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Geraldine James

British actor Geraldine James is celebrated for her work on both stage and screen. Geraldine will soon be seen in Beast, written and directed by Michael Pearce. The film, which has already earned early acclaim at the London Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival and Sundance, also stars Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. She was recently seen in Peter Mackie Burns’ film Daphne, for which she was nominated for an Evening Standard British Film Award, and as a guest star in the hit BBC comedy Uncle.

Geraldine played Lena in the multi-award-nominated 45 Years, directed by Andrew Haig. Her other film work includes: Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and starring Kate Mara; Our Robot Overlords, directed by Jon Wright; The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, directed by David Fincher; Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, both directed by Guy Ritchie; Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; Made in Dagenham; Calendar Girls; Gandhi; The Luzhin Defense; The Testimony of Taliesin Jones; Words Upon The Window Pane; Prince of Shadows; The Bridge; The Tall Guy; The Wolves of Willoughby Chase; and Sir Peter Hall’s She’s Been Away, for which she won the Coppa Volpi Award for Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.

Geraldine has been BAFTA-nominated four times for her television performances, in Dummy (for which she also won a Critics’ Association Award for Best Actress), The Jewel in The Crown, Band of Gold and Sins. She starred recently in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 drama Utopia (Seasons 1 and 2), and her other TV credits include: The Five, Black Work, Legacy, 13 Steps Down, Little Britain, City of Vice, The Last Enemy, Rapunzel, The Time of Your Life, Heist, The Amazing Mrs Pritchard, Jane Hall, He Knew He Was Right, State of Play, Hound of the Baskervilles, Crime and Punishment, White Teeth, Drovers Gold, Kavanagh QC, A Doll’s House, Blott on the Landscape and The History Man

Geraldine won a Drama Desk Award, and was nominated for a Tony Award, for her performance as Portia in The Merchant of Venice, opposite Dustin Hoffman, and she also starred on Broadway as Gertrude in Michael Grandage’s production of Hamlet, with Jude Law. Her UK theatre credits include Lawrence After Arabia (Hampstead Theatre), 13 (National Theatre), The Seagull (Arcola Theatre), Victory (Arcola Theatre), The UN Inspector (National Theatre), The Cherry Orchard (Oxford Stage Co), The Faith Healer (Almeida Theatre), Death and the Maiden (Duke of York’s), Hedda Gabler (Royal Exchange Theatre), and Sir Peter Hall’s productions of Lysistrata (Old Vic and West End) and Cymbeline (National Theatre).

Geraldine trained at The Drama Centre in London, and she was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003. She has recently completed shooting the second season of Anne with an E for CBC and Netflix. Geraldine was recently nominated for a 2018 Canadian Screen Award for Actress in a Supporting role for Anne with an E as well as received a Gracie Award Honorable Mention for an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama.