in Dustbin Baby (2008)
30 October 1956|
Kelvedon, Essex, England
|Alma mater||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art|
|Partner(s)||Hugh Brody (1993–present)|
Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson, CBE (born 30 October 1956) is an English actress of stage and screen. She is known for her role in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her other film appearances include Emma (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Being Julia (2004), and Infamous (2006).
Stevenson has starred in numerous Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre productions, including Olivier Award nominated roles in Measure for Measure (1984), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1986), and Yerma (1987). For her role as Paulina in Death and the Maiden (1991–92), she won the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Actress. Her fifth Olivier nomination was for her work in the 2009 revival of Duet for One. She has also received three nominations for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress: for A Doll's House (1992), The Politician's Wife (1995) and Accused (2010). Other stage roles include The Heretic (2011) and Happy Days (2014).
Stevenson was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, the daughter of Virginia Ruth (née Marshall), a teacher, and Michael Guy Stevenson, an army officer. Stevenson's father was assigned a new posting every two and a half years. When Stevenson was nine, she attended Berkshire's Hurst Lodge School, and she was later educated at the independent St Catherine's School in Bramley, near Guildford in Surrey, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Stevenson was part of the 'new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Bruce Payne, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton and Fiona Shaw. This led to a stage career starting in 1978 with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Although she has gained fame through her television and film work, and has often undertaken roles for BBC Radio, she is known as a stage actress. Significant stage roles include her performances as Isabella in Measure for Measure, Madame de Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, as Anna in the UK premiere of Burn This in 1990, and as Paulina in Death and the Maiden at the Royal Court theatre and the West End (1991–92). For the latter, she was awarded the 1992 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress.
In the 1987 TV film Life Story, Stevenson played the part of scientist Rosalind Franklin, for which she won a Cable Ace award. She played the leading role in the Anthony Minghella film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991) and her roles in The Secret Rapture (1993), Emma (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002) and Mona Lisa Smile (2003). She has more recently starred in Pierrepoint (2006), Infamous (2006) as Diana Vreeland and Breaking and Entering (2006) as Rosemary, the therapist. In 2003, she played the mother of an autistic child in the television film Hear the Silence, a film based on the now debunked claims of Andrew Wakefield that the MMR vaccine was responsible for autism. The film and Stevenson were criticised for "trying to influence parents against MMR and dressing up science as entertainment."
In 2009, she starred in ITV's A Place of Execution. The role won her the Best Actress Dagger at the 2009 Crime Thriller Awards. She performs as a book reader, and has recorded all of Jane Austen's novels as unabridged audiobooks, as well as a number of other novels, such as Lady Windermere's Fan, Hedda Gabler, Stories from Shakespeare, and To the Lighthouse.
Stevenson lives with anthropologist Hugh Brody, her partner since 1993. The couple live in Highgate, North London. They have two children, both born in Camden, London: Rosalind Hannah Brody (born 1994) and Gabriel Jonathan Brody (born late 2000/early 2001).
In 2008, she campaigned on behalf of refugee women with a reading of 'Motherland' at the Young Vic. She is patron of the UK registered charity LAM Action, which provides support, information and encouragement to patients with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and their families, and raises funds to advance research into LAM.
On 12 September 2016 Stevenson, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, Kit Harington, and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness to the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem, written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, of which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities, and education.
|1988||Drowning by Numbers||Cissie Colpitts 2|
|1990||Ladder of Swords||Alice Howard|
|1990||The March||Clare Fitzgerald|
|1990||Truly, Madly, Deeply||Nina|
|1993||The Trial||Fräulein Bürstner|
|1993||The Secret Rapture||Isobel Coleridge|
|1997||Treasure Island||Jane (voice)||Video|
|2001||Play||Second Woman||Short film|
|2001||Christmas Carol: The Movie||Mrs. Cratchit / Mother Gimlet (voice)|
|2001||The Search for John Gissing||Gwenyth Moore|
|2002||Food of Love||Pamela Porterfield|
|2002||Bend It Like Beckham||Paula Paxton|
|2002||Nicholas Nickleby||Mrs. Squeers|
|2003||Mona Lisa Smile||Amanda Armstrong|
|2005||Red Mercury||Sofia Warburton|
|2005||Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman||Anne Fletcher|
|2006||Breaking and Entering||Rosemary McCloud|
|2007||And When Did You Last See Your Father?||Kim Morrison|
|2008||A Previous Engagement||Julia Reynolds|
|2008||The Secret of Moonacre||Miss Heliotrope|
|2014||The Letters||Mother Teresa|
|2014||The Portrait||Laura Burrell||Short film|
|2016||Let Me Go||Helga||Post-production|
|2016||Love Is Thicker Than Water||Ethel|
|????||Moving Pictures||Mrs. Roberts||Announced|
|1980||The Mallens||Barbara Mallen||6|
|1981||Maybury||Joanna Langston||"A Fall from Grace", "What I Mean Is...", "Ten Green Bottles"|
|1983||Bazaar and Rummage||Fliss||TV film|
|1984||Crown Court||Catherine Lloyd||"Dirty Washing: Part 1"|
|1984||Freud||Elizabeth von Reitberg||"The Secret of Dreams"|
|1984||Pericles, Prince of Tyre||Thaisa||TV film|
|1986||The Theban Plays by Sophocles||Antigone||"Oedipus at Colonus", "Antigone"|
|1987||Life Story||Rosalind Franklin|
|1988||Screenplay||Ruth||"Out of Love"|
|1988||Screen Two||Hilda Carline||"Stanley Spencer"|
|1988||This is David Lander||Penny Foster||"The Nicholson Story"|
|1989||Living with Dinosaurs||Vicky||TV film|
|1990||The Jim Henson Hour||Vicky||"Living with Dinosaurs"|
|1991||4 Play||Margaret||"In the Border Country"|
|1992||Performance||Nora Helmer||"A Doll's House"|
|1993||The World of Eric Carle||Narrator (voice)||TV series short|
|1993||The Legends of Treasure Island||Jane (voice)||Main role|
|1994||Verdi||Giuseppina Strepponi (voice)||TV film|
|1995||The Politician's Wife||Flora Matlock||"Stand by Him", "Echo Chamber", "Body Politic"|
|1997||Screen Two||Jean||"Stone, Scissors, Paper"|
|1998||Cider with Rosie||Annie Lee||TV film|
|1999||Trial by Fire||Helen West||TV film|
|2002||The Road from Coorain||Eve||TV film|
|2003||Hear the Silence||Christine Shields||TV film|
|2005||The Snow Queen||Gerda's Mother||TV film|
|2007||Agatha Christie's Marple||Gwenda Vaughn||"Ordeal by Innocence"|
|2008||10 Days to War||Elizabeth Wilmshurst||"A Simple Private Matter"|
|2008||Place of Execution||Catherine Heathcote||TV miniseries|
|2008||Dustbin Baby||Marion||TV film|
|2010||Law & Order: UK||Rachel Callaghan||"Denial"|
|2010||Accused||Helen Ryland||"Helen's Story"|
|2011||Lewis||Diana Ellerby||"Old, Unhappy, Far Off Things"|
|2011||The Hour||Lady Elms||Recurring role|
|2012||White Heat||Charlotte||TV miniseries|
|2013–14||The Village||Clem Allingham||Main role|
|2013–15||Atlantis||The Oracle||Main role|
|2014||On Angel Wings||Mary||TV short|
|2015||X Company||Mayor Marie Bellaire||"Walk with the Devil"|
|2015||The Enfield Haunting||Betty Grosse||TV miniseries|
|2015||Artsnight||Contributor||"Richard Wilson on Samuel Beckett"|
|2016||One of Us||Louise Elliot||TV miniseries|
|2017||1066: A Year to Conquer England||Narrator||Docudrama|
|1978||The Tempest||Spirit||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1978||Antony and Cleopatra||Iras / Octavia||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1978||Measure for Measure||Whore / Nun||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1978||The Churchill Play||Caroline Thompson|
|1978||Hippolytus||Aphrodite / Artemis|
|1978||Lovers and Kings|
|1978||The Taming of the Shrew||Widow / Curtis|
|1978||The White Guard||Yeliena|
|1978||Once in a Lifetime||Miss Chasen|
|1980||Henry IV||Lady Percy||Royal Shakespeare Company|
|1981||A Midsummer Night's Dream||Hippolyta / Titania|
|1981||The Witch of Edmonton||Susan|
|1983||Other Worlds||Emma / Betsy||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|1984||Measure for Measure||Isabella||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre|
|1984||Breaking the Silence||Polya||Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit Theatre, London|
|1985||Troilus and Cressida||Cressida||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre|
|1985||As You Like It||Rosalind||Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford Theatre|
|1986||Les Liaisons dangereuses||Madame de Tourvel||Royal Shakespeare Company, The Pit Theatre|
|1987||Yerma||Yerma||National Theatre, London|
|1988–90||The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus||Kyllene||Theatre of Delphi/National Theatre, London|
|1989||Hedda Gabler||Hedda||National Theatre, London|
|1989||On the Verge||Fanny||Sadler's Wells Theatre, London|
|1990||Burn This||Anna||Hampstead Theatre, London|
|1991–92||Death and the Maiden||Paulina||Theatre Upstairs, Duke of York Theatre, London|
|1993||Scenes from an Execution||Galactia||Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles|
|1995||The Duchess of Malfi||Greenwich Theatre/Wyndham's Theatre, London|
|1997||The Caucasian Chalk Circle||Royal National Theatre, London|
|1999||Private Lives||Amanda||The National Theatre|
|2000||The Country||Royal Court Theatre|
|2004||We Happy Few||Gielgud Theatre, London|
|2005||The Alice Trilogy||Royal Court Theatre|
|2006||The Seagull||Irina Arkadina||The National Theatre|
|2009||Duet for One||London|
|2011||The Heretic||Royal Court Theatre|
|2014–15||Happy Days||Winnie||Young Vic|
|2016–17 2018||Mary Stuart||Mary Stuart/Elizabeth I||Almeida Theatre & Duke of York's Theatre|
|2017||Hamlet||Gertrude||Almeida Theatre & Harold Pinter Theatre|
A partial list of Stevenson's audio recordings:
- Man and Superman, BBC Audiobooks, 1998 (Broadcast on BBC-4 in 1996). Production featured Juliet Stevenson, Ralph Fiennes and Judi Dench. It also included an interview with the director, Sir Peter Hall
- Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Penguin Audiobooks, 1997
- The Plague Tales, BDD, c. 1997
- Hamlet by William Shakespeare, BBC Radio Collection, 1999 (with Michael Sheen)
- When Love Speaks (2002, EMI Classics) – "Sonnet 128" ("How oft, when thou, my music...")
- The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield, Unabridged, Orion audiobook (2006)
- Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen. Unabridged, Naxos audiobook, 7 CDs (2006)
- Persuasion by Jane Austen. Unabridged, Naxos audiobook, 7 CDs (2007)
- Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Unabridged, Naxos audiobook, 14 CDs (2007)
- Emma by Jane Austen. Unabridged, Naxos audiobook, 13 CDs (2007)
- Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Naxos audiobook, Unabridged (2007)
- Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. Abridged, CSA Word Classic, 4 CDs (2007)
- The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë,
- I, Coriander, by Sally Gardner,
- The King's General, by Daphne du Maurier,
- An Unequal Marriage, by Emma Tennant,
- From Shakespeare with Love, by William Shakespeare, David Tennant (Narrator), Juliet Stevenson (Narrator), Anton Lesser (Narrator), Alex Jennings (Narrator)
- Daphne du Maurier Collection: Rebecca, Frenchman's Creek & My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, Juliet Stevenson (Narrator), Daniel Massey (Narrator), Michael Maloney (Narrator)
- A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
- The London Tapes by Juliet Stevenson
- Ancient and Modern by Sue Gee (2004)
- Alentejo Blue by Monica Ali, abridged (2006)
- Middlemarch by George Eliot. Unabridged. Naxos Audiobooks (2011).
- Goldfish Girl by Peter Souter (2011).
- The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Unabridged (2014)
- Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty, unabridged (2014)
- Belgravia by Julian Fellowes, (2016)
Awards and honours
|1984||Olivier Award||Best Actress in a Revival||Measure for Measure||Nominated|
|1986||Olivier Award||Best Actress||As You Like It; Les Liaisons Dangereuses||Nominated|
|1987||Olivier Award||Best Actress||Yerma||Nominated|
|1992||BAFTA Film Award||Best Actress||Truly, Madly, Deeply||Nominated|||
|1992||Olivier Award||Best Actress||Death and the Maiden||Won|||
|1993||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||A Doll's House||Nominated|
|1996||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||The Politician's Wife||Nominated|
|2010||Olivier Award||Best Actress||Duet for One||Nominated|
|2011||BAFTA TV Award||Best Actress||Accused||Nominated|
- In the 1999 Queens Birthday Honours, Stevenson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
- She is a patron of the London International Festival of Theatre,
- "Juliet Stevenson Biography (1956–)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- My Secret Life: Juliet Stevenson
- "Why Juliet Dreads the Boards". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- According to Who's Who on Television (1982 edition)
-  Archived 11 June 2009 at Archive.is
- Awards for Juliet Stevenson on IMDb
- "Juliet Stevenson: 'I would love a completely different life?'". The Daily Telegraph. 18 Feb 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
- Flood, Alison (22 October 2009). "British readers vote Harlan Coben their favourite crime writer". London: guardian.co.uk (Guardian News & Media). Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- "Births England and Wales Births 1984–2006". Findmypast.com. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- Dodd, Celia (14 March 2008). "Actress Juliet Stevenson reveals that her toughest role is being an older mother". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
- Sign Up: (25 July 2008). "National Secular Society – Coming out as atheist – Billy Connolly, Juliet Stevenson and Peter O'Toole". Secularism.org.uk. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- "Transcript of Labour Party video". Psr.keele.ac.uk. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 22 March 2012.
- on YouTube[dead link]
- "Juliet Stevenson: 'I would love a completely different life?'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 18 February 2008.
- LAM Action 
- "2016 Stories – #WithRefugees". Retrieved 2016-09-14.
- "What They Took With Them – #WithRefugees". 2016-09-07. Retrieved 2016-09-14.
- "BAFTA Awards search Juliet Stevenson". BAFTA site. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Olivier winners 1992". Olivier Awards. Archived from the original on 2 May 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Meet The Team", LIFT. Retrieved 9 August 2016.