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Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay Vere Duncan was born on November 7, 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

Duncan trained at the Central School of Speech & Drama.  Her first stage appearances were at Southwold and Crewe before going to the Hampstead Theatre Club.  She subsequently joined the Manchester Royal Exchange Company where her roles included Viola in Twelfth Night, Daphne in Present Laughter, Margaret in The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. She has also appeared in Plenty at the National Theatre, The Deep Blue Sea with the Cambridge Theatre Company and recently as Sylvia in The Recruiting Officer at the Bristol Old Vic and the Edinburgh Festival. 

Duncan is married to actor Hilton McRae. They have a son Callum who was born in 1990.

Gifted~2017 - Evelyn Adler
Alice Through the Looking Glass~2016 - Helen Kingsleigh
Birdman or (The unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)~2014 - Tabitha
Le Week-End~2013 - Meg
About Time~2013 - Mum
Last Passenger~2013 - Elaine Middleton
Alice in Wonderland~2010 - Helen Kingsleigh
Burlesque Fairytales~2009 - Ice Queen
Starter For Ten~2006 - Rose Harbison, Eve's mother
The Queen of Sheba's Pearls~2005 - Aunt Audrey
RSC Meets USA: Working Shakespeare~2005 - Herself
Almost Strangers~2004 (short) - Alice
Under the Tuscan Sun~2003 - Katherine
AfterLife~2003 - May Brogan
A Life More Ordinary~2002 - Girl 2/Dancer
Letters to a Street Child~1999 (short) - School Child
Expelling the Demon~1999 (short) - Women
Mansfield Park~1999 - Mrs. Price/Lady Bertram
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace~1999 - voice of TC-14 (played physically by John Fensom)

An Ideal Husband~1999 - Lady Markby
Midsummer Night's Dream, A~1996 - Hippolyta/Titania
City Hall~1996 - Sydney Pappas
Body Parts~1991 - Dr. Agatha Webb
The Reflecting Skin~1990 - Dolphin Blue
The Child Eater~1989 (short) - Eirwen
Manifesto~1988 - Lily Sachor
Prick Up Your Ears~1987 - Anthea Lahr
Samson and Delilah~1985 (short) - Alice Nankervis
Loose Connections~1983 - Sally

Film Thanks
The Winter Guest (special thanks)

The Leftovers~2017 - ?
Sherlock~2014-2017 - Lady Smallwood in:
     His Last Vow
Churchill's Secret~2016 - Clemmie Churchill
Close to the Enemy~2016 - Frau Bellinghausen (6 episodes)
Toast of London~2015 - Herself in Global Warming
The Honourable Woman~2014 - Anjelica Hayden-Hoyle (6 episodes)
Playhouse Presents~2014 - Mrs. Dalloway in Foxtrot
Cinema 3~2013 - Herself in:
     5 December 2013
     26 September 2013
Secret Voices of Hollywood~2013 - Narrator
You, Me & Them~2013 - Lydia Walker (6 episodes)
Lawless~2013 - Lady Justice MacNeil
Count Arthur Strong~2013 - Dame Agnes in The Radio Play
Amish: A Secret Life~2012 - Narrator
Stuff: A Horizon Guide to Materials~2012 - uncredited - Narrator
Spy~2012 - The Director in:
     Christmas Special: Codename - Show Stopper
     Codename: Citizen Lame
Merlin~2011-2012 - Queen Annis in:
     Arthur's Bane: Part One
     His Father's Son
Wallander~2012 - Monika Westin in Before the Frost
The Hollow Crown~2012 - Duchess of York in Richard II
White Heat~2012 - Lilly (Present Day) (6 episodes)
Absolutely Fabulous~2012 - Jeanne Durand in Job
Cutting Edge~2011 - Narrator in Breaking a Female Paedophile Ring
Black Mirror~2011 - Alex Cairns in The National Anthem
Against the Wall~2011 - Faith Kowalski in We Have a Cop in Trouble
Christopher and His Kind~2011 - Kathleen Isherwood
Come Fly With Me~2010-2011 - Narrator (6 episodes)
The Sinking of the Laconia~2011 - Elisabeth Fullwood in 1.1, 1.2
The Underwear Bomber: Detroit Plane Plot~2010 - Narrator
Agatha Christie's Marple~2010 - Marina Gregg in The MIrror Crack'd From Side to Side
Arena~2002-2010 -
     Various roles in Harold Pinter: A Celebration
      Rose in Harold Pinter Part 1: The Room
Doctor Who Confidential~2009 - Herself in Is There Life on Mars?
This Morning~2009 - Herself in 20 February 2009
Margot~2009 - Madam
Doctor Who~2009 - Adelaide Brooke in The Waters of Mars
Margaret~2009 - Margaret Thatcher
Lost in Austen: Behind the Scenes~2008 - Herself
Breakfast~2008 - Herself in 24 April 2008
Lost in Austen~2008 - Lady Catherine de Bourgh in 1.3 and 1.4
Criminal Justice~2008 - Alison Slaughter in 1.3 and 1.5
Frankenstein~2007 - Professor Jane Pretorius
Rome~2005-2007 - Servilia of the Junii (18 episodes) (see Actor Connections - TV)
Behind the Scenes: Agatha Christie's Poirot~2006 - Herself
Longford~2006 - Lady Longford
MI-5~2005-2006 - Angela Wells in 4.10 and 5.1
Spooks~2005-2006 - Angela Wells in:
Poirot~2005- Lady Tamplin in The Mystery of the Blue Train
Meet the Ancestors~2003 - Narrator in napoleon's Lost Army
Afterlife~2003 - May
Arena~2002 - Herself in Harold Pinter Part 2: Celebration
The 56th Annual Tony Awards~2002 - Herself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Play
A History of Britain~2000-2001 - Reader:
Hamilton Mattress~2001 - voice of Beryl/Gertrude
Witness of Truth: The Railway Murders~2001 - Narrator
Perfect Strangers~2001  - Alice in 1.1-1.3
Beastly Business: Tactics of Terror~2000 - Narrator
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings~2000 - Pauline
Masterchef~2000 - Herself in 10.1
Horizon~2000 - Narrator in The Diamond Makers
Dirty Tricks~2000  - Alison
New Girl In Town~2000
Oliver Twist~1999 (mini)  - Elizabeth Leeford
Ruby~1999 - Herself in 3.11
Shooting The Past~1999  - Marilyn Truman
Get Real UK~1998  - Louise (7 episodes)
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling~1997 (mini)  - Lady Bellaston in 1.3-1.5
Jake's Progress~1995 (mini)  - Monica in 1.2-1.5, and 1.8
Just William~1995 - Lady Walton in William Clears the Slums
Charter 88 Bad Government Awards~1994 - Herself
Rector's Wife, The~1993  - Anna Bouverie in 1.1-1.4
A Year in Provence~1991 (mini)  - Annie Mayle (12 episodes) (see Actor Connections - TV)
Redemption~1991  - Kath Peachey
G.B.H.~1991  - Barbara Douglas, aka 'Babah' Critchley (6 episodes)
Screenplay~1991 - Kath Peachey in Redemption
Colin's Sandwich~1988-1990 - Rosemary in:
    Zanzibar 1/26/90
    Enough 11/1/88
Jim Henson's Storyteller: The Greek Myths~1990 (mini) - Medea in Theseus & The Minotaur
TECX~1990 - Laura Pellin in Getting Personnel
Traffik~1989 (mini)  - Helen Rosshalde
The Play on One~1989 - Gutrune Day in These Foolish Things
The Evening Standard Drama Awards~1988 - Herself
Smith & Jones~1988 - in Alas Sage & Onion
The 41st Annual Tony Awards~1987 - Herself - Performer/Nominee; Best Leading Actress in a Play
Kit Curran~1986 - Pamela Scott (6 episodes)
Dead Head~1986 (mini)  - Dana Class in: (see Actor Connections - TV)
     The Patriot
     Anything For England
     Why Me?
Travelling Man~1984 - Andrea in:
     The Collector
     First Leg
The Brief~1984 - Carol Barnes in And Then Where Do You Go?
Play for Today~1984 - Karen Miller in Rainy Day Women
Reilly: Ace of Spies~1983 -
     Alexandra in After Moscow
     The Plugger
Masterpiece Theatre~1983 - Helen Hale in On Approval
Muck and Brass~1982 - Jean Torrode in:
     Our Green and Pleasant Land
     Public Relations
The Iron Frog~1980 -
BBC2 Playhouse~1980 - Christine Butcher - School Teacher in Grown-Ups
ITV Playhouse~1979-1980 -
     Madelene in New Girl in Town
     Diane in The Winkler
Dick Turpin~1979 - Catherine in Deadlier Than the Male
The New Avengers~1977 - Jane in Angels of Death (see Actor Connections - TV)
One-Upmanship~1976 - in Womanship
Further Up Pompeii!~1975 - Scrubba

TV Archive Footage
Too Much TV~2016 - Clemmie Churchill - Churchill's Secret in 1.1
Movie Guide~2013 - ? Movie Guide 2: Part 7
Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea~2013 - uncredited Pauline from 1.1 and 1.2
The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who~2012 - uncredited Adelaide Brooke
Victoria Wood: Seen on TV~2009 - uncredited Pauline
Comedy Connections~2006 - uncredited Pauline in Dinnerlaides
Jakes' Progess: Interview~2006 - uncredited Monica
LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game~2005 - uncredited voice of TC-14
Victoria Wood With All the Trimmings Outtakes~2000 - uncredited Pauling
Arena~1982 - Christine Butcher in Mike Leigh Making Plays

A Delicate Balance~2014-2015 - Claire (John Golden Theatre, New York, NY)
Hay Fever~2012 - Judith Bliss (Noel Coward Theatre, London, England, UK)
John Gabriel Borkman~2010 - Ella Rentheim (Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Ireland; Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York, NY)
That Face~2007 - Martha (Royal Court - Jerwood Theatre Upstairs, London, UK)
Old Times~2007? tentative - (Roundabout Theatre, London)
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg~2002 -
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof~2001 - Maggie the Cat
Don Juan~2001 - (Hampstead Theatre Club, UK)
Private Lives~2001/2 - Amanda Prynne (London; Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York, NY)
Mouth to Mouth~2001 - Laura (Albery Theatre, London, England, UK)
Celebration~2000 - Prue (Almeida Theatre, London, England, UK)
The Room~2000 - Rose Huggs (Almeida Theatre, London, England, UK)
Four Repertoire Booklets~1997 - (National Theatre, UK)
The Homecoming~1997 - (The Aldwych, London, UK)
Midsummer Nights Dream~1996 - Hippolyta/Titania (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, New York, NY)
Ashes to Ashes~1996 - Rebecca (The Royal Court Upstairs, The Ambassadors, UK)
The Cryptogram~1994 - Donny (Ambassadors Theatre, London, England, UK)
Three Hotels~1993 - Barbara Boyle (Tricycle Theatre, London, England, UK)
Six Repertoire Booklets~1990/1 - (National Theatre, UK)
Bérénice~1990 - Bérénice (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
Hedda Gabler~1988 - Hedda Gabler (Hampstead Theatre, London, England, UK)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof~1988 - Maggie (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
Seven Repertoire Leaflets~1988 - (National Theatre, UK)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses~1987 - La Marquise de Merteuil (Music Box Theatre, New York, NY)
Merry Wives of Windsor~1985-1986 - Mistress Ford (Stratford-upon-Avon; Barbican Theatre)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses~1985-1986 - La Marquise de Merteuil (Ambassadors Theatre, London, England, UK; Music Box Theatre, New York, NY)
Troilus and Cressida~1985-1986 - Helen (Stratford-upon-Avon; Barbican Thetare)
Progress~1984 - Ronnie (Bush Theatre, London, England, UK)
Prince of Homberg~1982 - Princess Natalie (Cottesloe Theatre, UK)
Top Girls~1982 - Lady Nijo/Win (Royal Court Theatre, London, England, UK; Joe Papp's Public Theater, New York, NY)
Three Repertoire Leaflets~1981/2 - (National Theatre, Lyttelton, England, UK)
The Incident at Tulse Hill~1981 - Rosemary (Hampstead Theatre, London, England, UK)
Julius Caesar~1980 - Portia (Riverside Studios, London, England, UK) (see Actor Connections - Theatre)
The Provok'd Wife~1980 - Belinda (National Theatre, Lyttelton, England, UK)
Nine Repertoire Leaflets~1980 - (National Theatre, Lyttelton, England, UK)
The Recruiting Officer~1979 - Sylvia (Bristol Old Vic, London, England; Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)
Plenty~1978 - Dorcas (National Theatre, London, England, UK)
Comings and Goings~1978 - Hilary (Hampstead Theatre, London, England, UK)
Twelfth Night~1977 - Viola (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, UK)
Present Laughter~1977 - Daphne Stillington (Manchester Royal Exchange Company, UK)
The Skin of Our Teeth~1977 - Gladys (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, UK)
What the Butler Saw~1977 - Geraldine Barclay (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, UK)
Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold~1977 - Margaret (Manchester Royal Exchange Company, UK)
The Deep Blue Sea~1977 - Anne (Cambridge Theatre Company, UK)
Comings and Goings~ - (Hampstead Theatre Club, UK)
Twelfth Night~ - Viola (Manchester Royal Exchange Company, UK)
The Recruiting Officer~ - Sylvia (Bristol Old Vic and The Edinburgh Festival, UK)
The Prince of Homburg~1976 - Natalie (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, UK)
The Rivals~1976 - Lucy (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, UK)
Zack~1976 - Sally Teale (Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester, England, UK)
The Script~1976 - ? (Hamptstead Theatre, London, England, UK)
Dom Juan~1976 - Charlotte/Violetta (Hampstead Theatre, London, England, UK)

Live Appearances/Performances
Susan Smith Blackburn Prize~2006 - Judge
Anti-War Special Event~2003 -- A reading of Lysistrata: The Common Chorus Part 1  by actors in over 40 countries, over 700 readers

Audio Books
Elizabeth II: Life of a Monarch: An Audible Original~2016 - Narrator (8 episodes)
Tess of the d'Urbervilles~2016 - Narrator
The Garden Party and Other Stories~ - Read by
Marrying the Mistress~2014 - Narrator
The Children Act~2014 - Narrator
Aesop's Fables: The Hare and the Tortoise and Other Stories~2012 - Narrator
Aesop's Fables: The Ant and the Grasshopper and Other Stories~2012 - Narrator
Aesop's Fables: The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse and Other Stories~2012 - Narrator
Aesop's Fables: The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing and Other Stories~2012 - Narrator
Brother and Sister~2012 - Narrator
Smiley's People~2010 - Unknown cast
Must You Go?: My Life with Harold Pinter~2010 - Narrator
A Dark Devotion~2008 - Narrator
Tomorrow~2007 - Narrator
Requiem~2007 - Narrator
Best of Thomas Hardy: Far From the Madding Crowd, The Mayor of Casterbridge and Tess of the D'Urbervilles~2007 - Narrator
Pride and Prejudice~2006  - Narrator
Essential Shakespeare~2005 - Narrator for The Merry Wives of Windsor (from 1988) (see Actor Connections - Audio Books)
Seeing Stone~2003 - Narrator
Marie Antoinette~2003 - Narrator
Piranha to Scurfy and Other Stories~2002 - Read by
According to Queeney~2001 - Narrator
The Peppermint Pig~2000 - Narrator
Aristocrats: Complete and Unabridged: Caroline, Emily, Louisa and Sarah Lennox, 1750-1832~2000 - Narrator
Master Georgie~1998 - Narrator
A Long Walk in Wintertime~1998 - Read by
The Magician's Wife~1998 - Narrator
The Empty House~1996 - Narrator
Light of the Moon~1996 - Narrator
Daughters of the Storm~1996 - Narrator
The Shakespeare Collection~1995 - Narrator
Perfect Love~1995 - Read by
Consider the Lily~1995 - Narrator
City of Gems~1994 - Narrator
The Triple Echo~1993 - Read by
Voices in Summer~1992 - Narrator

Shopping~2009 - Reader of Seduction and Mr. Selfridge
Les Liaisons Dangereuses~2009 - Madame de Tourval
BBC Proms~2009 - Reader of Twenty Minutes: The Flirt
Poetry Please~2009 - Reader of The Eve of St. Agnes
Cheri~2008 - Narrator
Sentences~2008 - Reader of The Lesson
Words and Music~2008 - Reader of Bridge Passage
Book of the Week~2007 - Reader of Shopping, Seduction, and Mr. Selfridge
Book of the Week~2006 - Reader of Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature
Book of the Week~2005 - Reader of Mozart's Women
Afternoon Play~2004 - Miss Adams in The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Poste Restante~2004 - Reader of Star Stuff and Nail Parings
Book of the Week~2003 - Reader of Samuel Pepys: The Unequalled Self
Expatriates~2001 - Reader of Please Excuse My Husband
Growing Pains~2001 - Unknown role
Sunday Play~2001 - Susannah Fenwick in Experiment with an Air Pump
Les Liaisons Dangereuses~ - La Marquise de Merteuil
Classic Serial~2000 - Adeline in Cousin Bette, The Poor Relation
Three Women~2000 -
Troy~1999 - Klytemnestra
Afternoon Play~1999 - Gaia in Elemental Tales
Afternoon Play~1998 - Jennifer Jones in Painting Mrs. Jones
The Friday Play~1998 - Barbara in Saigon - Year of the Cat
Night Waves~1997 - Ruth in The Homecoming
Sunday Play~1997 - Corrine in The Country
Classic Serial~1996 - Anne in Bonjour Tristesse
Picasso's Women~1996 - Picasso's Mistress
Night Waves~1994 - Interviewee in The Cryptogram
Gloria Hunniford~1994 - Guest
The Friday Play~1990 - Rebekka West in Rosmersholm
Escape From The Harem~1987 - Elvire de Prade
First Night Impressions~1986 - Unknown role
Woman's Hour at the Barbican~1985 - Mistress Ford
The Most Curious Specimen~1985 -
Mozart Comes of Age~1977 - Reader

Awards, Honors, and Nominations
Nom 2002 Best Actress for Perfect Strangers
Nom 2000 Best Actress for Shooting the Past
Nom 1992 Best Actress for GBH
Bratislava International Film Festival:
Rec'd 2004 Best Actress for AfterLife (tied w/Paula Sage)
British Independent Film Awards:
Rec'd 2013 Best Actress for Le Week-End
Catalonian International Film Festival:
Rec'd 1990 Best Actress for The Reflecting Skin
Critic's Circle:
Rec'd 2002 Best Actress for Private Lives
Drama Desk Award:
Nom 2002 Best Actress for Private Lives
Nom 1999 Best Actress in a Play for Ashes to Ashes
Rec'd 1987 Outstanding Actress in a Play for Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Rec'd 1987 Theatre World Award for Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Drama League Award:
Nom 2002 Outstanding Performer for Private Lives
Nom 1999 Best Actress for Ashes to Ashes
Evening Standard Award:
Nom 2001 Best Actress Mouth to Mouth
Nom 1988 Best Actress for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Fangoria Chainsaw Awards:
Nom 1991 Best Supporting Actress for Body Parts
Gold Derby Awards:
Rec'd 2015 Ensembel Cast for Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (shared)
London Critics Circle Film Awards:
Nom 2014 British Actress of the Year for About Time, Last Passenger, and Le Week-End
Monte-Carlo TV Festival:
Nom 2007 Television Films - Best performance by an Actress for Longford
Olivier Award (Society of West End Theatres SWET Award):
Rec'd 2002 Best Actress for Private Lives
Nom 2002 Best Actress for Mouth to Mouth
Rec'd 1986 Best Actress for Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Showbusiness Award:
Rec'd 2002 for Best Stage Actress
Royal Television Society, UK:
Nom 2000 Best Actor - Female for Shooting the Past
Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival:
Rec'd 1990 Best Actress for The Reflecting Skin
Theatre World Award:
Rec'd 1987 Best Actress in Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Tony Awards:
Rec'd 2002 Best Actress for Private Lives
Nom 1987 Best Actress in a Play for Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Duncan's husband Hilton McRae was in Return of the Jedi (Arvel Crynyd)

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