Oxford School of Drama
| Catherine McCormack|
| Catherine Jane McCormack|
3 April 1972 (age 43) (1972-04-03) Epsom, Surrey, England
Lights Out, Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire, Midnight Man
Braveheart, Dangerous Beauty, 28 Weeks Later, Spy Game, The Tailor of Panama
Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, William Wallace, Mhairi Calvey, Mel Gibson
Catherine McCormack Wikipedia
Catherine Jane McCormack (born 3 April 1972) is an English actress of stage and screen. Her film appearances include Braveheart (1995), The Land Girls (1998), Dangerous Beauty (1998), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Spy Game (2001), and 28 Weeks Later (2007). Her theatre work includes National Theatre productions of All My Sons (2000) and Honour (2003).
McCormack was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. She has Irish ancestry, as one of her grandfathers was Irish. Her mother died of lupus when McCormack was six years old, and her steelworker father subsequently raised her and her brother Stephen. She was brought up in the Roman Catholic religion (though is now a "lapsed Catholic") and attended the Convent of Our Lady of Providence. She then went on to study at the Oxford School of Drama.
McCormack's first notable role was as the character Murron MacClannough in the multiple Academy Award-winning film Braveheart (1995). Her screen debut was as the lead in the Anna Campion-directed film Loaded (1994). She has subsequently stated that she had a "miserable time with the director (Anna Campion)... it was my first film job, I needed to be mollycoddled, I needed to be helped through it, and I wasn't. Mostly, it was a horrible experience."
After Braveheart, McCormack had lead roles in Nils Gaup's Northstar and Marshall Herskovitz's Dangerous Beauty. Other films include Spy Game (2001) 28 Weeks Later. Despite being in demand, she does few films, stating that "I read very few scripts I'm passionate about... Maybe one in every twenty or thirty."
McCormack has shown a preference in her career for the theatre, saying that "theatre really is an actor's medium: you're on stage with no director anymore, whereas in film very rarely do you get much rehearsal other than running through the scene very quickly. Then everyone comes in and shoots it." McCormack was one of the original 2006 London cast of Patrick Barlow's play of The 39 Steps. In 2008, she performed the role of Nora in A Doll's House, directed by Peter Hall at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and also the role of Isabel Archer in a stage adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady, both of which commenced their runs in July 2008, ending in August, before transferring to the Rose Theatre in Kingston later that year.
In 2009, she appeared in the British tour of Headlong's adaptation of Six Characters in Search of an Author. In 2012, she starred as Juana Ines de la Cruz in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Helen Edmundson's play The Heresy of Love.