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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 The Oscars 1953-03-18
Latest Project:
Movie Strawberry Fields Forvever 2022
Known For
Poster of Atonement
Poster of Pooh's Heffalump Movie
Poster of The Witches
Poster of The Labours of Erica
Movie Strawberry Fields Forvever Grannie Nellie 2022
Series Kate & Koji Kate 2020-03-18
Movie Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen and Milkmen Narrator 2018-12-31
Movie Ethel & Ernest Ethel Briggs (voice) 2016-10-15
Movie Two Men in Town Emily Smith 2014-02-06
Movie Mary and Martha Martha 2013-03-01
Series Vera DCI Vera Stanhope 2011-05-01
Movie My Angel Headmistress 2011-12-09
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 London River Elisabeth 2009-02-09
Series The Graham Norton Show Herself 2007-02-22
Movie Clubland Jean 2007-06-28
Series War and Peace Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa 2007-10-21
Movie Atonement Grace Turner 2007-09-07
Series The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown 2006-03-13
Movie Mysterious Creatures Wendy Ainscow 2006-10-29
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Movie Pooh's Heffalump Movie Mama Heffalump (voice) 2005-02-11
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 Piccadilly Jim Nesta Pett 2004-11-01
Movie Beyond the Sea Polly Cassotto 2004-11-16
Movie A Way of Life Annette 2004-11-12
Movie The Sleeping Dictionary Aggie 2003-01-31
Series Between The Sheets Hazel Delany 2003-11-17
Movie Blizzard Aunt Millie 2003-05-15
Movie The Yellow Bird Mrs. Louise Tutwiler 2002-06-06
Series V Graham Norton Unknown 2002-05-06
Movie Pumpkin Judy Romanoff 2002-06-28
Movie Sonny Jewel 2002-10-26
Movie Undertaking Betty Betty Rhys-Jones 2002-12-04
Series Anne Frank: The Whole Story Auguste Rottgen-van Pels 2001-01-01
Movie Lovely & Amazing Jane Marks 2001-08-31
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 2000-04-07
Series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Unknown 1999-09-20
Movie Music from Another Room Grace Swan 1998-04-24
Movie Night Train Alice Mooney 1998-01-01
Movie Girls' Night Dawn Wilkinson 1998-06-26
Movie Little Voice Mari Hoff 1998-11-05
Movie In The Winter Dark Ida Stubbs 1998-09-10
Series So Graham Norton Unknown 1998-07-03
Movie Remember Me? Unknown 1997-01-02
Movie Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley 1996-05-24
Series The Frank Skinner Show Unknown 1995-09-10
Series Outside Edge Unknown 1994-03-24
Series GMTV Unknown 1993-01-01
Series The Buddha of Suburbia Margaret Amir 1993-11-03
Movie The Bullion Boys Gwen 1993-10-24
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 Unknown 1989-03-13
Series The Storyteller Unknown 1988-05-15
Movie Claws Sylvia 1987-10-04
Series Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story Ticki Tocquet 1987-11-16
Series Chance in a Million Unknown 1984-09-10
Movie Henry VI Part 1 Joan La Pucelle 1983-01-02
Series Dalgliesh Angela Foley 1983-04-08
Movie Mike Leigh: Making Plays Herself 1982-09-04
Movie King Lear Cordelia 1982-09-19
Movie Say No to Strangers Unknown 1981-01-01
Series Yes Minister Unknown 1980-02-25
Movie The Imitation Game Unknown 1980-04-24
Movie Grown-Ups Gloria 1980-11-27
Series Tales of the Unexpected Carol Hutchins 1979-03-24
Series BBC Television Shakespeare Unknown 1978-12-01
Series Rumpole of the Bailey Unknown 1975-12-17
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18