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Date Of BirthNovember 7, 1950
SpouseHilton McRae
FactTrained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Lindsay Duncan is a British actress. She was born on 21 November 1950 in Edinburgh, Scotland, the daughter of an engineer. She was educated at the independent St George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh and then at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Her first professional role was as an understudy in a production of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie at the Edinburgh Festival in 1970. She subsequently worked in repertory theatre and television in the UK.

Duncan’s film debut came in 1977 with a small role in the film Julius Caesar. Her first major role was as Kate Hardie in the 1979 film Scum. She has since appeared in films such as The Hunger (1983), Dune (1984), Reuben, Reuben (1983), Restless Natives (1985), The Black Widow (1987), The Lair of the White Worm (1988), Breaking In (1989), Stepping Out (1991), Hook (1991), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Wallander: Faceless Killers (2010).

Duncan has also appeared on television in such programmes as Play for Today (1977), Oppenheimer (1980), Tutti Frutti (1987), Casualty (1989), The Borrowers (1992), Outlander (2014), and Catastrophe (2015). She won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for her role as Jill Tankard in the BBC sitcom Getting On (2013).

Duncan has been married to actor John McEnery since 1975. They have two sons.

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Full NameLindsay Duncan
Date Of BirthNovember 7, 1950
Place Of BirthEdinburgh, United Kingdom
ProfessionVoice Actor
EducationRoyal Central School of Speech & Drama


SpouseHilton McRae
ChildrenCal McRae


AwardsTony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Play, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, The British Independent Film Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actress in a Play, Obie Award for Ensemble Performance, Critics' Circle Theatre A...
NominationsBritish Academy Television Award for Best Actress
MoviesLe Week-End, Gifted, Alice Through the Looking Glass, About Time, Under the Tuscan Sun, Birdman, Alice in Wonderland, Mansfield Park, Last Passenger, Shooting the Past, The Reflecting Skin, Body Parts, Starter for 10, Prick Up Your Ears, An Ideal Husband, Churchill's Secret, Longford, Christopher an...
TV ShowsRome, The Honourable Woman, Traffik, Lost in Austen, The Leftovers, Shooting the Past, Perfect Strangers, The Sinking of the Laconia, Criminal Justice, G.B.H., Close to the Enemy, Colin's Sandwich, Jake's Progress, Dead Head, A Year in Provence, Oliver Twist, Travelling Man, Mission: 2110, Get Real,...

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1The bulk of my work isn't commercial -there's not a lot of money hanging off it- so they don't need me to do the very scary part of publicity, which is handing over a slice of your life. One of the greatest things of not having more of a movie career is that you get to keep your privacy. When I started there wasn't this sense of access to show business. Acting was a mystery. I don't think we should demystify it
2If I had inhabited some of the characters I played, I'd probably be in jail or in an insane asylum. I take work home in the sense that I worry so much about getting it right, but I don't take my character home with me.
3You always feel in the theater as if the rest of your life has stopped, so I leave big gaps in between plays.


1Appeared as Martha in Polly Stenham's 'That Face' at the Duke of York's Theatre in London.
2She was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to Drama.
3Trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
4She was awarded the 1988 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actress in Cat on A Hot Tin Roof.
5She was awarded the 2002 Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress of 2002 for her performance in "Private Lives", at London's Albery Theatre. She had also been nominated in the same category for her performance in "Mouth to Mouth". For these performances, she was also nominated for an Evening Standard Award.
6She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1987 (1986 season) for Best Actress in a New Play for "Les Liaisons Dangereuses".
7For performance in a revival of "Private Lives" on Broadway, she won Tony and Drama Desk awards as best actress in a play and the Stage Actress Award at the Variety Club Showbusiness Awards (2002). She had also been Tony-nominated in the same category in 1987 for "Les Liaisons Dangereuses". In both plays, she co-starred with Alan Rickman.
8Duncan has one son Cal McRae (b. 1991).




Gifted2017completedEvelyn Adler
Sherlock2014-2017TV SeriesLady Smallwood
Alice Through the Looking Glass2016Helen Kingsleigh
The Complete Walk: All's Well That Ends Well2016ShortCountess
Churchill's Secret2016TV MovieClemmie Churchill
Close to the Enemy2016TV Mini-SeriesFrau Bellinghausen
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)2014Tabitha
The Honourable Woman2014TV Mini-SeriesAnjelica Hayden-Hoyle
Playhouse Presents2014TV SeriesMrs. Dalloway
You, Me & Them2013TV SeriesLydia Walker
Lawless2013TV MovieLady Justice MacNeil
Le Week-End2013Meg
Count Arthur Strong2013TV SeriesDame Agnes
About Time2013/IMum
Last Passenger2013Elaine Middleton
Spy2012TV SeriesThe Director
Merlin2011-2012TV SeriesQueen Annis
Wallander2012TV SeriesMonika Westin
The Hollow Crown2012TV SeriesDuchess of York
White Heat2012TV Mini-SeriesLilly (Present Day)
Absolutely Fabulous2012TV SeriesJeanne Durand
Black Mirror2011TV SeriesAlex Cairns
Against the Wall2011TV SeriesFaith Kowalski
Christopher and His Kind2011TV MovieKathleen Isherwood
Come Fly with Me2010-2011TV SeriesNarrator
The Sinking of the Laconia2011TV Mini-SeriesElisabeth Fullwood
Agatha Christie's Marple2010TV SeriesMarina Gregg
Alice in Wonderland2010/IHelen Kingsleigh
Arena2002-2010TV Series documentaryVarious characters / Rose
Margot2009TV MovieMadam
Doctor Who2009TV SeriesAdelaide Brooke
Burlesque Fairytales2009Ice Queen
Margaret2009TV MovieMargaret Thatcher
Lost in Austen2008TV Mini-SeriesLady Catherine de Bourgh
Criminal Justice2008TV Mini-SeriesAlison Slaughter
Frankenstein2007TV MovieProfessor Jane Pretorius
Rome2005-2007TV SeriesServilia of the Junii
Longford2006TV MovieLady Elizabeth Longford
MI-52005-2006TV SeriesAngela Wells
Starter for 102006Rose Harbinson
Agatha Christie's Poirot2005TV SeriesLady Tamplin
The Queen of Sheba's Pearls2004Audrey Pretty
Almost Strangers2004ShortAlice
Under the Tuscan Sun2003Katherine
AfterLife2003May Brogan
A Life More Ordinary2002Girl 2 / Dancer
Hamilton Mattress2001TV ShortBeryl / Gertrude (voice)
Witness of Truth: The Railway Murders2001TV MovieNarrator (voice)
Perfect Strangers2001TV Mini-SeriesAlice
Dirty Tricks2000TV MovieAlison
Letters to a Street Child1999ShortSchool Child
Oliver Twist1999TV Mini-SeriesElizabeth Leeford
Mansfield Park1999Mrs. Price Lady Bertram
Expelling the Demon1999ShortWomen (voice)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace1999TC-14 (voice)
An Ideal Husband1999/ILady Markby
Shooting the Past1999TV MovieMarilyn Truman
Get Real1998TV SeriesLouise
The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling1997TV Mini-SeriesLady Bellaston
A Midsummer Night's Dream1996Hippolyta Titania
City Hall1996Sydney Pappas
Just William1995TV SeriesLady Walton
Jake's Progress1995TV Mini-SeriesMonica
The Rector's Wife1994TV Mini-SeriesAnna Bouverie
A Year in Provence1993TV Mini-SeriesAnnie Mayle
Body Parts1991Dr. Agatha Webb
G.B.H.1991TV Mini-SeriesBarbara Douglas
Screenplay1991TV SeriesKath Peachey
The Storyteller: Greek Myths1991TV Mini-SeriesMedea
The Reflecting Skin1990Dolphin Blue
TECX1990TV SeriesLaura Pellin
Colin's Sandwich1988-1990TV SeriesRosemary
The Child Eater1989ShortEirwen
Traffik1989TV Mini-SeriesHelen Rosshalde
The Play on One1989TV SeriesGutrune Day
Alas Smith & Jones1988TV Series
Manifesto1988Lily Sachor
Prick Up Your Ears1987Anthea Lahr
Kit Curran1986TV SeriesPamela Scott
Dead Head1986TV Mini-SeriesDana Cass
Loose Connections1985Sally
Samson and Delilah1985ShortAlice Nankervis
Travelling Man1984TV SeriesAndrea
The Brief1984TV SeriesCarol Barnes
Play for Today1984TV SeriesKaren Miller
Reilly: Ace of Spies1983TV Mini-SeriesAlexandra
BBC Play of the Month1982TV SeriesHelen Hale
Muck and Brass1982TV Mini-SeriesJean Torrode
BBC2 Playhouse1980TV SeriesChristine Butcher
ITV Playhouse1979-1980TV SeriesMadelene / Diane
Dick Turpin1980TV SeriesCatherine Langford
The New Avengers1977TV SeriesJane
One-Upmanship1976TV Series
Further Up Pompeii!1975TV MovieScrubba


The Underwear Bomber: Detroit Plane Plot2010TV Movie documentary narrated


The Winter Guest1997special thanks


Secret Voices of Hollywood2013TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator (voice)
Amish: A Secret Life2012TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Cutting Edge2011TV Series documentaryNarrator
Doctor Who Confidential2009TV Series documentaryHerself
This Morning2009TV SeriesHerself
Lost in Austen: Behind the Scenes2008TV Movie documentaryHerself
Breakfast2008TV SeriesHerself
Behind the Scenes: Agatha Christie's Poirot2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
RSC Meets USA: Working Shakespeare2005Video documentaryHerself
Meet the Ancestors2003TV SeriesNarrator
Arena2002TV Series documentaryHerself
The 56th Annual Tony Awards2002TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Play
A History of Britain2000-2001TV Mini-Series documentaryReading
Beastly Business: Tactics of Terror2000TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings2000TV SpecialPauline
Masterchef2000TV SeriesHerself
Horizon2000TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Ruby1999TV SeriesHerself
Charter 88 Bad Government Awards1994TV SpecialHerself
The Evening Standard Drama Awards1988TV SpecialHerself
The 41st Annual Tony Awards1987TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actress in a Play
Toast of London2015TV SeriesHerself
Cinema 32013TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

Too Much TV2016TV SeriesClemmie Churchill - Churchill's Secret
Movie Guide2013TV Series
Victoria Wood's Nice Cup of Tea2013TV Mini-Series documentaryPauline
The Timey-Wimey of Doctor Who2012TV Movie documentaryAdelaide Brooke (uncredited)
Stuff: A Horizon Guide to Materials2012TV Movie documentaryHerself - Narrator (uncredited)
Victoria Wood: Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryPauline (uncredited)
Comedy Connections2006TV Series documentaryPauline
Jake's Progress: Interview2006Video documentary shortMonica (uncredited)
Lego Star Wars: The Video Game2005Video GameTC-14 (uncredited)
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings Outtakes2000Video shortPauline (uncredited)
Arena1982TV Series documentaryChristine Butcher


Won Awards

2015Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastBirdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
2013British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActressLe Week-End (2013)
2004Best ActressBratislava International Film FestivalAfterLife (2003)
1990Best ActressSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalThe Reflecting Skin (1990)

Nominated Awards

2014ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actress of the YearAbout Time (2013)
2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalTelevision Films - Best Performance by an ActressLongford (2006)
2002BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressPerfect Strangers (2001)
2000BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressShooting the Past (1999)
2000RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Actor - FemaleShooting the Past (1999)
1992BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressG.B.H. (1991)
1991Chainsaw AwardFangoria Chainsaw AwardsBest Supporting ActressBody Parts (1991)

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