Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake (born 14 July 1974) is an English stage, radio, film and television actress, playwright and political activist, who made her name as Twinkle in Victoria Wood's sitcom Dinnerladies. She has since played Veronica in Channel 4's Manchester-based drama series Shameless, barrister Martha Costello in the BBC legal drama Silk and Grace Middleton in The Village. She is also an accomplished stage actress, having played the title role in Hamlet, and had a role in the 2014 film The Theory of Everything. In 2018 she played the lead in the film Funny Cow and had a starring role in Mike Leigh's epic Peterloo, a film very close to her heart.

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Frozen (2005)

It's two years since the mysterious disappearance of Kath Swarbrick's older sister Annie, but Kath remains haunted by a need to know what happened. When police investigations wind down, Kath continues the search herself. She gets nowhere until she steals some CCTV ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juliet McKoen
CAST:  Shirley Henderson  •  Roshan Seth  •  Ger Ryan  •  Richard Armitage

It's two years since the mysterious disappearance of Kath Swarbrick's older sister Annie, but Kath remains haunted by a need to know what happened. When police investigations wind down, Kath continues the search herself. She gets nowhere until she steals some CCTV ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Juliet McKoen
CAST:  Shirley Henderson  •  Roshan Seth  •  Ger Ryan  •  Richard Armitage

Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980 (2009)

After 6 years of brutal murders, the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire. Assistant Chief Constable of the Manchester Police, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Warren Clarke  •  Paddy Considine  •  James Fox  •  Jim Carter

After 6 years of brutal murders, the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yorkshire. Assistant Chief Constable of the Manchester Police, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Warren Clarke  •  Paddy Considine  •  James Fox  •  Jim Carter

I Am Bob (2007)

On his way to a Make Poverty History gig in Scotland, Bob Geldof is accidentally stranded by an incompetent chauffeur in a run-down motel in Northern England. To his horror, he discovers a lookalike contest is taking place, and no-one will believe he is the real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Rice
CAST:  Bob Geldof  •  David Bamber  •  Brian Conley  •  Claire Rushbrook

On his way to a Make Poverty History gig in Scotland, Bob Geldof is accidentally stranded by an incompetent chauffeur in a run-down motel in Northern England. To his horror, he discovers a lookalike contest is taking place, and no-one will believe he is the real ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Donald Rice
CAST:  Bob Geldof  •  David Bamber  •  Brian Conley  •  Claire Rushbrook

Edge (2010)

A hotel. A cliff. Six lost people, looking for something, or looking to lose themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Morley
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Joe Dempsie  •  Nichola Burley  •  Julie T. Wallace

A hotel. A cliff. Six lost people, looking for something, or looking to lose themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Morley
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Joe Dempsie  •  Nichola Burley  •  Julie T. Wallace

The Theory of Everything (2014)

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The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis

The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, who falls deeply in love with fellow Cambridge student Jane Wilde.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Marsh
CAST:  Felicity Jones  •  Emily Watson  •  Harry Lloyd  •  David Thewlis

Run & Jump (2014)

After a stroke leaves her husband disabled and fundamentally changed, a spirited Irish wife struggles to keep her family members together. All the while they are under the microscope of an American researcher documenting their recovery process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steph Green
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Will Forte  •  Edward MacLiam  •  Sharon Horgan

After a stroke leaves her husband disabled and fundamentally changed, a spirited Irish wife struggles to keep her family members together. All the while they are under the microscope of an American researcher documenting their recovery process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steph Green
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Will Forte  •  Edward MacLiam  •  Sharon Horgan

Svengali (2013)

Svengali tells the story of Dixie, a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he’s dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them… ‘The Premature Congratulations’. He hunts them down and offers them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hardwick
CAST:  Jonny Owen  •  Vicky McClure  •  Martin Freeman  •  Maxine Peake

Svengali tells the story of Dixie, a postman from South Wales, and a music fanatic. All his life he’s dreamed of discovering a great band and then one day, trawling through YouTube, he finds them… ‘The Premature Congratulations’. He hunts them down and offers them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hardwick
CAST:  Jonny Owen  •  Vicky McClure  •  Martin Freeman  •  Maxine Peake

Best Laid Plans (2012)

David Blair directs this powerful British Drama, loosely inspired by John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'. Set in Nottingham, the film revolves around the relationship between the thuggish Danny (Stephen Graham) and Joseph (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a giant of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Blair
CAST:  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  •  Stephen Graham  •  David O'Hara  •  Lee Ingleby

David Blair directs this powerful British Drama, loosely inspired by John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'. Set in Nottingham, the film revolves around the relationship between the thuggish Danny (Stephen Graham) and Joseph (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a giant of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Blair
CAST:  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje  •  Stephen Graham  •  David O'Hara  •  Lee Ingleby

Girls' Night (1998)

Two British best friends and in-laws Dawn and Jackie work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor Jackie shares $100,000 she's got from her secret lover with Dawn to fulfil her dream - a visit to Las Vegas. They buy two tickets and fly there...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Brenda Blethyn  •  Julie Walters  •  Sue Cleaver  •  Meera Syal

Two British best friends and in-laws Dawn and Jackie work together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor Jackie shares $100,000 she's got from her secret lover with Dawn to fulfil her dream - a visit to Las Vegas. They buy two tickets and fly there...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nick Hurran
CAST:  Brenda Blethyn  •  Julie Walters  •  Sue Cleaver  •  Meera Syal

Hancock & Joan (2008)

Drama which tells the story of comedian Tony Hancock's love affair with his friend's wife, and her fight to save the man and his career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Laxton
CAST:  Ken Stott  •  Maxine Peake  •  Alex Jennings  •  Olivia Colman

Drama which tells the story of comedian Tony Hancock's love affair with his friend's wife, and her fight to save the man and his career.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Richard Laxton
CAST:  Ken Stott  •  Maxine Peake  •  Alex Jennings  •  Olivia Colman

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister (2010)

A lesbian in the 1800s who keeps a detailed account of her life written in coded diaries attempts to live independently while juggling an affair with a married woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Kent
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Anna Madeley  •  Susan Lynch  •  Gemma Jones

A lesbian in the 1800s who keeps a detailed account of her life written in coded diaries attempts to live independently while juggling an affair with a married woman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Kent
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Anna Madeley  •  Susan Lynch  •  Gemma Jones

The Madness of the Dance (2006)

In the middle ages there was an outbreak of dancing manias in Europe that lasted hundreds of years. In the 20th century thousands of Chinese men and some women thought that their genitalia were vanishing, while schoolgirls in Belgium thought that they were being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Morley
CAST:  Maxine Peake

In the middle ages there was an outbreak of dancing manias in Europe that lasted hundreds of years. In the 20th century thousands of Chinese men and some women thought that their genitalia were vanishing, while schoolgirls in Belgium thought that they were being ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Carol Morley
CAST:  Maxine Peake

Hamilton Mattress (2002)

Sludger the aardvark tries to make it big as a drummer in the big city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Purves
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Henry Goodman  •  Lindsay Duncan  •  William Hootkins

Sludger the aardvark tries to make it big as a drummer in the big city.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barry Purves
CAST:  David Thewlis  •  Henry Goodman  •  Lindsay Duncan  •  William Hootkins

Clubbed (2008)

An underworld drama set in the early 1980s, about a lonely factory worker whose life is transformed when he becomes a nightclub doorman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Thompson
CAST:  Mel Raido  •  Scot Williams  •  Maxine Peake  •  Ronnie Fox

An underworld drama set in the early 1980s, about a lonely factory worker whose life is transformed when he becomes a nightclub doorman.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neil Thompson
CAST:  Mel Raido  •  Scot Williams  •  Maxine Peake  •  Ronnie Fox

All or Nothing (2002)

Penny works at a supermarket and Phil is a gentle taxi-driver. Penny’s love for Phil has run dry and they lead joyless lives with their two children, Rachel, a cleaner, and Rory, who is unemployed and aggressive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  James Corden  •  Timothy Spall  •  Ruth Sheen  •  Lesley Manville

Penny works at a supermarket and Phil is a gentle taxi-driver. Penny’s love for Phil has run dry and they lead joyless lives with their two children, Rachel, a cleaner, and Rory, who is unemployed and aggressive.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Leigh
CAST:  James Corden  •  Timothy Spall  •  Ruth Sheen  •  Lesley Manville

Private Peaceful (2012)

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Jack O'Connell  •  Richard Griffiths  •  George MacKay  •  Frances de la Tour

Set in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, two brothers fall for the same girl while contending with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the price of courage and cowardice.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pat O'Connor
CAST:  Jack O'Connell  •  Richard Griffiths  •  George MacKay  •  Frances de la Tour

The Heart Fails Without Warning (2013)

Lola's sister has stopped eating. Lola treats her with the scorn she deserves - she'll snap out of it soon, won't she? Adapted from Booker Prize Winner Hilary Mantel's short story and featuring BAFTA nominated Maxine Peake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ruth Platt
CAST:  Antonia Richards  •  Martha Mackintosh  •  Maxine Peake  •  Nicholas Sidi

Lola's sister has stopped eating. Lola treats her with the scorn she deserves - she'll snap out of it soon, won't she? Adapted from Booker Prize Winner Hilary Mantel's short story and featuring BAFTA nominated Maxine Peake.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ruth Platt
CAST:  Antonia Richards  •  Martha Mackintosh  •  Maxine Peake  •  Nicholas Sidi

Keeping Rosy (2014)

A woman becomes enraged after being passed over for a promotion at her job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Reeves
CAST:  Blake Harrison  •  Christine Bottomley  •  Maxine Peake  •  Elisa Lasowski

A woman becomes enraged after being passed over for a promotion at her job.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Reeves
CAST:  Blake Harrison  •  Christine Bottomley  •  Maxine Peake  •  Elisa Lasowski

A Midsummer Night's Dream (2016)

Shakespeare's comedy adapted for television by Russell T. Davies. In the tyrannical court of Athens, pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, while young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father for loving the wrong man. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Kerr
CAST:  John Hannah  •  Nonso Anozie  •  Matt Lucas  •  Maxine Peake

Shakespeare's comedy adapted for television by Russell T. Davies. In the tyrannical court of Athens, pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, while young Hermia is sentenced to death by her own father for loving the wrong man. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Kerr
CAST:  John Hannah  •  Nonso Anozie  •  Matt Lucas  •  Maxine Peake

Red Top (2016)

Comic fantasy telling the story of Rebekah, an innocent and beguiling Northern girl who accidentally becomes Chief Executive of News International and gets caught up in a seventies Watergate-style scandal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Richardson
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Harry Enfield  •  Stephen Mangan  •  Johnny Vegas

Comic fantasy telling the story of Rebekah, an innocent and beguiling Northern girl who accidentally becomes Chief Executive of News International and gets caught up in a seventies Watergate-style scandal.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Richardson
CAST:  Maxine Peake  •  Harry Enfield  •  Stephen Mangan  •  Johnny Vegas
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