Lived in Norway, Nigeria, Cameroon, Zanzibar and France while growing up.
One of her first roles was as a New Orleans prostitute in Neil Jordan's Interview With the Vampire (1994).
Founded the production company The Public with Michael Sheen.
Best-known for playing Cherie Blair in the 2006 drama The Queen and for her award-winning role as Rose Fitzgerald in the British TV series North Square.
Due to pregnancy, she was unable to take the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and was replaced by Helena Bonham Carter; she was later cast as Bellatrix's sister Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009).
Awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Year Honours List in 2017.
2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Nominee
2013, Olivier Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
Ian McCrory — Father
Damian Lewis — Husband
Gulliver Lewis — Son
Catherine — Sister
Anne McCrory — Mother
Manon Lewis — Daughter
John McCrory — Brother
University of the Arts, Drama Centre, London, England