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Juliet Stevenson

Juliet Stevenson Juliet Stevenson is one of the most respected actors of her generation. Having studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she started her stage career in the early 1980s with the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Her television career took off in 1978 when she appeared in the popular TV serialization of Catherine Cookson’s novels, The Mallens.

Juliet made her name in films in 1991 playing Nina opposite Alan Rickman in Truly, Madly, Deeply, a performance that won her the Evening Standard Film Award for Best Actress.

Other accolades include the Laurence Olivier Best Actress Award for Death and the Maiden plus a BAFTA nomination for The Politician’s Wife. One of her most recent high profile roles was in Bend it Like Beckham. Juliet was awarded a CBE in 1999.

Awards include: Nominated for the BAFTA Best Actress Award for The Politician’s Wife 1996. Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actress in a television drama The Road From Corrain 2002. Best Acting by an Ensemble from The National Board Of Review for Nicholas Nickleby 2002.

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