Equally at home on stage or on camera in both period pieces and modern dramas, actress Janet McTeer proved to be one of the more versatile actresses to cross over from the U. K. to Broadway and Americ...
Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England
|Songcatcher||Actor||Dr Lily Penleric||1|
|Portrait of a Marriage||Actor||Vita Sackwille-West||1|
|Cat Run||Actor||Helen Bingham||1|
|Saint-Ex||Actor||Genevieve de Ville-Franche||1|
|102 Boulevard Haussmann||Actor||Celeste||1|
|Into the Storm: Churchill at War||Actor||Clemmie Churchill||1|
|Wuthering Heights||Actor||Ellen Dean||1|
|Catherine Cookson's The Black Velvet Gown||Actor||Riah Millican||1|
|Sense and Sensibility||Actor||Mrs. Dashwood||1|
|The King is Alive||Actor||Liz||1|
|As You Like It||Actor||Audrey||1|
|Portrait of a Marriage (1990-1991)||Actor||Vita Sackville-West||1990||1|
|Precious Bane (1988-1989)||Actor||Prue Sarn||1988||1|
|The Sea Change||Actor||n/a||1|
|Tumbleweeds||Actor||Mary Jo Walker||1|
|I Dreamt I Woke Up||Actor||Journalist||1|
|102 Boulevard Haussmann (1990-1991)||Actor||Celeste||1990||1|
|Sense and Sensibility (2006-2007)||Actor||Mrs. Dashwood||2006||1|
|I Dreamt I Woke Up||Actor||Lady Of The Lake||1|
|The Woman in Black||Actor||Mrs. Daily||1|
|Five Days (2006)||Actor||DS Amy Foster||2006||1|
|Manchester United Ruined My Life||Actor||n/a||1|
|I Dreamt I Woke Up||Actor||Mysterious Woman||1|
|The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard (2006-2007)||Actor||Catherine Walker||2006||1|
|Waking the Dead||Actor||Caroline Pierce||1|
|Velvet Goldmine||Actor||Female Narrator||1|
|Half Moon Street||Actor||Van Arkady's Secretary||1|
|Portrayed Helen Hewitt, the first woman in charge of a maximum security prison, in the British TV series "The Governor"|
|Played Mary, Queen of Scots in the West End production of "Mary Stuart"|
|Provided opening narration (female) for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine"|
|Played a small role in the feature, "Half Moon Street"|
|Co-starred in Kristian Levering's "The King is Alive"|
|Made a spirited Beatrice to Mark Rylance's Benedick in the West End production of "Much Ado About Nothing"|
|Breakthrough role as a dislocated single mother in "Tumbleweeds"; earned Best Actress SAG and Oscar nominations|
|Had a supporting role opposite Billy Crudup in "Waking the Dead"|
|Joined the Broadway production of the Tony-winning hit play "God of Carnage"|
|Starred in the West End production of "God of Carnage"|
|Cast in the British drama series "The Amazing Mrs Pritchard" (BBC)|
|Starred in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It"|
|Re-teamed with director Kristian Levering for "The Intended"|
|Featured opposite Glenn Close in the drama "Albert Nobbs"|
|Made Broadway debut reprising the role of Nora in "A Doll's House"|
|Reprised role of Nora in the West End production of "A Doll's House"|
|Played narrator Ellen Dean in "Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights"; featuring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche|
|Made London debut as Mary in "The Grace of Mary Traverse"|
|At age 17, auditioned for a spot in the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, despite having never acted on a stage|
|Acted the part of Celeste opposite Alan Bates' Marcel Proust in "102 Boulevard Haussmann" (A&E)|
|Played Nora in the BBC radio version of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House";|
|Starred as Prue Sarn in the two-part BBC production of "Precious Bane" (aired in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")|
|Starred as Riah Millican in "The Black Velvet Gown" (aired in U.S. on "Masterpiece Theatre")|
|Played a 19th-century musicologist in "Songcatcher"|
|Appeared as Yelena opposite Anthony Sher in "Uncle Vanya"|
|Portrayed Vita Sackville-West in "Portrait of a Marriage" (aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1992)|
|Cast in Terry Gilliam's fantasy-drama "Tideland"|
|Portrayed Clemmie Churchill, opposite Brendan Gleeson as Winston Churchill, in the HBO film "Into the Storm"; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie|
|Stage debut in a Nottingham production of "Mother Courage and Her Children"|
|Acted alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the supernatural thriller "The Woman in Black"|
|Reprised role of Mary, Queen of Scots in the Broadway production of "Mary Stuart"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play|
|Delivered an outstanding performance as the clumsy, unsure Hazel in the feature "Hawks"|
|Cast opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce in the Christopher Hampton directed, "Carrington"|
McTeer was born May 8, 1961 in the Northeastern England city of Newcastle. Despite never having been on a stage during her youth, McTeer auditioned and was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts immediately following high school. She made her London stage debut in 1985 with an Olivier Award-nominated performance in the title role of "The Grace of Mary Traverse," and went on to build a résumé at the Royal Exchange Theater in "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "The Storm" and "Greenland." Meanwhile, McTeer landed a few guest appearances in TV dramas and made her film debut in a small role as a secretary in the thriller, "Half Moon Street" (1986), starring Michael Caine and Sigourney Weaver. McTeer continued to build the resume with a prominent role in a TV comedy set at a modeling agency called "Les Girls" (ITV, 1988), and delivered an outstanding turn when cast against type as the clumsy, unsure Hazel in Robert Ellis Miller's "Hawks" (1988). In a memorable starring turn, McTeer starred as an outcast-turned-heroine in rural 19th Century England in "Precious Bane" (PBS, 1989), based on the novel by Mary Webb.
Making her first significant big screen impression, McTeer enjoyed a sizable film role as Ellen Dean in the uneven 1992 remake of "Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights," starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes. She etched a memorable, feisty Vita Sackville-West in the 1990 BBC TV production, "Portrait of a Marriage" (PBS, 1992), and continued to appear on American television in British drama imports like "102 Boulevard Haussmann" (A&E, 1991) and "The Black Velvet Gown" (PBS, 1993). She was nominated again for an Olivier Award for playing Yelena in a 1992 London production of "Uncle Vanya" before returning to British television to star as a disliked prison matron set on rebuilding a facility nearly destroyed by riots in the series, "The Governor" (YTV, 1995-96). Continuing to alternate between stage and screen, McTeer made a spirited Beatrice in a West End production of "Much Ado About Nothing," prior to being cast opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce in "Carrington" (1995), about British painter and member of the fame Bloomsbury artist colony, Dora Carrington.
That film won a Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and McTeer scored another victory on the London stage with her portrayal of unsatisfied housewife Nora in Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House." Although the 6'1" actress initially considered herself too tall to play Nora - a character often referred to as "petite" - McTeer flew in the face of convention and attacked the role with a vengeance, refusing to reduce her heroine to a proto-feminist, and bringing out all Nora's confusion, pain, and prodigious sexuality. The highly animated performance earned her an Olivier Award for her London run and Tony Award, Drama Desk, and Theater World Awards on her subsequent Broadway sweep. This highly visible success also helped launch McTeer's international movie career. In short order, she was tapped to provide the narration for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine" (1998) and to star in the indie drama "Tumbleweeds" (1999), as the peripatetic single mom of a 12-year-old girl. For her powerful portrait of a mother-daughter relationship, McTeer earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win.
In her big screen follow-up, McTeer headlined the Maggie Greenwald film, "Songcatcher" (2001), portraying a turn of the century musicologist who travels to the Appalachian Mountains where she discovers and documents the region's largely unknown music culture. That film won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and McTeer lingered on the American independent film scene to play opposite Billy Crudup in the romantic thriller, "Waking the Dead" (2000). McTeer hit the international film festival circuit with "The King is Dead" (2002), in which she played one of a bus full of tourists stranded in a remote African desert who stage a production of King Lear to pass the time, only to have the play mirror their own character flaws and fight for survival. In 2004, the actress co-wrote and starred in ''The Intended" as one-half of a British couple stationed in the Malayan jungle to work in the 1920s ivory trade. The heavy melodrama did little to excite critics or draw audiences and McTeer returned to the small screen with a supporting role in "Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage" (PBS, 2004-05).
In 2006, McTeer had a supporting role in Terry Gilliam's nearly universally panned childhood fantasy, "Tideland" (2006), and starred on the London stage as a uncompromisingly nonconformist Mary Queen of Scots in a revival of the 1800 drama, "Mary Stuart." She was also cast in the British drama series, "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" (BBC1, 2006) as a conservative politician who becomes an ally to the title character, a supermarket clerk (Jane Horrocks) whose populist outcry leads her to be elected Prime Minister of Britain. McTeer's television career continued to strengthen, with her leading role opposite Hugh Bonneville as a street-smart detective investigating the disappearance of a mother and two children in the HBO/BBC co-produced miniseries, "Five Days" (BBC & HBO, 2007).
McTeer appeared on the West End in 2008 in the comic "Gods of Carnage," and played Mrs. Dashwood in a BBC TV production of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" (BBC, 2008). Early the following year, McTeer reprised her role in the "Five Days" sequel, "Hunter" (BBC1, 2009). Returning Broadway, McTeer reprised her acclaimed take on Mary Queen of Scots in "Mary Stuart," earning a Tony nomination for Best Actress in a Play and taking home a Drama Desk Award. The same year, she earned an Emmy nomination for her supporting role as Clemmie Churchill, wife of Sir Winston (Brendan Gleeson), in "Into the Storm" (BBC & HBO, 2009), HBO's miniseries focused on Churchill during World War II. McTeer's performance earned the actress a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress.
Following another successful run on Broadway in "God of Carnage" in 2009, McTeer continued to impress, even in little-seen efforts such as the action-adventure "Cat Run" (2011), in which she played a matronly assassin-for-hire. Theatrically released only in the United Kingdom, "Island" (2011) was an intense drama featuring McTeer as a mother who, after abandoning her child at birth, is confronted by the angry daughter (Natalie Press) decades later. The actress once again garnered acclaim for her performance in "Albert Nobbs" (2011) as a woman masquerading as a man in order to gain employment in 19th century England. Her work in the film, co-written by and starring Glenn Close in the title role - as a woman harboring a similar secret identity - garnered McTeer both Oscar and Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
|Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|"If you start acting the politics of the play, you lose its heart; it's as simple as that. You have to play the truth of the situation and not be afraid of looking too weak or girly or whatever. I don't think it's a story about a woman; it's a story about a marriage, so when Nora gets to leave, she's full of doubt. She only knows one thing - that she doesn't know who she is." - McTeer on the play "A Doll's House," to Time Out New York, March 27-April 3, 1997|
|"I wanted to get an actress no one knew. I had been reading about Janet in the trades, and I never thought about her for the part. I had this preconception of this very stuffy, high-brow-arching, English stage actress. And all of a sudden, this broad shows up [on "Charlie Rose"]. This sexy, charming, funny, irreverent woman, and a light went on." - director Gavin O'Connor on casting McTeer in "Tumbleweeds," from Mitchell Fink's column in the Daily News, Oct. 27, 1999|
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