The 18 Best Female TV Cops: From Helen Mirren To Sharon Gless, Did Your Favourite Make Our List?


Scott and Bailey are the latest recruits in a fine tradition of female TV cops.

Scott and Bailey are worthy collectors of the female TV cop baton

Since they debuted on screen in 2011, the popular duo played by Lesley Sharp and Suranne Jones have been tasked with keeping the law, but their appeal lies as much in their personal lives as with any professional skills they display.

As queens of the TV police beat, they walk in some pretty hallowed footsteps. We take a look back at some of the most popular female cops to grace the small screen… is your favourite in our list?

Best Female TV Cops

'Scott & Bailey' Series 1 to 3 are available on DVD boxset and digital download. Watch the trailer below...