Brenda Blethyn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Brenda Anne Blethyn, OBE (born 20 February 1946) is an English actress who has worked in theatre, television, and film. Blethyn has received two Academy Award nominations, two SAG Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one. In addition, she has won a BAFTA, an Empire Award and a Golden Lion, and has earned a Theater World Award and both a Critics' Circle Theatre Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her theatrical work. Born into a working class home in Ramsgate, Kent, Blethyn pursued an administrative career until her early 30s before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting after the dissolution of her marriage in 1973. She subsequently joined the Royal National Theatre and received credits for her performances in Troilus and Cressida (1976) and Mysteries (1979). In 1981, Blethyn earned her first critical acclaim for Steaming. In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh's film Grown-Ups; then, after a modest number of guest spots in several productions, in the mid-1980s she garnered leading roles in the short-living sitcoms Chance in a Million and The Labours of Erica. Having followed her big screen debut with smaller supporting roles in films such as The Witches (1990) and A River Runs Through It (1992), she made her real cinema breakthrough with her role in the 1996 dramedy Secrets & Lies, for which she received rave reviews. Blethyn has ...

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Pride & Prejudice (2005)

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A story of love and life among the landed English gentry during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters, but if he dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Simon Woods

A story of love and life among the landed English gentry during the Georgian era. Mr. Bennet is a gentleman living in Hertfordshire with his overbearing wife and five daughters, but if he dies their house will be inherited by a distant cousin whom they have never ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Rosamund Pike  •  Simon Woods

A River Runs Through It (1992)

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A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Brenda Blethyn

A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying life ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Redford
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Craig Sheffer  •  Tom Skerritt  •  Brenda Blethyn

Atonement (2007)

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As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  James McAvoy  •  Romola Garai  •  Saoirse Ronan

As a 13-year-old, fledgling writer Briony Tallis irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister's lover of a crime he did not commit.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Joe Wright
CAST:  Keira Knightley  •  James McAvoy  •  Romola Garai  •  Saoirse Ronan

Beyond the Sea (2004)

Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Spacey
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Bosworth  •  John Goodman  •  Bob Hoskins

Based on the life and career of legendary entertainer, Bobby Darin, the biopic moves back and forth between his childhood and adulthood, to tell the tale of his life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Spacey
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Kate Bosworth  •  John Goodman  •  Bob Hoskins

Lovely & Amazing (2001)

An intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bittersweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way, but whatever salvation they find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

An intimate family portrait of four hapless but resilient women and the bittersweet lessons they learn in keeping up with the hectic demands of their individual neuroses. Each of the women seeks redemption in her own haphazard way, but whatever salvation they find ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicole Holofcener
CAST:  Catherine Keener  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Emily Mortimer  •  Jake Gyllenhaal

Pooh's Heffalump Movie (2005)

Who or what exactly is a Heffalump? The lovable residents of the Hundred Acre Wood -- Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and the rest of the pack -- embark on a journey of discovery in search of the elusive Heffalump. But as is always the case, this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Nissen
CAST:  Jim Cummings  •  John Fiedler  •  Nikita Hopkins  •  Kath Soucie

Who or what exactly is a Heffalump? The lovable residents of the Hundred Acre Wood -- Winnie the Pooh, Rabbit, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga and the rest of the pack -- embark on a journey of discovery in search of the elusive Heffalump. But as is always the case, this ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Frank Nissen
CAST:  Jim Cummings  •  John Fiedler  •  Nikita Hopkins  •  Kath Soucie

Pumpkin (2002)

Carolyn's sorority sisters set their sights on the Sorority of the Year award and coaching challenged athletes is their ticket to the trophy. But when the queen of formals finds herself mentoring Pumpkin, a disabled athlete, their two worlds collide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Abrams  •  Adam Larson Broder
CAST:  Christina Ricci  •  Hank Harris  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Dominique Swain

Carolyn's sorority sisters set their sights on the Sorority of the Year award and coaching challenged athletes is their ticket to the trophy. But when the queen of formals finds herself mentoring Pumpkin, a disabled athlete, their two worlds collide.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Abrams  •  Adam Larson Broder
CAST:  Christina Ricci  •  Hank Harris  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Dominique Swain

RKO 281 (2000)

In 1939, boy-wonder Orson Welles leaves New York, where he has succeeded in radio and theater, and, hired by RKO Pictures, moves to Hollywood with the purpose of making his first film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benjamin Ross
CAST:  Liev Schreiber  •  James Cromwell  •  Melanie Griffith  •  John Malkovich

In 1939, boy-wonder Orson Welles leaves New York, where he has succeeded in radio and theater, and, hired by RKO Pictures, moves to Hollywood with the purpose of making his first film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Benjamin Ross
CAST:  Liev Schreiber  •  James Cromwell  •  Melanie Griffith  •  John Malkovich

Saving Grace (2000)

Unexpectedly widowed, prim and proper housewife Grace Trevethyn finds herself in dire financial straits when she inherits massive debts her late husband had been accruing for years. Faced with losing her house, she decides to use her talent for horticulture and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Cole
CAST:  Brenda Blethyn  •  Craig Ferguson  •  Martin Clunes  •  Tchéky Karyo

Unexpectedly widowed, prim and proper housewife Grace Trevethyn finds herself in dire financial straits when she inherits massive debts her late husband had been accruing for years. Faced with losing her house, she decides to use her talent for horticulture and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nigel Cole
CAST:  Brenda Blethyn  •  Craig Ferguson  •  Martin Clunes  •  Tchéky Karyo

Secrets & Lies (1996)

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Hortense, a successful and well-adjusted Black optometrist who was adopted at birth, goes in search of her biological mother. The woman in question, Cynthia, is an unhappy white factory worker who has a difficult relationship with her other daughter Roxanne and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Timothy Spall  •  Phyllis Logan  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Claire Rushbrook

Hortense, a successful and well-adjusted Black optometrist who was adopted at birth, goes in search of her biological mother. The woman in question, Cynthia, is an unhappy white factory worker who has a difficult relationship with her other daughter Roxanne and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  Timothy Spall  •  Phyllis Logan  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Claire Rushbrook

The Sleeping Dictionary (2003)

A young Englishman is dispatched to Sarawak to become part of the British colonial government. He encounters some unorthodox local traditions, and finds himself faced with tough decisions of the heart involving the beautiful Selima, the unwitting object of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Jenkin
CAST:  Jessica Alba  •  Hugh Dancy  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Christopher Ling Lee Ian

A young Englishman is dispatched to Sarawak to become part of the British colonial government. He encounters some unorthodox local traditions, and finds himself faced with tough decisions of the heart involving the beautiful Selima, the unwitting object of his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Guy Jenkin
CAST:  Jessica Alba  •  Hugh Dancy  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Christopher Ling Lee Ian

The Witches (1990)

A young boy named Luke and his grandmother go on vacation only to discover their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, where the Grand High Witch is unveiling her master plan to turn all children into mice. Will Luke fall victim to the witches' plot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Roeg
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Mai Zetterling  •  Jasen Fisher  •  Jane Horrocks

A young boy named Luke and his grandmother go on vacation only to discover their hotel is hosting an international witch convention, where the Grand High Witch is unveiling her master plan to turn all children into mice. Will Luke fall victim to the witches' plot ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicolas Roeg
CAST:  Anjelica Huston  •  Mai Zetterling  •  Jasen Fisher  •  Jane Horrocks

Little Voice (1998)

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After the death of her father, Little Voice or LV becomes a virtual recluse, never going out and hardly ever saying a word. She just sits in her bedroom listening to her father's collection of old records of Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and various other famous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Brenda Blethyn  •  Michael Caine  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Jim Broadbent

After the death of her father, Little Voice or LV becomes a virtual recluse, never going out and hardly ever saying a word. She just sits in her bedroom listening to her father's collection of old records of Shirley Bassey, Marilyn Monroe and various other famous ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Herman
CAST:  Brenda Blethyn  •  Michael Caine  •  Ewan McGregor  •  Jim Broadbent

Music from Another Room (1998)

Music From Another Room is a romantic comedy that follows the exploits of Danny, a young man who grew up believing he was destined to marry the girl he helped deliver as a five year old boy when his neighbor went into emergency labor. Twenty-five years later, Danny ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Peters
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Jennifer Tilly  •  Gretchen Mol  •  Martha Plimpton

Music From Another Room is a romantic comedy that follows the exploits of Danny, a young man who grew up believing he was destined to marry the girl he helped deliver as a five year old boy when his neighbor went into emergency labor. Twenty-five years later, Danny ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charlie Peters
CAST:  Jude Law  •  Jennifer Tilly  •  Gretchen Mol  •  Martha Plimpton

Daddy and Them (2001)

When an uncle is charged with murder, the event reverberates throughout a poor Arkansas family, including a struggling musician and his wife, her mother, her sister, and his father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Bob Thornton
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Diane Ladd  •  Kelly Preston

When an uncle is charged with murder, the event reverberates throughout a poor Arkansas family, including a struggling musician and his wife, her mother, her sister, and his father.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Billy Bob Thornton
CAST:  Laura Dern  •  Billy Bob Thornton  •  Diane Ladd  •  Kelly Preston

Piccadilly Jim (2004)

Set in the 1930s, an American with a scandalous reputation on both sides of the Atlantic must do an about-face in order to win back the woman of his dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McKay
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Frances O'Connor  •  Tobias Menzies  •  Tom Wilkinson

Set in the 1930s, an American with a scandalous reputation on both sides of the Atlantic must do an about-face in order to win back the woman of his dreams.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John McKay
CAST:  Sam Rockwell  •  Frances O'Connor  •  Tobias Menzies  •  Tom Wilkinson

Remember Me? (1997)

A domestic farce exposes the eccentricities of a "typical" middle class, suburban family who find their lives thrown into a crisis with the unexpected arrival of one of the wife's old flames.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Robert Lindsay  •  Natalie Walter  •  Rik Mayall

A domestic farce exposes the eccentricities of a "typical" middle class, suburban family who find their lives thrown into a crisis with the unexpected arrival of one of the wife's old flames.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Imelda Staunton  •  Robert Lindsay  •  Natalie Walter  •  Rik Mayall

Two Men in Town (2014)

A convict is released from prison in a small town in New Mexico. 18 years ago he killed a deputy. The then-and-now sheriff seeks revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachid Bouchareb
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Luis Guzmán

A convict is released from prison in a small town in New Mexico. 18 years ago he killed a deputy. The then-and-now sheriff seeks revenge.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rachid Bouchareb
CAST:  Forest Whitaker  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Luis Guzmán

Mary and Martha (2013)

Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. After his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Sam Claflin  •  Frank Grillo

Wealthy American housewife Mary Morgan takes her bullied son George out of school for home education,including a trip to Southern Africa. Whilst in Mozambique George is bitten by a mosquito which crawls through a hole in his net and dies of malaria. After his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Phillip Noyce
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Sam Claflin  •  Frank Grillo

The Calling (2010)

Joanna - a university student - leaves her course to become a nun.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Dunn
CAST:  Emily Beecham  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Susannah York  •  Rita Tushingham

Joanna - a university student - leaves her course to become a nun.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jan Dunn
CAST:  Emily Beecham  •  Brenda Blethyn  •  Susannah York  •  Rita Tushingham
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