darjeeling Limited.

After appearing opposite Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana as Anne Boleyn, the famously beheaded wife of King Henry VII in the 2008 period drama The Other Boleyn Girl, Portman turned her high-brow image on its ear the very next year, playing a small town cheerleader turned army wife in the Iraq War drama Brothers. Portman had even more impressive turns awaiting her, however, as 2010 brought the lead role in the hallucinatory Darren Aronofsky film The Black Swan, about an obsessively diligent ballerina who, in order to play both the innocent and dark sides of femininity with the leading role in Swan Lake, must battle her own conflicting inner demons as a woman. Portman trained in ballet rigorously for six months to perform the role, and her efforts paid dividends. Her performance received massive adoration from critics and audiences alike, and she emerged with an Academy Award for Best Actress - which Portman accepted while five months pregnant with a baby she was expecting with fiancé Benjamin Millepied, her choreographer whom she met while filming.

Professionally, Portman had a mind to keep a balance with her choice of roles. In a change of pace from the gritty material in The Black Swan, she appeared in the stoner comedy Your Highness, the rom-com No Strings Attached, and the comic-book action thriller Thor.

Portman had her first child with husband Benjamin Millepied in June of 2011.

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