Catherine Jane McCormack (born 3 April 1972) is an English actress of stage and screen. Her film appearances include Braveheart (1995), The Land Girls (1998), Dangerous Beauty (1998), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Spy Game (2001), and 28 Weeks Later (2007). Her theatre work includes National Theatre productions of All My Sons (2000) and Honour (2003).
Catherine Jane McCormack
3 April 1972
|Occupation||Actress Trained at Oxford School of Drama.|
McCormack was born in Epsom, Surrey, England. She is of part Irish ancestry as one of her grandfathers was Irish. Her mother died of lupus when McCormack was six years old and her steelworker father subsequently raised her and her brother Stephen. She was brought up as Roman Catholic (though is now a lapsed Catholic) and attended the Convent of Our Lady of Providence. She then went on to study at the Oxford School of Drama.
McCormack's first important role was as the character Murron MacClannough in the multiple Academy Award-winning film Braveheart (1995). Her screen debut was as the lead in the Anna Campion-directed film Loaded (1994). She has subsequently stated that she had a "miserable time with the director (Anna Campion)... it was my first film job, I needed to be mollycoddled, I needed to be helped through it, and I wasn't. Mostly, it was a horrible experience."
After Braveheart, McCormack had lead roles in Nils Gaup's Northstar and Marshall Herskovitz's Dangerous Beauty. Other films include Spy Game (2001) and 28 Weeks Later. Despite being in demand, she does few films, stating that "I read very few scripts I'm passionate about... Maybe one in every twenty or thirty."
McCormack has shown a preference in her career for the theatre, saying that "theatre really is an actor's medium: you're on stage with no director anymore, whereas in film very rarely do you get much rehearsal other than running through the scene very quickly. Then everyone comes in and shoots it." McCormack was one of the original 2006 London cast of Patrick Barlow's play of The 39 Steps. In 2008, she performed the role of Nora in A Doll's House, directed by Peter Hall at the Theatre Royal, Bath, and also the role of Isabel Archer in a stage adaptation of The Portrait of a Lady, both of which commenced their runs in July 2008, ending in August, before transferring to the Rose Theatre in Kingston later that year.
In 2009, she appeared in the British tour of Headlong's adaptation of Six Characters in Search of an Author. In 2012, she starred as Juana Inés de la Cruz in the Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Helen Edmundson's play The Heresy of Love.
|1998||The Land Girls||Stella|
|1998||Dangerous Beauty||Veronica Franco|
|1998||Dancing at Lughnasa||Christina 'Chrissy' Mundy|
|1999||This Year's Love||Hannah|
|2000||Shadow of the Vampire||Greta Schröder|
|2000||A Rumor of Angels||Mary Neubauer|
|2000||The Weight of Water||Jean Janes|
|2001||The Tailor of Panama||Francesca Deane|
|2001||Spy Game||Elizabeth Hadley|
|2005||A Sound of Thunder||Sonia Rand|
|2006||Renaissance||Bislane Tasuiev (voice)|
|2007||The Moon and the Stars||Kristina Baumgarten / Tosca|
|2007||28 Weeks Later||Alice|
|2013||The Fold||Rebecca Ashton||Post-production|
|2014||Magic in the Moonlight||Olivia|
|2016||The Journey||Kate Elgar|
|2017||La promesse de l'aube||Lesley Blanch|
|1994||Wycliffe||Asenath Gardner||Episode: "The Scapegoat"|
|1997||Deacon Brodie||Annie Grant||TV film|
|1999||Love in the 21st Century||Fay||Episode: "Reproduction"|
|2004||Gunpowder, Treason & Plot||Queen Elizabeth I||TV film|
|2005||Kenneth Tynan: In Praise of Hardcore||Kathleen Tynan||TV film|
|2006||Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes||Elizabeth David||TV film|
|2006||Ancient Rome: The Rise and Fall of an Empire||Poppaea Sabina||Episode: "Nero"|
|2008||Midnight Man||Alice Ross||TV miniseries|
|2011||Lights Out||Theresa Leary||13 episodes|
|2016||Sherlock||Lady Carmichael||Episode "The Abominable Bride"|
|1999||Anna Weiss||Anna Weiss||Whitehall Theatre, London|
|2000||All My Sons||Ann||National Theatre|
|2001||A Lie of the Mind||Beth||Donmar Warehouse, London|
|2001||Kiss Me Like You Mean It||Ruth||Soho Theatre, London|
|2001||White Horses||Paula||Gate Theatre, Dublin|
|2003||Under the Curse||Iphigenia||Gate Theatre, London|
|2004||Vermillion Dream||Miriam||Salisbury Playhouse|
|2006||The 39 Steps||Various||Tricycle Theatre, London|
|2007||The Lady from Dubuque||Jo||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London|
|2008||A Doll's House||Nora||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London|
|2008||The Portrait of a Lady||Isabel Archer||Theatre Royal Haymarket, London|
|2009||Six Characters in Search of an Author|
|2012||The Heresy of Love||Juana Inés de la Cruz||Royal Shakespeare Company|
- Ms Catherine Jane McCormack company-director-check.co.uk. Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- "20 Questions With ... Catherine McCormack"[permanent dead link] whatsonstage.com (8 February 2012). Retrieved 1 April 2012.
- "Catherine McCormack — Life after Braveheart". Macbraveheart.co.uk. 29 May 2001. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Duerden, Nick. Catherine McCormack: The play's the thing, The Independent, 10 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Vaughan, Brendan. Catherine McCormack Archived 1 September 2009 at the Wayback Machine, Esquire, 30 November 2002. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- "Catherine McCormack Biography — Yahoo! Movies". Movies.yahoo.com. 1 January 1972. Retrieved 5 May 2010.
- Blackwelder, Rob. UNRECOGNIZED 'BEAUTY': The surprising off-screen Catherine McCormack, SPLICEDwire, 6 February 1998. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Wolf, Matt. Catherine McCormack, Broadway.com, 16 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Cavendish, Dominic. Irreverent romp down the nostalgia track, Telegraph, 18 August 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
- Theatre Royal – A Doll's House Archived 19 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Theatre Royal – The Portrait of a Lady Archived 19 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- "The Heresy of Love - By Helen Edmundson - Royal Shakespeare Company". www.rsc.org.uk.
- Catherine McCormack on IMDb
- 2006 Interview with Catherine McCormack on Theatre.com[permanent dead link]
- Catherine McCormack – Life after Braveheart
- Interview with Broadway.com
- "Unrecognised Beauty" – 1998 interview with Spliced
- What's On Stage article about Peter Hall's 2008 plays with Catherine McCormack