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Actresses who have braved playing iconic women from history

Playing a fictional character in a major movie is a challenge, but taking on the role of a legendary historical figure takes serious courage. So a tip of the fedora to these talented thespians, who have risen to the challenge of playing titans from Hollywood and beyond.

As Felicity Jones is confirmed to play Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a new biopic, we take a look at other actresses who have embodied real-life icons – from Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II to Beyoncé as Etta James.

Images: Rex Features

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