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Brenda Blethyn

Highest Rated:   97% Ethel & Ernest (2016)
Lowest Rated:   14% Dead Man Running (2009)
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Birthplace:   Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK
Though Brenda Blethyn has enjoyed a long and successful career as an actress on the British stage and in television, it wasn't until the release of Mike Leigh's film Secrets and Lies in 1996 that she became well-known to moviegoers as well, earning a Golden Globe and an Academy Award nomination for what was only her third film.Blethyn's early stage experience included stints in the stock companies of the Bubble Theatre and the Belgrade Theater of Coventry. In 1975, she joined the Royal National Theater, where she worked with some of Britain's leading stage directors, including Peter Wood, Peter Hall, and Bill Bryden, and her roles ran the gamut from Nora in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House to Billie Dawn in Born Yesterday. With the Royal Shakespeare Company, she appeared under the direction of Maximillian Schell in Tales From the Vienna Woods and in Alan Ayckbourn's Wildest Dream. In 1991, she received the British Drama Awards' Best Actress prize for her role in Steaming and the Theatre World Awards' Outstanding New Talent prize for her role in the Broadway production of Absent Friends.Blethyn made her film debut in 1990, with a small part in Nicholas Roeg's The Witches. Robert Redford cast her as Brad Pitt's mother in A River Runs Through It in 1992, but 1996's Secrets and Lies provided Blethyn with her first substantial screen role. In a story developed through six months of improvisations with Leigh and the cast, Blethyn's performance as a woman getting to know the daughter she had given up made her an international sensation almost overnight. Blethyn received another Oscar nomination in 1999, for her role as the overbearing mother in Little Voice; her nomination complemented her growing popularity in Hollywood, reflected by her casting in such high profile projects as Billy Bob Thornton's Daddy and Them (1999). The actress would go on to appear in such films as Beyond the Sea, Pride & Prejudice, and Atonemen.On television, Blethyn would also make splashes in BBC productions like King Lear, Henry VI, Part One, The Labours of Erica, The Buddha of Suburbia, War and Peace, and Vera.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
60% Charlotte
  • Actor
2021
No Score Yet Raymond Briggs: Snowmen, Bogeymen & Milkmen
  • Narrator
2019
97% Ethel & Ernest
  • Ethel Briggs
2016
47% Two Men in Town
  • Emily Smithy
2015
56% Mary & Martha
  • Martha
2013
91% London River
  • Elisabeth Sommers
$1.5k 2011
No Score Yet Christmas Angel
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet My Angel (Christmas Angel)
  • Actor
2011
14% Dead Man Running
  • Mother
2009
83% Atonement
  • Grace Turner
$50.9M 2007
51% Introducing the Dwights
  • Jean
$0.3M 2007
No Score Yet Mysterious Creatures
  • Wendy Ainscow
2006
68% On a Clear Day
  • Joan
$91.2k 2006
86% Pride and Prejudice
  • Mrs. Bennet
$38.3M 2005
80% Pooh's Heffalump Movie
  • Mama Heffalump
$18.1M 2005
No Score Yet Piccadilly Jim
  • Nesta Pett
2005
42% Beyond the Sea
  • Polly Cassotto
$6.2M 2004
86% A Way of Life
  • Annette
2004
No Score Yet Belonging
  • Jess Copplestone
2004
67% Blizzard
  • Aunt Millie
2003
No Score Yet The Sleeping Dictionary
  • Aggie
2003
50% Undertaking Betty
  • Betty Rhys-Jones
2003
80% The Wild Thornberrys Movie
  • Mrs. Fairgood
$39.8M 2002
22% Sonny
  • Jewel Phillips
2002
86% Lovely & Amazing
  • Jane Marks
$4.2M 2002
37% Pumpkin
  • Judy Romanoff
$0.2M 2002
No Score Yet On The Nose
  • Dierdre
2001
86% Daddy and Them
  • Julia Montgomery
2001
No Score Yet Anne Frank
  • Auguste Van Pels
2001
63% Saving Grace
  • Grace
$11.5M 2000
93% RKO 281
  • Louella Parsons
1999
No Score Yet Chance in a Million
  • Actor
1999
79% Little Voice
  • Mari
1998
83% In the Winter Dark
  • Ida Stubbs
1998
No Score Yet Girls' Night
  • Dawn
1998
33% Music From Another Room
  • Grace
1997
95% Secrets & Lies
  • Cynthia
1997
No Score Yet Buddha of Suburbia
  • Margaret Amir
1993
80% A River Runs Through It
  • Mrs. Maclean
1992
93% The Witches
  • Mrs. Jenkins
1990
No Score Yet Night Train
  • Alice Mooney
1988
No Score Yet Henry VI
  • Actor
1983
No Score Yet King Lear
  • Cordelia
1982
No Score Yet Grown Ups
  • Gloria
1980

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Vera
2020
  • DCI Vera Stanhope
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
  • Guest
  • 2014
78% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999-2021
  • Linnie Malcolm
  • 2008
89% The New Adventures of Old Christine
2006-2010
  • Angela
  • 2008
No Score Yet Mystery!
1980-2007
  • Angela Rose
  • 1994
  • 1990
  • 1985
No Score Yet Jim Henson's Storyteller
1988
  • Storyteller's Wife
  • 1988
No Score Yet Kate and Koji
2020
  • Kate
No Score Yet Tales of the Unexpected
1979-1988
  • Carol

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