Juliet Anne Virginia Stevenson, (born 30 October 1956) is an English actor of stage and screen. She is known for her role in the film Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991), for which she was nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Her other film appearances include Emma (1996), Bend It Like Beckham (2002), Mona Lisa Smile (2003), Being Julia (2004), and Infamous (2006).Stevenson has starred in numerous Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre productions, including Olivier Award nominated roles in Measure for Measure (1984), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1986), and Yerma (1987). For her role as Paulina in Death and the Maiden (1991–92), she won the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Actress. Her fifth Olivier nomination was for her work in the 2009 revival of Duet for One. She has also received three nominations for the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress: for A Doll's House (1992), The Politician's Wife (1995) and Accused (2010). Other stage roles include The Heretic (2011) and Happy Days (2014).
Stevenson has lived with her partner, British anthropologist Hugh Brody, since 1993. The couple live in Highgate, North London. They have two children, both born in Camden, London: Rosalind Hannah Brody (born 1994) and Gabriel Jonathan Brody (born late 2000/early 2001).She is an atheist but considers herself a spiritual and superstitious person.In 1992 she appeared in a political broadcast for the Labour Party.In 2008 she campaigned on behalf of refugee women with a reading of 'Motherland' at the Young Vic. She is patron of the UK registered charity LAM Action, which provides support, information and encouragement to patients with Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) and their families, and raises funds to advance research into LAM.On 12 September 2016, Stevenson, as well as Cate Blanchett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Peter Capaldi, Douglas Booth, Neil Gaiman, Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, Kit Harington and Stanley Tucci, featured in a video from the United Nations' refugee agency UNHCR to help raise awareness of the global refugee crisis. The video, titled "What They Took With Them", has the actors reading a poem written by Jenifer Toksvig and inspired by primary accounts of refugees, and is part of UNHCR's #WithRefugees campaign, which also includes a petition to governments to expand asylum to provide further shelter, integrating job opportunities and education.
Stevenson was born in Kelvedon, Essex, England, the daughter of Virginia Ruth (née Marshall), a teacher, and Michael Guy Stevenson, an army officer. Stevenson's father was assigned a new posting every two and a half years. When Stevenson was nine, she attended Berkshire's Hurst Lodge School, and she was later educated at the independent St Catherine's School in Bramley, near Guildford in Surrey, and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Stevenson was part of the 'new wave’ of actors to emerge from the Academy. Others included Jonathan Pryce, Bruce Payne, Alan Rickman, Anton Lesser, Kenneth Branagh, Imelda Staunton and Fiona Shaw. This led to a stage career starting in 1978 with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
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Out of Her Mind
How to survive a family, and why everyone is having babies, is the subject of a deliriously crazy journey into the mind of Sara Pascoe.
A Dowager prepares for her birthday party. A young couple are on the run. A mysterious man in black watches from the shadows. Four rooms. One evening. Nothing is quite as it seems.
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Queens of Mystery
Three of her aunts are well-known crime writers that help her solve whodunit style murders as well as set her up on blind dates, which is why she is a perennially single female detective.
Hamlet was recorded as-live in its West End transfer on the stage of London's Harold Pinter Theatre. Robert Icke's innovative modern-dress production, featuring Andrew Scott, Juliet Stevenson, Angus W...
A portmanteau exploration of disparate characters scattered across London, many of whose lives intersect unpredictably. A refreshing take on the complexities, contradictions and compromises of modern ...
Let Me Go
The film is set in the year 2000 following Helga and Traudi's journeys but also the next two generations and how Beth, Helga's daughter and Emily her granddaughter are confronted with the long-term ef...
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1066: A Year to Conquer England
Drama-Documentary in which historian Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to the Battle of Hastings.
A very personal and dynamic meditation on the current global refugee crisis through the eyes and voices of campaigners, specially children, where past and present establish a dialogue. The importance ...
Russia 1917: Countdown to Revolution
Russia, 1917. After the abdication of Czar Nicholas II Romanov, the struggle for power confronts allies, enemies, factions and ideas; a ruthless battle between democracy and authoritarianism that will...
1066: A Year to Conquer England
Dan Snow explores the political intrigues and family betrayals between the Vikings, Anglo-Saxons and Normans that led to war.
Love Is Thicker Than Water
Arthur and Vida are vastly different from each other. A fresh look at how conflicting family ties challenge love in a modern day Romeo and Juliet tale is sensitive and touching.
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An English mother and her teenage son spend a week preparing the sale of their remote holiday house in the South of France. Fifteen-year-old Elliot struggles with his dawning sexuality and an increasi...
One of Us
Two families living side-by-side in rural Scotland have their lives shattered by a double murder. The consequences of a loved one's death are explored in One of Us.
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The Enfield Haunting
The terrifying and bizarre real events that took place at an ordinary house in Enfield during the autumn of 1977 were dramatized in three parts. Guy Lyon Playfair's book has been adapted.
The drama is set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. The stories of five highly skilled young recruits are torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents i...
Mother Teresa, who received the peace prize, is one of the greatest humanitarians of modern times. She changed the lives of millions of people. Through personal letters she wrote over the last 40 year...
Pakistan's Hidden Shame
A look into the sexual abuse suffered by the children living in the North-Western city of Peshawar in Pakistan.
In Search of Chopin
The latest in Phil Grabsky's In Search Of series looks at the life of Polish pianist and composer Frédéric Franois Chopin, whose grave in Paris remains a place of pilgrimage and whose music continues ...
The film examines some complex dilemmas within three generations of one family. Through the painting of a portrait we are asked to consider: Is it ever better not to know some things than to know them...
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The story of life in a village is told through the eyes of a central character.
The setting for a fantasy drama is a world of legendary heroes and mythical creatures. He washes up on the shores of an ancient land, far from home and desperate for answers. The city of Atlantis was ...
During the last two years of her life, Princess Diana had a secret love affair with a heart surgeon.
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The interwoven lives of seven people whose relationships are forged in the white heat of the 60s through to the present day.
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A behind-the-scenes drama and espionage thriller in Cold War-era England that centers on a journalist, a producer, and an anchorman for an investigative news programme.
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Accused is a British television anthology series created by Jimmy McGovern. The drama series first aired on 15 November 2010 on BBC One and has run for two series. Each episode follows a different cha...
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Law & Order UK
Adapted from the hit US series, Law & Order: UK follows a team of police detectives and prosecutors representing the public interest in the criminal justice system.
A Previous Engagement
When Julia Reynolds talks her husband into a family vacation in Malta she has a secret agenda: a date made twenty-five years earlier with her first love.
The wife of a photographer is trying to figure out why her husband came home.
An American model who fled from Africa after being sold in marriage at 13 years of age is the UN's spokeswoman against female genital cutting.
In Search of Beethoven
In Search of Beethoven offers a comprehensive documentary about the life and works of the great composer. Over 65 performances by the world's finest musicians were recorded and 100 interviews conducte...
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Place of Execution
On a freezing December night in 1963, Alison Carter took her dog for a walk, but was never seen again. George Bennett, a newly-promoted Detective Inspector, was hailed a hero by the people of Scardale...
The Burning Season
There is money to be made from protecting rainforests in Indonesia, saving the orangutan from extinction and making a real impact on climate change according to Dorjee Sun. He set out to find investor...
10 Days to War
There are short dramas about the war in Iraq.
The Secret of Moonacre
When 13 year old Maria Merryweather's father dies, she is forced to leave her luxurious London life to go and live with Sir Benjamin, an eccentric uncle she didn't know she had, at the mysterious Moon...
The film follows the story of young teen April whose troubled life began in a bin - a new born baby, abandoned and alone, not celebrated, not wanted, but discarded and left in an industrial bin behind...
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Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl
On April 26th, 1986, reactor four at Chernobyl nuclear power station explodes, sending an enormous radioactive cloud over Northern Ukraine and neighbouring Belarus. The danger is kept a secret from th...
Comedy Map of Britain
Comedy Map of Britain is a BBC documentary series which visits the places that have inspired many of Britain's leading comedians. It first aired on BBC Two in 2007 and 2008. Narrated by veteran broad...
The Alan Titchmarsh Show
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...
Oxford's learned inhabitants throw tough cases at Inspector Robert Lewis and Sergeant James Hathaway.
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman
There is a documentary about the third generation of the Dorfman family. The family was uprooted from Argentina and the US due to his father's leftwing beliefs. When Allende came to power, many of his...
When Did You Last See Your Father?
A son's conflicting memories of his dying father is the story.
In Search of Mozart
Made to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth, IN SEARCH OF MOZART is the first feature-length documentary on Mozart's life. Produced with the world's leading orchestras and musicians, tol...
Breaking and Entering
An affair between a British landscape architect and a Bosnian woman, who was widowed by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, takes place in an inner-city neighbourhood of London.
Truman Capote had a close relationship with two murderers while researching his book.
John Wyndham: The Invisible Man of Science Fiction
Endeavors to reveal who the reclusive writer John Wyndham Parkes Lucas Beynon Harris was, through interviews with colleagues, flatmates, family friends and scientists. His life, as can best be constru...
Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman
One of Britain's most prolific executioners hid his identity as a grocery deliveryman. When his ambition to be the best inadvertently exposes his gruesome secret, he becomes a minor celebrity and face...
The Snow Queen
When Gerda befriends penniless Kay their growing friendship is cut short as one cold winter night a fragment of glass pierces Kay's eye, turning his heart cold. Enchanted by the Snow Queen he is swept...
Three young Muslim men, part of a terror cell, are making a bomb in a London flat, when they get a call to vacate immediately with their gear. The police have been alerted and they are under suspicion...
Julia is a diva. She has it all - including a devoted husband who has mastermined her brilliant career - but after years of shining in the spotlight she begins to suffer from a severe case of boredom ...
Hear the Silence
Nicolas Shield is a four-year-old boy. He has to go to the doctor to get an injection. Nicolas is a good guy. Nicolas's behavior begins to change after a few months. Christine does everything she can ...
Mona Lisa Smile
In 1953, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school left her boyfriend in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Mass...
Nicholas Nickleby, a young boy in search of a better life, struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his coldheartedly grasping uncle.
Bend It Like Beckham
Jess Bhamra, the daughter of a strict Indian couple in London, is not allowed to play organized soccer. Jules Paxton convinces Jess to play for her semi-pro team after seeing her skills when she is pl...
The Road from Coorain
A young girl comes of age in the Australian bush during natural disaster and family tragedy.
Food of Love
Young aspiring pianist attracts the attention of famous musicians. Expectations must be managed in order to bring them together.
Two people decide to end their lives together.
The Search for John Gissing
Matthew Barnes is a young executive on the move up who finds himself a pawn in corporate in-fighting when he's sent to London to oversee a merger.
The land is filled with people in urns talking to themselves, not to one another. The focus is on a man, his mistress and his wife.
Christmas Carol: The Movie
The film begins with a live-action sequence in Boston, the site of a live reading by Dickens. Since a woman in the audience screams because she has seen a mouse, Dickens points out that this is approp...
Trial by Fire
The popular crime novels have Juliet Stevenson playing prosecutor Helen West. Helen and her significant other, Chief Supt. Bailey, have recently moved to a quiet London suburb and are faced with a sho...
Cider with Rosie
The adaptation of Laurie Lee's autobiographical novel follows a young man's maturation in the country town of Gloucestershire near the end of World War I. As young Laurie comes of age under the protec...
Paris Was a Woman
Women (many of them lesbian) artists, writers, photographers, designers, and adventurers settled in Paris between the wars. They embraced France, some developed an ex-pat culture, and most cherished a...
Emma Woodhouse likes to be involved in other people's affairs. She tries to bring men and women together. Emma is unaware of her feelings and relationship with Mr. Knightly.
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The Politician's Wife
The Politician's Wife is a British television political drama written by Paula Milne, broadcast on Channel 4 in 1995 and starring Trevor Eve and Juliet Stevenson. The story centres around high-flying...
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The Legends of Treasure Island
There was an animated cartoon from the UK that ran from 1993 to 1995. The series ran for 22–25 minutes and was based on Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island". It has a dark and mysterious storyli...
The Secret Rapture
A woman comes into conflict with her family after her father's death.
Joseph K. Two men were in his room when he woke up. Joseph is allowed to go to work despite being arrested. Despite the strange nature of his arrest, Joseph learns that his trial is very real and trie...
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Stories
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of Eric Carle's most popular stories. Papa, Please Get The Moon For Me shows a young girl asking her father for the moon, but he discovers that the moon is very larg...
A Doll's House
One of Ibsen's best known plays, A Dolls House, caused a sensation when first published, as it provided a critique on the conventions of Victorian marriage. She felt suffocated in her marriage to Torv...
Ladder of Swords
An escaped convict, pursued by an obsessive policeman, hides out in a travelling circus
Living with Dinosaurs
A socially awkward young English boy deals with his fears about his unemployed artist father, his pregnant mother, and his asthma with the help of his favorite toy, a stuffed dinosaur named Dog.
Truly Madly Deeply
She is not prepared for Jamie to return as a ghost, even though she is devastated at his death. Even though the rats were in her house, it's almost as good as it used to be. Jamie starts acting strang...
Several thousand Africans migrate across northern Africa and sail across the Strait of Gibraltar to Europe. They said that they were poor because they were rich.
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Drowning by Numbers
An ironic black comedy of love and death takes place in a beautiful landscape. Three related women, all named Cissie Colpitts, share a solidarity for one another. The local coroner is in love with all...
This Is David Lander
Stephen Fry starred in a TV show called This Is David Lander, which was a parody of investigative journalism shows.
Theban Plays: Oedipus at Colonus
Oedipus's wanderings come to an end when he finds his final resting place, as foretold by the gods. But his brother-in-law and his son each try to take him away.
Theban Plays: Antigone
Two sons kill each other in a battle for control of Thebes. Creon told Polynices not to be buried upon pain of death. Antigone wants her brother's body to have a proper burial.
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
When Pericles discovers the dread answer to Antioch's riddle, he flees for his life straight into famine, shipwreck, love, fatherhood, and another shipwreck; he loses his wife and daughter, and doesn'...
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Natural World is a nature documentary television series broadcast annually on BBC Two and regarded by the BBC as its flagship natural history brand. It is currently the longest-running series in its g...
The Mallen Curse
The Mallen family saga is over. The son of the Benshams, who now own the former home of Squire Thomas, is in a loveless marriage with Barbara, who was rejected by Michael. Mr Bensham proposes to Anna ...
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BBC Television Shakespeare
The plays of William Shakespeare are the subject of a series of British television adaptations. It was transmitted in the UK from 1978 to 1985 and spanned seven series. The first episode of the series...
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