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(Photos: AP)
(Photos: AP)


Helena Bonham Carter. Katie McGrath. Dame Maggie Smith. Oh how familiar those names have become to Anglo Fan Favorites followers. Bonham Carter was our inaugural winner, back in 2011, and runner-up last year. McGrath dethroned HBC in 2012, and Dame Maggie has not budged from her imperious perch, winning third place in both 2011 and 2012.

And here they are again, taking three of four spots in our 2013 semifinals. It’s easy to see how this year’s race could be a carbon copy of 2012, with HBC and McGrath battling in the finals, and the Dame tarrying over to her bronze medal, nary a hair out of place or a bead of sweat to be found. Can anyone throw a twist into this comfortable narrative?

Meet this year’s wild card. No Doctor Who actress has ever made our Final Four — until now. Alex Kingston, who plays River Song on the series, has been carried through this year’s tournament on a wave of renewed fan love, and her Kinglets are out for blood. Their dismantling of 2011 finalist JK Rowling in this year’s Round of 16 demonstrated their fearlessness, and they are going to need every ounce of that courage to take on Ms. Bonham Carter.

The rules remain the same: each week you’ll vote for winners in a round of matchups, narrowing down the field until we have one woman left — the Anglo Fan Favorites Woman of 2013. Each round is re-seeded so that the previous round’s top vote-getter faces the woman advancing with the lowest vote total. Vote hourly to make sure your favorites move on to the next round.

Do your Anglophile duty and VOTE! Semifinals voting ends Thursday, September 26 at 11 am ET.

FIRST: Katie McGrath vs. Dame Maggie Smith

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