Ranked among Great Britain's most esteemed stage actresses, Juliet Stevenson also occasionally lends her talent to film and television productions. In film, she received the most acclaim for Truly, Madly, Deeply (1991). A graduate of London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she first made waves in classical theater in the early '80s. She also occasionally worked in more modern productions, such as Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden, for which Stevenson originated the role of the vengeful Paulina. In 1987, Stevenson entered television in the British/American film Helix/The Race for the Double Helix (1987). She followed this up with several feature films, making her American debut co-starring with Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma (1996).
Biography by Sandra Brennan
- Her father was an officer in the army; the family moved to Germany when she was 10 weeks old.
- Appeared in the 1978 Royal Shakespeare Company's production of Antony and Cleopatra opposite Glenda Jackson, Jonathan Pryce, Patrick Stewart, Alan Rickman and Richard Griffiths.
- Anthony Minghella specifically wrote the lead role in Truly, Madly, Deeply (1990) for her.
- Won an Olivier Award in 1992 for Best Actress in Death and the Maiden; she was replaced by Glenn Close when the show transferred to Broadway.
- Awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1999.
- Has narrated a number of audio books, including a collection of all of Jane Austen's works.