Their Finest Act

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We’re glad to see that 2018 was an amaz­ing year for lead­ing women over 50 mak­ing record- break­ing movies and award- win­ning TV. And there’s still more to come for 2019. Here is our pick of the bunch

San­dra Bul­lock (54)

Ar­guably one of the big­gest suc­cesses for a fe­male lead this year, San­dra Bul­lock’s Bird Box got nearly 26 mil­lion view­ers in the rst week in the US alone. This was record break­ing for a Net ix lm, mak­ing it its most suc­cess­ful ever and sec­ond only to Stranger Things sea­son 2 over­all.

Pa­tri­cia Ar­quette (50)

Pa­tri­cia just picked up her sec­ond Golden Globe, for Best Ac­tress for Es­cape at Dan­nemore. A few years on from her ground­break­ing 2015 Os­car ac­cep­tance speech in which she called for equal pay, she says play­ing Tilly, a mar­ried prison worker who has an a air with two con­victs, al­lowed her to rep­re­sent women who don’t t the typ­i­cal Hol­ly­wood body type as sex­ual and at­trac­tive.

Gil­lan An­der­son (50)

An­der­son’s lat­est project Sex Ed­u­ca­tion is a Bri­tish com­edy drama which has just pre­miered on Net ix to pos­i­tive re­views from crit­ics and au­di­ences alike. Gil­lian plays a sex ther­a­pist in the show and is the mother of the main char­ac­ter. Last year An­der­son also fea­tured in Amer­i­can doc­u­men­tary lm This Changes Ev­ery­thing which ex­am­ined sex­ism in the Hol­ly­wood lm in­dus­try.

Téa Leoni (52)

Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal TV drama Madam Sec­re­tary is now ve sea­sons in and the con­sen­sus is that Leoni’s strong per­for­mance in the lead role, as for­mer CIA an­a­lyst turned Sec­re­tary of State, is the se­ries’ most valu­able as­set in terms of keep­ing the au­di­ence com­ing back year af­ter year.

Ju­lia Roberts (51)

Roberts re­ceived a nom­i­na­tion for a Best Ac­tress in a Drama Se­ries at this year’s Golden Globes for her star­ring role in Home­com­ing, the crit­i­cally ac­claimed se­ries from Ama­zon Prime, based on the pod­cast of the same name. We’re hop­ing for a sec­ond sea­son but Roberts’ in­volve­ment has yet to be con rmed.

Robin Wright (52)

Af­ter the shock de­par­ture of her House of Cards co-star Kevin Spacey, there was lit­tle doubt that Robin Wright eas­ily car­ries the sixth and nal sea­son on her own. Not only did she win a Golden Globe for Best Ac­tress in 2013 but she is also a pro­ducer on the show. Wright is one of the high­est paid ac­tresses in the US, earn­ing ap­prox­i­mately $500,000 per episode.

Jamie Lee Cur­tis (60)

Last year was a great year for Cur­tis. The scream queen turned 60 in Novem­ber, and her lat­est Hal­loween broke all box o ce records. Not only was it the big­gest hor­ror movie open­ing with a fe­male lead, but it was the high­est gross­ing lm with a fe­male lead over 55.

Ju­lia Louis-Drey­fus (58)

The ac­tress said an emo­tional good­bye to Veep af­ter lm­ing the nal episode of the hit Amer­i­can com­edy in De­cem­ber. Louis-Drey­fus re­ceived six con­sec­u­tive Emmy Awards for her por­trayal of ctional vice pres­i­dent Selina Meyer, but the shows will end in 2019 af­ter seven sea­sons on air, only paus­ing so she could re­ceive treat­ment for breast can­cer last year.

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