Duff attending the 60th British Academy Film Awards in 2007
|Alma mater||Drama Centre London|
(m. 2006; div. 2016)
Anne-Marie Duff (born 8 October 1970) is an English actress of Irish descent. After graduating from Drama Centre London, Duff initially made appearances in shows such as Trial & Retribution, Amongst Women and Aristocrats in the late 1990s. She is also an accomplished theatre actress and was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2000.
Duff later made her breakthrough as Fiona Gallagher on the Channel 4 drama series Shameless and as Queen Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen; both earned her BAFTA nominations for Best Actress. She was awarded the BAFTA Cymru Award for Best Actress for her work in the 2007 television film The History of Mr Polly. Since this, other television roles include Claire Church in From Darkness (2015), Ma Costa in His Dark Materials (2019–present), Erin Wiley in Sex Education and as Tracy Daszkiewicz in The Salisbury Poisonings (both 2020).
Duff has 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); the latter earned her a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She has since appeared in Before I Go to Sleep (2014), and Suffragette (2015).
Early life and education
Duff was born in London on 8 October 1970, the younger of two children of Irish immigrants: her father was a painter and decorator from County Meath and her mother was from County Donegal and 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 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.
Duff married Scottish actor and former Shameless co-star James McAvoy in 2006, and gave birth to their son, Brendan McAvoy, in 2010. On 13 May 2016, Duff and McAvoy announced they were getting a 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|
|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|
|2019||His Dark Materials||Ma Costa||TV series|
|2020||Sex Education||Erin Wiley||Netflix Original series|
|The Salisbury Poisonings||Tracy Daszkiewicz||TV series|
|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|
|2019||Sweet Charity||Charity Hope Valentine||Donmar Warehouse, 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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- Billington, Michael (12 July 2007). "Saint Joan". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
- Brown, Peter (13 July 2007). "Saint Joan". LondonTheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2009.
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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.
- McIntosh, Steven (14 June 2020). "TV drama revisits Salisbury poison attack 'horror'". BBC News. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
- Billington, Michael (12 July 2007). "Theatre review: Saint Joan / Olivier Theatre, London". the Guardian. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
- Billington, Michael (5 June 2013). "Strange Interlude – review". The Guardian. London.
- "Oil". Retrieved 24 August 2018.
- "Common - National Theatre". www.nationaltheatre.org.uk. Retrieved 24 August 2018.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 24 June 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Kenton, Tristram (5 March 2018). "Macbeth at the National Theatre with Rory Kinnear and Anne-Marie Duff – in pictures". Retrieved 24 August 2018 – via www.theguardian.com.
- 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.