Linda Bassett

Though born in Pluckley, a small village in Kent, England, Linda Bassett moved early on to the Pimlico region of London. It was there the youngster developed a passion for drama, as she and her family often watched ... Read more »
Born: 02/04/1950

Filmography

Actor (28)

Effie Gray 2015 (Movie)

Anna (Actor)

Spies of Warsaw 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

West Is West 2011 (Movie)

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Cass 2008 (Movie)

Doll Chambers (Actor)

Sense and Sensibility 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Kinky Boots 2006 (Movie)

Melanie (Actor)

Separate Lies 2005 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Spivs 2004 (Movie)

Auntie Vee (Actor)

Calendar Girls 2003 (Movie)

Cora (Actor)

This Little Life 2003 (Movie)

Nurse Nina (Actor)

The Hours 2002 (Movie)

Nelly Partridge (Actor)

The Martins 2001 (Movie)

Anthea (Actor)

Beautiful People 2000 (Movie)

Sister (Actor)

East Is East 2000 (Movie)

Ella Khan (Actor)

Our Mutual Friend -- By Charles Dickens 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Life and Crimes of William Palmer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Far From the Madding Crowd 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Alive & Kicking 1997 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Bramwell II 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Haunted 1997 (Movie)

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Oscar and Lucinda 1997 (Movie)

Betty Stratton (Actor)

Loved Up 1996 (Movie)

Mother (Actor)

Mary Reilly 1996 (Movie)

Mary's Mother (Actor)

A Small Dance 1990 (Movie)

Sandra Matkin (Actor)

Paris By Night 1989 (Movie)

Janet Swanton (Actor)

Waiting For the Moon 1987 (Movie)

Gertrude Stein (Actor)

Don Quixote (TV Show)

Actor

Traffik (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Though born in Pluckley, a small village in Kent, England, Linda Bassett moved early on to the Pimlico region of London. It was there the youngster developed a passion for drama, as she and her family often watched classic plays at the Old Vic Theatre (where Bassett eventually found work as an usher). Her passion for acting blossomed during her Old Vic tenure, and after one year at Leeds University (as an English student), Bassett dropped out of school to work with a community drama group. These years working in small, local productions were vastly important for the budding actress, who had never received "proper" training. In 1982, at age 32, Bassett finally broke through on Broadway, and she spent the rest of that decade building a solid stage and screen reputation. Transitioning to film came easily--her first big-screen role was a starring spot in the 1987 drama "Waiting for the Moon". Her work throughout the '90s, however, was typically of the TV variety, including one-off and multi-episode stints on popular programs like police procedural "The Bill" and detective drama "A Touch of Frost". Though well-respected by both her peers and critics, Bassett was never a household name during this period--but in 1999, she delivered her break-out film performance, earning a Best Actress BAFTA nomination for her role as Ella Khan. Throughout the '00s, Bassett continued to find quality character work in films like the 2008 drama "The Reader" and shows like the BBC sitcom "Grandma's House".

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