The multi award-winning actress Helen McCrory has just finished working with Stephen Frears in his forthcoming satire The Queen with Michael Sheen and Helen Mirren, playing Cherie Blair. This followed on from a sell-out run in the West End, playing her much-anticipated Rosalind in As You Like It for which she has been nominated in the Theatergoer Choice Awards 2006 for Best Actress. Helen began her career at the National Theatre, playing leading roles including the Bride in Lorca's Blood Wedding (Manchester Evening News Best Actress Award) Trelawney in Trelawney Of The Wells and Nina in the critically acclaimed Th Seagull. Helen’s theatre work has continued to win her critical praise and a large fan base through work at the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Almeida and the Donmar Warehouse. For Mendes’ farewell double bill Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya, Helen was nominated for the Evening Standard Best Actress Award, and the New York Drama Desk Awards. The productions were a triumph in both London and New York. Helen also found time to found the production company The Public with Michael Sheen, producing new work at the Liverpool Everyman, The Ambassadors and the Donmar (in which Helen also starred). With over twenty productions under her belt, Michael Coveny recently wrote “We celebrate the careers of great actors Olivier, Ashcroft, Richardson, Gielgud, Dench, the Redgraves, Gambon, Walter, Sher, Russell Beale and McCrory”. On the small screen Helen’s first television film, Karl Francis’ Street Life with Rhys Ifans, won her the Welsh BAFTA, Monte Carlo Best Actress Award and the Royal Television society Best Actress Award. Other credist include: North Square, Fragile Hear, Messiah, Lucky Jim, Dead Gorgeous, Joe Wright’s Charles II (for which she was nominated for the LA Television Awards), Anna Karenina, In A Land Of Plenty and The Jury. 2004 saw her acclaimed performance as Mrs Logan in Roger Michell’s Enduring Love. 2006 will see her star opposite Heath Ledger in Lasse Hallstrom’s anticipated Casanova. Helen has become both something of a household name and arguably the most respected actress of her generation.
|2006 Jury Member|