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Actors who have braved playing iconic women from history

Acting is a tricky enough art alone, without the added pressure of emulating a legendary face from history. So a tip of the fedora to these talented thespians, who have risen to the challenge of playing icons from Hollywood and beyond – ably recreating their characters’ legacies on-screen.

As Michelle Williams confirms that she is to star in 2018 biopic Janis as Janis Joplin, one of the first female rock stars, we take a look at other actresses who have embodied real-life legends – from Helen Mirren as the Queen to Beyoncé as Etta James.

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