Marianne Jean-Baptiste

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Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Born Marianne Ragipcien Jean-Baptiste
(1967-04-26) 26 April 1967 (age 47)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress director, singer-songwriter
Spouse(s) Evan Williams (m. 1997); 2 children

Marianne Ragipcien Jean-Baptiste (born 26 April 1967) is a British actress, singer-songwriter, composer and director, best known for her roles as Hortense Cumberbatch in Secrets & Lies (1996), for which she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and as Vivian Johnson on the American television series Without a Trace. In 2015, she starred as Sharon Bishop QC in the ITV crime series Broadchurch.

Early life[edit]

Jean-Baptiste was born in London of Antiguan and St. Lucian ancestry. She was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and performed at the Royal National Theatre. She was nominated for a 1994 Ian Charleson Award for her performance in Measure For Measure with Cheek by Jowl.

Film career[edit]

She gained international success from the Mike Leigh-directed social drama Secrets & Lies (1996), receiving both Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nominations for her performance, becoming the first black British actress to be nominated for an Academy Award.[citation needed] She collaborated with director Mike Leigh onstage in It's a Great Big Shame (1993).[1]

A writer and composer, Jean-Baptiste has recorded an album of blues songs and composed the musical score for Leigh's 1997 film Career Girls.[2] In 1999, she performed in Paris in a French-language production by Peter Brook of The Suit (Le Costume), a one-act play by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatse, based on the short story by Can Themba.[3][4]

Jean-Baptiste honed her American accent and starred in the American television series Without a Trace as FBI agent Vivian Johnson. More recently the actress has appeared in such films as Takers (2010), Secrets in the Walls (2010) and Harry's Law (2012). She played Detroit Chief of Police, Karen Dean, in RoboCop (2014).[5]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to British ballet dancer Evan Williams; they have two daughters.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Once Upon a Time Babysitter
London Kills Me Nanny
1994 Cracker Marcia Reid (1 episode, 1994)
1996 Distinction Secretary
Secrets & Lies Hortense Cumberbatch Nominated - Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Sharman Precious (1 episode, 1996)
1997 Mr. Jealousy Lucretia
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Christina Parks
The Wedding Ellen Coles TV Miniseries
Nowhere to Go Lynne Jacobs
A Murder of Crows Elizabeth Pope
1999 The 24 Hour Woman Madeline Labelle
The Murder of Stephen Lawrence Doreen Lawrence TV Miniseries
Nominated - Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor - Female
The Man Michelle TV
2000 28 Days Roshanda
The Cell Dr. Miriam Kent
2001 Women in Film Sara
Men Only Gemma TV
New Year's Day Veronica
Spy Game Gladys Jennip
The Fear Storyteller TV Series
2002 Don't Explain Elana
2003 Loving You Jude TV
2005 Welcome to California Tina
2006 Jam Lorraine
2008 City of Ember Clary
2009 Rooms (short)
The Bake Shop Ghost Annie Washington
2002–2009 Without a Trace Vivian Johnson Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)
Nominated - NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2007, 2008)
Nominated - Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003)
2010 Takers Naomi Nominated - Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Secrets in the Walls Belle TV
2011 Harry's Law Judge Patricia Seabrook TV (2 episodes)
Sons of Anarchy Vivica TV (1 episode)
Violet & Daisy Number 1
2012 360 Fran
Won't Back Down Olivia Lopez
Private Practice Gabi Rivera TV (2 episodes)
2013 The Moment Dr. Bloom
2014 RoboCop Karen Dean
Edge of Tomorrow Dr. Whittle Uncredited role
2015 Broadchurch Sharon Bishop TV (8 Episodes)

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