Vote now for the greatest female TV characters of the 21st century –

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Women on TV haven’t always fared well – crime drama in particular has historically favoured the sight of dead or imperilled girls over fully-rounded, interesting ones – but we can hopefully agree that things have improved since housewives in A-line skirts flounced adoringly around their kitchens in the kind of show parodied by 2021’s Wandavision. It’s getting better.

But who is the greatest female TV character of recent years? We’ve assembled a longlist of favourites, and now we’re handing it over to you. To be included on the list, the TV show in question had to have aired at least one new episode after Jan 1, 2000. We excluded soap characters because that’s a whole other poll.

You can vote for as many characters as you like, but you only get to submit your entries once, so choose wisely!

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