The second in our group of lists looking at some of the sexiest women of a certain age in pop culture, we’ve already touched on the movie scene but knew we’d be remiss if we ignored television. Said to be going through a golden age, there are more quality shows ongoing today than any time we can think of between the various networks, cable providers, and streaming services. A medium that is the home of serialized storytelling at its current height, it allows show-runners to create characters and storylines that unfold over time in intriguing ways. That gives them an ability to take their time in their attempts to make us invest in characters like the ones we are about to touch on, which means we love the ladies we’re about to discuss and their work.
Due to the proliferation of content creators, there are more TV stars today than we are used to, but the industry still tends to focus on the looks of younger actors when it comes to women in particular. However, we are happy to report that there are more than enough gorgeous women that have come into their own as they age and deserve to have their looks celebrated here. In fact, it is such an embarrassment of riches that we left off some truly beautiful women, much to our chagrin. That said, we took on the task of putting together this list of the twenty hottest older women in television and we will not shirk our responsibilities.
In order for an actress to be up for inclusion on this list, she needs to be a part of the acting television scene as movie stars got a list all their own. Next, they need to be very attractive and will be forty years old by the end of the year this article was written, 2017. With that said, let’s get to the list.
20 Kerry Washington - 40 Years Old
Trying her best to get some meaty roles in the early 2000’s, it wasn’t really until Kerry Washington was cast in Ray and The Last King of Scotland that the world got to see what she is capable of. Appearing in a slew of other films including two Fantastic Four films, The Dead Girl, Night Catches Us, and Django Unchained, to name a few, this forty-year-old actress is truly impressive. Cast as Olivia Pope in the Shonda Rimes series, Scandal, she has brought to life one of the most interesting and multi-faceted characters in network television history. The very picture of elegance and grace wherever she goes, her looks constantly blow us away whenever we are fortunate enough to see her.
19 Lena Headey - 43 Years Old
A woman whose presence practically screams strength throughout her impressive career, Lena Headey has proven that she has a personality to be reckoned with. Notable in a few films, including 300 and Dredd, her roles may not always be glamorous, but this 43-year-old always looks remarkable. Best known for her work on the small screen, however, she has played fearsome women for the shows Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Game of Thrones. Someone that has yet to take off her clothes so far on Game of Thrones, due to using a body double in a pivotal scene, she has gotten nude in the past on the big screen and her body truly is something to behold.
18 Winona Ryder - 45 Years Old
During the late eighties and early to mid-nineties Winona Ryder seemed to be the go-to actress whenever a major movie role needed to be filled. Seen in movies like Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Dracula, and Reality Bites, this forty-five-year-old actress has had a hand in creating some of the most memorable movie moments of the last few decades. Then, her career hit the skids of sorts after she was caught up in a shoplifting controversy. But thankfully, she has recently had a major comeback due to being cast in the hit show Stranger Things. Still a superb-looking woman, she has a face we can’t get enough of and we can’t wait to see more of her in season two of her comeback series.
17 Julie Bowen - 47 Years Old
Julie Bowen is one of those actors that come off as effortlessly likable in each role she takes, which is why we’ve always been overjoyed to see this forty-seven-year-old do her thing. Seen in movies like Happy Gilmore, Multiplicity, Joe Somebody, and Horrible Bosses, she had an admirable career. But all of that pales to her recent TV success. Cast as Claire Dunphy, part of the ensemble cast that brings Modern Family to life, she portrays a mother. However, one of the strengths of the series is that her character hasn’t lost the romance with her husband. That is fortunate for us as we will always grasp the opportunity to see her dressed in a sexy manner if we can.
16 Grace Park - 43 Years Old
An actress that came to prominence when she was cast in the sci-fi series, Battlestar Galactica, Grace Park had actually already played the lead in a Canadian teen soap opera called Edgemont by that time. Going on to play lead roles in other shows like The Cleaner and The Border, she is currently one of the stars of the ongoing series, Hawaii Five-0. Someone who is very attractive and still looks like a young woman to a large degree, we were shocked to learn that as of this writing, she is forty-three-years-old. Seemingly born to look incredible in a bikini, she routinely steams up the small screen these days and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
15 Robin Wright - 51 Years Old
One of the most impressive actresses of her generation, Robin Wright has mostly been known for her movie work during her fifty-one years on this planet. Starting out when she played Buttercup in The Princess Bride, over the following decades, she was a part of many memorable films like Toys, Forrest Gump, Unbreakable, White Oleander, and more. Still a mainstay of the Hollywood scene, she plays a part in 2017’s Wonder Woman and Blade Runner 2049, but is best known today for playing Claire Underwood in Netflix’s series House of Cards. An indomitable character you don’t want to draw the ire of, she brings an inner fortitude and outer beauty to the character that only few could, which makes her performance work as well as ensuring she made this list.
14 Natascha McElhone - 47 Years Old
Arguably the least famous person on this list, Natascha McElhone is the type of performer whose name you probably don’t know. But if you’ve seen her work, you’re unlikely to forget her face. Seen in movies like Ronin, Solaris, The Kid, and more, her biggest film role in our mind came in The Truman Show where she played a woman who inspired a desire for escape in Truman. Beautiful enough to be someone audiences would consider upending their life for, we just needed her to be a part of the TV scene for her to make this list as she is forty-seven years old. Fortunately, she played Karen, a pivotal character over the run of Californication, and currently portrays the First Lady on Designated Survivor.
13 Drew Barrymore - 42 Years Old
Being a former child star, the world fell in love with Drew Barrymore when she played Gertie in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. But this talented actress and all-around entertainer has grown up a lot since then. Seen in other major movies like Poison Ivy, Scream, The Wedding Singer, Donnie Darko, 50 First Dates, and the Charlie’s Angels film, she has brought a lot of compelling and desirable characters to life. Recently making the jump to TV by taking on a lead role on the Netflix series Santa Clarita Diet and voicing the narrator on a show called First Dates, she is a welcome addition to our viewing schedule. Someone who has a gorgeous and welcoming face at forty-two years old, anyone who has seen her do her thing in the past will also know that Drew has an incredible body.
12 Thandie Newton - 44 Years Old
A former BAFTA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Award winner for her work in the controversial film, Crash, Thandie Newton has earned the respect of her peers and viewers over the span of her career. Seen in movies like Interview with the Vampire, Mission: Impossible 2, Run Fatboy Run, RocknRolla, and many more, she proved that she was adept at virtually any genre. Recently taking on roles in two highly touted science fiction projects, she is set to appear in the upcoming Han Solo film and is one of the stars of TV’s Westworld at the age of forty-four. A series in which she plays an android madam that knows how to wrap people around her little finger, looking at her onscreen, we feel like we probably couldn’t resist her feminine wiles.
11 Vera Farmiga - 43 Years Old
A forty-three-year-old actress that was remarkable in a number of films, but whose name was never really on the marquee, Vera Farmiga isn’t a huge star but is an important part of many recent films. A major portion of the reason movies like Running Scared, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, Source Code, and The Conjuring worked, she was even nominated for an Oscar due to her performance in Up in the Air. Cast in one of the two lead roles of Bates Motel, a series that just came to an end a few months ago, she brought Norma Bates, a legendary but unseen character, to life for the first time. Who knew that Norman’s mom was such a looker?
10 Sarah Paulson - 42 Years Old
An actress that has been around for quite a while now, Sarah Paulson’s first role came in 1994 when she guested on Law & Order, but it wouldn’t be until 2011 that she would get a role that changed her life. Cast in a supporting role in the first season of American Horror Story, she clearly impressed Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy as she has worked with them ever since and became a star because of it. Starring in each season of the anthology series since, she proved that she had a palpable screen presence and could be hot as hell in a number of frightening and scuzzy situations. Recently cast as Marcia Clark in the first season of American Crime Story, playing the woman that prosecuted OJ Simpson has just served to make this forty-two-year-old an even bigger celebrity.
9 Sasha Alexander - 44 Years Old
When the term cougar was coined, it almost seems like its creators may have been able to see into the future and watch the ongoing career of Sasha Alexander. Although her work in the movies has been highlighted by small roles in films like Mission: Impossible III, Yes Man, and He’s Just Not That Into You, she has been reliably cast on the small screen. A mainstay of the television scene over the last several years, Sasha has played memorable roles in shows like Dawson’s Creek, NCIS, as well as Rizzoli & Isles. A woman we could see in high society but can get down and dirty onscreen, including her recent recurring role on the show Shameless where she was seen in the buff, she is sexy incarnate.
8 Keri Russell - 41 Years Old
The star of one of the most talked about shows at one time, Felicity, Keri Russell’s looks were a pivotal part of its success as the show hit the skids when she cut off her long hair. Not a major star in the years immediately after that series came to an end, she still was a part of several big movies including Mission: Impossible III, Waitress, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Currently starring in the critically acclaimed series The Americans, her character on the show is a Soviet spy which is sexy on the face of it which, making this forty-one-year-old a natural at the role. Simultaneously, someone who seems like she could appear at your local bake sale while also looking likely to devour you sexily, her energy is a glorious combination.
7 Julia Louis-Dreyfus - 56 Years Old
Over the last few decades, there are a few people that have made more of an impact on the comedy scene than Julia Louis-Dreyfus. A part of the holiday classic National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, she also starred in Seinfeld and a lot of people forget she was a Saturday Night Live cast member at one time. On top of that, this fifty-six-year-old had memorable guest roles in Arrested Development and Curb Your Enthusiasm and starred in the short-lived sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine. Still, despite all of that, her current series, Veep, may be the best of the bunch, only competing with Seinfeld. A show in which she plays a former Vice President, she brings amazing comedy timing, is surprisingly vulgar, and has true gravitas as Selina Meyer. Additionally, there is little question in our mind that it is her sexiest role to date as there are a few guttural moments on the show where we see her s*xual side come out and we never knew how hot that could be.
6 Alyssa Milano - 44 Years Old
The second and last former child star to make this list, unlike Drew Barrymore, this forty-four-year-old actress has spent most of her career on television. Seen in a handful of mature movies where she dropped her gear, including Embrace of the Vampire and Poison Ivy II: Ivy, Alyssa Milano has shown a confidence in her body that is well-earned. Best known for the shows Who’s the Boss?, Melrose Place, and Charmed, those are but a handful of the series she played a part in. Set to appear in the upcoming Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, are we the only ones that hope she dons a bikini at some point in its run?
5 Lucy Liu - 48 Years Old
One of the few actresses who has shown herself capable of seamlessly jumping back and forth between television and movies over the years, this forty-eight-year-old actress seems capable of it all. Whether it is in shows like Ally McBeal, Dirty Sexy Money, or her current gig, Elementary, or her film work in Payback, the Charlie’s Angels series, or Kill Bill, audiences can’t seem to get enough. A very charismatic woman that seems to look exactly the same today as she did two decades ago, which is to say she’s magnificent, we could easily see Lucy Liu show up on lists like this for years to come.
4 Elizabeth Banks - 43 Years Old
A lot of people don’t seem to have noticed this yet, but Elizabeth Banks belongs in the same category as people like Samuel L. Jackson that show up in many shows and movies virtually every year. Set to appear in four films in 2017, on top of returning to one of her first roles in the series Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, it may be hard for people to ignore her work ethic for long. A beautiful blonde with vibrant eyes and a body to die for, on top of her charisma and acting prowess, we totally understand why everyone wants to work with her. After all, we can certainly attest to how much we’d love to spend time with her.
3 Catherine Bell - 48 Years Old
Some people may have forgotten it but there was a time not too long ago that this forty-eight-year-old actress was constantly included on lists of the hottest women alive. Seemingly absent from those lists for a while now, we find that flabbergasting as Catherine Bell looks as good as ever in our view and still has more curves than virtually any famous actress we can think of. In fact, the only thing we can chalk that up to is her getting older, which is something we find quite sad. Seen in shows like JAG, Army Wives, and Good Witch, the show which she is currently starring in, no matter if she is in uniform or not, one thing stays static, she makes whatever clothes she wears look awe-inspiring.
2 Sanaa Lathan - 45 Years Old
An actress with an impressive film resume, this forty-five-year-old woman was a part of movies like Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, Alien vs. Predator, The Best Man, and its sequel over the years. Also a TV star of sorts for several years now, a lot of people may not realize it but Sanaa Lathan’s voice is one of the stars of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show. On top of that, she took on the lead role of a show called Shots Fired in 2017 which seems unlikely to return, but is further proof that she belongs on this list. Possessing some of the softest-looking skin on television today, combine that with her mouth-watering body and smile, it makes her someone we had to have near the top of this list.
1 Sofía Vergara - 44 Years Old
A former model who, at one time, was the focus of a yearly bikini calendar that was bought around the world, it is safe to say that Sofía Vergara has always been a sexy woman. First becoming an actor with movies like Big Trouble, Chasing Papi, Lords of Dogtown, and Four Brothers, she proved that she could be a bankable star. Best known today for arguably playing the female lead in the ensemble show Modern Family, we think most people would likely be surprised that it was the PG TV world that made her a star. Bringing to life Gloria Delgado-Pritchett, a sexy woman that is married to a man several years her senior, her proclivity for wearing tight dresses with plunging necklines is a real ratings draw. We know that we certainly can’t blame anyone for wanting to see a woman as curvy and stunning as her wearing outfits that accentuate her amazing figure. I mean, who would?