Brenda Blethyn Biography

Birthday: 1946-02-20
Place of Birth: Ramsgate, Kent
Height: 5' 2" (1.57 m)
Wiki Biography: After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and stage, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved. Born in 1946 in Ramsgate in Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving money during her time there, she took a risk and enrolled herself at the at The Guildford School of Acting in Guildford, Surrey, England and then left her British Rail years behind. Her risk had paid off, by the mid-1970s she was working on stage, eventually joining the National Theatre Company in 1975. It was the 1980s, however that saw Brenda move onto the small screen when she appeared in a BBC2 Playhouse presentation called "BBC2 Playhouse: Grown-Ups (#7.5)" (1980), playing the character Gloria. Other work in television quickly followed and this kept her working throughout the 1980s. She still remained relatively unknown with the viewing public during the 1980s, despite her consistent work and superb acting abilities. It was not until the dawn of the 90s that her career took off. In 1990, she played the supporting cast member role of Mrs Jenkins in film based on the Roald Dahl novel The Witches (1990), with Anjelica Huston, Jane Horrocks and Mai Zetterling. Film work now became the order of the day in the early 90s, appearing in both A River Runs Through It (1992) and the television film "Screen One: The Bullion Boys (#5.8)" (1993). It was then back to a TV series in 1994, with "Outside Edge" (1994), working on this production for its two-year run. It is without a doubt that 1997 will be remembered as her biggest year to date. She was cast by her old friend Mike Leigh in the film Secrets & Lies (1996) as Cynthia Rose Purley, opposite highly talented Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The film received storming reviews and Blethyn won a BAFTA Film Award and subsequently received an Academy Award nomination for her role, along with Jean-Baptiste. Although Brenda came home from the Oscars empty handed, her profile in Hollywood and Britain soared as a result of the nomination and her appearance on The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997) (TV). Film roles then came thick and fast following Secrets & Lies (1996). Brenda was nothing short of superb in Little Voice (1998). A second Academy Award nomination followed but once again she was the bridesmaid rather than the bride at the Oscars. Since 1996, she has found a new home in film and she has worked consistently in the medium.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet 2005 Drama
Saving Grace Grace Trevethyn 2007 Comedy
Mary And Martha Martha 2013 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Pride and Prejudice Mrs. Bennet 1940
The Witches Mrs. Jenkins 1990 0, 0, Reality Tv, 0
A River Runs Through It 1992 Drama
Secrets & Lies Cynthia 1996
Remember Me? Shirley 1997 Comedy
Music from Another Room 1998 Biography, 0
Girls' Night Dawn Wilkinson 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Night Train Alice Mooney 1998 Drama, Romance, Thriller
In the Winter Dark Ida Stubbs 1998 Drama, Horror, Mystery
Little Voice Mari Hoff 1998 Comedy, Drama, Romance
RKO 281 Louella Parsons 1999 Drama
Saving Grace Grace Trevethyn 2000 0
Anne Frank: The Whole Story Auguste Rottgen-van Pels 2001 Drama
Lovely & Amazing Jane Marks 2001
On the Nose Mrs.Delaney 2001 Comedy, Fantasy
Daddy and Them Julia Montgomery 2002 Comedy, Drama
Pumpkin Judy Romanoff 2002
The Sleeping Dictionary 2003 Drama, Romance
Sonny Jewel 2003 Crime, Drama
Undertaking Betty Betty Rhys-Jones 2003 Comedy, Romance
Beyond the Sea Polly Cassotto 2004 0
A Way Of Life 2004 Drama
Pride & Prejudice Mrs. Bennet 2005
On a Clear Day 2005 0, Biography
Piccadilly Jim Nesta Pett 2006 Comedy, Romance
Introducing the Dwights Jean 2007 Comedy, Drama
Atonement Grace Turner 2008 Drama, Mystery, Romance
Dead Man Running Mother 2009 0, Comedy, 0
London River Elisabeth 2009 Drama, Mystery
The Calling Sister Ignatious 2010 Comedy, Drama
My Angel Headmistress 2011 Family