Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer

Highest Rated: 88% Paint It Black (2017)

Lowest Rated: 11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016)

Birthday: May 8, 1961

Birthplace: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England, UK

Although British audiences had been familiar with her work since the mid-'80s, it wasn't until Janet McTeer's Oscar-nominated performance in 1999's Tumbleweeds that American filmgoers also began to take notice. A Newcastle native whose versatile physical features compliment her ability to truly realize a character (no matter how foreign), McTeer made her film debut opposite screen siren Sigourney Weaver in the 1986 feature Half Moon Street. Though her looks and talent for intense personal drama made comparisons to veteran star Vanessa Redgrave common, McTeer soon distinguished herself on the London stage with roles in The Grace of Mary Traverse and Greenland, small-screen parts in Precious Bane (1989) and Portrait of a Marriage (1990) proved that her talent transferred outside the theater, as well. Critics also singled out her performance in the 1992 adaptation of Wuthering Heights. That same year, McTeer stepped into the shoes of super-sleuthing professor Loretta Lawson in the made-for-TV mystery A Masculine Ending, and she reprised the role in the following year's Don't Leave Me This Way. It was her turn as a determined prison warden in the popular U.K. series The Governor, however, that found McTeer truly coming into her own on television. Her imposing (six foot-one inch) frame and emotional vulnerability worked in perfect harmony to create a compelling character, and McTeer began to become a familiar face to PBS viewers in the U.S. thanks to roles in such efforts as Precious Bane (1989) and The Black Velvet Gown (1991). After winning both Olivier and Tony awards in 1997 for her performance in the stage version of A Doll's House, McTeer began to work almost exclusively in films. Just a year after she made a vocal impression on stateside audiences as the narrator of Todd Haynes' glam rock-tribute Velvet Goldmine in 1998, American audiences were offered a face to accompany the voice (though thanks to her masterful Southern accent, they may not have recognized it) with the release of the mother/daughter road drama Tumbleweeds. Cast as a nomadic, free-spirited mother, McTeer's Oscar-nominated performance left quite an impression, even if the film itself ultimately didn't. The actress followed this film with three titles in 2000: Waking the Dead, Songcatcher, and The King Is Alive. She then took a two-year break from the screen before returning with 2002's The Intended, which she also co-wrote.McTeer continued to work steadily on the stage, on TV, and in movies, but her next big awards splash came in 2011 when her supporting work in the gender-bending drama Albert Nobbs garnered her nominations from the Academy, the Golden Globes, and the Screen Actors Guild.


Highest Rated Movies



73% Angelica Anne Montague 2017
74% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss) Princess Hermine $0.8M 2017
88% Paint It Black Meredith 2017
28% Fathers And Daughters Carolyn 2016
55% Me Before You Camilla Traynor $56.3M 2016
11% The Divergent Series: Allegiant Edith Prior 2016
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses Actor 2016
54% Maleficent Narrator $190.9M 2014
88% Hannah Arendt Mary McCarthy $0.5M 2013
67% The Woman in Black Mrs. Daily $54.4M 2012
56% Albert Nobbs Hubert $3.1M 2012
20% Cat Run Helen Bingham 2011
50% Island Actor 2010
No Score Yet Into the Storm Clemmie Churchill 2008
No Score Yet Daphne Gertrude Lawrence 2007
31% Tideland Dell 2006
36% As You Like It Audrey 2006
33% The Intended Screenwriter Sarah Morris 2004
74% Songcatcher Dr. Lily Penleric $1.7M 2001
60% The King Is Alive Liz 2001
51% Waking the Dead Caroline 2000
82% Tumbleweeds Mary Jo Walker 1999
57% Velvet Goldmine Female Narrator 1998
No Score Yet Saint-Ex Genevieve de Ville-Franche 1996
54% Carrington Vanessa Bell 1995
No Score Yet Portrait of a Marriage Vita Sackwille-West 1992
25% Wuthering Heights Ellen 1992
No Score Yet The Black Velvet Gown Riah Millican 1991
No Score Yet Precious Bane Actor 1989
No Score Yet Hawks Hazel 1988
50% Half Moon Street Van Arkady's Secretary 1986


81% Ozark
94% Sorry for Your Loss
Amy Shaw 2019
96% Battle Creek
Commander Guziewicz 2015
91% The Honorable Woman
Julia Walsh 2014
69% Parade's End
80% The White Queen
Jacquetta 2013
91% Damages
Kate Franklin 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Mrs. Dashwood Catherine Walker Vita Sackville-West 2008
78% Five Days
DS Amy Foster 2007
No Score Yet Mystery!
Anne Protheroe 2005
No Score Yet Sense and Sensibility
Mrs. Dashwood


Narrator says: So you see, the story is not quite as you were told.

Narrator says: So you see, the story is not quite as you were told.

Narrator says: But, as many thought whenever they saw the graceful figure soaring through the air, it took a great hero and a terrible villain to make it all come about. And her name was Maleficent.

Narrator says: And thus the thief who sought to steal gems, stole something far more precious.

Mrs. Daily says: She makes us, she makes us do it. She makes us! They took her boy away so now she takes us.

Mrs. Daily says: He wants to draw a picture for you now

Mrs. Daily says: He wants to draw a picture for you now.

Mrs. Daily says: You said you have a son. Go home to him.

Arthur Kipps says: I can't leave yet.