Biography

Maxine Peake (born 14 July 1974) is an English stage, radio, film and television actress, playwright and political activist, who made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood's sitcom Dinnerladies. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4's Manchester-based drama series Shameless, barrister Martha Costello in the BBC legal drama Silk and Grace Middleton in The Village. She is also an accomplished stage actress, having played the title role in Hamlet, and had a role in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything. In 2018 she played the lead in the film Funny Cow and had a starring role in Mike Leigh's epic Peterloo, a film very close to her heart.

Maxine Peake (born 14 July 1974) is an English stage, radio, film and television actress, playwright and political activist, who made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood's sitcom Dinnerladies. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4's Manchester-based drama series Shameless, barrister Martha Costello in the BBC legal drama Silk and Grace Middleton in The Village. She is also an accomplished stage actress, having played the title role in Hamlet, and had a role in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything. In 2018 she played the lead in the film Funny Cow and had a starring role in Mike Leigh's epic Peterloo, a film very close to her heart.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 75

Birthday 1974-07-14

Place of Birth Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, UK

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

Fanny Lye Deliver'd as Fanny Lye
2019 Anne (4 episodes) as Anne Williams
2019 Gwen as Elen
2018 Peterloo as Nellie
2018 The Bisexual (6 episodes) as Sadie
2018 The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca as Herself
2018 Funny Cow as Funny Cow
2018 Wonders of the Moon as Narrator (voice)
2017 The Priest
2017 Men Who Sleep in Cars as Sarah
2017 Cake
2017 Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle as Narrator
2017 Three Girls (3 episodes) as Sara Rowbotham
2017 Bunch of Kunst as Herself (Archive Footage)
2016 A Midsummer Night's Dream as Titania
2016 Red Top as Rebekah Brooks
2015 The Falling as Eileen Lamont
2015 Hamlet as Hamlet
2015 Artsnight (1 episode) as Herself - Presenter
2015 The Shuttleworths as Helen Bach
2014 The Theory of Everything as Elaine Mason
2014 Keeping Rosy as Charlotte
2014 Run & Jump as Vanetia
2013 Keeping Up with the Joneses as Celia
2013 Svengali as Angie
2013 The Village (19 episodes) as Grace Middleton
2013 The Heart Fails Without Warning as Mother
2012 Private Peaceful as Hazel Peaceful
2012 Room at the Top (2 episodes) as Alice Aisgill
2012 The Hollow Crown (1 episode) as Doll Tearsheet
2012 Best Laid Plans as Isabel
2012 Rachael as Mum
2011 DeafBlind as Maggie
2011 Black Mirror (1 episode) as Bella
2011 Silk (18 episodes) as Martha Costello
2010 Edge as Elly
2010 Imaginary Friend as Pauline
2010 The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister as Anne Lister
2009 Criminal Justice II
2009 Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980 as Helen Marshall
2008 The Devil's Whore (4 episodes) as Elizabeth Lilburne
2008 Little Dorrit (14 episodes) as Miss Wade
2008 Clubbed as Angela
2008 Criminal Justice (5 episodes) as Juliet Miller
2008 Hancock & Joan (1 episode) as Joan Le Mesurier
2008 Fairy Tales (1 episode)
2007 The Alan Titchmarsh Show (1 episode)
2007 Would Like To Meet as George's Mum
2007 I Am Bob as Marilyn Monroe Lookalike/Compere's Assistant
2007 Confessions of a Diary Secretary as Tracey Temple
2007 The Graham Norton Show (1 episode) as Herself
2006 See No Evil: The Moors Murders (2 episodes) as Myra Hindley
2006 The Street (1 episode)
2006 The Fear Of Trilogy
2006 The Madness of the Dance
2005 Frozen as Ticket Attendant
2005 Faith as Linda
2004 Christmas Lights as Pauline
2004 Shameless (17 episodes) as Veronica Fisher (6 episodes)
2003 Comedy Connections (1 episode)
2003 Early Doors (6 episodes) as Janice
2002 All or Nothing as Party girl
2002 Hamilton Mattress as Lulu (voice)
2001 Linda Green (1 episode) as Receptionist
2001 Messiah (3 episodes) as DS Vickie Clarke (3 episodes)
2000 Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings
2000 Clocking Off (1 episode) as Marie Leach
1999 Sunburn (1 episode)
1998 Dinnerladies (16 episodes)
1998 Girls' Night as Sharon
1997 Jonathan Creek (1 episode)
1996 Dalziel and Pascoe (1 episode)
1996 Hetty Wainthropp Investigates (1 episode)
1987 ChuckleVision (1 episode)

Production

2018 The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca Producer

Directing

2018 The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca Director

Writing

2017 The Priest Writer

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