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FactPlaying "Stephanie Abrahams" in Tom Kempinski's "Duet for One" at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Strand (after transferring from the Almeida Theatre in Islington), opposite Henry Goodman. [May 2009]

Juliet Stevenson is an English actress. She is known for her roles in the films Truly, Madly, Deeply, Death and the Maiden, Bend it Like Beckham, and Mona Lisa Smile. She has also appeared in the television series The Politician, The Crown, and The Honourable Woman.

Stevenson was born on 30 October 1956 in Kelvedon, Essex, England. Her parents were Barbara (née Wheeler), a schoolteacher, and Michael Stevenson, an engineer. She has two brothers, Andrew and Neil. Stevenson was educated at the independent Cheltenham Ladies’ College and then at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.

Stevenson’s first film role was in the 1977 film Julia. She subsequently appeared in the films Lost and Found (1979), Drowning by Numbers (1988), Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), Death and the Maiden (1994), Bend it Like Beckham (2002), and Mona Lisa Smile (2003).

Stevenson has also appeared in the television series The Politician (2019), The Crown (2016-2017), and The Honourable Woman (2014).

Stevenson’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million. She has been married to actor Keith Allen since 1984. They have two daughters, Daisy and Lily.

General Info

Full NameJuliet Stevenson
Height1.72 m
ProfessionWriter, Voice Actor, Narrator
EducationRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art, St Catherine's School, Bramley


ChildrenRosalind Hannah Brody, Gabriel Jonathan Brody
ParentsVirginia Ruth Stevenson, Michael Guy Stevenson
SiblingsTim Stevens, Gerda Stevens
PartnerHugh Brody, Hugh Brody


AwardsLaurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, CableACE Award, AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama, Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress
NominationsBAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Actress of the Year in a Revival, Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actress
MoviesTruly, Madly, Deeply, The Letters, Bend It Like Beckham, The Secret of Moonacre, Mona Lisa Smile, Being Julia, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Pierrepoint, Desert Flower, Drowning by Numbers, Nicholas Nickleby, Emma, Food of Love, Infamous, Diana, A Previous Engagement, Breaking and Entering...
TV ShowsThe Hour, Accused, The Legends of Treasure Island, The Mallens, Masterpiece, Place of Execution

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1On playing the fussy suburban mother in Bend It Like Beckham (2002): My only passport to cool. When I went to look at schools for my daughter, I'd walk into a classroom and it was, 'Ohmigod.' Then I realise what impact the film had. Great film. I loved it.
2On going to Los Angeles to read for True Lies (1994): I spent a sweaty day trying to get ready for it. I got myself dolled up, got a little rented car. I was driving round some freeway, trying to find this studio lot, and I suddenly thought, 'What am I doing? I don't like this material. I don't like these kinds of films, I actively disapprove of them. It was racist. It was violent. I didn't like anything it stood for, I'm not gonna get it anyway.' So I turned the car round, went home, rang up and said, 'I'm not going.' People find it pretentious. I don't think it's pretentious. I don't want to do stuff I don't value.
3On Truly Madly Deeply (1990) written especially for her by Anthony Minghella: I don't really like watching that glamorised version of grief - a single tear rolls down a perfect cheek. My experience of loss is that you feel trashed. Loss is not a glamorous thing.
4On growing up as the daughter of an army officer: When I'd arrive in a new country, I didn't have any friends for a while. I was quite self-sufficient. I don't know what the connection is with acting, but I can set up home very fast.
5On raising two children: I do compartmentalise, because I have to. I've spent the morning organising our days - food arrangements, childcare and stuff - and I'm normally doing that all the way into the theatre.
6On playing Stephanie, an ex-violinist with Multiple Sclerosis in "Duet for One" in London: I go out on stage and it feels as if there isn't a single part of me that isn't used up doing what I do. I mean, head, heart, soul, fingers, sexuality, everything is employed. It isn't every day you can do plays like this.
7I'm quite scatty.
8It is intensely frustrating. The longer you live, the more interesting life gets, and yet many of the parts involve carrying trays and putting lamb chops down in front of the leading man.
9I wouldn't even begin to presume that the talent of an able actor is anything like the talents of a prodigious musician. But I know what it's like to be pretty obsessed. I do understand that onstage there are times when you think, 'I could not be more alive than I am at this moment. I can't do most things in life. This is what I'm for.'
10On reading Auden aloud at school: I felt, 'I want to be the person through whom these words pass out to other people.'
11On playing Cleopatra at RADA: I was this skinny pale inexperienced more-or-less schoolgirl, and it must have been quite tough for this director to get a Cleopatra out of me. Which is what he said in no uncertain terms in front of all my classmates. He just tore me to shreds. And I remember thinking, 'I've got two or three options. I probably can just run out the building, go off the university and be a lawyer. Or burst into tears and get drunk and take a month to recover.' And then suddenly I filled with rage that anybody would humiliate me like that. The only way of expressing that rage was through the language. I could feel this power coming up from somewhere I didn't know existed and coming out through everything, fingertips and brain and mouth and suddenly it was working and I remember thinking, 'Great, this is it, it's like flying!' And at the end he said, 'Thank you very much, that's more like it.'
12I'm hardly Hollywood material - they're interested in youth and perfection and I lay no claims to either. It's not a place that's particularly interested in talent.


1She was awarded the 1993 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Performance for "Scenes from an Execution," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
2She was awarded the 1993 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Distinguished Lead Performance for "Scenes from an Execution," at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California.
3Playing "Stephanie Abrahams" in Tom Kempinski's "Duet for One" at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Strand (after transferring from the Almeida Theatre in Islington), opposite Henry Goodman. [May 2009]
4She and her boyfriend, Hugh Brody, have two children: a daughter Rosalind Hannah Brody (b. July 1994) and a son Gabriel Jonathan Brody (b. December 2000).
5Graduated from RADA.
6Became a Member of the RADA Council.
7She was awarded the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 1992 (1991 season) for Best Actress for her performance in "Death and the Maiden".
8She was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honors List for her services to drama.
9Listed as one of twelve "Promising New Actors in 1991" in John Willis' Screen World, Vol. 43.




Desert Flower2009Lucinda
Dustbin Baby2008TV MovieMarion
Place of Execution2008TV Mini-SeriesCatherine Heathcote
The Secret of Moonacre2008Miss Heliotrope
A Previous Engagement2008Julia Reynolds
10 Days to War2008TV SeriesElizabeth Wilmshurst
When Did You Last See Your Father?2007Kim
Agatha Christie's Marple2007TV SeriesGwenda Vaughn
Breaking and Entering2006Rosemary
Infamous2006Diana Vreeland
The Snow Queen2005TV MovieGerda's Mother
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman2005Anne Fletcher
Red Mercury2005Sofia Warburton
Why Intelligence Fails2004TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
Being Julia2004Evie
If...2004TV Series
Mona Lisa Smile2003Amanda Armstrong
Hear the Silence2003TV MovieChristine Shields
Nicholas Nickleby2002Mrs. Squeers
The Pact2002TV MovieGus Harte
The One and Only2002
Bend It Like Beckham2002Paula Paxton
The Road from Coorain2002TV MovieEve
Food of Love2002Pamela Porterfield
The Search for John Gissing2001Gwenyth Moore
Christmas Carol: The Movie2001Mrs. Cratchit / Mother Gimlet (voice)
Play2001ShortSecond Woman
Trial by Fire1999TV MovieHelen West
Cider with Rosie1998TV MovieAnnie Lee
Treasure Island1997VideoJane (voice)
Screen Two1988-1997TV SeriesJean / Lucy / Hilda Carline
Emma1996Mrs Elton
The Politician's Wife1995TV Mini-SeriesFlora Matlock
Verdi1994TV MovieGiuseppina Strepponi (voice)
Who Dealt?1993TV ShortThe Wife
The Legends of Treasure Island1993TV SeriesJane
The Secret Rapture1993Isobel Coleridge
The Trial1993Fräulein Burstner
The World of Eric Carle1993TV Series shortNarrator (voice)
Performance1992TV SeriesNora Helmer
4 Play1991TV SeriesMargaret
The Jim Henson Hour1990TV SeriesVicky
Truly Madly Deeply1990Nina
The March1990Clare Fitzgerald
Ladder of Swords1990Alice Howard
Living with Dinosaurs1989TV MovieVicky
This Is David Lander1988TV SeriesPenny Foster
Drowning by Numbers1988Cissie Colpitts 2
Screenplay1988TV SeriesRuth
Horizon1987TV Series documentaryRosalind Franklin
The Theban Plays by Sophocles1986TV SeriesAntigone
Pericles, Prince of Tyre1984TV MovieThaisa
Freud1984TV Mini-SeriesElizabeth von Rietberg
Crown Court1984TV SeriesCatherine Lloyd
Bazaar and Rummage1983TV MovieFliss
Maybury1981TV SeriesJoanna Langston
The Mallens1980TV SeriesBarbara Mallen / Bensham / Barbara Bensham
Let Me Go2016/IcompletedHelga
One of Us2016TV Mini-SeriesLouise Elliot
Love Is Thicker Than Water2016Ethel
Artsnight2015TV SeriesContributor
The Enfield Haunting2015TV Mini-SeriesBetty Grosse
Atlantis2013-2015TV SeriesThe Oracle
X Company2015TV SeriesMayor Marie Bellaire
On Angel Wings2014TV ShortMary
The Village2013-2014TV SeriesClem Allingham
The Portrait2014/IIShortLaura Burrell
The Letters2014/IIMother Teresa
White Heat2012TV Mini-SeriesCharlotte (Present Day)
Masterpiece Mystery2011TV Series
The Hour2011TV SeriesLady Elms
Inspector Lewis2011TV SeriesDiana Ellerby
Accused2010TV SeriesHelen Ryland
Law & Order: UK2010TV SeriesRachel Callaghan
Playhouse: Live2010TV Series


Anglia at Peace1996TV Series documentary narrator - 4 episodes


Truly Madly Deeply1990performer: "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore"


Sidewalks Entertainment2015TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The One Show2009-2015TV SeriesHerself
Invictus Games2014TV SeriesHerself - Narrator (voice)
Pakistan's Hidden Shame2014DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
In Search of Chopin2014DocumentaryNarrator
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Natural World2013TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Breakfast2008-2011TV SeriesHerself - Actress / Herself
The People Speak UK2010DocumentaryHerself
Out of Sight Out of Mind2010Documentary short voice
In Conversation2010TV Series documentaryHerself
In Search of Beethoven2009DocumentaryNarrator
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008-2009TV SeriesHerself
Arena2008TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
I Can't Believe I'm Telling You This2008TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The Comedy Map of Britain2008TV Series documentaryHerself
London Calling: Inside BBC World Service2007TV Series documentaryNarrator
Dispatches2007TV Series documentaryNarrator
Movie Connections2007TV Series documentaryHerself
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman2007DocumentaryHerself
The Sunday Programme2001-2007TV SeriesHerself - Reader
Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl2007DocumentaryHerself
Cult Killer2006TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Greatest Movie Love Scenes2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
In Search of Mozart2006DocumentaryNarrator
Looking for Elizabeth2005TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
Horizon1988-2005TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Happy Birthday BBC Two2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Great Sperm Race2003TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Making 'Christmas Carol: The Movie'2003Video documentary shortHerself
Creating a Classic: The Making of 'Nicholas Nickleby'2003Video documentary shortHerself
Check the Gate: Putting Beckett on Film2003Video documentaryHerself - W2, From "Play"
V Graham Norton2002TV SeriesHerself
A History of Britain2002TV Mini-Series documentary
An Awfully Big Adventure1998TV Series documentaryNarrator
Evita, una tumba sin paz1997DocumentaryNarrator
Conjuring Shakespeare1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Girls Who Are Boys
Paris Was a Woman1996DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The 49th Bafta Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a TV Series
BiteBaCk1992TV SeriesHimself
The Full Wax1992TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

The Montel Williams Show2007TV SeriesHerself (Narrator of Cult Killer)


Won Awards

2015Special MentionDinard British Film FestivalActorsDeparture (2015)
2009DaggerCrime Thriller Awards, UKBest Leading ActressPlace of Execution (2008)
2002AFI AwardAustralian Film InstituteBest Actress in a Leading Role in a Television DramaThe Road from Coorain (2002)
2002Best ActressDallas OUT TAKESFood of Love (2002)
2002NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest Acting by an EnsembleNicholas Nickleby (2002)
1996Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActressThe Politician's Wife (1995)
1992Best ActressAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalTruly Madly Deeply (1990)
1992Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressTruly Madly Deeply (1990)
1992International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest ActressTruly Madly Deeply (1990)
1992ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actress of the YearTruly Madly Deeply (1990)
1992Best ActressMystfestTruly Madly Deeply (1990)
1991Best ActressSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalTruly Madly Deeply (1990)
1989ACECableACE AwardsSupporting Actress in a Movie or MiniseriesLife Story (1987)

Nominated Awards

2011BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressAccused (2010)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearThe Last Hangman (2005)
1996BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressThe Politician's Wife (1995)
1993BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressA Doll's House (1992)
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressTruly Madly Deeply (1990)
1989ACECableACE AwardsActress in a Dramatic or Theatrical SpecialThe Theban Plays by Sophocles (1986)

3rd Place Awards

1991NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressTruly Madly Deeply (1990)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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