Juliet Stevenson

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Juliet Stevenson
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in Dustbin Baby (2008)
Born (1956-10-30) 30 October 1956 (age 64)
Kelvedon, Essex, England
Alma mater Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Years active1978–present
Partner(s) Hugh Brody (1993–present)

Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson, CBE (born 30 October 1956) is an English actor of stage and screen. She is known for her role in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her other film appearances include Emma (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Being Julia (2004), and Infamous (2006).


Stevenson has starred in numerous Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre productions, including Olivier Award nominated roles in Measure for Measure (1984), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1986), and Yerma (1987). For her role as Paulina in Death and the Maiden (1991–92), she won the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Actress. Her fifth Olivier nomination was for her work in the 2009 revival of Duet for One . She has also received three nominations for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress: for A Doll's House (1992), The Politician's Wife (1995) and Accused (2010). Other stage roles include The Heretic (2011) and Happy Days (2014).

Early life

Stevenson was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, the daughter of Virginia Ruth (née Marshall), a teacher, and Michael Guy Stevenson, an army officer.[ citation needed ] Stevenson's father was assigned a new posting every two and a half years. [1] When Stevenson was nine, she attended Berkshire's Hurst Lodge School, [2] and she was later educated at the independent St Catherine's School in Bramley, near Guildford in Surrey, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). [3] Stevenson was part of the 'new wave' of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Bruce Payne, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton and Fiona Shaw. This led to a stage career starting in 1978 with the Royal Shakespeare Company.


Although she has gained fame through her television and film work, and has often undertaken roles for BBC Radio, she is known as a stage actress. Significant stage roles include her performances as Isabella in Measure for Measure , Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses , as Anna in the UK premiere of Burn This in 1990, and as Paulina in Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court theatre and the West End (1991–92). For the latter, she was awarded the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress. [4]

In the 1987 TV film Life Story , Stevenson played the part of scientist Rosalind Franklin, for which she won a Cable Ace award. [5] She played the leading role in the Anthony Minghella film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991) and her roles in The Secret Rapture (1993), Emma (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003). She has more recently starred in Pierrepoint (2006), Infamous (2006) as Diana Vreeland and Breaking and Entering (2006) as Rosemary, the therapist. In 2003, she played the mother of an autistic child in the television film Hear the Silence , a film promoting the now debunked claims of Andrew Wakefield that the MMR vaccine was responsible for autism in children. [6] The film makers and Stevenson were criticised as Wakefield's professionalism was already seriously in doubt. [6] [7]

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Stevenson speaking at the 2011 Latitude Festival.

In 2009, she starred in ITV's A Place of Execution . The role won her the Best Actress Dagger at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards. [8] She performs as a book reader, and has recorded all of Jane Austen's novels as unabridged audiobooks, as well as a number of other novels, such as Lady Windermere's Fan , Hedda Gabler , Stories from Shakespeare, and To the Lighthouse . She received lifetime achievement prize at Women in Film And TV awards. [9]

Personal life

Stevenson has lived with her partner, British anthropologist Hugh Brody, since 1993. The couple live in Highgate, North London. They have two children, both born in Camden, London: Rosalind Hannah Brody (born 1994) and Gabriel Jonathan Brody (born late 2000/early 2001). [10]

She is an atheist but considers herself a spiritual and superstitious person. [11] [12]

In 1992 she appeared in a political broadcast for the Labour Party. [13] [14]

In 2008 she campaigned on behalf of refugee women [15] with a reading of Motherland at the Young Vic. She is patron of the UK registered charity LAM Action, which provides support, information and encouragement to patients with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and their families, and raises funds to advance research into LAM. [16]

On 12 September 2016, Stevenson, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, Kit Harington and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis. The video, titled What They Took With Them, has the actors reading a poem written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities and education. [17] [18]



1988 Drowning by Numbers Cissie Colpitts 2
1990Ladder of SwordsAlice Howard
1990 The March Clare Fitzgerald
1990 Truly, Madly, Deeply Nina
1993 The Trial Fräulein Bürstner
1993 The Secret Rapture Isobel Coleridge
1996 Emma Augusta Hawkins Elton
1997Treasure IslandJane (voice)Video
2001PlaySecond WomanShort film
2001 Christmas Carol: The Movie Mrs. Cratchit / Mother Gimlet (voice)
2001 The Search for John Gissing Gwenyth Moore
2002 Food of Love Pamela Porterfield
2002 Bend It Like Beckham Paula Paxton
2002 Nicholas Nickleby Mrs. Squeers
2003 Mona Lisa Smile Amanda Armstrong
2004 Being Julia Evie
2005 Red Mercury Sofia Warburton
2005 Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman Anne Fletcher
2006 Infamous Diana Vreeland
2006In Search of MozartNarrator
2006 Breaking and Entering Rosemary McCloud
2007 And When Did You Last See Your Father? Kim Morrison
2008A Previous EngagementJulia Reynolds
2008 The Secret of Moonacre Miss Heliotrope
2009QuietusJayneShort film
2009In Search of BeethovenNarrator
2009 Desert Flower Lucinda
2009 Triage Amy
2012In Search of HaydnNarrator
2013PenelopePennyShort film
2013 Diana Sonia
2014 The Letters Mother Teresa
2014In Search of ChopinNarrator
2014The PortraitLaura BurrellShort film
2016Let Me GoHelgaPost-production
2016Love Is Thicker Than WaterEthel
2018 London Unplugged Jayne


1980 The Mallens Barbara Mallen6
1981MayburyJoanna Langston"A Fall from Grace", "What I Mean Is...", "Ten Green Bottles"
1983Bazaar and RummageFlissTV film
1984 Crown Court Catherine Lloyd"Dirty Washing: Part 1"
1984 Freud Elizabeth von Reitberg"The Secret of Dreams"
1984 Pericles, Prince of Tyre ThaisaTV film
1986The Theban Plays by SophoclesAntigone"Oedipus at Colonus", "Antigone"
1987 Life Story Rosalind Franklin
1988 Screenplay Ruth"Out of Love"
1988 Screen Two Hilda Carline"Stanley Spencer"
1988 This is David Lander Penny Foster"The Nicholson Story"
1989Living with DinosaursVickyTV film
1990 The Jim Henson Hour Vicky"Living with Dinosaurs"
19914 PlayMargaret"In the Border Country"
1991 Screen Two Lucy"Aimée"
1992 Performance Nora Helmer"A Doll's House"
1993The World of Eric CarleNarrator (voice)TV series short
1993 The Legends of Treasure Island Jane (voice)Main role
1993Who Dealt? [19] The WifeShort story in the form of a monologue by Ring Lardner.
1994VerdiGiuseppina Strepponi (voice)TV film
1995 The Politician's Wife Flora Matlock"Stand by Him", "Echo Chamber", "Body Politic"
1997 Screen Two Jean"Stone, Scissors, Paper"
1998 Cider with Rosie Annie LeeTV film
1999Trial by FireHelen WestTV film
2002 The Road from Coorain EveTV film
2003 Hear the Silence Christine ShieldsTV film
2005 The Snow Queen Gerda's MotherTV film
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Gwenda Vaughn"Ordeal by Innocence"
2008 10 Days to War Elizabeth Wilmshurst"A Simple Private Matter"
2008 Place of Execution Catherine HeathcoteTV miniseries
2008 Dustbin Baby MarionTV film
2010 Law & Order: UK Rachel Callaghan"Denial"
2010 Accused Helen Ryland"Helen's Story"
2011 Lewis Diana Ellerby"Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things"
2011 The Hour Lady ElmsRecurring role
2012 White Heat CharlotteTV miniseries
2013–14 The Village Clem AllinghamMain role
2013–15 Atlantis The OracleMain role
2014 On Angel Wings MaryTV short
2015 X Company Mayor Marie Bellaire"Walk with the Devil"
2015 The Enfield Haunting Betty GrosseTV miniseries
2015ArtsnightContributor"Richard Wilson on Samuel Beckett"
2016 One of Us Louise ElliotTV miniseries
20171066: A Year to Conquer EnglandNarratorDocudrama
2019 Queens of Mystery NarratorTV series


1978 The Tempest SpiritRoyal Shakespeare Company
1978 Antony and Cleopatra Iras / OctaviaRoyal Shakespeare Company
1978 Measure for Measure Whore / NunRoyal Shakespeare Company
1978 The Churchill Play Caroline Thompson
1978 Hippolytus Aphrodite / Artemis
1978Lovers and Kings
1978 The Taming of the Shrew Widow / Curtis
1978The White GuardYeliena
1978 Once in a Lifetime Miss Chasen
1980Henry IVLady PercyRoyal Shakespeare Company
1981 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hippolyta / Titania
1981 The Witch of Edmonton Susan
1981MoneyClara Douglas
1983Other WorldsEmma / BetsyRoyal Court Theatre, London
1984 Measure for Measure IsabellaRoyal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre
1984Breaking the SilencePolyaRoyal Shakespeare Company, The Pit Theatre, London
1985 Troilus and Cressida CressidaRoyal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre
1985 As You Like It RosalindRoyal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre
1986 Les Liaisons dangereuses Madame de TourvelRoyal Shakespeare Company, The Pit Theatre
1987 Yerma YermaNational Theatre, London
1988–90 The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus KylleneTheatre of Delphi/National Theatre, London
1989 Hedda Gabler HeddaNational Theatre, London
1989 On the Verge FannySadler's Wells Theatre, London
1990 Burn This AnnaHampstead Theatre, London
1991–92 Death and the Maiden PaulinaTheatre Upstairs, Duke of York Theatre, London
1993 Scenes from an Execution GalactiaMark Taper Forum, Los Angeles
1995 The Duchess of Malfi Greenwich Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre, London
1997 The Caucasian Chalk Circle Royal National Theatre, London
1999 Private Lives AmandaThe National Theatre
2000The CountryRoyal Court Theatre
2004 We Happy Few Gielgud Theatre, London
2005The Alice TrilogyRoyal Court Theatre
2006 The Seagull Irina ArkadinaThe National Theatre
2009 Duet for One London
2011 The Heretic Royal Court Theatre
2014–15 Happy Days WinnieYoung Vic
2016–17 2018 Mary Stuart Mary Stuart/Elizabeth I Almeida Theatre & Duke of York's Theatre
2017 Hamlet Gertrude Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre
2019 The Doctor The Doctor Almeida Theatre

Audio recordings

A partial list of Stevenson's audio recordings:


In the 1999 Queens Birthday Honours, Stevenson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

She is a patron of the London International Festival of Theatre. [22]

Awards and nominations


1992 British Academy Film Award [23] Best Actress in a Leading Role Truly, Madly, Deeply Nominated


1993 British Academy Television Award [23] Actress A Doll's House Nominated
1996 British Academy Television Award [23] Actress The Politician's Wife Nominated
2011 British Academy Television Award [23] Leading Actress Accused Nominated
2019 Primetime Emmy Award [24] Outstanding Narrator Queens of Mystery (Episode: "Murder in the Dark: First Chapter")Nominated


YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
1983 Critics' Circle Theatre Award [25] Best Actress Measure for Measure Won
1984 Laurence Olivier Award [26] Actress of the Year in a Revival Nominated
1986 Laurence Olivier Award [27] Best Actress As You Like It , Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Troilus and Cressida Nominated
1987 Laurence Olivier Award [28] Yerma Nominated
1992 Laurence Olivier Award [29] Death and the Maiden Won
2009 Evening Standard Theatre Award [30] [31] Best Actress Duet for One Nominated
2010 Laurence Olivier Award [32] Best ActressNominated
2019Evening Standard Theatre Award [33] Best ActressThe DoctorNominated
Critics' Circle Theatre Award [34] Best ActressWon
2020 Laurence Olivier Award [35] Best ActressNominated

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