The Info List - Catherine McCormack

Actress Trained at Oxford School of Drama.

Years active 1994–present

Catherine Jane McCormack (born 3 April 1972)[1][2] is an English actress of stage and screen. Her film appearances include Braveheart (1995), The Land Girls (1998), Dangerous Beauty
Dangerous Beauty
(1998), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Spy Game
Spy Game
(2001), and 28 Weeks Later
28 Weeks Later
(2007). Her theatre work includes National Theatre productions of All My Sons (2000) and Honour (2003).


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Film 2.2 Theatre

3 Filmography 4 References 5 External links

Early life[edit] McCormack was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. She is of partial Irish ancestry as one of her grandfathers was Irish.[3] Her mother died of lupus when McCormack was six years old and her steelworker father subsequently raised her and her brother Stephen.[4] She was brought up as Roman Catholic (though is now a "lapsed Catholic")[5] and attended the Convent of Our Lady of Providence. She then went on to study at the Oxford School of Drama.[6] Career[edit] Film[edit] McCormack's first notable role was as the character Murron MacClannough in the multiple Academy Award-winning film Braveheart (1995). Her screen debut was as the lead in the Anna Campion-directed film Loaded (1994). She has subsequently stated that she had a "miserable time with the director (Anna Campion)... it was my first film job, I needed to be mollycoddled, I needed to be helped through it, and I wasn't. Mostly, it was a horrible experience."[4] After Braveheart, McCormack had lead roles in Nils Gaup's Northstar and Marshall Herskovitz's Dangerous Beauty. Other films include Spy Game (2001) and 28 Weeks Later. Despite being in demand, she does few films, stating that "I read very few scripts I'm passionate about... Maybe one in every twenty or thirty."[7] Theatre[edit] McCormack has shown a preference in her career for the theatre,[4] saying that "theatre really is an actor's medium: you're on stage with no director anymore, whereas in film very rarely do you get much rehearsal other than running through the scene very quickly. Then everyone comes in and shoots it."[8] McCormack was one of the original 2006 London cast of Patrick Barlow's play of The 39 Steps.[9] In 2008, she performed the role of Nora in A Doll's House,[10] directed by Peter Hall at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and also the role of Isabel Archer in a stage adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady,[11] both of which commenced their runs in July 2008, ending in August, before transferring to the Rose Theatre in Kingston later that year. In 2009, she appeared in the British tour of Headlong's adaptation of Six Characters in Search of an Author. In 2012, she starred as Juana Inés de la Cruz in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Helen Edmundson's play The Heresy of Love.[12] Filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes

1994 Loaded Rose

1995 Braveheart Murron MacClannough

1996 North Star Sarah

1998 Land Girls, TheThe Land Girls Stella

1998 Dangerous Beauty Veronica Franco

1998 Dancing at Lughnasa Christina 'Chrissy' Mundy

1999 This Year's Love Hannah

1999 The Debtors

2000 Shadow of the Vampire Greta Schröder

2000 Rumor of Angels, AA Rumor of Angels Mary Neubauer

2000 Weight of Water, TheThe Weight of Water Jean Janes

2000 Born Romantic Jocelyn

2001 Tailor of Panama, TheThe Tailor of Panama Francesca Deane

2001 Spy Game Elizabeth Hadley

2004 Strings Zita (voice)

2005 Sound of Thunder, AA Sound of Thunder Sonia Rand

2006 Renaissance Bislane Tasuiev (voice)

2007 Moon and the Stars, TheThe Moon and the Stars Kristina Baumgarten / Tosca

2007 28 Weeks Later Alice

2013 Fold, TheThe Fold Rebecca Ashton Post-production

2014 Magic in the Moonlight Olivia

2017 La promesse de l'aube Lesley Blanch


Year Title Role Notes

1994 Wycliffe Asenath Gardner Episode: "The Scapegoat"

1997 Deacon Brodie Annie Grant TV film

1999 Love in the 21st Century Fay Episode: "Reproduction"

2001 Armadillo Flavia TV film

2004 Gunpowder, Treason & Plot Queen Elizabeth I TV film

2005 Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore Kathleen Tynan TV film

2006 Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes Elizabeth David TV film

2006 Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire Poppaea Sabina Episode: "Nero"

2008 Midnight Man Alice Ross TV miniseries

2011 Lights Out Theresa Leary 13 episodes

2013 Lucan Veronica TV miniseries

2016 Sherlock Lady Carmichael Episode "The Abominable Bride"


Year Title Role Notes

1999 Anna Weiss Anna Weiss Whitehall Theatre, London

2000 All My Sons Ann National Theatre

2001 Lie of the Mind, AA Lie of the Mind Beth Donmar Warehouse, London

2001 Kiss Me Like You Mean It Ruth Soho Theatre, London

2001 White Horses Paula Gate Theatre, Dublin

2002 Free Sophie National Theatre

2002 Dinner Sian National Theatre

2003 Honour Claudia National Theatre

2003 Under the Curse Iphigenia Gate Theatre, London

2004 Vermillion Dream Miriam Salisbury Playhouse

2006 39 Steps, TheThe 39 Steps Various Tricycle Theatre, London

2007 Lady from Dubuque, TheThe Lady from Dubuque Jo Theatre Royal Haymarket, London


^ a b Ms Catherine Jane McCormack company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2012. ^ a b "20 Questions With ... Catherine McCormack" whatsonstage.com (8 February 2012). Retrieved 1 April 2012. ^ "Catherine McCormack — Life after Braveheart". Macbraveheart.co.uk. 29 May 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010.  ^ a b c Duerden, Nick. Catherine McCormack: The play's the thing, The Independent, 10 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009. ^ Vaughan, Brendan. Catherine McCormack, Esquire, 30 November 2002. Retrieved 29 September 2009. ^ " Catherine McCormack Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1 January 1972. Retrieved 5 May 2010.  ^ Blackwelder, Rob. UNRECOGNIZED 'BEAUTY': The surprising off-screen Catherine McCormack, SPLICEDwire, 6 February 1998. Retrieved 29 September 2009. ^ Wolf, Matt. Catherine McCormack, Broadway.com, 16 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009. ^ Cavendish, Dominic. Irreverent romp down the nostalgia track, Telegraph, 18 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009. ^ Theatre Royal – A Doll's House
A Doll's House
Archived 19 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ Theatre Royal – The Portrait of a Lady
The Portrait of a Lady
Archived 19 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine. ^ " The Heresy of Love - By Helen Edmundson - Royal Shakespeare Company". www.rsc.org.uk. 

External links[edit]

Catherine McCormack on IMDb 2006 Interview with Catherine McCormack on Theatre.com[permanent dead link] Catherine McCormack – Life after Braveheart Interview with Broadway.com "Unrecognised Beauty" – 1998 interview with Spliced What's On Stage article about Peter Hall's 2008 plays with Catherine McCormack

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 71603753 LCCN: no99011879 ISNI: 0000 0001 1070 1319 GND: 121581292 SUDOC: 178211478 BNF: cb1420