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Janet McTeer
Born 8 May 1961 (1961-05-08) (age 48)[1]
Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England[2]

Janet McTeer, OBE (born 8 May 1961)[1][2][3][4][5] is a British actress.


Life and career

McTeer was born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom, the daughter of Jean and Alan McTeer.[6] She trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began her successful theatrical career with the Royal Exchange Theatre after graduating.[2]

McTeer's television work includes the BBC production of Nigel Nicolson's book Portrait of a Marriage in which she played Vita Sackville-West and the popular ITV series The Governor written by Lynda La Plante. She made her screen debut in Half Moon Street, a 1986 film based on a novel by Paul Theroux. In 1991 she appeared in Catherine Cookson's The Black Velvet Gown , with Bob Peck and Geraldine Somerville, it won the International Emmy award for best drama. She appeared in the 1992 film version of Wuthering Heights (co-starring Juliette Binoche and Ralph Fiennes) and the 1992 film Carrington (which starred Emma Thompson and Jonathan Pryce).

In 1996, McTeer garnered critical acclaim - and both the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award and Critics' Circle Theatre Award for her performance as Nora in a West End production of Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House.[2] The following year, the production transferred to Broadway, and she was honored with a Tony Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award as Best Actress in a Play.[7]

During the show's run, McTeer was interviewed by Charlie Rose on his PBS talk show, where she was seen by American filmmaker Gavin O'Connor, who, at the time, was working on a screenplay about a single mother's cross-country wanderings with her pre-teen daughter. Enamoured with the actress, he was determined that she star in the film. When prospective backers balked at her relative anonymity in the States, he produced the movie himself. Tumbleweeds proved to be a 1999 Sundance Film Festival favourite, and McTeer's performance won her a Golden Globe as Best Actress and Academy Award and Screen Actors Guild nominations in the same category.[8][9]

McTeer's screen credits include Songcatcher (with Aidan Quinn), Waking the Dead (with Billy Crudup and Jennifer Connelly), the dogme film The King is Alive (with Jennifer Jason Leigh), The Intended (with (Brenda Fricker and Olympia Dukakis), and Tideland, written and directed by Terry Gilliam. She also starred in the dramatisation of Mary Webb's Precious Bane.[10]

McTeer appeared in the British TV series The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Five Days, the Five Days sequel Hunter[2] and the new Agatha Christie's Marple series starring Geraldine McEwan in the episode entitled The Murder at the Vicarage, [10] and is the voice of the Shaman in the computer game "Populous: The Beginning".[11] (also see game credits)

McTeer played Mary, Queen of Scots in Mary Stuart in London's West End in 2005, a role she is reprising in the 2009 Broadway transfer of the production.[12] McTeer received a Tony Award nomination for her role in Mary Stuart and won the Drama Desk Award, Outstanding Actress in a Play.

In 2008, McTeer starred in God of Carnage in the West End alongside Tamsin Greig, Ken Stott and Ralph Fiennes, at the Gielgud Theatre.[13] McTeer is currently (as of March 2, 2010) reprising her role at the Jacobs Theatre on Broadway opposite Jeff Daniels.

In 2009, McTeer starred as Clementine Churchill opposite Brendan Gleeson as Winston Churchill in the made-for-TV HBO film Into the Storm, about Churchill's years as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom during World War II.[14]


McTeer was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2008 Birthday Honours.[15]


  1. ^ a b Biography, Variety. Baseline
  2. ^ a b c d e Whiting, Kate (19 January 2009). "Janet McTeer: A tall order's no trouble". Chester Chronicle. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  3. ^ "Janet McTeer". Hello!. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Janet McTeer Star Bio". Tribute. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  5. ^ Green, Anthony L.. "McTeer, Janet". Encyclopaedia Britannica. Retrieved 2009-05-22. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Internet Broadway Database, accessed May 25, 2009
  8. ^ Eisenbach, Helen."She's Mcteer—And She's Here! - Janet McTeer in Tumbleweeds"Interview Magazine,, December 1999
  9. ^ Essex, Andrew."Dixie Chick",Entertainmet Weekly, December 17, 1999
  10. ^ a b Credits and biography. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2009-05-25 from
  11. ^ Internet Movie Database, accessed May 25, 2009
  12. ^ Jones, Kenneth."London's Mary Stuart, With Walter and Tony Winner McTeer, Heading to Broadway in 2009",, 14 July 2008.
  13. ^ deJongh, Nicholas."Carnage in the dark does not dim the acting",Evening Standard,, 26 March 2008.
  14. ^ Into the Storm, official site at HBO
  15. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58729, p. 11, 14 June 2008.

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