Below is a list of the #1 Hottest Actresses from 13 Countries. Find out if your favorite international actress made the list!
Phoebe Tonkin – Australia
Tonkin is an Australian actress who started her career with a role in Australian dramatic fantasy show, H2O: Just Add Water (2006-2010). The show, geared towards children and teenagers, has been shown in over 120 countries, and is about three friends who turn into mermaids after visiting a mysterious island. Tonkin quickly moved on to popular CW soap operas The Vampire Diaries and The Originals in which she currently plays the role of Hayley Marshall-Kenner. Tonkin was listed on two Maxim Hot 100 lists in 2015.
Penelope Cruz – Spain
The Spanish-born actress began her career at the age of 16. She has appeared in many films internationally including several Spanish and Italian productions at the beginning of her career. The early 2000s marked a breakthrough in Cruz’s career as she starred in the films Vanilla Sky and Blow, nearing 300 million dollars at the box office combined. In 2006, Cruz became the spokesmodel for L’Oréal. She has been put on many lists noting her beauty including Maxim Hot 100 and Empire Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Movie Stars in the World.
Alicia Vikander – Sweden
Best known for her roles in Ex Machina (2014) and The Danish Girl (2015), Vikander has garnered critical acclaim, even winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She was the first Swedish actress to win the award. Starting her career in mostly Swedish productions, she first earned widespread recognition for her role in Anna Karenina (2012). Currently, her career is looking very promising as she is confirmed to play Lara Croft in the newest rendition of the Tomb Raider series. She is also expected to star in upcoming films with the likes of seasoned actors such as James McAvoy and Christophe Waltz.
Shin Min-a – South Korea
Shin became one of the highest-paid commercial endorsers in Korea before become a star with her roles in Korean films Volcano High (2001) and Madeleine (2003). She has earned a long list of awards for her film acting, but has also appeared in music videos and television series throughout her career. She has also been a featured vocalist on soundtracks for some of her films.
Emma Watson – UK
Starting her career as a child actor in one of the most popular movie series in recent history, Watson spent the first 10 years of her career playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter world. The Harry Potter films, adapted from novels written by J.K. Rowling, were an immense success, grossing over $8.5 billion combined. In betweens acting jobs, Watson completed a B.A. in English Literature at Brown University. In addition to acting, Watson has been heavily involved in women’s rights work. In 2014, she was appointed as the UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
Bipasha Basu – India
Primarily acting in Bollywood films, Basu is one of the highest paid actresses in India. Starting her career as a model, she is often considered a sex symbol by the media. She has been featured in over 50 films, and is known for work in thriller and horror flicks. Basu is also known to be and advocate of fitness and healthy living. Aside from her work in films, Basu released a fitness DVD titled Love Yourself which consists of a 60-day weight-loss routine.
Salma Hayek – Mexico
Breaking through with the movie Frida, for which she received much critical acclaim, Hayek has boast a very successful acting career. The Mexican born actress has also participated in activism concerning violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.
Charlize Theron – South Africa
Theron, an academy Award winning actress, moved to Los Angeles from South Africa at the age of 19 years old. After being discovered by a talent agent at a bank, Theron was able to develop an incredibly successful career, winning awards for Monster (2004) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2016).
Sofía Vergara – Columbia
After leaving dentistry school to pursue a career in show business, Vergara moved to the US. During the 1990s she hosted shows on Spanish-language television. After finding smaller roles in both film and television at the beginning of her career, Vergara landed a spot on the hit show, Modern Family (2009-present). She has been nominated for multiple Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role as Gloria. The show continues to be a success after more than 180 episodes.
Diane Kruger – Germany
Born and raised in Germany, Kruger was originally a ballet dancer. After an injury that ended her dance career, she began modelling. She is able to speak English, French, and German. Beginning her acting career in the early 2000s, Kruger is best known for her roles as Helen of Sparta in Troy (2004) and Bridget von Hammersmark in Quentin Tarantino’s film, Inglorious Basterds (2009). In 2009 she was named a spokesmodel for the cosmetics company L’Oréal.
Gal Godot – Israel
Ranked one of the highest earning models in Israel, Godot is known for her acting roles in The Fast and the Furious series and, more recently, for playing Wonder Woman in the DC Comic series. Godot spent two years in the Israeli army at the age of 20 to fulfill the country’s requirement of mandatory service. In 2016, Godot was invited to give a speech at the United Nations after the character of Wonder Woman was named an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
Rachel McAdams – Canada
McAdams is a Canadian Academy Award winning actress. She found her breakthrough role with the hit comedy film Mean Girls (2004). After studying Theatre at York University in Toronto, McAdams has gone on to boast a successful career. More recently, she has played characters in the Woody Allen film Midnight in Paris (2011) and the Marvel film Doctor Strange (2016). She has been involved in environmental activism since the early 2000s.
Nina Dobrev – Bulgaria
Born in Bulgaria, Dobrev moved to Toronto, Canada with her family at the age of two. She speaks English, French, and Bulgarian. After dropping out of university in 2008 to pursue a career in acting, Dobrev played roles in small films as well as the Canadian television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She is best known for her starring role in the CW series Vampire Diaries (2009-2017).