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; div. 2016)|
Anne-Marie Duff (born 8 October 1970) is an English actress. She rose to prominence playing Fiona Gallagher on the first two seasons of UK TV series Shameless. She then played Queen 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), Before I Go to Sleep (2014), 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.
Early life and education
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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 Mellow Lane School. 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: she 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, Emilia Fox and Sienna Guillory. 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 on 11 November 2006, and gave birth to their son, Brendan McAvoy, in 2010. On 13 May 2016, Duff and McAvoy announced they were 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 and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism||Lucy Logan the Librarian|
|2014||Before I Go to Sleep||Claire|
|2017||On Chesil Beach||Marjorie Mayhew||UK Premiere May 2018|
|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 I||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||Hospital||Narrator||All 6 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|
|Saint Joan||Joan||Olivier Theatre, London|
|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|
|2017||Common||Mary||Royal National Theatre, London|
|2017||Heisenberg||Georgie||Wyndhams Theatre, London|
|2018||Macbeth||Lady Macbeth||Royal National Theatre, London|
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|
|2017||A Streetcar Named Desire||Blanche DuBois||Radio drama|
Awards and nominations
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- Marquina, Sierra (13 May 2016). "James McAvoy and Wife Anne-Marie Duff to Divorce: See Their Statement". US Weekly. Retrieved 13 May 2016.
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- Billington, Michael (5 June 2013). "Strange Interlude – review". The Guardian. London.
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