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Full Name
Brenda Anne Bottle

20 February 1946 (age 77) (
Ramsgate, Kent, England

Michael Mayhew (m. 2010), Alan James Blethyn (m. 1964–1973)

Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama

Movies and TV shows
Vera, Pride & Prejudice, Secrets & Lies, Saving Grace, Atonement

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Brenda Anne Blethyn, OBE (née Bottle; 20 February 1946) is an English actress who has worked in theatre, television and film, best known for her role in Mike Leigh's 1996 drama Secrets & Lies, and, from 2011, for the title role in the TV detective series Vera.


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Blethyn has received two Academy Award nominations, two SAG Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one. In addition, she has won a BAFTA, an Empire Award and has earned a Theatre World Award and both a Critics' Circle Theatre Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her theatrical work.

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Born into a working class home, Blethyn pursued an administrative career until her early 30s before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting after the dissolution of her marriage in 1973. She subsequently joined the Royal National Theatre and received credits for her performances in Troilus and Cressida (1976) and Mysteries (1979). In 1981, Blethyn earned her first critical acclaim for Steaming.

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In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh's film Grown-Ups. After a modest number of guest spots in several productions, in the mid-1980s she garnered leading roles in the short-run sitcoms Chance in a Million and The Labours of Erica. Having followed her big screen debut with smaller supporting roles in films such as The Witches (1990) and A River Runs Through It (1992), she made a major cinema breakthrough with her role in the 1996 dramedy Secrets & Lies, for which she received rave reviews.

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Blethyn has since appeared in an eclectic range of films, including independent comedies such as Saving Grace (2000), Plots with a View (2002) and Clubland (2007), music-themed films like Little Voice (1998) and Beyond the Sea (2004) and big-budget dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007), the latter of which rank among the biggest commercial successes of her career. In addition, Blethyn has appeared in television productions including The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), Belonging (2004) and War and Peace (2007). Her most recent leading role in TV drama is the title role in Vera (2011), playing Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope.

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Early life

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Born in Ramsgate, Kent, Blethyn was the youngest of the nine children in a Roman Catholic, working-class family. Her mother, Louisa Kathleen (née Supple; born 10 May 1904 – died 1992), was a housewife and former maid, who met Blethyn's father, William Charles Bottle (born 5 March 1894 – died c. 1984) around 1922 while working for the same household in Broadstairs, Kent. Bottle had previously worked as a shepherd, and spent six years in British India with the Royal Field Artillery immediately prior to returning home to Broadstairs to become the family's chauffeur. Before WWII, he found work as a mechanic at the Vauxhall car factory in Luton, Bedfordshire.

The family lived in poor circumstances at their maternal grandmother's home. It was, however, not until 1944, after an engagement of twenty years, that the couple wed and moved into a small rented house in Ramsgate. By the time Blethyn was born in 1946, her three eldest siblings, Pam, Ted and Bernard, had already left home. Her parents were the first to introduce Blethyn to the cinema, taking her to the cinema weekly.

Blethyn originally trained at technical college and worked as a stenographer and bookkeeper for a bank. At the end of a marriage, she opted to turn her hobby of amateur dramatics to her professional advantage. After studying at the Guildford School of Acting, she went onto the London stage in 1976, performing several seasons at the Royal National Theatre. The shows she participated in during the following three years, included Troilus and Cressida, Tamburlaine the Great, The Fruits of Enlightenment opposite Sir Ralph Richardson, Bedroom Farce, The Passion and Strife.


After winning the London Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actress (for Steaming) in 1980, Blethyn made her screen debut, starring in the play Grown Ups as part of the BBC's Playhouse strand. Directed by Mike Leigh, their first collaboration marked the start of a professional relationship which would later earn both of them huge acclaim. Blethyn followed this with roles in Shakespearean adaptations for the BBC, playing Cordelia in King Lear and Joan of Arc in Henry VI, Part 1. She also appeared with Robert Bathurst and others in the popular BBC Radio 4 comedy series Dial M For Pizza.

In the following years Blethyn expanded her status as a professional stage actress, appearing in productions including A Midsummer's Night Dream, Dalliance, The Beaux' Stratagem and Born Yesterday. She was nominated for an Olivier Award for her performance as Sheila in Benefactors. Meanwhile, she continued with roles on British television, playing opposite Simon Callow as Tom Chance's frustrated fiancée Alison Little in three series of the sitcom Chance in a Million. She also had roles in comedies such as Yes Minister (1981), Who Dares Wins and a variety of roles in the BBC Radio 4 comedy Delve Special alongside Stephen Fry and a role in the school comedy/drama King Street Junior.

In 1989, she starred in The Labours of Erica, a sitcom written for her by Chance in a Million writers Richard Fegen and Andrew Norriss. Blethyn played Erica Parsons, a single mother approaching her fortieth birthday who realises that life is passing her by. Finding her teenage diary and discovering a list of twelve tasks and ambitions which she had set for herself, Erica sets out to complete them before reaching the milestone.


After fifteen years of working in theatre and television Blethyn made her big screen debut with a small role in 1990s dark fantasy film The Witches. The film, based on the same-titled book by Roald Dahl, co-starred actresses Anjelica Huston and Jane Horrocks. Witches received generally positive reviews – as did Blethyn, who Craig Butler of All Media Guide considered as a "valuable support" for her performance of the mother, Mrs. Jenkins.

In 1991, after starring in a play in New York, Blethyn was recommended to Robert Redford to audition for the soft-spoken mother role in his next project A River Runs Through It (1992). A period drama based on the same-titled 1976 novel by Norman Maclean, also starring Craig Sheffer and Brad Pitt, the film revolves around two sons of a Presbyterian minister—one studious and the other rebellious—as they grow up and come of age during the Prohibition era in the United States. Portraying a second generation immigrant of Scottish heritage, Redford required Blethyn to adapt a Western American accent for her performance, prompting her to live in Livingston, Montana in preparation of her role. Upon its release, the film, budgeted at US$19 million, became a financial and critical success, resulting in a US box office total of US$43.3 million.

Simultaneously Blethyn continued working on stage and in British television. Between 1990 and 1996 she starred in five different plays, including An Ideal Husband at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, Tales from the Vienna Woods and Wildest Dreams with the Royal Shakespeare Company and her American stage debut Absent Friends, for which eventually received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding New Talent. Besides she played character parts in the BBC adaptation of Hanif Kureishi's The Buddha of Suburbia and the ITV cricketing comedy-drama series Outside Edge, based on the play by television writer Richard Harris. Blethyn also performed in a variety of episodes of Alas Smith & Jones and Maigret.

Blethyn's breakthrough came with Mike Leigh's 1996 drama Secrets & Lies. Starring alongside Marianne Jean-Baptiste, she portrayed a lower-class box factory worker, who after years once again comes in contact with her illegitimate grown-up black daughter, whom she gave up for adoption thirty years earlier. For her improvised performance, Blethyn was praised with a variety of awards, including the Best Actress Award at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, the British Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. Upon its success, Blethyn later stated: "I knew it was a great film, but I didn't expect it to get the attention it did because none of his other films had and I thought they were just as good. Of course, I didn't know what it was about until I saw it in the cinema because of the way that he works — but I knew it was good. That it reached a wider audience surprised me." Besides critical acclaim Secrets & Lies also became a financial success; budgeted at an estimated $4.5 million, the film grossed an unexpected $13.5 million in its limited theatrical run in North America.


The following year, Blethyn appeared in a supporting role in Nick Hurran's debut feature Remember Me?? (1997), a middle class suburban farce revolving around a family whose life is thrown into chaos upon the arrival of an old university crush. Forging another collaboration with the director, the actress was cast alongside Julie Walters for Hurran's next project, 1998's Girls' Night, a drama film about two sisters-in-law, one dying of cancer, who fulfill a lifelong dream of going to Las Vegas, Nevada after an unexpected jackpot win on the bingo. Loosely based upon the real experiences by writer Kay Melior, the production was originally destined for television until Granada Productions found backing from Showtime. Premiered to a mixed response by critics at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, who noted it a "rather formulaic tearjerker [with] two powerhouse Brit actresses," Hurran won a Silver Spire at the San Francisco International Film Festival and received a Golden Berlin Bear nomination at the Berlin International Film Festival for his work.

In John Lynch's Night Train (1998), Blethyn played a timid spinster who strikes up a friendship with John Hurt's character, an ex-prisoner, who rents a room in her house while on the run from some nasty gangsters. A romantic drama with comedic and thrilling elements, the film was shot at several locations in Ireland, England and Italy in 1997, and received a limited release the following year. The film received a mixed reception from critics. Adrian Wootton of The Guardian called it "an impressive directorial debut [that] mainly succeeds because [of] the talents of its lead actors". The film was nominated for a Crystal Star at the Brussels International Film Festival. In the same year, Blethyn also starred in James Bogle's film adaption of Tim Winton's 1988 novel In the Winter Dark (1998).

Blethyn's last film of 1998 was Little Voice opposite Jane Horrocks and Michael Caine. Cast against type, she played a domineering yet needy fish factory worker who has nothing but contempt for her shy daughter and lusts after a local showbiz agent. A breakaway from the kind at heart roles Blethyn had previously played, it was the character's antipathy that attracted the actress to accept the role of Mari: "I have to understand why she is the way she is. She is a desperate woman, but she also has an optimistic take on life which I find enviable. Whilst I don't approve of her behaviour, there is a reason for it and it was my job to work that out." Both Blethyn's performance and the film received rave reviews, and the following year, she was again Oscar nominated, this time for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.


Blethyn's first film of 2000 was the indie comedy Saving Grace with Craig Ferguson. Blethyn played a middle-aged newly widowed woman who is faced with the prospect of financial ruin and turns to growing marijuana under the tutelage of her gardener to save her home. Her performance in the film received favourable reviews; Peter Travers wrote for Rolling Stone: "It's Blethyn's solid-gold charm [that] turns Saving Grace into a comic high." The following year, Blethyn received her third Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film, which grossed an unexpected $24 million worldwide. That same year, she also had a smaller role in the short comedy Yes You Can.

In 2001 Blethyn signed on to star in her own CBS sitcom, The Seven Roses, in which she was to play the role of a widowed innkeeper and matriarch of an eccentric family. Originally slated to be produced by two former executive producers of Frasier, plans for a pilot eventually went nowhere due to early casting conflicts. Afterwards, Blethyn accepted a supporting role as Auguste van Pels in the ABC mini series Anne Frank: The Whole Story based on the book by Melissa Müller, for which she garnered her first Emmy Award nomination.

Following this, Blethyn starred in the films Daddy and Them, On the Nose, and Lovely & Amazing. In Billy Bob Thornton's Daddy and Them, she portrayed an English neurotic psychologist, who feels excluded by the American clan she married into due to her nationality. The film scored a generally positive reception but was financially unsuccessful, leading to a direct-to-TV release stateside. In Canadian-Irish comedy On the Nose, Blethyn played the minor role of the all-disapproving wife of Brendan Delaney, played by Robbie Coltrane. Her appearance was commented as "underused" by Harry Guerin, writer for RTÉ Entertainment. Blethyn depicted an affluent but desperate and distracted matriarch of three daughters in Nicole Holofcener's independent drama Lovely & Amazing, featuring Catherine Keener, Emily Mortimer and Jake Gyllenhaal. The film became Blethyn's biggest box-office success of the year with a worldwide gross of $5 million only, and earned the actress mixed reviews from professional critics.

In 2002, Blethyn appeared with Christina Ricci in the dark comedy Pumpkin, a financial disaster. The film opened to little notice and grossed less than $300,000 during its North American theatrical run. Her performance as the overprotective wine-soaked mother of a disabled teenage boy generated Blethyn mostly critical reviews. Entertainment Weekly writer Lisa Schwarzbaum called her "challenged, unsure [... and] miscast." Her following film, limitedly-released Nicolas Cage's Sonny, saw similar success. While the production was panned in general, the actress earned mixed reviews for her performance of an eccentric ex-prostitute and mother, as some critics such as Kevin Thomas considered her casting as "problematic [due to] caricatured acting." Blethyn eventually received more acclaim when she accepted the lead role in the dark comedy Plots with a View. Starring alongside Alfred Molina, the pair was praised for their "genuine chemistry."

A year after Blethyn co-starred with Bob Hoskins and Jessica Alba in historical direct-to-video drama The Sleeping Dictionary. The film earned her a DVDX Award but received mixed critics – as did Blizzard, a Christmas movie in which Blethyn played the eccentric character of Aunt Millie, the narrator of the film's story. 2003 ended with the mini series Between the Sheets, in which Blethyn starred as a woman struggling with her own ambivalent feelings towards her husband and sex.


Blethyn co-starred as Bobby Darin's mother Polly Cassotto in Beyond the Sea, a 2004 biographical film about the singer. The film was a financial disappointment: budgeted at an estimated US$25 million, it opened to little notice and grossed only $6 million in its North American theatrical run. Margaret Pomeranz of At the Movies said that her casting was "a bit mystifying". Afterwards, Blethyn starred in A Way of Life, playing a bossy and censorious mother-in-law of a struggling young woman, played by Stephanie James, and in the television film Belonging, starring as a middle-aged childless woman, who is left to look after the elderly relatives of her husband and to make a new life for herself, after he leaves her for a younger woman. Blethyn received a Golden FIPA Award and a BAFTA nomination for the latter role.

In early 2005, Blethyn appeared in the indie-drama On a Clear Day alongside Peter Mullan. In the film, she played the character of Joan, a Glasgow housewife, who secretly enrolls in bus-driving classes after her husband's dismissal. Her performance in the film received positive reviews; ABC writer MaryAnn Johanson wrote: "It's Blethyn, who wraps the movie in a cosy, comfortable, maternal hug that reassures you that it will weather its risk-taking with aplomb [...]." The film became a minor success at the international box-office chart, barely grossing $1 million worldwide, but was awarded a BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Film and Screenplay.

A major hit for Blethyn came with Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice, a 2005 adaptation of the same-titled novel by Jane Austen. Starring alongside Keira Knightley and Donald Sutherland, Blethyn played Mrs. Bennet, a fluttery mother of five sisters who desperately schemes to marry her daughters off to men of means. During promotion of the film, she noted of her portrayal of the character: "I've always thought she had a real problem and shouldn't be made fun of. She's pushy with a reason. As soon as Mr. Bennet dies, all the money goes down the male line; she has to save her daughters from penury." With both a worldwide gross of over US$121 million and several Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, the film became a critical and commercial success, spawning Blethyn another BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.

In 2007, she appeared in the independent Australian coming-of-age comedy Clubland. Playing a character that was created specifically with her in mind, Blethyn portrayed a bawdy comedian with a sinking career faced with the romantic life of her young son, played by Khan Chittenden. The film was released in Australia in June 2007, and selected for screening at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival where it was picked up by Warner Independent Pictures for a $4 million deal and gained glowing reviews. Los Angeles Times film critic Carina Chocano wrote, "the movie belongs to Blethyn, who takes a difficult, easily misunderstood role and gracefully cracks it open to reveal what's inside." The following year, she was nominated for an Australian Film Institute Award and an Inside Film Award for her performance.

Also in 2007, Blethyn reunited with Joe Wright on Atonement, an adaptation from Ian McEwan's critically acclaimed novel of the same name. On her role of a housekeeper in a cast that also features Keira Knightley, Saoirse Ronan and James McAvoy, Blethyn commented: "It's a tiny, tiny part. If you blink you'll miss me." The film garnered generally positive reviews from film critics and received a Best Picture nomination at the 2008 Academy Awards. A box-office success around the globe, it went on to gross a total of $129 million worldwide. Blethyn also appeared as Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa in a supporting role in the internationally produced 2007 miniseries War and Peace by RAI, filmed in Russia and Lithuania.


In 2008, Blethyn made her American small screen debut with a guest role on CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, playing the neurotic mother to Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character in the fourth season episode "Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner". The same year, she appeared in a single season ten episode of the NBC legal drama series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The following year, Blethyn was nominated for another Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress – Drama Series for her portrayal of a sympathetic fugitive who has been living under a pseudonym. Blethyn again provided the voice of Mama Heffalump in the animated Disney sequel Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (2009).

Blethyn's first film in two years, Rachid Bouchareb's London River opened at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival in 2009 where it won a Special Mention by the Ecumenical Jury. In the film, for which Blethyn had to learn French, she portrays a mother waiting for news of her missing child after the London bombings of July 2005, striking up a friendship with a Muslim man, whose child has also disappeared. Blethyn, who had initially felt sceptical and reticent about the film due to its background, was originally not available for filming but Bouchareb decided to delay filming to work with her. Upon release, the film received favourable reviews, particularly for its "dynamite acting". Mike Scott from The Times-Picayune commented "that Blethyn's performance is nuanced [...] it's that performance – at turns sweet, funny and heartbreaking – that ultimately draws viewers in and defies them to stop watching".

Also in 2009, Blethyn played a Benedictine nun in Jan Dunn's film The Calling, also starring Joanna Scanlan and Pauline McLynn. Dunn's third feature film, it tells the story of Joanna, played by Emily Beecham, who after graduating from university, goes against her family and friends when she decides to join a closed order of nuns. Released to film festivals in 2009, the independent drama was not released to UK cinemas until 2010, when it was met with mixed to negative reviews by critics, some of which declared it "half Doubt, half Hollyoaks". Blethyn however, earned positive reviews for her performance; The Guardian writer Catherine Shoard wrote that "only she, really, manages to ride the rollercoaster jumps in plot and tone." Her last film of 2009 was Alex De Rakoff's crime film Dead Man Running alongside Tamer Hassan, Danny Dyer, and 50 Cent, in which she portrayed the wheelchair-using mother of a crimcial who is taken hostage. The film received universally negative reviews from film critics, who deemed it to be full of "poor performances, stiff dialogue, [and] flat characters".

In May 2011, Blethyn made her debut in the title role in ITV1's detective series, Vera as the North of England character Vera Stanhope based on the novels of Ann Cleeves. She has continued to portray Vera and as of 2016 has starred in 6 series of the show. Her only film of 2011 was the Christmas drama My Angel, written, directed and produced by Stephen Cookson. Also starring Timothy Spall, Celia Imrie, and Mel Smith, it tells the story of a boy, played by Joseph Phillips, looking for an angel to save his mother after an accident. Shot in Northwood for less than £2 million, My Angel scooped best film, newcomer, director, screenplay, plus best actor and actress for Blethyn and Spall at the Monaco International Film Festival.

In March 2013, Blethyn co-starred with Hilary Swank in the BBC movie Mary and Martha, written by Richard Curtis and directed by Phillip Noyce. Based on a screenplay by Richard Curtis and directed by Phillip Noyce, it revolves two very different women, who both lose their sons to malaria. Upon its broadcast, the film received mixed reviews from critics. The New York Post remarked that "while Swank and Blethyn make everything they’re in more remarkable for their presence, the movie plays more like a based-on-fact Lifetime flick than an HBO work of fiction." The same year, Blethyn reteamed with Rachid Bouchareb to work on the French-American drama film Two Men in Town, a remake of the José Giovanni film Deux hommes dans la ville. Shot in New Mexico along with Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall, Blethyn portrays a parole officer in the Western film.

Personal life

Blethyn married Alan James Blethyn, a graphic designer she met while working for British Rail, in 1964. The marriage ended in 1973. Blethyn kept her husband's surname as her professional name. British art director Michael Mayhew has been her partner for the past three decades. The couple married in June 2010.

Blethyn divides her time between her home in south London and by the sea in Kent. She also has an apartment in North East England that she uses for up to five months every year whilst filming Vera. She likes old black-and-white classic films, such as Brief Encounter. She also likes watching DVD box sets and names Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad as two of her favourite television shows. She is also passionate about cooking and solving crosswords.

Blethyn was awarded the OBE for services to drama in the 2003 New Year Honours List. She is currently the chairwoman of the Kent Film and Television Board.

Selected theatre performances

  • Nora in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1987)
  • Billie Dawan in Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1988)
  • Mrs Cheverley in An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde. Directed by James Maxwell at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (1992)
  • Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2008)
  • Mrs Berry in Haunted by Edna O’Brien. Directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2009)
  • Filmography

    Vera (TV Series) as
    DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Darkest Evening (2023) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Blue (2023) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - For the Grace of God (2023) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Against the Tide (2023) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Way the Wind Blows (2022) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Vital Signs (2022) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - As the Crow Flies (2022) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Tyger Tyger (2022) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Recovery (2021) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Witness (2021) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Escape Turn (2020) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Dirty (2020) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Parent Not Expected (2020) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Blood Will Tell (2020) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Seagull (2019) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Cold River (2019) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Cuckoo (2019) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Blind Spot (2019) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Darkwater (2018) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Home (2018) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Black Ice (2018) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Blood and Bone (2018) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Blanket Mire (2017) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Broken Promise (2017) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Dark Angel (2017) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Natural Selection (2017) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Sea Glass (2016) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Moth Catcher (2016) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Tuesday's Child (2016) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Dark Road (2016) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Shadows in the Sky (2015) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Muddy Waters (2015) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Old Wounds (2015) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Changing Tides (2015) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Death of a Family Man (2014) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Deer Hunters (2014) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Protected (2014) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - On Harbour Street (2014) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Prodigal Son (2013) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Young Gods (2013) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Poster Child (2013) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Castles in the Air (2013) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Sandancers (2012) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - A Certain Samaritan (2012) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Silent Voices (2012) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Ghost Position (2012) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Little Lazarus (2011) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - The Crow Trap (2011) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Telling Tales (2011) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Hidden Depths (2011) - DCI Vera Stanhope
    Kate & Koji (TV Series) as
    - Vote for Kate (2022) - Kate
    - Saint Lavinia (2022) - Kate
    - Koji's Date (2022) - Kate
    - Memories (2022) - Kate
    - Koji In Charge (2022) - Kate
    - Lockdown Legends (2022) - Kate
    - The Storm (2020) - Kate
    - The Claim (2020) - Kate
    - The Encounter (2020) - Kate
    Charlotte as
    Grossmama (voice)
    Strawberry Fields Forever (Short) as
    Ethel & Ernest as
    Ethel Briggs (voice)
    Henry Hugglemonster (TV Series) as
    Ernestine Enormomonster
    - Is a Fella Isabella?/Dudes' Day Off with Daddo (2015) - Ernestine Enormomonster
    - Ivory's Birthday Bash/Huggle Bubbles (2015) - Ernestine Enormomonster
    - All About Summer Camp/Huggle- Whaaa?! (2015) - Ernestine Enormomonster (voice)
    - Rain, Rain, You're Not a Pain/Runaway Summer (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster
    - Iron Granny/The Monster Coin (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster
    - Carried Away/Monster in Charge (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster (voice)
    - Grr Power/Fangs Out (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster (voice)
    - Monsters on the Town/Enormo Henry (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster (voice)
    - The Henry Show/Mega Bouncers (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster (voice)
    - Runaway Dough/The Copymonster (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster (voice)
    - The Huggleflower/Monster Lullaby (2013) - Ernestine Enormomonster (voice)
    Two Men in Town as
    Emily Smith
    Mary and Martha (TV Movie) as
    Playhouse Presents (TV Series) as
    - King of the Teds (2012) - Nina
    My Angel as
    Super Duper Super Sleuths (Video) as
    Mama Heffalump (voice)
    Dead Man Running as
    The Calling as
    Sister Ignatious
    Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (Video) as
    Ma Heffalump (voice)
    London River as
    Elisabeth Sommers
    The New Adventures of Old Christine (TV Series) as
    Angela Kimble
    - Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner? (2008) - Angela Kimble
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV Series) as
    Linnie Malcolm
    - Persona (2008) - Linnie Malcolm
    War and Peace (TV Mini Series) as
    Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
    - Episode #1.4 (2007) - Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
    - Episode #1.3 (2007) - Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
    - Episode #1.2 (2007) - Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
    - Episode #1.1 (2007) - Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
    Atonement as
    Grace Turner
    Introducing the Dwights as
    Jean 'Jeannie' Dwight
    Mysterious Creatures (TV Movie) as
    Wendy Ainscow
    Marsha Potter Gets a Life (TV Movie) as
    Marsha Potter
    Pride & Prejudice as
    Mrs. Bennet
    Pooh's Heffalump Movie as
    Mama Heffalump (voice)
    On a Clear Day as
    Piccadilly Jim as
    Nesta Pett
    A Way of Life as
    Belonging (TV Movie) as
    Jess Copplestone
    Beyond the Sea as
    Polly Cassotto
    Bob the Builder: Bob's Castle Adventure (Video Game) as
    Dr. Florence Mountfitchett (UK) (voice)
    Between the Sheets (TV Mini Series) as
    Hazel Delany / Hazel / Peter's wife
    - Episode #1.6 (2003) - Hazel Delany
    - Episode #1.5 (2003) - Hazel Delany
    - Episode #1.4 (2003) - Hazel Delany
    - Episode #1.3 (2003) - Hazel Delany
    - Episode #1.2 (2003) - Hazel Delany
    - Episode #1.1 (2003) - Hazel / Peter's wife
    Blizzard as
    Aunt Millie
    Bob the Builder: The Knights of Fix-A-Lot (TV Movie) as
    Dr. Florence Mountfitchett (UK) (voice)
    The Sleeping Dictionary as
    Undertaking Betty as
    Betty Rhys-Jones
    The Wild Thornberrys as
    Mrs. Fairgood (voice)
    Sonny as
    Pumpkin as
    Judy Romanoff
    Seven Roses (TV Movie) as
    Yes You Can (Short) as
    Fish Lady
    On the Nose as
    Lovely & Amazing as
    Jane Marks
    Daddy and Them as
    Julia Montgomery
    The Yellow Bird (Short) as
    Mrs. Louise Tutwiler
    Anne Frank: The Whole Story (TV Mini Series) as
    Auguste Rottgen-van Pels
    - Episode #1.2 (2001) - Auguste Rottgen-van Pels
    - Episode #1.1 (2001) - Auguste Rottgen-van Pels
    Saving Grace as
    RKO 281 (TV Movie) as
    Louella Parsons
    Little Voice as
    Mari Hoff
    In the Winter Dark as
    Ida Stubbs
    Night Train as
    Alice Mooney
    Music from Another Room as
    Girls' Night as
    Remember Me? as
    Secrets & Lies as
    Outside Edge (TV Series) as
    Miriam Dervish
    - The Blessing (1996) - Miriam Dervish
    - Match Cancelled? (1996) - Miriam Dervish
    - Lost (1996) - Miriam Dervish
    - A Happy Event (1996) - Miriam Dervish
    - The First Match (1996) - Miriam Dervish
    - The New Player (1996) - Miriam Dervish
    - The New Pitch (1996) - Miriam Dervish
    - Corfu - OK? Fair Enough (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Club Meeting (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - Rain Stopped Play (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Barbeque (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Death of Fred (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - Illness (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - Discretion (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Blister (1995) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Match in Cromer (1994) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Night Before Cromer (1994) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Team Tea (1994) - Miriam Dervish
    - Sex (1994) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Committee Meeting (1994) - Miriam Dervish
    - Getting to Know You (1994) - Miriam Dervish
    - The Captain (1994) - Miriam Dervish
    The Buddha of Suburbia (TV Mini Series) as
    Margaret Amir
    - Episode #1.4 (1993) - Margaret Amir
    - Episode #1.3 (1993) - Margaret Amir
    - Episode #1.2 (1993) - Margaret Amir
    - Episode #1.1 (1993) - Margaret Amir
    Screen One (TV Series) as
    - The Bullion Boys (1993) - Gwen
    Wales Playhouse (TV Series) as
    - Sleeping with Mickey (1993) - Eileen
    Maigret (TV Series) as
    - Maigret and the Night Club Dancer (1993) - Rose
    A River Runs Through It as
    Mrs. Maclean
    All Good Things (TV Series) as
    Shirley Frame
    - Marriage Guidance (1991) - Shirley Frame
    - The Trip North (1991) - Shirley Frame
    - The Flat (1991) - Shirley Frame
    - Reading Lessons (1991) - Shirley Frame
    - The Suicide (1991) - Shirley Frame
    - The Blessing (1991) - Shirley Frame
    Alas Smith & Jones (TV Series)
    - Interrupting Des Lynam. (1990)
    - Dumping Rubbish in The Countryside. (1990)
    - Rock Star's House. (1990)
    - Women's Shower Room. (1990)
    - Womb With a View. (1990)
    - SDP Poll. (1984)
    - Dr. Jekyll. (1984)
    - Raz Soap Powder. (1984)
    The Labours of Erica (TV Series) as
    Erica Parsons / Erica Rogers
    - Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (1990) - Erica Parsons
    - A Far, Far Better Thing (1990) - Erica Parsons
    - Lighting Up (1990) - Erica Parsons
    - Plain Sailing (1990) - Erica Parsons
    - Cider with Jean-Pierre (1990) - Erica Parsons
    - Shout It from the Rooftops (1990) - Erica Parsons
    - Getting in Tune (1989) - Erica Parsons
    - Wheels on Fire (1989) - Erica Parsons
    - Off the Hook (1989) - Erica Parsons
    - One in the Net (1989) - Erica Parsons
    - In the Ruck (1989) - Erica Parsons
    - Bottoming Out (1989) - Erica Rogers
    The Witches as
    Mrs. Jenkins
    The Play on One (TV Series) as
    Miss A.
    - The Shawl (1989) - Miss A.
    The Storyteller (TV Series) as
    Storyteller's Wife
    - A Story Short (1988) - Storyteller's Wife
    Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (TV Movie) as
    Ticki Tocquet
    Sunday Premiere (TV Series) as
    - Claws (1987) - Sylvia
    Chance in a Million (TV Series) as
    Alison Little
    - The Wedding (1986) - Alison Little
    - Pre-Matrimonial Tensions (1986) - Alison Little
    - The Once and Future Chance (1986) - Alison Little
    - The Blessing (1986) - Alison Little
    - Guess Who's Not Coming to Dinner (1986) - Alison Little
    - Good-bye Mr Henstridge (1986) - Alison Little
    - Naming the Day (1986) - Alison Little
    - Winning Streak (1986) - Alison Little
    - And What Shall We Do for a Ring? (1986) - Alison Little
    - The Lost Weekend (1986) - Alison Little
    - For Whom the Bell Tolls (1986) - Alison Little
    - The Taxman Cometh (1986) - Alison Little
    - Unaired Pilot (1984) - Alison Little
    - Stuff of Dreams (1984) - Alison Little
    - Man of Iron (1984) - Alison Little
    - The Birthday Party (1984) - Alison Little
    - Flowing with the Tide (1984) - Alison Little
    - Honour Thy Father and Mother (1984) - Alison Little
    - Plumstones (1984) - Alison Little
    That Uncertain Feeling (TV Mini Series) as
    Jean Lewis
    - Episode #1.4 (1986) - Jean Lewis
    - Episode #1.3 (1986) - Jean Lewis
    - Episode #1.2 (1986) - Jean Lewis
    - Episode #1.1 (1986) - Jean Lewis
    The Mysteries (TV Series) as
    Mary Magdalene / Mary
    - Domesday (1986) - Mary Magdalene
    - The Passion (1985) - Mary Magdalene
    - The Nativity (1985) - Mary
    Weekend Playhouse (TV Series) as
    Jean Saunders
    - Singles Weekend (1984) - Jean Saunders
    Who Dares Wins (TV Series)
    - Episode #1.7 (1984)
    - Episode #1.6 (1984)
    - Episode #1.5 (1984)
    Rumpole of the Bailey (TV Series) as
    - Rumpole and the Genuine Article (1983) - Pauline
    Floating Off (TV Movie) as
    Death of an Expert Witness (TV Mini Series) as
    Angela Foley
    - Episode #1.7 (1983) - Angela Foley
    - Episode #1.6 (1983) - Angela Foley
    - Episode #1.5 (1983) - Angela Foley
    - Episode #1.4 (1983) - Angela Foley
    - Episode #1.3 (1983) - Angela Foley
    - Episode #1.2 (1983) - Angela Foley
    Tales of the Unexpected (TV Series) as
    Carol Hutchins
    - Hit and Run (1983) - Carol Hutchins
    The First Part of Henry the Sixt (TV Movie) as
    Joan La Pucelle
    King Lear (TV Movie) as
    Say No to Strangers (Short) as
    Teresa's Mum (uncredited)
    Yes Minister (TV Series) as
    Joan Littler
    - The Greasy Pole (1981) - Joan Littler
    BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series) as
    - Grown-Ups (1980) - Gloria
    The Double Dealer (TV Movie) as
    Lady Froth
    Bedroom Farce (TV Movie) as
    Can We Get on Now, Please? (TV Series) as
    Miranda Plumley
    - Variations in Two Flats (1980) - Miranda Plumley
    Sheppey (TV Movie) as
    Miss Grange
    Play for Today (TV Series) as
    - The Imitation Game (1980) - Mary
    Introducing the Dwights (writer: additional stand-up comedy material)
    Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too (Video) (performer: "One Big Happy Family", "Just a Few Simple Rules", "One Big Happy Family (Reprise)")
    Introducing the Dwights (performer: "Nutbush City Limits")
    Pride & Prejudice (performer: "Greensleeves" - uncredited)
    Lorraine (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 31 August 2021 (2021) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 26 February 2019 (2019) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 1 December 2015 (2015) - Self - Guest
    This Morning (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest / Self
    - Episode dated 18 March 2020 (2020) - Self
    - Episode dated 3 January 2020 (2020) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 10 January 2019 (2019) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 4 January 2018 (2018) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 8 February 2016 (2016) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 21 April 2008 (2008) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 26 August 2005 (2005) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 16 April 2004 (2004) - Self - Guest
    Loose Women (TV Series) as
    - Episode #23.97 (2019) - Self
    - Episode #17.113 (2013) - Self
    Saturday Kitchen (TV Series) as
    - Episode #15.41 (2019) - Self
    - Episode dated 12 March 2016 (2016) - Self
    Good Morning Britain (TV Series) as
    Self - Actress
    - Episode dated 28 March 2018 (2018) - Self - Actress
    The One Show (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 24 January 2018 (2018) - Self - Guest
    - Episode #7.72 (2012) - Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 27 April 2009 (2009) - Self - Guest
    - Episode #3.219 (2008) - Self - Guest
    Weekend (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode #4.3 (2017) - Self - Guest
    - Episode #2.12 (2015) - Self - Guest
    Mel & Sue (TV Series) as
    - Episode #1.14 (2015) - Self
    The Graham Norton Show (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Brenda Blethyn/Jean Paul Gaultier/Stephen Mangan/Barry Manilow (2014) - Self - Guest
    The Paul O'Grady Show (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 2 May 2014 (2014) - Self - Guest
    - Episode #7.1 (2007) - Self - Guest
    - Episode #5.6 (2006) - Self - Guest
    The Crime Thriller Club (TV Series) as
    - Episode #1.1 (2013) - Self
    Crime Connections (TV Series documentary) as
    Self / DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Episode #1.6 (2012) - Self / DCI Vera Stanhope
    - Episode #1.2 (2012) - Self / DCI Vera Stanhope
    Daybreak (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 20 April 2012 (2012) - Self - Guest
    The Many Faces of... (TV Series documentary) as
    Self / Mari Hoff
    - Michael Caine (2011) - Self / Mari Hoff
    Paul O'Grady Live (TV Series) as
    - Episode #2.2 (2011) - Self
    The 5 O'Clock Show (TV Series) as
    - Episode #1.30 (2010) - Self
    Breakfast (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 6 July 2010 (2010) - Self - Guest
    Cinema 3 (TV Series) as
    Self - Interviewee
    - Episode dated 26 June 2010 (2010) - Self - Interviewee
    - Episode dated 14 February 2009 (2009) - Self - Interviewee
    - Episode dated 18 October 1996 (1996) - Self - Interviewee
    Trace of the Bears (TV Movie documentary) as
    Xposé (TV Series) as
    - Episode #4.97 (2010) - Self
    On Profiles in Courage (Documentary) as
    The Alan Titchmarsh Show (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 15 September 2008 (2008) - Self - Guest
    Mike Leigh in Conversation (Video) as
    Self / Cynthia (uncredited)
    HARDtalk Extra (TV Series) as
    - Brenda Blethyn (2007) - Self
    The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode #4.101 (2007) - Self - Guest
    - Episode #2.37 (2005) - Self - Guest
    Up Close with Carrie Keagan (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 3 July 2007 (2007) - Self - Guest
    Mornings with Kerri-Anne (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 13 June 2007 (2007) - Self - Guest
    Deadline (TV Series) as
    - Episode #1.1 (2007) - Self (uncredited)
    A Taste of My Life (TV Series documentary) as
    - Brenda Blethyn (2007) - Self
    The Late Late Show (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 6 October 2006 (2006) - Self - Guest
    Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode #11.3 (2006) - Self - Guest
    Enough Rope with Andrew Denton (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode #4.5 (2006) - Self - Guest
    The Stately Homes of Pride & Prejudice: Basildon Park (Video documentary short) as
    Self / Mrs. Bennet (uncredited)
    The Stately Homes of Pride & Prejudice: Groombridge Place (Video documentary short) as
    Self / Mrs. Bennet (uncredited)
    Pride & Prejudice: On Set Diaries (Video documentary short) as
    Self / Mrs. Bennet
    Pride & Prejudice: The Bennets (Video documentary short) as
    Self / Mrs. Bennet
    The British Comedy Awards 2005 (TV Special) as
    The 2005 European Film Awards (TV Special) as
    HBO First Look (TV Series documentary short) as
    - 'Pride & Prejudice': A Classic in the Making (2005) - Self
    Avenue of the Stars: 50 Years of ITV (TV Special) as
    GMTV (TV Series) as
    - Episode dated 9 September 2005 (2005) - Self
    - Episode dated 8 September 2005 (2005) - Self
    Shootout (TV Series) as
    - Episode #2.15 (2005) - Self
    The Best of 'So Graham Norton' (Video) as
    The Frank Skinner Show (TV Series) as
    - Episode #7.8 (2003) - Self
    - Episode #6.4 (2002) - Self
    Beebie's Tails (TV Series short) as
    Self - Storyteller
    - Beebie and the Missing Things (2003) - Self - Storyteller
    V Graham Norton (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode #1.62 (2002) - Self - Guest
    Richard & Judy (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 17 April 2002 (2002) - Self - Guest
    Independent View (TV Series documentary) as
    Fire, Plague, War and Treason (TV Mini Series documentary) as
    Road to Sundance (Documentary) as
    Film-Fest DVD: Issue 4 - Hawaii (Video) as
    Film '72 (TV Series) as
    - Episode dated 9 May 2000 (2000) - Self
    This Is Your Life (TV Series documentary) as
    - Kay Mellor (2000) - Self
    The 71st Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Nominee
    5th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Nominee
    So Graham Norton (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode #2.3 (1999) - Self - Guest
    The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Nominee
    The Rosie O'Donnell Show (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 13 January 1999 (1999) - Self - Guest
    - Episode #1.162 (1997) - Self - Guest
    Pesel Ha'Zahav (Documentary) as
    Charlie Rose (TV Series) as
    Self - Guest
    - Episode dated 25 November 1998 (1998) - Self - Guest
    The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Presenter
    The 69th Annual Academy Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Nominee
    3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Nominee
    54th Golden Globe Awards (TV Special) as
    Self - Winner
    Cannes Film Festival (TV Series) as
    Self - Winner
    - Cérémonie de clôture du 49ème festival de Cannes (1996) - Self - Winner
    Arena (TV Series documentary) as
    - Mike Leigh Making Plays (1982) - Self
    Archive Footage
    This Morning (TV Series) as
    - This Morning - 30 Unforgettable Years (2018) - Self
    - Episode dated 27 November 2017 (2017) - Self
    - Episode dated 26 November 2017 (2017) - Self
    - Episode dated 25 November 2017 (2017) - Self
    - Episode dated 24 November 2017 (2017) - Self
    - Episode dated 23 November 2017 (2017) - Self
    The Smith & Jones Sketchbook (TV Series) as
    Lady Margaret
    - Episode #1.6 (2006) - Lady Margaret
    Pride & Prejudice: The Life and Times of Jane Austen (Video documentary short) as
    Mrs. Bennet (uncredited)
    Pride & Prejudice: The Politics of 18th Century Dating (Video documentary short) as
    Mrs. Bennet (uncredited)
    VM Show Vol. 2 (TV Series) as
    Mari Hoff
    - Quina ràbia! (2005) - Mari Hoff
    Cinema mil (TV Series documentary) as
    - Episode #1.1 (2005) - Self
    41 premis Sant Jordi de cinematografia (TV Special) as
    Mike Leigh on Secrets and Lies (Video documentary short) as
    Cynthia (uncredited)


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