Fast Facts

  • Was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts after high school despite having never been on stage in her youth.
  • Made her TV debut in 1985 on an episode of the British police drama Juliet Bravo.
  • Has appeared in a number of PBS productions, including Masterpiece Theatre and Mystery!
  • In 1996, made her film debut in Half Moon Street, a romantic thriller that starred Sigourney Weaver and Michael Caine.
  • In 1997, won a Tony for her performance in A Doll's House.
  • Landed her role in 1999's Tumbleweeds (for which she won a Golden Globe) after director Gavin O'Connor saw her on the PBS news program Charlie Rose.  O'Connor eventually had to produce the film himself since the original backers passed on the film because McTeer was a relative unknown in the U.S.
  • In 2008, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire, a designation bestowed by the Queen of England.

Awards

  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1997, Tony — Actress (Play): Winner
  • 1999, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Sundance Film Festival — Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Dramatic): Winner
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Tony — Actress (Play): Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress in a Movie or Limited Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Winner
  • 2012, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2011, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2012, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee

College

  • The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1983)