Driver at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
|Born||Amelia Fiona J. Driver
31 January 1970
St. Marylebone, London, England
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, United States|
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
|Known for||Good Will Hunting|
Amelia Fiona "Minnie" J. Driver (born 31 January 1970) is an English actress and singer-songwriter.
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Gus van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for her work in television series The Riches (2007-2008).
Early life and education
Driver was born in St. Marylebone, London. Her mother, Gaynor Churchward (née Millington), is a fabric designer and former couture model. Her father, Charles Ronald Driver (1921–2009), was born in Swansea, Wales, to English and Scottish parents; he received the Distinguished Flying Medal for his role in the Battle of Heligoland Bight and was a director of London United Investments.
Her parents never married, as her father was married to someone else throughout the relationship with her mother. They separated when Minnie was six years old. She was sent to Bedales School, Hampshire as a boarder. Ronnie Driver moved to Barbados, where Minnie Driver spent her school holidays. She later attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Minnie has an older sister, Kate, who is a film producer and manager, and two younger half-brothers – Charlie Driver from her father's subsequent marriage, and Ed Churchward from her mother's subsequent marriage to polo playing vet Patrick Churchward.
Driver's television debut was in a 1991 TV advertisement for Right Guard deodorant. Driver also made her stage debut in 1991, supplementing her income by performing as a jazz vocalist and guitarist. She appeared on British television with comedians Steve Coogan and Armando Iannucci, and had small parts in Casualty, The House of Eliott, Lovejoy and Peak Practice. Driver gained broader public attention when she played the lead role in Circle of Friends in 1995. She followed this with supporting roles in GoldenEye (1995), Sleepers (1996) and Grosse Pointe Blank (1997). She played opposite Matt Damon as Skylar in the drama Good Will Hunting (1997), for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and a Screen Actors Guild Award.
In 1998, Driver starred in Sandra Goldbacher's film The Governess. In 2003 and 2004, she had a recurring role on Will & Grace as Lorraine Finster, the nemesis of Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) and daughter of Karen's lover, Lyle Finster (John Cleese).That same year, she co-starred opposite Christian Slater and Morgan Freeman in the action thriller, Hard Rain. Driver has also worked on several animated features, voicing Jane in Disney's 1999 version of Tarzan and Lady Eboshi in the 1999 English dubbed release of the Japanese film Princess Mononoke.
In March 2007, Driver made her return to television in the FX Network show The Riches. She was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award as Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 2007 and 2008, respectively. She was scheduled to appear in The Simpsons Movie, although her appearance was cut from the final version. Driver appeared in the January 2010 episode of Modern Family entitled "Moon Landing". She also starred in the television series The Deep and appeared in Conviction, in the comedy-drama Barney's Version, winning a Genie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In October 2013, Driver started filming for Jekyll Island, starring alongside Frank Grillo, AnnaSophia Robb, Dianna Agron, John Leguizamo, Ed Westwick, Mary McCormack, Christopher McDonald and Maggie Q. The film is directed by Aram Rappaport and produced by Hilary Shor, Atit Shah and Aaron Becker. Jekyll Island is set to release in 2016.
Driver began making music during boarding school. She was part of the Milo Roth Band, which received a recording contract when she was 19. In 2001 she signed with EMI and Rounder Records and performed at the SXSW music festival. The title song of Everything I've Got in My Pocket, her first album, reached No. 34 in the UK, and the song, "Invisible Girl" which peaked at No. 68. Driver wrote 10 of the 11 songs on the album. In 2004, Driver was the supporting act for the Finn Brothers on the UK portion of their world tour.
In 2004, Driver played Carlotta Giudicelli in Joel Schumacher's film The Phantom of the Opera, based on the musical of the same name by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Driver sang "Learn to be Lonely," an original song written for the film by Lloyd Webber. However, due to her lack of experience in opera, all her songs as Carlotta were dubbed by opera singer Margaret Preece. Driver released her second album, Seastories, in July 2007, featuring guest appearances by Ryan Adams, the Cardinals and Liz Phair. Driver released a third album in October 2014 called, Ask Me to Dance that includes songs by Elliott Smith, Neil Young and The Killers.
|1992||The Zebra Man||Emily Ashdown||Short|
|1995||Circle of Friends||Bernadette "Benny" Hogan||Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress|
|1996||Big Night||Phyllis||London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year|
|1996||Sleepers||Carol Martinez||London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year|
|1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||Debi Newberry||London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year|
|1997||Good Will Hunting||Skylar Satenstein||London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
|1998||The Governess||Rosina da Silva|
|1998||At Sachem Farm||Kendal|
|1998||An All Dogs Christmas Carol||Belladonna||UK version (voice)|
|1999||An Ideal Husband||Miss Mabel Chiltern|
|1999||Princess Mononoke||Lady Eboshi||Voice: English version|
Nominated – Annie Award for Voice Acting in a Feature Production
|1999||South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut||Brooke Shields||Voice|
|1999||An American Tail: The Mystery of The Night Monster||Madame Mousey||UK version (voice)|
|2000||Return to Me||Grace Briggs|
|2000||Slow Burn||Trina McTeague|
|2000||The Upgrade||Constance Levine||Short|
|2001||High Heels and Low Lifes||Shannon|
|2003||Hope Springs||Vera Edwards|
|2004||The Phantom of the Opera||Carlotta||Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture
|2006||The Virgin of Juarez||Karina Danes|
|2007||Take||Ana Nichols||California Independent Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Phoenix Film Festival Copper Wing Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Tiburon International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
|2010||Barney's Version||Mrs. P||Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
Nominated – London Film Critics Circle Awards for British Supporting Actress of the Year
Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Canadian Film
|2011||Hunky Dory||Vivienne Mae|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Naomi|
|2014||Return to Zero||Maggie Royal||Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated – Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Actress in a Movie/Miniseries
|2014||Stage Fright||Kylie Swanson|
|2014||Beyond the Lights||Macy Jean|
|2016||A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island||Shannon Clifton||Post-production|
|1990||God on the Rocks||Lydia||Movie|
|1991||The House of Eliott||Mary||Episode #1.4|
|1991||Casualty||Zena Mitchell||Episode: The Last Word|
|1992||Kinsey||Louise Kinsey||3 episodes|
|1993||Maigret||Arlette||Episode: Maigret and the Night Club Dancer|
|1993||Mr. Wroe's Virgins||Leah||4 episodes|
|1993||Screen One||Sally||Episode: Royal Celebration|
|1994||The Day Today||Mila Milandrovicz / Lally Sampson||2 episodes|
|1994||Peak Practice||Sue Keel||Episode: Enemy Within|
|1994||Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge||Daniella Forrest||Episode #1.2|
|1995||My Good Friend||Ellie||7 episodes|
|1995||The Politician's Wife||Jennifer Caird||3 episodes|
|1995||Cruel Train||Flora Mussell||Movie|
|1996||Murder Most Horrid||Sgt. Cole||Episode: Confess|
|2000||The X-Files||Cinema Audience||Uncredited
Episode: "Hollywood A.D."
|2003||Absolutely Fabulous||Herself||1 Episode|
|2003; 2004||Will & Grace||Lorraine Finster||6 episodes|
|2007||Re\Visioned: Tomb Raider Animated Series||Lara Croft||9 episodes|
|2007–08||The Riches||Dahlia Malloy||20 episodes
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
Nominated – Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Drama Series
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama
|2010||Modern Family||Valerie||Episode: Moon Landing|
|2010||The Deep||Frances Kelly||5 episodes
|2011||Hail Mary||Mary Beth Baker||Movie|
|2012||Lady Friends||Jennifer Rensen||Movie|
|2012||QuickBites||Ellen||Episode: Food for Thought|
|2012||Web Therapy||Allegra Favreau||3 episodes|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: The Office Party|
|2014||Peter Pan Live!||Narrator / Adult Wendy Darling||TV special|
|2014||The Red Tent||Leah||2 episodes|
|2014–2015||About a Boy||Fiona Bowa||Main role|
|2015||Undateable||Ally's Friend||Guest Star on Live Episode|
|2016||Speechless||Maya DiMeo||Lead role|
|1998||Jurassic Park: Trespasser||Anne|
|2004||Everything I've Got in My Pocket||43||Zoë|
|2014||Ask Me to Dance||11||Rounder|
|2004||"Invisible Girl"||Everything I've Got in My Pocket|
|2005||"Everything I've Got in My Pocket"|
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