Gina McKee

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Gina McKee
Born (1964-04-14) 14 April 1964 (age 55)
OccupationActress
Years active1979–present
Spouse(s)
Kez Cary (m. 1989)

Georgina McKee (born 14 April 1964)[1] is an English actress. She won the 1997 BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for Our Friends in the North (1996), and earned subsequent nominations for The Lost Prince (2003) and The Street (2007). She also starred on television in The Forsyte Saga (2002) and as Caterina Sforza in The Borgias (2011). Her film appearances include Notting Hill (1999), In the Loop (2009) and Phantom Thread (2017).

Early life[edit]

McKee was born in Peterlee, County Durham, the daughter of a coal miner,[2] and grew up there and in nearby Easington and Sunderland. Her first experience of acting occurred in her final year at primary school where her teacher finished the school week off with improvisations.[2] Seeing a poster in a shoeshop window for a new youth drama group, McKee and her friends decided to attend, initially not seriously but later becoming enthusiastic.[2] It led to McKee's first professional appearance, working on Tyne Tees children's series, Quest of Eagles.[2]

From the age of 15, McKee spent three summers in London with the National Youth Theatre.[2] After completing her A-Levels at East Durham College, she decided, with her parents' blessing, to apply to drama schools rather than art colleges. However, she was rejected by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and the Central School of Speech and Drama.[2]

Career[edit]

McKee began her career in TV with several small background roles including a part on the Lenny Henry Show. She made her film debut in 1988 when she had a small role in the Ken Russell film The Lair of the White Worm which co-starred Hugh Grant. In 1996, she played Mary in the BBC drama Our Friends in the North, a role for which she won three Best Actress awards in 1997: the British Academy Television Award, the Royal Television Society Award and the Broadcasting Press Guild Award.[3] McKee appeared in several episodes of the Chris Morris spoof current affairs show, Brass Eye (1997, 2001), as reporter Libby Shuss.

McKee's theatre credits include Harold Pinter's The Lover and The Collection at the Comedy Theatre in London.

In 2008 she appeared in the BBC drama Fiona's Story and a West End revival of Chekhov's Ivanov.[4] In 2010, she appeared as Goneril in the Donmar Warehouse revival of King Lear, directed by Michael Grandage and starring Derek Jacobi. She received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her performance.[5] She also played the mother of a deaf teenager in BBC TV's thriller, The Silence, opposite Genevieve Barr.

Personal life[edit]

McKee has been married to Kez Cary since 1989; they live in East Sussex, England. She has been a vegetarian since 1982.[6]

In 2002, McKee was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Sunderland, receiving the honour alongside footballer Niall Quinn.[7][8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role
1988 The Lair of the White Worm Nurse Gladwell
1989 The Rachel Papers Evonne
1993 Naked Café Girl
1996 The Treasure Seekers Mary Leslie
1998 Croupier Marion Nell
1999 Notting Hill Bella
Wonderland Nadia
Women Talking Dirty Ellen
There's Only One Jimmy Grimble[9] Donna
2001 The Zookeeper Ankica
2002 Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood Genevieve
2003 Burning the Bed Caroline
The Reckoning Sarah
2004 Mickybo and Me Jonjo's ma
2005 The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby Maureen Gray
MirrorMask White Queen/Dark Queen
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Julia
2007 And When Did You Last See Your Father?[10] Kathy Morrison
Atonement Nurse Drummond
2009 In the Loop[11][12] Judy Molloy
2013 Jimmy P: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian Madeleine
2015 Hector Lizzie
Taj Mahal Louise's Mother
2017 Phantom Thread Countess Henrietta Harding

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1979 Quest of Eagles
1986 Auf Wiedersehen, Pet
1987 Inspector Morse
1988 The Lenny Henry Show
1989 Minder
1990 Drop the Dead Donkey
1991 An Actor's Life For Me
1996 Our Friends in the North
1997 The Chest
1997 Brass Eye
1998 Premier Passions
2001 Dice
2002–2003 The Forsyte Saga Irene
2003 The Lost Prince
2004 The Blackwater Lightship
2006 Tsunami: The Aftermath
2006 The Lavender List
2007 Lewis
2007 The Old Curiosity Shop
2007 The Street
2008 Fiona's Story
2009 Waking the Dead
2010 Dive
2010 The Silence
2011 Vera Julie
2011–2013 The Borgias Caterina Sforza
2012 Missing
2012 Line of Duty Jackie Laverty
2012–2013 Hebburn
2012 Secret State
2013 By Any Means
2016 Royal Wives At War
2017 Emerald City
2017 Knightfall
2018 Bodyguard Commander Anne Sampson

Theatre[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ DoB correct. (not 1961) birth indexes show birth registered 2nd quarter (April, May, June) 1964 in Hartlepool, mother's maiden name = "Turnbull"
  2. ^ a b c d e f Lane, Harriet; "'I had nothing to lose'" Guardian.co.uk, 30 November 2008 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  3. ^ Jones, Alice; "Who's that girl?" Independent.co.uk, 16 September 2008 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  4. ^ a b c Taylor, Paul; "First Night: Ivanov, Wyndham's Theatre, London" Independent.co.uk, 18 September 2008 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 13 January 2012. Retrieved 10 July 2011.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Norman, Neil; "My favourite table: Actress Gina McKee at Rasa, London" Guardian.co.uk, 25 March 2007 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  7. ^ "Honorary Graduates" Archived 15 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine Sunderland.ac.uk (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  8. ^ "Football veteran receives honorary degree" TheNorthernEcho.co.uk, 15 July 2002 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  9. ^ Ellen, Barbara; "Pale and interesting" Guardian.co.uk, 27 August 2000 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  10. ^ Morrison, Blak"This is your life" Guardian.co.uk, 29 September 2007 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  11. ^ Eyre, Hermione; "Ministry of offence: Armando Iannucci takes on the White House" Independent.co.uk, 12 April 2009 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)
  12. ^ Eyre, Hermione; "Fiona's Story, BBC 1" Independent.co.uk, 7 September 2008 (Retrieved: 1 August 2009)

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