|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Partner(s)||Hugh Brody (1993–present)|
Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson,(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).
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. When Stevenson was nine, she attended Berkshire's Hurst Lodge School, 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). 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.
In the 1987 TV film Life Story , Stevenson played the part of scientist Rosalind Franklin, for which she won a Cable Ace award.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. The film makers and Stevenson were criticised as Wakefield's professionalism was already seriously in doubt.
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.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.
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).
She is an atheist but considers herself a spiritual and superstitious person.
In 1992 she appeared in a political broadcast for the Labour Party.
In 2008 she campaigned on behalf of refugee womenwith 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.
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.
|1988||Drowning by Numbers||Cissie Colpitts 2|
|1990||Ladder of Swords||Alice 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|
|1997||Treasure Island||Jane (voice)||Video|
|2001||Play||Second Woman||Short 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|
|2005||Red Mercury||Sofia Warburton|
|2005||Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman||Anne Fletcher|
|2006||In Search of Mozart||Narrator|
|2006||Breaking and Entering||Rosemary McCloud|
|2007||And When Did You Last See Your Father?||Kim Morrison|
|2008||A Previous Engagement||Julia Reynolds|
|2008||The Secret of Moonacre||Miss Heliotrope|
|2009||In Search of Beethoven||Narrator|
|2012||In Search of Haydn||Narrator|
|2014||The Letters||Mother Teresa|
|2014||In Search of Chopin||Narrator|
|2014||The Portrait||Laura Burrell||Short film|
|2016||Let Me Go||Helga||Post-production|
|2016||Love Is Thicker Than Water||Ethel|
|1980||The Mallens||Barbara Mallen||6|
|1981||Maybury||Joanna Langston||"A Fall from Grace", "What I Mean Is...", "Ten Green Bottles"|
|1983||Bazaar and Rummage||Fliss||TV film|
|1984||Crown Court||Catherine Lloyd||"Dirty Washing: Part 1"|
|1984||Freud||Elizabeth von Reitberg||"The Secret of Dreams"|
|1984||Pericles, Prince of Tyre||Thaisa||TV film|
|1986||The Theban Plays by Sophocles||Antigone||"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"|
|1989||Living with Dinosaurs||Vicky||TV film|
|1990||The Jim Henson Hour||Vicky||"Living with Dinosaurs"|
|1991||4 Play||Margaret||"In the Border Country"|
|1992||Performance||Nora Helmer||"A Doll's House"|
|1993||The World of Eric Carle||Narrator (voice)||TV series short|
|1993||The Legends of Treasure Island||Jane (voice)||Main role|
|1993||Who Dealt?||The Wife||Short story in the form of a monologue by Ring Lardner.|
|1994||Verdi||Giuseppina 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 Lee||TV film|
|1999||Trial by Fire||Helen West||TV film|
|2002||The Road from Coorain||Eve||TV film|
|2003||Hear the Silence||Christine Shields||TV film|
|2005||The Snow Queen||Gerda's Mother||TV 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 Heathcote||TV miniseries|
|2008||Dustbin Baby||Marion||TV 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 Elms||Recurring role|
|2012||White Heat||Charlotte||TV miniseries|
|2013–14||The Village||Clem Allingham||Main role|
|2013–15||Atlantis||The Oracle||Main role|
|2014||On Angel Wings||Mary||TV short|
|2015||X Company||Mayor Marie Bellaire||"Walk with the Devil"|
|2015||The Enfield Haunting||Betty Grosse||TV miniseries|
|2015||Artsnight||Contributor||"Richard Wilson on Samuel Beckett"|
|2016||One of Us||Louise Elliot||TV miniseries|
|2017||1066: A Year to Conquer England||Narrator||Docudrama|
|2019||Queens of Mystery||Narrator||TV series|
|1978||The Tempest||Spirit||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1978||Antony and Cleopatra||Iras / Octavia||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1978||Measure for Measure||Whore / Nun||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1978||The Churchill Play||Caroline Thompson|
|1978||Hippolytus||Aphrodite / Artemis|
|1978||Lovers and Kings|
|1978||The Taming of the Shrew||Widow / Curtis|
|1978||The White Guard||Yeliena|
|1978||Once in a Lifetime||Miss Chasen|
|1980||Henry IV||Lady Percy||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1981||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Hippolyta / Titania|
|1981||The Witch of Edmonton||Susan|
|1983||Other Worlds||Emma / Betsy||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|1984||Measure for Measure||Isabella||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre|
|1984||Breaking the Silence||Polya||Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit Theatre, London|
|1985||Troilus and Cressida||Cressida||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre|
|1985||As You Like It||Rosalind||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre|
|1986||Les Liaisons dangereuses||Madame de Tourvel||Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit Theatre|
|1987||Yerma||Yerma||National Theatre, London|
|1988–90||The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus||Kyllene||Theatre of Delphi/National Theatre, London|
|1989||Hedda Gabler||Hedda||National Theatre, London|
|1989||On the Verge||Fanny||Sadler's Wells Theatre, London|
|1990||Burn This||Anna||Hampstead Theatre, London|
|1991–92||Death and the Maiden||Paulina||Theatre Upstairs, Duke of York Theatre, London|
|1993||Scenes from an Execution||Galactia||Mark 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||Amanda||The National Theatre|
|2000||The Country||Royal Court Theatre|
|2004||We Happy Few||Gielgud Theatre, London|
|2005||The Alice Trilogy||Royal Court Theatre|
|2006||The Seagull||Irina Arkadina||The National Theatre|
|2009||Duet for One||London|
|2011||The Heretic||Royal Court Theatre|
|2014–15||Happy Days||Winnie||Young 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|
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.
|1992||British Academy Film Award||Best Actress in a Leading Role||Truly, Madly, Deeply||Nominated|
|1993||British Academy Television Award||Actress||A Doll's House||Nominated|
|1996||British Academy Television Award||Actress||The Politician's Wife||Nominated|
|2011||British Academy Television Award||Leading Actress||Accused||Nominated|
|2019||Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Narrator||Queens of Mystery (Episode: "Murder in the Dark: First Chapter")||Nominated|
|1983||Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Best Actress||Measure for Measure||Won|
|1984||Laurence Olivier Award||Actress of the Year in a Revival||Nominated|
|1986||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress||As You Like It , Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Troilus and Cressida||Nominated|
|1987||Laurence Olivier Award||Yerma||Nominated|
|1992||Laurence Olivier Award||Death and the Maiden||Won|
|2009||Evening Standard Theatre Award||Best Actress||Duet for One||Nominated|
|2010||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
|2019||Evening Standard Theatre Award||Best Actress||The Doctor||Nominated|
|Critics' Circle Theatre Award||Best Actress||Won|
|2020||Laurence Olivier Award||Best Actress||Nominated|
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