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|Born|| 5 August 1961 |
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK
|Born|| 5 August 1961 |
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England, UK
She 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, 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.
Her film and TV credits include Hawks (1988), Lynda La Plante's The Governor (1995-96), Carrington (1995), her Oscar nominated role in Tumbleweeds (1999), Into the Storm (2009), her Oscar nominated role in Albert Nobbs (2011), season five of the drama series Damages (2012) and The White Queen (2013).
McTeer was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, England, the daughter of Jean (née Morris) and Alan McTeer, and spent her childhood in York. She attended the now defunct Queen Anne Grammar School for Girls, and worked at the Old Starre Inn, at York Minster and at the Theatre Royal. She then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, beginning a successful theatrical career with the Royal Exchange Theatre after graduating.
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. 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.
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-teen 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.
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. She has appeared in such British television serials as The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Hunter, and Agatha Christie's Marple (episode: "The Murder at the Vicarage").
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. 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. She reprised her role on Broadway opposite Jeff Daniels from March to June 2010.
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. 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. She played American novelist Mary McCarthy in Margarethe von Trotta's feature Hannah Arendt.
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. Her performance was applauded, with Sam Wollaston of The Guardian suggesting she stole the show. In December 2013, McTeer was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Jacquetta.  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.
|1985||Juliet Bravo||Esther Pearson||Episode: "Flesh and Blood"|
|1986||Gems||Stephanie Wilde||2 episodes|
|1986||Half Moon Street||Van Arkady's Secretary|
|1987||Theatre Night||Miss Julie||Episode: "Miss Julie"|
|1988||Les Girls||Susan||7 episodes|
|1989||Precious Bane||Prue Sarn||Television film|
|1990||Play on One, TheThe Play on One||Dr. Juliet Horowitz||Episode: "Yellowbacks"|
|1990||Portrait of a Marriage||Vita Sackville-West||4 episodes|
|1990||Screen Two||Celeste||Episode: "102 Boulevard Haussmann"|
|1990-1991||Screen One||Adult Claudie/Caroline||2 episodes|
|1991||I Dreamt I Woke Up||Mysterious Woman/Lady of Lake/Journalist||Short film|
|1991||Black Velvet Gown, TheThe Black Velvet Gown||Riah McMillan||Television film|
|1992||Dead Romantic||Madeleine Severn||Television film|
|1992||Masculine Ending, AA Masculine Ending||Loretta Lawson||Television film|
|1992||Wuthering Heights||Ellen (Nelly) Dean|
|1993||Don't Leave Me This Way||Loretta Lawson||Television film|
|1994||Jackanory||Reader||Episode: "The Iron Woman"|
|1995-1996||Governor, TheThe Governor||Helen Hewitt||12 episodes|
|1996||Saint-Ex||Genevieve de Ville-Franche|
|1998||Populous: The Beginning||Additional Voices||Voice|
|1999||Tumbleweeds||Mary Jo Walker||Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy|
Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Jury Award for Best Actress
National Board of Review Award for Best Actress
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress (3rd place)
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Actress of the Year
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising 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
|2000||Waking the Dead||Caroline Pierce|
|2000||Songcatcher||Professor Lily Penleric, PhD||Sundance Film Festival - Special Jury Prize for Outstanding Ensemble Performance|
|2000||King Is Alive, TheThe King Is Alive||Liz|
|2002||Intended, TheThe Intended||Sarah Morris|
|2004||Agatha Christie's Marple||Anne Protheroe||Television film|
|2006||As You Like It||Audrey|
|2006||The Amazing Mrs Pritchard||Catherine Walker||6 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Nymph Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series
|2007||Five Days||DS Amy Foster||4 episodes|
Nominated—Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Female
|2007||Daphne||Gertrude Lawrence||Television film|
|2008||Sense and Sensibility||Mrs. Dashwood||Episode: "Sense and Sensibility"|
|2008||Masterpiece Theatre||Mrs. Dashwood||Episode: "Sense and Sensibility"|
|2009||Hunter||DS Amy Foster||2 episodes|
|2009||Into the Storm||Clementine Churchill||Nominated—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
|2011||Cat Run||Helen Bingham|
|2011||Weekends at Bellevue||Diana Wallace|
|2011||Albert Nobbs||Hubert Page||Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (2nd place)|
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Houston Film Critics Society 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
|2012||Woman in Black, TheThe Woman in Black||Mrs Daily|
|2012||Parade's End||Mrs. Satterthwaite||4 episodes|
|2012||Damages||Kate Franklin||9 episodes|
|2012||Hannah Arendt||Mary McCarthy|
|2013||The White Queen||Jacquetta of Luxembourg||6 episodes|
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
|2014||The Honourable Woman||Julia Walsh||TV series (7 episodes)|