The Info List - Anne-Marie Duff

Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff
(born 8 October 1970) is an English actress. She rose to prominence playing Fiona Gallagher on the first two seasons of UK TV series Shameless. She then played Queen Elizabeth I in The Virgin Queen (2006). She also played the lead role in the television series From Darkness
From Darkness
in 2015. Duff has also had roles in films such as Enigma (2001), The Magdalene Sisters (2002), Notes on a Scandal (2006), French Film
French Film
(2008), The Last Station and Nowhere Boy
Nowhere Boy
(both 2009), Before I Go to Sleep (2014), and Suffragette (2015). Her performances in Shameless, The Virgin Queen, Nowhere Boy
Nowhere Boy
and Suffragette earned her BAFTA
nominations in the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress categories, and she was awarded the BAFTA
Cymru Award for Best Actress for her work in the 2007 television film The History of Mr Polly. Duff married Scottish actor James McAvoy
James McAvoy
in 2006 after meeting on the set of Shameless, they had one child and divorced 10 years later in 2016.[2]


1 Early life and education 2 Career 3 Personal life 4 Filmography

4.1 Film 4.2 Television 4.3 Theatre 4.4 Radio and audio

5 Awards and nominations 6 References 7 External links

Early life and education[edit]

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Duff was born on 8 October 1970, the younger of two children of Irish immigrants: her father was a painter and decorator and her mother worked in a shoe shop. The family lived in Southall, London, and Anne-Marie went to Mellow Lane School. At an early age, Anne-Marie attended a local youth theatre, Young Argosy, linked to the Argosy Players, in order to battle her shy nature: she soon became hooked on the stage. In her mid-teens, involved in an amateur theatre company, she began to think seriously about applying to drama schools. Her first application was rejected. "At the time, I was desperately unhappy about it, but I just wasn’t polished. I got too nervous in the audition. It wasn't a world I was familiar with…" After further study of Film and Theatre, at the age of 19, she attended the Drama Centre in London, alongside John Simm, Anastasia Hille and her good friend, Paul Bettany. Career[edit] Duff was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2000, but first mainstream attention came as Fiona Gallagher in the Channel 4 television programme Shameless, and for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth I in the lavish 2005 BBC television miniseries, The Virgin Queen which also starred Tom Hardy, Joanne Whalley and Tara Fitzgerald. She also played Julia Stanley, the mother of John Lennon, in Nowhere Boy. In The Last Station, a biopic about Leo Tolstoy's later years, she played his devoted daughter Sasha. An accomplished theatre actor, she has worked extensively with the Royal National Theatre, including its 1996 production of Helen Edmundson's adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, and also in London's West End (Vassa, Collected Stories). Credits at the National Theatre include Collected Stories, King Lear
King Lear
and most recently the title character in Marianne Elliott's production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan to great acclaim.[3][4] In 2011 she played Alma Rattenbury in Rattigan's final play Cause Célèbre at The Old Vic directed by Thea Sharrock.[5] In 2007 she was one of nine female celebrities to take part in the What's it going to take?
What's it going to take?
campaign promoting awareness of domestic abuse in the United Kingdom. She will be starring alongside Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
and Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
in Imagination of the Creatures. Personal life[edit] Duff married Scottish actor and former Shameless co-star James McAvoy on 11 November 2006,[6] and gave birth to their son, Brendan McAvoy, in 2010.[7] On 13 May 2016, Duff and McAvoy announced they were to divorce.[8] Filmography[edit] Film[edit]

Year Production Role Notes

1998 Mild and Better The Woman Short film

2001 Enigma Kay

2002 The Magdalene Sisters Margaret

2006 Notes on a Scandal Annabel

2007 Garage Carmel

The Waiting Room Anna

2008 French Film Sophie

2009 Is Anybody There? Mum

The Last Station Sasha Tolstoy

Nowhere Boy Julia Lennon

2012 Sanctuary Maire

2013 Closed Circuit Melissa

Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism Lucy Logan the Librarian

2014 Before I Go to Sleep Claire

2015 Suffragette Violet Miller

2017 On Chesil Beach Marjorie Mayhew UK Premiere May 2018


Year Production Role Notes

1997 Trial & Retribution Cathy Gillingham 2 episodes

1998 Amongst Women Sheila 2 episodes

1999 Aristocrats Louisa 4 episodes

2000 Reach for the Moon Cath Bird

2001 The Way We Live Now Georgiana 4 episodes

2002 Doctor Zhivago Olya

Holby City Alison McCarthy 1 episode

Wild West Holly 6 episodes

Sinners Anne Marie/Theresa TV film

2003 Charles II: The Power and The Passion Princess Henrietta of England 1 episode

2004–2005, 2013 Shameless Fiona Gallagher 19 episodes

2006 The Virgin Queen Queen Elizabeth I 4 episodes

Born Equal Michelle TV film

2007 The History of Mr Polly Miriam

2008 Pop Britannia Narrator

2009 Margot Margot Fonteyn TV film

2012 Accused Mo Murray 1 episode

Parade's End Edith Duchemin 4 episodes

2015 From Darkness Claire Church All 4 episodes

2017 Hospital Narrator All 6 episodes

2017 Watership Down Hyzenthlay Miniseries; pre-production


Year Production Role Notes

1994 Uncle Silas Maud Ruthyn

The Mill on the Floss First Maggie

1995 La Grande Magia Amelia

1995–1996 Peter Pan Wendy

1996 War and Peace Natasha

1997–1998 King Lear Cordelia

1999 Vassa Lyudmila

1999–2000 Collected Stories Lisa

2000 A Doll's House Nora

2002 The Daughter in Law Minnie

2004 The Playboy of the Western World Pegín maidhc

2005 Days of Wine and Roses Mona

2007 The Soldier's Fortune Lady Dunce

Saint Joan Joan Olivier Theatre, London[9]

2011 Cause Célèbre Alma Rattenbury Old Vic, London

2013 Strange Interlude Nina Leeds National Theatre, London[10]

Macbeth Lady Macbeth Broadway debut, Lincoln Center Theater

2015 Husbands & Sons Lizzie Holroyd Co-production between National Theatre, London
and Royal Exchange, Manchester

2016 Oil[11] May Almeida Theatre

2017 Common[12] Mary Royal National Theatre, London

2017 Heisenberg[13] Georgie Wyndhams Theatre, London

2018 Macbeth[14] Lady Macbeth Royal National Theatre, London

Radio and audio[edit]

Year Production Role Notes

1998 Twelfth Night Viola

2000 The Art of Love Cypassis

The Diary of a Provincial Lady

Radio series

2001 A Time That Was

Radio drama

2004 Life Half Spent

Radio Play

Jane Eyre Narrator

2005 Ears Wide Open Diane

Othello Desdemona Audiobook

2006 The Queen at 80 Narrator Radio series

The Possessed Liza/Marya Radio drama

Look Back in Anger Alison Rehearsed reading

2007 Kingdom of the Golden Dragon Narrator Radio drama

2011 Carmilla Narrator Radio drama

2017 A Streetcar Named Desire Blanche DuBois Radio drama

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result

2004 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a TV Drama



2005 Nominated

Broadcasting Press Guild Best Actress Won

British Academy Television Awards Best Actress Nominated

2006 Royal Television Society Best Female Actor Won

2007 British Academy Television Awards Best Actress

The Virgin Queen


Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Lead Role in Television Nominated

2008 Laurence Olivier Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Collected Stories


Best Actress

Saint Joan


Cymru Best Actress

The History of Mr Polly


Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role



2010 Evening Standard British Film Awards Best Actress

Nowhere Boy


BIFA Award Best Supporting Actress Won

Film Critics' Circle Award British Supporting Actress of the Year Won

Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated

Empire Award Best Actress Nominated

Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Film Nominated

Satellite Award Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture Nominated

2012 Irish Film and Television Awards Best Actress in a Film



2015 BIFA Award Best Supporting Actress




^ Lane, Harriet (8 February 2004). "Real-life romance". The Observer. Retrieved 31 July 2009.  ^ Day, Margaret (20 May 2017). " Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff
on starting over, divorce and her sexually charged role". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 June 2017.  ^ Billington, Michael (12 July 2007). "Saint Joan". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2009.  ^ Brown, Peter (13 July 2007). "Saint Joan". LondonTheatre.co.uk. Retrieved 31 July 2009.  ^ Masters, Tim (27 March 2011). " Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff
on Rattigan revival". BBC News. Retrieved 27 March 2011.  ^ Todd, Ben (27 January 2010). "Glowing Anne-Marie Duff, 39, confirms first pregnancy with husband James McAvoy". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 26 September 2011.  ^ Mcdonald, Toby (24 April 2011). "Doting mum Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff
reveals toddler's name". Sunday Mail. Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.  ^ Marquina, Sierra (13 May 2016). " James McAvoy
James McAvoy
and Wife Anne-Marie Duff to Divorce: See Their Statement". US Weekly. Retrieved 13 May 2016.  ^ Billington, Michael (2007-07-12). "Theatre review: Saint Joan / Olivier Theatre, London". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-03-30.  ^ Billington, Michael (5 June 2013). "Strange Interlude – review". The Guardian. London.  ^ https://almeida.co.uk/whats-on/oil/7-oct-2016-26-nov-2016 ^ https://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/common ^ https://www.delfontmackintosh.co.uk/tickets/heisenberg/ ^ https://www.theguardian.com/stage/gallery/2018/mar/05/macbeth-at-the-national-theatre-anne-marie-duff-and-rory-kinnear-in-pictures ^ Masters, Tim (8 February 2010). "Duff and Serkis scoop Standard film awards". BBC News. Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 9 February 2010. 

External links[edit]

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Anne-Marie Duff
on IMDb Anne-Marie Duff
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at AllMovie

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Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year

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Minnie Driver
(1997) Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale
/ Minnie Driver
Minnie Driver
(1998) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(1999) Samantha Morton
Samantha Morton
(2000) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2001) Emily Watson
Emily Watson
(2002) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(2003) Romola Garai
Romola Garai
(2004) Thandie Newton
Thandie Newton
(2005) Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt
(2006) Kelly Macdonald
Kelly Macdonald
/ Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(2007) Tilda Swinton
Tilda Swinton
(2008) Anne-Marie Duff
Anne-Marie Duff
(2009) Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 161270695 LCCN: no00073918 ISNI: 0000 0001 1457 5399 GND: 142514403 SUDOC: 08343951X BNF: cb155499304 (data) BIB