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Minnie Driver

Driver during the 2007 WGA protests
Born Amelia Fiona J. Driver
31 January 1970 (1970-01-31) (age 39)
Finsbury Park, London, UK
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1990–present
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Minnie Driver (born 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.

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Early life

Minnie Driver was born Amelia Fiona J. Driver[1] in Finsbury Park, London, the daughter of Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), a designer and former couture model and Ronnie Driver, a businessman.[2][3] Her sister, Kate Driver, is a model and producer.[4] Driver's mother was her father's mistress, and her father's wife was not aware of his other family.[5] She was brought up in Barbados and educated at Bedale's an independent school near Petersfield, Hampshire, England, and the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Acting career

Before receiving worldwide recognition, she appeared on British television with renowned comedians such as Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci and had small parts in such shows as Casualty, The House of Eliott, Lovejoy and Peak Practice, among others. Driver first came to broad public attention when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995 and then with her Academy Award nominated performance in Good Will Hunting in 1997. In 2003 and 2004, she had a noted recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and daughter of Karen's lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese). Driver has also worked on several animated features, including Disney's 1999 version of Tarzan and the 1999 dubbed-English version of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke in which she voices the fictional character Lady Eboshi.

On 12 March 2007, Driver made her return to television starring alongside Eddie Izzard on the FX Network show The Riches, a series about a family of Travellers living in an upscale gated community in the suburbs. She was nominated for the 2007 Emmy Award as Best Actress in a Dramatic Series.

On November 12, 2009, it was announced that Driver would guest-star in a January 2010 episode of Modern Family. She will play Claire's friend and former co-worker whom she hasn't seen in years.[6] At the end of 2009, Driver began filming a part in the Tiger Aspect television serial The Deep, to be shown on BBC One in 2010.[7]

Music career

Early in her career Driver was a member of a band called "Puff, Rocks and Brown"; the band was signed to a development deal with Island Records, which ended without a release.

She began a low-profile return to music in 2000; the following year, she signed with EMI and Rounder Records and performed at SXSW. Canadian music producer Colin Craig assisted in the eventual release of Everything I've Got in My Pocket, which reached No. 34[8] in the UK, and a second single, "Invisible Girl" peaking at No. 68. The album was backed by a group including members of the Wallflowers and Pete Yorn's band. Driver wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album and also covered "Hungry Heart" from Bruce Springsteen's The River. In 2004, Driver was the support act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour.

In 2004, Driver played Carlotta Giudicelli in Joel Schumacher's film of The Phantom of the Opera. Because of the vocal requirements of the role, Driver was the sole cast member to have her voice dubbed. However, she did lend her own voice to Learn to be Lonely, a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber specifically for the film version of his musical (it plays over the closing credits of the movie). Driver released her second album entitled Seastories on 17 July 2007. The 12-track set is produced by Marc "Doc" Dauer, who also produced Everything I've Got in My Pocket. Ryan Adams and Liz Phair are among the list of collaborators for the album.[9]

Personal life

On 13 March 2008, during an appearance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, she announced that she was expecting her first child in August. On 5 September 2008, she gave birth to a boy named Henry Story Driver.[10] The father's identity remains private.

Filmography

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Film
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Circle of Friends Bernadette 'Benny' Hogan
GoldenEye Irina
1996 Big Night Phyllis
Sleepers Carol Martinez
1997 Grosse Pointe Blank Debi Newberry
Mononoke-hime Lady Eboshi
Good Will Hunting Skylar
1998 Hard Rain Karen
The Governess Rosina da Silva
At Sachem Farm Kendal
1999 An Ideal Husband Miss Mabel Chiltern
Tarzan Jane Porter
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut Brooke Shields
2000 Return to Me Grace Briggs
Beautiful Mona Higgard
Slow Burn Trina McTeague
2001 High Heels and Low Lifes Shannon
2003 Owning Mahowny Belinda
Hope Springs Vera Edwards
2004 Ella Enchanted Mandy
The Phantom of the Opera Carlotta
2006 The Virgin of Juarez Karina Danes
Delirious
2007 Ripple Effect Kitty
Take Ana
2009 Motherhood Sheila
Betty Anne Waters Abra
2010 Barney's Version Mrs. P

Television

Short Subjects

Other

  • Minnie played herself in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous, a British sitcom.[11]
  • Minnie provides the voice of adventurer Lara Croft in Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series.[11]
  • Minnie provided the voice of Anne in the videogame Jurassic Park: Trespasser.
  • She played Lilith in the early series of the popular British children's game show, Knightmare.
  • She was given a cut scene in Family Guy's "Saving Private Brian" as having a big head, and the director had difficulty fitting it on stage.

Discography

Albums

Year Album US Heat Label
2004 Everything I've Got in My Pocket 43 Zoë
2007 Seastories 25

Singles

Year Single Album
2004 "Invisible Girl" Everything I've Got in My Pocket
2005 "Everything I've Got in My Pocket"

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