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Brenda Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn at 43rd KVIFF, 2008
Born Brenda Anne Bottle
20 February 1946 (1946-02-20) (age 73)
Ramsgate, Kent, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1976–present
Spouse Alan Blethyn
(m. 1964-1973, divorced)
Michael Mayhew
(m. 2010-present)

Brenda Blethyn (born 20 February 1946) is a British actress. She was born and raised in Ramsgate, Kent, England. She has starred in theater, movies and television. She has been nominated for Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards and Emmy Awards. She has won a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award. Notable movies she has starred in include Secrets & Lies (1996).

Filmography

Film and Television
Year Title Role Notes
1987 Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story (1987 TV miniseries) Ticki Tocquet
1990 Witches, TheThe Witches Mrs. Jenkins
1992 River Runs Through It, AA River Runs Through It Mrs. Maclean
1996 Secrets & Lies Cynthia Rose Purley BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress
Cannes Film Festival – Best Actress Award
Empire Award – Best British Actress
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
Sant Jordi Award for Best Foreign Actress
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Chlotrudis Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture
1997 Remember Me? Shirley
1998 Girls' Night Dawn Wilkinson
1998 Night Train Alice Mooney
1998 In the Winter Dark Ida Stubbs
1998 Little Voice Mari Hoff Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
1998 Music from Another Room Grace Swan
2000 Saving Grace Grace Trevethyn Nominated—British Independent Film Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Empire Award for Best British Actress
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2001 Anne Frank: The Whole Story Auguste van Pels Nominated—Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress – Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2001 Daddy and Them July Montgomery
2001 Lovely & Amazing Jane Marks
2001 On the Nose Mrs. Delaney
2002 Pumpkin Judy Romanoff
2002 Sonny Jewel Phillips
2002 Plots with a View Betty Rhys-Jones
2002 Wild Thornberrys Movie, TheThe Wild Thornberrys Movie Mrs. Fairgood
2003 Sleeping Dictionary, TheThe Sleeping Dictionary Aggie DVDX Award for Best Supporting Actress in a DVD Premiere Movie
2003 Blizzard Aunt Millie
2004 Piccadilly Jim Nina Banks
2004 Beyond the Sea Polly Cassatto
2004 Way of Life, AA Way of Life Annette
2004 Belonging Jess Copple Festival International de Programmes Audiovisuels – Fiction: Actress
Nominated—British Academy Television Award for Best Actress
2005 Pooh's Heffalump Movie Mama Heffalump
2005 On a Clear Day Joan
2005 Pride & Prejudice Mrs. Bennet Character and Morality in Entertainment Award
Nominated—BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated—London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated—Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
2006 Mysterious Creatures Wendy Ainscow
2007 Clubland Jean Nominated—AFI Award for Best Lead Actress
Nominated—Inside Film Award for Best Actress
2007 Atonement Grace Turner
2007 War and Peace Márja Dmitrijewna Achrosímowa
2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine Angela Kimble
2009 London River Elisabeth Sommers
2009 Tigger and Pooh and A Musical Too Mama Heffalump
2009 Calling, TheThe Calling Sister Ignatious
2009 Dead Man Running Mother
2009 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (series 10, episode 8: Persona) Linnie Malcolm/Caroline Cresswell Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series
2011 My Angel Headmistress
2011 + 2012 Vera Vera Stanhope ITV1

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