10 Best Female Voice Actors

Wednesday, April 6 by Shawn Lealos

The best female voice actors are the women who have taken specific roles and claimed them as their own. Some of these women have major careers in movies outside of animation, while others make their living specifically voicing cartoon characters. Either way, when you hear these character voices, you know exactly who it is.

  1. Nancy Cartwright Nancy Cartwright is a female voice actor that voices one of the most famous cartoon boys on television. Cartwright has been the voice of Bart Simpson since the start of “The Simpsons.” She also voices Nelson, Kearney and Todd Flanders on the show.
  2. Alex Borstein Alex Borstein is a former “MADtv” alum who went on to voice cartoon characters. Other than a stint on Seth Green’s “Robot Chicken,” Borstein is most famous for voicing Lois Griffin on “Th Family Guy.” She also voices Asian reporter Tricia Takanawa on the show.
  3. Mona Marshall Television fans will recognize this female voice actor from her performance on the Comedy Central cartoon “South Park” where she voices Sheila Broflovski. She has also voiced characters in major movies like “Tangled,” “The Princess and the Frog” and “Ponyo.”
  4. Katey Sagal Katey Sagal is a great actress and recently won a Golden Globe for her performance on the TV series “Sons of Anarchy.” However, she is also very well known as the voice behind Leela on the sci-fi cartoon “Futurama.”
  5. Jodi Benson Jodi Benson became a successful female voice actor thanks to her iconic role as Ariel in the Disney feature film “The Little Mermaid.” She also reached great success with her expanded role as Barbie in the second and third “Toy Story” films.
  6. Carolyn Lawrence Carolyn Lawrence is one of the main voices behind the successful “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Lawrence voices the character of Sandy Cheeks, the squirrel. Lawrence also voices the character Orel Puppington in the Comedy Central religious parody "Morel Orel."
  7. Kitty Katswell Kitty Katswell has enjoyed a varied career as a female voice actor. She has appeared in “T.U.F.F. Puppy” as Kitty, “Scooby Doo” cartoons as Velma, “G.I. Joe” as Scarlett and “Batman” cartoons as The Black Canary. She has also been in “The Powerpuff Girls” and “Avatar.”
  8. Mila Kunis Mila Kunis has started to build herself quite a solid career lately. Her supporting appearance in “Black Swan” earned her a Golden Globe nomination. She has also been nominated for an Annie Award for her voicing Meg Griffin in “Family Guy,” which she has done for nine seasons as of 2011.
  9. Kathy Najimy Her biggest television role was the voice of Peggy Hill in the classic cartoon, “King of the Hill.” However, Najimy has also worked in feature films with roles in “Tinker Bell” and “Tom and Jerry” DTV efforts as well as the voice of Mary in the Pixar movie “Wall-E.”
  10. Mae Whitman Whitman voiced the warrior Katara in “Avatar: The Last Airbender” on TV. However, this female voice actor has become famous for voicing the famous Tinker Bell in the recent DTV movies. She has also worked on the Fox animated series, “Family Guy.”

COMMENTS

  1. April 6, 2011 9:22 am

    Chad

    This list leaves out Lauren Tom who is by far better than Sagal or Kunis, and has done more work. Also how can you leave out Sasaki Nozomi? She has been doing voice work since 86. Akira ring a bell. Do some homework before you make these lists please.


  2. April 6, 2011 9:22 am

    Chad

    This list leaves out Lauren Tom who is by far better than Sagal or Kunis, and has done more work. Also how can you leave out Sasaki Nozomi? She has been doing voice work since 86. Akira ring a bell. Do some homework before you make these lists please.


  3. April 6, 2011 9:22 am

    Junie_mcgraw

    This is his list so shut up please.


  4. April 6, 2011 9:22 am

    LV

    You DO know that Kitty Katswell is the NAME of a character on TUFF Puppy, and not a real person? She’s voiced by Grey DeLisle who is a wonderful actress in her own right.


  5. April 6, 2011 9:22 am

    Eugene B. Wright

    I’m a voiceover nerd and disagree with several entries on this list. But that’s my opinion and another post. The “Kitty Katswell” entry reads more like a “I didn’t do my research” than just plain error.


  6. April 6, 2011 9:22 am

    Gurt

    I don’t understand how some of these are included in the list, especially since they only do one role and it is their normal speaking voice. I would suggest you look into Tress Macneille or June Foray. They have more characters under their belt than all of these women combined, and many of them are incredibly high profile characters.


  7. April 6, 2011 9:22 am

    Mohammed Ganai

    That isn’t very polite of you.

    I do have to agree that Mila Kunis doesn’t really belong there. Tara Strong and Jennifer Hale are much more deserving.