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Janie also won the Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carrie Pipperidge in Nicholas Hytner's acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 'Carousel' at the National Theatre.
She is married to the actor Rupert Wickham and has two children.
Janie Dee has recently directed a new musical theatre piece by Derek Barnes based on The Kitchen by Arnold Wesker at Central School of Speech & Drama. She was nominated for a 2013 Olivier Award as Best Supporting Actress for her performance in NSFW by Lucy Kirkwood at The Royal Court in November 2012. Following that engagement Janie went on to play Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! at Curve, Leicester and perform her cabaret Satin Doll at Crazy Coqs in London.
As part of the Globe Theatre 2011 season, Janie played the Countess of Roussillion in Shakespeare's All's Well that Ends Well, in October that year she appeared at Nottingham Playhouse as Amanda in Noël Coward's Private Livesalonghside her husband Rupert Wickham as Elyot. This was followed by a revival of Noises Off by Michael Frayn at The Old Vic which transferred to the West End in 2012. She has performed in a wide range of stage productions, from modern comedy to Shakespeare, contemporary drama to musical theatre and opera. She has also directed drama school productions. In 2010, she won great critical acclaim for her performances as Natalia Petrovna in A Month in the Country (Brian Friel's adaptation of Turgenev) at Chichester, directed by Jonathan Kent, Susan in Nancy Mitford's The Little Hut, directed by Tim Luscombe, Anna in Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I Curve, Leicester for Paul Kerryson and Annie in Calendar Girls, West End directed by Hamish McColl.
2008 and 2009 were mostly taken up with her reunion with Alan Ayckbourn to play Susan in his play Woman in Mind at Scarborough and then in the West End. Later in 2009 she returned to work with Sir Peter Hall on George Bernard Shaw's The Apple Cart playing the King's 'Muse' "Orinthia". At the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008, the West End saw her as Joy Gresham in a critically acclaimed production of William Nicholson's Shadowlands, opposite Charles Dance as C.S. Lewis, directed by Michael Barker-Caven, first at the Wyndhams Theatre and extended at the Novello Theatre. In 2007, she played Kate in the Harold Pinter play Old Times, alongside Neil Pearson and Susannah Harker. In 2005 she starred as Beatrice in Sir Peter Hall's acclaimed production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing at the Theatre Royal in Bath. Hall remarked in a radio interview that the reason he had chosen to produce that play was to see Dee perform the role. Early in 2003, she had worked with Sir Peter on Harold Pinter's Betrayal and Noël Coward's Design for Living. She played the role of Nurse Fay Apple in the UK premiere Sondheim's Anyone Can Whistle at the Bridewell Theatre.
Dee presented her one woman show at the Divas at the Donmar in 2002. In the same year she also played Edythe Herbert in the UK premiere of the Gershwin musical My One and Only at the Chichester Festival Theatre and when it transferred to the Piccadilly Theatre, to great acclaim. As the season's guest lead at Chichester, Dee also demonstrated her classical range, earning high praise for her performance as Masha in Chekov's Three Sisters. Prior to Chichester she played the lead Lydochka in Opera North's production of Paradise Moscow, by Dmitri Shostakovitch, in Leeds, London and throughout England.
In 2000 Dee appeared in the lead role of Jacie Triplethree in Sir Alan Ayckbourn's comedy, Comic Potential, at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue. This was a virtuoso performance for which she was rewarded with the three most prestigious drama awards for theatre in the capital, an achievement only ever matched by Dame Judi Dench: the Olivier, London Evening Standard, and Critics' Circle Theatre Best Actress Awards. This remarkable performance and reaction to it was repeated at The Manhattan Theatre Club in New York, where she received the following award and honours: OB Awards, Theatre World Awards, Lucille Lortel Nomination, Drama League Citation, and Drama Desk Nomination for 'Best Actress'.
Work in other plays written and directed by Ayckbourn includes, Dreams From A Summerhouse, and House And Garden, originating the roles of Amanda and Joanna respectively. She also starred in the 2008-2009 revival of Woman in Mind. Ayckbourn also directed her own show, which began its life at the NT studio, with songs by some of Britain's best emerging new song writers.
Her work at the National Theatre includes - Helen of Troy in The Women of Troy, Julie in Johnny On A Spot, and a platform exploring The Children's Hour as part of NT200. For the Royal Shakespeare Company she appeared in The Shakespeare Revue (1995), and Ellie in the musical Showboat (a coproduction with Opera North). Other theatre includes Twelfth Night, Romeo and Juliet, A Connecticut Yankee (New Shakespeare Company at Regent's Park), A Chorus Of Disapproval (Salisbury Playhouse), Parallel Vision, You Can't Take It with You (King's Head Theatre), Cinderella (Tokyo), Glory Of Gershwin, Oklahoma! (National Tour), The Sound of Music, and South Pacific (The Crucible, Sheffield), Enter The Guardsman (Donmar Warehouse), They're Playing Our Song, Love Songs For Shopkeepers, Figuring Things, Bolt From The Blue. (Stephen Joseph Theatre, Scarborough).
- The Virtuoso
- Me and Orson WellesMe and Orson Welles]] (2008)'
- The Bathroom (2013)
- Wild (2013)
- Caffeind (2013)
- Paradise Moscow
- Bob Holness Requests The Pleasure
- Salad Days
- Finian's Rainbow
- The Gay Divorce
- Under The Net
- The Vicissitudes of Evangaline
- Dr No
- Man Of The Moment
- The Double
- From Russia With Love
- On Her Majesty's Secret Service
- That Obscure Hurt
- Love Hurts
- The Bill
- Spy Watch
- London's Burning
- Little White Lies
- House of Cards
- The Live Show
- Midsomer Murders
- The Boot St Band (BBC)
- Little White Lies
- Death In Holy Orders
- The Murder Room
- A Tribute To Harold Pinter
- The Southbank Show (Sir Peter Hall)
- In Love With Shakespeare
- Can Can (London Cast Recording)
- Cabaret (London Revival Cast Recording)
- The Shakespeare Revue (TER Records)
- Salad Days (EMI)
- Fred Astaire: His Daughter's Tribute (London Cast Recording)
- Act One: Songs From The Musicals Of Alexander S. Bermange (Dress Circle Records)
Notes and references
- My secret life: Janie Dee The Independent 28-Feb-2009
- Janie Dee: 'Alan laughed at my bottom' Daily Telegraph 6 October 2007