At the 60th British Academy Film Awards, February 2007
8 October 1970 |
Chiswick, London, England
|Alma mater||Drama Centre London|
|Spouse(s)||James McAvoy (m. 2006; separated 2016)|
Anne-Marie Duff (born 8 October 1970) is an English-born Irish actress. She first achieved mainstream attention for playing Fiona Gallagher in the television series Shameless (2004–05; 2013), and later played Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen (2006). She also played the lead role in the television series From Darkness in 2015.
Duff has also had roles in films such as Enigma (2001), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Notes on a Scandal (2006), French Film (2008), The Last Station and Nowhere Boy (both 2009) and Suffragette (2015).
Her performances in Shameless, The Virgin Queen, Nowhere Boy and Suffragette earned her BAFTA nominations in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, and she was awarded the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress for her work in the 2007 television film The History of Mr Polly.
Duff is married to Scottish actor James McAvoy, with whom she has one child. They announced plans to divorce in May 2016, and said that even though they are to end their marriage, they are to continue living together for the foreseeable future.
Early life and education
Duff was born on 8 October 1970, the younger of two children of Irish immigrants – her father was a painter and decorator and her mother worked in a shoe shop. The family lived in Southall, London, and Anne-Marie went to a comprehensive school – Mellow Lane School, which became Hewens College in 2011. At an early age, Anne-Marie attended a local youth theatre, Young Argosy, linked to the Argosy Players, in order to battle her shy nature and soon became hooked on the stage.
In her mid-teens, involved in an amateur theatre company, she began to think seriously about applying to drama schools. Her first application was rejected. "At the time, I was desperately unhappy about it, but I just wasn’t polished. I got too nervous in the audition. It wasn't a world I was familiar with…" After further study of Film and Theatre, at the age of 19, she attended the Drama Centre in London, alongside John Simm, Anastasia Hille and her good friend, Paul Bettany.
Duff was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2000, but first mainstream attention came as Fiona Gallagher in the Channel 4 television programme Shameless, and for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the lavish 2005 BBC television miniseries, The Virgin Queen which also starred Tom Hardy, Joanne Whalley and Tara Fitzgerald. She also played Julia Stanley, the mother of John Lennon, in Nowhere Boy. In The Last Station, a biopic about Leo Tolstoy's later years, she played his devoted daughter Sasha.
An accomplished theatre actor, she has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre, including its 1996 production of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, and also in London's West End (Vassa, Collected Stories). Credits at the National Theatre include Collected Stories, King Lear and most recently the title character in Marianne Elliott's production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan to great acclaim. In 2011 she played Alma Rattenbury in Rattigan's final play Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic directed by Thea Sharrock. In 2007 she was one of nine female celebrities to take part in the What's it going to take? campaign promoting awareness of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom. She will be starring alongside Sandra Bullock and Rachel Weisz in Imagination of the Creatures.
Duff married Scottish actor and former Shameless co-star James McAvoy in October 2006, and gave birth to their son, Brendan McAvoy, in 2010. On 13 May 2016, Duff and McAvoy announced their decision to divorce.
|1998||Mild and Better||The Woman||Short film|
|2002||The Magdalene Sisters||Margaret|
|2006||Notes on a Scandal||Annabel|
|The Waiting Room||Anna|
|2009||Is Anybody There?||Mum|
|The Last Station||Sasha Tolstoy|
|Nowhere Boy||Julia Lennon|
|Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist||Post-production|
|2014||Before I Go to Sleep||Claire|
|2017||On Chesil Beach||Marjorie Mayhew||Filming|
|1997||Trial & Retribution||Cathy Gillingham||2 episodes|
|1998||Amongst Women||Sheila||2 episodes|
|2000||Reach for the Moon||Cath Bird|
|2001||The Way We Live Now||Georgiana||4 episodes|
|Holby City||Alison McCarthy||1 episode|
|Wild West||Holly||6 episodes|
|Sinners||Anne Marie/Theresa||TV film|
|2003||Charles II: The Power and The Passion||Princess Henrietta of England||1 episode|
|2004–2005, 2013||Shameless||Fiona Gallagher||19 episodes|
|2006||The Virgin Queen||Queen Elizabeth||4 episodes|
|Born Equal||Michelle||TV film|
|2007||The History of Mr Polly||Miriam|
|2009||Margot||Margot Fonteyn||TV film|
|2012||Accused||Mo Murray||1 episode|
|Parade's End||Edith Duchemin||4 episodes|
|2015||From Darkness||Claire Church||All 4 episodes|
|2017||Watership Down||Hyzenthlay||Miniseries; pre-production|
|1994||Uncle Silas||Maud Ruthyn|
|The Mill on the Floss||First Maggie|
|1995||La Grande Magia||Amelia|
|1996||War and Peace||Natasha|
|2000||A Doll's House||Nora|
|2002||The Daughter in Law||Minnie|
|2004||The Playboy of the Western World||Pegín maidhc|
|2005||Days of Wine and Roses||Mona|
|2007||The Soldier's Fortune||Lady Dunce|
|2011||Cause Célèbre||Alma Rattenbury||Old Vic, London|
|2013||Strange Interlude||Nina Leeds||National Theatre, London|
|Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||Broadway debut, Lincoln Center Theater|
|2015||Husbands & Sons||Lizzie Holroyd||Co-production between National Theatre, London and Royal Exchange, Manchester|
Radio and audio
|2000||The Art of Love||Cypassis|
|The Diary of a Provincial Lady||Radio series|
|2001||A Time That Was||Radio drama|
|2004||Life Half Spent||Radio Play|
|2005||Ears Wide Open||Diane|
|2006||The Queen at 80||Narrator||Radio series|
|The Possessed||Liza/Marya||Radio drama|
|Look Back in Anger||Alison||Rehearsed reading|
|2007||Kingdom of the Golden Dragon||Narrator||Radio drama|
Awards and nominations
- Lane, Harriet; "Real-life romance", The Observer, 8 February 2004 (Retrieved: 31 July 2009)
- Billington, Michael; "Saint Joan" The Guardian=, 12 July 2007 (Retrieved: 31 July 2009)
- Brown, Peter; "Saint Joan" =LondonTheatre.co.uk=, 13 July 2007 (Retrieved: 31 July 2009)
- Masters, Tim (27 March 2011). "Anne-Marie Duff on Rattigan revival". BBC News. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- Todd, Ben (27 January 2010). "Glowing Anne-Marie Duff, 39, confirms first pregnancy with husband James McAvoy". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 26 September 2011.
- Mcdonald, Toby (24 April 2011). "Doting mum Anne-Marie Duff reveals toddler's name". Sunday Mail. Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
- Marquina, Sierra (13 May 2016). "James McAvoy and Wife Anne-Marie Duff to Divorce: See Their Statement". US Weekly. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
- Billington, Michael (5 June 2013). "Strange Interlude – review". The Guardian. London.
- Masters, Tim (8 February 2010). "Duff and Serkis scoop Standard film awards". BBC News. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010.