I truly hope that the days when TV was considered inferior to movies are behind us. Hell, if I look at the movies nominated for Academy Awards last year and shows that are still airing like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones and Homeland...it is TV that is actually superior. These actresses below deserve better roles in better projects they appeared in. More often than not the role I highlighted in this article was a big break for them, but sadly not much happened afterwards.
|as Elena Gilbert in The Vampire Dairies|
Granted, I have not seen The Vampire Diaries in a long time, but the episodes I saw were pretty fun and Dobrev was surprisingly great, considering the material she is working with - her character is just a little bit above Bella Swan, yet she is so much more interesting and much less annoying. She also gets to play a villain - Catherine - and she is pretty damn good doing that as well. One can't ignore the fact that she is also incredibly beautiful. The only other performance from her I've seen was a brief role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and she was incredibly memorable there. She only has one movie lined up right now, which seems like a big waste of her talent.
|as Jenny Schecter in The L Word|
Lovely Mia Kirshner has been underrated her whole career - and it's really puzzling. When I see what crap she is nowadays, it's simply saddening - for example the sequel to 30 Days of Night. She was just splendid in The L Word (a show filled with very talented actresses) as well as in The Black Dahlia - hell, her performance in Brian De Palma's fiasco was so good it made the movie worth watching. She really should be getting better roles - she was only in a handful of 24 episodes yet her work there was so memorable I still remember most of her scenes.
|as Julia McNamara in Nip/Tuck|
Richardson was one of the very few things that kept me watching the most disgusting show ever made - Nip/Tuck. It's amazing, but her performance almost kept the series somewhat grounded in reality. Richardson, daughter of amazing Vanessa Redgrave (who also appeared in several episodes of the show as Richardson's character's mother), also provided very warm and interesting turn as rarely portrayed Katherine Parr in 4th season of The Tudors. She appeared in Fincher's Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, but still, she deserves better and more prominent roles.
|as Alice Morgan in Luther|
As great as Idris Elba is in Luther, when you are watching it, you are just waiting for HER. Wilson is splendid as the TV's most adorable psychopath - brilliant, ruthless Alice Morgan who is also very charming, joyful and even playful. She was largely absent in season 2 of Luther which is actually my primary reason for considering season 2 to be the worst one in the series. Wilson was also splendid in BBC version of Jane Eyre (she was much better than Wasikowska, as good as Mia was) and she was one of the very few good things in last year's Anna Karenina. She currently can be seen in The Lone Ranger. Yeah. She deserves much better.
|as Trixie in Deadwood|
This is the only actress on the list, whose name I actually had to look up, even though Deadwood is my second favorite series of all time. This alone should tell you that this woman should be in more good movies. She is in The Hunger Games, though. As Katniss's mother. Granted I only saw that movie once and I won't see it again, on account of it being really boring, but I cannot remember her at all which tells me it's not much of a role. And that's a shame, because her Trixie was the true heart of Deadwood. She created very interesting and likable character, despite the fact Trixie had a very difficult life and tough personality. I kept rooting for Trixie and it was admirable how she was able to survive and keep her good heart from being corrupted in such a brutal world. Interesting fact is that as Polly Walker, who is a bit higher on the list, she was also on the show Caprica, which I sadly haven't seen. She was also in two episodes of Lost, sharing screen with another lovely actress on the list, Evangeline Lilly.
|as Claire Fisher in Six Feet Under|
Lauren's performance as Claire Fisher in HBO's Six Feet Under is one of my favorite TV performances of all time. Claire is also one of my favorite TV characters. Lauren is so talented and has such interesting beauty, yet her career didn't blossom as much as it should have. I read somewhere she focused on her family instead of her career, which is lovely and admirable but I still miss her. Recently she starred in TV movie Coma, which was awful but she was good in it and in a very memorable albeit not very ambitious turn in Wanderlust.
|as Kate Austen in Lost|
Things are turning around for Evangeline as she seems to have pretty major role in next two The Hobbit movies. Still, I cannot believe how long it took for her to get an important role in truly anticipated blockbuster. I know many people don't like Kate in Lost which sadly drives them to under appreciate Lilly's work there, but I always thought her performance was one of the better roles in the show. Even in awful season 6 she was consistently amazing. She did appear in Academy Award winning The Hurt Locker,, but her role there was very small. She also starred in big Reel Steel, but that's not exactly compelling material. Hopefully the fact she is in The Hobbit will send some good and interesting roles her way.
|as lady Catelyn Stark in Game of Thrones|
It is stunning to me that even though Fairley has been acting for 20 years it is only now that her time has finally come. Though we will no longer see her on Game of Thrones (wink wink to book readers - she is currently in Northern Ireland where the filming for season 4 started last week), where at least for me, she was the best in the cast, she has just joined TV series Suits and she seems to be playing a very interesting character there. Still, I must say that when I read the books I didn't much care about Catelyn, but Fairley's fierceness and this incredible sense of dignity, warmth and strength she projected onto her character made her into my favorite. Remember when she addressed all the men gathered in the inn and asked them to seize Tyrion and they all did just that, because of the respect they had for her? I was in love right there.
|as Atia of the Julii in Rome|
10 years after Rome aired and Polly Walker is still on TV, though in much worse shows. She was in Clash of the Titans, for about 5 minutes, and even when she landed a role in a show that wasn't awful, it got cancelled. Saddening, seeing how amazing her Atia was - Rome is one of those shows that should have never been cancelled,. Seriously how awful is HBO when it comes to handling money? Can't they hire accountants or something? Still, I'm grateful there is at least one fantastic movie with her (and Alan Rickman) called Dark Harbor. If you didn't see this one, I highly recommend it.
|as Queen Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones|
Lena Headey has appeared in a number of TV series and films, but out of those only the quality of Game of Thrones truly matches her talent. In the show she plays ruthless Queen Cersei, the most villainous female in the series. I once wrote that George R.R. Martin gave us a villain, but it is Lena who gave us a person. Peter Dinklage even said that he thinks Lena understands Cersei more than Martin does - and it's tough to argue with that statement. In the books Cersei is just a villain - a very entertaining villain, yes - but she is pure evil. There are no shades of grey there. Whenever there is a room for vulnerability, Cersei cloaks herself in pride. In the show however, Headey gets to depict that vulnerability, weakness and pain. We don't see just a villain, but also a very lonely, bitter woman, loving mother and devoted daughter who looks up to her father. Headey is also seriously badass actress - she was just terrific in Dredd (a film that is much better than you might think) and as Sarah Connor in TV's Sarah Connor Chronicles. Why is it then that her future projects include what I suspect to be small parts in the sequel to 300 and Mortal Instruments?