Miranda Raison

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Miranda Raison
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Born Miranda Caroline Raison
(1980-11-18) 18 November 1980 (age 33)
Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk, England
Occupation Actress
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 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.

Early life

Miranda Raison was born in Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk. Her father, Nick Raison, is a jazz and cocktail pianist while her mother, Caroline Raison,[1] 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. She attended several boarding schools, including Gresham's School, Felixstowe College and Stowe School.[citation needed]

Raison trained at Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art.[2]


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.[3] She was a guest on the second series of Totally Doctor Who in episode 4.

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

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

In 2012 she starred in the first episode of Dirk Gently as Kate and in the 11th episode of Sinbad as Lara Assuage.

In 2012 the second series (6 x 1 hour episodes) of Vexed was screened by BBC2 alongside Toby Stephens.

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.

This was followed by the filming of Intelligent Design, the very last episode of Inspector Lewis for ITV (the last episode at the time...the series has been renewed for a seventh season).

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)

She appeared in the third series of BBC legal drama Silk.

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.


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.[5]

Other works

In 2005 she appeared in the four-part BBC Radio 4 comedy series Deep Trouble as Petty Officer Lucy Radcliffe.[6]

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

Raison has also voice-acted in two Big Finish Doctor Who audios titled "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 with a French accent starting with King of the Railway.

Personal life

Raison married fellow Spooks actor Raza Jaffrey in Aldeburgh in September 2007,[7] shortly after he left the show. They are now divorced.[8]

She plays golf and is a member of the Aldeburgh Golf Club.[9]

She doesn't drink alcohol.[10]


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, 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)
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 (1 episode)
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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