Janet McTeer

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Janet McTeer
Born(1961-08-05) 5 August 1961 (age 53)[1][2]
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK[3]
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Joe Coleman
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Janet McTeer
Born(1961-08-05) 5 August 1961 (age 53)[1][2]
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK[3]
Years active1984–present
Spouse(s)Joe Coleman
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Janet McTeer in January 2012

Janet McTeer, OBE (born 5 August 1961)[1][2][3][4] is an English actress. She is a Tony Award, Olivier Award and Drama Desk Award winner. She is also a two-time Academy Award nominee. She was made an OBE in the 2008 Queen's Birthday Honours.

McTeer made her professional stage debut in 1984, and in 1986 was nominated for the Olivier Award for Best Newcomer for The Grace of Mary Traverse. In 1997, she won an Olivier Award and a Tony Award, for her role as Nora in A Doll's House. Other theatre roles include Yelena in Uncle Vanya (London), Veronique in God of Carnage (London & New York) and the title role in Mary Stuart (London & New York), which won her the 2009 Drama Desk Award for Best Actress.

On television, she starred in the title role of Lynda La Plante's The Governor (1995–96), received an Emmy nomination for Into the Storm (2009) and a Golden Globe nomination for The White Queen (2013). She also appeared opposite Glenn Close in the final season of the drama series Damages (2012). She received a Best Actress Academy Award nomination and won a Golden Globe Award for portraying Mary Jo Walker in the 1999 film Tumbleweeds and received a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nomination for her role as Hubert Page in the 2011 film Albert Nobbs. Her other film roles include Hawks (1988), Wuthering Heights (1992), Carrington (1995), Songcatcher (2000) and As You Like It (2006).

Early life[edit]

McTeer was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, the daughter of Jean (née Morris) and Alan McTeer, and spent her childhood in York.[5] She attended the now defunct Queen Anne Grammar School for Girls, and worked at the Old Starre Inn, at York Minster and at the city's Theatre Royal.[6] She then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, beginning a successful theatrical career with the Royal Exchange Theatre after graduating.[3]


McTeer's television work includes the BBC production Portrait of a Marriage, an adaptation of Nigel Nicolson's biography of the same name 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. In 1991, she appeared in Catherine Cookson's The Black Velvet Gown, with Bob Peck and Geraldine Somerville; this won the International Emmy award for best drama. She appeared in the 1992 film version of Wuthering Heights (co-starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes) and the 1995 film Carrington (which starred Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce) as Vanessa Bell.

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.[3] The following year, the production transferred to Broadway, and McTeer received a Tony Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award as Best Actress in a Play.[7]

During the show's run, McTeer was interviewed by Charlie Rose on his PBS talk show, where she was seen by American filmmaker Gavin O'Connor, who, at the time, was working on a screenplay about a single mother's cross-country wanderings with her pre-teenage daughter. He was determined that she star in the film. When prospective backers balked at her relative anonymity in the US, he produced the film 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 category.[8]

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 also starred in the dramatisation of Mary Webb's Precious Bane.[9] She has appeared in such British television serials as The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Hunter,[3] and Agatha Christie's Marple (episode: "The Murder at the Vicarage").[9]

McTeer played Mary, Queen of Scots in Mary Stuart, a play by Friedrich Schiller in a new version by Peter Oswald, directed by Phyllida Lloyd. She acted opposite Harriet Walter as Queen Elizabeth I in London's West End in 2005, a role she reprised in the 2009 Broadway transfer.[10] McTeer received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Mary Stuart, and won the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play.


In 2008, she starred in God of Carnage in the West End alongside Tamsin Greig, Ken Stott and Ralph Fiennes, at the Gielgud Theatre.[11] She reprised her role on Broadway opposite Jeff Daniels from March to June 2010.[12]

In 2009, she portrayed Clementine Churchill in the HBO feature, Into the Storm, about Sir Winston Churchill's years as Britain's leader during World War II.[13]

In 2011, McTeer starred alongside Glenn Close in Albert Nobbs and with Daniel Radcliffe and Ciarán Hinds in The Woman in Black, based on the 1983 novel of the same name. Her role as Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs won McTeer critical acclaim and numerous award nominations, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.[14] It was announced in November 2011 that McTeer had joined the cast of Damages for its fifth and final season (reuniting her with her Albert Nobbs co-star Glenn Close), playing Kate Franklin.[15] She played American novelist Mary McCarthy in Margarethe von Trotta's feature Hannah Arendt.[16]

In 2013 McTeer was cast as Jacquetta of Luxembourg, the mother of the title character in The White Queen, a British television drama series based on Philippa Gregory's bestselling historical novel series The Cousins' War.[17] Her performance was applauded, with Sam Wollaston of The Guardian suggesting she stole the show.[18] In December 2013, McTeer was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Jacquetta.[19] On 29 July 2013, it was announced that McTeer had joined the cast of The Honourable Woman, an upcoming BBC spy thriller television miniseries, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal.[20]


McTeer was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[21]


1985Juliet BravoEsther PearsonEpisode: "Flesh and Blood"
1986GemsStephanie Wilde2 episodes
1986Half Moon StreetVan Arkady's Secretary
1987Theatre NightMiss JulieEpisode: "Miss Julie"
1988Les GirlsSusan7 episodes
1989Precious BanePrue SarnTelevision film
1990Play on One, TheThe Play on OneDr. Juliet HorowitzEpisode: "Yellowbacks"
1990Portrait of a MarriageVita Sackville-West4 episodes
1990Screen TwoCelesteEpisode: "102 Boulevard Haussmann"
1990-1991Screen OneAdult Claudie/Caroline2 episodes
1991I Dreamt I Woke UpMysterious Woman/Lady of Lake/JournalistShort film
1991Black Velvet Gown, TheThe Black Velvet GownRiah MillicanTelevision film
1992Dead RomanticMadeleine SevernTelevision film
1992Masculine Ending, AA Masculine EndingLoretta LawsonTelevision film
1992Wuthering HeightsEllen (Nelly) Dean
1993Don't Leave Me This WayLoretta LawsonTelevision film
1994JackanoryReaderEpisode: "The Iron Woman"
1995CarringtonVanessa Bell
1995-1996Governor, TheThe GovernorHelen Hewitt12 episodes
1996Saint-ExGenevieve de Ville-Franche
1998Velvet GoldmineNarratorVoice
1998Populous: The BeginningAdditional VoicesVoice
1999TumbleweedsMary Jo WalkerGolden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Jury Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
2000Waking the DeadCaroline Pierce
2000SongcatcherProfessor Lily Penleric, PhDSundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance
2000King Is Alive, TheThe King Is AliveLiz
2002Intended, TheThe IntendedSarah Morris
2004Agatha Christie's MarpleAnne ProtheroeTelevision film
2006As You Like ItAudrey
2006The Amazing Mrs PritchardCatherine Walker6 episodes
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series
2007Five DaysDS Amy Foster4 episodes
Nominated—Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Female
2007DaphneGertrude LawrenceTelevision film
2008Sense and SensibilityMrs. DashwoodEpisode: "Sense and Sensibility"
2008Masterpiece TheatreMrs. DashwoodEpisode: "Sense and Sensibility"
2009HunterDS Amy Foster2 episodes
2009Into the StormClementine ChurchillNominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2009PsychovilleCheryl2 episodes
2011Cat RunHelen Bingham
2011IslandPhyllis Lovage
2011Weekends at BellevueDiana Wallace
2011Albert NobbsHubert PageSoutheastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
2012Woman in Black, TheThe Woman in BlackMrs Daily
2012Parade's EndMrs. Satterthwaite4 episodes
2012DamagesKate Franklin9 episodes
2012Hannah ArendtMary McCarthy
2013The White QueenJacquetta of Luxembourg6 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2014AngelicaAnne Montaguefilming
2014The Honourable WomanDame Julia Walsh8 episodes
2014MaleficentElderly Aurora (narrator)


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  4. ^ Births, Marriages & Deaths Index of England & Wales, 1916–2005; at ancestry.com
  5. ^ Janet McTeer Yahoo! Movies bio
  6. ^ York Press 26 January 2012
  7. ^ Internet Broadway Database profile
  8. ^ Essex, Andrew (17 December 1999). "Dixie Chick". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Janet McTeer (credits and biography)". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth. "London's Mary Stuart, With Walter and Tony Winner McTeer, Heading to Broadway in 2009", playbill.com, 14 July 2008.
  11. ^ De Jongh, Nicholas. "Carnage in the dark does not dim the acting", Evening Standard, 26 March 2008.
  12. ^ Gans, Andrew (26 April 2010). "God of Carnage to Close in June". Playbill. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 
  13. ^ Into the Storm profile at HBO website
  14. ^ http://www.stamfordmercury.co.uk/news/oscar_nod_for_janet_mcteer_1_3449840
  15. ^ "Janet McTeer to appear on Damages"
  16. ^ Janet McTeer joins cast of von Trotta's Hannah Arendt | News | Screen
  17. ^ BBC - Blogs - TV blog - The White Queen: Philippa Gregory on resurrecting history
  18. ^ Sam Wollaston, "The White Queen; Agatha Christie's Marple – TV review", The Guardian, 17 June 2013
  19. ^ Rosen, Christopher (12 December 2013). "The Golden Globe Nominations Are Here!". Huffington Post. 
  20. ^ BBC - Media Centre - Stellar casting announced for Hugo Blick's The Honourable Woman on BBC Two
  21. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729. p. 11. 14 June 2008.

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