Roberts’ Brockovich voted top movie heroine

The single mum lawyer, played by Julia Roberts in the 2000 drama based on a real-life story, fights to gain compensation for victims of contaminated drinking water – and Brockovich has come out as moviegoers’ favourite fighting woman.

FBI agent Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster in The Silence Of The Lambs, came in second place, with Angelina Jolie’s sexy fighter Lara Croft in Tomb Raider voted third.

In fourth place was Ellen Ripley in Alien, portrayed by Sigourney Weaver, while Linda Hamilton’s character Sarah Connor in The Terminator rounded out the top five, in a survey of 3,000 Brits.