d7a9d21bac51bf77fb7a54c092b963fc--suranne-jones-rachel-weiszCasting Booker Rachel is inspired by fellow Northerner Suranne Jones after seeing her in ‘Frozen’ in London. The TV star shone on Coronation Street, Scott & Bailey and Doctor Foster for which she won a BAFTA. As she says at the start of the series ‘Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned!’ 

e569a32ffafefc0fc5c72c7842dc649dHELEN MIRREN: Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe winner; on and off-screen Queen and DBE with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. An absolute icon!

f1a28027b47e79c7326c1041280ccd9fJODIE WHITTAKER: The first ever female Doctor Who, Jodie is a bonafide trail-blazer and also wowed us in Broadchurch.

landscape-1458130997-10110441-low-res-happy-valley-series-2SARAH LANCASHIRE: Oldham girl, two-time BAFTA winner and OBE. We love Sarah’s emotional and raw performances.

sheridan smithSHERIDAN SMITH: An OBE, two time Laurence Olivier Award winner and all-round hilarious and brilliant lady.

tumblr_os9nua1DSl1w2jp6fo3_500EMMA WATSON: Feminist, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, model, BAFTA winner and bad-ass witch. You go girl!

02bfcac8aebc4e44254a6ffa912c03e6When women support each other, incredible things happen: Absolutely Fabulous, for example! Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are top of our list of inspiring actresses. That comedy timing!

JUDY GARLAND: Casting Booker Rhiannon‘s pick for an inspiring woman on #InternationalWomensDay, Judy is a female icon and MGM legend! She was the youngest person and also the first female to receive the Cecil B.DeMille award (an honorary Golden Globe Award) for ‘outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.’ 

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