Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay Duncan

Highest Rated: 100% Longford (2007)

Lowest Rated: 29% Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Birthday: Nov 7, 1950

Birthplace: Not Available

All that glitters is not Hollywood gold, Scottish actress Lindsay Duncan believes. Although she could easily command million-dollar paychecks for performing in big-budget American films, she prefers acting in new or vintage stage plays and in screen adaptations of classic novels. So she does Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Henry Fielding, and Oscar Wilde. But her loyalty to literary giants such as these is not without its rewards: She won the 2002 Olivier Award as best actress for her performance in Noël Coward's Private Lives, a 1988 London Evening Standard Award as best actress for her performance in Tennessee Williams' Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and a 1987 Tony nomination as leading actress for her performance in Pierre Cholderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses. However, she is not averse to accepting an occasional fun role in a major Hollywood film. For example, she was the voice of protocol droid TC-14 in Star Wars, Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. For her ability to bring to life characters of every description, whether futuristic robots or here-and-now reprobates, critics agree that she is one of Britain's most talented actresses. Duncan was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, on November 7, 1950. After studying at London's Central School of Drama, she labored in mostly unheralded theater roles before graduating to television productions in the 1980s. These productions included On Approval (1982), Reilly: The Ace of Spies (1983), Dead Head (1985), and Traffik (1989). In the 1990s, well seasoned and ready for limelight drama, Duncan picked herself a bouquet of choice roles that put her on prestigious London stages, in movie theaters from Liverpool to Los Angeles, and in the living rooms of television viewers throughout the English-speaking world. One well-known production that exhibits her talents is the 1999 TV miniseries Oliver Twist, in which she portrays Elizabeth Leeford, a woman so evil that the devil himself would fear her. Duncan also appears in the 1999 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park in dual roles as the heroine's mother and drug-addicted aunt, in the 1997 TV miniseries A History of Tom Jones: A Foundling as Lady Ballaston, in the 1996 film adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as Hippolyta and Titania, and in the 1993 TV miniseries A Year in Provence as the wife of author Peter Mayle. Her real-life husband, Hilton McRae, is also an actor. They have one son, born in 1990.


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Made in Italy Kate 2020
73% Gifted Evelyn $24.8M 2017
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass Helen Kingsleigh $77.1M 2016
91% Birdman Tabitha 2014
85% Last Passenger Elaine Middleton 2014
89% Le Week-End Meg Burrows 2014
68% About Time Tim's Mother $18.5M 2013
51% Alice in Wonderland Helen Kingsleigh $319.4M 2010
No Score Yet Christopher And His Kind Actor 2010
No Score Yet Margaret Margaret Thatcher 2009
No Score Yet Margot Madam 2009
No Score Yet Burlesque Fairytales Actor 2009
No Score Yet Criminal Justice Actor 2008
100% Longford Lady Elizabeth Longford 2007
90% Starter for 10 Rose Harbinson $0.2M 2006
No Score Yet The Queen of Sheba's Pearls Audrey Pretty 2004
62% Under the Tuscan Sun Katherine $43.5M 2003
No Score Yet AfterLife May Brogan 2003
No Score Yet A History of Britain Actor 2001
No Score Yet Almost Strangers Actor 2001
77% Mansfield Park Lady Bertram/Mrs. Price 1999
No Score Yet Shooting the Past Actor 1999
85% An Ideal Husband Lady Markby 1999
No Score Yet Henry Fielding's Tom Jones Actor 1997
56% City Hall Sydney Pappas 1996
No Score Yet The Rector's Wife Anna Bouverie 1994
40% A Midsummer Night's Dream Titania Hippolyta 1993
41% Body Parts Dr. Webb 1991
87% The Reflecting Skin Dolphin Blue 1990
No Score Yet Manifesto Lily Sacher 1989
No Score Yet Traffik Helen Rosshalde 1989
No Score Yet Conecciones Sueltas Sally 1988
94% Prick Up Your Ears Anthea Lahr 1987
No Score Yet Grown Ups Christine Butcher 1980


No Score Yet Close to the Enemy
91% The Leftovers
Grace 2017
100% Spy
The Director 2014
91% The Honorable Woman
Anjelica 2014
No Score Yet Great Performances
Duchess of York 2013
85% Merlin
Queen Annis Queen Anis 2013
96% Absolutely Fabulous
Jeanne Durand 2012
98% The Hollow Crown
42% White Heat
Older Lilly 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Monika Westin Elizabeth Leeford Marilyn Truman Marina Gregg 2012
50% Come Fly With Me
No Score Yet Miss Marple
93% Doctor Who
Adelaide Brooke 2009
No Score Yet MI-5
Angela Wells 2009
86% Rome
Servilia of the Julii Servilia of the Junii Servilia 2007
No Score Yet A Year in Provence
Annie Mayle 1993
83% Black Mirror
Alex Cairns
No Score Yet GBH
Barbara Darby


Helen Kingsleigh says: Must you always be so head-strong?

Alice Kingsleigh says: No. It's just more fun that way.

Tim's Mother says: Its very bad for a girl to be too pretty. It stops her developing a sense of humor, or even a personality.

Katherine says: Never lose your childish innocence. It is the most important thing.