Janet McTeer Biography

Janet McTeer was born on 5th August in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom. She is an actress known for her role as . In 2008 during the Birthday Honours she was appointed an officer of the Order of the British Empire.

She attended the now defunct Queen Anne Grammar School for Girls, and worked at the Old Starre Inn, at York Minster and at the city’s Theatre Royal. She performed locally with the Rowntree Players at Joseph Rowntree Theatre, then trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, beginning a successful theatrical career with the Royal Exchange Theatre after graduating.

McTeer is the second daughter of Allan and Jean McTeer, a former British Rail employee and a retired policewoman. McTeer’s father had lost a sibling in the Second World War. Her sister, Helen, is five years older and she is now a music teacher and the widowed mother of three adult children.

On McTeer’s sixth birthday, the family moved from Newcastle, where she was born, to just outside the walled Roman city of York. In her sporty family—her parents, she became a strong tennis player and swimmer, but her principal memories of childhood are of riding her bike around the Yorkshire countryside and of reading.

At sixteen, she and her girlfriends began hanging out at a coffee bar in the York Theatre Royal. Soon, McTeer got a job selling coffee there on Saturdays, and she began to meet the actors. One day, she was allowed in to see Oliver Goldsmith’s “She Stoops to Conquer.”

McTeer’s first audition, was at London’s Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. She played Juliet. She was so nervous and just left. She later returned to the audition and she still wasn’t accepted. Her English teachers helped her recalibrate her audition material to better match her muscular personality: Goneril instead of Juliet, and the triumphant monologue, at the finale of Arnold Wesker’s “Roots,” in which Beatie Bryant finds her own voice (“D’you hear that? . . . Did you listen to me? I’m talking. I’m not quoting anymore. . . . I’m on my own two feet”).

A few of the York repertory actors, Gary Oldman among them, suggested that she apply to rada. For her audition, she used the “Roots” monologue. McTeer was accepted. By her fifth term, she’d decided to drop out. Hugh Cruttwell, rada’s principal, convinced her to stay, and, by the time she graduated, McTeer was the star of her class.

Over the years, McTeer has played a number of dynamic, willful, complicated women. She was a towering Beatrice to Mark Rylance’s diminutive Benedick in “Much Ado About Nothing,” in London in 1993; a steely Mary Queen of Scots pitted against Harriet Walter’s Queen Elizabeth in Schiller’s “Mary Stuart,” in London in 2005 and on Broadway in 2009; a reimagined Nora in Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House,” in London in 1996 and New York the following year—in what Ben Brantley, of the Times, called “the single most compelling performance I have ever seen.” Onscreen, she has portrayed Vita Sackville-West (“Portrait of a Marriage,” 1990), Vanessa Bell (“Carrington,” 1995), Clementine Churchill (“Into the Storm,” 2009), and Mary McCarthy (“Hannah Arendt,” 2012).

Janet McTeer Albert Nobbs

In 19th-century Ireland, painfully shy butler Albert Nobbs (Glenn Close) hides an incredible secret: He is really a she. Terrified that someone will discover her identity, Albert keeps a very low profile, until the arrival of Hubert Page (Janet McTeer) registers a sea change in Albert’s life. Hubert is also secretly a woman and has managed to find a partner who helps her maintain her masquerade. Hoping to find a similar arrangement, Albert begins wooing a hotel maid (Mia Wasikowska).

Janet McTeer Maleficent

Janet voiced the elderly Aurora as the narrator in Maleficent.

Janet McTeer Age

She was born on 5th August in Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Janet McTeer Husband

She is married to Joe Coleman an American painter, illustrator and performance artist.

Janet Mcteer Height

She stands at ‎6 ft ½ in. McTall is her nickname.

Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer Children

McTeer says it never occurred to her to want a family life until she was, forty. She wanted excitement and danger.

Janet McTeer Nominations

She has earned a Tony Award, an Olivier Award, two Academy Award nominations, and the Order of the British Empire when she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 2008 Birthday Honours.

Janet McTeer Movies and TV Shows

Janet McTeer Movies

  • 2016: Me Before You
  • 2011: Albert Nobbs
  • 2012: The Woman in Black
  • 2000: Tumbleweeds
  • 2000: Songcatcher
  • 2011: Cat Run
  • 2005: Tideland
  • 2012: Hannah Arendt
  • 2008: Into the Storm
  • 2014: Maleficent
  • 1998: Velvet Goldmine
  • 2000: Waking the Dead
  • 2016: The Exception
  • 2015: Fathers and Daughters
  • 2002: The Intended
  • 2000: The King Is Alive
  • 1992: Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights
  • 1991: The Black Velvet Gown
  • 1995: Carrington
  • 1989: Precious Bane
  • 1988: Hawks
  • 1996: Saint-Ex
  • 2006: As You Like It
  • 2016: Paint It Black
  • 2015: Angelica
  • 2016: The Divergent Series: Allegiant
  • 1990: 102 Boulevard Haussmann
  • 2011: Island
  • 2007: Daphne
  • 2004: Agatha Christie Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage
  • Hunter
  • 2011: Weekends at Bellevue
  • 1991: I Dreamt I Woke Up
  • A Masculine Ending
  • Don’t Leave Me This Way
  • 2008: Masterpiece Classic: Sense and Sensibility
  • Dead Romantic
  • Sweet Nothing

Janet McTeer TV Shows

  • Since 2015: Jessica Jones
  • 2015: Battle Creek
  • 2014: The Honourable Woman
  • 2013: The White Queen
  • 2012: Parade’s End
  • 2008: Sense and Sensibility
  • 2007 – 2010: Five Days
  • 2006: The Amazing Mrs Pritchard
  • 1995 – 1996: The Governor
  • 1990: Portrait of a Marriage

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