Jamie Foxx, Meryl Streep, Rami Malek and Olivia Coleman ... these actors all delivered award-winning performances in their portrayals of famous figures. Photos: Reuters, Handout, MovieStillsDB, @TheCrownNetflix/Twitter
Jamie Foxx, Meryl Streep, Rami Malek and Olivia Coleman ... these actors all delivered award-winning performances in their portrayals of famous figures. Photos: Reuters, Handout, MovieStillsDB, @TheCrownNetflix/Twitter

11 actors who won Oscars for playing historical figures: from Julia Roberts’ Erin Brockovich to Jamie Foxx’s Ray Charles and Meryl Streep’s Margaret Thatcher

  • Barbra Streisand claimed a career-defining Academy Award back in 1969 for playing Fanny Brice in Funny Girl, while Rami Malek’s Freddie Mercury earned a trophy for Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Away from the big screen, Olivia Colman and Gillian Anderson have both bagged Emmys for their roles as Queen Elizabeth and Thatcher in Netflix’s The Crown

Jamie Foxx, Meryl Streep, Rami Malek and Olivia Coleman ... these actors all delivered award-winning performances in their portrayals of famous figures. Photos: Reuters, Handout, MovieStillsDB, @TheCrownNetflix/Twitter
Jamie Foxx, Meryl Streep, Rami Malek and Olivia Coleman ... these actors all delivered award-winning performances in their portrayals of famous figures. Photos: Reuters, Handout, MovieStillsDB, @TheCrownNetflix/Twitter
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