Michelle Duncan

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Michelle Duncan
Michelle Duncan in "Sucking Is a Fine Quality in Women and Vacuum Cleaners".jpg
Duncan in 2006
Michelle Duncan

(1978-04-14) 14 April 1978 (age 44)
  • Actress
Years active1997–present

Michelle Duncan (born 14 April 1978) is a Scottish-Canadian 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]

The Perth-born Duncan studied acting at Queen Margaret University College before studying English and classics at St Andrews University.


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

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 Judi Dench, Sir Michael Gambon, Rory Kinnear, 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Waterloo Short film
2006 Driving Lessons Bryony
Sucking Is a Fine Quality in Women and Vacuum Cleaners The Wife Short film
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


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
Sugar Rush Miss Forbes
Whatever Love Means Princess Diana TV Movie
2006 Doctor Who Lady Isobel Episode: "Tooth and Claw"
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"
Luther Kiera Mills
Call the Midwife Jeanette Heckford
2014 Grantchester Annabel Morrison
2019-21 Hanna False Marissa 2 episodes
2019 Elizabeth is Missing Mrs Palmer TV Movie
2021 Baptiste Sally
2022 Andor Roboda Beehaz Episode: "The Eye"

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


  1. ^ "Dr Who".
  2. ^ "Exclisive: Charles' Love secrets on TV". Daily Mirror.
  3. ^ "Affairs to Remember".
  4. ^ "Rupert Grint Archives".
  5. ^ "Conflicting Stories". The New Yorker.
  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". Archived from the original on 12 December 2021.
  13. ^ "Luther".
  14. ^ "Case Histories".
  15. ^ "Scott Graham". IMDb.
  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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