Geraldine James

British actor Geraldine James is celebrated for her work on both stage and screen. She recently completed shooting the feature film Animal Shadows, written and directed by Michael Pearce, and co-starring Jessie Buckley and Johnny Flynn. James’ other recent film work (for future release) are Daphne, directed by Peter Mackie Burns, and Megan Leavey, directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite and starring Kate Mara. She will also soon be seen guest starring in Season 3 of the hit BBC TV comedy “Uncle.”

James played Lena in last year’s multi-award-nominated 45 Years, directed by Andrew Haig. Her other film work includes: 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.

James 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 “The Sins.” She starred recently in the critically acclaimed Channel Four 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.” James 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).

James trained at The Drama Centre in London, and she was named an Officer of the British Empire (OBE) in 2003.