3 April 1972
Epsom, Surrey, England, UK
Catherine McCormack (born 3 April 1972) is an English actress, known for her stage acting as well as her screen performances in films such as Braveheart, The Land Girls, Spy Game, 28 Weeks Later and Dangerous Beauty.
McCormack was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. She has Irish ancestry, as one of her grandfathers was Irish. Her mother died of lupus when McCormack was six years old, and her steelworker father subsequently brought her and her brother Stephen up. She was brought up in the Roman Catholic religion (though is now a "lapsed Catholic") and attended the Convent of Our Lady of Providence. She then went on to study at the Oxford School of Drama.
McCormack's first notable role was as the character Murron MacClannough in the multiple Academy Award winning film Braveheart. Her screen debut however was as the lead in the Anna Campion directed film Loaded, and she has subsequently stated that she had a "miserable time with the director (Anna Campion)... it was my first film job, I needed to be mollycoddled, I needed to be helped through it, and I wasn't. Mostly, it was a horrible experience." After Braveheart, McCormack had lead roles in Nils Gaup's Northstar and Marshall Herskovitz's Dangerous Beauty. Other films include Spy Game and 28 Weeks Later. Despite being in demand, she does few films, stating that "I read very few scripts I'm passionate about... Maybe one in every twenty or thirty."
McCormack has shown a preference in her career for the theatre, saying that "theatre really is an actor's medium: you're on stage with no director anymore, whereas in film very rarely do you get much rehearsal other than running through the scene very quickly. Then everyone comes in and shoots it." McCormack was one of the original 2006 London cast of Patrick Barlow's play of The 39 Steps. In 2008, she performed the role of Nora in A Doll's House, directed by Peter Hall at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and also the role of Isabel Archer in a stage adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady, both of which commenced their runs in July 2008, ending in August, before transferring to the Rose Theatre in Kingston later that year.
|1998||Land Girls, TheThe Land Girls||Stella|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||Veronica Franco|
|1998||Dancing at Lughnasa||Christina 'Chrissy' Mundy|
|1999||This Year's Love||Hannah|
|1999||Debtors, TheThe Debtors|
|2000||Shadow of the Vampire||Greta Schröder|
|2000||Rumor of Angels, AA Rumor of Angels||Mary Neubauer|
|2000||Weight of Water, TheThe Weight of Water||Jean Janes|
|2001||Tailor of Panama, TheThe Tailor of Panama||Francesca Deane|
|2001||Spy Game||Elizabeth Hadley|
|2005||Sound of Thunder, AA Sound of Thunder||Sonia Rand|
|2006||Renaissance||Bislane Tasuiev (voice)|
|2007||Moon and the Stars, TheThe Moon and the Stars||Kristina Baumgarten / Tosca|
|2007||28 Weeks Later||Alice|
|2013||Fold, TheThe Fold||Rebecca Ashton||Post-production|
|2014||Magic in the Moonlight||Olivia|
|1994||Wycliffe||Asenath Gardner||Episode: "The Scapegoat"|
|1997||Deacon Brodie||Annie Grant||TV film|
|1999||Love in the 21st Century||Fay||Episode: "Reproduction"|
|2004||Gunpowder, Treason & Plot||Queen Elizabeth I||TV film|
|2005||Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore||Kathleen Tynan||TV film|
|2006||Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes||Elizabeth David||TV film|
|2006||Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire||Poppaea Sabina||Episode: "Nero"|
|2008||Midnight Man||Alice Ross||TV miniseries|
|2011||Lights Out||Theresa Leary||13 episodes|
|1999||Anna Weiss||Anna Weiss||Whitehall Theatre, London|
|2000||All My Sons||Ann||National Theatre|
|2001||Lie of the Mind, AA Lie of the Mind||Beth||Donmar Warehouse, London|
|2001||Kiss Me Like You Mean It||Ruth||Soho Theatre, London|
|2001||White Horses||Paula||Gate Theatre, Dublin|
|2003||Under the Curse||Iphigenia||Gate Theatre, London|
|2004||Vermillion Dream||Miriam||Salisbury Playhouse|
|2006||39 Steps, TheThe 39 Steps||Various||Tricycle Theatre, London|
|2007||Lady from Dubuque, TheThe Lady from Dubuque||Jo||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London|
- Ms Catherine Jane McCormack company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- "20 Questions With ... Catherine McCormack" whatsonstage.com (8 February 2012). Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- "Catherine McCormack — Life after Braveheart". Macbraveheart.co.uk. 29 May 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Duerden, Nick. Catherine McCormack: The play's the thing, The Independent, 10 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Vaughan, Brendan. Catherine McCormack, Esquire, 30 November 2002. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- "Catherine McCormack Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1 January 1972. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Blackwelder, Rob. UNRECOGNIZED 'BEAUTY': The surprising off-screen Catherine McCormack, SPLICEDwire, 6 February 1998. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Wolf, Matt. Catherine McCormack, Broadway.com, 16 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Cavendish, Dominic. Irreverent romp down the nostalgia track, Telegraph, 18 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Theatre Royal – A Doll's House[dead link]
- Theatre Royal – The Portrait of a Lady[dead link]
- Catherine McCormack at the Internet Movie Database
- 2006 Interview with Catherine McCormack on Theatre.com
- Catherine McCormack – Life after Braveheart
- Interview with Broadway.com
- "Unrecognised Beauty" – 1998 interview with Spliced
- What's On Stage article about Peter Hall's 2008 plays with Catherine McCormack