The AW16 Culture Edit: 14 Female TV Stars You're Going To Fall In Love With

From Ruth Wilson in The Affair to Miley Cyrus in Crisis in Six Scenes, we look at the women redefining the television industry this year

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Who have been your favourite television stars recently?

Olivia Colman in Broadchurch?

Uzo Aduba in Orange Is The New Black?

Winona Ryder in Stranger Things?

While the number of emotionally powerful and psychologically profound actresses in television are countless, unfortunately they continue to be mispresented on screen. 

Yesterday, Lucinda Coxon (writer of The Danish Girl) told the Evening Standard that television crime dramas frequently rely on 'voyeuristic' thrills and misogyny to depict female victims.

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Referring to the up-coming series of The Fall starring Gillian Anderson, Silent Witness and Scandi-Noir dramas, the playwright lamented script writers for using sexual violence and bruised females as forms of entertainment.

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'Women are more likely to be shown naked, more likely to be shown as victims of sexualised violence,' she said.

'They're not shown as active characters. It's a misrepresentation and it's a huge disservice to men and women. There are lots of ways to create drama without misogyny and without being voyeuristic. It's become very widespread.'

'As a woman I look at one of these shows and think, 'How can I deliver this with real dramatic impact and truth and without demeaning or exploiting these actors, without pandering to the appetite for bruised female flesh?' she added.

As a result, we've rounded up the women in television that are taking over the screen in this autumn's up-coming series.

Ruth Wilson, The Affair; TBC

Ruth returns this Autumn as Alison Lockhart in The Affair – an emotional and deeply disturbing look into the extramarital relationship between Alison and Noah Solloway (Dominic West). Season Three sees the pair embark on new relationships, combining it with the struggle to deal with the repercussions of Scott's death. 

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Michaela Coel, Chewing Gum; TBC

The hilarious BAFTA-winning Michaela Coel is back to play 24-year-old shop assistant Tracey – the über religious virgin who wants to explore her sexual fantasies. While the image of seeing Tracey's awkwardly nose-lick her boyfriend keeps replaying in our mind, we can't wait to see the hilariously frank shop girl walk back onto our screens – armed with those iconic hair plaits and yellow knits, of course.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alice Eve and Bryce Dallas Howard in Black Mirror; 21 October

Mark 21 October in your diaries because Charlie Brooker's psychological thriller Black Mirror returns. 

With 12 episodes in the pipeline, October sees the release of the first six episodes on Netflix, which includes Gugu Mbatha-Raw in 'San Junipero' and Dallas Howard and Alice Eve in a Rashida Jones/Mike Schur co-written project titled 'Nosedive'. It's basically like all our female crushes have come together for one mind-messing dramatic series and we love it.

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Miley Cyrus in Crisis in Six Scenes; 30 September

The 23-year-old singer stars in Woody Allen's new Amazon Prime comedy set in 1960s New York. The plot sees sees a guest visit a middle class family in the city who disrupts the family balance forever. 

Margaret Qualley in The Leftovers; TBC

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Known for her role in The Nice Guys and Palo Alto, Qualley will return in the role of Jill Garvey on the HBO television series. The next season sees Jill join a new family in Texas where she attempts to come to terms with life after a global event (called the 'Sudden Departure') sees the disappearance of 140 million people.

Brit Marling in The OA; TBC

The writer/producer has written and starred in Netflix's new hour-long drama series. Unfortunately, the script is currently so wrapped up in secrecy we can't even explain what it's about so all we can tell you is Marling's character has an adoptive father. Just watch it, okay?

Karla Crome in The Level; TBC

ITV is welcoming Misfits actress Karla Crome to the screen as Detective Sergeant Nancy Devlin, whose squeaky-clean reputation hides her links to a drugs trafficker and shady business deals. With elements of The Departed and The Wire, Crome is sure to takeover primetime drama this autumn.

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Pamela Adlon in Better Things; 8 September

Thing single-camera sitcom is brought to you by comedians Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K on FX. Adeline plays a working actress and single mother called Sam who tries to balance the demands of bringing up three daughters, a career and single parenthood. Awkward, heartwarming and hilarious. Also, Adlon's mother is played by British royalty (Celia Imrie) so you know it's going to be good.

Grace Jane Gummer in Good Girls Revolt; TBC 

Meryl Streep's daughter steals the show as Nora Ephron in this true story, based on young female researchers working at News of the Week who ask for equality in the workplace and fight against on-going sexism and discrimination from their male peers. This is going to be an addictive hit, trust us.

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life; 25 November

The famous mother-daughter pairing return to the screen this Autumn, 10 years after the show's historic finale. With all of Rory's ex-boyfriends making an appearance and a possible pregnancy in the midst, people are unsure what's happened to Lorelai and Rory since we last saw them, which makes its comeback even more exciting. 

Antonia Thomas in Love Sick; 17 November

Originally broadcast on Channel 4, Scrotal Recall has been renamed and found a new home on Netflix this Autumn – the perfect opportunity to raise the profile of Misfits actress Antonia Thomas. The second series follows Dylan (who last series was diagnosed with an STI and had to contact all his previous sexual partners), Luke and Evie's friendship as the trio explore their romantic pasts. Thomas steals the show in this hilarious comedy. 

Combined with our top picks of documentaries to binge-watch this autumn, you might want to start canceling your social plans right about now. 

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