Geraldine James has won renown on stage, film and television alike as one of Britain’s most admired actresses. She rose to prominence in the 1980s with her celebrated performances in Sir Richard Attenborough’s Gandhi and in the highly respected television series The Jewel in the Crown. In 1989, she was named Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival, sharing the award with Peggy Ashcroft for her work in She’s Been Away. On stage, she has notably appeared in Sir Peter Hall’s productions of Lysistrata (at the Old Vic) and The Merchant of Venice, in which she starred opposite Dustin Hoffman. Other important theatre credits include Hedda Gabler at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Cymbeline at the National Theatre and Death and the Maiden at the Duke of York Theatre. Recent films and television dramas include The Luzhin Defence, directed by Marleen Gorris, and Sins, directed by Simon Curtis. She was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 2003.
Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, December 2005