Although Juliet Stevenson CBE has gained fame through her television and film roles, she is also well known for her work on the stage. In 1992 Stevenson was honored with a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Death and Maiden. Seven years later she was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to drama. Most recently Stevenson completed filming on The Letters, directed by William Reaid in which she stars as Mother Teresa. For her lead role as Nina in Anthony Minghella’s Truly, Madly Deeply, Stevenson earned a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress. She went on to win Best Actress awards at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, the Mystfest Film Awards and the Sitges-Catalonian Film Awards. Other notable screen credits include: Emma, Bend it Like Beckham, When did you last see your father?, Nicholas Nickleby, Being Julia, Drowning by Numbers, Breaking and Entering, Infamous and Mona Lisa Smile.
Stevenson has graced the small screen on some of Britain’s finest TV series. Most recently she was seen in The Village, The Hour and White Heat for the BBC. Her earlier television credits include: Lewis, The Mallens, Pierrepoint, Maybury, 10 Days of War, Miss Marple and Place of Execution. For her roles in the drama series, The Accused, The Politician’s Wife and Performance: A Doll’s House, Stevenson earned BAFTA TV nominations for Best Actress.
The incredibly versatile actress has also starred in the television movies; The Snow Queen, Trial by Fire, Cider with Rosie, Hear the Silence, The Pact and the award-winning The Road from Coorain for which she won an AFI for Best Actress. Throughout her career, Stevenson’s work on the stage has continued to be honoured and recognized, earning her a total of five Olivier Award nominations for Best Actress. She started her career at The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company in the early 1980’s starring in productions which include: Les Liaisons Dangereuses, As You Like It, Money, Measure for Measure, Troilus and Cressida, Antony and Cleopatra and The Tempest. She has also performed in Duet for One (Almeida Theatre and the West End), Country, Alice Trilogy, and The Heretic (Royal Court), Yerma, Hedda Gabler, Private Lives and The Seagull (Royal National Theatre), and The Duchess of Malfi and Burn This (West End).
Born in Essex, England, Stevenson is a graduate of the RADA and is an associate artist of The Royal Shakespeare Company.