Person Details

Birthday: 1946-02-20 23:19:47

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Female

Place of birth: Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK

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Movie Involvements: 29

TV Involvements: 8


Most Famous Work

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Brenda Anne Blethyn, OBE (born 20 February 1946) is an English actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. Blethyn has received two Academy Award nominations, two SAG Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one. In addition, she has won a BAFTA, an Empire Award and a Golden Lion, and has earned a Theater World Award and both a Critics' Circle Theatre Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her theatrical work. Born into a working class home in Ramsgate, Kent, Blethyn pursued an administrative career until her early 30s before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting after the dissolution of her marriage in 1973. She subsequently joined the Royal National Theatre and received credits for her performances in Troilus and Cressida (1976) and Mysteries (1979). In 1981, Blethyn earned her first critical acclaim for Steaming. In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh's film Grown-Ups; then, after a modest number of guest spots in several productions, in the mid-1980s she garnered leading roles in the short-living sitcoms Chance in a Million and The Labours of Erica. Having followed her big screen debut with smaller supporting roles in films such as The Witches (1990) and A River Runs Through It (1992), she made her real cinema breakthrough with her role in the 1996 dramedy Secrets & Lies, for which she received rave reviews. Blethyn has since appeared in an eclectic range of films, including independent comedies such as Saving Grace (2000), Plots with a View (2002) and Clubland (2007), music-themed films like Little Voice (1998) and Beyond the Sea (2004) and big-budget dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007). In addition, Blethyn has appeared in television productions including The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), Belonging (2004) and War and Peace (2007). Her most recent leading role in TV drama is the title role in Vera (2011), playing Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope. Description above from the Wikipedia article Brenda Blethyn, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

Pride & Prejudice
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8

Pride & Prejudice

(2005) Mrs. Bennet
Downton Abbey
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8

Downton Abbey

(2010) Vera
Tales of the Unexpected
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7

Tales of the Unexpected

(1979) Carol Hutchins
Atonement
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8

Atonement

(2007) Grace Turner
The Witches
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7

The Witches

(1990) Mrs. Jenkins
Vera
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7

Vera

(2011) DCI Vera Stanhope
The Sleeping Dictionary
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7
Beyond the Sea
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6

Beyond the Sea

(2004) Polly Cassotto

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2020 Kate
2018 Narrator
2016 Ethel Briggs (voice)
2014 Emily Smith
2013 Martha
2011 Headmistress
DCI Vera Stanhope
2010 Vera
Sister Ignatious
2009 Mama Heffalump (voice)
Elisabeth
Mother
2007 Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
Grace Turner
Jean
Herself
2006 Wendy Ainscow
N/A
N/A
2005 Mrs. Bennet
Joan
Mama Heffalump (voice)
2004 Polly Cassotto
Annette
Nesta Pett
Jess Copplestone
2003 Hazel Delany
Aunt Millie
Aggie
2002 Betty Rhys-Jones
Jewel
Judy Romanoff
Mrs. Louise Tutwiler
N/A
2001 Julia Montgomery
Mrs. Delaney
Jane Marks
Auguste Rottgen-van Pels
2000 Louella Parsons
Grace Trevethyn
1999 N/A
1998 Mari Hoff
Ida Stubbs
N/A
Dawn Wilkinson
Grace Swan
Alice Mooney
1997 N/A
1996 Cynthia Rose Purley
1995 N/A
1994 N/A
1993 Margaret Amir
Gwen
N/A
1992 Mrs. Maclean
N/A
1991 Shirley Frame
1990 Mrs. Jenkins
1989 N/A
1988 N/A
1987 Ticki Tocquet
Sylvia
1984 N/A
1983 Angela Foley
Joan La Pucelle
1982 Cordelia
Herself
1981 N/A
1980 Gloria
N/A
N/A
1979 Carol Hutchins
1978 N/A
1975 N/A
1953 N/A
Grannie Nellie
Year Character Movie/Tv

Writing

Year Role Movie/Tv
2007 Writer
Year Role Movie/Tv

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