Fast Facts

  • Trained as a soprano singer from the age of 8, but chose to pursue a career in acting instead.
  • Made her professional stage debut in the West End musical I and Albert in 1972.
  • Met director Mike Leigh in 1979 and the two have frequently collaborated, beginning with a 1980 episode of BBC2 Playhouse called "Grown-Ups."
  • Part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's original 1985 staging of Les liaisons dangereuses, with Alan Rickman playing Valmont.
  • Appeared in The Cherry Orchard at the Aldwych Theatre in London in 1989, opposite Judi Dench and Bernard Hill, and directed by Sam Mendes.
  • Played Ouisa in the 2010 revival of Six Degrees of Separation at the Old Vic. 
  • Was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2015 Queen's Birthday Honours List, for her services to drama.

Awards

  • 2011, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2010, European Film Awards — European Actress: Nominee
  • 2012, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 2016, BAFTA Television Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2014, Olivier Awards — Best Actress: Winner

Relationships

  • Joe Dixon — Ex-husband
  • Alfie Oldman — Son
  • Gary Oldman — Ex-husband
  • Peter Duncan — Ex-significant Other

Details

  • Birth Place: Brighton, Sussex, England
  • Profession: Actor

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