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Anne-Marie Duff

Kirsty Young interviews actor Anne-Marie Duff.

Anne-Marie Duff is a stage and screen actor.

Born in 1970 to Irish parents, she grew up in a working class household in west London. A shy child and a voracious reader, she took acting classes from the age of 11, but failed to get into drama school on her first attempt. Her second application to the Drama Centre in London was successful and she's barely been out of work since.

She started off on stage, but gained more widespread recognition when she took the role of Fiona Gallagher in Shameless, the acclaimed Channel 4 comedy drama.

She has since played dozens of roles, both in the theatre and on screen, which range from Queen Elizabeth I to John Lennon's mother, from a penniless suffragette to a retired police officer with skeletons in the cupboard, and from Joan of Arc to Lady Macbeth on Broadway and at the National Theatre. Her performances have been described as having a "multi-faceted, diamond-hard intensity".

Presenter: Kirsty Young
Producer: Sarah Taylor.

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35 minutes

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Fri 30 Mar 2018 09:00

Music Played

  • Pluto Shervington


    • Young Gifted And Black.
    • Sanctuary Records.
    • 21.
  • The White Stripes

    Ball and Biscuit

    • Elephant.
    • Beggars Banquet Records.
    • 81.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Chi Il Bel Sogno di Doretta from La Rondine

    Performer: Montserrat Caballé. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Puccini: Opera Arias, Montesserrat Caballe.
    • Angel.
    • 12.
  • Björk

    Possibly Maybe

    • Post.
    • One Little Indian.
    • 8.

    • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

      Love Letter

      • No More Shall We Part.
      • Mute Recordings Ltd.
      • 4.
  • Gorillaz

    Clint Eastwood

    • The Abum.
    • 1.
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions


    • Simply Acoustic.
    • 5.
  • Declan O'Rourke

    Marrying The Sea (Til Death Do Us Part)

    • Since Kyabram.
    • Universal.
    • 11.

    The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot


    Gorgeous underwear


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Young
Interviewed Guest Anne-Marie Duff
Producer Sarah Taylor


  • Sun 25 Mar 2018 11:15
  • Fri 30 Mar 2018 09:00

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