JANET MCTEER Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Janet McTeer                                                                   
Born: 8 May 1961 Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England                                   
Janet McTeer (born May 8, 1961) is an award-winning British actress from             
Newcastle upon Tyne, England.                                                         
After graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Janet McTeer began her       
successful theatrical career with the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her 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, with Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes, and           
Carrington (1995) with Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce.                             
McTeer with Gavin O'Connor in the 1999 film Tumbleweeds                               
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 filmmaker Gavin O'Connor, who 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 she should star in the       
film, and 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             
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 appeared in the British TV series The Amazing Mrs Pritchard and Five Days,       
and as Mary, Queen of Scots in Mary Stuart in London's West End. She is               
currently starring in God of Carnage in the West End alongside Tamsin Greig, Ken     
Stott and Ralph Fiennes, at the Gielgud Theatre.