Michelle Duncan

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Michelle Duncan
Born
OccupationActress
Years active1997–present

Michelle Duncan is a Scottish actress. Known for Driving Lessons (2006), Atonement (2007) and The Broken (2008). She portrayed Shelley Stern in the biographical drama film Bohemian Rhapsody (2018).

Early life[edit]

Duncan trained in acting at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh before studying English and Classics at St Andrew's University.

Career[edit]

Her television roles include Sugar Rush, Doctor Who,[1] Low Winter Sun, Lost in Austen, and a TV film, Whatever Love Means,[2][3] as Princess Diana opposite Olivia Poulet as Camilla Parker Bowles and Laurence Fox as Prince Charles.

Film work includes: Atonement, The Broken, and as Rupert Grint's love interest[4] in Driving Lessons with Julie Walters. Duncan's role in Atonement was particularly praised by The New Yorker theatre critic Anthony Lane:[5] Duncan's stage work includes Time and the Conways (Bath Theatre Royal/ touring), A Midsummer Night's Dream [6] and The Burning at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Further television work includes: New Tricks[7][8] Call the Midwife.[9] Duncan lent her voice to an adaptation of "The Little Mermaid"[10] by Hans Christian Andersen at Little Angel Puppet Theatre in 2006 alongside Dame Judy Dench, Sir Michael Gambon, Rory Kinear, Claudie Blakley, Rosamund Pike, Claire Rushbrook and Peter Wight.

In 2007 she was cast as Portia [11] in The Merchant of Venice at Shakespeare's Globe, but was unable to continue after the previews and was replaced by Kirsty Besterman. In 2012 Duncan appeared alongside Amanda Hale in Scrubber,[12] a film written and directed by Romola Garai. In 2013, Duncan appeared in the third series of the BBC TV drama Luther [13] and Case Histories.[14] In 2014, she appeared in the ITV drama Grantchester.

In 2015 she starred alongside Ruth Negga, Douglas Henshall and Tom Brooke in Scott Graham's[15] Film "Iona".[16] The closing gala film of the Edinburgh Film Festival.[17] She took the role of Bea[18] (originally performed by Helen Baxendale) in Deborah Bruce's play The Distance, directed by Charlotte Gwinner, for Sheffield and the Orange Tree Theatres.[19][20]

In 2018, Duncan played Shelley Stern in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1997 Waterloo Short film
2006 Driving Lessons Bryony
2006 Sucking Is a Fine Quality in Women and Vacuum Cleaners The Wife Short film
2006 Chôshû Faibu Emily
2007 Atonement Fiona Maguire
2008 The Broken Kate Coleman
2012 Scrubber Neighbour Short film
2015 Iona Elizabeth
2017 Blue Christmas Lily Short film
2018 Bohemian Rhapsody Shelley Stern

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Andrea Episode: "The Tale of the Time Trap"
2005 Sea of Souls Claire Morrison 2 episodes
2005 Sugar Rush Miss Forbes
2005 Whatever Love Means Princess Diana Spencer TV Movie
2006 Doctor Who Lady Isobel Episode: "Tooth and Claw"
2006 Low Winter Sun Det Con Louise Cullen TV Movie
2008 Lost in Austen Charlotte Lucas 2 episodes
2012 New Tricks Georgia Wright Episode: "The Girl Who Lived"
2013 Case Histories Rachel Stewart Episode: "Nobody's Darling"
2013 Luther Kiera Mills
2013 Call the Midwife Jeanette Heckford
2014 Grantchester Annabel Morrison
2019 Hanna False Marissa Pre-production

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Ref.
2005 Sea of Souls BAFTA Scotland Best First-Time Performance Nominated
2008 Atonement Gold Derby Awards Best Ensemble Cast Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dr Who".
  2. ^ "Exclisive: Charles' Love secrets on TV".
  3. ^ "Affairs to Remember".
  4. ^ "Rupert Grint Archives".
  5. ^ "Conflicting Stories".
  6. ^ "A Midsummer Night's Dream review at Duddingston Kirk Manse".
  7. ^ "New Tricks".
  8. ^ BBC. "Call the Midwife series 3 episode 8". Retrieved 11 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Call the Midwife".
  10. ^ "The Little Mermaid review at Little Angel London".
  11. ^ "Portia played by Michelle Duncan".
  12. ^ "Scrubber".
  13. ^ "Luther".
  14. ^ "Case Histories".
  15. ^ "Scott Graham".
  16. ^ "Iona".
  17. ^ "EIFF Announces the World Premiere of Iona as 2015 Closing Night Gala".
  18. ^ "Cast announced for The Distance".
  19. ^ "The Distance review at Sheffield's Crucible Lyceum Studio – 'intelligent and wickedly comic'".
  20. ^ "The Distance".

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