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 .
Terry aspired to be an actress from an early age. 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. She read English literature at Cardiff University before training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, graduating in 2004.
Terry is married to the actor Paul Ready. They have one daughter.
Terry made her professional debut in the touring and subsequent West End production of Blithe Spirit, playing the Maid and understudying Elvira. 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. 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. She was among the writers of Sudden Loss of Dignity, staged at the Bush Theatre in 2009.
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."  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.
Her television credits include episodes of Extras, Law & Order: UK and the Mike Bullen pilot Reunited, playing "Sara". 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.
- Blithe Spirit Savoy Theatre: London (2005)
- As You Like It New Vic Theatre: Newcastle-under-Lyme (2005)
- The Crucible Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Stratford Upon Avon (2006)
- Pericles Swan Theatre: Stratford Upon Avon (2006/7)
- The Winter's Tale Swan Theatre: Stratford Upon Avon (2006/07)
- Love's Labour's Lost Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: London (2007)
- The War on Terror Bush Theatre: London (2008)
- 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover Bush Theatre: London (2008)
- The Man Who Had All the Luck Donmar Warehouse: London (2008)
- Tribes Royal Court Theatre London (2010)
- England People Very Nice National Theatre: London (2009)
- All's Well That Ends Well National Theatre: London (2009)
- London Assurance National Theatre: London (2010)
- Light Shining in Buckinghamshire Arcola Theatre: London (2010)
- The Comedy of Errors National Theatre: London (2011/12)
- In The Republic of Happiness Royal Court Theatre: London (2012/13)
- "Before the Party" Almeida Theatre: London (2013)
- A Midsummer Night's Dream Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: London (2013)
- Love's Labour's Lost and Much Ado About Nothing (Love's Labour's Won) Royal Shakespeare Theatre: Stratford Upon Avon (2014)
- Privacy Donmar Warehouse (2014)
- As You Like It Shakespeare's Globe Theatre: London (2015)
- On 21 August 2016, Michelle played Titania/Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn) in the BBC prom 48.
- "Cleansed" National Theatre: London (2016)
- Henry V Regents Park Theatre: London (2016)
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