Gina McKee

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Gina McKee
Born (1964-04-14) 14 April 1964 (age 58)
Alma mater East Durham College, National Youth Theatre
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Spouse
Kez Cary
(m. 1989)

Georgina McKee (born 14 April 1964)[ citation needed ] is an English actress. She won the 1997 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Our Friends in the North (1996), and earned subsequent nominations for The Lost Prince (2003) and The Street (2007). She also starred on television in The Forsyte Saga (2002) and as Caterina Sforza in The Borgias (2011). Her film appearances include Notting Hill (1999), and Phantom Thread (2017).

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Early life

McKee was born in Peterlee, County Durham, the daughter of a coal miner, [1] and grew up there and in nearby Easington and Sunderland. Her first experience of acting occurred in her final year at primary school where her teacher finished the school week off with improvisations. [1] Seeing a poster in a shoe-shop window for a new youth drama group, McKee and her friends decided to attend, initially not seriously but later becoming enthusiastic. [1] It led to McKee's first professional appearance, working on Tyne Tees children's series, Quest of Eagles. [1]

From the age of 15, McKee spent three summers in London with the National Youth Theatre. [1] After completing her A-Levels at East Durham College, she decided, with her parents' blessing, to apply to drama schools rather than art colleges. However, she was rejected by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama. [1]

Career

McKee began her career in TV with several background roles including a part on the Lenny Henry Show . She made her film debut in 1988 when she had a small role in the Ken Russell film The Lair of the White Worm which co-starred Hugh Grant. In 1996, she played Mary in the BBC drama Our Friends in the North , a role for which she won three Best Actress awards in 1997: the British Academy Television Award, the Royal Television Society Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award. [2] McKee appeared in several episodes of the Chris Morris spoof current affairs show, Brass Eye (1997, 2001), as reporter Libby Shuss.

McKee's theatre credits include Harold Pinter's The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre in London.

In 2008 she appeared in the BBC drama Fiona's Story and a West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov . [3] In 2010, she appeared as Goneril in the Donmar Warehouse revival of King Lear , directed by Michael Grandage and starring Derek Jacobi. She received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance. [4] She also played the mother of a deaf teenager in BBC TV's thriller, The Silence , opposite Genevieve Barr.

In 2018, she appeared in the highly successful BBC/Netflix drama series Bodyguard , playing the character of Commander Anne Sampson.

Personal life

McKee has been married to Kez Cary since 1989; they live in East Sussex, England.[ citation needed ] She has been a vegetarian since 1982. [5]

In 2002, McKee was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland, receiving the honour alongside footballer Niall Quinn. [6] [7]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1988 The Lair of the White Worm Nurse Gladwell
1989 The Rachel Papers Evonne
1993 Naked Café Girl
1996 The Treasure Seekers Mary Leslie
Element of Doubt Beth
1998 Croupier Marion Nell
1999 Notting Hill Bella
The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc Duchess of Bedford
Wonderland Nadia
Women Talking Dirty Ellen
2000 There's Only One Jimmy Grimble [8] Donna
2001 The Zookeeper Ankica
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Genevieve
2003 Burning the Bed Caroline
The Reckoning Sarah
2004 Mickybo and Me Jonjo's ma
2005 The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby Maureen Gray
MirrorMask White Queen/Dark Queen
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Julia
2007 And When Did You Last See Your Father? [9] Kathy Morrison
Atonement Nurse Drummond
2009 In the Loop [10] [11] Judy Molloy
2013 Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian Madeleine
2015 Hector Lizzie
Taj Mahal Louise's Mother
2017 Phantom Thread Countess Henrietta Harding
2022 My Policeman Older Marion [12] Post-production
TBA The End We Start From Dagger-14-plain.pngFilming [13]

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979Quest of EaglesJane7 episodes
1986 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet Girl1 episode
1987 Inspector Morse Girl in Betting Shop1 episode
1988 The Lenny Henry Show Julie12 episodes
1990 Drop the Dead Donkey Lou1 episode
1991 An Actor's Life For Me Sue Bishop6 episodes
1991 Minder episode "Look Who's Coming To Pinner"Joanna1 episode
1996 Our Friends in the North Mary Cox9 episodes
1997 Comedy Premieres episode "The Chest"Fiona CroftTelevision film
1997 Brass Eye Libby Shuss / Vivian Banch3 episodes
2001 Dice Angela StarckMiniseries, 6 episodes
2002–2003 The Forsyte Saga Irene ForsyteMiniseries, 10 episodes
2003 The Lost Prince LallaTelevision movie
2004 The Blackwater Lightship HelenTelevision movie
2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath Kim PeabodyMiniseries, 2 episodes
2006 The Lavender List Marcia WilliamsTelevision movie
2007 Lewis Diane Turnbull1 episode
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop Sally BrassTelevision movie
2007 The Street Jan Parr2 episodes
20081983 The Brink of Apocalypse [14] [15] Narrator
2008Fiona's StoryFionaTelevision film
2009 Waking the Dead Jackie2 episodes
2010 Dive JacquelineTelevision movie
2010 The Silence AnneMiniseries, 4 episodes
2011 Vera Julie Armstrong1 episode
2011–2013 The Borgias Caterina Sforza Main cast, 13 episodes
2012 Missing Jamie Ortega6 episodes
2012 Line of Duty Jackie Laverty3 episodes
2012–2013 Hebburn Pauline12 episodes
2012 Secret State Ellis KaneMiniseries, 4 episodes
2013 By Any Means Helen BarlowMiniseries, 6 episodes
2016Royal Wives At War Wallis Simpson Television film
2017 Emerald City Dr. Jane AndrewsRecurring role, 5 episodes
2017 Knightfall Landry's Mother3 episodes
2018 Bodyguard Commander Anne SampsonMain cast, 5 episodes
2019 The Rook Jennifer BirchMiniseries, 7 episodes
2019 Catherine the Great Countess BruceMiniseries, 4 Episodes
2020 Black Narcissus Sister AdelaMiniseries, 2 Episodes

Theatre

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