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Anne-Marie Duff

Biography

Appeared within the British television series Shameless as Fiona Gallagher. She received rejection from her initial choice drama college. She received a 2010 BAFTA nomination on her behalf focus on the biographical film Nowhere Boy. She wedded Adam McAvoy in 2006. That they had a kid named Brendan jointly before separating in 2016. She starred within the United kingdom series The Virgin Queen, in line with the lifestyle of Elizabeth Queen of Britain I.

Quick Facts


Full Name Anne-Marie Duff
Date Of Birth October 8, 1970
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.7 m
Profession TV Actress
Education Central Saint Martins, Drama Centre London
Nationality British
Spouse James McAvoy
Children Brendan McAvoy
Parents Mary Duff, Brendan Duff
Siblings Eddy Duff
Awards British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actress, Critics' Circle Theatre Award for Best Actress
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress, British Academy Television Award for Best Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Empire Award for Best Actress, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture, WhatsOnStage Award for Best Actress in a Play
Movies Suffragette, Nowhere Boy, The Magdalene Sisters, The Last Station, Before I Go to Sleep, The Virgin Queen, Is Anybody There?, Molly Moon: The Incredible Hypnotist, Notes on a Scandal, Closed Circuit, Born Equal, French Film, The Waiting Room, Enigma, Garage, On Chesil Beach, Margot, The History of Mr Polly, Amongst Women, Sanctuary, Candlelight
TV Shows From Darkness, Shameless, Parade's End, Accused, The Virgin Queen, Wild West, Doctor Zhivago, Aristocrats, Watership Down, Murder
Star Sign Libra

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#Fact
1She is of Irish descent.
2Her parents are from Donegal, Ireland.
3Appearing as "Joan of Arc" in George Bernard Shaw's "St. Joan" at the Royal National Theatre in London's South Bank. Play runs until end September 2007. [August 2007]
4Beginning her run as "Mona", a young alcoholic, in Owen McCafferty's "Days of Wine and Roses" at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London. [March 2005]
5Almost turned down her role in Shameless (2004). However, her mother changed her mind, saying that the script rang true because "it is about what people have when they don't have anything except laughter, sex and the stars".
6Despite playing her daughter on Shameless (2004), Duff is only 7 years younger than Annabelle Apsion.
7Duff said her son is named after her dad Brendan, a painter and decorator who moved to Britain with his wife Mary from Ireland. She and her husband James McAvoy chose not to know the sex of the baby before his birth in London in 2010.
8Attended The Drama Centre, the drama school in north London that produced near contemporaries such as John Simm, Paul Bettany and Helen McCrory.
9Duff grew up on a council estate in Hayes, a suburb of west London.
10Returned to work 9 months after giving birth to her son Brendan in order to begin performing in "Cause Célèbre" at The Old Vic theatre.
11Gave birth to her first child at age 39, a son Brendan Duff McAvoy on 26 February 2010 at St Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, Westminster. The child's father is her husband, James McAvoy.
12Sister-in-law of Joy McAvoy.
13Nominated for the Ian Charleson Award for her performance in "King Lear" at the RNT.
14Met husband James McAvoy while filming Shameless (2004).
15She studied at The Drama Centre in London.
16Her parents, Brendan and Mary, were from counties Donegal and Meath in Ireland and met in England. She has one brother, Eddy.
17She was nominated for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award in 2000 (1999 season) for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in "Collected Stories" at the Haymarket Theatre.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
On Chesil Beach2017filmingMarjorie Mayhew
Watership DownTV Mini-Series post-productionHyzenthlay
Miranda's Letter2016Video shortMother
Murder2016TV Mini-SeriesDCI Goss
From Darkness2015TV SeriesClaire Church
Suffragette2015Violet Miller
Molly Moon and the Incredible Book of Hypnotism2015Lucy Logan the Librarian
Before I Go to Sleep2014Claire
Closed Circuit2013Melissa
Shameless2004-2013TV SeriesFiona Gallagher / Fiona
Parade's End2012TV Mini-SeriesEdith Duchemin
Accused2012TV SeriesMo Murray
Sanctuary2012/IIIMaire
Margot2009TV MovieMargot Fonteyn
Nowhere Boy2009Julia
The Last Station2009Sasha
French Film2008Sophie
Is Anybody There?2008Mum
The Waiting Room2007/IAnna
Garage2007Carmel
The History of Mr Polly2007TV MovieMiriam Larkins
Notes on a Scandal2006Annabel
Born Equal2006TV MovieMichelle
The Virgin Queen2006TV Mini-SeriesQueen Elizabeth I
The Last King2003TV Mini-SeriesMinette
Doctor Zhivago2002TV Mini-SeriesOlya Demina
Wild West2002TV SeriesHolly
The Magdalene Sisters2002Margaret
Holby City2002TV SeriesAlison McCarthy
Sinners2002TV MovieAnne Marie / Theresa
The Way We Live Now2001TV Mini-SeriesGeorgiana Longestaffe
Enigma2001Kay
Reach for the Moon2000TV Mini-SeriesCath Bird
Aristocrats1999TV Mini-SeriesLady Louisa / Lasy Louisa
Amongst Women1998TV Mini-SeriesSheila
Mild and Bitter1998ShortThe Woman
Trial & Retribution1997TV SeriesCathy Gillingham

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nowhere Boy2009performer: "Maggie Mae"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Artsnight2016TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee / Actress
Shakespeare Live! From the RSC2016TV MovieHerself - Performer
Inside Suffragette2016Video shortHerself / Violet Miller
The EE British Academy Film Awards2015TV Special documentaryHerself - Audience Member
The Broadway.com Show2013TV SeriesHerself
Arqiva British Academy Television Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Breakfast2006-2011TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Actress
The Laurence Olivier Awards 20112011TV SpecialHerself
Xposé2009TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2009TV SeriesHerself
The Paul O'Grady Show2008TV SeriesHerself
E! Live from the Red Carpet2008TV SeriesHerself
Pop Britannia2008TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator
The British Academy Television Awards2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 50 Greatest Television Dramas2007TV Movie documentaryHerself (as Anne Marie Duff)
Saturday Night with Miriam2006TV SeriesHerself
The Play's the Thing2006TV Series documentaryHerself - Cast Member
Richard & Judy2006TV SeriesHerself
3rd Irish Film and Television Awards2005TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
The British Comedy Awards 20042004TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
2nd Irish Film and Television Awards2004TV SpecialHerself - Award Winner
Kelly2003TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Female Images in a MovieSuffragette (2015)· Carey Mulligan
· Helena Bonham Carter
· Meryl Streep
2015WFCC AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsWomen's Work/Best EnsembleSuffragette (2015)· Carey Mulligan
· Helena Bonham Carter
· Meryl Streep
· Romola Garai
· Grace Stottor
· Amanda Lawrence
· Shelley Longworth
· Sarah Finigan
· Lorraine Stanley
2010Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressNowhere Boy (2009)
2010ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearNowhere Boy (2009)
2009British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressNowhere Boy (2009)
2008BAFTA Cymru AwardBAFTA Awards, WalesBest Actress (Yr Actores Orau)The History of Mr Polly (2007)
2005Broadcasting Press Guild AwardBroadcasting Press Guild AwardsBest ActressShameless (2004)
2004IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a TV DramaShameless (2004)
2004Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalOutstanding Actress - Drama SeriesShameless (2004)
2002Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalTelevision Films - Best Performance by an ActressSinners (2002)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressSuffragette (2015)
2013IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress FilmSanctuary (2012)
2013RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Actor (Female)Accused (2010)
2010BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Supporting ActressNowhere Boy (2009)
2010Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActressNowhere Boy (2009)
2010IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a FilmNowhere Boy (2009)
2010Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleNowhere Boy (2009)
2008IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Feature FilmGarage (2007)
2007BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressThe Virgin Queen (2005)
2007IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in a Lead Role in TelevisionThe Virgin Queen (2005)
2006BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressShameless (2004)
2006RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest Actor - FemaleShameless (2004)
2005BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressShameless (2004)
2005IFTA AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest Actress in TelevisionShameless (2004)


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#Quote
1I am not precious about the way I look. Never having been defined as a great beauty makes that easier.
2[on a conversation with actor Robert Carlyle, also from a working-class background] We were laughing, the two of us, saying, "Just think: our children know what Parma ham is."
3[on how she saw herself in her youth] A tomboy - androgynous until I was 19. Desperately shy. The only confidence I had was in drama.
4How on earth do you teach your child not to be spiteful in the playground when online you can say whatever you like?
5I knew if I wanted to do this [acting] for a living, I really had to pursue it. When I was auditioning for drama schools, the girls around me were from very different backgrounds. I remember thinking, "Should I lie about my family?"
6[about her parents] They taught me many things. Most of all that it is vital in life just to turn up. To turn up for people, to be present, to have the conversation. This has emboldened me, given me greater empathy.
7[on her return to the final episode of Shameless (2004)] I made a drunken promise as I was leaving that I'd come back to play Fiona Gallagher for the very last episode - never thinking it would happen! It was extraordinary: same grim and grubby kitchen, same props... It was lovely.
8I am a sanguine individual. Most people are having a difficult time at the moment but still get up in the morning... As a species, we thrive. And I am interested in that ability to thrive. Things have to be about hope. On stage you need to convey hope or you'll lose an audience.
9I'm always dancing in my kitchen. And I love to sing. I've always sung. My father was a lovely singer. Always sang Jim Reeves at parties. I sing to my boy and he sings too.
10I didn't really inhabit myself until I was in my 30s. And motherhood is an epic event. You can't help but be altered by it - and it is important to be.
11[on her ideal holiday] Right now, as a working mum: Four Seasons, Bali! No, actually, my favourite would always be a muddy tent holiday. Don't get me wrong: there is nothing more delightful than a dirty martini by the pool but I like being in nature.
12My husband [the actor, James McAvoy] has an extraordinary ability to receive a lot of exposure and still maintain a sense of self without giving anything away. I think it's very powerful.
13[on avoiding reviews] It is better not to look at them; it is like reading someone's diary. What you think about me is none of my business. It's important to keep faith in the project you are working on.
14[on her time at The Drama Centre] It put me through my paces. I toughened up. I was by no means the star of the year. It taught me to be resourceful, to go away and do the work myself. Invaluable.
15[on the birth of her son] We thought we were going to have girl, so we had 15 girls' names lined up and a little boy popped out. We had no idea and we had hardly any boys' names. He's a Brendan and it suits him really, really well. I do feel my life's completely expanded since he arrived. When my baby was born, I felt like somebody had spiked my drink and I suddenly was so full of love that it was a little bit as if I was drugged. I didn't think that anyone could feel that way.
16[while appearing in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" at the National in 2007, when she tried to banish reviews] I thought, no, I love this, and it's about what we've been through as a company. Then I got in one night and put the telly on and the Late Review was on, and just at that moment Tim Lott and Jeanette Winterson were saying, "Well, she's... all right." My husband was filming away abroad - people are never there when you need them. And I called him and he said, "OK, I'm going to have to tell you about a couple of nice reviews, just to cheer you up."
17It's never enjoyable watching yourself because you're never as good looking as you hope you are. You're not expecting to be Penelope Cruz... but I'm a female of the species. I have my hang-ups and all of that.
18[on upcoming actors] It's a curious time for young women. There's this obsession with physical perfection. Jesus wept, what teenagers are putting themselves through! That's a terrifying development that luckily I didn't have to confront because one's so self-conscious anyway.
19I was conscious that I didn't fit in with all that Thatcherite crap. Suddenly in the 80s it was all about going to get a job in Barclays and I remember thinking I can't even swallow that, it tastes so foul. You're so self-righteous when you're young.
20[on what attracted her to the role of Alma Rattenbury in Terence Rattigan's play "Cause Célèbre"] Well the fact that it was the centenary [of Rattigan's birth] was interesting. The overt sexual language of the play is surprising and Rattigan writes brilliantly for women, he just does.
21[on her son] I am very lucky. I have known wonderful romantic love in my life but to actually see this little creature and find him to be the most beautiful creature in the world. I know all mothers and fathers feel that way. Yes, he's just gorgeous.
22[on the influence of Shameless (2004) in career] It was the first time I'd been in anything that was a commercial success. I'd worked very happily on projects up until then, but in terms of commercial profile, it changed things. Ironically, all the classical theatre work I did didn't get me The Virgin Queen (2005). Shameless did.
23[on working on Shameless (2004)] We were living with the young 'uns, in the same block of flats, and because I was playing someone younger, I felt a bit frothy... Manchester's a great city to be in, and none of us were married with kids, so we all had a ball.
24[on the disciplined atmosphere at the Drama Centre] There were all these rules you had to obey, often for intangible reasons. I was always receiving these letters saying that if I didn't get my s--- together I'd be out. We used to call Central [School of Arts and Drama] Butlin's and they used to call us "the Trauma Centre". It was very tough on women.
25[on her time at the Drama Centre in north London] I lost my virginity. I fell in love. I thought, "This is great. It fits."
26[on being shy] If you'd asked me to talk to a boy I'd have shat myself. Boys, friends, I didn't have any of that.
27I don't tend to get asked to do the same thing. I thought after I played Fiona [in Shameless (2004)], "Here we go..." But it's like a fruit machine, I never know what's going to come out.
28In theatre, there's the director, the writer, and below them the actor. In film, it's the actors who are most important. That goes against the grain for me. It's been amazing for me to see the self-confidence of actors who insist on having control, because it's going to be their faces 20ft high in the posters. I've been shocked by film actors - 25 and under - having such confidence and cockiness to rewrite a scene. My background is more about the director being in control. It's all about yielding. It's an oddly submissive relationship in which you're moulded, Pygmalion-style.


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