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Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Awarded for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Country United States
Presented by Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded 1954
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This is a list of winners of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie and predecessor categories including Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Lead Role.

From 1973 to 1978, the category was divided into two separate categories (one for "TV Movies" or "Single Performance in a Special or Series" and another for "Limited Series" or "Miniseries").

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, guest performances in regular television series were included in the category. Separate categories for guest performances were eventually created in the mid-1980s.

In select years, performances in lead and supporting roles were combined into a single category.

Award winners






Year Actor Program Role Network
Barbara Hershey A Killing in a Small Town Candy Morrison CBS
Farrah Fawcett Small Sacrifices Diane Downs ABC
Christine Lahti No Place Like Home Zan Cooper CBS
Annette O'Toole The Kennedys of Massachusetts Rose Kennedy ABC
Lesley Ann Warren Family of Spies Barbara Walker CBS
Alfre Woodard A Mother's Courage: The Mary Thomas Story Mary Thomas NBC
Lynn Whitfield The Josephine Baker Story Josephine Baker HBO
Glenn Close Sarah, Plain and Tall Sarah Wheaton CBS
Barbara Hershey Paris Trout Hanna Trout Showtime
Suzanne Pleshette Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean Leona Helmsley CBS
Lee Purcell Long Road Home Bessie Robertson NBC
Gena Rowlands Face of a Stranger Pat CBS
Anne Bancroft Mrs. Cage Mrs. Cage PBS
Meredith Baxter A Woman Scorned: The Betty Broderick Story Betty Broderick CBS
Judy Davis One Against the Wind Mary Lindell
Laura Dern Afterburn Janet Harduvel HBO
Holly Hunter The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom Wanda Holloway HBO
Glenn Close Skylark Sarah Wheaton CBS
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 2 Jane Tennison PBS
Maggie Smith Suddenly, Last Summer Mrs. Venable
Joanne Woodward Blind Spot Nell Harrington CBS
Kirstie Alley David's Mother Sally Goodson CBS
Bette Midler Gypsy Mama Rose CBS
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 3 Jane Tennison PBS
Jessica Tandy To Dance with the White Dog Cora Peek CBS
Joanne Woodward Breathing Lessons Maggie Moran
Glenn Close Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Margarethe Cammermeyer NBC
Sally Field A Woman of Independent Means Bess Garner Steed NBC
Anjelica Huston Buffalo Girls Calamity Jane CBS
Diane Keaton Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight Amelia Earhart TNT
Alfre Woodard The Piano Lesson Berniece Charles CBS
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 4: Scent of Darkness Jane Tennison PBS
Ashley Judd Norma Jean & Marilyn Norma Jean Dougherty HBO
Jessica Lange A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois CBS
Mira Sorvino Norma Jean & Marilyn Marilyn Monroe HBO
Sela Ward Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Jessica Savitch Lifetime
Alfre Woodard Miss Evers' Boys Nurse Eunice Evers HBO
Stockard Channing An Unexpected Family Barbara Whitney USA
Glenn Close In the Gloaming Janet HBO
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 5: Errors of Judgement Jane Tennison PBS
Meryl Streep ...First Do No Harm Lori Reimuller ABC
Ellen Barkin Before Women Had Wings Glory Marie ABC
Jamie Lee Curtis Nicholas' Gift Maggie Green CBS
Judy Davis The Echo of Thunder Gladwyn
Olympia Dukakis More Tales of the City Anna Madrigal Showtime
Angelina Jolie Gia Gia Carangi HBO
Sigourney Weaver Snow White: A Tale of Terror Claudia Hoffman Showtime
Helen Mirren The Passion of Ayn Rand Ayn Rand Showtime
Ann-Margret Life of the Party: The Pamela Harriman Story Pamela Harriman Lifetime
Stockard Channing The Baby Dance Rachel Luckman Showtime
Judy Davis Dash and Lilly Lillian Hellman A&E
Leelee Sobieski Joan of Arc Joan of Arc CBS


Year Actor Program Role Network
Halle Berry Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Dorothy Dandridge HBO
Judy Davis A Cooler Climate Paula Tanner Showtime
Sally Field Iris Prue
Holly Hunter Harlan County War Ruby Kincaid
Gena Rowlands The Color of Love: Jacey's Story Georgia Porter CBS
Judy Davis Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows Judy Garland ABC
Judi Dench The Last of the Blonde Bombshells Elizabeth HBO
Holly Hunter When Billie Beat Bobby Billie Jean King ABC
Hannah Taylor-Gordon Anne Frank: The Whole Story Anne Frank
Emma Thompson Wit Vivian Bearing HBO
Laura Linney Wild Iris Iris Bravard Showtime
Angela Bassett The Rosa Parks Story Rosa Parks CBS
Blythe Danner We Were the Mulvaneys Corinne Mulvaney Lifetime
Vanessa Redgrave The Gathering Storm Clementine Churchill HBO
Gena Rowlands Wild Iris Minnie Brinn Showtime
Maggie Smith My House in Umbria Emily Delahunty HBO
Thora Birch Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story Liz Murray Lifetime
Helena Bonham Carter Live from Baghdad Ingrid Formanek HBO
Jessica Lange Normal Irma Applewood
Helen Mirren The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone Karen Stone Showtime
Meryl Streep Angels in America Hannah Pitt / Ethel Rosenberg / The Rabbi / The Angel Australia HBO
Glenn Close The Lion in Winter Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine Showtime
Judy Davis The Reagans Nancy Reagan
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness Jane Tennison PBS
Emma Thompson Angels in America Nurse Emily / Homeless Woman / The Angel America HBO
S. Epatha Merkerson Lackawanna Blues Nanny HBO
Halle Berry Their Eyes Were Watching God Janie Crawford ABC
Blythe Danner Back When We Were Grownups Rebecca CBS
Cynthia Nixon Warm Springs Eleanor Roosevelt HBO
Debra Winger Dawn Anna Dawn Anna Lifetime
Helen Mirren Elizabeth I Queen Elizabeth I HBO
Gillian Anderson Bleak House Lady Dedlock PBS
Kathy Bates Ambulance Girl Jane Stern Lifetime
Annette Bening Mrs. Harris Jean Harris HBO
Judy Davis A Little Thing Called Murder Sante Kimes Lifetime
Helen Mirren Prime Suspect: The Final Act Jane Tennison PBS
Queen Latifah Life Support Ana HBO
Debra Messing The Starter Wife Molly Kagan USA
Mary-Louise Parker The Robber Bride Zenia Arden Oxygen
Gena Rowlands What If God Were the Sun? Melissa Eisenbloom Lifetime
Laura Linney John Adams Abigail Adams HBO
Judi Dench Cranford Miss Matty Jenkyns PBS
Catherine Keener An American Crime Gertrude Baniszewski Showtime
Phylicia Rashād A Raisin in the Sun Lena Younger ABC
Susan Sarandon Bernard and Doris Doris Duke HBO
Jessica Lange Grey Gardens Edith "Big Edie" Beale HBO
Drew Barrymore Grey Gardens Edith "Little Edie" Beale HBO
Shirley MacLaine Coco Chanel Coco Chanel Lifetime
Sigourney Weaver Prayers for Bobby Mary Griffith
Chandra Wilson Accidental Friendship Yvonne Caldwell Hallmark Channel


Year Actress Program Role Network
Claire Danes Temple Grandin Temple Grandin HBO
Joan Allen Georgia O'Keeffe Georgia O'Keeffe Lifetime
Hope Davis The Special Relationship Hillary Clinton HBO
Judi Dench Return to Cranford Matty Jenkyns PBS
Maggie Smith Capturing Mary Mary Gilbert HBO
Kate Winslet Mildred Pierce Mildred Pierce HBO
Taraji P. Henson Taken from Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story Tiffany Rubin Lifetime
Diane Lane Cinema Verite Pat Loud HBO
Jean Marsh Upstairs, Downstairs Rose Buck PBS
Elizabeth McGovern Downton Abbey Cora, Countess of Grantham
Julianne Moore Game Change Sarah Palin HBO
Connie Britton American Horror Story Vivien Harmon FX
Ashley Judd Missing Rebecca Winstone ABC
Nicole Kidman Hemingway & Gellhorn Martha Gellhorn HBO
Emma Thompson The Song of Lunch She PBS
Laura Linney The Big C: Hereafter Cathy Jamison Showtime
Jessica Lange American Horror Story: Asylum Sister Jude Martin / Judy Martin FX
Helen Mirren Phil Spector Linda Kenney Baden HBO
Elisabeth Moss Top of the Lake Det. Robin Griffin Sundance Channel
Sigourney Weaver Political Animals Elaine Barrish USA
Jessica Lange American Horror Story: Coven Fiona Goode FX
Helena Bonham Carter Burton & Taylor Elizabeth Taylor BBC America
Minnie Driver Return to Zero Maggie Royal Lifetime
Sarah Paulson American Horror Story: Coven Cordelia Goode Foxx FX
Cicely Tyson The Trip to Bountiful Carrie Watts Lifetime
Kristen Wiig The Spoils of Babylon Cynthia Morehouse IFC

Multiple wins

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3 wins
4 wins

Multiple nominations

2 nominations
3 nominations
4 nominations
5 nominations
6 nominations
7 nominations
10 nominations

See also