Maxine Peake

Maxine Peake

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1974-07-14 (47 years old) · Gender: Female · Place of Birth: Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, UK

47 Movies · 35 TV shows

Biography

Maxine Peake (born 14 July 1974) is an English actress and narrator. She appeared as Twinkle in Dinnerladies and Veronica Ball in Shameless, barrister Martha Costello in the BBC legal drama Silk, and Grace Middleton in the BBC drama series The Village, and starred in the Black Mirror episode "Metalhead". She has also played the title role in Hamlet.

Personal Life

In 2009, Peake left London after living there for 13 years. She said that living in Salford with her art director partner Pawlo Wintoniuk gave her the freedom to choose more risky roles and lower-paying jobs in theatre.

Early Life

Peake was born in Westhoughton, Bolton on 14 July 1974, the second of two daughters born to Glenys (née Hall) and Brian Peake. Her father was a lorry driver before working in the electrical industry, and her mother was a part-time careworker. Her older sister, Lisa, who was born in 1965, is a police officer. Peake's parents separated when she was nine and she lived with her mother until the age of 15. When her mother moved in with a new boyfriend several miles away, Peake went to live with her grandfather so she could continue her GCSE studies at Westhoughton High School, before going on to take her A-Levels at Canon Slade School in Bradshaw. Her grandfather encouraged her to develop her creativity and start acting.Peake joined the Octagon Youth Theatre in Bolton at age 13, before a period at the youth theatre of the Royal Exchange in Manchester. She later did a two-year performing arts course at the Salford College of Technology. During this time she appeared in productions with two leading amateur theatre companies in Bolton: The Marco Players and The Phoenix Theatre Company. Peake was a member of the Communist Party of Britain Salford branch in her youth. In her teens, Peake played for Wigan Ladies rugby league team.Peake's early attempts to enter the acting profession were unsuccessful. She was rejected by every theatre education company in North West England, and tried unsuccessfully for three years to get into Manchester Polytechnic Theatre School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. However, at 21, she obtained a place at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Her attempts to find sponsorship for her study at RADA were the subject of a 1996 documentary by The South Bank Show. Eventually, after being put forward by RADA, she was awarded the Patricia Rothermere Scholarship.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Fanny Lye Deliver'd

Fanny Lye Deliver'd

2021
In 1657, Fanny lived on an isolated English farm with her husband and son. Thomas and Rebecca are a young couple who claim to have been robbed and need a place to stay. But are these people really who...

2020.

1 TV show
TV
Alan Bennett's Talking Heads

Alan Bennett's Talking Heads

2020
Alan Bennett's Talking Heads are celebrated as Alan Bennett's masterpieces. A new generation of Britain's finest actors star in 10 of Bennett's classic scripts, alongside two brand new Talking Heads b...

2019.

1 Movie
Gwen

Gwen

6
2019
In this folk story set in the dark hills of Wales during the industrial revolution, a run of ill fortune plagues a teenage girl and her mother and sister on their hillside farm.

2018.

5 Movies · 2 TV shows
TV
Dinnerladies Diaries

Dinnerladies Diaries

2018
Victoria Wood wrote her multi-award-winning comedy, dinnerladies, in 1998. The documentary looks back at what it was like to work on this well-loved sitcom.
TV
The Bisexual

The Bisexual

2018
While taking a break from her relationship with partner, she begins to explore her own bisexuality.
Ceremony: The Return of Friedrich Engels

Ceremony: The Return of Friedrich Engels

2018
Following the artist Phil Collins' search for a statue of German philosopher Friedrich Engels in eastern Ukraine, and documenting its journey and arrival to a homecoming party in Manchester.
Wonders of the Moon

Wonders of the Moon

2018
Documentary which uses the latest, most detailed imagery to reveal the monthly life cycle of the moon. From Wales to Wyoming, Hong Kong to Croydon, the programme finds out how the moon shapes life on ...
Funny Cow

Funny Cow

6
2018
A woman who has a funny bone for a backbone, Funny Cow charts the rise of a female stand-up comic who delivers tragedy and comedy in equal measure in the sometimes violent and always macho clubs of No...
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca

The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca

2018
Maxine Peake's exploration of the true story of Lillian Bilocca, a largely forgotten but formidable figure in the fight for safer trawlers. The programme explores Lillian Bilocca's fight at the time t...
Peterloo

Peterloo

2018
One of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history was the 1819 Peterloo massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodi...

2017.

5 Movies · 3 TV shows
TV
Our Friend Victoria

Our Friend Victoria

2017
Six-part series celebrating the comedy of Victoria Wood.
Cake

Cake

2017
Two women are talking about how to die.
Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

Dispossession: The Great Social Housing Swindle

2017
Narrated by Maxine Peake, this feature documentary explores the failures and deception that have caused a chronic shortage of social housing in Britain.
TV
We Have Been Watching

We Have Been Watching

2017
This series features some of Britain's best-loved comedians and funniest comedy actors gathering together for a jolly night in front of the telly, watching clips from classic sitcoms and sketch shows ...
Bunch of Kunst

Bunch of Kunst

2017
Documentary following British punk duo Sleaford Mods on their two year journey from Nottingham bedroom recording sessions to chart success
Men Who Sleep in Cars

Men Who Sleep in Cars

2017
Three men in modern Manchester spend each night sleeping in their cars. How did they end up in this situation? How do they cope? Michael Symmons Roberts's verse drama explores the world of the invisib...
The Priest

The Priest

2017
Johnny Marr has teamed up with the award-winning actor Maxine Peake to create a new project which sets Peake’s spoken word performances to Marr’s instrumental soundscapes. ‘The Priest’ is based upon t...
TV
Three Girls

Three Girls

2017
The story of three of the children who were victims in the 2012 grooming and sex trafficking case in Rochdale, for which nine men were convicted and sentenced. The drama explores how these girls were ...

2016.

2 Movies
Red Top

Red Top

2016
Comic fantasy telling the story of Rebekah, an innocent and beguiling Northern girl who accidentally becomes Chief Executive of News International and gets caught up in a seventies Watergate-style sca...
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

2016
Russell T adapted Shakespeare's comedy for television. Davies. In the court of Athens, pitiless dictator Theseus plans his wedding to Hippolyta, a prisoner of war, while young Hermia is sentenced to d...

2015.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Hamlet

Hamlet

2015
From its sell-out run at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre comes a film version of this unique and critically acclaimed production of Hamlet with BAFTA-nominee Maxine Peake in the title role. The Ro...
TV
Artsnight

Artsnight

2015
Each week there is an art magazine show with a different editor.
The Shuttleworths

The Shuttleworths

2015
Versatile singer/song-writer John Shuttleworth struggles to balance semi-professional obligations - a gig at a care home - with domestic, namely his 25th wedding anniversary.
The Falling

The Falling

2015
England, 1969. The fascinating Abbie and the troubled Lydia are great friends. After an unexpected tragedy occurs in the strict girls' school they attend, a mysterious epidemic of fainting breaks out ...

2014.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
Keeping Rosy

Keeping Rosy

2014
A woman is angry after being passed over for a promotion.
TV
Inside No. 9

Inside No. 9

3.5
2014
An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales, each one taking place behind a door marked 'number 9'
The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

7.09
2014
One of the world's greatest living minds, Stephen Hawking, falls in love with a fellow Cambridge student, Jane Wilde, in The Theory of Everything.
Run & Jump

Run & Jump

2014
After a stroke leaves her husband disabled and fundamentally changed, a spirited Irish wife struggles to keep her family together. They are being watched by an American researcher who is documenting t...

2013.

3 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
The Village

The Village

2013
The story of life in a village is told through the eyes of a central character.
The Heart Fails Without Warning

The Heart Fails Without Warning

2013
Lola's sister has stopped eating. Lola treats her with the scorn she deserves - she'll snap out of it soon, won't she? Adapted from Booker Prize Winner Hilary Mantel's short story and featuring BAFTA ...
Keeping Up with the Joneses

Keeping Up with the Joneses

2013
When MP's wife is taken hostage by his criminal business associates, she discovers her husband's true colors.
Svengali

Svengali

2013
The story of a postman from South Wales and a music fanatic is told by Svengali. He has always wanted to discover a great band and then one day he finds them on the internet. He manages them and hunts...

2012.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Rachael

Rachael

2012
A picture of a family. The mother makes breakfast. Dad is reading. The sister is trying to get ready for work while her sister is hogging the bathroom. The parents may think that their child is innoce...
TV
Room at the Top

Room at the Top

2012
Joe leaves working class, industrial Dufton behind him and takes a job as senior audit clerk at the town hall in Warley. He makes his mark on local society when he takes lodgings in the poshest part o...
TV
The Hollow Crown

The Hollow Crown

7.1
2012
The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Ri...
Private Peaceful

Private Peaceful

2012
Two brothers fall in love with the same girl in the fields of Devon and the WW1 battlefields of Flanders, but they have to contend with the pressures of their feudal family life, the war, and the pric...
Best Laid Plans

Best Laid Plans

2012
David Blair directs this powerful British Drama, loosely inspired by John Steinbeck's novel 'Of Mice and Men'. Set in Nottingham, the film revolves around the relationship between the thuggish Danny (...

2011.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
DeafBlind

DeafBlind

2011
'Ever had that feeling you're being watched?' A Deaf Blind woman has a man living in her house. She doesn't know he's there. What does he want?
TV
Silk

Silk

6.55
2011
Silk was first shown in 2011. A group of barristers are trying to get the rank of Queen's Counsel.
TV
Black Mirror

Black Mirror

6.38
2011
Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. A black mirror of our 21st Century existence can be seen in every ho...

2010.

3 Movies
Edge

Edge

2010
A hotel. A cliff. Six people are looking for something.
The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister

2010
A lesbian in the 1800s tries to live independently while juggling an affair with a married woman.
Imaginary Friend

Imaginary Friend

2010
Short film starring Maxine Peake and written by actor Reece Dinsdale

2009.

2 Movies
Criminal Justice II

Criminal Justice II

2009
A barrister is Joe Miller. Juliet is isolated at home with her daughter and subject to violent attacks by her husband. When Juliet stabs Joe in their bed one night, a chain of events is set in motion ...
Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980

Red Riding: The Year of Our Lord 1980

6
2009
After 6 years of brutal murders the West Yorkshire Police fear that they may have already interviewed The Ripper and let him back into the world to continue his reign of terror upon the citizens of Yo...

2008.

3 Movies · 4 TV shows
Hancock & Joan

Hancock & Joan

2008
The drama tells the story of Tony Hancock's love affair with his friend's wife, and her fight to save the man and his career.
TV
Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales

2008
Cinderella, The Emperor's New Clothes, and Billy Goats Gruff are all modern versions of classic fairy tales.
TV
The Devil's Whore

The Devil's Whore

3.5
2008
The Devil's Whore charts the progress of the English Civil War through the eyes of a 17 year old girl.
Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

2008
Ben took his Dad's black cab out without his permission. Ben ends the evening in a police cell. What looked to be a night of fun with a sexy stranger, Melanie, has ended in a dead girl and Ben covered...
TV
Little Dorrit

Little Dorrit

6
2008
Amy Dorrit is looking after her father who is in a London prison. Arthur Clennam, Amy's employer's son, returns from overseas to solve a mystery in his family's past.
TV
Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

6.22
2008
The criminal justice system has challenges and politics that are seen through the eyes of the accused.
Clubbed

Clubbed

2008
The story is about a lonely factory worker who becomes a nightclub doorman in the early 1980s.

2007.

3 Movies · 2 TV shows
Confessions of a Diary Secretary

Confessions of a Diary Secretary

2007
There is a funny film about John Prescott's affair.
TV
The Alan Titchmarsh Show

The Alan Titchmarsh Show

2007
The Alan Titchmarsh Show is hosted by Alan Titchmarsh. It was first broadcasted on ITV on September 3, 2007. The show's main focus is the "Best of British" theme with many of the shows' segments focus...
TV
The Graham Norton Show

The Graham Norton Show

9.5
2007
GrahamNorton talks about what's happening. The guests are talking. Graham is playing an instrument.
I Am Bob

I Am Bob

2007
Bob Geldof was stuck in a motel in Northern England on his way to a gig. Even if he is the real Bob Geldof, no one will believe him. When Bob Geldof thinks things can't get any worse, he may not be th...
Would Like To Meet

Would Like To Meet

2007
A single mum looking for love in the lonely-hearts pages, but someone has already decided to play cupid - her eight year-old son.

2006.

2 Movies · 2 TV shows
The Madness of the Dance

The Madness of the Dance

2006
In the middle ages there was an outbreak of dancing manias in Europe that lasted hundreds of years. In the 20th century thousands of Chinese men and some women thought that their genitalia were vanish...
TV
See No Evil: The Moors Murders

See No Evil: The Moors Murders

6
2006
Christopher Menaul is the director of See No Evil: The Moors Murders. It was broadcast on ITV in May of 2006 The story of the Moors Murders was told from the perspective of the sister and husband of I...
TV
The Street

The Street

5
2006
The lives and passions of neighbors on a northern English street are the subject of a anthology drama.
The Fear of Trilogy

The Fear of Trilogy

2006
Maxine Peake stars in a short film about three fears (birds, falling, sleepwalking) - filmed and edited in a single day on a mobile phone for Cinema Now, a digital conference held at BAFTA.

2005.

2 Movies
Faith

Faith

2005
Against the backdrop of the Miners' Strike of 1984 is the story of love, betrayal, and survival. Gary is a young miner who goes on strike as soon as the dispute between the Thatcher government and the...
Frozen

Frozen

2005
Two years have passed since Kath's older sister Annie vanished, but Kath still doesn't know what happened. Kath continues the search when police investigations end. She doesn't get anything until she ...

2004.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Shameless

Shameless

5.6
2004
The story of a group of siblings that were abandoned by their parents, surviving by their wits and humor on a rough Manchester council estate. They won't admit it, but they need help and find it in St...
Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

2004
Christmas Lights is a one-off comedy drama for ITV1 that focuses on two lifelong friends who have always competed with each other. The rivalry between the two friends gets so bad that they forget what...

2003.

2 TV shows
TV
Comedy Connections

Comedy Connections

2003
Comedy Connections was a BBC One documentary series produced by BBC Scotland that aired from 2003 to 2008. The show looked at the stories behind the production of some of Britain's comedy television p...
TV
Early Doors

Early Doors

2003
The Grapes is a small pub in Manchester where daily life is bound up in the issues of love, loneliness, and blocked urinals. Landlord Ken and his police officer cronies have regular drinkers with them...

2002.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Timeshift

Timeshift

2002
A richly immersive and varied window onto the past can be found in the documentary series which ranges widely over Britain's social and cultural history.
All or Nothing

All or Nothing

2002
Phil is a taxi-driver andPenny works at a supermarket. Their joyless lives are being led by their two children, Rachel, a cleaner, andRory, who is unemployed and aggressive.
Hamilton Mattress

Hamilton Mattress

2002
Sludger is a drummer in the big city.

2001.

2 TV shows
TV
Linda Green

Linda Green

2001
Linda's a Manchester girl, born and bred. She's in her early 30s and the friends she has now are the same friends she's had since primary school. By day she potters around in Craven Lane Motors sellin...
TV
Messiah

Messiah

2001
The investigations of Red Metcalfe were the subject of a crime drama.

2000.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings

Victoria Wood with All the Trimmings

2000
The comedienne is in a sketch show.
TV
Clocking Off

Clocking Off

2000
In a community with so many secrets to hide, how much do you know about the person working next to you? In six powerful, self-contained dramas, everyday life is fractured by tumultuous marriages, snat...

1999.

1 TV show
TV
Sunburn

Sunburn

1999
Sunburn is a British television series that followed the lives of a group of British holiday reps. It was broadcast on BBC One between 16 January 1999 and 1 May 2000, running for two series of six and...

1998.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Dinnerladies

Dinnerladies

6
1998
Dinnerladies is a sitcom written by and starring Victoria Wood that depicts the antics of a group of workers in a canteen in the north of England. While dealing with the canteen supervisor, Tony, Bren...
Girls' Night

Girls' Night

1998
Two British best friends are working together at a factory. When Dawn is diagnosed with a brain tumor, she gets $100,000 from her secret lover to fulfill her dream of going to Las Vegas. They purchase...

1997.

1 TV show
TV
Jonathan Creek

Jonathan Creek

1997
Jonathan Creek follows the story of an investigative journalist. She sticks her nose in where she doesn't want to, but that's what makes her a great journalist. Jonathan is an inventor of magic tricks...

1996.

2 TV shows
TV
Dalziel and Pascoe

Dalziel and Pascoe

6
1996
British crime drama based on the "Dalziel and Pascoe" series of books by Reginald Hill, set in the fictional Yorkshire town of Wetherton. The unlikely duo of politically incorrect elephant-in-a-china-...
TV
Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

Hetty Wainthropp Investigates

6
1996
There was a genteel British crime/comedy drama television programme that aired from 1996 to 1998. The character of the patient husband Robert was played by David Benfield, the lodger was played by Dom...

1987.

1 TV show
TV
ChuckleVision

ChuckleVision

1987
ChuckleVision is a British comedy series that is on the CBBC channel. Occasionally episodes are shown on the other side of the pond. The first episode was shown in 1987. ChuckleVision follows Paul and...

Unknown Year.

1 TV show
TV
Anne

Anne

Anne Williams lost her son Kevin in 1989 when he was 15 years old. Anne stood defiantly with other parents and their families who fought for justice for the 96 loved ones who lost their lives at a foo...
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