Academy Award champion from the 1980 Ideal Supporting Celebrity for the film Ragtime. She also performed Cora, Countess of Grantham, in the favorite series Downton Abbey. She was still in university when she got the part in her debut film Common People. Alongside films and theatre, she wrote tracks for the music group Sadie as well as the Hotheads. She wedded Simon Curtis in 1992. She performed the sweetheart of Timothy Hutton in the 1980 film Ordinary People.