Janet McTeer

Actress
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 American film. Having ... Read more »
Born: 05/07/1961 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (36)

Battle Creek 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Maleficent 2014 (Movie)

(Narrator)

Manchester United Ruined My Life 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Honorable Woman 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Sea Change 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hannah Arendt 2013 (Movie)

Mary McCarthy (Actor)

Parade's End 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Romeo and Me 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The White Queen 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Damages 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love, Marilyn 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Woman in Black 2012 (Movie)

Mrs. Daily (Actor)

Albert Nobbs 2011 (Movie)

Hubert Page (Actor)

Cat Run 2011 (Movie)

Helen Bingham (Actor)

Into the Storm 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Sense and Sensibility 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Five Days 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Tideland 2006 (Movie)

Dell (Actor)

Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Intended 2004 (Movie)

Sarah Morris (Actor)

Songcatcher 2001 (Movie)

Doctor Lily Penleric (Actor)

The King is Alive 2001 (Movie)

Liz (Actor)

Waking the Dead 2000 (Movie)

Caroline Pierce (Actor)

Tumbleweeds 1999 (Movie)

Mary Jo Walker (Actor)

Velvet Goldmine 1998 (Movie)

Female Narrator (Actor)

Carrington 1995 (Movie)

Vanessa Bell (Actor)

Saint-Ex 1995 (Movie)

Genevieve de Ville-Franche (Actor)

The Black Velvet Gown 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights 1992 (Movie)

Ellen Dean (Actor)

I Dreamt I Woke Up 1991 (Movie)

Journalist (Actor)

Hawks 1989 (Movie)

Hazel (Actor)

Half Moon Street 1986 (Movie)

Van Arkady's Secretary (Actor)

102 Boulevard Haussmann (TV Show)

Actor

Portrait of a Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

Precious Bane (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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 American film. Having made a name for herself on the stages of London and on British television, McTeer found her breakout role when she was cast as Nora in a West End revival of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House" in 1996. The lauded production's move to Broadway the following year not only won the actress multiple awards, including a Tony, but also led to her being cast as the lead in the independently produced drama "Tumbleweeds" (1999), which earned her a Golden Globe. Another winning role came with the Sundance Film Festival favorite "Songcatcher" (2001), followed by turns in the Terry Gilliam-directed "Tideland" (2005) and such acclaimed miniseries as "Five Days" (BBC1, 2007) and "Into the Storm" (HBO, 2009). After earning more raves on Broadway in mountings of "Mary Stuart" and "God of Carnage," the actress stunned audiences and critics alike with her convincing portrayal of a woman posing as a man in Victorian-era London opposite Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" (2011). Undeniably talented and exceptionally adaptable, McTeer had rightfully earned her reputation as one of the most dependable actresses on either side of the pond.

Relationships

Alan McTeer

Father

Jean McTeer

Mother

EDUCATION

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

London , England

Milestones

2012

Acted alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the supernatural thriller "The Woman in Black"

2012

Featured opposite Glenn Close in the drama "Albert Nobbs"

2010

Joined the Broadway production of the Tony-winning hit play "God of Carnage"

2009

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

2009

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

2008

Starred in the West End production of "God of Carnage"

2006

Starred in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It"

2006

Cast in Terry Gilliam's fantasy-drama "Tideland"

2006

Cast in the British drama series "The Amazing Mrs Pritchard" (BBC)

2005

Played Mary, Queen of Scots in the West End production of "Mary Stuart"

2002

Re-teamed with director Kristian Levering for "The Intended"

2000

Co-starred in Kristian Levering's "The King is Alive"

2000

Played a 19th-century musicologist in "Songcatcher"

2000

Had a supporting role opposite Billy Crudup in "Waking the Dead"

1999

Breakthrough role as a dislocated single mother in "Tumbleweeds"; earned Best Actress SAG and Oscar nominations

1998

Provided opening narration (female) for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine"

1997

Made Broadway debut reprising the role of Nora in "A Doll's House"

1996

Portrayed Helen Hewitt, the first woman in charge of a maximum security prison, in the British TV series "The Governor"

1996

Reprised role of Nora in the West End production of "A Doll's House"

1995

Played Nora in the BBC radio version of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House";

1995

Cast opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce in the Christopher Hampton directed, "Carrington"

1993

Made a spirited Beatrice to Mark Rylance's Benedick in the West End production of "Much Ado About Nothing"

1993

Starred as Riah Millican in "The Black Velvet Gown" (aired in U.S. on "Masterpiece Theatre")

1992

Appeared as Yelena opposite Anthony Sher in "Uncle Vanya"

1992

Played narrator Ellen Dean in "Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights"; featuring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche

1991

Acted the part of Celeste opposite Alan Bates' Marcel Proust in "102 Boulevard Haussmann" (A&E)

1990

Portrayed Vita Sackville-West in "Portrait of a Marriage" (aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1992)

1989

Starred as Prue Sarn in the two-part BBC production of "Precious Bane" (aired in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")

1988

Delivered an outstanding performance as the clumsy, unsure Hazel in the feature "Hawks"

1986

Played a small role in the feature, "Half Moon Street"

1985

Made London debut as Mary in "The Grace of Mary Traverse"

1984

Stage debut in a Nottingham production of "Mother Courage and Her Children"

1978

At age 17, auditioned for a spot in the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, despite having never acted on a stage

Bonus Trivia

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"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

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"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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