The Info List - Claire Bloom

Patricia Claire Blume CBE
(born 15 February 1931) is an English film and stage actress whose career has spanned over six decades. She is famous for leading roles in plays such as A Streetcar Named Desire, A Doll's House, and Long Day's Journey into Night, and has starred in nearly sixty films. After an uprooted and unstable childhood in war-torn England, Bloom studied drama, which became her passion. She had her debut on the London stage when she was sixteen, and soon took roles in various Shakespeare
plays. They included Hamlet, in which she played Ophelia alongside Richard Burton, with whom she would have a "long and stormy" first love affair. For her Juliet
in Romeo and Juliet, critic Kenneth Tynan stated it was "the best Juliet
I've ever seen." And after she starred as Blanche DuBois
Blanche DuBois
in A Streetcar Named Desire, its playwright, Tennessee Williams, was "exultant," stating, "I declare myself absolutely wild about Claire Bloom." In 1952, Bloom was discovered by Hollywood film star Charlie
Chaplin, who had been searching for months for an actress with "beauty, talent, and a great emotional range," to co-star alongside him in Limelight. It became Bloom's major film debut and made her into an international film star. During her lengthy film career, she starred alongside numerous major actors, including Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Paul Scofield, Ralph Richardson, Yul Brynner, George C. Scott, James Mason, Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Rod Steiger, whom she would marry. In 2010, Bloom played the role of Queen Mary in the British film, The King's Speech, and she currently acts in British films. She was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.


1 Early life 2 Acting career

2.1 Stage 2.2 Film 2.3 Television 2.4 Later appearances

3 Personal life 4 Honours 5 Filmography 6 Television 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Bloom was born as Patricia Claire Blume in Finchley, then part of Middlesex
(now a suburb of North London), the daughter of Elizabeth (née Grew) and Edward Max Blume, who worked in sales.[1] Her paternal grandparents, originally named Blumenthal, as well as her maternal grandparents, originally named Gravitzky, were Jewish emigrants from Byten, in the Grodno
region of Russia, now in Belarus, Eastern Europe.[2]:1–2[3] Bloom attended secondary school at the independent Badminton School
Badminton School
in Bristol. She studied stage acting as an adolescent at the Guildhall School, London, under Eileen Thorndike, and continued her studies under Elsie Fogerty at the Central School of Speech and Drama, then based in the Royal Albert Hall, London.[4] After the Germans began bombing London during the Blitz in 1940, her family had a number of narrow escapes as bombs dropped close to their home. She and her brother John were sent to safety in the country, and then to the United States, where she spent a year living with an uncle. She recalls, "It was 1941; I was ten, John was nearly six. We were to sail from Glasgow
in a convoy, on a ship that was evacuating children."[5]:26 During her year stay in Florida, she was asked by the British War Relief Society
British War Relief Society
to help raise money by entertaining at various benefits, which she then did for a number of weeks. "Thus I broke into show business singing", she writes.[5]:30 Bloom, along with her mother and brother, next lived in New York for another eighteen months before returning to England. It was there that she decided to become an actress, after her mother took her to see the Broadway play, Three Sisters, for her twelfth birthday:

From then on I thought only of going into the theatre and playing in Chekhov. . . . Chekhov
was moving. That's what I was looking for—something more moving even than my own plight as a little English girl driven from my home by the Gods of War.[5]:36

Bloom's brother is film editor John Bloom.[6] Acting career[edit] Stage[edit]

With John Neville in Romeo and Juliet

After training at the Guildhall School
Guildhall School
of Music & Drama and the Central School of Speech and Drama, Bloom made her debut on BBC
radio programmes. She made her stage debut in 1946, when she was 15, with the Oxford
Repertory Theatre. She debuted aged 16 at the Shakespeare
Memorial Theatre as Ophelia
to Paul Scofield's Hamlet, Robert Helpmann alternated playing the prince. Bloom has written that during the production she had a crush on Scofield. As Scofield was happily married and the father of a son, Bloom hoped only, "to be flirted with and taken some notice of". She later recalled, "I could never make up my mind which of my two Hamlets I found the more devastating: the openly homosexual, charismatic Helpmann, or the charming, shy young man from Sussex."[2]:43 When asked about Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
years later, Scofield recalled, "Sixteen years old I think—so very young and necessarily inexperienced, she looked lovely, she acted with a daunting assurance which belied entirely her inexperience of almost timid reticence. She was a very good Ophelia."[7] Her London stage debut was in 1947, when she was 16 years of age, in the hit Christopher Fry play The Lady's Not For Burning, which starred John Gielgud
John Gielgud
and Pamela Brown and featured a young Richard Burton. It also played on Broadway in New York City. It was during the rehearsals for the play that Burton and Bloom fell in love and began a long love affair, initially non-sexual. The following year, she received great acclaim for her portrayal of Ophelia
in Hamlet, starring Richard Burton, the first of many works by William Shakespeare
in which Bloom would appear. Although Burton was at that time married to Sybil Christopher, fellow actor and friend of Burton, Stanley Baker, seeing how attracted he was to Bloom, would comment that he "thought that this might be the time when Rich actually left Sybil."[8] In his later years, Burton told his biographer, Michael Munn, "'I only ever loved two women before Elizabeth,' Sybil was one, Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
the other."[8]:52, 85 In a 2002 interview with Michael Shelden, Bloom said of Burton, "He had it all: intelligence, physical beauty, an incredible voice. There was no one else like him. When we were at the Old Vic, he proved that a working-class actor could make it, and I was proud of him. I thought he set a great example in a society that was, and still is, so preoccupied with class and accent."[9] Bloom has appeared in a number of plays and theatrical works in both London and New York. Those works include Look Back in Anger, Rashomon, and Bloom's favourite role, that of Blanche DuBois, in a revival of the Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
play, 'Duel of Angels'(by Jean Giraudoux) costarring with Vivian Leigh in 1958, 'A Streetcar Named Desire, which played in London in 1974. Critic Clive Barnes described the play as a "notable example of what the classic revival should be – well groomed, but thoughtful, expressive, illuminating."[10] Another critic writes that Bloom's portrayal of Blanche featured "remarkable layers of vitality and tenderness," and playwright Tennessee Williams
Tennessee Williams
was "exultant," stating, "I declare myself absolutely wild about Claire Bloom."[10] Bloom has also performed in a one-woman show that included monologues from several of her stage performances. She also starred in the 1976 Broadway revival of The Innocents. Film[edit]

With Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
in Limelight (1952)

Bloom's first film role was a sizeable part in the 1948 film The Blind Goddess. She trained at the Rank Organisation's "charm school", but did not stay with that company for long. Her international screen debut came in the 1952 film Limelight, when she was chosen by Charlie
Chaplin, who also directed, to co-star alongside him. The film catapulted Bloom to stardom, and remains one of her most memorable roles.[11] Biographer Dan Kamin states that Limelight is a similar story to Chaplin's City Lights, made twenty years earlier, in which Chaplin also helps a heroine overcome a physical handicap. In this film, Bloom plays a suicidal ballerina who "suffers from hysterical paralysis".[12] The film had personal meaning for Chaplin as it contained numerous references to his life and family: the theatre where he and Bloom performed in the film was the same theatre where his mother gave her last performance;[citation needed] Bloom was directed by Chaplin to wear dresses similar to those his mother used to wear; Chaplin's sons and his half-brother all had parts.[13] Bloom states that she felt one of the reasons she got the part was because she closely resembled his young wife, Oona O'Neill.[14][15] In his autobiography, Chaplin writes that he had no doubt the film would be a success: "I had fewer qualms about its success than any picture I had ever made."[12] Chaplin explains his decision to make Bloom co-star despite this being her first film:

In casting the girl's part I wanted the impossible: beauty, talent, and a great emotional range. After months of searching and testing with disappointing results, I eventually had the good fortune to sign up Claire Bloom, who was recommended by my friend Arthur Laurents.[16][17]

with Richard Burton
Richard Burton
in Alexander the Great (1956)

She was subsequently featured in a number of "costume" roles in films such as Alexander the Great (1956), The Brothers Karamazov (1958), The Buccaneer (1958), and The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm (1962). Bloom also appeared in Laurence Olivier's film version of Richard III (1955), in which she played Lady Anne, Ibsen's A Doll's House (1973) for which she won Best Actress award at Taormina International Film Festival, The Outrage
The Outrage
(1964) with Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Laurence Harvey, as well as the films Look Back in Anger
Look Back in Anger
(1959) and The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965), both with Richard Burton.[11] Of Bloom's character in Spy, novelist David Plante writes that "Claire's refined beauty appears to be one with the refinement of a culture she represents as an actress."[18] In the 1960s she began to play more contemporary roles, including an unhinged housewife in The Chapman Report, a psychologist opposite Cliff Robertson's Oscar-winning role in Charly, and Theodora in The Haunting. She also appeared in the Woody Allen
Woody Allen
films Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989) and Mighty Aphrodite
Mighty Aphrodite
(1995). She played Hera
in Clash of the Titans. Laurence Olivier
Laurence Olivier
played Zeus, her husband; she had also played his wife, Queen Anne in Richard III (1955). Her most recent appearances in films were her portrayal of Queen Mary in the 2010 Oscar winning British film The King's Speech
The King's Speech
and her portrayal of Eva Rose opposite Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis
in the 2016 film Max Rose.[16] Television[edit] Bloom has appeared in numerous roles on television such as her portrayal of Lady Marchmain in Brideshead Revisited (1981).[11] In 1996, she wrote, "I still find it puzzling when I am told I played a manipulative and heartless woman; that is not how I saw her. Lady Marchmain is deeply religious, and her dilemma includes trying to raise a willful brood of children on her own, while instilling them with her rigid observance of the Catholic code. Sebastian is both an alcoholic and a homosexual, and from her point of view, he lives in a state of mortal sin. She has to fight for his soul by any means in her power, with the knowledge that her efforts may lead to his destruction. A born crusader, the Marchioness confronts her difficult choices head on; her rigidity of purpose, which I don't in any way share, is understandable in context. The aspect that rings most true is her sense of being an outsider, a Catholic in Protestant England. Not such a leap from being a Jew
in Protestant England as one would imagine."[2]:162

In Broadway stage play Hedda Gabler, 1971

Other work includes two prominent BBC
Television productions for director Rudolph Cartier: co-starring with Sean Connery
Sean Connery
in Anna Karenina (1961),[19] and playing Cathy in Wuthering Heights
Wuthering Heights
with Keith Michell as Heathcliff (1962).[20] She also appeared as First Lady Edith Wilson
Edith Wilson
in Backstairs at the White House (1979); as Joy Gresham, the wife of C.S. Lewis
C.S. Lewis
in Shadowlands for which she received the BAFTA Award as Best Actress (1985);[11] as Marina Gregg in The Mirror Crack'd from Side to Side, the last of the BBC
Miss Marple adaptations in 1992; and as the older Sophy in the 1992 mini-series The Camomile Lawn on Britain's Channel 4. Her most recent appearance in a mini-series was in the 2006 version of The Ten Commandments. On continuing television series, she has appeared on the New York-based Law & Order: Criminal Intent. From 1994 to 1995, she portrayed villainess Orlena Grimaldi on the daytime drama As the World Turns.[16] She also had major roles in several of the BBC-Shakespeare Play television presentations and has led workshops on Shakespearean performance practices. In 2003, Bloom did a stage reading of Milton's Samson Agonistes
Samson Agonistes
along with actor John Neville at Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr College
at the behest of poet Karl Kirchwey.[21] Later appearances[edit] In January 2006, she appeared on the London stage in Arthur Allan Seidelman's production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks
by Richard Alfieri, a two-hander in which she co-starred with Billy Zane.[22]

Bloom with Guy Pearce, a fellow actor in The King's Speech, January 2011

In October 2007, she appeared opposite Peter Bowles in Love Letters at the Théâtre Princesse Grace, Monte Carlo, directed by Marc Sinden, as part of his British Theatre Season, Monaco. In 2008, she guest starred in New Tricks as actress Helen Brownlow. The story concerned the murder of Brownlow's husband whilst they were in a play together. In December 2009 and January 2010, she appeared in the two-part Doctor Who story The End of Time as a mysterious Time Lord
Time Lord
credited only as "The Woman". Series executive producer Russell T. Davies
Russell T. Davies
revealed in his 2010 book The Writer's Tale that the character is supposed to be the Doctor's mother. In 2010, she guest starred as Jill Peters in The Bill
The Bill
in the episode "Taking a Stand", and in 2011 she played Queen Mary in The King's Speech. In September 2012, she appeared in concert at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Maryland, as the narrator in a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Kaddish, with the Baltimore
Symphony Orchestra conducted by Marin Alsop.[23] In 2013, Bloom appeared in the sixth series of ITV's Doc Martin
Doc Martin
as the estranged mother of the title character. In 2015 she appeared as Matilda Stowe in ITV's Midsomer murders episode 17.4, "A Vintage Murder". Personal life[edit] Bloom has married three times. Her first marriage, in 1959, was to actor Rod Steiger,[11] whom she had met when they both performed in the play Rashomon. Their daughter is opera singer Anna Steiger. Steiger and Bloom divorced in 1969. In that same year, Bloom married producer Hillard Elkins.[11] The marriage lasted three years and the couple divorced in 1972. Bloom's third marriage on 29 April 1990, was to writer Philip Roth,[11] her longtime companion. They separated in 1994. Bloom has written two memoirs about her life and career. The first, Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress, was published in 1982 and was an in-depth look at her career and the film and stage roles she had portrayed. Her second book, Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir, published in 1996, went into greater details about her personal life; she discussed not only her marriages but also her affairs with Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier, and Yul Brynner. The book created a stir when Bloom described her former marriage to Roth. Soon after, Roth wrote a "revenge novel" I Married a Communist
I Married a Communist
(1998), in which the character of Eve Frame appeared to represent Bloom.[24][25] Honours[edit] Bloom was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Order of the British Empire
(CBE) in the 2013 Birthday Honours for services to drama.[26][27] Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role

1948 The Blind Goddess Mary Dearing

1952 The King and the Mockingbird The Shepherdess (english version)

Limelight Thereza

1953 The Man Between Susanne Mallison

Innocents in Paris Susan

1955 Richard III Lady Anne

1956 Alexander the Great Marsine

1957 The Brothers Karamazov Katya

1958 The Buccaneer Bonnie Brown

1959 Look Back in Anger Helena Charles

1960 Brainwashed Irene Andreny

1961 The Chapman Report Naomi Shields

1962 The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm Dorothea Grimm

1963 Il maestro di Vigevano Ada

Alta infedeltà Laura

The Haunting Theodora

Eighty Thousand Suspects Julie Monks

1964 The Outrage Wife

1965 The Spy Who Came in from the Cold Nan Perry

1968 Charly Alice Kinnian

1969 The Illustrated Man Felicia

Three into Two Won't Go Frances Howard

1970 A Severed Head Honor Klein

1971 Red Sky at Morning Ann Arnold

1973 A Doll's House Nora Helmer

1976 Islands in the Stream[16] Audrey

1981 Clash of the Titans[16] Hera

1985 Déjà Vu Eleanor Harvey

1987 Sammy and Rosie Get Laid Alice

1988 Crimes and Misdemeanors Mirian Rosenthal

1992 The Princess and the Goblin Great Great Grandmother Irene (voice)

1995 Mighty Aphrodite Amanda's Mother

1996 Daylight Eleanor Trilling

2002 The Book of Eve Eva Smallwood

2003 The Republic of Love Onion

Charlie: The Life and Art of Charles Chaplin Herself

Imagining Argentina Sara Sternberg

2010 The King's Speech Queen Mary

2016 Max Rose Eva Rose

2018 Miss Dalí Maggie (post-production)


Year Title Role Notes

1952 BBC
Sunday Night Theatre Martine (Episode: Martine)

1957 Robert Montgomery Presents Queen Victoria (Episode: Victoria Regina)

1959 Playhouse 90 Hypatia 1 episode

1961 Anna Karenina Anna Karenina TV Movie

1980 Hamlet Gertrude TV Movie

1981 Brideshead Revisited Lady Marchmain 6 episodes

1983 Separate Tables Miss Cooper TV Movie

1984 Ellis Island Rebecca Weiller 3 episodes

1985 Ann and Debbie Debbie TV Movie

Shadowlands Joy Davidman TV Movie

Promises to Keep Sally TV Movie

1987 Queenie Vicky Kelly 2 episodes

Intimate Contact Ruth Gregory 4 episodes

1988 The Lady and the Highwayman Lady Emma Darlington TV Movie

Beryl Markham: A Shadow on the Sun Lady Delamere TV Movie

1991 The Camomile Lawn Old Sophy 4 episodes

1992 It's Nothing Personal Evelyn Whitloff TV Movie

1994 Remember Anne Devereaux Rawlings TV Movie

A Village Affair Cecily Jordan TV Movie

1997 What the Deaf Man Heard Mrs. Tynan TV Movie

2000 Yesterday's Children Maggie TV Movie

Love and Murder Nina Love TV Movie

2005-2013 Doc Martin Margaret Ellingham 4 episodes

2006 Agatha Christie's Marple Aunt Ada 1 episode

2009-2010 Doctor Who: The End of Time The Woman 2 episodes

2010 The Bill Jill Peters (Episode: Taking a Stand)

2015 Midsomer Murders Matilda Stowe (Episode: A Vintage Murder)


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Biography (1931–)". Film Reference. Advameg. Retrieved 26 May 2015.  ^ a b c Bloom, Claire (April 1998). Leaving a Doll's House: A Memoir. Back Bay Books. ISBN 978-0316093835.  ^ Bloom, Nate (January 21, 2011). "Jewish Stars 1/21". Cleveland Jewish News.  ^ V&A, Theatre and Performance Special
Collections, Elsie Fogerty Archive, THM/324 ^ a b c Bloom, Claire (1982). Limelight and After: The Education of an Actress. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0060149260.  ^ Hubbard, Kim (28 October 1996). Contributed to by Nina Biddle. "Life with Portnoy: Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
Has a Few Complaints of Her Own". People. 46 (18). Retrieved 28 May 2015. She and her younger brother John (now 60 and a film editor) were closer to their mother  ^ O'Connor, Garry (2002). Paul Scofield: An Actor for All Seasons. Applause Books. p. 76. ISBN 978-1557834997.  ^ a b Munn, Michael (2008). Richard Burton: Prince of Players. Skyhorse Publishing. ISBN 978-1602393554.  ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4727506/Theres-more-to-life-than-men.html. Retrieved 1 July 2017. ^ a b Kolin, Philip C. (2000). Williams: A Streetcar Named Desire. Cambridge University Press. p. 97. ISBN 9780521626101. Retrieved 26 May 2015.  ^ a b c d e f g Thornton, Michael (14 May 2009). "She's seduced a galaxy of stars, now she has an out-of-this-world role... as Doctor Who's mum". Retrieved 26 May 2015.  ^ a b Kamin, Dan (2011). The Comedy of Charlie
Chaplin: Artistry in Motion. Forward by Scott Eyman. Scarecrow Press. pp. 94, 191. ISBN 978-0810877801.  ^ Kohn, Ingeborg (2005). Charlie
Chaplin, Brightest star of silent films. Portaparole. p. 76. ISBN 9788889421147. Retrieved 26 May 2015.  ^ Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
talks about 'Limelight' and Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
(Video). YouTube. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 26 May 2015.  ^ Tony Earnshaw in conversation with Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(Video). YouTube. 25 March 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2015.  ^ a b c d e Fujishima, Kenji (25 May 2011). " Charlie Chaplin
Charlie Chaplin
Is the Father Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
Never Had". Speakeasy. The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 28 May 2015.  ^ Chaplin, Charles (1964). Charles Chaplin: My Autobiography. Simon & Schuster. p. 458. ISBN 9780140025507.  ^ Plante, David (2013). Becoming a Londoner: A Diary. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 491. ISBN 978-1408839751.  ^ "Lost BBC
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(Supplement). 15 June 2013. p. 7.  ^ "Birthday Honours: Adele joins Blackadder stars on list". BBC. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
on IMDb Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
discusses her career on YouTube
while receiving a Lifetime Acting Award at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, 2010, video 9 min. Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
at the Internet Broadway Database
Internet Broadway Database
Selected performances in University of Bristol Theatre Archive Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
at AllMovie Jean Simmons and Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
at aenigma

Awards for Claire Bloom

v t e

BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

Most Promising Newcomer to Film

Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1952) Norman Wisdom
Norman Wisdom
(1953) David Kossoff
David Kossoff
(1954) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1955) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1956) Eric Barker (1957) Paul Massie
Paul Massie
(1958) Hayley Mills
Hayley Mills

Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

Albert Finney
Albert Finney
(1960) Rita Tushingham
Rita Tushingham
(1961) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1962) James Fox (1963) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1964) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1965) Vivien Merchant (1966) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1967) Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman
(1968) Jon Voight
Jon Voight
(1969) David Bradley (1970) Dominic Guard (1971) Joel Grey
Joel Grey
(1972) Peter Egan (1973) Georgina Hale
Georgina Hale
(1974) Valerie Perrine
Valerie Perrine
(1975) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1976) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(1977) Christopher Reeve
Christopher Reeve
(1978) Dennis Christopher
Dennis Christopher

Most Outstanding Newcomer to Leading Film Roles

Judy Davis
Judy Davis
(1980) Joe Pesci
Joe Pesci
(1981) Ben Kingsley
Ben Kingsley

Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film

Phyllis Logan
Phyllis Logan
(1983) Haing S. Ngor
Haing S. Ngor

v t e

BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress

Googie Withers
Googie Withers
(1955) Virginia McKenna
Virginia McKenna
(1956) Rosalie Crutchley
Rosalie Crutchley
(1957) Gwen Watford
Gwen Watford
(1959) Catherine Lacey (1960) Billie Whitelaw
Billie Whitelaw
(1961) Ruth Dunning (1962) Brenda Bruce
Brenda Bruce
(1963) Vivien Merchant (1964) Katharine Blake (1965) Gwen Watford
Gwen Watford
(1966) Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave
(1967) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1968) Wendy Craig (1969) Margaret Tyzack
Margaret Tyzack
(1970) Annette Crosbie (1971) Patricia Hayes
Patricia Hayes
(1972) Billie Whitelaw
Billie Whitelaw
(1973) Celia Johnson
Celia Johnson
(1974) Lee Remick
Lee Remick
(1975) Annette Crosbie (1976) Siân Phillips
Siân Phillips
(1977) Penelope Keith (1978) Francesca Annis
Francesca Annis
(1979) Cheryl Campbell (1980) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1981) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1982) Beryl Reid
Beryl Reid
(1983) Coral Browne (1984) Peggy Ashcroft
Peggy Ashcroft
(1985) Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1986) Anna Massey
Anna Massey
(1987) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1988) Thora Hird
Thora Hird
(1989) Diana Rigg
Diana Rigg
(1990) Geraldine McEwan (1991) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1992) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1993) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(1994) Juliet
Aubrey (1995) Jennifer Ehle
Jennifer Ehle
(1996) Gina McKee (1997) Daniela Nardini (1998) Thora Hird
Thora Hird
(1999) Thora Hird
Thora Hird
(2000) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(2001) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2002) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2003) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2004) Anamaria Marinca (2005) Anna Maxwell Martin (2006) Victoria Wood
Victoria Wood
(2007) Eileen Atkins (2008) Anna Maxwell Martin (2009) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(2010) Vicky McClure
Vicky McClure
(2011) Emily Watson
Emily Watson
(2012) Sheridan Smith
Sheridan Smith
(2013) Olivia Colman
Olivia Colman
(2014) Georgina Campbell (2015) Suranne Jones (2016) Sarah Lancashire
Sarah Lancashire

v t e

Drama League's Distinguished Performance Award

Katharine Cornell
Katharine Cornell
(1935) Helen Hayes
Helen Hayes
(1936) Maurice Evans (1937) Cedric Hardwicke
Cedric Hardwicke
(1938) Raymond Massey
Raymond Massey
(1939) Paul Muni
Paul Muni
(1940) Paul Lukas
Paul Lukas
(1941) Judith Evelyn
Judith Evelyn
(1942) Alfred Lunt
Alfred Lunt
(1943) Lynn Fontanne
Lynn Fontanne
(1944) Mady Christians
Mady Christians
(1945) Louis Calhern
Louis Calhern
(1946) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1947) Judith Anderson
Judith Anderson
(1948) Robert Morley
Robert Morley
(1949) Grace George
Grace George
(1950) Claude Rains
Claude Rains
(1951) Julie Harris (1952) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1953) Josephine Hull (1954) Viveca Lindfors
Viveca Lindfors
(1955) David Wayne
David Wayne
(1956) Eli Wallach
Eli Wallach
(1957) Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
(1958) Cyril Ritchard
Cyril Ritchard
(1959) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1960) Hume Cronyn
Hume Cronyn
(1961) Paul Scofield
Paul Scofield
(1962) Charles Boyer
Charles Boyer
(1963) Alec Guinness
Alec Guinness
(1964) John Gielgud
John Gielgud
(1965) Richard Kiley
Richard Kiley
(1966) Rosemary Harris
Rosemary Harris
(1967) Zoe Caldwell (1968) Alec McCowen
Alec McCowen
(1969) James Stewart
James Stewart
(1970) Anthony Quayle
Anthony Quayle
(1971) Eileen Atkins / Claire Bloom
Claire Bloom
(1972) Alan Bates
Alan Bates
(1973) Christopher Plummer
Christopher Plummer
(1974) John Wood (1975) Eva Le Gallienne
Eva Le Gallienne
(1976) Tom Courtenay
Tom Courtenay
(1977) Frank Langella
Frank Langella
(1978) Frances Sternhagen
Frances Sternhagen
(1979) Roy Scheider
Roy Scheider
(1980) Ian McKellen
Ian McKellen
(1981) Milo O'Shea
Milo O'Shea
(1982) Edward Herrmann
Edward Herrmann
/ Kate Nelligan (1983) Jeremy Irons
Jeremy Irons
(1984) Derek Jacobi
Derek Jacobi
(1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
(1987) John Lithgow
John Lithgow
(1988) Pauline Collins
Pauline Collins
(1989) Robert Morse
Robert Morse
(1990) Stockard Channing
Stockard Channing
(1991) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1992) Stephen Rea
Stephen Rea
(1993) Sam Waterston
Sam Waterston
(1994) Cherry Jones
Cherry Jones
(1995) Uta Hagen
Uta Hagen
(1996) Charles Durning
Charles Durning
/ Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Brian Stokes Mitchell
Brian Stokes Mitchell
(1998) Kathleen Chalfant (1999) Eileen Heckart (2000) Mary-Louise Parker
Mary-Louise Parker
/ Gary Sinise
Gary Sinise
(2001) Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson
(2002) Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein
(2003) Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
(2004) Norbert Leo Butz
Norbert Leo Butz
(2005) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2006) Liev Schreiber
Liev Schreiber
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush
(2009) Alfred Molina
Alfred Molina
(2010) Mark Rylance
Mark Rylance
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Nathan Lane
Nathan Lane
(2013) Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
(2014) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(2015) Lin-Manuel Miranda
Lin-Manuel Miranda
(2016) Ben Platt (2017)

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