Wonder Woman to the Stark sisters: 10 women who kicked ass on screen in 2017

From critically acclaimed performances to high-octane action, these women have ruled TV and film this year.

Has the issue of feminism ever been as prevalent as in 2017? With such chaotic and uncertain times we’ve seen women’s rights bought back to the forefront of national discussion.

And this has not gone unnoticed by television and movie makers. Some of the most successful movies and TV shows of the last year have been female led and featured empowering messages of female strength and perseverance.

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Here are 10 women who have ruled 2017.

Wonder Woman  - Available to buy now and rent from October 9th in the BT TV Store

Wonder Woman

Few of us had heard of Israeli actress Gal Gadot before 2017’s monster blockbuster Wonder Woman, but now she’s a household name.

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Wonder Woman, directed by female director Patty Jenkins, the film’s lead Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman must put a stop to a war that could end the world. With superhuman strength, being half-God and incredibly smart, Wonder Woman proves that girls can most definitely do it too in the comic book movie genre.

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Belle in Beauty and The Beast – Available to buy and rent now in the BT TV Store

Emma Watson in Beauty and the Beast

Disney is rarely linked to feminism, but Emma Watson made it clear that she wanted to play Disney’s Belle as feminist figure in the 2017 live remake of Beauty & The Beast.

Emma was quick to point out in interviews that her version of Belle is far more progressive than the 1991 counterpart. Firstly, she is portrayed in the 2017 version as an inventor along with her father, while in the original this was only her dad’s job.

She’s also shown as inventing a washing machine, so that women aren’t relegated to a lifetime of household duties. And of course, Belle still loves her books as in the original, which in itself celebrates female education and empowerment.

Fortunately, the proof is really in the pudding, as Beauty and the Beast to date has made over $1.2 billion at the box office and is the highest grossing movie of this year so far.

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Hidden Figures – Available to buy now in the BT TV Store

Hidden Figures was one of 2016 surprise hit movies. A film made on a modest $25 million budget went on to take over $230 million at the box office.

About the African American female mathematicians that worked for NASA during the Space Race, the film is based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. Aiming to tell the incredible talents and efforts of these women, it also exposes the tremendous racism that they were forced to endure.

Starring Traji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Mary Spencer, Kevin Costner and Kirsten Dunst, this all-star movie earned three Oscar nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year and currently has a 92% Rotten Tomatoes approval rating.

Arya and Sansa Stark - Game of Thrones all seasons available to buy now in the BT TV Store

Game of Thrones

They’re sisters in blood but worlds apart in personality. Arya and Sansa Stark have always butted heads on Game of Thrones and their lives have certainly gone in different directions.

In season 6 we saw Sansa forced to marry evil rapist and torturer Ramsay Bolton while Arya continued her journey and education of the faceless men.

In season 7 you’ll see Sansa and Arya reunite at Winterfell, but under frosty circumstances. Neither will seem particularly thrilled to be together again and meddling Littlefinger will be determined to keep it this way.

Will these powerful sisters unite for a greater good? Or will they only grow further apart? While we can’t tell you what will unfold, we can let you know that it’s truly jaw dropping.

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies just scooped an incredible 8 Primetime Emmy Awards, including Nicole Kidman taking home Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie and winning the overall Outstanding Limited series award.

And for good reason, this female led series based on the bestselling book of the same name by Liane Moriarty has been a huge ratings and critics success both in the US and internationally.

The story explores the lives of a group of affluent women living in North Californian coastal community Monterey. While they seem to live the picture-perfect lives at first glance, it quickly emerges that they’re caught up in a web of deceit, scandal and yes even murder.

Goldie Hawn and Amy Schumer in Snatched – Available to to buy and rent now in the BT TV Store

Comedic legend Goldie Hawn and the hugely popular comedian Amy Schumer team up to star in the raucous mother-daughter comedy Snatched.

Amy plays Emily, who when unexpectedly is dumped by her boyfriend on the eve of their anniversary, persuades her cautious mother Linda to go on a spontaneous holiday to South America.

Mishaps, adventures, dangers and potential romances ensue in this hilarious film – of course with a feel-good theme throughout. Get the popcorn out, this is an ideal chick flick romcom choice.

Zoe Saldana in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 – Available to buy and rent now in the BT TV Store

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana reprises her role of Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. A crucial member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora is an ass-kicking alien who is a trained warrior and assassin.

In the second movie Gamora reunites with the team who are hired to protect valuable batteries by a powerful alien race. However, they quickly discover that these batteries are actually stolen goods, and suddenly they find themselves as the new enemies.

Gamora is strong, fearless and witty, and she's a match for Peter Quill aka Star-Lord played by Chris Pratt.

Kerry Washington in Scandal - Available to buy now in the BT TV Store

Kerry Washington in Scandal

Scandal premiered back in 2007 and has spawned seven series. Starring Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, she’s an ex White House Communications Director who now heads a crisis management firm.

Various scandals, dramas and crimes occur within the firm and the political community and goings on of Washington, DC.

Olivia Pope is one of the first female African American characters on primetime US television and is depicted as a quick-thinking high flyer whose incredibly competent at her job but who has a complex and far from perfect personal life.

Scandal has a current 95% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has been nominated for and won many awards including winning the 2014 Peabody Award.

Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane - Available to buy and rent now in the BT TV Store

Jessica Chastain plays Elizabeth Sloane in Miss Sloane, a hotly-in-demand Washington, DC lobbyist. In this political thriller, Sloane refuses a megabucks deal to oppose a bill that imposes new regulations on firearms. Instead she joins an underfunded boutique firm that is representing the laws backers.

This act of defiance threatens her entire career and even the lives of those that she cares for the most. Jessica has been hailed by critics for her empowering performance and is virtually guaranteed an Oscar nod come the new year.

Katherine Waterston in  Alien: Covenant - Available to buy and rent now in the BT TV Store

Alien: Covenant answers a lot of the questions Aliens fans were left scratching their heads about after watching 2012’s Prometheus.
Beautifully shot and indeed scary, Alien: Covenant serves as both a sequel to Prometheus and a sequel to the original 1979 Alien movie.

In it, Katherine Waterston plays Daniels, a crewmember aboard the colonisation spacecraft USCSS Covenant. She’s also the ship captain Branson’s wife. Together they discover what at first they believe to be an unchartered paradise, only to quickly realise its actually inhabited by a lethal and predatory alien race.

Daniels evokes Sigourney Weaver’s original Alien character Ellen Ripley but takes kicking alien ass to a whole other level in this action packed latest Alien franchise creation.

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