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Maureen Beattie (born 1953 in Bundoran, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish-born, Scottish actress of both stage and screen.

Maureen Beattie
Maureen Beattie

(1953-01-01) 1 January 1953 (age 66)
ResidenceSouth London
Years active1990– present
RelativesJohnny Beattie (father)

Early lifeEdit

Beattie is the daughter of popular Scots entertainer, Johnny Beattie and his late wife, Kitty Lamont and is the eldest of four children. She is the daughter of Scottish actor and comedian Johnny Beattie, who appeared as Malcolm Hamilton in Glasgow drama River City, and is the elder sister of Louise Beattie who appeared in Emmerdale in 2000 as Chris Tates' lawyer Laura Johnstone.

She was born in the seaside resort of Bundoran, Co Donegal, whilst her father was appearing at the town's St Patrick's Hall. She returned home to Glasgow, when she was two weeks old.[1] After attending High School in Glasgow, she went on to do a three-year course at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Dramatic Art where she won the James Bridie Gold Medal for Acting during her final year. She graduated in 1974 with a Diploma in Dramatic Arts.[2]


After graduating, Beattie went on to play many roles in the theatre with companies across the UK including the National Theatre of Scotland, National Theatre of Great Britain, the Globe, the RSC and the Royal Exchange in Manchester [3] as well as touring internationally. Previous theatre credits include: The List, The Carousel, The Deliverance (Stellar Quines); John Gabriel Barclay (Óran Mór); Yer Granny, 27 and The Enquirer (National Theatre of Scotland); Romeo & Juliet (Rose Theatre Kingston); Dark Road, The Cherry Orchard (Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh); Noises Off (The Old Vic); No Quarter (Royal Court Theatre); Ghosts (Citizens Theatre); Masterbuilder, Othello, The Merry Wives of Windsor (National Theatre); The History Plays, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe RSC.[4]

She has also worked extensively in television where her roles include Casualty, Bramwell, The Bill, Ruffian Hearts, The Long Roads, Wing and a Prayer and All Night Long. Her most notable role in TV is that of Sandra Nicholl in medical drama Casualty from November 1991 until February 1993.

In 2005 she played Mrs Danvers in a national tour of Rebecca, with Nigel Havers.

in 2006 she was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company's "Histories Ensemble", where her roles included Eleanor, Duchess of Gloucester in Henry VI Part II, and the Duchess of York in Richard III.[5]

In September 2006 she was interviewed by Sally Magnusson about life with her father for the Radio Scotland series Dad Made Me Laugh, later networked throughout the UK on BBC Radio 4 Extra.

In 2007, Beattie appeared in the feature film Finding Bob McArthur as Russian actress, Svetlana. The film, also starring John Stahl, Bob Edwards and Alan Bell, was directed by Jim Hickey and produced by Robin Mitchell.

In 2011, she played Iseabail Nic Aodh, the mother of the main character Katie Nic Aodh, in The Decoy Bride.

In 2013, she played the lead role of Isobel McArthur in Ian Rankin's debut play Dark Road.[6]

In 2014, she played Professor Fiona Bellows in the Doctor Who Christmas Special Last Christmas

In 2017, Beattie joined the Young Vic cast of Federico García Lorca's Yerma.

Personal lifeEdit

Beattie is active in the actors' trade union Equity, leading their investigations into sexual harassment in the industry. In 2018, she was elected President of Equity, as only the second female president in the organisation's history.[7]

Selected TheatreEdit

Her work in the theatre includes



  1. ^ "Maureen Beattie". Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. ^ "Traverse theatre Maureen Beattie biography" (PDF). Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Death of a Salesman". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Traverse theatre Maureen Beattie biography" (PDF). Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  5. ^ "Maureen Beattie". Royal Shakespeare Company. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 28 April 2009.
  6. ^ "Ian Rankin's Dark Road, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh". The Independent. 30 September 2013. Retrieved 25 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Actor Maureen Beattie becomes second female president in Equity's history". The Stage.
  8. ^ Radio: Pick of the day, Phil Daoust, The Guardian, 30 May 2006
  9. ^ Radio – Martin Hoyle, Financial Times, 30 May 2006
  10. ^ BBC – The Stanley Baxter Playhouse – Astonishing Archie
  11. ^ BBC – Afternoon Drama – The Biggest Issues