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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.

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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 69

Birthday 1946-02-20

Place of Birth Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2018 Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen and Milkmen as Narrator
2016 Ethel & Ernest as Ethel Briggs (voice)
2014 Two Men in Town as Emily Smith
2013 Mary and Martha as Martha
2011 My Angel as Headmistress
2011 Vera (36 episodes) as DCI Vera Stanhope
2010 Downton Abbey (1 episode) as Vera
2010 The Calling as Sister Ignatious
2009 Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too as Mama Heffalump (voice)
2009 London River as Elisabeth
2009 Dead Man Running as Mother
2007 War and Peace (4 episodes) as Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
2007 Atonement as Grace Turner
2007 Clubland as Jean
2006 Mysterious Creatures as Wendy Ainscow
2006 The One Show (2 episodes)
2006 The New Adventures of Old Christine (1 episode)
2005 Pride & Prejudice as Mrs. Bennet
2005 On a Clear Day as Joan
2005 Piccadilly Jim as Nesta Pett
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Movie as Mama Heffalump (voice)
2004 Beyond the Sea as Polly Cassotto
2004 Belonging as Jess Copplestone
2003 Between The Sheets (6 episodes) as Hazel Delany
2003 Blizzard as Aunt Millie
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary as Aggie
2002 Undertaking Betty as Betty Rhys-Jones
2002 Sonny as Jewel
2002 Pumpkin as Judy Romanoff
2002 The Yellow Bird as Mrs. Louise Tutwiler
2002 V Graham Norton (1 episode)
2001 On the Nose as Mrs. Delaney
2001 Lovely & Amazing as Jane Marks
2001 Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2 episodes)
2000 Saving Grace as Grace Trevethyn
1999 RKO 281 as Louella Parsons
1999 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1 episode)
1998 Little Voice as Mari Hoff
1998 In The Winter Dark as Ida Stubbs
1998 So Graham Norton (1 episode)
1998 Girls' Night as Dawn Wilkinson
1998 Music from Another Room as Grace Swan
1998 Night Train as Alice Mooney
1997 Remember Me?
1996 Secrets & Lies as Cynthia Rose Purley
1995 The Frank Skinner Show (2 episodes)
1994 Outside Edge (23 episodes)
1993 The Buddha of Suburbia (4 episodes) as Margaret Amir
1993 The Bullion Boys as Gwen
1993 GMTV (1 episode)
1992 A River Runs Through It as Mrs. Maclean
1992 Maigret (2 episodes)
1991 All Good Things as Shirley Frame
1990 The Witches as Mrs. Jenkins
1989 The Labours of Erica (12 episodes)
1988 The Storyteller (1 episode)
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (2 episodes) as Ticki Tocquet
1987 Claws as Sylvia
1984 Chance in a Million (18 episodes)
1983 Henry VI Part 1 as Joan La Pucelle
1982 Mike Leigh: Making Plays as Herself
1981 Say No to Strangers
1980 Grown-Ups as Gloria
1980 The Imitation Game
1980 Yes Minister (1 episode)
1979 Tales of the Unexpected (1 episode)
1978 BBC Television Shakespeare (2 episodes)
1975 Rumpole of the Bailey (1 episode)
1953 The Academy Awards (2 episodes)

Writing

2007 Clubland Writer

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