- Born to Australian parents.
- Debuted on American TV in Charles & Diana: A Love Story (1982).
- Performed on stage in starring roles with the prestigious Royal Shakespeare Company, Royal National Theater and Royal Court.
- Emerged in the U.S. in two Steven Spielberg films: as the wife of Peter Banning in Hook; and the wife of Oskar Schindler in Schindler's List.
- Met cinematographer husband Nicola Pecorini on the set of Cliffhanger. He is the co-founder of the Steadicam Operators Association.
- Played a Queen of England (Mists of Avalon), British Prime Minister (Me & Mrs. Jones) and First Lady (Chasing Liberty) in a three-year span from 2001-2004.