MINNIE DRIVER Biography - Actors and Actresses


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Name: Minnie Driver                                                                       
Birth name: Amelia Fiona J. Driver                                                       
Born: 31 January 1970 London, England                                                     
Minnie Driver (born January 31, 1970) is an Emmy- and Academy Award-nominated             
English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award             
for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1997 film Good Will               
Driver was born Amelia Fiona J. Driver in London, the daughter of Gaynor                 
Churchward (née Millington), a designer and former couture model, and Ronnie             
Driver, a businessman. Her sister, Kate Driver, is a model and producer.                 
Driver has Scottish, Irish, Italian and French ancestry. Driver's mother was             
her father's mistress, and Driver's father's wife was not aware of his other             
family. She was raised in Barbados, and educated at Bedales school near                   
Petersfield, Hampshire, England, and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art           
in London.                                                                               
Driver first came to broad public attention when she played the lead role in             
Circle of Friends and in 1997 in Good Will Hunting. In 2003 and 2004, she had a           
noted recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen           
Walker (Megan Mullally) and daughter of Karen's lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese).       
Driver has also worked on several animated features, including Disney's 1999             
version of Tarzan and the 1999 dubbed-English version of the Japanese film               
Princess Mononoke.                                                                       
On March 12, 2007, Driver made her return to television starring alongside Eddie         
Izzard on the FX Network show The Riches, a series about a family of Travellers           
living in an upscale gated community in the suburbs. She was nominated for the           
2007 Emmy Award as Best Actress in a Dramatic Series.                                     
Early in her career Driver was a member of a band called "Puff, Rocks and Brown";         
the band was signed to a development deal with Island Records, which ended               
without a release.                                                                       
She began a low-profile return to music in 2000; the following year, she signed           
with EMI and Rounder Records and performed at SXSW. Canadian music producer               
Colin Craig assisted in the eventual release of Everything I've Got in My Pocket,         
which reached No. 43 in the UK, and a second single, "Invisible Girl" peaking             
at No. 68. The album was backed by a group including members of the Wallflowers           
and Pete Yorn's band. Driver wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album and also               
covered "Hungry Heart" from Bruce Springsteen's The River. In 2004, Driver was           
the support act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour.             
In 2004, Driver played Carlotta Giudicelli in Joel Schumacher's film of The               
Phantom of the Opera. Because of the vocal requirements of the role, Driver was           
the sole cast member to have her voice dubbed. However, she did lend her own             
voice to Learn to be Lonely, a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber specifically           
for the film version of his musical (it plays over the closing credits of the             
movie). Driver released her second album entitled Seastories on July 17, 2007.           
The 12-track set is produced by Marc "Doc" Dauer, who also produced Everything I've       
Got in My Pocket. Ryan Adams and Liz Phair are among the list of collaborators           
for the album.