Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer

Aug. 5th, 1961
Born in
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK
6' 1

Janet McTeer's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The White Queen TV Show
The White Queen
The Honourable Woman (UK) TV Show
The Honourable Woman (UK)
Sense And Sensibility (UK) TV Show
Sense And Sensibility (UK)
Five Days (UK) TV Show
Five Days (UK)
Hunter (UK) TV Show
Hunter (UK)
Into the Storm TV Show
Into the Storm
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (UK) TV Show
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (UK)
Mindshock (UK) TV Show
Mindshock (UK)
The Governor (UK) TV Show
The Governor (UK)
Les Girls (UK) TV Show
Les Girls (UK)

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Janet McTeer (born August 5, 1961) is an English actress.

Born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom, the daughter of Jean and Alan McTeer. She attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began her successful theatrical career with the Royal Exchange Theatre after graduating.

McTeer's television work includes the BBC production of Nigel Nicolson's book Portrait of a Marriage in which she played Vita Sackville-West and the popular ITV series The Governor written by Lynda La Plante. She made her screen debut in Half Moon Street, a 1986 film based on a novel by Paul Theroux, and appeared in the 1992 film version of Wuthering Heights (co-starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes) and the 1992 film Carrington (which starred Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce).

In 1996, McTeer garnered critical acclaim and both the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for her performance as Nora in a West End production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. The following year, the production transferred to Broadway, and she was honored with a Tony Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award as Best Actress in a Play.

During the show's run, McTeer was interviewed by Charlie Rose on his PBS talk show, where she was seen by American filmmaker Gavin O'Connor, who, at the time, was working on a screenplay about a single mother's cross-country wanderings with her pre-teen daughter. Enamoured with the actress, he was determined that she star in the film. When prospective backers balked at her relative anonymity in the States, he produced the movie himself. Tumbleweeds proved to be a 1999 Sundance Film Festival favourite, and McTeer's performance won her a Golden Globe as Best Actress and Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations in the same category.

McTeer's screen credits include Songcatcher (with Aidan Quinn), Waking the Dead with 'Billy Crudup' and 'Jennifer Connelly', the dogme film The King is Alive with Jennifer Jason Leigh', The Intended with 'Brenda Fricker' and 'Olympia Dukakis', and Tideland, written and directed by Terry Gilliam. She also starred in the dramatisation of Mary Webb's Precious Bane.

McTeer has appeared in such British TV series as The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard, Hunter and Agatha Christie's Marple series starring 'Geraldine McEwan' in the episode entitled The Murder at the Vicarage, and is the voice of the Shaman in the computer game Populous: The Beginning.

McTeer played Mary, Queen of Scots in Mary Stuart in London's West End in 2005, a role she is reprising in the 2009 Broadway transfer of the production. McTeer received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Mary Stuart and won the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play.

In 2008, McTeer starred in God of Carnage in the West End alongside 'Tamsin Greig', 'Ken Stot't and 'Ralph Fiennes', at the Gielgud Theatre.

In 2009, McTeer starred as Clementine Churchill opposite Brendan Gleeson as Winston Churchill in the made-for-TV HBO film Into the Storm, about Churchill's years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.

McTeer was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008. Birthday Honours

  • She was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honors List for her services to drama.
  • Graduated from RADA.
  • She was awarded the 1996 London Critics Circle Theatre Award (Drama Theatre) for Best Actress for her performance in A Doll's House.
  • Won Broadway's 1997 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for portraying Nora in a revival of 'Henrik Ibsen' (qv)'s "A Doll's House."
  • She was awarded the 1997 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress in a Play of the 1996 season for her performance A Doll's House at the Playhouse.
  • Nominated for the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance for a Leading Actress in a Play for "Mary Stuart".
  • Became an Associate Member of RADA.

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