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Poll: Should we say ‘actor’ or ‘actress’ when describing a female performer?

Denise Gough. Photo: Manuel Harlan Denise Gough. Photo: Manuel Harlan
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Whether to use the term ‘actor’ or ‘actress’ is an ongoing discussion. Denise Gough stands by the label of ‘actress’, arguing that women fought to be onstage and therefore should reclaim the word. This week, Mark Shenton debates the terminology. We’re asking: Should we say ‘actor’ or ‘actress’ when describing a female performer?


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