Minnie Driver at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
|Born||Amelia Fiona Driver
31 January 1970
|Residence||Los Angeles, California|
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.
|Known for||Good Will Hunting|
|Parents||Gaynor Millington (mother)
Ronnie Driver (father)
Amelia Fiona "Minnie" Driver (born 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in the film Good Will Hunting, and an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in the television series The Riches.
Driver was born in London, the daughter of Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), a fabric designer and former couture model who now runs her own interiors company, and Charles Ronald "Ronnie" Driver, a businessman and financial adviser who used to be a director of London United Investments.
Her father was born in Swansea, Wales, to English and Scottish parents; he was acknowledged as a war hero and awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal for bravery shown as a gunner in an RAF Wellington bomber during the Battle of Heligoland Bight in 1939, when his aircraft was shot down.
Driver has an older sister, Kate Driver, a younger half-brother named Edward Churchward from her mother's marriage to Edward Churchward (senior), and a younger half brother named Charlie Driver from her father's marriage to her stepmother Misty.
Driver's parents, who were never married and kept separate houses, separated when she was 6 years old. After the split, Driver and her older sister, Kate, were sent to a boarding school in Hampshire called Bedales.
Driver's television debut was in a 1991 UK TV advertisement for Right Guard deodorant. Driver also made her stage debut in 1991, supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist. She appeared on British television with comedians such as Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci and had small parts in such shows as Casualty, The House of Eliott, Lovejoy, and Peak Practice. Driver first came to broad public attention when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995. She followed this with a string of supporting roles in big studio films like the 17th James Bond installment GoldenEye (1995), Sleepers (1996), and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). She achieved greater recognition playing opposite Matt Damon in Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997), a role for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award, among others.
In 2003 and 2004, she had a recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and daughter of Karen's lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese). Driver has also worked on several animated features, voicing Jane in Disney's 1999 version of Tarzan, and Lady Eboshi in the 1999 English dubbed release of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke.
On 12 March 2007, Driver made her return to television starring alongside Eddie Izzard on the FX Network show The Riches, a series about a family of Travellers living in an upscale gated community in the suburbs. She was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008, respectively.
Driver guest-starred in the January 2010 episode of Modern Family entitled "Moon Landing". Her role was that of Claire's friend and former co-worker whom she hasn't seen in years. She also starred alongside James Nesbitt and Goran Visnjic in the British series The Deep, which was shown on BBC One over the summer of 2010.
In 2010, Driver appeared in Conviction, a film depicting the real-life story of Betty Ann Waters (Hilary Swank), a single mother who spends a decade pursuing a law degree so she can represent her wrongfully convicted brother (played by Sam Rockwell) at court. Driver plays a fellow law student and friend of Swank's character who helps her with the case. Also in 2010, Driver starred alongside Paul Giamatti in the comedy-drama Barney's Version and Driver herself went on to win a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Driver began making music during boarding school, where she was encouraged to sing, write and perform. At 19, Driver got a record deal with a group called the Milo Roth Band. In 2001 she signed with EMI and Rounder Records and performed at the SXSW music festival. Her first album included the song, Everything I've Got in My Pocket, which reached No. 34 in the UK, and the song, "Invisible Girl" which peaked at No. 68. Driver wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album. In 2004, Driver was the supporting act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour.
In 2004, Driver played Carlotta Giudicelli in Joel Schumacher's film of The Phantom of the Opera her voice was dubbed except for the song, Learn to be Lonely, by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Driver released her second album entitled Seastories on 17 July 2007 produced by Marc "Doc" Dauer and features Ryan Adams, the Cardinals and Liz Phair.
"Minnie" was the nickname given to Driver by her sister, Kate.
On 5 September 2008, Driver gave birth to a son, Henry Story Driver, but she did not reveal the identity of his father at that time. Driver later revealed that Henry's father is a former producer on The Riches, Tim Lea.
In 2013, Driver appeared on an episode of Who Do You Think You Are? (U.K. TV series) which was repeated on the 2014 U.S version of the show, where she searched for information about her father and his family. She discovered two living cousins and was able to talk to them about her father.
|1991||The House of Eliott||Mary|
|1993||Mr. Wroe's Virgins||Leah|
|1994||Peak Practice||Sue Keel|
|1994||The Day Today||Lally Sampson|
|1994||Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge||Daniella Forrest|
|1995||My Good Friend||Ellie|
|1996||Murder Most Horrid||Sgt. Cole|
|2000||The X-Files||Cinema Audience|
|2001||The Kumars at No. 42||Herself|
|2003–2004||Will & Grace||Lorraine Finster|
|2007||Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series||Lara Croft|
|2007–2008||The Riches||Dahlia Malloy||Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
|2010||Modern Family||Valerie||Season 1, Episode 14: "Moon Landing"|
|2010||The Deep||Frances Kelly|
|2012||Web Therapy||Allegra Favreau||Season 2, Episode 5, 6|
|2013||Who Do You Think You Are?||Self||Series 10, Episode 3|
|2014||About a Boy||Fiona Bowa||Main role|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen US||Herself||Host of Dinner for Oxfam charity at Hell's Kitchen|
|2004||Everything I've Got in My Pocket||43||Zoë|
|2004||"Invisible Girl"||Everything I've Got in My Pocket|
|2005||"Everything I've Got in My Pocket"|
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