Cast as the fairy queen Titania in the BBC/PBS adaptation of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Cast as the ruthless editor of the <i>Washington Globe</i> in the political thriller "State of Play"
Had lead role of Rosalind in the BBC/PBS production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It"; part of a series in which all the Bard's plays were performed
Had supporting role in the BBC production of "Cousin Bette"; aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater" in 1972
Joined Royal Shakespeare Company
Played Cleopatra at the Old Vic with the National Youth Theater at age 18
Played Hermia in a British TV adaptation of "A Midsummer's Night Dream"; directed by Peter Hall (released theatrically in the USA)
Played Imogen in the BBC/PBS version of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline"
Starred opposite Cuba Gooding Jr. in Lee Daniels' indie film "Shadowboxer"
Starred opposite Michael Jayston in the thriller "Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill" (ABC); film aired in Great Britain as "Coffin for the Bride"
Voiced the Queen in the animated feature "The Prince of Egypt"
Associate produced and starred as a faded rock singer turned sleuth in the British TV mystery "Painted Lady"; aired on PBS in the USA
Cast as a Russian astronaut in "2010"
Cast as the titular educator in the black comedy "Teaching Mrs. Tingle"
Co-starred opposite Stuart Townsend in the Donmar staging of "Orpheus Descending"
Co-starred with Rupert Everett in the thriller "The Comfort of Strangers"
Directed the short "Happy Birthday" (filmed 2000); aired on Showtime as part of <i>Directed By</i> series in the edition entitled "On the Edge"
Garnered acclaim for her stage performance in "The Sea Gull"
Portrayed the title role in the Showtime film "The Passion of Ayn Rand"
Made Broadway debut in "A Month in the Country"; received a Tony nomination
Returned as Inspector Jane Tennison to the PBS Masterpiece Theatre miniseries "Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness''; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries or Movie (2004)
Starred in the television feature "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone"
Cast as a ruthless TV news producer in Hal Hartley's "No Such Thing"
Co-starred with Robert Redford and Willem Dafoe in the thriller "The Clearing"
First screen credit as associate producer on "Some Mother's Son"; also starred as an Irishwoman whose son is imprisoned for alleged IRA activities
Had second go as the Egyptian queen in "Antony and Cleopatra" opposite Michael Gambon
Met future husband Taylor Hackford when he directed her in "White Nights"
Reprised role of Inspector Jane Tennison in the PBS Masterpiece Theatre miniseries "Prime Suspect: The Final Act"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Starred opposite Alan Rickman in the London stage production of "Antony and Cleopatra"
Starred opposite Laurence Olivier, Alan Bates and Malcolm McDowell in British TV adaptation of Harold Pinter's play "The Collection"
Toured Africa and America with Peter Brook's theater company
Made TV debut in BBC production of "Herostradus"
Was featured as Morgana (aka Morgan Le Fey) in John Boorman's "Excalibur"
Acted opposite Ben Kingsley in "Pascali's Island"
Appeared in the Comedy "Raising Helen" directed by Garry Marshall
Co-starred in Ken Russell's "Savage Messiah" and had title role in film "Miss Julie"
Co-starred in the television movie "Door To Door"
Offered an award winning performance as the Queen of England in the Channel 4/HBO joint production of "Elizabeth I"
Played the queen in "Prince of Jutland/Royal Deceit," a drama that purported to tell the "real" story of Hamlet
Published her memoir, <i>In the Frame</i>
Returned to Broadway opposite Ian McKellen in "The Dance of Death"
Returned to the London stage in "Collected Stories"
Starred in "Love Ranch," based on the true story of a married couple who opened the first legal brothel in Nevada; her husband Taylor Hackford directed the film
Co-starred with Bruce Willis in "Red," an adaption of the comic book mini-series of the same name
Starred as Prospera in the Julie Taymor-directed adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Tempest"
Played Hobson, the title character's nanny in the remake of "Arthur," opposite Russell Brand
Played a former Mossad agent in "The Debt"
Portrayed the filmmaker's wife and longtime creative partner Alma Reville in "Hitchcock"
Featured in Pixar's "Monsters University"
Starred in the action sequel "Red 2"
Starred in culinary romance "The Hundred-Foot Journey"
Starred opposite Ryan Reynolds in "Woman In Gold," a drama about Nazi-looted art following World War II
Co-starred with Aaron Paul and Alan Rickman in war thriller "Eye in the Sky"
Portrayed Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper in Hollywood Blacklist biopic "Trumbo"
Co-starred in the poorly received drama "Collateral Beauty"
Had an uncredited role in "The Fate of the the Furious"
Played Mother Ginger in fantasy adventure "The Nutcracker and the Four Realms"
Portrayed Sofya Tolstoy, opposite Christopher Plummer as Leo Tolstoy, in the German biographical film, "The Last Station"
Appeared in the anthology film "Berlin, I Love You"
Co-starred in the notorious and controversial feature "Caligula"
Played the efficient housekeeper Mrs. Wilson in Robert Altman's "Gosford Park"
Played the love interest to Bob Hoskins' gangster in the acclaimed "The Long Good Friday"
Offered a nuanced turn as the widow of a British soldier who falls in love with the young Irishman responsible for his death in "Cal"
Offered memorable turn as the muse for James Mason in "Age of Consent"
Portrayed Queen Elizabeth II following the tragic death of Diana, Princess Of Wales in "The Queen"
Starred in "Calender Girls"as one of the women of the Rylstone Women's Institute in North Yorkshire that posed nude in 1999, to raise money for Leukemia
Appeared in Lindsay Anderson's "O Lucky Man!"
Created signature role of Detective Inspector Jane Tennison in the Granada Television drama "Prime Suspect" (aired in USA on PBS in 1991); reprised the role in several series between 1992 and 2006
Had leading comic role as a gardening expert in the British comedy "Greenfingers"
Had title role of the cheating spouse of a gangster in Peter Greenaway's "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" opposite Michael Gambon
Played the loyal queen in "The Madness of King George"; co-starring Nigel Hawthorne and Rupert Everett
Starred opposite Harrison Ford in "The Mosquito Coast"
Played American heiress Sarah Winchester in the horror/biodrama "Winchester"