The English movie star Alexandra Elizabeth Kingston popularly known as Alex Kingston has been one of the most famous actresses in the British film industry. Since she made her way into the acting world in 1980, Alex has starred in at least 50 movies and TV shows, some of which have become incredibly successful at the global box office. The prolific actress has featured in both British and Hollywood films and has garnered several awards and recognition for her excellent performances. Take a look at some of Alex Kingston’s movies and TV shows ranked from best to worst based on IMDb ratings.
Alex Kingston’s Best and Worst Efforts as an Actress
1. Doctor Who (2013 – 2015)
IMDb – 8.6/10
Doctor Who is a British Sci-fi TV series that first graced our TV screen in 1963. Although it was dropped by BBC in 1989, the series returned in 2005 and has been running to date. It centers on the adventures of a Time Lord called Doctor Who, an extraterrestrial being from planet Gallifrey. From 2013 to 2015, Alex Kingston made recurring appearances on 15 episodes of the series portraying the character of River Song, an experienced future companion of Doctor Who.
The series has been running since 1963 and is regarded as one of the most successful Alex Kingston’s TV shows. For her role in the series, the actress won four awards and the series has also raked in several awards including 5 British Academy TV Award for Best Drama Series, among others. This series has a rating of 8.6/10 on IMBd.
2. A Discovery of Witches (2018 – Present)
Yet another British TV drama series, A Discovery of Witches is one of the most successful works Alex Kingston has been a part of. It is based on Deborah Harkness’ trilogy, All Souls and was directed by Juan Carlos Medina, Alice Troughton, and Sarah Walker. The series follows Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer), a historian and reluctant witch who discovers a bewitched manuscript in the Bodleian Library. When she attempts to unravel the secrets this book holds about magical creatures, she is forced back into the world of magic, full of vampires, demons, witches, and forbidden love.
Alex Kingston plays the role of Sarah Bishop, Diana’s aunt alongside Valerie Pettiford who portrays Emily Mather, Sarah’s partner. This series premiered on 14th September 2018 and airs on UK’s Sky One network. Since its release, the series has garnered positive reviews from critics and has been nominated for a few awards. A Discovery of Witches is rated 8.1/10 on IMDb.
3. ER (2004 – 2009)
IMDb – 7.7/10
ER is one of the TV shows where Alex Kingston played a starring role. The American medical drama series ran on NBC from September 1994 to April 2009. It follows the inner life of the Emergency Room (ER) of a fictional County General Hospital in Chicago Illinois, bringing out various critical issues faced by the room’s physicians and staff. Kingston portrayed the character of Dr. Elizabeth Corday, one of the Doctors in the show.
For her incredible performance, the actress won two Screen Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, out of four nominations. The series itself raked in over 116 awards and nominations. Being critically acclaimed, it has an IMDb rating of 7.7/10.
4. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
IMDb – 7.6/10
In this American crime drama film, Alex Kingston plays a minor role, appearing as a red-dressed waitress at an upscale French restaurant in London. The film revolves around a churlish mobster Albert Spica (Micael Gambon) who acquires the French restaurant. With his bad manners, he succeeds in scaring off the clientele. As a result, his wife Georgina (Helen Mirren) who is disgusted by him starts having an affair with restaurant guest Michael (Alan Howard). Despite their efforts to keep the affair a secret, Spica finds out about their trysts and plans to exact a terrible revenge.
Soon after it was released, the film got positive reviews from fans and critics, hauling $7.7 million at the box office. Its IMDb rating is 7.6/10.
5. Arrow (2013 – 2016)
IMDb – 7.6/10
Arrow is an American superhero TV series that is based on DC Comics character Green Arrow, a costumed crime-fighter. It revolves around a billionaire playboy Oliver Queen who returns home to Starling City after five years of being stranded on a remote island in the Pacific. He hides the changes that the experience had on him while secretly seeking reconciliation with his ex, Laurel.
By day he picks up where he left off, playing the carefree philanderer he used to be, but at night he dons the alter ego of Arrow and works to right the wrongs of his family and restore the city to its former glory. Complicating his mission is Laurel’s father, Detective Quentin Lance, who is determined to put the vigilante behind bars.
Alex Kingston played the role of Dinah Lance in seven episodes from 2013 to 2016. Since its premiere in 2012, the series has garnered wide acclaim and has raked in several awards and nominations. The show is also commercially successful and is rated 7.6/10 on IMDb.
6. Croupier (1998)
IMDb – 7.1/10
Croupier is one of the most successful Alex Kingston’s movies. It chronicles the life of Jack Manfred (Clive Owen), a croupier who works by night and writes by day. His girlfriend Marion becomes increasingly frustrated by his seemingly aimless life, but he becomes focused when glamourous South African gambler Jani de Villiers (Alex Kingston) arrives in his casino and then his bed, with a plan to defraud the house.
Directed by Mike Hodges and released in 1998, Croupier is an interesting movie to watch. The film was critically acclaimed and was also commercially successful. It has a 7.1/10 rating on IMDb and 96% on Rotten Tomatoes.
7. Sweet Land (2005)
IMDb – 7.1/10
Sweet Land is a 2005 American independent period drama and an adaptation of Will Weaver’s 1989 short story, A Gravestone Made of Wheat. The film chronicles the life of Inge Altenberg (Elizabeth Reaser), a young German woman as she arrives in rural Minnesota. Upon arrival, she meets a Norwegian farmer Olaf Torvik, who is a fellow immigrant. After Olaf’s parents concluded plans for the two to marry, problems arise when they realize Inge doesn’t have proper papers. Despite being unwed, the couple continues to live and farm together amid several red flags from the people of the town.
Although Alex Kingston played a minor role in this film, the movie received a critical claim for its storyline. It bagged several awards including the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Feature and Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at Hamptons Internal Film Festival and Florida Film Festival, respectively. Made on a budget of $1 million, the film returned only $1.7 million. Like Croupier, it has a 7.1/10 rating on IMDb.
8. Alpha Dog (2006)
IMDb – 6.9/10
This movie is one of the not-so-bad works on Alex Kingston’s list of movies and TV shows out there. Alex played a minor role in this crime drama film based on the true story of the kidnap and murder of Nicholas Markowitz in the year 2000. Rated 6.9/10 on IMDb, Alpha Dog follows a drug-dealing delinquent named Johnny Truelove who lives the high life in LA, partying with peers and getting a steady dope supply from his father, Sonny. However, when a dangerous customer refuses to pay, Johnny and his right-hand man named Frankie kidnap the junkie’s younger brother. They intended to keep the kid hidden and happy until they get the cash, but everything took an unfortunate twist when the police got involved.
9. Carrington (1995)
IMDb – 6.8/10
Alex played a minor role in this biographical film. The movie revolves around a painter Dora Carrington (Emma Thompson) who develops an intimate but extremely complex bond with writer Lytton Strachey (Jonathan Pryce). Though Lytton is a homosexual, he is enchanted by the mysterious Dora and they begin a lifelong friendship that strangely has romantic undertones. Eventually, Lytton and Dora decide to live together despite the fact that the latter has fallen in love with a military man Ralph Partridge (Steven Waddington), whom she plans to marry. At the turn of events, Ralph falls in love and marries Frances Marshall (played by Alex Kingston).
Released in 1995, this film was directed by Christopher Hampton. It received average ratings from fans and critics, with a rating of 6.8/10 on IMDb.
10. Like Crazy (2011)
IMDb – 6.7/10
In this 2011 American romantic drama film, Alex stars alongside popular actors like Jennifer Lawrence and Felicity Jones. The plot follows a British exchange student named Anna (Felicity Jones), who falls in love with an American student named Jacob (Anton Yelchin), only to be separated from him when she is denied entry into the US after staying in the country longer than her student visa allows.
Alex portrayed the role of Jackie Gardner, the mother of Anna. Directed by Drake Doremus, the film grossed $3.7 million at the Box Office from a budget of $250 thousand. In addition to being commercially successful, it has a rating of 6.7/10 on IMDb.
11. The Infiltrator (2016)
IMDb – 6.4/10
After German police mistake him for one of the Neo-Nazis who have been targeting minorities, Yaron Svoray (Oliver Platt), an American journalist who’s researching a story about hate groups, decides to go undercover in an effort to gain access to the group’s darker secrets. Soon, Yaron is allowed to attend gatherings where very prominent people pledge loyalty to Nazism. Ultimately, his reporting uncovers a network of bigotry with roots in many countries. Alex Kingston plays the role of Anna in this film. Released in 1995, the movie got mixed reviews from fans and critics and has been rated 6.4/10 on IMDb.
12. Boudica (2003)
IMDb – 5.2/10
Boudica is a 2003 action drama film where Alex Kingston plays a starring role. The plot follows Boudica (Alex), the Warrior Queen of Britain who after the death of her husband King Prasutagus, tries to unite the tribes of Britain against Rome and the mad Emperor, Nero. Released in 2003, the film also stars Steven Waddington and Emily Blunt. Upon release, the film was poorly received mainly because of its poor production as the viewers had expected more. It has a low rating of 5.2/10 on IMDb.