Lindsay Duncan, actress

Lindsay Duncan in dear Octopus

Lindsay Duncan is an acclaimed British actress with a career spanning 5 decades on stage, film and TV. She is the recipient of three BAFTA nominations and one Scottish BAFTA nomination, as well as two Olivier Awards and a Tony Award for her work on stage.

Lindsay Duncan will next appear on stage at the National Theatre in February 2024 in a rare revival of Dear Octopus, a comedy by Dodie Smith.

Lindsay Duncan’s most recent work includes: For TV His Dark Materials, Sherwood, A Discovery of Witches & The Honorouable Woman; for film, British horror films Doctor Jekyll, A Banquet, comedy drama Made in Italy and Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Recent stage appeares include Dance of Death at the Arcola Theatre (2022) and Hansard at the National Theatre (2019)

She was born on November 7, 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is married to Scottish actor Hilton McRae.

What films has Lindsay Duncan appeared in?

Lindsay Duncan’s film credits include Prick Up Your Ears (1987), The Reflecting Skin (1990), City Hall (1996), An Ideal Husband, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Mansfield Park (all 1999), Under the Tuscan Sun, AfterLife (both 2003), Starter for 10 (2006), Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), About Time (2013), Birdman (2014), and Blackbird (2019).

What TV shows has Lindsay Duncan appeared in?

Lindsay Duncan’s TV credits include Sherwood, The Split, Around The World in 80 Days, Inside No. 9, His Dark Materials, A Discovery of Witches, The Leftovers, Churchill’s Secret, The Honourable Woman, Black Mirror, Merlin, Margaret, Lost in Austen, Rome, Spooks, and Oliver Twist.

What theatre productions has Lindsay Duncan appeared in?

Lindsay Duncan has appeared on many of London’s great stages including at the National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Noël Coward Theatre, Duke of York’s Theatre, The Almeida Theatre and the Barbican.

She has appeared in the following theatrical productions: Top Girls (Royal Court Theatre, London/Joe Papp’s Public Theater, New York); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Royal Shakespeare Company: Barbican Theatre, London/Lunt Fontanne Theater, New York); Ashes to Ashes (New York); Celebration/The Room (double bill) (Almeida Theatre); Mouth to Mouth (Albery Theatre); Private Lives (London/New York); That Face (Royal Court Theatre/Duke of York’s Theatre); John Gabriel Borkman (Dublin/Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York); Hay Fever (Noël Coward Theatre); A Delicate Balance (New York), Dance of Death (Arcola Theatre, London/Tour)

Royal Shakespeare Company: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1995), The Merry Wives of Windsor (1985/86), Les Liaisons dangereuses (1985/86), Troilus and Cressida (1985/86).

Hampstead Theatre: Hedda Gabler (1988), Incident at Tulse Hill (1981), Comings and Goings (1978), The Script (1976), Dom Juan (1976).

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester: Twelfth Night (1977), Present Laughter (1977), The Skin of Our Teeth (1977), What the Butler Saw (1977), The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1977)

How many productions has Lindsay Duncan performed in at the National Theatre?

Lindsay Duncan’s has performed in six productions at the National Theatre, Dear Octopus will be Lindsay Duncan’s seventh production. Her other performances at the National Theatre include: Hansard (2019), The Homecoming (1997), Bérénice (1990), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1988), The Provoked Wife (1980), Plenty (1978).

What awards has Lindsay Duncan won?

Lindsay Duncan has won two Olivier Awards, a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, Theatre World Award, Evening Standard Award, Variety Club Award and an Obie Award.

  • Olivier Award for Best Actress – Private Lives (2001/02)
  • Tony Award for Best Actress – Private Lives (2001/02)
  • Critics’ Circle Theatre  for Best Actress – Private Lives (2001/02)
  • Drama Desk Award for Best Actress – Private Lives (2001/02)
  • Variety Club Award for Best Actress – Private Lives (2001/02)
  • Olivier Award for Best Actress – Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985/86)
  • Theatre World Award – Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985/86)
  • Drama League Award – Ashes to Ashes (1996)
  • Evening Standard Award – Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1988)
  • Obie Award – Top Girls (1982)
  • Nominated: Tony Award or Best Actress – Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1985/86)
  • Nominated: G.B.H –  for TV BAFTA for Best Actress (1991)
  • Nominated: Shooting The Past – TV BAFTA for Best Actress (1999)
  • Nominated: Perfect Strangers – TV BAFTA for Best Actress (201)
  • Nominated: Margaret – Scottish BAFTA Award for Best Actress (2009)

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