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Also Known As: Died:
Born: May 8, 1961 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newcastle upon Tyne, England, GB Profession: actress

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Equally at home on stage or on camera in both period pieces and modern dramas, actress Janet McTeer proved to be one of the more versatile actresses to cross over from the U.K. to Broadway and American film. Having made a name for herself on the stages of London and on British television, McTeer found her breakout role when she was cast as Nora in a West End revival of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House" in 1996. The lauded production's move to Broadway the following year not only won the actress multiple awards, including a Tony, but also led to her being cast as the lead in the independently produced drama "Tumbleweeds" (1999), which earned her a Golden Globe. Another winning role came with the Sundance Film Festival favorite "Songcatcher" (2001), followed by turns in the Terry Gilliam-directed "Tideland" (2005) and such acclaimed miniseries as "Five Days" (BBC1, 2007) and "Into the Storm" (HBO, 2009). After earning more raves on Broadway in mountings of "Mary Stuart" and "God of Carnage," the actress stunned audiences and critics alike with her convincing portrayal of a woman posing as a man in Victorian-era London opposite Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" (2011). Undeniably talented and exceptionally...

Equally at home on stage or on camera in both period pieces and modern dramas, actress Janet McTeer proved to be one of the more versatile actresses to cross over from the U.K. to Broadway and American film. Having made a name for herself on the stages of London and on British television, McTeer found her breakout role when she was cast as Nora in a West End revival of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll House" in 1996. The lauded production's move to Broadway the following year not only won the actress multiple awards, including a Tony, but also led to her being cast as the lead in the independently produced drama "Tumbleweeds" (1999), which earned her a Golden Globe. Another winning role came with the Sundance Film Festival favorite "Songcatcher" (2001), followed by turns in the Terry Gilliam-directed "Tideland" (2005) and such acclaimed miniseries as "Five Days" (BBC1, 2007) and "Into the Storm" (HBO, 2009). After earning more raves on Broadway in mountings of "Mary Stuart" and "God of Carnage," the actress stunned audiences and critics alike with her convincing portrayal of a woman posing as a man in Victorian-era London opposite Glenn Close in "Albert Nobbs" (2011). Undeniably talented and exceptionally adaptable, McTeer had rightfully earned her reputation as one of the most dependable actresses on either side of the pond.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Maleficent (2014)
2.
 Hannah Arendt (2013)
3.
4.
 Love, Marilyn (2012)
5.
 Cat Run (2011)
6.
 Sea Change, The (2009)
7.
 Daphne (2007)
8.
 Tideland (2005)
9.
 Intended, The (2002) Sarah Morris
10.
 Waking the Dead (2000) Caroline Pierce
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1978:
At age 17, auditioned for a spot in the renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, despite having never acted on a stage
1984:
Stage debut in a Nottingham production of "Mother Courage and Her Children"
1985:
Made London debut as Mary in "The Grace of Mary Traverse"
1986:
Played a small role in the feature, "Half Moon Street"
1988:
Delivered an outstanding performance as the clumsy, unsure Hazel in the feature "Hawks"
1989:
Starred as Prue Sarn in the two-part BBC production of "Precious Bane" (aired in the U.S. on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre")
1990:
Portrayed Vita Sackville-West in "Portrait of a Marriage" (aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1992)
1991:
Acted the part of Celeste opposite Alan Bates' Marcel Proust in "102 Boulevard Haussmann" (A&E)
1992:
Appeared as Yelena opposite Anthony Sher in "Uncle Vanya"
1992:
Played narrator Ellen Dean in "Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights"; featuring Ralph Fiennes and Juliette Binoche
1993:
Made a spirited Beatrice to Mark Rylance's Benedick in the West End production of "Much Ado About Nothing"
1993:
Starred as Riah Millican in "The Black Velvet Gown" (aired in U.S. on "Masterpiece Theatre")
1995:
Cast opposite Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce in the Christopher Hampton directed, "Carrington"
1995:
Played Nora in the BBC radio version of Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House";
1996:
Portrayed Helen Hewitt, the first woman in charge of a maximum security prison, in the British TV series "The Governor"
1996:
Reprised role of Nora in the West End production of "A Doll's House"
1997:
Made Broadway debut reprising the role of Nora in "A Doll's House"
1998:
Provided opening narration (female) for Todd Haynes' "Velvet Goldmine"
1999:
Breakthrough role as a dislocated single mother in "Tumbleweeds"; earned Best Actress SAG and Oscar nominations
2000:
Played a 19th-century musicologist in "Songcatcher"
2000:
Had a supporting role opposite Billy Crudup in "Waking the Dead"
2000:
Co-starred in Kristian Levering's "The King is Alive"
2002:
Re-teamed with director Kristian Levering for "The Intended"
2006:
Cast in Terry Gilliam's fantasy-drama "Tideland"
2005:
Played Mary, Queen of Scots in the West End production of "Mary Stuart"
2006:
Starred in Kenneth Branagh's film adaptation of William Shakespeare's "As You Like It"
2006:
Cast in the British drama series "The Amazing Mrs Pritchard" (BBC)
2008:
Starred in the West End production of "God of Carnage"
2009:
Reprised role of Mary, Queen of Scots in the Broadway production of "Mary Stuart"; earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play
2009:
Portrayed Clemmie Churchill, opposite Brendan Gleeson as Winston Churchill, in the HBO film "Into the Storm"; earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Movie
2010:
Joined the Broadway production of the Tony-winning hit play "God of Carnage"
2012:
Featured opposite Glenn Close in the drama "Albert Nobbs"
2012:
Acted alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the supernatural thriller "The Woman in Black"
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Education

Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: London , England -

Notes

About "A Doll's House": "If you start acting the politics of the play, you lose its heart; it's as simple as that. You have to play the truth of the situation and not be afraid of looking too weak or girly or whatever. I don't think it's a story about a woman; it's a story about a marriage, so when Nora gets to leave, she's full of doubt. She only knows one thing--that she doesn't know who she is." --Janet McTeer quoted in Time Out New York, March 27-April 3, 1997

"We're doing the play as I think it was meant to be done. It's not a play about Nora, it's a play about marriage--one that shows the cracks for what they are."

"I realized this had nothing to do about being 9 feet tall or 10 feet wide. It's about being made a little person." --McTeer in New York Post, April 2, 1997

Director Gavin O'Connor on casting McTeer in "Tumbleweeds": "I wanted to get an actress no one knew," said O'Connor. "I had been reading about Janet in the trades, and I never thought about her for the part. I had this preconception of this very stuffy, high-brow-arching, English stage actress. And all of a sudden, this broad shows up [on "Charlie Rose"]. This sexy, charming, funny, irreverent woman, and a light went on." --From Mitchell Fink's column in Daily Neews, October 27, 1999

Family close complete family listing

father:
Alan McTeer.
mother:
Jean McTeer.

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