Brenda Blethyn is a Actor and Writer British born on 20 february 1946 at Ramsgate (United-kingdom)
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Birth name Brenda Anne BottleNationality United-kingdomBirth 20 february 1946Brenda Anne Blethyn (née Brenda Anne Bottle; 20 February 1946) is an English actress who has worked in theatre, television and film, best known for her role in Mike Leigh's 1996 drama Secrets & Lies.
(77 years) at Ramsgate (United-kingdom
Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
Blethyn has received two Academy Award nominations, two SAG Award nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and three Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one. In addition, she has won a BAFTA, an Empire Award and a Golden Lion and has earned a Theatre World Award and both a Critics' Circle Theatre Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her theatrical work.
Born into a working class home, Blethyn pursued an administrative career until her early 30s before enrolling in the Guildford School of Acting after the dissolution of her marriage in 1973. She subsequently joined the Royal National Theatre and received credits for her performances in Troilus and Cressida (1976) and Mysteries (1979). In 1981, Blethyn earned her first critical acclaim for Steaming.
In 1980, Blethyn made her television debut in Mike Leigh's film Grown-Ups. After a modest number of guest spots in several productions, in the mid-1980s she garnered leading roles in the short-run sitcoms Chance in a Million and The Labours of Erica. Having followed her big screen debut with smaller supporting roles in films such as The Witches (1990) and A River Runs Through It (1992), she made a major cinema breakthrough with her role in the 1996 dramedy Secrets & Lies, for which she received rave reviews.
Blethyn has since appeared in an eclectic range of films, including independent comedies such as Saving Grace (2000), Plots with a View (2002) and Clubland (2007), music-themed films like Little Voice (1998) and Beyond the Sea (2004) and big-budget dramas such as Pride & Prejudice (2005) and Atonement (2007), the latter of which rank among the biggest commercial successes of her career. In addition, Blethyn has appeared in television productions including The Buddha of Suburbia (1993), Anne Frank: The Whole Story (2001), Belonging (2004) and War and Peace (2007). Her most recent leading role in TV drama is the title role in Vera (2011), playing Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope.
Blethyn married Alan James Blethyn, a graphic designer she met while working for British Rail, in 1964. The marriage ended in 1973.
Blethyn kept her husband's surname as her professional name. British art director Michael Mayhew has been her partner for the past three decades. The couple married in June 2010.
Blethyn divides her time between her home in South London and by the sea in Kent. She likes old black-and-white classic films, such as Brief Encounter. She also likes watching DVD box sets and names Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad as her two of her favorites television shows. She is also passionate about cooking and solving crosswords.
Blethyn was awarded the OBE for services to drama in the 2003 New Year Honours List.
She is currently the chairwoman of the Kent Film and Television Board.