Anne-Marie Duff biography
On Chesil Beach
Date of Birth: October 8, 1970
Born in London, England, Anne-Marie Duff is an actress whose work spreads extensively over screen and stage. Having studied at The Drama Centre in London, she became well known to a larger audience through her memorable role as Fiona in the TV series Shameless, for which she received an IFTA (Irish Film and Television Award) in 2004, and was BAFTA nominated the year after. Two years later in 2007 she was again nominated for a BAFTA Award as Best Actress for her remarkable portrayal of Elizabeth I in Elizabeth - The Virgin Queen. Other television credits include Charles II, Doctor Zhivago and Sinners, for which she won a Best Actress award at the Monte Carlo and Shanghai film festival in 2002.
Duff took the National Theatre by storm in 2007 as the title role in the revival of Saint Joan. She was nominated for an Ian Charleson Award for her Cordelia in Richard Eyre's King Lear and an Olivier for Howard Davies' Collected Stories at the National Theatre. Other notable theater credits include Days of Wine and Roses at the Donmar Warehouse and War and Peace.
Duff's unforgettable portrayal of Margaret in Peter Mullan's The Magdalene Sisters helped the film win the Best Film award in Venice and the Critics Choice at Toronto. In Dominic Savage's Born Equal Anne-Marie played Sophie, a heavily pregnant woman fleeing from her violent partner. She stars alongside her husband, James McAvoy, whom she met while filming Shameless, in The Last Station. More recently, she starred in Before I Go to Sleep (2014).