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Lindsay Duncan



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gifted
  • Evelyn Adler
2017
29% Alice Through the Looking Glass
  • Helen Kingsleigh
2016
91% Birdman
  • Tabitha
2014
84% Last Passenger
  • Elaine Middleton
2014
89% Le Week-End
  • Meg Burrows
2014
69% About Time
  • Tim's Mother
2013
52% Alice in Wonderland
  • Helen Kingsleigh
2010
No Score Yet Christopher And His Kind
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Margaret
  • Actor
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
2006
No Score Yet The Queen of Sheba's Pearls
  • Audrey Pretty
2004
62% Under the Tuscan Sun
  • Katherine
2003
No Score Yet AfterLife
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Hamilton Mattress
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet A History of Britain
  • Actor
2001
No Score Yet Almost Strangers
  • Actor
2001
76% 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
54% City Hall
  • Sydney Pappas
1996
No Score Yet The Rector's Wife
  • Anna Bouverie
1994
40% A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Titania Hippolyta
1993
No Score Yet Year in Provence, A - Spring
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Year in Provence, A - Fall
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Year in Provence, A - Winter
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Year in Provence, A - Summer
  • Actor
1992
40% Body Parts
  • Dr. Webb
1991
83% 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
92% Prick Up Your Ears
  • Anthea Lahr
1987
No Score Yet Grown Ups
  • Christine Butcher
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet MI-5
2003-2011
  • Angela Wells
No Score Yet Rome
2005
  • Servilia of the Julii Servilia of the Junii Servilia
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Monika Westin Elizabeth Leeford Marilyn Truman Marina Gregg
50% White Heat
2012
  • Older Lilly
96% Black Mirror
2011-2014
  • Alex Cairns
No Score Yet Absolutely Fabulous
1992-2012
  • Jeanne Durand
No Score Yet Merlin
2009-2012
  • Queen Annis Queen Anis
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Duchess of York
88% Doctor Who
2006-2016
  • Adelaide Brooke
No Score Yet Miss Marple
2004-2013
  • Actor
90% The Honorable Woman
2014
  • Anjelica
100% The Hollow Crown
2012-2016
  • Actor
50% Come Fly With Me
2011
  • Actor

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