Minnie Driver

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Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
BornAmelia Fiona J. Driver
(1970-01-31) 31 January 1970 (age 42)
Finsbury Park, London, England
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter
Years active1990–present
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Minnie Driver

Minnie Driver at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
BornAmelia Fiona J. Driver
(1970-01-31) 31 January 1970 (age 42)
Finsbury Park, London, England
OccupationActress, singer-songwriter
Years active1990–present

Minnie Driver (born Amelia Fiona J. Driver; 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film Good Will Hunting, and an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in the television series The Riches.


Early life

Driver was born in Finsbury Park, London,[1] the daughter of Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), a designer and former couture model, and Ronnie Driver, a Welsh businessman and financial adviser from Swansea.[2][3][4] Her mother was her father's mistress, and her father's wife was not aware of his other family.[5] Driver was brought up in Barbados and was educated at Bedales and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[citation needed]. Driver has Italian, Irish, Scottish and French ancestry.[2][6]

Acting career

Driver's television debut was in a 1991 UK TV advert for Right Guard deodorant.[7] Driver also made her stage debut in 1991,[8] supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist.[9] She appeared on British television with comedians such as Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci and had small parts in such shows as Casualty, The House of Eliott, Lovejoy, and Peak Practice. Driver first came to broad public attention when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995. She followed this with a string of supporting roles in big studio films like the 17th James Bond installment GoldenEye (1995), Sleepers (1996), and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). She achieved greater recognition playing opposite Matt Damon in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997), a role for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award, among others. In 2003 and 2004, she had a noted recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and daughter of Karen's lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese). Driver has also worked on several animated features, voicing Jane in Disney's 1999 version of Tarzan, and Lady Eboshi in the 1999 English dubbed release of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke.

On 12 March 2007, Driver made her return to television starring alongside Eddie Izzard on the FX Network show The Riches, a series about a family of Travellers living in an upscale gated community in the suburbs. She was nominated for an Emmy Award[10] and a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008, respectively.[11]

Driver guest-starred in the January 2010 episode of Modern Family entitled "Moon Landing". Her role was that of Claire's friend and former co-worker whom she hasn't seen in years.[12] She also starred alongside James Nesbitt and Goran Visnjic in the British series The Deep, which was shown on BBC One over the summer of 2010.[13]

In 2010, Driver appeared in Conviction, a film depicting the real-life story of Betty Ann Waters (Hilary Swank), a single mother who spends a decade pursuing a law degree so she can represent her wrongfully convicted brother (played by Sam Rockwell) at court. Driver plays a fellow law student and friend of Swank's character who helps her with the case. The film received generally positive reviews according to the review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes listing an average score of 6.3/10 and a 68% of approval from critics.[14] Also in 2010, Driver starred alongside Paul Giamatti in the comedy-drama Barney's Version. According to Rotten Tomatoes, the film received an 80% of positive reviews from critics[15] and Driver herself went on to win a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress.[15] In 2011, Driver appeared in the comedy Goats.[16]

Music career

Early in her career, Driver was a member of a band called "Puff, Rocks and Brown"; the band was signed to a development deal with Island Records, which ended without a release.[citation needed]

She began a low-profile return to music in 2000; the following year, she signed with EMI and Rounder Records and performed at SXSW.[citation needed] Canadian music producer Colin Craig assisted in the eventual release of Everything I've Got in My Pocket, which reached No. 34[17] in the UK, and a second single, "Invisible Girl" peaking at No. 68. The album was backed by a group including members of the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn's band. Driver wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album and also covered "Hungry Heart" from Bruce Springsteen's The River. In 2004, Driver was the support act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour.[citation needed]

In 2004, Driver played Carlotta Giudicelli in Joel Schumacher's film of The Phantom of the Opera. Because of the vocal requirements of the role, Driver was the sole cast member to have her voice dubbed. However, she did lend her own voice to Learn to be Lonely, a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber specifically for the film version of his musical (it plays over the closing credits of the movie). Driver released her second album entitled Seastories on 17 July 2007. The 12-track set is produced by Marc "Doc" Dauer, who also produced Everything I've Got in My Pocket. Ryan Adams and his band the Cardinals and Liz Phair are among the list of collaborators for the album.[18]

Personal life

On 5 September 2008, Driver gave birth to a boy named Henry Story Driver. She did not then reveal the identity of the father.[19] In February 2012, she revealed that her son's father was a writer on her television show The Riches.[20] She was once engaged to Josh Brolin but the pair amicably split.[21]



1990God on the RocksLydia
1992The Zebra ManEmily AshdownShort film
1994That SundayRachel
1995Circle of FriendsBernadette 'Benny' HoganChicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress
Cruel TrainFlora Mussell
The Politician's WifeJennifer Caird
1996Big NightPhyllisLondon Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
SleepersCarol Martinez
1997Grosse Pointe BlankDebi NewberryLondon Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Good Will HuntingSkylarLondon Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated — Academy 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
1998Hard RainKaren
The GovernessRosina da Silva
At Sachem FarmKendal
1999An Ideal HusbandMiss Mabel Chiltern
TarzanJane PorterNominated — Annie Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement for Voice Acting
South Park: Bigger, Longer & UncutBrooke ShieldsVoice only
Princess MononokeLady EboshiVoice only (English version)
2000Return to MeGrace Briggs
BeautifulMona Hiburd
Slow BurnTrina McTeague
The UpgradeConstance LevineShort film
2001D.C. SmallsWaitress
High Heels and Low LifesShannon
2003Owning MahownyBelinda
Hope SpringsVera Edwards
2004Ella EnchantedMandy
The Phantom of the OperaCarlottaNominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
PortraitDonnaShort film
2006The Virgin of JuarezKarina Danes
2007Ripple EffectKitty
The Simpsons MovieA counselorScenes deleted
Barney's VersionMrs. PGenie Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Awards for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated — Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film
Hunky DoryVivienne

Television series

1991The House of EliottMary
CasualtyZena Mitchell
1993Mr. Wroe's VirginsLeah
Screen OneSally
1994Peak PracticeSue Keel
The Day TodayLally Sampson
Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan PartridgeDaniella Forrest
1995My Good FriendEllie
1996Murder Most HorridSgt. Cole
2000The X-FilesCinema Audience
2001The Kumars at No. 42Herself
2003Absolutely FabulousHerself
2003–2004Will & GraceLorraine Finster
2007Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider Animated SeriesLara Croft
2007–2008The RichesDahlia MalloyNominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
2010Modern FamilyValerieSeason 1, Episode 14: "Moon Landing"
The DeepFrances Kelly




YearAlbumUS HeatLabel
2004Everything I've Got in My Pocket43Zoë


2004"Invisible Girl"Everything I've Got in My Pocket
2005"Everything I've Got in My Pocket"


  1. ^ "Minnie Driver (photos)". CBS News. 23 March 2006. http://www.cbsnews.com/2301-207_162-3156310-0.html. Retrieved 5 April 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Clare Hutchinson (20 August 2010). "Hollywood star calls for Wales’ only lido to be opened". WalesOnline. http://www.walesonline.co.uk/footballnation/football-news/2010/08/20/hollywood-star-calls-for-wales-only-lido-to-be-opened-91466-27101965/. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Minnie Driver Biography(1970?". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/30/Minnie-Driver.html. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  4. ^ Winters, Laura (2 August 1998). "FILM; When the Character Calls, Minnie Driver Listens". New York Times. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9B04EFDF1738F931A3575BC0A96E958260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=2. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Driver In Reverse". Mirror.co.uk. 17 December 2004. http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/driver-in-reverse-694712/. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Cranky Critic StarTalk: Minnie Driver". Crankycritic.com. http://www.crankycritic.com/qa/minniedriver.html. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "UK TV Adverts 1991 (part 3)". YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oj4-FamSw2M. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  8. ^ Home. "Latest news and profile of Minnie Driver". hellomagazine.com. http://www.hellomagazine.com/profiles/minnie-driver/. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Minnie Driver Biography". Biography.com. 31 January 1971. http://www.biography.com/articles/Minnie-Driver-9542319. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  10. ^ Minnie Driver Emmy Nominated
  11. ^ "Awards for Minnie Driver" at IMDb
  12. ^ Natalie Abrams. "Minnie Driver to Guest-Star on Modern Family". TVGuide.com. http://www.tvguide.com/News/Minnie-Driver-Guest-1012040.aspx. 
  13. ^ BBC Press Office (17 December 2009). "James Nesbitt, Minnie Driver and Goran Visnjic star in new BBC One drama serial, The Deep". Press release. Retrieved on 17 December 2009.
  14. ^ Information on Conviction at Rotten Tomatoes
  15. ^ a b information on Barney's Version at Rotten Tomatoes
  16. ^ "Duchovny, Farmiga, Russell, Driver and Arnett Join 'Goats'" 10 January 2010, Hollywood.com
  17. ^ "((( Everything I've Got in My Pocket > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums )))". allmusic. 5 October 2004. http://www.allmusic.com/album/r707997. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  18. ^ Up for DiscussionPost Comment. "Phair, Ryan Adams Enhance Minnie Driver Sophomore Set". Billboard.com. http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003559457. Retrieved 2 March 2010. 
  19. ^ Jordan, Julie and Chi, Paul. Minnie Driver Welcomes a Son!. People, 8 September 2008.
  20. ^ Sarah Bull and Nadia Mendoza. 'I don't need to protect him anymore': Minnie Driver FINALLY reveals the identity of son Henry's father. Mail Online, 20 February 2012.
  21. ^ "Minnie Driver breaks engagement". Hollywood.com. 2001-10-04. http://www.hollywood.com/news/Minnie_Driver_breaks_engagement/1092921. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 

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