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Brenda Blethyn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Brenda Anne Blethyn, OBE (born 20 February 1946) is an English actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. Blethyn has received two Academy Award nominations, two SAG Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one. In addition, she has won a BAFTA, an Empire Award and a Golden Lion, and has earned a Theater World Award and both a Critics' Circle Theatre Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her theatrical work. Born into a working class home in Ramsgate, Kent, Blethyn pursued an administrative career until her early 30s before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting after the dissolution of her marriage in 1973. She subsequently joined the Royal National Theatre and received credits for her performances in Troilus and Cressida (1976) and Mysteries (1979). In 1981, Blethyn earned her first critical acclaim for Steaming. In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh's film Grown-Ups; then, after a modest number of guest spots in several productions, in the mid-1980s she garnered leading roles in the short-living sitcoms Chance in a Million and The Labours of Erica. Having followed her big screen debut with smaller supporting roles in films such as The Witches (1990) and A River Runs Through It (1992), she made her real cinema breakthrough with her role in the 1996 dramedy Secrets & Lies, for which she received rave reviews. Blethyn has since appeared in an eclectic range of films, including independent comedies such as Saving Grace (2000), Plots with a View (2002) and Clubland (2007), music-themed films like Little Voice (1998) and Beyond the Sea (2004) and big-budget dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007). In addition, Blethyn has appeared in television productions including The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), Belonging (2004) and War and Peace (2007). Her most recent leading role in TV drama is the title role in Vera (2011), playing Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Description above from the Wikipedia article Brenda Blethyn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Feb 20, 1946 In Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Rumpole of the Bailey 1975-12-17
Latest Project:
Movie Ethel & Ernest 2016-10-28
Known For
Poster of War and Peace
Poster of A River Runs Through It
Movie Ethel & Ernest Ethel Briggs (voice) 2016-10-28
Movie Two Men in Town Emily Smith 2014-02-06
Movie Mary and Martha Martha 2013-03-01
Movie My Angel Headmistress 2011-12-09
Series Vera DCI Vera Stanhope 2011-05-01
Movie The Calling Sister Ignatious 2010-04-23
Series Downton Abbey Vera 2010-09-26
Movie Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too Mama Heffalump (voice) 2009-04-07
Movie Dead Man Running Mother 2009-01-01
Movie Atonement Grace Turner 2007-09-07
Series War and Peace Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa 2007-10-21
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Mysterious Creatures Wendy Ainscow 2006-10-29
Movie Pooh's Heffalump Movie Mama Heffalump (voice) 2005-02-11
Movie Piccadilly Jim Nesta Pett 2005-04-22
Movie On a Clear Day Joan 2005-08-18
Movie Pride & Prejudice Mrs. Bennet 2005-09-16
Movie Belonging Jess Copplestone 2004-09-12
Movie Beyond the Sea Polly Cassotto 2004-11-16
Movie Blizzard Aunt Millie 2003-05-15
Movie The Sleeping Dictionary Aggie 2003-01-31
Series Between The Sheets Hazel Delany 2003-11-17
Movie The Yellow Bird Mrs. Louise Tutwiler 2002-06-06
Movie Pumpkin Judy Romanoff 2002-06-28
Movie Sonny Jewel 2002-10-26
Series Anne Frank: The Whole Story Auguste Rottgen-van Pels 2001-01-01
Movie Daddy and Them Julia Montgomery 2001-10-26
Movie On the Nose Mrs. Delaney 2001-10-23
Movie Saving Grace Grace Trevethyn 2000-01-24
Movie RKO 281 Louella Parsons 1999-11-20
Movie Night Train Alice Mooney 1998-01-01
Movie Music from Another Room Grace Swan 1998-04-24
Movie Girls' Night Dawn Wilkinson 1998-06-26
Movie In The Winter Dark Ida Stubbs 1998-09-10
Series So Graham Norton Unknown 1998-07-03
Movie Little Voice Mari Hoff 1998-11-05
Movie Remember Me? 1997-01-02
Movie Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley 1996-05-24
Series The Buddha of Suburbia Margaret Amir 1993-11-03
Series Maigret Unknown 1992-02-09
Movie A River Runs Through It Mrs. Maclean 1992-10-09
Movie All Good Things Shirley Frame 1991-05-14
Movie The Witches Mrs. Jenkins 1990-05-25
Series The Labours of Erica 1989-03-13
Series The Storyteller Unknown 1988-05-15
Series Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Ticki Tocquet 1987-11-16
Series Chance in a Million 1984-09-10
Movie Henry VI Part 1 Joan La Pucelle 1983-01-02
Movie Say No to Strangers 1981-01-01
Series Yes Minister Unknown 1980-02-25
Movie Grown-Ups Gloria 1980-11-27
Series Rumpole of the Bailey Unknown 1975-12-17
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