Minnie Driver

Actor, Singer, Waitress
After unleashing her talents on screens and in music in her native England during the early 1990s, actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver came to the United States and found international acclaim with her winning ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1970 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (72)

About a Boy 2013 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Pan Live! 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Red Tent 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beyond the Lights 2014 (Movie)

Macy Jean (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Return to Zero 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Stage Fright 2014 (Movie)

Kylie Swanson (Actor)

Hollywood Game Night 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hunky Dory 2013 (Movie)

Vivienne (Actor)

I Give it a Year 2013 (Movie)

Naomi (Actor)

Return to Zero 2013 (Movie)

Maggie Royal (Actor)

So You Think You Can Dance 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Graham Norton Show 2001 - 2002, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Web Therapy 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Barney's Version 2010 (Movie)

The Second Mrs. P (Actor)

Conviction 2010 (Movie)

Abra Rice (Actor)

Modern Family 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Motherhood 2009 (Movie)

Sheila (Actor)

Ripple Effect 2008 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

Take 2008 (Movie)

Ana Nichols (Actor)

The Riches 2006 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 2007 Film Independent's Spirit Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace: Backstage Pass 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

2005 Brit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Virgin of Juarez 2005 (Movie)

Karina Davies (Actor)

Ella Enchanted 2004 (Movie)

Mandy (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Chris Isaak Show 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Phantom of the Opera 2004 (Movie)

Carlotta (Actor)

Will & Grace 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope Springs 2003 (Movie)

Vera (Actor)

Owning Mahowny 2003 (Movie)

Belinda (Actor)

The Kumars At No. 42 (BBC) 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Heels and Low Lives 2001 (Movie)

Shannon (Actor)

Beautiful 2000 (Movie)

Mona Hibbard (Actor)

Return to Me 2000 (Movie)

Grace Briggs (Actor)

Sally Field: Defying Gravity 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Slow Burn 2000 (Movie)

Trina (Actor)

The 57th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

An Ideal Husband 1999 (Movie)

Mabel (Actor)

Princess Mononoke 1999 (Movie)

of Lady Eboshi (Voice)

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut 1999 (Movie)

of Brooke Shields (Voice)

Tarzan 1999 (Movie)

Jane (Voice)

Tarzan in Concert With Phil Collins 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1998 VH1 Fashion Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Barbara Walters Presents 6 to Watch 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Christian Slater: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Hard Rain 1998 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

The Envelope Please 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Governess 1998 (Movie)

Rosina DaSilva 'Mary Blackchurch' (Actor)

Uncorked 1998 (Movie)

Kendal (Actor)

Good Will Hunting 1997 (Movie)

Skylar (Actor)

Grosse Pointe Blank 1997 (Movie)

Debi Newberry (Actor)

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Night 1996 (Movie)

Phyllis (Actor)

Sleepers 1996 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Circle of Friends 1995 (Movie)

Benny (Actor)

Goldeneye 1995 (Movie)

Irina (Actor)

Maigret II 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cruel Train 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Mr. Wroe's Virgins (TV Show)

Actor

The List (TV Show)

Actor

The Politician's Wife (TV Show)

Actor

Who Do You Think You Are? (Tv Show)

Herself
Producer (2)

Ripple Effect 2008 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Uncorked 1998 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)
Music (1)

Ripple Effect 2008 (Movie)

("Burnt By The Sun") (Song)

Biography

After unleashing her talents on screens and in music in her native England during the early 1990s, actress and singer-songwriter Minnie Driver came to the United States and found international acclaim with her winning role in "Circle of Friends" (1995) and her Academy Award-nominated performance in the hit "Good Will Hunting" (1997). Also that year, she starred opposite John Cusack in the satirical comedy "Grosse Point Blank" (1997), which pointed her out as a rising young talent worthy of attention. On both films, Driver dated both stars - Cusack and Matt Damon - which helped raise her tabloid profile despite the fleeting nature of the relationships. She parlayed her popularity into a wide range of roles in both independent and studio films, like "At Sachem Farm" (1998), which marked her producing debut, the romantic drama "Return to Me" (2000), and the dark true-to-life drama "Owning Mahoney" (2003). Later, she shifted her career focus to music by releasing two albums All I've Got in my Pocket (2004) and Seastories (2007), both of which garnered critical acclaim. After being cast in "The Phantom of the Opera" (2004), Driver had her first starring role in television on "Riches" (FX, 2007-08), a comedic drama about a family of con artists that earned her several award nominations. She went on to supporting roles in "Conviction" (2010) and "Barney's Version" (2010), which solidified her status as a versatile, winsome talent.

Relationships

Criss Angel Actor

Companion
Star of A&E's "Mindfreak" dated in 2006 no longer together

Josh Brolin Actor

Companion
Began dating in 1998 Acted together in "Slow Burn" (2000) Announced engagement in April 2001 Split October 2001

Gaynor Churchward

Mother
Was Ronnie Driver's mistress for many years

Ed Churchward

Half-Brother
Son of her mother Gaynor

John Cusack Actor

Companion
Met during filming of "Grosse Point Blank" (1996) No longer together

Matt Damon Actor

Companion
Met while filming "Good Will Hunting" (1997) No longer together

Ronnie Driver

Father
Gaynor was his mistress and his wife was unaware of his other family his wife divorced him when she later found out died in December 2009 of a heart attack

Henry Driver

Son
Born Sept. 5, 2008 Driver has not revealed the name of the father

Kate Driver

Sister
Born c. 1968

Charlie Driver

Half-Brother
Son of her father Ronnie

Robby Ginepri Actor

Companion
Dated in 2003 no longer together

Taylor Hawkins

Companion
With the band Foo Fighters dated in 1998 no longer together

Spencer McLung

Companion
Together in c. 1996/97 no longer together

Daniel Rosen Actor

Companion
Dated in 2005 no longer together

EDUCATION

Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art

1991

Bedales School

Petersfield , Hampshire

Milestones

2010

Had a supporting role opposite Hilary Swank in "Conviction"

2010

Cast in the film adaptation of the award-winning novel, "Barney's Version," as one of Barney's (Paul Giamatti) ex-wives

2009

Co-starred with Uma Thurman in the indie comedy, "Motherhood"

2007

Released second album, Seastories; collaborated with Ryan Adams and Liz Phair on the album

2007

Cast as Dahlia Malloy in the FX series, "The Riches"; earned Emmy (2007) and Golden Globe (2008) nominations for Best Actress in a Drama Series

2004

Released debut album, Everything I've Got in My Pocket

2004

Cast in the big-screen version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical "The Phantom of the Opera"

2003

Guest starred as herself on an episode of the british sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous"

2003

Acted in the drama "Owning Mahowny"

2003

Had a recurring role on "Will & Grace" (NBC) as Stan's Mistress, Lorraine Finster and as the daughter of Karen's (Megan Mullally) lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese)

2001

Starred in the British comedy "High Heels and Lowlifes"

2001

Made guest appearance as 'Minnie Driver' on Showtime's "The Chris Isaak Show"; also sang

2000

Starred opposite David Duchovny in "Return to Me" playing a woman who has received a heart transplant

2000

Had leading role of a single mother competing in a beauty pageant in "Beautiful"

1999

Voiced the character of 'Winona Ryder' in "South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut"

1998

With sister Kate, formed the production company Two Drivers

1998

Producing debut with "At Sachem Farm"; also co-starred

1997

Played an English medical student and Matt Damon's love interest in "Good Will Hunting"; received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress

1997

Co-starred with John Cusack in "Grosse Pointe Blank"

1996

Played the mistress to a member of Parliament in the British miniseries "The Politician's Wife" (aired in the US on PBS)

1995

Gained 25 pounds to star in feature film debut, "Circle of Friends"

1995

Featured as country-western lounge singer in "GoldenEye"

1994

Co-starred in the BBC production, "Maigret and the Nightclub Dancer" (aired in the US on PBS)

1991

Made stage debut two weeks after graduating from drama school

1981

Sent to boarding school at age 10

1976

Moved to England with her mother and older sister after her parents' divorce

Raised in Barbados

Bonus Trivia

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Minnie Drivers year of birth has been quoted in several soures as both 1970 and 1971

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A jazz vocalist and guitarist, Driver performed at London clubs until acting assignments began taking more of her time.

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"When a man puts on weight for a part, he's called a great actor. When a woman puts on weight for a part, she's called fat. Why should we be scared of the perception?" - Minnie Driver quoted in Entertainment Weekly, March 24, 1995

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"I don't really have any deep, dark secrets. I mean, I do, but they're quite boring." - Driver in New York Newsday, April 9, 1995

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"Minnie is my nickname. Amelia's my real name. I'd love to be an Amelia, but frankly then I think I should be a German woman with a horned hat." - Driver to Vanity Fair magazine, October 1996

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"The only prerequisite I have for living is that I have a view and that I have a light; so I always have a place that has a deck where I can sit and read. I also play my guitar." - Driver quoted in Detour magazine, May 1997

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"The thing is, people are terrified of taking a position. You take a position, you may have to defend yourself, especially if you're a woman. What are the great words women get labeled: INCENDIARY, LOUD, OBNOXIOUS, OPINIONATED? Instead of ARTICULATE, INFORMED, OBSERVANT. This is my life, it's not some big Hollywood theme ride." - Driver quoted in Buzz weekly, Jan. 16-22, 1998

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"I got to a point where I really needed to examine my life," she says. "So I decided I was going to write something every day for a month, whether it was a poem or song or anything." - Driver on writing music to USAToday, Oct. 14, 2004

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