Can You Match These Actresses to Their Iconic Roles?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo

"Wonder Woman" from the DC Extended Universe is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Gal Gadot has played. At the age of 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004, and she has served two years in the Israel Defense Forces as a combat instructor.

Lois Lane from the "Superman" film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Margot Kidder has played. She even won a Saturn Award for best actress for her performance in the film.

Nyota Uhura from the "Star Trek" franchise is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Nichelle Nichols has played. Her role in the franchise was groundbreaking as one of the first African American female characters on American television that were not portrayed as servants.

Leia Organa from the "Star Wars" films is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Carrie Fisher has played. She was also notably the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.

Played by Emma Watson, Hermione Granger was the role that got the young actress into Hollywood's spotlight. She now stars in numerous films and also models for some of the most famous fashion houses in the world.

Black Widow from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Scarlett Johansson has played. She was notably among the world's highest-paid actresses from 2014 to 2016, largely due to her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Nakia from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Lupita Nyong'o has played. Her role as Patsey, in the historical drama "12 Years a Slave," was also highly praised as well.

Alice from the "Resident Evil" franchise is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Milla Jovovich has played. This has allowed her to hold the honor of having the lead role in the highest-grossing film series to be based on video games of all time.

The Bride from the "Kill Bill" films is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Uma Thurman has played. The actress-director relationship that she has with Quentin Tarantino has often led to her being referred to as his muse.

Ellen Ripley from the "Alien" franchise is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Sigourney Weaver has played. The character is often considered to be one of the most significant female action protagonists in all of film.

Eowyn from "The Lord of the Rings" film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Miranda Otto has played. In a series that is filled with fighting men, Eowyn proved that she is a shield-maiden that can go toe to toe with the best of them.

Imperator Furiosa from the film "Mad Max: Fury Road" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Charlize Theron has played. She also received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in "Monster."

Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games" film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Jennifer Lawrence has played. She was notably one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2015 and 2016.

Lara Croft from the "Lara Croft" franchise is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Angelina Jolie has played. This role helped to establish Angelina Jolie as an action star, helping her land several other roles in the genre.

Letty Ortiz from the "Fast and Furious" franchise is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Michelle Rodriguez has played. She has been hailed as one of the most iconic actresses in the action genre and as one of the most visible Latinas in Hollywood.

Sarah Conner from the "Terminator" film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Linda Hamilton has played. Her portrayal has earned her several well-deserved awards and nominations.

Selene from the "Underworld" film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Kate Beckinsale has played. Her role in the series has led to her being cast in numerous other action films.

Storm from the "X-Men" film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Halle Berry has played. She was notably one of the highest-paid actresses in Hollywood during the 2000s and the only black woman to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Trinity from "The Matrix" trilogy is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Carrie-Anne Moss has played. She also currently portrays Jeri Hogarth in several television series of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

X-23 from the film "Logan" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Dafne Keen has played. Her portrayal of the character earned her critical acclaim, and she was able not to be overshadowed by acting veterans Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart.

Buffy Summers from the TV series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Sarah Michelle Gellar has played. The character has since then been hailed as one of the most influential female characters on U.S. television.

Miranda Priestly from "The Devil Wears Prada" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Meryl Streep has played. The role earned her many award nominations, including her record-setting 14th Oscar bid.

Daenerys Targaryen from the television series "Game of Thrones" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Emilia Clarke has played. Her performance has given her widespread recognition including three nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Elle Woods from the "Legally Blonde" duology is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Reese Witherspoon has played. It earned her a nomination for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and the 2002 MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance.

Mary Poppins, from the film of the same name, is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Julie Andrews has played. It was her film debut, and it earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Rey from the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Daisy Ridley has played. In fact, it is her largest role to date and her breakthrough role.

Lucy Ricardo from the sitcom "I Love Lucy" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Lucille Ball has played. It was the first appearance (1951) of a mixed cultural marriage on an American TV show and this was actually 16 years before all forms of interracial marriage were legalized in all 50 states.

Jessica Jones from the Marvel Cinematic Universe is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Krysten Ritter has played. Her performance was critically acclaimed, earning her several awards and nominations.

Xena from the television series "Xena: Warrior Princess" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Lucy Lawless has played. Her portrayal has turned the character into a feminist icon and a lesbian icon as well.

Cersei Lannister from the television series "Game of Thrones" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Lena Headey has played. Her performance earned her four Emmy award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.

Sansa Stark from the television series "Game of Thrones" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Sophie Turner has played. This catapulted her into the mainstream, allowing her to land notable roles like Jean Grey in the X-Men series.

Dorothy Gale from "The Wizard of Oz" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Judy Garland has played. She is also notably the first woman to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year for her live recording “Judy at Carnegie Hall.”

Sister Mary Clarence from the "Sister Act" series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Whoopi Goldberg has played. In fact, it was this series of films that helped to make her the highest-paid actress at the time.

Tina Turner from the biopic "What's Love Got to Do With It," is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Angela Bassett has played. This role was a part of her trend for landing biographical film roles.

Elizabeth Swann from the "Pirates of the Caribbean" film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Keira Knightley has played. She is well known for her roles in period dramas.

Padmé Amidala from the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Natalie Portman has played. She has also been featured in other large projects, including the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Catwoman from "The Dark Knight Rises" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Anne Hathaway has played. It is also notable for being her highest grossing film to date.

M from the James Bond film series is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Judi Dench has played. She held this role for 20 years, from 1995 to 2015.

Yu Shu Lien from "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Michelle Yeoh has played. Her portrayal earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in 2000.

Holly Golightly from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is without a doubt one of the most iconic roles that Audrey Hepburn has played. The American Film Institute ranked her as the third greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood.

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About This Quiz

These iconic roles have built up the careers of these actresses. 

When it comes to the television and film industries, there is no denying that there has historically been some measure of inequality and under-representation as it relates to women. This doesn't only relate to actresses; in fact, just around a quarter or less of all directors, producers, writers, editors, and cinematographers, in the film and television industries are women. 

In addition to this, historically actresses were primarily relegated to ancillary characters that had little or no bearing on the story that was being told, or they were simply included to be love interests to male characters. Thankfully, things have been changing for the better as time goes by, with women more frequently being placed in more meaningful and impactful roles.

The actresses included this quiz are proof that, when it comes to film and television, women can be just as good as their male counterparts. They have served as inspirations for other women and young girls. From Halle Berry and Nichelle Nichols to Emma Watson and Meryl Streep, these leading ladies have helped to break down barriers and dispel misconceptions about women in the industry. So just how much do you know about the leading ladies from your favorite films and TV shows? Let's find out!

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