Appeared as a schizophrenic's mother in "Spider"
Appeared in "Sorrel & Son" (aired in the USA on PBS' "Masterpiece Theater")
Breakthrough film role, Ruth Ellis in "Dance With a Stranger", directed by Mike Newell
Co-starred as Christina Ricci's stepmother in "Sleepy Hollow"
Co-starred with Bill Nighy in BBC America's romantic drama "Gideon's Daughter" helmed by Stephen Poliakoff
Co-starred with Julian Wadham in "The Changeling" at the Royal National Theatre
Film acting debut, "The Innocent"
Had featured role in Robert Duvall's "The Apostle"
Made British TV debut as a pregnant au pair in the comedy series, "Agony"
Played Queen Elizabeth I in the British comedy "Blackadder II" (BBC)
Played the Queen of Hearts in the NBC miniseries "Alice in Wonderland"
Portrayed Madame Giry in Andrew Lloyd Webber's screen adaptation of "The Phantom of the Opera"
Raised in Southport, an English seaside town
Starred in David Mamet's "Edmond" on the British stage
US TV debut in British-made miniseries, "A Woman of Substance
Worked in repertory companies in England, acting in such plays as "All My Sons" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?"
Acted in the British telefilm "After Pilkington"
Appeared as Queen Mab and the Lady of the Lake in the NBC miniseries "Merlin"
Appeared in the short film "Blackadder Back and Forth"; premiered at the Millennial Dome in Greenwich
Appeared in three episodes of the British series "The Comic Strip"
Cast in Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, the autobiographical "Wah-Wah"
Earned second Oscar nomination playing Vivienne Haigh-Wood, wife of poet T. S. Eliot in "Tom and Viv"
First collaboration with Mike Newell, the stage play "Life of Einstein" in Lancaster, England
First US feature film, Steven Spielberg's "Empire of the Sun"
Hosted NBC's "Saturday Night Live" (March 20)
Made her London West End debut at Queen's Theater in "Moving"
Played Nurse Fletcher-Brown in an episode of "Blackadder Goes Forth"
Professional stage debut with the Manchester Library Theater
Provided a character voice for the animated feature "Chicken Run"
Reteamed with Mike Newell for "Enchanted April" (released in the USA in 1992)
Returned to the London stage co-starring with Glenne Headly in "Aunt Dan and Lemon"
Studied to be a veterinary surgeon but dropped out to study acting
Acted in the acclaimed British TV adaptation, "A Dance to the Music of Time"
Cast as the evil queen in ABC's live-action remake of "Snow White: The Fairest of Them All"
Co-starred in the HBO made-for-cable movie "Fatherland"
Co-starred opposite Mike Nichols in the London stage production of Wallace Shawn's "The Designated Mourner"
Earned first Oscar nomination playing the long-suffering wife of Jeremy Irons in Louis Malle's "Damage"
Made guest appearance on the British sitcom "Absolutely Fabulous" as a overwrought new mother
Returned to the London stage in Sam Shepard's "A Lie of the Mind", co-starring Will Patton and Geraldine McEwan
Co-starred in "The Hours" as Virginia Woolf's sister Vanessa Bell
Co-starred in hit film "The Crying Game", playing a tough IRA operative
Co-starred with Sylvester Stallone in the remake of "Get Carter"
Had major roles in Robert Altman's "Kansas City" and Robert Harling's "The Evening Star"
Had supporting role in "The Big Brass Ring"; screened at festivals before premiering on Showtime
Made first guest appearance on the British variety series "The Comic Strip"
Played Aishwarya Rai's cellmate in "Provoked"
Played an aspiring actress who turns to pornography and prostitution in the stage play "Etta Jenks"
Played Princess Victoria, Duchess of Kent, opposite Emily Blunt, in "The Young Victoria"
Portrayed Queen Mary in the BBC movie "Lost Prince"; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress
Reprised her role as Queen Elizabeth I in "Blackadder's Christmas Carol" (BBC)