Patricia Clarkson is an Academy Award nominee & Tony Award nominee, Golden Globe Award, Critics’ Choice Award and three-time Emmy Award-winning actress. In a career spanning four decades on stage, TV and film, her varied roles makes her one of today’s most respected actresses.
Patricia Clarkson will star as matriarch Mary Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Long Day’s Journey into Night at the Wyndham’s Theatre from 19 March to 8 June 2024.
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Clarkson’s continuous innovative work in independent film earned her the 2018 British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Sally Potter’s film The Party. In 2010 she received rave reviews for her starring role in the award-winning romantic drama, Cairo Time, which put her career in the American spotlight. She won the Independent Award for Acting Excellence at the 2009 ShoWest Awards. In 2003, her role in Pieces of April earned her nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG, Broadcast Film Critics and Independent Spirit awards. The National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics named her Best Supporting Actress of the Year for her work in Pieces of April and The Station Agent.
She will next be seen in the artistic masterpiece and timely drama Monica from Andrea Pallaoro. Clarkson most recently finished filming biopic Lilly, playing the title role of Fair Pay activist Lilly Ledbetter, and playing the lead character in spy series Gray. This year has already seen her in She Said about the New York Times reporters who helped launch the #MeToo movement, in the role of Pulitzer-prize winning editor Rebecca Corbett.
In television, was most recently seen in the second season of AMC+/Sundance TV’s State of the Union alongside Brendan Gleeson, for which she won her third Emmy Award. She just completed filming television series Gray, in the lead role of Cornelia Gray, a CIA spy. Recent television projects include the HBO limited series Sharp Objects and the sixth and final season of Netflix’s House of Cards.
2019 garnered Clarkson the Golden Globe Award and Critics’ Choice Award for her role in HBO’s Sharp Objects. The same year she was also seen at the helm of the Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Parade, she was honoured with the Precious Gem Award at the Miami Film Festival, and honoured with the prestigious “Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema” from the 54th annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Recent films include Isabel Coixet’s The Bookshop, the independent film drama Jonathan, opposite Ansel Elgort, the final instalment of the Maze Runner trilogy, the detective film Out of Blue based on the Martin Amis novel, in which she plays the lead character, and Sally Potter’s film The Party, for which she won a British Independent Film Award for her role.
In 2014 she starred alongside Sir Ben Kingsley in Learning to Drive directed by Isabel Coixet. The film won runner up honours for the People’s Choice Award at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in August 2015 and opened to critical acclaim. Other recent films include the timely thriller The East, opposite Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård, the comedy Friends with Benefits, in which she co-stars with Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis and the Lone Scherfig directed drama, One Day with Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess. In 2010, she was seen in the box office hit Easy A.
Clarkson and the cast of Good Night, and Good Luck. with George Clooney and David Straithairn, received both Screen Actors Guild and Gotham Award nominations for Best Ensemble. Far From Heaven won her a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Supporting Actress, All The Real Girls won her a Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and The Safety of Objects earned her an Acting Prize at the Deauville Film Festival. The Green Mile earned Clarkson and cast (including Tom Hanks and James Cromwell) a Screen Actors Guild Best Ensemble Award nomination, and High Art earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Supporting Actress.
Other film credits include: Martin Scorsese’s thriller Shutter Island, Woody Allen’s Whatever Works and Vicky Christina Barcelona, Blind Date with Stanley Tucci, Elegy, No Reservations, All The King’s Men, Lars and the Real Girl, Simply Irresistible, The Pledge, Jumanji, Rocket Gibraltar and The Untouchables.
In 2011, Clarkson was seen in Lifetime’s Five, an anthology of five short films exploring the impact of breast cancer on people’s lives directed by Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris. She previously guest starred in the critically acclaimed HBO series Six Feet Under, for which she won an Emmy in 2002 and again in 2006.
In December 2014, Clarkson returned to Broadway, after a 25-year hiatus from the stage, to star in The Elephant Man, opposite Bradley Cooper and Alessandro Nivola. Following its successful run on Broadway, the cast reprised their roles on the West End at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London the following year. That year, Clarkson was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle award for “Outstanding Featured Actress in a Play” and a Tony Award nomination for her role in The Elephant Man.
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