|Born||Miranda Caroline Raison
18 November 1980
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
|Spouse(s)||Raza Jaffrey (m.2007-2012, divorced)|
Miranda Caroline Raison (born 18 November 1980) is an English screen and stage actress best known for her role role as Jo Portman in the British television series Spooks (also broadcast under the title MI-5) and various other notable roles in the British television industry.
Miranda Raison was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. Her father, Nick Raison, is a jazz and cocktail pianist and artist, while her mother, Caroline Raison, read the news for Anglia Television. She has four siblings: musician Ed Raison, Rosie, Sam and May. Her parents parted when she was five years old, and her father remarried and lives on the Suffolk coast. She attended several boarding schools, including Gresham's School, Felixstowe College, which closed at the end of her first sixth form year in 1994 and Stowe School.
TV and theatre
She is best known for her role as Jo Portman in the BBC One television drama series Spooks as well as many other leading roles in the British television industry and on the London Stage. In April 2007 she appeared in Doctor Who, Daleks in Manhattan and Evolution of the Daleks. Her character, Tallulah, was a show girl whose opening scene was on stage dancing and singing to a musical number; her father, Nick Raison, played the piano background as part of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. She was a guest on the second series of Totally Doctor Who in episode 4.
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 July 24, 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 the BBC1 in Sugartown, a three part comedy/drama aired on BBC1, and again in the crime comedy-drama Death in Paradise. Also in 2011, she played the role of Isolde in the fourth series of the BBC drama Merlin, which began airing in October. She appeared in episodes 12 and 13, "The Sword in the Stone" Part I and Part II.
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) through July and August 2011 following the sell-out performances of 2010. This run was also to full houses.
From October 2012, for one month only, 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)
The theatrical version of Strangers on a Train written by Craig Warner and based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith ran from November 2013 to February 2014 at the Gielgud Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, and also starred Jack Huston, Laurence Fox, Imogen Stubbs, Christian McKay, and MyAnna Buring. It was directed by Robert Allan Ackerman and produced by Barbara Broccoli.
She has voiced several video game characters, including Cassandra Pentaghast in the Dragon Age series.
She plays golf and is a member of the Aldeburgh Golf Club.
|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|
|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)|
|2011||Sugartown||Emily||TV serial (3 episodes)|
|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)|
|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|
|2013–present||Thomas & Friends||Millie||TV series (1 episode)|
|2014||Silk||Harriet Hammond||TV series (6 episodes)|
- Anglia Newsreaders - Profile of Caroline Raison
- "Jo Portman - Spooks (UK) Characters". ShareTV. 2002-05-13. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "Doctor Who (David Tennant and Billie Piper) - News". BBC. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- Ian Wylie (2010-03-12). "Married Single Other: Miranda Raison | Manchester Evening News". menmedia.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- Miranda Raison at the Internet Movie Database
- BBC Radio 4 - Deep Trouble cast list
- "Spooks star Miranda Raison hooks up with Ralf Little after marriage split | Mail Online". Dailymail.co.uk. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2012-07-07.
- "My perfect weekend: Miranda Raison".