Catherine McCormack

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Catherine McCormack
BornCatherine Jane McCormack[1]
(1972-04-03) 3 April 1972 (age 42)
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK[2]
Years active1994–present
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Catherine McCormack
BornCatherine Jane McCormack[1]
(1972-04-03) 3 April 1972 (age 42)
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK[2]
Years active1994–present

Catherine Jane McCormack (born 3 April 1972)[1][2] is an English actress, known for her stage acting as well as her screen performances in films such as Braveheart, The Land Girls, Spy Game, 28 Weeks Later and Dangerous Beauty.

Early life[edit]

McCormack was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. She has Irish ancestry, as one of her grandfathers was Irish.[3] Her mother died of lupus when McCormack was six years old, and her steelworker father subsequently brought her and her brother Stephen up.[4] She was brought up in the Roman Catholic religion (though is now a "lapsed Catholic")[5] and attended the Convent of Our Lady of Providence. She then went on to study at the Oxford School of Drama.[6]



McCormack's first notable role was as the character Murron MacClannough in the multiple Academy Award winning film Braveheart. Her screen debut however was as the lead in the Anna Campion directed film Loaded, and 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."[4] After Braveheart, McCormack had lead roles in Nils Gaup's Northstar and Marshall Herskovitz's Dangerous Beauty. Other films include Spy Game and 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."[7]


McCormack has shown a preference in her career for the theatre,[4] 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."[8] McCormack was one of the original 2006 London cast of Patrick Barlow's play of The 39 Steps.[9] In 2008, she performed the role of Nora in A Doll's House,[10] 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,[11] 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.


1995BraveheartMurron MacClannough
1996North StarSarah
1998Land Girls, TheThe Land GirlsStella
1998Dangerous BeautyVeronica Franco
1998Dancing at LughnasaChristina 'Chrissy' Mundy
1999This Year's LoveHannah
1999The Debtors
2000Shadow of the VampireGreta Schröder
2000Rumor of Angels, AA Rumor of AngelsMary Neubauer
2000Weight of Water, TheThe Weight of WaterJean Janes
2000Born RomanticJocelyn
2001Tailor of Panama, TheThe Tailor of PanamaFrancesca Deane
2001Spy GameElizabeth Hadley
2004StringsZita (voice)
2005Sound of Thunder, AA Sound of ThunderSonia Rand
2006RenaissanceBislane Tasuiev (voice)
2007Moon and the Stars, TheThe Moon and the StarsKristina Baumgarten / Tosca
200728 Weeks LaterAlice
2013Fold, TheThe FoldRebecca AshtonPost-production
2014Magic in the MoonlightOlivia
1994WycliffeAsenath GardnerEpisode: "The Scapegoat"
1997Deacon BrodieAnnie GrantTV film
1999Love in the 21st CenturyFayEpisode: "Reproduction"
2001ArmadilloFlaviaTV series
2004Gunpowder, Treason & PlotQueen Elizabeth ITV film
2005Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of HardcoreKathleen TynanTV film
2006Elizabeth David: A Life in RecipesElizabeth DavidTV film
2006Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an EmpirePoppaea SabinaEpisode: "Nero"
2008Midnight ManAlice RossTV miniseries
2011Lights OutTheresa Leary13 episodes
2013LucanVeronicaTV miniseries
1999Anna WeissAnna WeissWhitehall Theatre, London
2000All My SonsAnnNational Theatre
2001Lie of the Mind, AA Lie of the MindBethDonmar Warehouse, London
2001Kiss Me Like You Mean ItRuthSoho Theatre, London
2001White HorsesPaulaGate Theatre, Dublin
2002FreeSophieNational Theatre
2002DinnerSianNational Theatre
2003HonourClaudiaNational Theatre
2003Under the CurseIphigeniaGate Theatre, London
2004Vermillion DreamMiriamSalisbury Playhouse
200639 Steps, TheThe 39 StepsVariousTricycle Theatre, London
2007Lady from Dubuque, TheThe Lady from DubuqueJoTheatre Royal Haymarket, London


  1. ^ a b Ms Catherine Jane McCormack Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  2. ^ a b "20 Questions With ... Catherine McCormack" (8 February 2012). Retrieved 1 April 2012.
  3. ^ "Catherine McCormack — Life after Braveheart". 29 May 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c Duerden, Nick. Catherine McCormack: The play's the thing, The Independent, 10 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  5. ^ Vaughan, Brendan. Catherine McCormack, Esquire, 30 November 2002. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  6. ^ "Catherine McCormack Biography — Yahoo! Movies". 1 January 1972. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Blackwelder, Rob. UNRECOGNIZED 'BEAUTY': The surprising off-screen Catherine McCormack, SPLICEDwire, 6 February 1998. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  8. ^ Wolf, Matt. Catherine McCormack,, 16 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  9. ^ Cavendish, Dominic. Irreverent romp down the nostalgia track, Telegraph, 18 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  10. ^ Theatre Royal – A Doll's House[dead link]
  11. ^ Theatre Royal – The Portrait of a Lady[dead link]

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