Brenda Blethyn Biography
Brenda Blethyn is an English actress. She is well known for her portrayals of working-class women with eccentric qualities. She is the recipient of several accolades, including one Golden Globe, one BAFTA, and two Academy Award nominations.
Brenda Blethyn Age
Blethyn was born Brenda Anne Bottle, on February 20, 1946, in Ramsgate, Kent, England. She is 73 years old as of 2019.
Brenda Blethyn Family
Blethyn was born Brenda Anne Bottle, on February 20, 1946, in Ramsgate, Kent, England. She was the youngest of nine children. She was born into a Roman Catholic working-class family, to mechanic William Charles Bottle and Louisa Kathleen.
Brenda Blethyn Husband
Brenda met graphic designer Alan James Blethyn. They dated for a while and got married in 1964. The couple got divorced in 1973, after 9 years of marriage. The end of her marriage was the final push for Brenda to pursue acting. She later got married to art director Michael Mayhew in 2010 after they got engaged for about 3 decades. Apparently, She does not have any children. She once said that it was a conscious decision and that she had never felt that she was brave enough to raise children.
Brenda Blethyn Height
The English actress stands at a height of 5′ 2″ tall.Brenda Blethyn Image
Brenda Blethyn Net Worth
Brenda Blethyn is an English actress who has an estimated net worth of $5 million dollars.
Brenda Blethyn Film
In her late 20s, she finally started getting recognition in the London theater circle and paved her way into the ‘Royal National Theatre,’ the ultimate dream for every theater actor. There, she played key roles in plays such as ‘Troilus & Cressida,’ ‘Mysteries,’ and ‘Steaming.’
She received immense critical acclaim for her performance in the play titled ‘Benefactors.’ Her performance helped her earn a nomination for an ‘Olivier Award.’ She started her screen career in 1980, with TV films such as ‘Grown-Ups’ and ‘Bedroom Farce.’ She moved on to doing guest roles in series such as ‘Yes Minister’ and ‘Tales of the Unexpected.’
After playing a supporting role in the hit TV miniseries ‘Death of an Expert Witness,’ Brenda had the first major breakthrough of her career with the sitcom ‘Chance in a Million.’ She played the role of ‘Alison Little’ in 18 episodes of the sitcom.
In the mid-1980s, she played a supporting role in the miniseries titled ‘That Uncertain Feeling.’ While her performances were regularly praised, she was yet to earn the success she desired. Things began changing drastically in the early 1990s. First, she was seen playing a key role in the sitcom titled ‘The Labours of Erica.’
She then appeared in another meaty role, in the miniseries titled ‘All Good Things.’ In 1990, she made her film debut, with a supporting role in the film titled ‘The Witches.’ In 1996, she appeared in the Mike Leigh-directed drama film titled ‘Secrets & Lies.’
The film was a huge box-office and critical success and catapulted Brenda to global fame. The film featured her as ‘Cynthia Rose Purley,’ the lead character. Her performance earned immense accolades. The film also led its director, Mike Leigh, to win the ‘Palme d’Or’ at the ‘Cannes Film Festival.’
Brenda won a nomination for an ‘Academy Award’ for her role. She also won the ‘BAFTA Award’ and the ‘Cannes Film Festival Award’ for the ‘Best Actress.’ In 1998, she appeared in yet another critically acclaimed film, ‘Little Voice,’ and earned her second nomination for the ‘Academy Award,’ this time for the ‘Best Supporting Actress.’
In 2000, she achieved another critical and commercial success with the comedy film titled ‘Saving Grace.’
Her performance as ‘Grace Trevethyn’ -earned her many nominations, including one each for the ‘British Independent Film Award’ and the ‘Golden Globe Award.’ With these successes, Brenda was beginning to be regarded as one of the best actors of her generation.
In 2001, she also gained success in her TV career, with her ‘Emmy’-nominated performance in the two-part miniseries titled ‘Anne Frank: The Whole Story’ Following this, she won accolades for her roles in the films ‘Pride & Prejudice,’ ‘Clubland,’ and ‘London River.’
More recently, she was seen playing lead roles in critically acclaimed films such as ‘Mary and Martha’ and ‘Two Men in Town.’ Apart from focusing on British and American films and TV series, she also did some French and Italian films, such as ‘London River’ and ‘War & Peace.’
She has also worked as a voice actor for animated films such as ‘The Wild Thornberrys Movie,’ ‘Pooh’s Heffalump Movie,’ and ‘Ethel & Ernest.’ In 2003, she was appointed an ‘Officer of the Order of the British Empire’ (OBE) for her contribution to drama.
Brenda Blethyn Awards
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Drama
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Cannes Best Actress Award
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress
British Comedy Award for the Best TV Comedy Actress
Brenda Blethyn Quotes
I think people often confuse success with fame and stardom.
I hate that people think going to the theatre is a special occasion. I wish people would treat it as normally as going to the cinema.
Being a secretary was considered a very good job in those days.
Brenda Blethyn Movies
2018- 2005 Movies
2018 The Dumping Ground
2016 Ethel & Ernest
2014 Two Men in Town
2013 Mary and Martha
2012 Playhouse Presents: King of the Teds
2011 My Angel
2009 London River
2009 Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too
2009 The Calling
2009 Dead Man Running
2008 The New Adventures of Old Christine
2008 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2007 War and Peace
2006 Mysterious Creatures
2005 Pooh’s Heffalump
2005 On a Clear Day
2005 Pride & Prejudice
2004- 2000 Movies
2004 Piccadilly Jim Nina Banks
2004 Beyond the Sea Polly Cassotto
2004 A Way of Life Annette
2003 The Sleeping Dictionary
2002 Sonny Jewel
2002 Plots with a View
2002 The Wild Thornberrys
2001 Anne Frank: The Whole Story
2001 Daddy and Them
2001 Lovely & Amazing
2001 On the Nose
2000 Saving Grace
Brenda Blethyn Vera Accent
Brenda Blethyn starred in Vera a British crime drama series based on novels of the same name, playing the role of the principal character, Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope.
Brenda Blethyn Secrets And Lies
Brenda Blethyn starred in Secrets & Lies a 1996 drama film, portraying Cynthia Rose Purley.
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Brenda Blethyn The Witches
The Witches is a 1990 dark fantasy comedy film, where Brenda Blethyn starred in playing the role of Rebecca Jenkins.
Brenda Blethyn Saving Grace
Saving Grace is a 2000 British comedy film, where Blethyn starred in playing the role of Grace Trevethyn, portraying a newly widowed middle-aged woman who is faced with the prospect of financial ruin and turns to grow marijuana under the tutelage of her gardener in order to save her family home. Blethyn, who was Ferguson’s first choice, signed on the movie two years before shooting.
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