Played the Virgin Mary in the revival of the York Mystery Plays; appeared with her father and older brother
London stage debut as Ophelia in "Hamlet" at the Old Vic
Became a member of the Old Vic Company in London
Made New York debut as Katherine in "Henry V"
Portrayed the female lead in Old Vic Company's production of "Romeo and Juliet"
Joined the Royal Shakespeare Company playing Anya in "The Cherry Orchard"; first collaboration with Ian Holm
Made feature film debut in "The Third Secret"
Breakthrough screen role in "Four in the Morning"
Made TV debut in the BBC's four-part serial "Talking to a Stranger"
Won critical praise as Sally Bowles in the London stage version of "Cabaret"
Played Titania in Peter Hall's film version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Cast opposite Ian McKellen, who played the title role of Nunn's acclaimed production of "Macbeth"
Played one of three spinster sisters, opposite Jeremy Irons in the BBC television film "Langrishe, Go Down"; adapted for the screen by Harold Pinter
Appeared opposite her husband Michael Williams in the British comedy series "A Fine Romance"; also performed the series' theme song
Won critical praise for her stage role as Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Originated the role of Barbara in the West End production of "Pack of Lies"
Appeared in the British TV production "Saigon: Year of the Cat"; directed by Stephen Frears and written by David Hare
Co-starred with Vanessa Redgrave in "Wetherby"; written and directed by David Hare
Featured as Miss Eleanor Lavish in the Merchant-Ivory film "A Room With a View"
Co-starred with Ian Holm in the British adaptation of Noel Coward's "Mr. and Mrs Edgehill"
Portrayed Cleopatra in an acclaimed stage production of "Antony and Cleopatra" at The National Theatre
Stage directing debut "Look Back in Anger" for Kenneth Branagh's Renaissance Theater Company; also starred with Branagh and Emma Thompson (aired on Bravo in 1993)
Played Gertrude, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role of "Hamlet" at the National Theatre
Directed by Branagh's for the stage production of "Henry V"
Co-starred with Geoffrey Palmer in the British sitcom "As Time Goes By"
Took over the role of M in "GoldenEye" opposite Pierce Brosnan in his first film as James Bond
Made cameo appearance as Hecuba in Kenneth Branagh's full-length film of "Hamlet"
First leading role in a feature, portraying Queen Victoria in "Mrs. Brown"; earned a Best Actress Academy Award nomination
Reprised role of M in "Tomorrow Never Dies"; second collaboration with Brosnan as Bond
Starred in David Hare's London play "Amy's View"; production moved to Broadway in 1999
Earned critical acclaim and several awards for her brief role as Elizabeth I in "Shakespeare in Love"
Appeared with an ensemble cast in Franco Zeffirelli's "Tea With Mussolini"
Again reprised role of M for "The World Is Not Enough"; third collaboration with Pierce Brosnan as Bond
Starred in the HBO original film "The Last of the Blonde Bombshells"; received SAG and Emmy nomination for Lead Actress
Featured as a crusty old woman in Lasse Hallstrom's "Chocolat"; received Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination
Re-teamed with director Lasse Hallstrom for "The Shipping News" playing Kevin Spacey's aunt
Portrayed Irish novelist Iris Murdoch in her later life (the younger version played by Kate Winslet) in Richard Eyre's "Iris"; earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination
Played Lady Bracknell in Oliver Parker's remake of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Co-starred with Maggie Smith in David Hare's West End play "The Breath Of Life"
Reprised role of M for "Die Another Day"; final collaboration with Pierce Brosnan as Bond
Portrayed Laura Henderson in the Stephen Frears directed "Mrs. Henderson Presents"; received Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Lead Actress
Cast as Lady Catherine de Bourg in Joe Wright's adaptation of the Jane Austen classic "Pride and Prejudice"
Reprised her role as M for "Casino Royale" opposite Daniel Craig in his first film as James Bond
Played a London schoolteacher opposite Cate Blanchett in Richard Eyre's "Notes on a Scandal"; received Golden Globe, SAG and Oscar nominations for Lead Actress
Co-starred in the BBC One five-part series "Cranford" (aired on PBS in the US); earned Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Miniseries
Reprised her role as M for the 22nd Bond adventure "Quantum Of Solace"; second collaboration with Craig as Bond
Played Daniel Day-Lewis' confidant and costume designer in Rob Marshall's musical adaptation of the Broadway play, "Nine"
Earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for "Return to Cranford"
Nominated for the 2010 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie ("Return to Cranford")
Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for Television ("Return to Cranford")
Made a cameo in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"
Cast as the title character's mother in the biographical drama "J. Edgar," directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio
Played Dame Sybil Thorndike in "My Week with Marilyn"
Co-starred in the ensemble comedy drama "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"
Reprised character of M opposite Daniel Craig's James Bond in "Skyfall"
Co-starred in "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel"