Photos: Divas of the small screen

With the role of female characters in television series evolving over the years, women roles are now much more complicated, with a wide range of personal quirks and much more

The Indian actress is one of the highest paid actresses in the world.

This Indian star is one of the highest paid actresses in the world. Priyanka Chopra in February 2015 was cast in the television series 'Quantico', making her the first South Asian to headline an American network thriller series. (AFP)

American actress Ellen Pompeo stars in the medical drama series 'Grey's Anatomy', which turned out to be one of the highest-rated TV drama

American actress and producer Ellen Pompeo stars in the medical drama series 'Grey's Anatomy', which turned out to be one of the highest-rated TV dramas. Pompeo has been nominated for multiple awards for her performances in 'Grey's Anatomy'. (AFP)

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in 'Veep' plays Selina Meyer, a former Maryland Senator who is initially the titular Vice President or "Veep".

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, in 'Veep' plays Selina Meyer, a former Maryland Senator who is initially the titular vice president or "Veep". Louis-Dreyfus has received seven Emmy Awards, with a total of 22 nominations throughout her career. (AFP)

Amy Beth Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actress, and producer, best known for her sketchy comedy series 'Inside Amy Schumer'.

Amy Beth Schumer is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actress, and producer, best known for her sketchy comedy series 'Inside Amy Schumer'. The actress has received nominations for the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Original Screenplay and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. (AFP)

The 'True Detective' detective actress shot to fame in 2002 when she co-starred as Kimberly Woods for one season on the TV series 'Boston Public'.

The 'True Detective' actress shot to fame in 2002 when she co-starred as Kimberly Woods for one season on the TV series 'Boston Public'. Michelle Monaghan played Maggie Hart in season one of 'True Detective', the American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. (AFP)

Laura Prepon is known most for two roles - Donna Pinciotti in 'That '70s Show' and as Alex Vause in the recent 'Orange is the New Black'.

Laura Prepon is known most for two roles - Donna Pinciotti in all eight seasons of the Fox sitcom 'That '70s Show' and as Alex Vause in the recent 'Orange Is the New Black'. Prepon's character, Alex, is an international drug smuggler in the comedy-drama series. (AFP)

Since its premiere in April 2011, Lena Headey has portrayed queen regent Cersei Lannister on the HBO series Game of Thrones.

Since its premiere in April 2011, Lena Headey has portrayed queen regent Cersei Lannister on the HBO series 'Game of Thrones', the American fantasy drama television series based on George R R Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series of novels. Headey's performance as the ruthless queen has received critical acclaim. (AFP)