Miranda Raison

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Miranda Raison
Miranda Raison at Shakespeare's Globe, 2013..jpg
Miranda Raison at Shakespeare's Globe, 2013.
Born Miranda Caroline Raison
(1980-11-18) 18 November 1980 (age 34)
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2000–present
Spouse(s) Raza Jaffrey (m.2007-2012, divorced)

Miranda Caroline Raison (born 18 November 1980) is an English screen and stage actress.

Early life[edit]

Miranda Raison was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. Her father, Nick Raison, is a jazz pianist and her mother, Caroline Raison [1] read the news for Anglia Television. She is the great-granddaughter of Thomas William Coke, 4th Earl of Leicester, the great-niece of Thomas William Edward Coke, 5th Earl of Leicester and the niece of Timothy Raison. Her parents divorced when she was five years old and from the age of nine she attended several boarding schools, including Gresham's School, Felixstowe College and Stowe School.[2][3]

Raison trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[4]

Career[edit]

TV and theatre[edit]

Raison's breakthrough role was as Jo Portman (2005-2009) in the BBC One television drama series Spooks (also broadcast under the title MI-5).

In April 2007, during a break from filming Spooks, she appeared in Doctor Who, Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks as Tallulah, a show girl whose opening scene involved dancing and singing to a musical number for which her father played the piano background as part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.[5]

In 2007 she appeared in six episodes of the Channel 4 series Comedy Showcase Plus One alongside Duncan James, Rory Kinnear and Nigel Harman.

In 2010 she starred as a model called Abbey in the ITV1 comedy-drama Married Single Other.[6]

Raison played the title role in Anne Boleyn, a new play by Howard Brenton (who had also been involved in scripts for BBC's 'Spooks') which premiered at Shakespeare's Globe on 24th July 2010, to high critical acclaim. In the same Shakespeare's Globe season she also played Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII by William Shakespeare.

In 2011 she returned to BBC1 in Sugartown, the first series of Death in Paradise and the third series of Merlin as the warrior Isolde.

Raison returned to Shakespeare's Globe in 2011 to reappear in the title role of the award-winning Anne Boleyn by Howard Brenton (see above) following the sell-out performances of 2010. This run was also to full houses.

In 2012 she played DI Georgina Dixon alongside Toby Stephens in the second series of Vexed screened on BBC2.

In June/July 2012 she appeared in a production of The Physicists: A Comedy in Two Acts at the Donmar Warehouse directed by Josie Rourke.

From October 2011 Raison starred in The River a new play by Jez Butterworth at the Royal Court Theatre (Jerwood) alongside Dominic West. Tickets became "the most sought-after theatre tickets in London" after rave reviews. (Directed by Ian Rickson)

In 2013 she played 'Harriet Hammond' in the third series (6 x 1 hour episodes) of BBC legal drama Silk.

Raison played Anne Faulkner in the theatrical version of Strangers on a Train. Based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith, it ran from November 2013 to February 2014 at the Gielgud Theatre and was produced by Barbara Broccoli.

In 2014 Raison appeared in six episodes of "24: Live Another Day".

In July 2014 Raison was announced as a new cast member of "Spotless", a (10 x 1 hour episode) drama produced by Canal+.[7]

Film[edit]

Raison appeared alongside Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's film Match Point in 2005 and appeared in Land of the Blind playing Ralph Fiennes's daughter in 2006.[8]

Other works[edit]

She has voiced several video game characters including Cassandra Pentaghast in the Dragon Age series.

Raison has also voice-acted in several Big Finish Doctor Who audios including "The Davros Mission" and "The Wreck of the Titan".

In 2013 she joined the CGI cast of Thomas & Friends and provides the voice of Millie, first introduced in King of the Railway.

Personal life[edit]

Raison married fellow Spooks actor Raza Jaffrey in September 2007,[9] shortly after he left the show. They are now divorced.

She plays golf and is a member of the Aldeburgh Golf Club.[10]

She doesn't drink alcohol.[11]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Inspector Lynley Mysteries Ros TV series (2 episodes: For the Sake of Elena, part 1 + 2)
2005 Spooks Jo Portman TV series (37 episodes: 2005-2009)
Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo Svetlana Revenko
Match Point Heather
2006 Land of the Blind Daisy
2007 Doctor Who Tallulah TV series (2 episodes: Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks)
Totally Doctor Who guest TV series (1 episode)
Plus One Linsey TV series (6 episodes)
2010 Married Single Other Abbey TV series (6 episodes)
Apache: Air Assault Lieutenant Sandra Lansing Video game
2011 Dragon Age II Cassandra Pentaghast, Varania, Dulci de Launcet, Additional Voices Video game
Sugartown Emily TV serial (3 episodes)
Renegade Ops Natasha Video game
Death in Paradise Megan Talbot TV series (1 episode)
Merlin Isolde TV series (2 episodes)
My Week with Marilyn Vanessa
2012 Dirk Gently Kate TV series (1 episode)
Blades of Time Ayumi Video game
The Secret World Zaha, Rada Nastase, Aveline Belmont, Additional Voices Video game
Sinbad Lara Assuage TV series (1 episode)
Vexed DI Georgina Dixon TV series (6 episodes)
2013 Lewis Dr Stella Drew TV series (2 episodes)
Thomas & Friends: King of the Railway Millie
Thomas & Friends Millie TV series (2 episodes)
2014 Silk Harriet Hammond TV series (6 episodes)
24: Live Another Day Caroline Fowlds TV series (6 episodes)
Dragon Age: Inquisition Cassandra Pentaghast Video game

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