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Janet McTeer

Highest Rated:   90% Paint It Black (2017)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
70% Angelica
  • Anne Montague
2017
76% The Exception (The Kaiser's Last Kiss)
  • Princess Hermine
$0.8M 2017
90% Paint It Black
  • Meredith
2017
29% Fathers And Daughters
  • Carolyn
2016
57% Me Before You
  • Camilla Traynor
$56.3M 2016
12% The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • Edith Prior
2016
No Score Yet National Theatre Live: Les Liaisons Dangereuses
  • Actor
2016
50% 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
14% Cat Run
  • Helen Bingham
2011
50% Island
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Into the Storm
  • Clemmie Churchill
2008
No Score Yet Five Days
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Daphne
  • Gertrude Lawrence
2007
29% 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
56% Velvet Goldmine
  • Female Narrator
1998
No Score Yet Saint-Ex
  • Genevieve de Ville-Franche
1996
50% Carrington
  • Vanessa Bell
1995
No Score Yet Portrait of a Marriage
  • Vita Sackwille-West
1992
33% 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
60% Half Moon Street
  • Van Arkady's Secretary
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
95% Battle Creek
2015
  • Commander Guziewicz
  • 2015
91% The Honorable Woman
2014
  • Julia Walsh
  • 2014
68% Parade's End
2013
  • Actor
  • 2013
79% The White Queen
2013
  • Jacquetta
  • 2013
97% Damages
2007-2012
  • Kate Franklin
  • 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Mrs. Dashwood Catherine Walker Vita Sackville-West
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 1992

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