Duff at the 60th British Academy Film Awards in February 2007
8 October 1970 |
Chiswick, London, England, U.K.
|Spouse(s)||James McAvoy (m. 2006)|
Life and work 
Duff was born on 8 October 1970, the younger of two children of Irish immigrants – her father was a painter and decorator and her mother worked in a shoe shop. The family lived in Southall, Middlesex, and Anne-Marie went to a comprehensive school - Mellow Lane Hayes. At an early age, Anne-Marie attended a local youth theatre in order to battle her shy nature and soon became hooked on the stage.
In her mid-teens, involved in an amateur theatre company, she began to think seriously about applying to drama schools. Her first application was rejected. “At the time, I was desperately unhappy about it, but I just wasn’t polished. I got too nervous in the audition. It wasn’t a world I was familiar with…” So she went away and did some more A levels and studied Film and Theatre Studies. At the age of 19, she studied alongside John Simm, Anastasia Hille and her good friend, Paul Bettany at the Drama Centre in London.
Duff was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2000, but first became well known as Fiona in the television programme Shameless, and for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the lavish 2005 BBC television miniseries, The Virgin Queen which also starred Tom Hardy, Joanne Whalley and Tara Fitzgerald. In 2007 she was one of nine female celebrities to take part in the What's it going to take? campaign promoting awareness of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom. She also played Julia Stanley in Nowhere Boy, playing John Lennon's mother. The film is about John Lennon's teenage years. In The Last Station, a biopic about the events before Count Leo Tolstoy's death, she played Sasha, the much devoted daughter.
An accomplished theatre actor, she has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre and also in London's West End (Vassa, Collected Stories). Credits at the National Theatre include Collected Stories, King Lear and most recently the title character in Marianne Elliott's production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan to great acclaim. In 2011 she played Alma Rattenbury in Rattigan's final play Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic directed by Thea Sharrock.
Personal life 
Duff married Scottish actor and fellow former Shameless star James McAvoy in October 2006 and gave birth to their first child, Brendan McAvoy, in 2010. Duff likes baking, hiking, camping, and hill-climbing.
- 2010: Best Supporting Actress for Nowhere Boy — nominated
- 2007: Best Actress for The Virgin Queen (2005) — nominated
- 2006: Best Actress for Shameless (2004) — nominated
- 2005: Best Actress for Shameless (2004) — nominated
- 2008: Best Actress for The History of Mr Polly (2007) — winner
- 2005: Best Actress for Shameless (2004) — winner
- 2008: Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature Film for Garage (2007) — nominated
- 2007: Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television for The Virgin Queen (2005) — nominated
- 2005: Best Actress in Television for Shameless (2004) — nominated
- 2004: Best Actress in a TV Drama for Shameless (2004) — winner
- 2006: Best Female Actor for Shameless (2004) — nominated
- Nowhere Boy (2009) … Julia Lennon (director: Sam Taylor-Wood)
- The Last Station (2009) … Sasha Tolstoy (director: Michael Hoffman)
- Is Anybody There? (2009) … Mum (director: John Crowley)
- French Film (2008) … Sophie (director: Jackie Oudney)
- The Waiting Room (2007) … Anna (director: Roger Goldby)
- Garage (2007) … Carmel (director: Lenny Abrahamson)
- Notes on a Scandal (2006) … Annabel (director: Richard Eyre)
- The Magdalene Sisters (2002) … Margaret (director: Peter Mullan)
- Enigma (2001) … Kay (director: Michael Apted)
- Parade's End ... Edith Duchemin; 24 August 2012 BBC Two (director: Susanna White)
- Margot ... Margot Fonteyn; 30 November 2009, BBC Four (director: Otto Bathurst)
- Pop Britannia ... Narrator; 11 January 2008, BBC Four
- The History of Mr Polly … Miriam; 7 May 2007, ITV1 (director: Gillies MacKinnon)
- Born Equal … Michelle; 17 December 2006, BBC One (director: Dominic Savage)
- The Virgin Queen … Queen Elizabeth; 22 January – 12 February 2006, BBC One (director: Coky Giedroyc)
- Shameless … Fiona Gallagher 13 January 2004 – 8 March 2005, Channel 4
- Charles II: The Power and The Passion … Princess Henrietta of England; November–December 2003, BBC One (director: Joe Wright)
- Doctor Zhivago … Olya; 24 November – 8 December 2002, ITV1 (director: Giacomo Campiotti)
- Wild West … Holly; October/December 2002, BBC One
- Sinners … Anne Marie/Theresa; 26 March 2002, BBC (director: Aisling Walsh)
- The Way We Live Now … Georgiana; 11 November – 2 December 2002, BBC One (director: David Yates)
- Aristocrats … Louisa; 20 June 1999, BBC (director: David Caffrey)
- Amongst Women … Sheila; 15 July 1998, BBC (director: Tom Cairns)
- Cause Célèbre … Alma Rattenbury; 2011
- Saint Joan … Joan; 2007
- The Soldier's Fortune … Lady Dunce; 2007
- Days of Wine and Roses … Mona; 2005
- The Playboy of the Western World … Pegín maidhc; 2004
- The Daughter In Law … Minnie; 2002
- A Doll's House … Nora; 2000
- Collected Stories … Lisa; 1999–2000
- Vassa … Lyudmila; 1999
- King Lear … Cordelia; 1997–98
- War and Peace … Natasha; 1996
- Peter Pan … Wendy; 1995–96
- La Grande Magia … Amelia; 1995
- The Mill on the Floss … First Maggie; 1994
- Uncle Silas … Maud Ruthyn; 1994
Radio and audio 
- Kingdom of the Golden Dragon … narrator; 2007, radio drama
- Look Back in Anger … Alison; 2006, rehearsed reading
- The Possessed … Liza/Marya; 2006, radio drama
- The Queen at 80 … narrator; 2006, radio series
- Othello … Desdemona; 2005, audiobook
- Ears Wide Open … Diane; 2005
- Jane Eyre … narrator; 2004
- Life Half Spent … 2004, radio play
- A Time That Was … 2001, radio drama
- The Diary of a Provincial Lady … 2000, radio series
- The Art of Love … Cypassis; 23 May 2000, BBC Radio 4
- Twelfth Night … Viola; 1998
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