Oct. 30th, 1956
Essex, England, UK
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Stevenson was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, the daughter of Virginia Ruth (née Marshall), a teacher, and Michael Guy Stevenson, an army officer.Stevenson's father was in the army and was posted to a new place every two and a half years. When Stevenson was nine, she attended Berkshire's Hurst Lodge boarding school.She was educated at the independent St Catherine's School in Bramley, near Guildford in Surrey, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).Stevenson was part of 'new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Bruce Payne, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton, and Fiona Shaw. This led to a stage career starting in the early 1980s with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Although she has gained fame through her television and film work, and has often undertaken roles for BBC Radio, she is best known as a stage actor. Significant stage roles include her lead performance as Anna in the UK premiere of Burn This in 1990, and as Paulina in Death and the Maiden in 1991. For the latter, she was awarded the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress.
In the 1987 TV film Life Story (American title, The Race for the Double Helix), Stevenson played the part of scientist Rosalind Franklin, for which she won a Cable Ace award. She is known for her leading role in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), and her roles in The Secret Rapture (1993), Emma (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003). She has more recently starred in Pierrepoint (2006), Infamous (2006) as Diana Vreeland and Breaking and Entering (2006) as Rosemary, the therapist.
In 2009, she starred in ITV's A Place of Execution. The role won her the Best Actress Dagger at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards.She enjoys a thriving career as a book reader, and has recorded all of Jane Austen's novels as unabridged audiobooks, as well as a number of other classics, such as Lady Windermere’s Fan, Hedda Gabler, Stories from Shakespeare, and To the Lighthouse.
Stevenson lives with anthropologist Hugh Brody, her partner since 1993. The couple have two children, both born in Camden, London: Rosalind Hannah Brody (born 1994) and Gabriel Jonathan Brody (born late 2000/early 2001). She is an atheist, but considers herself a spiritual and superstitious person.In 1992, she appeared in a political broadcast for the Labour Party. She has been a critic of the MMR vaccine, as well as a supporter of the discredited Andrew Wakefield, whose research was based on a sample of twelve children. In 2003, she appeared as the campaigning mother of an autistic child, alongside Hugh Bonneville (as Wakefield) in the 90-minute drama, Hear the Silence, based on this issue, while Stevenson vocally joined the campaign against the MMR vaccine. Wakefield's work has since been discredited; and the articles against the MMR vaccine recanted by the Lancet in a highly unusual step].
- She was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honors List for her services to drama.
- Has two children, Rosalind and Gabriel.
- Became a Member of the RADA Council.
- She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1992 (1991 season) for Best Actress for her performance in Death and the Maiden.
- Graduated from RADA.
- Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors in 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.
- Married to author Hugh Brody.
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