Ranking your Favorite Female Performances on Television for 2019

Happy New Year TV Fans!  We had so many incredible female performances on television in 2019, as these strong women lit up the screen.  Whether it was a moment of female empowerment, the unexpected transformation of a character, or a breakout role, these women captured our undivided attention throughout the year.

Again, it was difficult for me to narrow down my favorite female performances for 2019 because there were honestly so many and I didn’t think it was possible for me to choose my absolute favorite one, which is where you came in!    

I ran a three round poll (randomized tournament style) on Twitter and asked for fans to cast their votes so that we can all decide who our favorite female performances are for the year.  Thank you so much for your participation and support, as the tournament was so much fun and actually really competitive!

This was also the closest race I have ever seen in the Final round, which goes to show you how truly amazing all of these female performances were.  I can’t wait to see what they do next in 2020!

Round One featured the following Female Performances on TV from 2019:

  • Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes from Castle Rock
  • Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin from The 100
  • Alycia Debnam-Carey as Alicia Clark from Fear the Walking Dead  
  • Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones
  • Emma Roberts as Brooke from American Horror Story:  1984
  • Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper from Riverdale
  • Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher
  • Jodie Comer as Villanelle from Killing Eve
  • Marie Avgeropoulos as Octavia Blake from The 100
  • Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  • Maisie Williams as Arya Stark from Game of Thrones
  • Danai Gurira as Michonne from The Walking Dead

After your votes, the following female actresses moved on to Round Two:

  • Anya Chalotra
  • Jodie Comer
  • Lili Reinhart
  • Kiernan Shipka
  • Alycia Debnam-Carey
  • Emilia Clarke

Honorable Mention:  Maisie Williams just came up short.  Arya’s growth and “Not Today” moment was one of the most fantastic performances I have ever witnessed on television and she deserves a mention here!

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After your votes in Round Two, the following female actresses moved on to the FINALS:

  • Jodie Comer
  • Emilia Clarke
  • Anya Chalotra

Honorable Mention:  Lili Reinhart just came up short.  Betty Cooper continues to put her sleuth skills to the test, challenging anyone who gets in her way.  I can’t wait to see what her character does next in 2020!

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Gif courtesy of The CW

After your votes in Round Three, the FINAL results are:

3rd place: Anya Chalotra as Yennefer of Vengerberg from The Witcher

GIF courtesy of JoJBrown at Tenor

Wow, talk about a breakout performance.  I was so mesmerized by her performance in The Witcher and she has quickly become a fan favorite for many.  This girl is on fire!

Drum roll please…

We actually have a TIE for first place!!!!!! I am so beyond excited to announce your WINNERS for Favorite Female Performance of 2019:

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones

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Jodie Comer as Villanelle from Killing Eve

GIF courtesy of Killing Eve on Tenor

Both of these ladies rocked it and deserve this win!  They pour their hearts and souls into their roles and captivate us every single time they are on screen.  Some of the most compelling performances I have ever witnessed and I am a huge fan of both of these amazing and strong women!

Thanks to all the fans who voted!  I wish you all the best for the New Year!

View Final Poll Results Here!

I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite female performances on TV from 2019.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing for 2020!


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My performance of the week ending 5/11/19 on TV goes to…

Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones. I have always been impressed with Emilia’s portrayal of Daenerys, but her character is truly being tested again and again in these last episodes.  Please note some spoilers are ahead.  Daenerys has had to deal with so much and she has truly earned the titles of:  Khaleesi and Mother of Dragons, as she continues to break chains, inspiring hope where there is none.  I guess that’s why I was so frustrated seeing her presented as a “Mad Queen” now who is no longer fit to rule the Iron Throne according to some.

While I adore Jon Snow and feel that he has so many good leadership qualities, I cannot ignore the journey that Daenerys has been on.  She was left to burn and die in a fire and emerged as a hero with three dragons instead.  Everything about her character screams destiny and I can’t stop rooting for her even if I don’t always agree with all of her decisions.  But isn’t that part of the challenge of being a good leader?  Not everyone is going to agree with you, but it was aggravating to see some of her loyal advisors now questioning if she is the right ruler.

Whether you agree that she is the rightful ruler or not, I have been beyond impressed by Emilia’s performances, as she is channeling so many emotions at once.  Daenerys’s grief is overwhelming, but yet she is still trying to be so strong for her people, but will this turn her on a path toward revenge?  Cersei can really bring out the worst in others, but I’m hoping that Daenerys will channel that rage in a productive way.

What’s next for Daenerys?  I’m not sure who will end up on the Iron Throne, but I would ultimately love to see her and Jon Snow rule together.  I know that this may not be possible and others have said that she is “too strong” for him, but sometimes balance and compromise is necessary for good leadership.  I’m interested to see how it all ends, but I have continued to be impressed with Daenerys again and again and I can’t wait to see what she does next!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!


Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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