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  • Both of her parents were scientists.
  • Auditioned for a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in 1998, but did not get in.
  • Specialized in the First World War at university.
  • Added her grandfather's name, Maxwell, to her last name to distinguish herself from someone else with the same name when she joined Equity, the trade union for actors.
  • Appeared in the original 2003 production of His Dark Materials, opposite Timothy Dalton and Dominic Cooper, at the National Theatre in London.
  • Starred in the 2006 West End production of Cabaret as Sally Bowles.
  • Played Regan, opposite Simon Russell Beale, in the Sam Mendes-directed 2014 production of King Lear.


  • Maggie — Daughter
  • Rosanna Michell — Stepdaughter
  • Peter Martin — Father
  • Roger Michell — Husband
  • Harry Michell — Stepson
  • Nancy — Daughter
  • Adam Martin — Brother


  • Liverpool University, Liverpool, England (BA Hons in History, 1998); London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, London, England (BA Hons in Professional Acting, 2001)


  • Birth Name: Anna Charlotte Martin
  • Birth Place: Beverley, Yorkshire, England
  • Profession: Actor

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