Brenda Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn

actress, writer, soundtrack

Brenda Blethyn was born on Feb 20, 1946 in UK. Brenda Blethyn's big-screen debut came with Yes Minister - Season 2 directed by Peter Whitmore in 1981. Brenda Blethyn is known for Ethel & Ernest directed by Roger Mainwood, Brenda Blethyn stars as Ethel Briggs and Jim Broadbent as Ernest Briggs. Brenda Blethyn has got 19 awards and 41 nominations so far. The most recent award Brenda Blethyn achieved is Indie Shorts Awards Cannes. The upcoming new movie Brenda Blethyn plays is Charlotte which will be released on Nov 09, 2022.

After forty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved.Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving money during her time there, she took a risk and enrolled herself at the at The Guildford School of Acting in Guildford, Surrey, England and then left her British Rail years behind. Her risk had paid off, by the mid-1970s she was working on stage, eventually joining the National Theatre Company in 1975.It was the 1980s, however that saw Brenda move onto the small screen when she appeared in a BBC2 Playhouse presentation called BBC2 Playhouse: Grown-Ups (1980), playing the character Gloria. Other work in television quickly followed and this kept her working throughout the 1980s.She still remained relatively unknown with the viewing public during the 1980s, despite her consistent work and superb acting abilities. It was not until the dawn of the 90s that her career took off. In 1990, she played the supporting cast member role of Mrs Jenkins in film based on the Roald Dahl novel Les sorcières (1990), with Anjelica Huston, Jane Horrocks and Mai Zetterling. Film work now became the order of the day in the early 90s, appearing in both Et au milieu coule une rivière (1992) and the television film Screen One: The Bullion Boys (1993). It was then back to a TV series in 1994, with Outside Edge (1994), working on this production for its two-year run.It is without a doubt that 1997 will be remembered as her biggest year to date. She was cast by her old friend Mike Leigh in the film Secrets et Mensonges (1996) as Cynthia Rose Purley, opposite highly talented Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The film received storming reviews and Blethyn won a BAFTA Film Award and subsequently received an Academy Award nomination for her role, along with Jean-Baptiste.Although Brenda came home from the Oscars empty handed, her profile in Hollywood and Britain soared as a result of the nomination and her appearance on The 69th Annual Academy Awards (1997).Film roles then came thick and fast following Secrets et Mensonges (1996). Brenda was nothing short of superb in Little Voice (1998). A second Academy Award nomination followed but once again she was the bridesmaid rather than the bride at the Oscars. Since 1996, she has found a new home in film and she has worked consistently in the medium.

  • Birthday

    Feb 20, 1946
  • Place of Birth

    Ramsgate, Kent, England, UK
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Known For


19 wins & 41 nominations

Indie Shorts Awards Cannes
Best Actress
Winner - Certificate of Achievement
Strawberry Fields Forever (2020)
Indie Shorts Awards New York
Best Actress
Winner - Jury Prize
Strawberry Fields Forever (2020)
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