Driver at the premiere of Barney's Version in January 2011
|Born||Amelia Fiona Driver|
31 January 1970
Marylebone, City of Westminster, England
|Residence||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art
|Known for||Good Will Hunting, Speechless|
Amelia Fiona "Minnie" Driver (born 31 January 1970) is an English American actress and singer-songwriter. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997) for her role as Skylar, and an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for her work in the television series The Riches (2007-2008). Her film work includes Sleepers, Big Night, Grosse Pointe Blank, Tarzan, Return to Me, Ella Enchanted, The Phantom of the Opera, Conviction, Barney's Version, and Beyond the Lights. She starred as Fiona Bowa on the NBC sitcom About a Boy and currently stars as Maya DiMeo on the ABC sitcom Speechless.
Early life and education
Driver was born in 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, of English and Scottish descent; he earned 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 another woman throughout his relationship with her mother. Her parents separated when Minnie was six years old. She was sent to Bedales School, Hampshire, as a boarder. Ronald Driver moved to Barbados, where Minnie spent her school holidays. She later attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and Collingham College, an independent college in Kensington. 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.
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), Big Night (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. 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 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).
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.
Driver landed the lead role in the ABC sitcom Speechless, playing the mother of three children, one of whom has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. The series debuted in the 2016–17 TV season. On 12 May 2017, ABC announced that it had renewed the series for a second season.
Driver began making music at 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" 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, because of her lack of opera experience, 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.
Driver was engaged to Josh Brolin in 2001. On 5 September 2008, Driver gave birth to a son, whom she named Henry, from a brief relationship with television writer and producer Timothy J. Lea (CSI: NY, Lie to Me, Unforgettable).
In 2013, Driver appeared on an episode of the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are?, in which she searched for information about her late father and found that he had a brother, Leslie, who became an actor in repertory theatre.
|1992||The Zebra Man||Emily Ashdown||Short|
|1995||Circle of Friends||Bernadette "Benny" Hogan|
|1997||Grosse Pointe Blank||Debi Newberry|
|1997||Good Will Hunting||Skylar Satenstein|
|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|
|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|
|2006||The Virgin of Juarez||Karina Danes|
|2010||Barney's Version||Mrs. P|
|2011||Hunky Dory||Vivienne Mae|
|2013||I Give It a Year||Naomi|
|2014||Return to Zero||Maggie Royal|
|2014||Stage Fright||Kylie Swanson|
|2014||Beyond the Lights||Macy Jean|
|2017||The Crash||Shannon Clifton|
|2017||The Wilde Wedding||Priscilla Jones|
|2018||Spinning Man||Ellen Birch|
|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; 2004; 2017||Will & Grace||Lorraine Finster||7 episodes|
|2003||Absolutely Fabulous||Herself||Episode: "Panickin'"|
|2007–08||The Riches||Dahlia Malloy||20 episodes|
|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||Web Therapy (original web series)||Allegra Favreau||3 episodes|
|2012||QuickBites||Ellen||Episode: "Food for Thought"|
|2012||Web Therapy (Showtime series)||Allegra Favreau||2 episodes|
|2013||Hollywood Game Night||Herself||Episode: "The Office Party"|
|2014||Hell's Kitchen||Herself||Episode: "7 Chefs Again"|
|2014||The Red Tent||Leah||2 episodes|
|2014–2015||About a Boy||Fiona Bowa||Main role|
|2014||Peter Pan Live!||Narrator / Adult Wendy Darling||TV special|
|2015||Undateable||Ally's Friend||Episode: "A Live Show Walks Into a Bar: Part 1"|
|2015||SuperMansion||Debbie Devizo||2 Episodes|
|2016–present||Speechless||Maya DiMeo||Lead role|
|2007||Revisioned: Tomb Raider||Lara Croft (voice)||9 episodes|
|1998||Jurassic Park: Trespasser||Anne||Voice|
|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"|
Awards and nominations
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- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
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- "Minnie Driver: A Hollywood actress with a fascinating history that could be straight from a film plot..." The Genealogist.co.uk. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Hutchinson, Clare (20 August 2010). "Hollywood star calls for Wales' only lido to be opened". WalesOnline. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
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- "UK TV Adverts 1991 (part 3)". YouTube. Retrieved 10 May 2012.
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- "James Nesbitt, Minnie Driver and Goran Visnjic star in new BBC One drama serial, The Deep". BBC. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
- Vlessing, Etan (3 October 2011). "'Incendies' Takes Top Prize at Canadian Film Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 11 December 2016.
- Justin Kroll. "'The Butler' Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety.
- Kroll, Justin. "'The Butler' Producer Sets up Next Pic Starring Frank Grillo and Minnie Driver (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- Barnett, Laura (12 May 2008). "Portrait of the artist: Minnie Driver, actor and musician". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Petridis, Alexis (2 September 2004). "'I've taken a pounding'". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "(Everything I've Got in My Pocket> Charts & Awards> Billboard Albums)". AllMusic. 5 October 2004. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
- "Minnie Drives At Musical Success With Finn Brothers Tour". Contact Music. 8 October 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "Phair, Ryan Adams Enhance Minnie Driver Sophomore Set". Billboard. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
- Roy Trakin (28 July 2014). "Minnie Driver to Release 'Ask Me to Dance,' Cover Album". The Hollywood Reporter.
- "Minnie Driver Breaks Off Engagement". ABC News. 4 October 2001. Retrieved 8 August 2013.
- Jordan, Julie; Chi, Paul (8 September 2008). "Minnie Driver Welcomes a Son!". People Magazine. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Conner, Megan (18 February 2012). "Minnie Driver: 'Oh, I'm being so naughty …'". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Elliot, Claire. "Revealed: Father of Minnie Driver's son named as television producer Timothy J Lea". Daily Mail. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
- Pearson, Jennifer (27 August 2014). "Minnie Driver unravels the truth about her father's double life and says she did it for son Henry in sneak peek for Who Do You Think You Are". Daily Mail. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
- Delbyck, Cole (12 October 2016). "Minnie Driver Shares Deeply Personal Story About Teenage Sexual Assault". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- Bitette, Nicole (12 October 2016). "Minnie Driver reveals she was sexually assaulted as a teenager, says it happens to all women". New York Daily News. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- California News Wire Services, News Partner (22 October 2017). "Minnie Driver Sworn In As US Citizen In LA Ceremony". Patch. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
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