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30 kick-ass TV heroines

The lack of strong female characters on TV and film has long been a sticking point for actors in Hollywood and beyond. But the emergence of hit series such as Homeland, Dexter and The Wire has brought with it a host of kick-ass leading ladies. What's more, the concept of what makes a great TV heroine has evolved over the years; female characters now come much more complicated, with a plethora of personal quirks - from drug habits to mental health issues and offbeat mannerisms - to complement their tough personas. From vampires to terrorists and serial killers, these women have tackled it all; and juggle their chequered personal lives with even more difficult day jobs. Read on to find out our selection of (intellectually and physically) kick-ass TV heroines...

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