Michelle Terry

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Michelle Terry
BornWeston-super-Mare, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
OccupationActress, writer
Spouse(s)Paul Ready
Children1

Michelle Terry is an Olivier award-winning English actress and writer, known for extensive work for Shakespeare’s Globe, RSC, National Theatre and television work, notably writing and starring in Sky's The Café. Terry will take up the role of artistic director at Shakespeare's Globe in April 2018.[1]

Background[edit]

Terry was born in Weston-super-Mare.[2] She was raised in Kewstoke, and attended Priory Community School and Broadoak Sixth Form Centre.[3]

Terry aspired to be an actress from an early age.[4] She attended an amateur dramatic society and took LAMDA exams at school in poetry, prose and spoken verse. At the age of fourteen she joined the National Youth Theatre.[2][5] She read English literature at Cardiff University before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2004.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Terry is married to the actor Paul Ready. They have one daughter.

Career[edit]

Theatre[edit]

Terry made her professional debut in the touring and subsequent West End production of Blithe Spirit, playing the Maid and understudying Elvira.[2] Her other theatre credits include The War on Terror, 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, The Man Who Had All the Luck, Tribes and As You Like It. Her work at the National Theatre includes London Assurance, All's Well That Ends Well and England People Very Nice.[4][6] She also appeared in broadcast versions of London Assurance and All's Well That Ends Well as part of National Theatre Live. For the Royal Shakespeare Company, Terry has appeared in productions of Days of Significance, Pericles, The Winter's Tale, The Crucible and Love's Labour's Lost, playing Rosaline.[6] She was among the writers of Sudden Loss of Dignity, staged at the Bush Theatre in 2009.[7]

Terry won critical acclaim for her work at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, for her performance of Rosalind in As You Like It. London's Financial Times wrote "I'm not sure it's possible to see Michelle Terry on a stage without falling a little in love with her. She has the intelligence, inventiveness and vivacity to play the character and the show simultaneously, not setting herself above the material but relishing her immersion in the role and inviting us to share it with her." [8] She also appeared in productions of Love's Labour's Lost and "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at that venue, both of which were released on DVD. On 24 July 2017 she was announced as its fourth Artistic Director, to succeed Emma Rice in April 2018.[1]

Hamlet 2018[edit]

Terry directed and starred in the lead role in a 2018 gender fluid version of Hamlet.[9] The Spectator said in their review "No one but Ms Terry would have hired Ms Terry for this role. She’s a decent second-tier actress without any special vocal or physical endowments."[9]

The Guardian called the play "A perfectly decent production and a welcome relief from the work of the previous Globe regime, which seemed to assume that the plays were a bit boring unless jazzed up."[10]

Television[edit]

Her television credits include episodes of Extras, Law & Order: UK and the Mike Bullen pilot Reunited, playing "Sara".[11] She was co-writer, with Ralf Little, of the comedy drama TV series, The Cafe, which aired on Sky1 from 2011–13, in which she played "Sarah Porter". The series was set and filmed in her own hometown, Weston-super-Mare.[3][12]

Theatre credits[edit]

Awards[edit]

Terry won Best Actress in a Visiting Production at the 2008 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards, for the Donmar Warehouse production of The Man Who Had All the Luck.[13]

She won Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2011 Olivier Awards, for her portrayal of Sylvia in the Royal Court Theatre production of Tribes.[14]

Filmography[edit]

List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2005 Extras Female Extra 1 episode: "Patrick Stewart"
2009 Law & Order: UK Debbie Grove 1 episode: "Unloved"
2010 Reunited Sara Television pilot
2011 The Café Sarah Porter Co-writer
2018 Marcella Jane Colletti 7 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://blog.shakespearesglobe.com/post/163360048328/michelle-terry-is-the-new-artistic-director-of
  2. ^ a b c The Stage/Features/Showpeople/Michelle Terry; retrieved 20 February 2011.
  3. ^ a b Michelle is right at home for new Sky comedy show Weston Mercury; retrieved 15 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "National Theatre Update". National Theatre. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2012. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  5. ^ a b GlobeLink :: Princess of France: Michelle Terry plays the Princess of France; retrieved 20 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b Michelle Terry – Company Members – National Theatre Archived 7 April 2010 at the Wayback Machine.; retrieved 20 February 2011.
  7. ^ Michelle Terry | London Theatre Database Archived 24 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; retrieved 20 February 2011.
  8. ^ Shuttleworth, Ian. "'As You Like It, Shakespeare's Globe, London - review'".
  9. ^ a b Evans, Lloyd (2 June 2018). "No one but Michelle Terry would have hired Michelle Terry to play Hamlet". The Spectator.
  10. ^ Billington, Michael (18 May 2018). "Hamlet/As You Like It review – Michelle Terry's double-edged Globe debut". The Guardian.
  11. ^ BBC – BBC One Programmes – Reunited; retrieved 20 February 2011.
  12. ^ She is currently playing the role of Luciana in the National Theatre's production of 'A Comedy of Errors'. Somerset seafront sitcom The Cafe ready for airing on Sky One | This is Somerset Retrieved 2011-11-15.
  13. ^ "M.E.N Theatre Awards: The Judges' verdict". City Life. Retrieved 20 February 2011.
  14. ^ Terry wins Best Actress In A Supporting Role – Laurence Olivier Awards Archived 15 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2011-03-16.

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