Jean-Baptiste in 2009
Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste
26 April 1967
|Education||Royal Academy of Dramatic Art |
Barking and Dagenham College
Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste (born 26 April 1967) is an English actress. She is known for her role in the 1996 comedy-drama film Secrets & Lies, for which she received acclaim and earned nominations for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and the Golden Globe and BAFTA Award in the same category. Baptiste is also known for her role as Vivian Johnson on the television series Without a Trace from 2002 to 2009, and has since starred in television shows such as Blindspot (2015–2016) and Homecoming (since 2018).
Jean-Baptiste was born in London to a mother from Antigua and a father from Saint Lucia, growing up in Peckham. She attended St Saviour’s and St Olave’s secondary school. She was classically trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and performed at the Royal National Theatre. She was nominated for a 1994 Ian Charleson Award for her performance in William Shakespeare's Measure For Measure with theatre company Cheek by Jowl.
Jean-Baptiste gained international acclaim for the Mike Leigh-directed social drama Secrets & Lies (1996), receiving both Golden Globe and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nominations for her performance, becoming the first black British actress to be nominated for an Academy Award and the second black Briton to be nominated, succeeding Jaye Davidson. She collaborated with director Mike Leigh onstage in It's a Great Big Shame (1993). She caused a bit of controversy when she accused the film industry of racism. She noted that leading actors had been asked to attend the Cannes Film Festival, but despite her success, she was not invited.
A writer and composer, Jean-Baptiste recorded an album of blues songs and composed the musical score for Leigh's 1997 film Career Girls. In 1999, she performed in Paris in a French-language production by Peter Brook of The Suit (Le Costume), a one-act play by Barney Simon and Mothobi Mutloatse, based on the short story by Can Themba. She was also acclaimed for her role as Doreen Lawrence in The Murder of Stephen Lawrence (1999).
Jean-Baptiste relocated for work reasons to the U.S. and lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters. She honed her American accent and starred in the American television series Without a Trace as FBI agent Vivian Johnson. More recently, the actress has appeared in such films as Takers (2010), Secrets in the Walls (2010) and Harry's Law (2012). She played Detroit police chief Karen Dean in RoboCop (2014).
As a friend of Angela Bassett, Jean-Baptiste attended Women's Image Network Awards and on Bassett's behalf picked up an award, reading Bassett's poetic acceptance speech for her winning role in the 2013 film Betty & Coretta.
|1991||Once Upon a Time||Babysitter|
|London Kills Me||Nanny|
|1994||Cracker||Marcia Reid||(1 episode, 1994)|
|Secrets & Lies||Hortense Cumberbatch||Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|Sharman||Precious||(1 episode, 1996)|
|1998||How to Make the Cruelest Month||Christina Parks|
|The Wedding||Ellen Coles||Television miniseries|
|Nowhere to Go||Lynne Jacobs|
|A Murder of Crows||Elizabeth Pope|
|1999||The 24 Hour Woman||Madeline Labelle|
|The Murder of Stephen Lawrence||Doreen Lawrence||Television miniseries|
Nominated – Royal Television Society Award for Best Actor – Female
|The Man||Michelle||Television film|
|The Cell||Dr. Miriam Kent|
|2001||Women in Film||Sara|
|Men Only||Gemma||Television film|
|New Year's Day||Veronica|
|Spy Game||Gladys Jennip|
|The Fear||Storyteller||Television series|
|2003||Loving You||Jude||Television film|
|2005||Welcome to California||Tina|
|2008||City of Ember||Clary|
|The Bake Shop Ghost||Annie Washington|
|2002–2009||Without a Trace||Vivian Johnson||Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series (2006)|
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (2007, 2008)
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (2003)
|2010||Takers||Naomi||Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble|
|Secrets in the Walls||Belle||Television film|
|2011||Harry's Law||Judge Patricia Seabrook||2 episodes|
|Sons of Anarchy||Vivica||1 episode|
|Violet & Daisy||Number 1|
|Won't Back Down||Olivia Lopez||Minor role|
|Private Practice||Gabi Rivera||2 episodes|
|2013||The Moment||Dr. Bloom|
|Edge of Tomorrow||Dr. Whittle||Uncredited role|
|2015||Broadchurch||Sharon Bishop||8 episodes|
|2015–2016||Blindspot||FBI Assistant Director Bethany Mayfair||Series regular; 22 episodes|
|2017||Training Day||Deputy Chief Joy Lockhart|
|How to Get Away with Murder||Virginia Cross||Episode: "It's for the Greater Good"|
|2018||Peter Rabbit||General Manager June||Minor role|
|In Fabric||Sheila Woolchapel|
Other projects, contributions
- Simon Hattenstone, "Marianne Jean-Baptiste: 'It's not a sob story - I could have stayed in the UK and fought it out'", The Guardian, 15 June 2015.
- "Marianne Jean Baptiste: the most hated woman in Broadchurch (for now)". The Times. 19 January 2015. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
- "Mike Leigh plays It Long But Short", Tribune Magazine, 22 October 1993.
- Stephen Bourne (2005). Elisabeth Welch: Soft Lights and Sweet Music. Scarecrow Press. p. 105. ISBN 978-0-8108-5413-0.
- James Berardinelli, review of Career Girls (1997).
- Nicholas Powell, "Review: The Suit", Variety, 30 January 2000.
- Michael Billington, "Judgment of Paris", The Guardian, 15 January 2000.
- "Role at National tempts London star Marianne Jean-Baptiste out of LA garden", Evening Standard, 12 June 2013.
- Jean-Baptiste reference, screenrant.com, 25 August 2012.
- Sarah Hemming, "The Amen Corner, National Theatre (Olivier), London – review", The Financial Times, 12 June 2013.
- Paul Taylor, "Theatre review: The Amen Corner, Olivier, National Theatre, London", The Independent, 28 June 2013.
- Charles Spencer, "The Amen Corner, National Theatre, review", The Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2013.
- "Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Arrivals at the WIN Awards Ceremony". Zimbio. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 26 December 2015.